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Thank You, Cannabis Farmers

After 5,000 years that we know of, during which humans reaped Cannabis for every utilitarian scenario you can think of – clothing, rope, oil, building materials, paper, sacred rituals and medicine, it took a bunch of old white men afflicted with racism and greed to bring that momentum to a grinding halt.

While those old white guys are now dead and gone, 80 years of Cannabis Prohibition has taken a wrecking ball to everybody’s Quality of Life. As an evolved Cannabis industry tries to take root, during a raging opioid crisis, with U.S. states legalizing it for medicinal use vs. recreational use, and as stigmatized seniors turn to Cannabis as a way of alleviating pain and easing palliative passage, one common denominator remains. The Cannabis Farmers.

It is those farmers who have preserved the seeds and cultivars that are still being destroyed across the world by authoritarian figures who think they are upholding the law. What they are really doing is taking medicine away from people who need it.

It is the farmers who have stood up for Cannabis, even at the cost of their homes, their livelihoods, their families, and even their lives. Some have served time in prison for cultivating a plant. Some are still in prison to this day. That is a travesty.

As more people reach an understanding about the relationship between humans and the Cannabis plant – and it’s truly profound – these “pot busts” really look more and more like the old Keystone cops aka a buncha idiots. Just Google the “Endocannabinoid System” and how it relates to Cannabis, and you may find yourself rapidly emoting through the five stages of grief. Anger, shock and depression at how our own government perpetuated untrue myths about Cannabis. Once you accept how helpful Cannabis can be when used correctly, the only bargaining you may wish to conduct may be at your local dispensary.

Dan Herer, the son of Jack, who wrote “The Emperor Wears No Clothes,” showed me a ten-dollar bill from the early 1900s.

In and of itself, upon first glance you see good old Andrew Jackson gracing the front. But when you look on the back of the bill, what’s that? Oh my. It’s a hemp farm. Maybe you already know our first President, George Washington, grew hemp. And, some speculate, cultivated a small patch of flowers that could be smoked. Let’s call that strain “Presidential Cherries.”

I think that most people alive today descended from farmers somewhere in our ancestral chain. It is those farmers, and the farmers of today to whom I tip my hemp hat. But it’s the Cannabis farmers who have fought on the front lines for 80 years to protect plant medicine for us and for our future generations. Thank you all for your service to our world.

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Cannabis Nurses and Their Stories

It is no surprise to our readers that we have a deep and abiding love for Cannabis Nurses and the work that they are doing on the “front lines” of Medicine. Dr. Raphael Mechoulam himself has expressed frustration at the foot-dragging of traditional members within the medical field in conducting scientific research on this plant. Now in his late 80’s, he said ” I greatly regret that I don’t have another lifetime to devote to this field.” Nurse Heather Manus, in her presentation during the 2019 Cannabis Nurses Networking Conference said, “They didn’t teach us about the EndoCannabinoid System at nursing school and I want to know why.”

It’s apparent to us that after 80 years of Cannabis Prohibition, incurred by a handful of greedy businessmen and authoritarian government officials, many people are still suffering from the stigmatization of the plant. Not to mention those who are suffering from pains and dis-eases that can be addressed with the judicious use of the plant.

A man we met at this year’s CannMed conference in Los Angeles said that we have advanced in terms of Cannabis research as far as the day we put a man on the moon. To think where we could have been today in terms of medical advancements. My own parents would have had a more merciful passage from this life to the next, if only access to Cannabis hadn’t been a crime. As far as Paliative care, there is much more we could all be doing for elders who are suffering.

Some of the nurses at the CNNC shared their stories with us, so that we could share them with the world.

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Quotes from Cannabis Nurses

Two epic days of my life occurred during the Cannabis Nurses Network Conference here in San Diego at the Harbor Island Sheraton in February. Turns out that Cannabis Nurses are some of the most amazing people on the planet.

Nurses in attendance at the 2019 Cannabis Nurses Network Conference

They came to learn and they came to teach. There is so much about the Cannabis plant that we have discovered, and it’s the tip of the iceberg. And it’s the Cannabis Nurses who are on the front lines, able to see the beneficial effects of the plant on their patients. The number of success stories shared during the two-day conference was phenomenal.

The “Mommy” Panel speak about the benefits of Cannabis for children

Enjoy these quotes.

“The endocannabinoid system is the largest receptor signaling system in the human body responsible for balance between all other body systems and cannabis acts on that system to help create balance for the body. And that’s why we see in medicine so many different diseases and symptoms that can be treated by the simple plant.” – Nurse Heather Manus

Nurse Heather wins prestigious award – Leader of Nursing

“When you think about how we get deficient in our endocannabinoids, just like you get deficient on anything, you can supplement and it just so happens that with this plant, the phyto cannabinoids are a wonderful supplement to plug into these receptors to affect physiological changes and balance.” – Elisabeth Mack, RN, MBA

Elisabeth Mack, RN, MBA (Holistic Caring CEO) shares information with 200 nurses

“I sure don’t have all the answers, but it sure seems to me that we are a country with a lot of people in pain and it sure seems to me that the current Orthodox approach is not working. It seems to me that the over reliance on opioids isn’t working and it also seems to me that cannabinoid-based approaches or cannabinoid-based opioid Combo approaches are a better way to go. And it also seems to me that Cannabis might just be an exit drug.” – Uwe Blesching

Uwe Blesching delivers his presentation

” As someone who is a sexual assault survivor who experienced pain with penetration from the age of 13 until the age of about 28 and I thought I was broken and I thought things were wrong with me. It turns out cannabis oil, THC, oil actually made the difference where I was able to experience penetrative sex without pain. That was huge.” – Ashley Manta

The CannaSexual, Ashley Manta

Happy Nurses Month to all!

