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So how can one claim to be a Spirit-filled, tongue-talking, healing-believing Christian and still extol the virtues of weed? Easy, my dear. Easy. I was online last night, reading some of the thinking that is out there about Christians and cannabis … I’ll tell you what. Talk about living with blinders on. It just amazes me how people … and not just Christians … just don’t read or think for themselves. They hear something someone said and they take it as gospel. Look, I don’t take my pastor’s word, or my doctor’s word, for anything. Both my spiritual and physical health I cannot afford to lay in the hands of others. I need to know what I believe and why. I need to know what therapies I’m using and why. But so many intelligent people … many of you who are reading this right now … just believe what they’re told without looking for themselves. Marijuana is a drug. It is an illicit drug, at that … with no medicinal value whatsoever. And the only reason anyone would ever imbibe in marijuana is to get stoned.

First of all, marijuana is an herb. A plant that grows readily … that has been used for thousands of years with plenty of medicinal benefit. The first documented use of medicinal marijuana (MMJ) was in childbirth thousands of years ago. The Middle East and China had it going on from the get-go. There are those who believe it was used in Biblical times. Those people quote the recipe for the holy anointing oil in Exodus. The term kaneh bosum has been determined by some to be cannabis. I am not a BIble scholar and can neither agree nor disagree on this.

What I can tell you, however, is that I believe God is our Creator. I also believe that He created everything around us, as the Bible says. What I didn’t know, and I’m betting most of you don’t know either, is that we are created with an endocannabinoid system. This is a system in our bodies that regulates all the other systems in our bodies. According to Dustin Sulak DO of Maine Integrative Healthcare, “The endogenous cannabinoid system, named after the plant that led to its discovery, is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.” For the entire article, click here.

It was the cannabis plant that led to the discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Within this system, we have cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. We make our own cannabinoids which can activate our cannabinoid receptors. For example, that’s why hot baths relax us. It stimulates our endocannabinoids. You know what else activates cannabinoid receptors? Phytocannabinoids … and only one plant has them. Cannabis. And what all, in the animal kingdom, has cannabinoid receptors? Everything from the nematode to the sea squirt. All vertebrates have an endocannabinoid system so, yes, your dog can get high too. And your cats, birds, lizards … you get the picture.

So now let’s look at the math here. I believe God created everything … including the plant and animal kingdom. Let’s call that 1. God created us with an endocannabinoid system to create homeostasis in our bodies. He also created a plant that activates that regulatory system. Let’s call that 2. In Genesis 1:29 it says, “Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” Let me tell you, if you don’t already know, that particular plant bears a boatload of seeds! It doesn’t say I give you every seed-bearing plant except the cannabis plant. Let’s call that 3.

My equation is 1+2+3=6. If you believe God created everything (and He doesn’t make mistakes); and He created us with a system that only one single plant can regulate, (which He created as well); and He gave us every seed-bearing plant to use, then let me ask you one question: Why aren’t you leading the charge to legalize marijuana? I know I sure am. He has given us “everything pertaining to life and Godliness,” so I just don’t see why Christians get their knickers all in a wad over this healing plant that He created.

Now that we have established marijuana is an herb, since I have explained the ECS, now you see that it does have medicinal value but in case you need more proof that we are being lied to, did you know the US Department of Health and Human Services has a patent on cannabis? Yes they do and why? For Alzheimer’s and dementia-related illnesses because they know it has medicinal value. But didn’t they tell us it is a Schedule 1 drug that has no medicinal value? And as a Schedule 1 drug, scientists can’t even research it. Despite what they are telling us, it is hardly illicit.

What about the argument that the only reason anyone would take a toke is to get stoned. Seriously? Just think about that for a minute. That’s like saying the only reason anyone would have a glass of wine is to get puking drunk. Sure, there will be those who abuse marijuana just like there are those who abuse alcohol and their pain pills.  Most of us only use what we need for relief just as some of us have a glass of wine with dinner. A great number of people still have that nasty image in their minds whenever someone says “pot,” of a junkie nodding on the couch, drooling, and not being a functioning member of society. The only thing that puts me in that particular condition is opiates. But they’re jussssst fine for us, right? I am a retired military officer. So is my husband. Fully functioning members of society … well, the only thing that keeps me from being that these days is a disease, but not the pot. The pot keeps my abdomen from spasming. The pot helps me eat. The pot keeps me from having total panic meltdowns. The pot eases me into sleep like I haven’t had in more than a decade. And even more than that, the oil. The concentrated oil, that I posted about here, that is spoken of in the Run From the Cure video in my Resources section, enables cures. There is no doubt in my military mind that pot has extended my life.

