I Smoke Medicinal Cannabis

I recently was speaking with someone about our Bulldozer Health Inc. project, and telling them that medicinal cannabis changed my life for the better.  The use of it, allowed me to get through the withdrawal process from pharmaceutical drugs with fewer symptoms.  It also effectively replaced 7 pharmaceutical drugs in a months time. Over time, it replaced 15 of the 16 pharmaceutical drugs I had been placed on.

This organic medicinal treatment decreases the pain, anxiety, depression, and overall body inflammation that I suffer from in a more complete way than the pharmaceutical drugs ever had.  But as I was discussing this with the person, I felt that twinge in my stomach that I get when they ask the question, “Well, how do you use it? You don’t smoke it do you?”  After over a year of discussing this with people, this is still the most dreaded question that I receive. I  think it is because people often have an uninformed and reflexive prejudice against smoking cannabis and calling that smoking, “medicine”.  This prejudice may even extend to its users. It’s interesting, because I feel this attitude of condemnation has improved toward those who cook it into their food, or use the oil or tincture, but not towards those who smoke it.  I find myself having to qualify that I “only smoke it when I need to quickly bring pain down, or reduce anxiety”.  When the truth is, I really shouldn’t have to explain at all.  Cannabis is my medicine, and smoking it is an acceptable route for this medicine.

I have been reading articles related to the link of cancer to the smoking of cannabis. The fact is there are concentrations of certain hydrocarbons, in the cannabis when it is smoked. This has caused some fear  that chronic smoking of cannabis may increase risk factors similar to those that increase when someone is smoking tobacco.  But cannabis  smoke also contains cannabinoids such as THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabinoid).  These are  non-carcinogenic, and in fact, show some anti-carcinogenic properties, in the articles I looked at.

So the fact is, the use of cannabis by the route of smoking has not been definitively linked to cancer in humans, including those cancers associated with tobacco use. And it may even decrease cancer risk.  I tell people this, and they look at me with the kind of look that one gives a two-year old when they come out of a room after being quiet for 10 minutes and you ask, “What have you been doing? ” and they respond, “Nothing”.  I tell them at that point to do their own research so that they can see it with their own eyes.  I feel everyone should do this anyway for all matters related to their health or any substance that they are going to put into their body. This is part of what health empowerment is all about.

There are times that I feel very bold. At a big event not too long ago, I said, “I use cannabis daily, and when I smoke it, I do inhale”.   Everyone laughed. My attempt at a joke was to be bold and state it up front, giving people cause to think over their opinions about it. When one on one with someone though, if I am feeling bold, I look someone directly in the eye and say with conviction, “I cook it into my food, juice the leaves, and smoke it a couple of times a day. I smoke it also if I need quick pain or anxiety relief”. For some reason, I find it necessary to let them know that my route of choice is eating and juicing it, not smoking it.

So I had to examine whether the need to explain how I use the medicine, was purely for their education, or because I had a residual prejudice myself against smoking it. Or if I was worried I might lose some credibility with the person if I boldly stated I was a cannabis smoker. I think the truth lies in some combination of all that.

I have decided that in the future when someone learns that I use cannabis medicinally, and asks, “Do you smoke it?”, I am simply going to say yes, and see what comes next.  This way, I am not encouraging people to continue the stigma against the smoking route of this important medicine.

I also want to point out, that when I was being infused with Remicade every six months to treat psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, no one asked me, with that judging look in their eyes, “Are you shooting up that drug that can cause cancer?”  They didn’t because infusion of Remicade and drugs like is, is a widely socially acceptable route to take with a pharmaceutical drug.  Additionally,  it is thought that  the cancer causing element to this drug is a risk that is acceptable to take. I used to be one of those people, but that is no longer true.  I’ll take the risks that go along with the medicinal use of cannabis over that any day, no matter the route I take for its use.

Yes, my name is Wendy Love Edge, and I smoke cannabis daily.

Take back your health America!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

BIG PHARMA MUST COME OFF OF TELEVISION

Watch and share with everyone you know. And please sign our petition to get the pharmaceutical ads off of television, for all of our health. Take back your health America!

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/take-prescription-drug?source=c.em&r_by=11354194

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

Bulldozer Health Show Podcast Episode 10

Please listen to part two in a series we are doing about reducing medical freedoms. In this episode two health care consumers in MA are interviewed about their thoughts regarding the label of non-compliance when one doesn’t agree with their physician, and about access to care.

Listen here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2FCSFS692t4SEhsR3BCcE80ejg/view?usp=sharing

Thanks for listening.
Peace,
Wendy Love Edge
Take back your health!

The Bulldozer Health Show is now self produced and the producer is Angela Oxygen Edge. You can reach Oxygen on Twitter @oxygenedge. The Music is also written recorded, and produced by Oxygen and is called, “Wake Up”.

Medicinal Cannabis: Time to take a stand against states who deny medical treatment to those who need it

About a week ago, I returned from a wonderful trip to Arkansas by all accounts. I spent a longer time there this time, for the Bulldozer Health project. My Bulldozer health cohorts and I made a lot of connections and moved the project forward. I had to make the trip longer this time though because despite all of the positive changes to my health, I still need rest periods and I need to make sure I continue to eat properly and exercise. This takes extra time and effort. I know it is vital to take the time for these things if I am going to continue to take back my health, and be a good example for others.

