It saddens me to know that the people/corporations with the resources to improve and/or prolong life are more interested in profits than cures, yet today I take heart, for a couple of reasons. One is the news that dispensaries in Oakland and Sacramento, California, will begin offering free cannabis oil to children:
The dispensaries, located in Oakland and Sacramento, have operated what Spradlin calls “compassion programs” since 2009, providing patients suffering from conditions ranging from HIV/AIDS to cancer with complimentary medicine. He says that in light of recent media attention on children suffering from seizures, a number of his patients suggested extending the program to include epilepsy and CBD oil.
The second, as noted by Jeannie Herer, is that I am not living in a bubble, in terms of my perception of how things have shifted in our society:
At the Illinois House committee meeting, Margaret Storey said her “daughter is stoned every single day” from traditional, FDA-approved medication prescribed by her doctor, the Chicago Tribune reported. “When they’re on these cocktails of pharma meds, they’re drug addicts,” said another advocate and parent, Adam Frederick.
Okay. Policy, words, so on and so forth. For those who are not familiar with the benefits of cannabis oil for the treatment of seizures, and other medical problems that children face, there is nothing like hearing the testimony of the unconditional love of a mother for her child to get a broad understanding of this topic. Links to these incredible stories and more, provided in just a moment.
In addition to listening to the stories of these mothers who know what is best for their children, knowing some of the facts about how medicinal cannabis is prepared and made available is helpful. Not only does it provide knowledge in regard to making and obtaining product, it helps also to dispel weird vibes people may have about the topic, given recent over-the-top news coverage of people blowing themselves up trying to make oil, for example.
If you find yourself thinking that these moms have every right to do what they need to do to help their children, you may have more libertarian leanings than you thought. Dispensaries providing free cannabis oil to children is a beautiful example of how we are plenty capable of looking after ourselves. Not only are parents refusing the poison offered by the government, they are coming up with solutions that are most effective when the government gets out of the way.
Some amount of THC helps the CBD to control seizures, and even more THC is required for cancer, for example. In short: the plant works best when as much of the plant is used, as possible.
The dangers of “CBD-only” legislation are becoming starkly apparent in Minnesota, with law enforcement officials like Executive Director John Kingrey of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association spreading medical disinformation. Full story
One of the defenses that some parents have used is that the oil is edible, and that it is not smoked. However, one of the Canna Moms noted during an interview with Popeye that it did not matter, because even if smoking it helped her son, she would teach him how to smoke it. Good for her, as that is an excellent point.
Moms For CBDs
While helping out during #OpSafeWinter a few months ago, I met a mother who has an autistic son. She has a FB Page, and she is willing to talk to other moms who have questions, including how to obtain oil. She noted that what State you are in does not matter: get the information!
What Is This Stuff?
For those who are not already aware, cannabis concentrates have dominated much of the public conversation about cannabis recently. Surely, marijuana extracts have been around for years – hash and kief being the most obvious examples – but one particular variety of concentrate, “cannabis oil” is coming to the forefront as of late.
The cannabis industry, and even pop-culture, seems to be making an overall shift towards cannabis concentrates. Competitions like the 710 Cup and The Secret Cup are popping up to celebrate the accomplishments of hash makers and crown the best extracts. Although these competitions are open to all types of concentrates, cannabis oils always seem to dominate the proverbial leader board.
Unfortunately, there is far too much misinformation on the topic of cannabis extracts, especially when it comes to making the oil. It seems that sensationalist media figures want to paint “dabbing” – a term that refers to vaporizing a small amount of cannabis oil – as the next big danger to society. While there are definitely risks to be considered, many of the existing issues can be eliminated with proper education and precautions.
The above article highlights the value in looking at research methodology, from the selection of participants, to the collection of data. It never hurts to check the funding sources, either. Too often people endorse studies that do more for propaganda than social justice/human welfare.