“I identified as a stoner from the 70s for decades, till I presented with cancer in my 50s now I’m an Educated Stoner.” – Sharon Letts
The initial time I smoked weed was in 1975. I was 16 years old and on my way to higher college, stopping in at a gas station bathroom, when one particular of the girls lit a joint and passed it about.
I was regarded a great girl and had been a Girl Scout due to the fact Brownies. With Florence Nightingale as my initial Shero, I became a Candy Striper in higher college. I volunteered at the regional hospital and delivered flowers, candy, newspapers and books to individuals just after college, even though earning badges for neighborhood service.
But I was by no means regarded a great student. Failing higher college, struggling with an undiagnosed processing dilemma, the basic misconception was that I just wasn’t really vibrant.
Soon after a handful of hits off the joint that morning, that was the initial time I was in a position to concentrate in college. An assignment of writing one particular Haiku poem turned into writing ten in fast concession, and I was initial published as a poet at 19.
Even then, I didn’t fully grasp why it felt proper I was only told it was incorrect. For decades I believed I was just a stoner who had to hide my cannabis use even although it helped me concentrate and really feel far better, emotionally and physically.
From Stash to Apothecary
Soon after operating as a producer in tv in Los Angeles, I was brought up to Humboldt County to generate a news show. Though operating in media in the cannabis capital of the globe, I presented with breast cancer (Lobular carcinoma), and was offered cannabis oil by Pearl Moon of the Bud Sisters of Southern Humboldt.
The initial evening I took the powerful oil (alcohol reduction, aka: RSO, FECO) I didn’t want the sleeping pill I’d taken for years. The subsequent day I didn’t want the painkiller required for a partially disabled knee. In two and a half weeks upwards of ten prescription drugs, and quite a few supplements required for treating combined hormonal symptoms from each thyroid illness and menopause, had been no longer required. In two and a half months the cancer was gone, without having surgery or the conventional therapies of chemotherapy or radiation.
I’m now aspect of a 30-year study on prevention with the American Cancer Society. Its director sent me a private e mail thanking me for my participation, promising a lot more cannabis queries in future questionnaires.
Considering the fact that then (October, 2012) my stash has turned into my apothecary cupboard, and my function has focused on cannabis as remedy, assisting people today to get back into the kitchen and make their personal treatments from the garden. My stories are largely all patient profiles, written for quite a few publications about the globe translated into quite a few languages.
Cannabis: My Gateway Drug to Other Healing Plants
Cannabis has come to be my primary remedy. It was my gateway drug to other effective superfoods, or what I like to get in touch with, super plants. Superfoods have a wide variety of effective compounds, with aid for a wide variety of ailments and symptom relief. This is why most people today really feel that the quite a few stories of healing are also great to be accurate. Soon after all, when taking pharmaceuticals, you want one particular pill per symptom.
I was diagnosed with thyroid illness at 40. It is a disorder of the thyroid gland, situated at the base of the neck, distributing hormones all through the physique maintaining all of our systems in verify.
According to Thyroid.org, a lot more than 12 % of Americans will be diagnosed with a thyroid situation with 20 million diagnosed with thyroid illness and upwards of 60 % of the population not realizing they have the situation at all.
The primary red flags of thyroid illness, and subsequent hormonal imbalances, are digestive challenges, slow metabolism and weight get constipation and bloating. Hormone disruptions are also sleep disruptors, major to chronic fatigue and depression with physique temperature challenges, which includes evening sweats and hot flashes.
Girls going into menopause currently presenting with thyroid illness are in for a double-whammy of hormonal symptoms, which includes mood swings and enhanced empathy that can bring tears at the slightest provocation.
The great news is that cannabis may well aid. To preserve myself from sliding back into a sea of sadness, discomfort and cancer, I want to preserve the effective compounds of cannabis and other super plants in my technique on a every day basis, and treat it as although I had a prescription – as if they had been farmaceuticals.
Tiny Stashes Everywhere
My medicating starts in the evening, as I’ve replaced sleeping tablets with a cannabis oil capsule I make myself (recipe on my web-site). This dose covers a lot of territory, as cannabis strengthens the immune technique even though fighting off infections. It also offers significantly required REMs, warding off fatigue and subsequent depression.
I also take a chamomile oil capsule nightly (very same recipe), just after obtaining a study on chamomile treating depression. Chamomile capsules also replaced Valium for me and I’ll take one particular, as required, for the duration of the daytime for anxiousness and tension (information on chamomile on my web-site).
If I’m not feeling 100 % in the morning, I’ll take a capsule with combinations of moringa and guanabana – each superfoods. The moringa is uplifting for daytime use, combatting fatigue. Moringa is finding to be a lot more normally identified even though guanabana is a well known superfood from South America, normally utilised in Baja California, Mexico, exactly where I reside.
All through the day I’ll take one particular or two hits of flower with one particular of my favored bongs, a retro 70s piece from My Bud Vase or my cobalt blue bong by Jane West, Inc.
Smoking lifts endorphins immediately, easing depression. Taking just a hit or two of cannabis also assists me concentrate on my function – dealing with my ADD, on the spectrum. I’ve been identified to grind chamomile flower up with cannabis for a calming smoking mix.
Simply because of my anxiousness challenges I have a tendency to pick out hybrid cultivars that lean Indica to calm, and do not spend also significantly thoughts to the names of flower. I do spend focus to THC counts – preferring them reduced, as I’m not in this for the higher, I’m medicating for genuine ailments. I’m honestly just attempting to really feel alright each and every day, applying plants as an alternative of pharma for diagnosed issues, illness and cancer prevention.
I’ll also use a homemade tincture, as required, based on the symptom. Chamomile to calm or for tummy upset Stinging Nettles for allergies and a THCA (non-psychoactive) tincture for infection or discomfort. My go-to is a cold-gin-infusion, as alcohol infuses in a cold method and does not activate THC.
My physique and face lotion is also infused with any quantity of the superfoods named, as I no longer use retail sunscreen but do aftercare with plants that have antioxidant compounds, namely cannabis, chamomile, moringa, and guanabana, or combinations thereof adding rosemary or citrus peel as all-natural bug repellents.
Expanding up on the beach in Southern California, then spending quite a few years as a experienced gardener, I’ve had my share of skin cancers, with a handful of removed – but, they ordinarily come back worse. Most skin cancers I’ve been in a position to treat topically with a stronger cannabis oil salve (entire plant extract).
I also add fresh herbs to my cooking all through the day, maintaining vases of herbs on the kitchen counter for uncomplicated access. Most generate loses efficacy if stored in the refrigerator exactly where completely great meals goes to die. Maintaining generate in bowls and vases on the countertop encourages every day and quick use.
You could possibly say my personal private stashes come from the garden into just about each and every space in the residence. Regardless of whether it is created in the kitchen, smoked from my tray, or discovered in my apothecary cupboard – it is all remedy, all day lengthy.
Quoting Hippocrates, “Let meals be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy meals.” My medicine occurs to be in my stash, and my stash occurs to be my medicine.
For a lot more info on Sharon Letts and recipes from her Apothecary web page, take a look at www.sharonletts.com