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

Bulldozer Health Show Episode 11 CT DCF: BRING JAXON NAVARRO -GILMORE HOME

The Jaxon Navarro-Gilmore case is a deplorable example of the medical kidnapping that is happening across the United States. His Maternal Grandmother Jessica Navarro-Gilmore is a loving, nurturing and caring woman. She also has her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Meeting with her, and talking to her, it is clearly evident that she loves her grandson very deeply. She is fully capable of caring for her grandson Jaxon. The Connecticut Department of Children and Families, or CT DCF, is blocking her from doing so. And so Jaxon is currently in the care of the state in foster care.
Jessica already has custody of her granddaughter with the approval of the same agency that is denying her custody of baby Jaxon (CT DCF). Jaxon is being denied the loving and nurturing environment of his biological family. They are using family skeletons as smoke and mirrors to say that the family is not suitable. Jessica openly admits that her daughter has a past history of illicit drug abuse, but had been clean for 2 years. Then the state pushed her and pushed her, to a point where she had a relapse with benzodiazepines. This relapse was not even enough to show in a hair and urine test given by the state. But they still stated that because she admitted to this, she violated her probation. This made a larger case for her daughter not being able to care for her son. And a larger case for baby Jaxon to be sent into the “care” of DCF. But Jessica and her family aren’t seeking for her daughter to be Jaxon’s primary caregiver anyway. They are seeking for Jessica, his grandmother, to have custody. So now they have questioned Jessica’s character despite her recent adoption of her granddaughter.
I ask, what family is without a skeleton or two in their closet? If one has made mistakes in their life, does that mean one should not be allowed to parent a child?
When Jessica adopted her granddaughter from DCF, the same family issues existed as they do now. The agency clearly had no concerns of her parenting skills when they allowed her to adopt her granddaughter. Her granddaughter is healthy, happy, and doing very well in her Grandmother’s care.
So the question is, what is the real issue now? Why has the state kidnapped THIS child?
The reason is largely money. This child brings money to the state. DCF could easily bring his mother to her breaking point knowing her history, and then use that to keep baby Jaxon in state care. And in state care, the child can be given whatever medical care the state deems necessary. He can even be used to experiment on. It is no mistake that all of these medical kidnap victims across the U.S. are medically complex and/or have genetic disorders.
As I said at the start, this is deplorable. We all must do everything we can to stop this from happening, and bring baby Jaxon and all of these medically kidnapped children home to their families. Families must have a right to choice in their health care and the health care of their children.
Thank you Jessica Navarro-Gilmore for your bravery in sharing your story with us and the world. We join hands with you in positive thought and positive energy to bring every child home, including Jaxon.
Take back your health America!

Listen to my interview here with Jessica Navarro-Gilmore:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2FCSFS692t4Tkk1dHBpWFZtNEhMSTdzQWlNRW5nYS0xZm5z/view?usp=sharing

This will be released on iTunes later tonight.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bulldozer-health-show/id963528864?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge
http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

Stop the Bulldozering! Take back your health America!