I was worried about the length of my trip because in my home state of MA, I am a legal cannabis user. I did not have proper cannabis for my health conditions during the time I was away. When one is in a state where cannabis is not legal, it is impossible to know what type of cannabis one is obtaining, how it is grown, or the THC and CBD content. Until prohibition ends, all states legalize cannabis or Federal legalization occurs, it will be this way. At home, I have a legal caregiver who grows for me and knows the THC and CBD content that I need to keep me healing and healthy. I know that they grow it organically, under the best conditions possible. I am grateful for this, because this medicine is essential to my health. And I feel confident about the quality of my medicine.

I was able to obtain cannabis while in Arkansas, and I tried to find the best quality possible. I will say, the cannabis I obtained kept my pain down. That said, usually cannabis does so much more for me. It keeps my anxiety and PTSD symptoms down. It keeps the inflammation in my body to a minimum. It gives me energy. It keeps my appetite down. It evens out my sugars. I did not find that those symptoms were ameliorated by the cannabis I obtained. I was also nervous all the time, because I was committing a criminal act for using medicine I am legal to use in my home state. And the laws in Arkansas against cannabis use, are some of the most strict in the country.

We must fight this problem, and make changes. I shouldn’t have to worry, wherever I am that I will face criminal charges for using medicine that is necessary for my health. I know I am not alone, and that a number of medicinal cannabis users have gone to prison for using this life saving medicine. So, I feel fortunate that this has not happened to me. In my fortunate position, I feel it is time to stand up and fight harder. So that is what I intend to do. Because I am being denied my medical treatment, unless I am in my home state. This is not acceptable.

Take back your health America

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.com

Here is Anne Armstrong stating how medicinal cannabis helps her:

An example of criminal charges for using life saving medicinal cannabis:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/09/benton-mackenzie-guilty_n_5572445.html

End Cannabis Prohibition State by State

We are all in charge of ourselves.  We make our own choices, we walk our own path.  That said, sometimes, the laws of the land preclude us from taking care of ourselves.  Cannabis laws in many states do not allow us to take care of ourselves, because the laws they have in place keep us from this very powerful medicinal plant.

I live in MA and when I am in my home state,  I am a legal cannabis user.  I cook it into my food three times a day, and smoke it on the average two times a day.  I obtain cannabis from my legal caregiver, and it is marked for THC and CBD content.  I know exactly what I am using, and what works for the different ailments that I have. The price of it is far less than what is charged in non-legal states

I recently traveled to Arkansas, where cannabis is illegal.   Yes, I recently learned, that  Arkansas has some of the most prohibitive and confining marijuana laws in the nation.  In fact, the Government in Arkansas has not budged about making any change its laws regarding cannabis use.  In fact, according to  the Marijuana Policy Project:  “Possessing under four ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor carrying up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Possessing an ounce of marijuana or more by those who have twice been convicted of possession is a felony punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $6,000”.   Many other states are moving toward legalization, and there are a number of people working on this in Arkansas as well.  The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act folks in that state work diligently every day to bring forward legal medical marijuana.  But the state has just not moved forward, at least not yet.

I am very pleased to see that legalization is occurring in a number of states.  That said, I have been asking myself  some burning questions more recently.   What if anyone could grow their own cannabis?  With all of the positive effects on the body that cannabis provides, who wouldn’t benefit from it?   Will making it legal for medicinal purposes allow everyone who could benefit from it to have access to it?  These questions arose after the Heart and Soul radio show I did in RI,  with RI Governor candidate, Anne Armstrong.   When she explained the history of hemp and cannabis in this country, and why prohibition started, it deeply effected me.  Then, Ms. Armstrong filed a law suit against her state of RI to end prohibition of cannabis.  She opened my eyes even further with this.  I  began to wonder, is it really legalization that I want, or is it the lifting of prohibition?

If we lift prohibition of cannabis, many of the issues surrounding it will simply go away.  Illegal cannabis users who are otherwise law-abiding citizens, will become law-abiding citizens again.  The crime that surrounds it will disappear. The price and quality can be regulated just like with alcohol.   It is my hope that people will be able to grow their own cannabis like in the legal states presently. But if they choose not to grow, and it is legal to obtain, they can obtain their cannabis knowing exactly what they are getting. They can do this with confidence and safety.

I began to really think deeply about this.  If Ms. Armstrong can file against her state, can’t we all? I believe that the lifting of  prohibition has to be state by state.  The reason, is that at the present time, I do not see the Federal Government lifting prohibition.  I am not suggesting giving up on that by any means. But we must start and be diligent about it state by state to begin to affect change.  That is how we have been able to make headway with legalization. And if the Federal government were to repeal prohibition, it would still be up to the states to decide how to regulate it.  We may as well start at the state level where it is going to end up anyway.

We all want to be fully in charge of ourselves and our choices.  This is no different.  Tell your state to repeal cannabis prohibition.  All of our voices and actions together can create change.

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.com