RI DRUG CARTEL?

What if every tomato plant that you grew was taxed? Or if the local farm stand was taxed per plant for the vegetables that they grow?  I am not familiar entirely with the laws regarding farm stands, but I have grown my own garden before, and no one from the city came to assess it, per plant, for tax purposes.

According to the Providence Journal, RI Governor Raimondo essentially wants to tax personal and small local cannabis growers in RI, per plant, by tagging those plants.  In fact, she wants to tax each and every plant not grown at a compassion center.  Proposed fees are $150 per plant for growing your own medicine,  and $350 dollars for caregivers who grow- for up to 5 patients.  This would essentially put small local growers out of business, put personal growing to a stop,  and force people to purchase their cannabis at larger centers.

Here is the article:

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20160202/st_refDomain=www.facebook.com&st_refQuery=/l.php?u=https://shar.es/1hLY8T&h=EAQHtib4nAQFBTn7WGaT1CdcfS9yLR3we1SuQ8_jGNHt4fQ&enc=AZNWfu2SIUHPHlG03-ytfmMshxWtWAnI174RjLgEL5yJcxflaWO03E2L236rfYrpMc_McS2Ayd-cetBP_b1O5WMyyIG0q1vBGF66lwirmgEA34y2bLrvL4F3dzYft4xv6moYqTAQneLPuLjvtQu1aPL1UDdnCpkzfNrPSCuKOvIV2LJ7PFxPyW13wrF7Z7YVxv8&s=1

Whether you live in RI or not, please call the Governor’s office and let them know that this is an injustice.  Remember, while this may not be YOUR home state, but it very well could be. We are one human race.

Take back your health America!

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

Phone number for the Governor’s  office:  401.222.2080

 

BHS: Episode 22: Dr Sue Sisley and Butch Williams

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In this episode Wendy discusses with Dr. Sue Sisley, the study she will be conducting that has been funded by the FDA. This is the only study that the FDA has funded to research use of medicinal cannabis in Veterans with PTSD.  She has been waiting for the product to use for the study from The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for 18 months now, and this is the only place she can receive the medicine from to perform this research.  Typically NIDA only looks at things like addiction potential and harmful effects of marijuana. This is one of the many reasons this study is groundbreaking and needs to happen!

Please write to your Congressman, the FDA, and NIDA to request that the medicine be released and stop holding back Dr. Sue Sisley’s study.

Thanks very much to Dr. Sisley and Butch Williams for joining me on the show.

And thanks for watching here:

Take back your health America!
Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

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The Bulldozer Health Show: Episode #21: Medical Marijuana for Children & Seizures

Please watch this episode of The Bulldozer Health Show with activist and mother Susan Meehan

Take back your health America!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

The Bulldozer Health Show Episode #19: The Jay Morris Interview

Please watch this very special episode of The Bulldozer Health Show, during which Jay Morris interviews Wendy Love Edge. We are so honored to have Jay Morris do this interview!

Jay is a blogger and activist for human rights and social justice. She is the former state lead of GetEQUAL Texas and continues to work in activism at the grassroots level. She has been a contributing writer for the GLAAD Media Award winning blog, The New Civil Rights Movement, and has written for numerous local, national and international publications on social justice issues.

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Take back your health America!

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

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

Eat Cannabis: Take back your health America!

I have found that in my journey to take back my health many people question how cannabis can help them if they do not with to smoke it. When cannabis is smoked, it is rapidly taken into the lungs and the THC in it rapidly affects the brain via the bloodstream. When it is ingested, the effect is slower, but perhaps even more powerful on the health of the body. Now, I am not personally opposed to smoking it. It has a rapid effect by latching on to the cannabinoid receptors in the body and therefore will decrease pain and anxiety quickly. There are times when this is necessary and needed.
Does smoking cannabis cause lung cancer? I poured through many articles and studies on this, and from what I have read, it is still not known. Some articles say it does not contribute to cancer at all. Some say it fights cancer even if smoked. The fact is, cannabis has many properties such as the THC and CBD’s that are non carcinogenic and even cancer fighting. It is not like smoking tobacco because the nicotine in tobacco promotes the development of cancer. The fact is, I could not find one article that definitively linked cannabis smoking to cancer. If you are not convinced though, ingesting cannabis by eating it may be your route of choice to improve your health condition or health in general.
Cannabis can reduce heart disease, cancer risk, insulin dependent diabetes and general inflammation in the body. I am living proof of this. When I came off of my pharmaceutical medication, I replaced it mainly with medicinal cannabis. I also use some other herbal treatments regularly. The interesting thing is, that when I was on the pharmaceutical medications I still had abnormal tests for inflammation in my body. I have psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, a history of dermatomyositis, all of the symptoms of myasthenia gravis, heart disease, and diabetes. After being on my new regimen with daily cannabis use ingesting it in my food and smoking it as needed, my inflammation tests were normal for the first time since my 20’s. I have also come off of the insulin I was taking for diabetes. The insulin I had to be placed on from the use of steroids to treat the dermatomyositis. With pharmaceutical use, one medication often leads to the next due to side effects. I do not have that problem with cannabis use.
I eat cannabis by infusing olive oil and cooking it into my meals. You can also juice it, make into an oil, or make it into a tincture. If you choose to make oil or butter, then you can cook it into anything that calls for fat such as cookies, brownies, cake, or biscuits. I also ingest cannabis oil daily.
For me, the use of cannabis has improved my health tremendously. I feel that eating it has the most benefits. My next step is to try raw juicing it as some people feel that this has the most benefits. In any case, I will not remove this important medicinal herb from my diet because I have seen the amazing results with improvements to my inflammation levels, heart disease and cholesterol levels, weight loss, reduced anxiety and depression symptoms, reduced PTSD symptoms, improved A1C tests for diabetes and improved eye problems. And I am not alone. Please do your research and consider adding it to your diet today.
Peace,
Wendy Love Edge
Take back your health America!

