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Mile High country has upgraded from wine tasting parties to canna-infusion parties, where you can have a sampling of homemade edible wonders from Thai curry soup to sweet potatoes with pecans. The latest trend in Denver cannabis culture brings delight to all the senses with a variety of gourmet goodies.
The key to a successful canna-infusion party is to have bite-sized delicacies served throughout the evening to pace the effects of the marijuana. For more discerning individuals who have outgrown simple brownies and cookies, a canna-infusion party allows participants to enjoy morsels of succulent cuisine.
Guests are first offered to cleanse and moisturize their hands with a cannabis based sugar scrub which leaves a silky feel to the skin. Then they are served a caprese salad topped with basil, sprinkled with canna-oil and balsamic vinagrette. The next course is a Thai coconut curry soup with potatoes, tomatoes and a touch of cilantro. After savoring the sweet and spicy sensations, our host brought out a roasted sweet potato casserole sprinkled with crunchy pecans. While indulging in our canna courses, slices of mangoes were offered to heighten the psychoactive effects in the dishes.
By the time we finish the third tasting, it is time to cleanse our palettes with rhubarb/strawberry compote poured perfectly over vanilla bean ice cream. A healthy mix of toasted seeds and nuts are dusted on top. By the time, we reach our next course, we are feeling content and relaxed. Non-cannabis foods are also provided throughout the evening, such as guacamole and chips and buffalo chicken wraps to coat the stomach. The portions of canna-infused food are small so that our euphoria is steady and even keel.
I was particularly excited about the next dish - marijuana latkes with a sour cream and lox spread. Not exactly like my mom makes them for Hanukkah, but delicious nonetheless. Finally, for desert, we are treated to mj infused Irish coffee bars, a chewy blondie with a hint of Bailey’s Irish cream.
In order to create a mellow vibe, the cannabis tasting soiree should be limited to about 10 to 12 people. It’s preferable to have an intimate setting, where people feel comfortable, especially for marijuana newbies. These types of parties may be preferable to those who are allergic to smoking flower or who simply do not like to smoke.
Bringing out the bong and the Cheetos may be fine for a group of youngsters. A cannabis infusion party is tailored to a more mature crowd that wants to enjoy an elegant culinary experience with friends in a private setting. For marijuana veterans and newbies alike, canna dinner parties at home is the growing trend for edible epicureans.
By Mark_Addiction worker: Ocean Recovery Centre
This guide aims to build awareness of the plight experienced by many veterans when it comes to addiction. The guide also provides tips on how to help a veteran who suffers from an addiction.
In this post, we discuss the topic of addiction amongst veterans. You may be surprised to learn that veterans are able to survive war zones but struggle to survive a peaceful environment when they return home. However, when veterans return from combat, they face multiple challenges as they adjust into ‘normal life’ outside of the military.
These challenges are often complicated by traumatic events they have experienced whilst in the military. Unfortunately, the events of war do not remain on the battlefield and instead spill over into the personal lives of those that experience them.
These traumatic events often take a significant toll on veterans psychological well-being. Unfortunately, many veterans attempt to cope with these challenges by ‘self-medicating’ with drugs and alcohol.
In this post, we discuss nine reasons why so many veterans turn to drugs and alcohol, and then we offer nine steps veterans can take to reverse their fortunes now they are a part of ‘civilian’ life. But before we dive into the meat of this post, we would like to introduce you to Karl:
Meet Karl, a 34-year-old veteran from TexasKarl joined the army at the age of 17 and he served in Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, Karl’s family have served in the US army for many generations. Karl says he completed these deployments with a “chest full of medals” and a Bronze Star. But all these achievements seem like far distant memories for Karl.
Like tens of thousands of veterans, Karl is now addicted to a range of prescription drugs. Karl’s problems began when he was involved in a road accident when serving in Afghanistan. The accident was unrelated to combat duties.
Because Karl was a highly trained radio and satellite expert, his company did not want Karl to return home due early so he could fully heal. Thus, Karl’s superiors pressured him into returning to active duties before his injury had fully healed.
To reduce his pain, Karl began taking opiate painkillers such as Vicodin. When Karl returned home from Iraq, his doctors continued to prescribe him with opiates such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and Adderall. These prescriptions were authorised by army medics. You will not be surprised to learn that Karl had become addicted to opiates. However, Karl didn’t really understand what it meant to be addicted to opiates, at least not until he was called up to serve in Afghanistan. When Karl arrived in Afghanistan he failed to bring enough opiates to last him for the entire assignment. When Karl ran out of opiates, he began to feel sick. He was beginning to understand what it meant to experience an opiate withdrawal.
However, Karl didn’t really understand what it meant to be addicted to opiates, at least not until he was called up to serve in Afghanistan. When Karl arrived in Afghanistan he failed to bring enough opiates to last him for the entire assignment. When Karl ran out of opiates, he began to feel sick. He was beginning to understand what it meant to experience an opiate withdrawal.
Fortunately, a medic recognised Karl’s situation and prescribed his with some Percocet. When Karl returned home, his tolerance to opiates meant he needed to ingest a dangerously high dosage in order to function. When Karl was called up for another assignment in Afghanistan, he tested positive for morphine. This is because prescription opiates are synthesized into morphine in the liver. Because of this, Karl was dishonorable discharge from the army.
Karl lost everything. His wife left him. He lost his home. He lost his job and he lost his pride. Even when Karl moved in with his parents, his drug use and erratic behaviour eventually forced his parents to kick him out. Since Karl has no place to go, he began to live in his car. Karl frequently brushes with the law as a means of obtaining opiates and he fully expects to end up in prison. All Karl is offered by his Government is a methadone ‘harm reduction’ programme.
Signs indicating a veteran is addicted to drugs or alcohol
Below we list a number of signs that may indicate you or your loved one may be addicted to drugs or alcohol:
We now offer up nine reasons why some veterans end up abusing drugs and alcohol:
#1. Traumatic events
Veterans often experience trauma during their military career, particularly when veterans carried out ‘combat duties’ during their time in the military. This trauma gives rise to mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For instance, around one in four US soldiers returning from active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan claim to experience from a mental disorder, whilst one in six of these soldiers exhibit symptoms of PTSD.
PTSD causes the sufferer to focus on thoughts and memories concerning the traumatic event they witnessed during combat duties. These events are typically violent in nature. The traumatic experience is re-experienced through flashbacks, intrusive (unbidden) memories, and nightmares. Sufferers of PTSD also experience a sense of anxiety and depression that’s related to their traumatic experiences. PTSD can continue even many years after the traumatic experience took place.