When I was on 16 pharmaceutical medications, I was completely bulldozed. I didn’t know just how snowed I was. Then, when I weaned off of all the pharmaceutical medicine and finished my withdrawal process, I began to wake up. I woke up to a world that I didn’t understand. Our food supply is more damaged than I remember. People don’t seem to have the same opportunities, earning abilities, or ability to take care of their families. Prices on everything that people need has skyrocketed. Worst of all, however, is the truth that our choices have been, and continue to be, taken away from us. Every day, I am baffled and saddened by another story of freedom of choice being removed from an individual.
First there is the story of Benton Mackenzie, and others like him. Simply, because of geography, he was denied medicinal cannabis. This medicine was saving his life. He was living in a state where cannabis is not legalized. Prohibition of cannabis still exists everywhere. So because of these facts, he was not only denied the medicine that would save his life, but he was treated like a criminal. I regret, and am deeply saddened to say, he has died.
To avoid the devastating reality I just discussed, some people move to a state where they can legally obtain their medicine if they find themselves in this predicament. Why should Americans have to move away from their loved ones to save their own lives, simply because they cannot legally obtain the medicine they need in their home state? That said, it must also be recognized that many people are too ill to move and the choice is just completely removed from their radar. So this is not the answer.
Then, there is medical kidnapping. I have been following the stories of Justina, Isaiah, Jaxon, and many others. These children were taken from their families by the medical system. This happened, because their parents did not agree with the course of action the medical professionals were prescribing. Often times, it has come down to pharmaceutical use. There is even a case of forced chemotherapy to a 17-year-old girl. She herself doesn’t want it, nor do her parents want it. But the physicians want her to have it, and have been allowed to force her to have it.
I ask myself daily, what country am I living in? What about opportunity, making your own way, and having freedoms to choose? Where did these concepts go? How is it that we have allowed big pharma to brainwash our medical professionals, including our physicians, into believing that their products are the only way? How is it that we have given them so much power, that the physicians who took an oath to “do no harm”, can remove children from their own parents and homes into state institutions so that they can be open to abuse and suffering? And somehow the idea that being at home with loved ones when you are sick is thrown out the window. I am sure that the medical establishment is aware that emotional upheaval has a negative effect on health. And yet, they rip children from their parents against their will, to administer pharmaceutical medication with multiple side effects. Then they expect that they will improve. There is no logic or reason in this.
I have been thinking about the fact that a little over 20 years ago Merck pharmaceuticals set out to have every American on at least one pharmaceutical medication. This coupled with the fact that these medications alter our brain chemistry and numb us to the world around us, deeply concerns me. If I was so easily bulldozed, and recognize how foggy and not present I was on the pharmaceutical medications, I can only imagine that many people are in this state. They are numbed to the world, without even knowing it. This only makes it easier for our freedoms, opportunity and rights to be taken away from us.
I think it is extremely important to do one’s own pharmaceutical review and be sure that for the medicine being ingested, the benefit outweighs the risk. It is important to research all pharmaceutical medications that are prescribed to us, and ask questions of our physicians.
I recognize that there are many instances where pharmaceutical medications are necessary and needed. But it is important to look at all options, and fight for one’s own freedom and ability to choose. We must also fight for our children and protect them at all costs. All of our children. Not just those related to us. But if one is a parent, one must have the right to choose what is best for their own children. If we hand over those rights to any establishment, whether it is the state, the medical community, or big Pharma, for instance, aren’t we are doing them a huge disservice in life? Of course we are. We are, because then we are teaching them that they are powerless and that their opinions about their own health and well-being are inconsequential. I know that is not the message I want for my children. I want them to be empowered in life, and especially in their own health choices.
We must stop all the Bulldozering! We must make sure every American knows what is available to them and has access to it. There has been so much angst over the Affordable Care Act. The truth is, this act still only gives access to pills, tests and surgery. A bigger change is needed. We all need to look at what is happening in the world, and stand up for what is right. Stand up for our own freedom, our freedom to choose for ourselves and our children, and our own empowerment.

Take back your health America!
Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

You can reach Angela “Oxygen” Edge @oxygenedge on Twitter

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

Issues surrounding cannabis legalization and ending prohibition: Body and Soul Radio with Wendy Edge and Anne Armstrong

Please listen to this episode of Body and Soul Radio show on Talkstreamradio.com with Wendy Love Edge and Anne Armstrong.  About 45 minutes in length,  Wendy and Anne are interviewed about their choice to use cannabis legally in the states that they live in, and how it works for them. Anne also discusses some of the history of cannabis prohibition and issues surrounding legalization.  Enjoy!

 

 

http://www.talkstreamradio.com/play_episode.lasso?soundfile=http://74.118.74.230/tsr/shows/BS_100914.mp3&episodeDate=October 9, 2014&episodeId=734&showId=2&showTitle=Body and Soul&episodetitle=Guests: Anne Armstrong and Wendy Love Edge

 

 

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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