So yeah, pot is of the devil, you religious, legalistic Christians. Just keep believing that. More medicine for the rest of us. For more information on the ECS, see the links below.

http://www.medicalcannabis.com/Cannabis-Science/endocannabinoid-system

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gOYVJu__14

http://www.cannabis-med.org/english/journal/en_2006_01_2.pdf

The psychoactivity of THC is a hindrance for many. Though you can work your way into tolerance and past the high, there will be many “uh oh” moments despite the most careful dosing and that can be very inconvenient, say, behind the wheel of a car.

But THC is only one cannabinoid. There are hundreds of cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Another one that is showing much promise in research is called cannabadiol (CBD) and is the anti-THC in every way. It has absolutely no psychoactive properties. When you ingest it, you might feel like you need a nap. My eyelids would get tired and heavy like I wanted to rub them, but my head was totally coherent! It was just freaky and amazing.

Dr Manuel Guzman, from Spain, has done some excellent work researching CBD and glioma. You see, cannabinoids cross the blood-brain barrier … that pesky little thing that makes most cancer drugs powerless. And CBD seems to show a particular affinity for getting there. Breast cancer (ding ding ding) is another one for which CBD seems to be effective.

Most recently, I did a run with an oil that was testing out at 30% THC and 30% CBD. Alas, for me it wasn’t the magic bullet but I still take a good 1/2gm each night because after all the research I’ve read on it, and my knowledge of the endocannabinoid system, I just believe in it. Period. I honestly believe it is one of the reasons I am still alive to even write this blog.

Here are a couple more articles for you to read about CBD and how much good it does for us … without the high:

http://mct.aacrjournals.org/content/6/11/2921.long

http://medicalmarijuanadoctors.org/cbd-and-cancer%20

Magic Flight Launch Box

We have talked about two different types of vaporizers so far but both of them require an electrical cord.  The Purple Days (rest in peace) had an automobile adapter but I don’t know if the others do or not.  Now, before I go any further, I do not … I repeat, not endorse driving while consciously altered in any way.  So don’t go getting high and driving.

But when you’re in the passenger seat and you need appetite or relief, this little baby is the way to roll.  It’s called a Magic Flight Launch Box and it is stealth, stealth, stealth.  It requires no power supply except for a rechargeable AA battery.  The batteries and a charger come with it.  But it fits in the palm of your hand and puts out so little vapor there’s no smell at all (I know this from a bathroom stall or two).  Perfect for camping trips and other times when you’re without a private electrical outlet.  I mean look … how close to nature can you get, anyway? Chipmunks even dig them!

Chipmunk and Launch Box

The pic to the left was taken at my favorite lake where the chipmunks love us dearly, as you can see. But I dug this picture where it looks like the chipmunk vaped, then got the munchies.

So what’s the big deal about vaporizing anyway?  People have been passing around a pipe, in a gesture of community, for eons. But now we know that when we combust a plant and inhale it into our lungs, the charred material can be carcinogenic.  So since it’s part of my daily life, I don’t take any chances.  When you vaporize, you don’t set the plant on fire.  The plant material is in a bowl that is held up next to a heat source.  When you inhale, it draws air through that heat source, where the air is heated to somewhere between 275 and 375 degrees.  Then, while you are inhaling, that hot air travels through the plant material and heats it up so you get pure cannabinoid vapor … not smoke and no carcinogens. The result is a much cleaner experience … smoother and easier to inhale … and the head buzz is much cleaner too, if you care about such things.  I didn’t like the muddled, paranoid feeling that smoking gave me.  I haven’t felt paranoid one single time since I’ve been using weed medically … and I think it’s because I’m vaporizing instead of smoking.  For the past couple of days, I haven’t posted, so I’ve been remiss on my educational foray into cannabis.  So here’s a little info as to why vaporizing is better for you than smoking, if you want to inhale on a regular basis.