Symptoms of PTSD include:
#2. Sexual trauma
Although this is directly related to point #1 above, we thought this was sufficiently important to be given its own section.
The number of women serving in the military has vastly increased over the past thirty years. Many of these women report experiencing sexual harassment at the hands of their male colleagues. US research reports around a fifth of female veterans experience PTSD due to a sexually traumatic event.
The symptoms of PTSD are generally more aggressive for female veterans than for male veterans. This is because females are known to carry a genetically higher response to fear than men. To overcome these exacerbated symptoms, female veterans are more likely to abuse prescription medications when compared to their male peers. Female veterans are four times more likely to abuse prescription medications compared to the civilian population.
Furthermore, experts say military victims of sexual assault or rape are six times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers who have not experienced this traumatic experience. In the US, it’s thought that female veterans are six times more likely to commit suicide compared to females who have not served in the military.
#3. Chronic pain
Soldiers commonly suffer from chronic pain caused by an injury suffered during combat duties. Alternatively, many soldiers suffer from chronic pain simply because they have suffered an injury during a ‘freak’ accident whilst on deployment.
Unfortunately, the military is all too happy to prescribe these people with opiate-based painkillers to control chronic pain. Opiate painkillers are highly addictive. Because of this willingness to prescribe opiate painkillers, tens of thousands of veterans are now dependent on these drugs in order to function.
#4. Breakdown in family life
Many people suffering from PTSD will act negatively towards their families. When this is mixed with addiction, you won’t be surprised to hear this causes family breakdown. A breakdown in family life fuels veteran’s drug or alcohol abuse.
#5. An unwillingness to seek out help
Many veterans may be unwilling to seek out professional help for their PTSD or accompanying addiction because they feel that doing so could somehow damage their good character, or perhaps many will simply feel too embarrassed to seek out help. Many of these people will not seek out help until they have hit ‘rock bottom.’
#6. Loss of structure and routine when leaving the army
Addiction is no new concept for ex-service men and women. When in the armed services these people enjoy a highly structured life and a real sense of purpose. Many of these people take this lifestyle for granted. This means many of these people are shocked to discover the void in their lives when they leave the armed services. This void is often filled by abusing substances such as alcohol, prescription medications and illicit drugs.
#7. Forbidden fruit and new found freedoms
Furthermore, the armed-services applies a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to illicit drugs. This means many veterans may dabble in illicit drugs when they are discharged from the armed-forces because they view this behaviour as a sort of ‘forbidden fruit.’ However, these new found ‘freedoms’ may quickly develop into an addiction to drugs or alcohol if this behaviour is not moderated.
#8. Reduced ability to make the right decisions
When a veteran leaves the armed forces, they will no longer have a superior to make basic decisions on their behalf. Because many veterans become so accustomed to ‘following orders,’ some of these people will have failed to develop their own coping skills and sense of good judgment when it comes to deciding on actions that will affect their long-term well-being.
#9. Traumatic brain injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is surprisingly common amongst veterans. TBI arises when the brain is pushed against the skull. This causes mild-to-severe brain damage through nerve fibres injury. Studies reveal around 10-20% of veterans suffering from TBI go on to suffer from drug or alcohol addiction as a result of their injuries.
How to help a veteran who suffers from an addiction
Many veterans caught up in the deadly cycle of substance abuse may feel that drugs and alcohol are the only way to protect themselves against the symptoms of PTSD and other stress caused by the need to re-adjust into civilian life. Here, we aim to debunk this reasoning by providing 9 tips to help you readjust into civilian life without abusing drugs and alcohol.
Some of these tips are simple and direct, and you are probably already doing many of them already. However, we wish to remind you of the importance of this information and also get you brainstorming about creative ways you can help yourself or your loved one.
#1. Avoid prescription medications
If you suffer from PTSD, you will probably struggle to sleep. To overcome these symptoms, your doctor may offer you a drug classed as a ‘benzodiazepine’. You may be more familiar with trademarked benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax. This drug helps you sleep as it acts as a central nervous system suppressant. Benzodiazepines are similar to how alcohol affects the brain.
Although benzodiazepines may assist your symptoms in the short term, you run the risk of developing an addiction to these drugs. An addiction to benzodiazepines is difficult to treat once it’s developed, and you will likely require a costly residential treatment programme.
Benzodiazepines fail to treat the underlying psychological causes of PTSD and also cause painful withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to cease taking these drugs.
Despite these issues, the practice of prescribing benzodiazepines to veterans is surprisingly common, particularly in the USA where the military has earned itself the title of being the biggest pharmaceuticals customer in US history. Official US Government statistics reveal military spending on prescription drugs rose by more than 123% between 2002 and 2011, from $3 billion in 2002 up to $6.8 billion in 2011.
#2. Encourage your loved one to seek out help
The speed and effectiveness of a veteran’s recovery is hugely influenced by those closest to them. When somebody close to you is suffering from addiction and/or severe traumatic stress, sitting on the sidelines really isn’t an option.
If you are the loved one of a veteran and you suspect he or she is suffering from addiction or a mood disorder, it’s essential you try to encourage your loved one to seek out professional help as soon as possible. It’s rare for the problem to resolve itself and so your inaction is likely unnecessarily prolonging your loved-one’s suffering. If you loved one resists the idea of seeking out help, it may be necessary to stage on intervention. To achieve this, you must seek out the services of a professional interventionist. This person is typically a counselor or therapist who specialises in the treatment of substance misuse.
If your loved one resists the idea of seeking out help, it may be necessary to stage on intervention. To achieve this, you must seek out the services of a professional interventionist. This person is typically a counsellor or therapist who specialises in the treatment of substance misuse.
#3. Join a support group consisting of other veterans
We encourage veterans to reach out to existing support networks catering to their needs. If a support group does not exist in your area, consider forming one. This means you will be supported by others who understand what you are going through. These people will help you overcome feelings of loneliness and isolation.
These people will understand your pain on a level that other people do not. This support will make a massive difference to your progress and also help you avoid substance misuse.
#4. Engage in robust cardiovascular exercise
Engaging in robust cardiovascular exercise such as running, jogging and cycling is known to reduce mood disorders and have a positive effect on your overall levels of mental health.
#5. Engage in deep relaxation techniques
Deep relaxation techniques are highly effective at treating mood disorder. These techniques include yoga, mindfulness and tai chi. These techniques help you detach from your worries and allow you to see the impermanent nature of negative feelings and thoughts. This allows you to shut off external factors that fuel your mood disorder and an associated need to engage in substance misuse.
