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

Bulldozing Lesbians at the hospital: Everyone should have a choice who will be by their side

I have talked  and written about my story of becoming ill and bulldozed, and then working at taking back my health.  I have talked and written about becoming gravely ill.   I have also talked and written about bulldozer Health Inc. remedies for health.  I  feel though, like there is an elephant in the room, that I haven’t discussed. It’s pink, and it’s waving a gay pride flag.

You see I have always had the attitude that I wanted to be treated equally to everyone else.  In fact, I demand it in my life  I felt that by not making an issue of my sexuality, I am saying I am just like everyone else.   After all, heterosexuals don’t declare themselves at work or on their way, so why should I?  I speak about my life in a matter of fact manner.   I make no apologies, and I never lie about it.  But the fact is, that because I don’t present as a “typical” lesbian, whatever that is, people don’t realize that is what I am unless I tell them. I have been re-thinking this idea though. Maybe it’s time to be more forthright.

That said,  within the medical establishment,  both my wife and I , have experienced discriminatory remarks and treatment.   She was told by certain nurses that she couldn’t stay with me in the hospital, and by others that she could.  Same  hospital.   They would choose to enforce policies apparently based on their  personal feelings about our relationship at the time.  So it wasn’t really a matter of policy. We even had a whole medical team breathe a sigh of relief when they found out she was a woman and not a teenage boy.  Literally, breathe a sigh of relief right in front of m e. These situations are uncomfortable and create stress in a person who is ill.  If you are like me, you want your significant other with you when the going gets rough and you are uncertain about your health status.   Especially when you are being told very scary things like “You are going to die either from the medicine we have to give you or the disease that you have:”. You want to hold on to every minute with that person.  Additionally,  your significant other is frightened  too, and wants first hand information from the doctor, and to be by your side to comfort you.  Neither the patient nor the significant other should have to worry that they won’t have the choice to make.

We must all demand equal treatment and sensitivity by all health professionals in this matter.  In fact, I believe family and loved ones may mean very different things to different people.   Right now, for instance, my wife and I are separated.  We are both trying to heal from the ordeal of my illness in our own ways. But  I still want her to be able to obtain medical information about me, and I still want her by my side if I am in a life or death situation.  This should be my choice.   And if I want a friend or other loved one with me, this should also be my choice.  All patients  should have with them those who love and care about them,  if they want them there.  It reduces stress on the patient.   Feeling  the loving presence of those you care about if that is what you want, can only improve health and wellness. Why should the healthcare establishment get to decide who has a relationship that qualifies them to stay by your side when you are ill and hospitalized?

So, as I thought about writing this, I realized that if we are all to be empowered in our health choices, it includes this. When ill, and trying to heal, we must be able to choose everything that will encourage a healing and healthy environment without stress and worry.

Peace,

Wendy Love  Edge

Take back your health America!

http://www.bulldozerhealth.com

You can reach Oxygen Edge on Twitter : @oxygenedge

Her blog is:

http://oxygenedge.blogspot.com/2014/08/moving-in-to-live-with-my-southern.html?zx=64e1cbe57df1068a

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