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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

Medical Marijuana: Why we must be bold about it

There are over 400 natural compounds found in the marijuana plant, and of those, some are ONLY found in the marijuana plant.  These compounds are the one’s that heal us, and they are called cannabinoids.  The cannabinoids are numerous and they relieve the symptoms of many illnesses including inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, seizure disorders, anxiety, and eye problems, to name just a few.  They do this by attaching to receptors we already have in our brain. The major cannabinoids work best when combined with the minor compounds found in naturally occurring marijuana.  That is why the synthetic pharmaceutical, marinol, doesn’t work as well as the natural plant. Some of the major cannabinoids to be aware of are THC, CBD, and CBN.  There are two others as well, CBC and CBG.

This information, and much more detailed information about medical marijuana, and how and why it works can be found from many sources today.  Despite this, many people still hold on to the stigma attached to marijuana use and perpetuate that.  This is maddening to me, and that is why I have decided that I must be bold about my use of this medicine. I feel we all must be bold about it, if we are going to change the perceptions of marijuana use.

In MA,  I  am legal to carry it on my person, in my car and in my home.  I cannot smoke it while driving legally, but I wouldn’t do that anyway.  I will use it freely, because it works for me. It is my prescribed medication.  And  I will use it freely because I feel that I must be bold and show people that the face of a marijuana user has changed.  The face of a marijuana user is me, and many people like me.   A middle-aged woman with children and a college degree.  A woman who could live next door to you, in your very community.   I am your neighbor, and I am not a drug addict.  I am taking back my health, and this is a good option for someone like me with autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.  It allows me to move my body, and work on becoming healthy instead of being bogged down by dangerous prescription drugs with all of their side effects.

It concerns me deeply that this option isn’t available to everyone.  After all, it is dangerous to even try to obtain it in states where is it is not legal, for a number of reasons.   One of those reasons, is that by obtaining it illegally, one has no idea what they are really getting.  In a legal state, one can insure what they are getting.  I know, for instance, that my caregiver grows in the best conditions possible.  Everything is organic, and there are no pesticides.  Even the water he uses is pure.  He labels what he gives me for THC, CBD and CBN levels.  I know exactly what I am getting.  He keeps track particularly of the THC and CBD levels that work best for me.  And he provides me with the strains that fit my profile and symptoms that we have determined through our caregiver relationship.  It is very personalized.

So especially if you are in a legal state and a medical marijuana user,  please be bold about the use of your medicine.   Talk about it openly with people and educate them.  This is the only way we are going to continue to move forward with this very important medication.  Let’s remove the stigma and continue to take our health into our own hands.

Take back your health America.

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.com

 

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Medical Marijuana: My Healthy Alternative to Most Pharmaceutical Medications

When I first decided I was going to use alternative health methods to work on taking back my health, it was while I was  weaning off of the 16 pharmaceutical medications that I had been on for two plus years.  When I say I was on 16 medications,  I want to point out that many of them were heavy-duty medications including percocet and morphine for pain, gabapentin for neurological symptoms, prednisone for inflammation,  valium and xanax  for anxiety,  cymbalta for depression, and many more.   I started with medicine to specifically treat the diseases that I had, and then more and more were added because of the resultant symptoms of being on those medications such as severe anxiety and depression.  Also, I am specifically mentioning these 7, because many people are familiar with these medications.  The medicines I was on for psoriatic arthritis, heart disease, and myasthenia gravis, people may not  be that familiar with.  The medicines I mention here also are well-known to be difficult to come off of.  When weaning off of all of these medications,  each one has withdrawal symptoms.  Some are physical, some are psychological, and some are both physical and psychological.