#6. Attend a rehabilitation clinic for veterans
If all else fails, you may consider attending a residential rehabilitation centre offering a programme specifically designed for the needs of veterans. Before you attend this centre, specifically ask how the centre caters to your needs.
In particular, the centre must be able to demonstrate their ability to:
#7. Be accepting of your loved one
Offering your unconditional acceptance is one of the most powerful resources you can offer someone suffering with PTSD. Express this to your loved one by telling him or her you care, that you love him or her and that you will suspend your judgment of him or her. When a veteran experiences addiction and/or extreme traumatic stress, they will often find it difficult to accept what they have done. As they struggle to accept this, there’s not much space for them to try different activities that will help them heal.
When you say to them: ‘I care and I accept you as you are now’, you give your loved one enough emotional space to begin to heal.
Repeat the words ‘I care and I accept you as you are now’. They may not believe that somebody could accept them for what they’ve been through and what they’ve done, but repeating this phrase should get the message through in time. This will let your loved one see themselves through your eyes, and this acceptance will help them reverse their sense of self-hate and disapproval.
#8. Be prepared for the worst
If you are the loved one of a veteran, know that in some extreme circumstance of post-traumatic stress, the sufferer can become disconnected and hopeless. When this happens, your loved one may express suicidal thoughts and act out extreme behaviours. It’s important to plan for this possibility before it occurs so that you are prepared.
If your loved one expresses suicidal ideation, respond in a way that keeps them talking. Thank them for sharing their emotions to you and for giving you the opportunity to help them make positive changes in their live so suicide does not occur. Getting your loved one to talk about their problems should help give them back a sense of community and a realisation that they are not suffering alone.
#9. Always act in a peaceful and nonviolent way
If your loved one suffers from PTSD, it’s essential to not re-traumatise your loved one or creating an event where there is more violence going on. All traumatic events are violent in nature. The person who suffers from PTSD is overwhelmed by the experience in such a way that they must give up their thoughts, feelings and beliefs in order to survive. To reverse this, you must try to create a safe environment that’s free of violence.
By Hanna Anderson from OMQ law office
Even before winning the federal elections, current Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, promised to legalize cannabis for recreational use (it’s already been legal for medical purposes). The process has begun under the new liberal government, but until laws and regulations are put into order, it’s important to remind Canadians - marijuana is still illegal!
The new task force led by Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould over the next four months will be working alongside provincial, territorial, indigenous and territorial governments, as well as experts in health care, criminal justice, economics, industry and law enforcement. The main purpose is to make sure that marijuana will be out of reach of children and won’t fall into illegal tracks.
But, Canada is not alone in this situation. Over time, many countries have gone through the same process. From Australia to Europe and even America. The OMQ law firm from Toronto made this following infographic comparing marijuana regulations in the USA, Portugal, and Netherlands. And it shows some interesting facts.
For example, in five US states where marijuana is legal, it is allowed by law to smoke the substance as long as it’s not in public, while in the Netherlands using the substance is only allowed in licensed coffee shops. There are strict rules about selling and growing, which differ from country to country, and from state to state.
Let’s take a look at the marijuana laws and regulations in the USA, Netherlands, and Portugal.
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Learning the Family Business
One of the earliest memories I have from my childhood was working in my grandfather’s restaurant. I remember him putting in 15-hour shifts every day and putting all of the money he had saved up during his lifetime since moving to the United States into a family restaurant. He organized a few private investors who provided the financing to help him launch his small corner eatery. When I was a kid, I would go into his restaurant and clean tables, take out the trash and serve in any capacity that I could to help him run the small business. Most of the time, I didn’t receive any pay for my work, because I realized that the money that would have been paid to me was needed more to keep the restaurant supplied and operating at peak performance.
Most of my friends never understood why I would put in all those hours of work and received no pay. They would be gathering, having fun and many times asked if I could join, but I often had to tell them that my grandfather needed my help at the restaurant and I could not hang out with them.
What they didn’t realize was that my relationship with my grandfather was something very unique and one that they could never fully understand. My grandfather had a major influence on my life and he was the person who raised me. I understood how many sacrifices he had made so that one day I could realize the life he had hoped he could give me. Looking back on my time working at the restaurant, I realize now, as I grow older, that it was a major influence on the man I have become today.
Protecting Your Firm’s Investors, No Matter What the Cost
One incident that I will never forget happened one late on a Sunday night as we were closing the store up for the night. In a typical fashion, I would see my grandfather counting the money that was in the register. This time, however, I saw him count the money a few times, shake his head and go into his wallet and take ten dollars of his own money out and put it in the register.
Knowing how tight finances were for him I asked, “Why are you putting money into the register?” He looked at me and said, “Whoever was running the register must not have collected the right amount on one of the meal tickets and that his investors who had placed faith in him to run the business effectively and profitably shouldn’t be punished for this loss.” This principle and his words of wisdom are something that I have never forgotten to this day.
Taking Care of Loved Ones
As I grew older and began playing sports in high school and college my grandfather would always find a way to make it to many of my games. I never knew how he had the time in the day to make it work, but was always grateful to have him at my most important events.
As he grew older and I began my career in the commercial real estate industry, I received a call from him. He told me he had some bad news he had to share with me. He had been diagnosed with cancer and the outlook wasn’t looking good. According to the doctor, his time was very limited and would probably be only a matter of months. After the call, I remember sitting in my seat at the office just frozen and not sure what I could do to help the man that had such an impact on my life and was my idol.
What Drew Me Into the Cannabis Industry?
I still remember going to the hospital to visit him every few days and with each week that went by I could see him doing worse and worse and in extreme pain. Many times it was so bad that we couldn’t even have a conversation. Then one day I went to the hospital and all of a sudden, I saw my grandfather with a big smile on his face. I inquired “Did they give you a different medicine today?” He looked me in the eyes and said that he was given medical marijuana to relieve some of the pain he was in. For the first time in a month or two we were able to have a great conversation about life and all of the things that were going on in the world.
It was at this moment I learned about the benefits that marijuana could provide for sick patients who were suffering from overwhelming, chronic pain. A couple weeks later, right before he passed away, I went to the hospital knowing that he didn’t have much time left.
When I arrived I could see he wasn’t doing well and when I approached him in his hospital bed he looked me in the eyes and said “Son, I don’t know how much longer I will be around, but I want to ask you, what is the biggest thing you’ve learned from me?”
I looked back at him and said, “I will never forget the day you put that $10 bill into the register because you felt you owed it to your investment partners who had put their trust in you to run a profitable business.” He looked back at me with a big smile on his face and I knew that he realized that what I had learned from that event would have an enormous impact on the rest of my life. The next morning my grandfather passed away.