Editorial

Nature and Cannabis

The connection between Nature and Cannabis is known to many of us who regularly practice our spirituality in Nature with a bud or two in our pocket.

A stream that rarely appears through the years, only after substantial rains in San Diego County

Sit on a hot granite rock next to a flowing stream and listen to the sound of the water. Throw in some waterfalls and a bit of shade from old oak trees. The only sign of the modern era would be if you happened to look up and see a passing jet. Otherwise, you’re in Eden. Note the sound of wind through the leaves, and check out the frog that is camouflaged by the rock where he resides.

You barely notice this little guy until your senses are piqued

Just one puff from a glass pipette – that’s our preferred way of smoking “herb” – and you are no longer separated from Nature. You are part of it. Add a bottle of wine shared among those present, and it’s almost like a mushroom trip. Add to that some fun-filled moments like a rousing game of “Rock Head” – friends each take a turn stacking flat rocks on top of each other until the tower falls – and you’re literally a child again.

This is how you play the game of Rock Head

The clarity of this precious time in the mountains or the desert or the seaside – any pristine wilderness away from the grind of civilization – resets your mind and spirit to “Default” – calm, appreciative, loving.

As they say, If not you, then who? And if not now, then when?

Vintage Tales

Cannabis Cultivation in Southern California 1970s

We who lived through the 1970s Cannabis Prohibition remember without a speck of fondness the scary moments arising from encounters with police and other authoritarians who had no idea what a boon to humankind was the Cannabis plant.

If you were caught with a film can containing a bud, you could lose your home, your career, your reputation. Smoking or imbibing Cannabis had to be kept tightly under wraps. We lived in a Green Closet with clowns to the left of us, and jokers to the right.

Before we met, my partner cultivated buds in the 1970’s. First he grew some hefty plants in his father’s backyard on an urban San Diego slope. When he met with success he decided to try a larger crop. Thus began his search for a perfect plot of land out in the SoCal wilderness with a lot of sunshine and a water source.

He and his buddy found a patch of land out in Mesa Grande where the two drove a couple of times a week to care for their crop and divert water from a nearby stream. That year yielded a fine crop of 1978 Nectarball – so named because of the honey-like resins on rounded flowers.

This homegrown cultivar – a blend of Afghani Indica and Mexican sativa, became the namesake of his Nectarball Collection.

Millennials and the generations that come later will hopefully never have to experience the cold sweat feeling of police lights in your rearview mirror after you have just smoked a bowl of righteous herb. We still both suffer from a minor case of PTSD – because we had to hide who we were from just about everybody in our lives. Only the most trustworthy friends or family knew of our relationship with Cannabis.

We look forward to the day when it will be legal all around the world to cultivate your own medicine in your own backyard. We have no doubt that the Cannabis plant has been orchestrating that dream this whole time.

Vintage Tales

Cannabis and Mountain Biking

I have long thought that Cannabis and Mountain Biking were perhaps made for each other. My partner and I have been mountain bikers since we first discovered the sport in 1986. We married on our mountain bikes in 1987 in the Southern California wilderness and we produced the world’s first instructional mountain biking video in 1987.

We raced as seriously as a couple of amateurs could race in the late 1980s and early 1990s. I placed first in a few races simply because the women’s field was so small. And when we were racing, we were in training. And that meant no beers and no marijuana.

A hiatus on Cannabis. How silly was that. Look at Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Ross Rebagliati and Jamie Anderson, four Olympian gold-medalists who all enjoy Cannabis. Knowing what we do now about the Endocannabinoid System and the way the plant interacts with our cell structure, Cannabis would have certainly helped with all the aches and pains acquired from racing hard and at times crashing and literally shredding muscles and skin.

After the end of the race, it was a different story. Revelry ensued with our fellow mountain bikers and we would celebrate our successes or lick our wounds by sharing a doobie and a mug of beer. Thomas Jefferson once opined that beer and wine were the great social lubricants. I don’t think that it would be a stretch to think that Jefferson may also have imbibed some of the flowers from his hemp crop. It’s not been proven, but it’s not been disproven, either.

We have met and hung out with a few of the pioneers of Mountain Biking and smoked a bowl or two with them. Mountain biking and Cannabis have always been great buddies (pun intended).

Vintage Tales

Classic Cultivars of the 1970’s

The 1970’s yielded some interesting cultivars despite the attacks on Cannabis by our own government, specifically President Dick Nixon whose war on drugs (really it was a war on hippies and people of color) resulted in demonizing a plant, and adding it to a list of Schedule 1 drugs that were considered dangerous. 

Meanwhile, Cannabis aficionados cultivated some classics including Acapulco Gold, Columbian Gold, Panama Red and Thai Stick, all of which still exist in the Nectarball Collection, the largest and oldest known collection of flowers.

Acapulco Gold 1972 – the nug that began the Nectarball Collection
The Nectarball Collection
Columbian Gold Dark 1978
Panama Red 1978
Pacific Beach 1978
Columbian Dark
Columbian Gold 1978
Thai Stick 1978
Humboldt 1979
Nectarball Black Indica 1979
Thai Stick 1978