So, I had come off of all of these 7, plus 3 more, one after another over about a 3 month period.  I experienced withdrawal symptoms that were difficult and frightening at times.  But I was determined that I needed to see how my body could function without all of this medicine in it.  I had done a lot of reading, and I learned that my body could learn to heal itself under the right conditions.  I am not recommending this for anyone else, I am simply telling my story.

Additionally, I decided I was going to do this after several doctors told me that I could not come off of any of the medicines I was on.  I made this very personal and independent choice anyway.  I did this because I believed that when I was placed on so much medicine it was to treat the acute phase of a disease that they thought I might die from.  But now it was 2 years later, and I was still here on the planet.  Since I had lived, I didn’t want to just exist on medication. I wanted to get better, and I wanted to live well.  If I was going to live well, I couldn’t be bulldozed on all that medication.

It was in the middle of this withdrawal process that I began to investigate medical marijuana.  I learned that this one medicine, could decrease anxiety and depression, decrease pain, decrease inflammation,  and decrease neurological symptoms including eye problems and neuropathy issues.  This one medicine could do all of the things that the 7 medications I listed earlier were supposed to be doing. Except, it wouldn’t  have all of the awful side effects that these other medications had.  And it is good for the body.  I thought, sign me up!   Then I began to have some other thoughts.  I thought about the fact that I hadn’t used marijuana since a little recreational use earlier in my life. I thought about all of the stigma attached to its use.  I thought about the smoking aspect of it.  I had smoked tobacco on and off in my life, did I really want to start smoking anything again?

As I thought about the stigma, I had to do some soul-searching.  Could I live with the fact that people were going to make assumptions about me as a marijuana user, even if it was for medical purposes?  I answered yes to that question.  Then, when  I investigated how you use medical marijuana, I soon found out that you don’t have to smoke it.  You can vaporize it, use it in a tincture, or even cook it into food. This was sounding better and better.   I also realized that it would help me through the rest of the withdrawal process.  That would be a relief after months of dealing with the symptoms myself with the help of a close friend.  It hadn’t been easy.

The next step was to investigate how to become a legal medical marijuana user.  This took a lot of digging to find out what to do.  I lived in MA, a state where it is legal for medicinal use, and yet no one seemed to know how to become legal.  My doctor said he didn’t prescribe it, and would never prescribe it because the clinic he works at is partially federally funded.  I kept digging. I really thought this could help me, and I wanted to try it.  I finally found an independent clinic that  I could go to, be examined by a physician, and obtain a legal card.  I had to pay out of my pocket to obtain this, $220.  After receiving my legal card, I then learned that there was no where that I could go to, to obtain the medical marijuana.  The clinic that I obtained the card at couldn’t give me a referral anywhere.  There were no dispensaries open.  By word of mouth I found a legal caregiver.  This person came to my home, and reviewed my symptoms. He then brought me samples to try.  I then chose what strains I wanted to use together with him, and again, had to pay out of my pocket to obtain the medication.  The only other option was to grow it myself.  This was no option for me with my medical conditions.  The relationship with the caregiver, and his true caring and desire to help me really struck me.  It was like having your family physician come to the house. He soon got to know my situation and my family, and became an integral part of my recovery process. He still is today.

While a costly endeavor, medical marijuana saved me from the horrible withdrawal symptoms of pharmaceutical medications.  It also treated the symptoms of my illnesses, immediately decreased my pain, inflammation, and anxiety.  In short, medical marijuana was key in starting to really take back my health, move more easily and allowing me to start to exercise.  It works with my body and is not toxic in any way.  I prefer to use tincture, cannabis oil, and cook it into my food, but I do some smoking as well.  I am now only on two medications. Insulin for my diabetes, and medical marijuana.  It is my hope that very soon I will be able to come off of the insulin too, because I have lost 51 pounds from practicing good nutrition, not bogging my body down with a lot of medications and from exercising 4x per week.  The strains of medical marijuana I use, do not make me hungry or sedate me during the day.  They actually help to energize me and keep me going.  I do have some strains that I can use at night if I have trouble sleeping. It is nice to be able to make those decisions for myself and use what I need to at the time.

If you have medical problems, do not rule out use of medical marijuana out of fear or what others will think if it is legal in your state.  It might just be the treatment option that saves you from physical ailments and helps you to move forward. I know it did for me.

I am committed to forwarding the legalization of medical marijuana across the United States.  All people should have access to all treatment options.  I want everyone to have their health in their own hands.

Take back your health America.

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.com

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