Bitten by the Entrepreneur Bug
After his passing I began to think more and more about running my own business one day like my grandfather had many years before. At this juncture, I had been in the commercial real estate industry for six years and had underwritten and structured hundreds of commercial real estate deals ranging from warehouse, retail/office, co-op, condominium and multifamily buildings. I served as the team leader of eight portfolio managers while managing a portfolio of more than 400 commercial real estate loans in excess of $2 Billion dollars. My experience and expertise was commercial real estate, but my mind kept wandering back to the benefits of medical marijuana.
Following the Budding Marijuana Industry
Intrigued by the amazing pain relief that medical marijuana had provided to my grandfather during his time of intense pain, I began studying the cannabis industry to see if they were any business opportunities that might provide a good return-on-investment. During this time frame Colorado, Oregon and Washington had not only legalized medical marijuana, but also weed for recreational use. At first, the only good articles I could find were in marijuana trade publications, but as the industry grew, more and more newspapers and financial publications began covering the exploding, double-digit year-after-year growth rate that the marijuana industry was enjoying in every single state where it was legal.
Marijuana Industry Analyst Research Reports
Next I found the very impressive research studies published by ArcView, a leading investment banking firm that confirmed what pioneer investors and entrepreneurs had suspected for a while -- the legalization of cannabis is one of greatest business opportunities of our time and it’s still too early to be able to predict the huge growth trends that lay ahead. Many compare it the repeal of Prohibition and the following boom enjoyed by the alcohol industry in the 1930s.
According to one of ArcView’s research reports, The State of Legal Marijuana Markets – 4th Edition, legal cannabis sales in the United States jumped 17% to $5.4 billion in 2015 and sales are forecasted to grow a stunning 25% in 2016 reaching $6.7 billion in total U.S. sales. Even more impressive is the prediction that the legal cannabis market will see $22.8 billion in gross revenue by 2020. To help put this figure in perspective, the National Football League (NFL) saw roughly $12 billion in total revenue during 2015.
November 2016 Marijuana Ballot Measures
A leading factor in this windfall growth is the expected legalization of many states over the next few years starting with the November 2016 elections. Up until now most of the action has been on the West Coast, aside from D.C.
This year recreational legalization is expected to start on the East Coast. Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New England, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont are all pushing ballot measures in November 2016. On the West Coast, California, Nevada and Arizona are almost certainly guaranteed to pass recreational marijuana use legislation.
The United States Favors Legalization
A 2015 Gallup poll found that now 58% of all Americans support legalization and it was the third consecutive year that such a large majority of Americans supported the legalization of marijuana.
Building a High-Technology Marijuana Industry
Well-versed in the business of brokering a wide variety of commercial real estate properties and zoning laws, our team realized that most of the people jumping into the marijuana industry were real estate neophytes. Nor did they have experience in researching, managing and complying with local zoning laws, which have wide variations from state-to-state and county-to-county. Our team identified the huge pent-up demand within the marijuana industry for some high-tech data mining tools that could cross-tab local zoning laws with available commercial real estate properties in order to find undervalued properties that could be refurbished with new lights, HVAC and watering facilities and resold at a 300% markup. A very lucrative business opportunity for a team of commercial real estate brokers with hundreds of years of combined experience and many established relationships with hard-money lenders, commercial real estate investors and venture capitalists to fund these new green startups and green real estate investment properties.
Weed Real Estate, Inc.
To serve the booming marijuana industry, growers and cannapreneurs would need commercial real estate to setup new marijuana apothecaries, dispensaries, testing laboratories, and high-tech growing warehouses, so my team decided to found Weed Real Estate, Inc. Our firm will utilize geographic information systems (GIS) that will capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data. Utilizing these GIS tools we have identified undervalued buildings in states with marijuana legalization and are working hard to bring online more properties in new states that have marijuana measures on the 2016 or bills moving through the state legislatures. When the green rush starts we will be able to provide our clients with an immediate competitive advantage in finding premium commercial real estate properties, purchase them, infuse capital to make them ideal for growers and then sell them on the open market at premium prices.
Equity Crowdfunding Investment Opportunity
To raise money to fund facilities, computer networks, geographic information systems and hire local information technology staff and real estate brokers on a state-by-state basis, Weed Real Estate, Inc. has been approved by the SEC to issue a Title IV, Reg. A+, Tier II equity crowdfunding offering, which will soon be disclosed and hosted on StartEngine.com (This article is not a legal offering).
This will allow everyone from established broker dealers with investment syndicates as well as every medical and recreational pot aficionado to purchase equity shares and become owners of a very well positioned marijuana commercial real estate mapping, consulting and brokering firm that will become a leading player in the United States cannabis industry.
The equity investment opportunity allows anyone to invest and reap the rewards from from investing in new marijuana startups and get in on the ground level. As my grandfather taught me, our firm will instill in every single employee the understanding of how important shareholders are and that investors will always come first in every financial decision that we make for the future of this firm.
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Douglas DiSanti, founder & CEO of Weed Real Estate Inc. – Mr. DiSanti has been in the commercial real estate industry for over seven years. He has worked for two major banks; as an underwriter he structured and underwrote $1.5 Billion dollars in commercial real estate loans ranging from warehouse, retail/office, co-op, condominiums and multi-family buildings. Mr. DiSanti, currently managers a team of portfolio managers at a multi-international bank. His own portfolio consists of 400 commercial real estate loans – in excess of $2 Billion dollars. Mr. DiSanti is well known in the industry and considered and expert in commercial real estate properties. He received his MBA from Texas A&M – Commerce and a M.S. in finance from the College at Brockport.
Written by ADAM TRAINOR
The first thing that pops into most people’s mind is the adverse health effects associated with smoking pot. However, this perception is quickly changing owing to the numerous scientific studies which show that marijuana has some medicinal properties. It turns out that there are some amazing health benefits of marijuana. The findings of these studies have also significantly contributed to the legalization of medical marijuana in several countries around the world.
In particular, researchers have pointed out two active chemicals in marijuana; cannabidiol (CBD), and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which they say have medicinal applications. THC has pain relieving properties whereas CBD seems to have a positive impact on the brain without making someone high. Nevertheless, a lot of research still needs to be done in terms of analyzing marijuana’s medical properties.
Caution should also be taken at all times when using this drug since abuse or overuse can quickly lead to addiction.
Below are a few of the health benefits associated with marijuana.
1. Controls Epileptic Seizures
A 2003 study; by Robert J. DeLorenzo, of Virginia Commonwealth University, showed that epileptic seizures can be prevented by marijuana use.