This particular vaporizer is also primo for those who don’t have a very large tolerance to the plant.  It delivers delicate hits, but make no mistake … it definitely does the job.  And it has a lifetime warranty on it.  Ever stops working and can’t be fixed, they’ll just send you a new one.

Now if you do wind up with one of these little babies, there are a couple of handy tips to know.  First, the more finely ground your meds are, the better it will work for you.  So grind well before you load the trough.  And your inhalations should be itty bitty, teeny little sips of vapor.  Take a couple of those little sips, then pour the material back out into the palm of your hand.  Crunch it up with your fingers so it turns to powder, then put it back in and it will work really well for you.

Sure, it made me eat … and eat … and eat and that was wonderful.  But I still had to medicate before lunch, which meant my afternoon was shot, and then again before dinner.  So if I was going to be up and running, I needed to get all that done early in the day cuz the rest of the day I was pretty much on the couch.  Which is not my preferred state of being every day, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.  So there I was … a retired military officer, married to an active duty military officer … smoking weed every day.  Here I  huddled in the garage, blowing the smoke out the cracked door hoping the neighbors couldn’t smell it!  And then my daughter mentioned a thing called a vaporizer.  A what?  I had visions of those big steamers we would put in our bedrooms when we had a cold as kids … you know, those things you put Vicks VapoSteam in?  Could not imagine how one could get high with that thing!  But she assured me it was a smoking device of sorts, so I immediately got online and started looking.  Good LORD!!!!  There were so many contraptions … all different shapes, sizes, and functionalities.  What in the hell do I do with all of this?  Where do I even start?  So I found this website that is a community of vapor afficionados and they talk about every vaporizer made.  Here’s your way to it so I don’t have to post the name of it so as not to offend those more innocent than I (which includes just about the entire universe).  After much reading, asking questions, and head scratching, I settled on an Arizer Extreme.  The contraption you see below is the Extreme.

When it arrived, I hadn’t a clue where to start, so I called the vendor and he asked me if I’d ever vaped (the act of using a vaporizer to use cannabis) before and I told him no.  He said I was in for a real treat, explained how to use it, and told me that smoking weed was like a “hillbilly high” (hey now WAIT …. I’m from NC … watch yer mouth!) and vaping weed was more of a “Beverly Hills” high.  Was he ever right!!!!!  Since I have discovered vaporizers, there have been no more coughing fits, no more paranoia … it was like a religious experience except that I’m not religious.  But you know what I mean.

So this vape (short for vaporizer cuz us stoners are inherently lazy, ya know) had so many functions.  You could take single-use hits from the whip (the silicone tube that transports the vapor from the bowl to your mouth) or you could fill up a big “balloon” for a more social event (read recreational use) to pass around.  It delivers big, ripping hits so as a baby stoner with no tolerance at all, it actually taught me some mathematics.  So here’s my math education for that semester:  top-shelf, medical-grade weed + a big ripping vape = me freaked out in a fetal position.  I knew I hated math!  I learned to tread lightly with that thing and use only half a hit or so.  Was a very steep learning curve and, even so it took 10 minutes to warm up to full temp, so it wasn’t the best fit for a medical user.

By this time, I was beginning to have some minor blockages in my small intestine, so things got pretty crampy/spasmy on top of the fluid.  This was the second thing where cannabis kicked serious ass for me!  I had tried the anti-spasmodics, but they only gave me relief for a short time and then I couldn’t take them again for another four hours.  But not so with cannabis.  Wow, those spasms were nothing for the mighty cannabis plant.  That stuff would melt my belly into soft submission within a minute or two.  Now, when it got really bad, I might have to vape every 30 minutes, but with cannabis, there’s no risk of harm with that.  It was a long night, to be sure, but that cannabis and vaporizer kept me from a trip to the hospital that night.  But I also learned that waiting 10 minutes out of every 30, for the vape to heat up, is just not my thing.  It was time for a new addition to what was to become my collection of vapes.

In this section, I’m going to give you, along with my personal experiences, the science to educate you about cannabis.  And here’s the first lesson regarding vaporized cannabis and pain pills.  If any of you are currently using opiates, guess what?  Vaporizing cannabis can reduce how much you have to use!  Win win situation, IMO!

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