Dr. DeLorenzo and his team injected epileptic rats with marijuana extract and synthetic marijuana, and for about 10 hours these drugs eliminated the rats’ seizures. The study revealed that cannabinoids in marijuana control seizures by binding to the cells in the brain responsible for regulating relaxation and controlling excitability.
2. Treats Glaucoma
Marijuana can be used to prevent and treat glaucoma, an eye disease that increases pressure in the eyeball, impairing the optic nerve and eventually causing loss of vision.
According to the National Eye Institute; some derivatives of marijuana lowers the pressure inside the eye. As a result, these effects of the drug can slow down the progression of glaucoma, preventing blindness.
3. Slows Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease
THC, an active chemical in marijuana, can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease as was demonstrated by a 2006 study led by Kim Janda; a research scientist affiliated with the Scripps Research Institute. The study found that THC slows the formation of amyloid plaques; responsible for killing brain cells and potentially causing Alzheimer’s, by blocking the enzyme in the brain that generates them.
4. Stops Cancer from Spreading
In 2007, researchers at California Pacific Medical Center based in San Francisco reported that CBD found in marijuana may prevent cancer from spreading. According to their study, cannabidiol can stop cancer by “turning off” the gene called Id-1. Cancer cells make more copies of the Id-1 gene than non-cancerous cells, which helps them spread through the body.
In a lab, the research scientists experimented on breast cancer cells that had high expression levels of Id-1 gene, which they treated with cannabidiol. Positive results were recorded; the cancer cells had decreased Id-1 expression and were also less aggressive spreaders.
5. Relieves Arthritis Discomfort
“Medical marijuana alleviates pain and inflammation and also promotes sleep, which may in turn help relieve the pain and discomfort for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis,” this is according to a report released by researchers in 2011.
In the study researchers from rheumatology units at various hospitals gave their patients a cannabinoid-based, pain-relieving medicine referred to as Sativex. After a period of two weeks, the patients on Sativex reported a significant reduction in pain and their sleep quality had improved too, compared to placebo users.
6. Decreases Anxiety
Research done at the Harvard Medical School in 2010, suggests that some of the marijuana’s health benefits may actually be, reduced anxiety. In low doses, it seems to act as a sedative improving the smoker’s mood. However, it’s essential to note that higher doses of this drug may instead lead to increased anxiety, making you paranoid.
7. Relieves the Pain of Multiple Sclerosis
Marijuana may also help to ease the painful symptoms of multiple sclerosis, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Dr. Jody Corey-Bloom and her team of researchers studied thirty patients with multiple sclerosis, who were experiencing painful contractions in their muscles. They noted that these patients did not respond to other forms of treatment. However, after smoking pot for a few days, the patients reported that they were in less pain. The THC ingredient found in marijuana binds to receptors in the muscles and nerves to relieve pain.
8. Treats Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Studies also suggest that patients with inflammatory bowel diseases such as Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease could greatly benefit from medical marijuana use. Researchers from the University of Nottingham, found in 2010 that chemicals in marijuana, including cannabidiol and THC, interact with body cells that play an important role in immune responses and gut function. THC-like compounds generated by the body increase the permeability of the intestines hence allowing bacteria in. These body-cannabinoids are blocked by the plant-derived cannabinoids in weed, thus preventing this permeability and making the intestinal cells bond tighter.
9. Reduces Severe Pain and Nausea from Chemotherapy and Stimulates Appetite
This is probably the most common medical use of marijuana that is well-known.
Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy tend to suffer from painful nausea, vomiting, as well as loss of appetite, which can lead to additional health complications. In such cases, medical marijuana is used to help reduce these side effects by alleviating pain, reducing nausea, and stimulating the patient’s appetite. Also, there are many FDA-approvedcannabinoid drugs that use the THC chemical present in marijuana, for similar purposes.
10. Soothes Tremors for People with Parkinson’s Disease
Recent studies carried out in Israel show that smoking weed can significantly reduce tremors and pains, and also improves the sleep quality of patients with the Parkinson’s disease. Another particularly impressive effect of this drug was the improved fine motor skills among the patients.
In Israel, medical marijuana is legalized for multiple conditions. Also, a lot of research into the medical uses of this drug is carried out in that country with the support of the Israeli government.
11. Improves the Symptoms of Lupus – An Autoimmune Disorder
Medical marijuana is also used to treat Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune disorder whereby the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and mistakenly attacks normal, healthy tissue for unknown reasons. Some chemicals present in marijuana have a calming effect on the body’s immune system. This is, therefore, believed to be the manner in which this drug helps deal with symptoms of the Lupus disease.
12. Can Improve Lung Health
A study published in 2012, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that marijuana can increase lung capacity and does not impair lung function. Over a period of 20 years, researchers carrying out studies on the risk factors for heart disease tested the lung function of about 5,115 young adults. They found out that, while tobacco smokers lost their lung function over time, the lung capacity of the pot users showed an actual increase. It’s possible that the increase in lung capacity is not caused by therapeutic chemicals in the drug, but may be as a result of the deep breaths taken while inhaling marijuana.
These are only a few health benefits of Marijuana, there are a lot more and hopefully, even more, will be discovered in future studies.
By Mellissa Mouse Magichands
My experience with being sick goes back a very long time. I remember first getting sick at Thanksgiving when I was 13. It started in my lungs. I remember not being able to breathe during the family dinner, and then my parents rushing me to the emergency room. I was told I had bronchitis, and was sent home with some steroids and antibiotics.
By Christmas I had gotten much worse, and this time they diagnosed me with asthma. I don't remember clearly a lot of what was going on back then, I just remember getting sicker and sicker, constantly in the hospital and on having more tests and more medications. I remember as a child spending many holidays in the hospital. As much as a medical staff can do in such a situation they do try to make it fun for kids while there. And yes, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus do know where you are , even if you are in the hospital. :)
As I got older I continued to get worse , but no one really knew why. There were lots of theories from the doctors. Ranging from; I was so sick because I was a vegetarian, to even the fact that I was born premature. At 16 it was determined by my doctors I would never get pregnant because I was so sick and not menstruating. Yet, the doctors still had no clue what was going on. However, they did diagnose me with mononucleosis and chronic fatigue syndrome.
At 17 I moved just 10 hours north of my family with my husband, Todd, to go to college. My lungs decided they didn't like that move too much. I spent most of my time in a hospital in northern California due to a recurring collapsed lung. I could not seem to get better , so after almost a year of struggling , I came back home to my parents house.
At 18, despite what the medical professionals had said, I did become pregnant. I had no clue that I was pregnant because I never got my period and my tummy was always distended. I was always throwing up anyway for no reason. So when my body was doing this from the pregnancy I honestly just thought it was normal. My doctors could never figure out why my body did this. I was 5 months pregnant before I had realized it. My beautiful daughter Harmony was born 6 weeks early. Healthy and the most beautiful thing you have ever seen. I had to stay in the hospital for a week because I was so sick. I held Harmony the entire time. The nurses would come in and tell me that I needed rest , but I knew I just needed to hold my baby. She would help me heal.
After recovering from the pregnancy with Harmony my health stabilized for a couple of years. I should have known it was too good to last; the asthma came back, and this time it came with a new intensity. This is what I imagine the feeling of being suffocated is like, I could not breath at all. My doctors were trying all different medications, and I was spending most of my time in the hospital.
At age 25 I got pregnant again. This really took a toll on my body. I was so sick the entire pregnancy, in and out of the hospital; and when I wasn't in the hospital I was put on bed rest. Although, against doctor's orders, I worked as much as I could. Our daughter Rheannon was born 4 weeks early, but she is very healthy and so beautiful. I couldn't stop looking at her. However, since then, we have found out Rheannon does not hear out of one ear. I guess no one can be perfect, so other then that she's very healthy.
After Rheannon's birth my health declined fast . My lungs were horrible and the docs said I would not make it to see my 28th birthday. I made it to 28 but my tummy problems were getting so much worse. The pain was excruciating. I would be doubled over in pain just trying to make it through the night. I could not stop throwing up but my tummy was so distended. I thought my appendix must have ruptured. The pain was just so bad. I hated hospitals and didn't want to go back. So I did what any normal / crazy person would do , I went to the chiropractor. Thankfully he was more medically astute than I was. He took one look at me and sent me straight to the emergency room. By the look of my tummy he thought my appendix must have burst as well.
Todd took me straight to the ER and they did all the normal tests. Ct scan , MRI , X ray and blood work. My tummy was so inflamed they couldn't see anything but just guessed by the looks of my tummy , that my appendix must have burst. As they were prepping me for emergency surgery, my parents show up. I remember being wheeled down the hallway laying on the gerny. The surgeon introduced himself to my parents, and for some reason my mom said that she has crohn's disease. Crohn's is an autoimmune disease that attacks anywhere along the digestive system. My body is fighting itself . It thinks I am the enemy, therefore attacking my own body. They stopped the surgery right there and said, "oh my god I bet that is what this is". I was way to sick for them to do the testing to see if the crohns was acting up at that moment. So after being back on the steroids for a month , the inflammation had settled down enough for my first colonoscopy. I now get them every 6 months.
They took biopsies and it came back that I did in fact have crohn's disease . The next 2 years were filled with more medical appointments, more hospital visits ,and more steroids, but not really ever feeling better. They said the disease was progressing very fast and that I would not make it until I was 30. I guess I took that as a personal challenge and I poured everything into getting healthy. I found two amazing personal trainers that helped me train as an Olympic weight lifter. ( A style of weight lifting, not that I went to the Olympics ) my trainers were amazing and taught me how to eat a paleo diet.
I had very good health for long time. I still had the things I always have to deal with; like not being able to breathe well , extreme pain every day, vomiting for no reason , distended belly , constant diarrhea, up to 30 times a day , no energy, but I was able to train in the morning, work all day and train again at night , all while still taking care of my family.
I was happy and thought my health was good. I had managed to stay out of the hospital from the age 30 to 34. don't realize how much your body adapts to what it is going through. At this point I have lived most of my life on steroids and multitude of other drugs, but I was happy and thought I was doing well. I didn't realize that again my body was getting sicker.
At 34 I got pregnant again with our son, Kaiden . I had the best pregnancy. I think the crohn's went completely into remission. I thought to myself, this is what it feels like to be normal. I was able to work all the way up until I had Kaiden . He was 2 weeks late and a full 10 lbs. A Big boy for my small frame. He was so amazing. I never stopped wanting to be right next to him.
The day after I had him , the crohn's came back with a vengeance.
The insane pain never stopped. I never stopped being in the bathroom. It was horrible trying to take care of my little guy when I could not take care of myself. I had my first surgery when Kaiden was 2 and a half. I had 3 horrible hernias that were wrapping around my intestines. I could not hold my baby because of the surgery.
Nothing was helping and the docs were giving me so much medicine. I had a standing prescription order for morphine, because the pain had become unbearable. My doctor had no clue what to do with me so he sent me down to UCSD. It's a teaching hospital, with some of the best physicians studying cases like mine. They only take patients that are very sick and not responding to any other treatment. I got right in to see doctor Sandborn. He heads up all the clinical trials. He discovered some of the medicines that have worked on people that don't respond to anything else. You could imagine my excitement to be able to see him and his team. They ran a lot of tests and put me on new medication, oh yeah, and more steroids. Lol . Always more steroids . I had been on and off them since I was 13. It's the only thing that ever seemed to help. I would later come to find out why they are called the Devil's tic tacs.
During this time , I needed a hysterectomy. The steroids had weakened my connective tissue and my uterus has prolapsed. As the doc was examining me , he said we will need to do some more tests before the hysterectomy.
More tests turned into about 2 months of constant testing . I wasn't sure what he was testing me for , but I will tell you it was not fun. One of the test was a bladder biopsies. The results of the biopsies finally found something. I was informed that I had true interstitial cystitis. I had no clue what that meant. He explained it was yet another autoimmune disease. My body was now attacking my bladder. After I recovered from the hysterectomy, we started on bladder instillation three times a week. It was a solution that is instilled into the bladder combined with four different meds. A pain medication, an antibiotic, a medicine called Elmiron, and you guessed it more steroids.
This was helping but then I had to change my insurance carrier. My new insurance wouldn't cover it and won't cover that same doctor I had been seeing. I started to see the urologist at UCSD . A place where they only take the worst of the worst patients. He saw me right away. He was excited to get to work with me . He said it was amazing that the first doc diagnosed me, because interstitial cystitis is very hard to diagnose. My new urologist is the one who came up with the bladder installations and he knew they would help me , but I needed them three times a day, not three times a week. My insurance won't cover what I need , and at $20, 000 a day for the installations , we just can't afford them. The doc put me on oral Elmiron and again more steroids.
As all of this was going on , I went almost completely blind. This was from all the wonderful steroids I had been on. I needed three eye surgeries to fix this. Out of all the things I have dealt with this may have been the scariest. You don't realize how much we take our sight for granted until it's gone. I honestly picked up the wrong child from school once. They all wore uniforms and all I could see was the outline shapes of the kids. I went to grab what I thought was my son's hand and started walking towards the door. The child came with me without a problem, it was the teacher who stopped me and said , " that's not your child ". I was so embarrassed. Lol
When you have eye surgery it is not painful, but they keep you awake during the procedure, and that is just not fun. The first two eye surgeries didn't work and most surgeons would not have attempted the third, but again, me being at the teaching hospital I have access to things other hospital won't offer. Thank god the third surgery was successful and now I can see again. I'm so grateful for that.
During all of this I had been getting many different infusions as well as iv's and blood draws. I was so sick they could never find a viable vein. They would have to poke me so many times and all my veins would collapse. I would come out of my appointments looking like a heroine addict. So many horrible bruises. I hated the way it looked. The nurses in the infusion center suggested that I get a port. A port is a device they implant in your chest with a small cut in your neck and a larger one on your chest. Again you are awake for this surgery. You don't feel anything but pressure at the time, but scary to know someone is cutting into your neck. The device goes directly into your heart , it is supposed to give easy access for infusions and blood draws. After a lot of research, I decided to get a port. I was really hoping it would ease some of the stuff I had to deal with. Boy was I wrong. Although the percentage of things going wrong with a port are slim , my body was one of the ones who had many problems with it. I don't know how many times I have heard a doc say, "That almost never happens." Well if it almost never happens most likely it will happen to me. Lol.
About three days after having surgery to get the port , I got very sick. I developed a 104 degree fever and didn't have enough energy to get out of bed. Todd took me to the ER and they diagnosed me with staph and sepsis. I was so sick and they said it was the port. So back into emergency surgery to have the port taken out. I was sad that I went through all of that and I didn't even get a chance to use it.
I always walk a lot while I'm stuck in the hospital. I absolutely hate being stuck in bed and locked up in a room while I'm there , so I walk laps around the halls . One day while doing my laps three nurses were running towards me. They were dressed in masks and gowns , and gloved up. They seemed very panicked. I assumed they were running to help some other patient. Definitely didn't think they were coming for me. Boy I was wrong. Lol
When they took out the port , they did a chest X ray. They found a spot on my lung and initially thought it was tuberculosis. The nurses were running to put me in quarantine. I think that was the scariest thing I have been through. I felt their panic as they masked me up and put a gown on me and put me in an isolation room. I have never been to jail, but I could imagine this is how it might feel. I was there for two weeks. The doctors that came and went , always commented that through all of this I always had a smile on my face and a great attitude. I would tell them that I was very grateful to be alive and being in isolation at least guaranteed me not having a horrible roommate. Lol. The stories I could tell about some interesting experiences with hospital roommates would keep you entertained for days . Lol .
There was one doctor in particular that I remember. He would come into my room and read my tests results from the day before and just cry. He would say how sad it was to see a person like me having such a hard time. He never said it , but I don't think he thought I was going to make it out of that room . In true Melissa fashion I fought my butt off to get better. I kept moving and I got better but needed 8 weeks of IV antibiotics. I could not go home unless I agreed to another type of port placed in my arm called a Picc line. The procedure was similar to what I had just gone through with the port . The port that almost killed me, but in order to go home and be with my family, who I missed so much , I had to do it. I was scared, but agreed. They put the needle in your arm and thread it through to the heart . You are awake, with no sedation or pain meds. It wasn't horrible but also not fun. I got to go home the next day. I had nurses come to the house every day for 8 weeks to help do everything they would in the hospital. I had to pump the IV drugs into my picc line every six hours around the clock. So even at night I had to wake up and do the whole process of sterilizing everything, then pumping the meds in and then cleaning up again.
Somewhere in all of this I had to have my gallbladder taken out. It is common for people with crohn's to have a gallbladder full of stones because we don't assimilate our food well. The docs said it was terrible, full of stones , and he said now my pain would be better after surgery. I didn't get better. The pain was still so bad that my docs decided it was time to cut out the most diseased part of my small intestine. I didn't really want to do this , but I was told it was better to do it now then under an emergency situation. This surgery is called a resection . Bags packed up again and surgery set. Right on our wedding anniversary. I figured that was good luck. They took as little of my small intestine as they could , but it was still a lot in my opinion. Lol. three feet. They also found a huge mass that they removed. I think this was the most painful surgery I have been through. Recovery was very slow. I had to find strength deep down inside that I didn't even know I had. At one point when I felt I could no longer go on , I heard a voice from deep down inside that said in a very stern male voice to ," toughen up soldier, you will make it out of this ". I was very surprised to hear this voice . I'm still not sure who's it was, but it worked. At that moment I got tough and told myself I would make it out of here.
The doctors decided to put me on a drug called methotrexate. It is a form of chemotherapy that I inject every week. By I , I mean todd injects it into me. I'm so grateful for him being able to handle giving me injections because honestly I could not do them myself. Many of the medicines I am on require them to be injected. Todd has never has a problem doing this for me.
I hate the methotrexate, it makes me so sick. Throwing up , tired, and it makes my body ache so bad. I told myself I could handle it just as long as I was getting better. The docs are always monitoring me very closely. One of the suckie things about trying to see a disease inside your intestine is they have to go inside to see. So again the docs knock you out to go inside to look. The first scope after the resection showed I still had mild crohns. Although this seemed disheartening to me , because I had hoped all the crohn's was taken out by the surgery, we were still trying to be positive, after all I was on the best medicines available to control mild crohns. I was expecting my life to be like the commercials on TV; take the medicine and no more suffering from crohns. So I believed they would control the crohn's in my body as well. I stayed on the chemotherapy, the biologics, the steroids and a bunch of other meds to control the side effects of the first meds. By this time I had been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease, anemia, vitamin d and b deficiency, crohn's induced neuropathy, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis in the left hip. A lot of these diagnoses have to do with being on steroids for so long , but without them I would end up in the hospital. Hence, the term Devils tic tacs . They will save your life and kill you all at the same time. They also affect your teeth. My teeth are so sensitive and painful all the time now due to the steroids.
To this day I am still receiving treatment. I recently had the second scopes since the resection surgery. Even Though I am on all of these meds , it still shows the crohn's is getting worse. Despite a lifetime of bad news, this time it was still devastating. I feel like I have done everything the best doctors out there have told me to do and yet I get worse. The pain is unbearable on most days but I pretend it's not there. I pretend I'm ok and I keep pushing forward. This is hard for me to do, but I do it for my family. I want to be here with them so badly. I want to participate in everything they do. I hate it when I'm away from them because I'm stuck in the hospital. I hate that I have not been able to pick my son up since he was 2 and a half because of all the surgeries. I feel like I am letting everyone down when I have to cancel plans because I just can't get out of bed. I hate that my family has had to put off so many family vacations because I can not go and they don't want to go without me .
Before getting this sick I was the best holistic health practitioner in southern California . I loved my work . It was my passion and I never felt like I was actually "working". I was able to help so many people heal themselves holistically. There had been articles written in our little newspaper saying, "before going to see a doc, go see Melissa, she will help you". Doctors were referring their patients to me, instead of surgery. I was so blessed to help so many people. I knew that I could help myself holistically. When I was first getting sick I did so much research on holistic ways to help myself. Looking up diets , herbs, tinctures. I spent days in the kitchen, preparing bone broth, pureed veggies , boiled chicken. All while preparing other food for the family to eat. I made special diets do help , but it was never enough. I continue as much holistic work as I can.
I see an acupuncturist, do yoga daily, exercise daily, see a chiropractor, go to meditation classes , get massages. It all helps but again doesn't seem to last. I thought by blending eastern medicine and western medicine I could make a difference. Yet I seem to continue to get worse.
Some of the effects I deal with on a daily basis are: extreme pain in the abdomen, horrible burning in the throat, throwing up, body aches , pins and needles in my hands and feet, going to the bathroom 20 to 30 times a day, always being so tired , hand cramps and weakness, headaches. I will never give up and cannabis is one of the things my husband and I continue to research to help myself, and others . We are always looking for new strains and ways of taking this medicine. We are finding new ways of ingesting it that might help heal me internally.
It was absolutely devastating to me when I was told I was no longer able to work. Work was not only where I made very good money but it is where I thought I fulfilled my purpose of being. I absolutely loved what I did . I loved that I was my own boss , that I could set my own hours so I could still be there for my family while still being able to help others. I loved how I could bring home great money and be what I thought was a great partner in marriage because I could contribute financially to our family. It made me feel good to be able to do everything I had thought was important. It seemed like my whole life came crashing down when I was told I could no longer work. Todd asked me to file for disability to help out with the bills. I didn't want to do this. I think mostly because I never thought of myself as disabled. I mean if you look at me, I look perfectly healthy . I also always believed I would get better and go back to work. I did apply appease my husband and eventually applied for benefits. I was approved pretty quickly compared to all of the stories you here. I got awarded 100% disability. The wording in the award letter made me want to cry. They called me fatal. I don't think I'm fatel. I have overcome the doctor's telling me I've been dying for years. Aren't we all dying? I won't spend my time here feeling sorry for myself. I will continue to fight every day to live my life to the fullest. I hope I show my kids that no matter what you go through in life, you are strong and you can overcome anything.
Despite everything I have gone through I have learn so many lessons that I am so grateful for.
I have learned to slow down and take everything day by day. Or sometimes minute by minute.
I have learned I am way stronger then I thought I was.
I have learned to be grateful for everything especially the little things in life.
I have learned that having a job doesn't make you who you are.
I have seen the kindness and compassion in many people.
I have learned life is not as you expect it to be and every moment is priceless.
I have learned what unconditional love truly means.
I have met many lifelong friends because of this disease.
I have seen amazing miracles with people healing themselves .
I have learned I am much more then this disease, then my job , then a wife or a mother.
I have learned to not stress about the little things.
To not stress about money because that always seems to work itself out .
I have learned that doctors although try their hardest my not always have all the answers or even if they do their hands might be tied in being able to give you the treatment you need.
I have learned compassion.
I am continuing to learn to be kind and loving to myself, to treat myself as I treat others. To see myself as whole. To know that just being myself shines my light so bright that it is contagious to others. I don't need to be a holistic health practitioner to help people. That just by showing up and being me , that that is enough to help others. My purpose doesn't change because I am sick. I still can continue to help others just by being me.
I am so grateful for the lessons I have been shown by having these challenges.
I am so grateful for my friends and family that put up with me having to cancel on outings because I just can't move. They always still invite me and when I do show up everyone is so accommodating to have safe food for me or activities planned out near a restroom.
I am so grateful to my children who are honestly the ones I keep fighting for . They are always by my side when I need them. They always put a smile on my face and keep me motivated to find strength to keep going.
I'm so grateful for my husband Todd; who has put up with so much; who will do all the things I think are so gross without complaining, like changing my bandages after surgery or cleaning up after my vomiting, or letting me sleep for 17 hours because I need it. He will take the kids out to dinner so I don't have to smell food on days I can't eat. He has never complained about me not doing what I think I am supposed to do as a wife and mother.
The most important thing I have learned is that it's what we think about that defines who we are; those individual thoughts that uniquely make up, us. Our jobs , or cars or , houses , or money isn't really important. And it's not how others see us . We put so much pressure on ourselves to live up to this idea of who we are supposed to be. Really all that matters is that we are our authentic selves. We show up , listen, tell the truth and do our best to participate. Nothing else really matters and everything will fall into place just the way it is supposed to.
I'm not sure where I go from here, but, I know whatever it is, I will be grateful to be still be fighting until the end .
WHY is the HARDEST To Answer?
The question of WHY has been coming up more often these days, unfortunately, this question has been the hardest for me to answer because WHY has so many layers. The answer could come from a physical place, a mental place, an emotional place, a spiritual place, a financial place, a belief place, a value place and so much more. The answers could be limitless. However, we may choose to answer this powerful question with the easiest answer….just because or I don’t know?
Almost 2 years ago, I sought out Cannabis for my alcohol consumption. My WHY 2 years ago, was I wanted something to help me drink LESS that was my WHY. I had little to NO knowledge about Cannabis, I only had this curiosity calling.
I have been over consuming alcohol since I was a teenager. When I drank alcohol it was always for the buzz which inevitably lead to the drunk which lead to justified excuses for “bad” behavior. At the beginning this was OKAY; it was acceptable. That is what we did when we “PARTIED”, and partying was done occasionally not ALL the time and it fit within my life. As the years went by my partying increased to more than occasionally to frequently and some weeks it was daily and it became my lifestyle.
Cannabis has helped me drink less so much less that I have not had a drink in 4 months. However, this did not happen overnight and not with Cannabis alone but inconjuntion with mindful lifestyle changes and the support of my family, friends, colleagues, and the Cannabis community. These are my partners in my healing process (my Cannabis Journey) providing me a safe place to heal my body, my mind, and most importantly my soul.
My Cannabis Journey brings me to the question…WHY did I drink?
This question comes up for me frequently because I am not sure I am ready to face the answers. I can easily answer from a physical place. I drank for the “buzz” or the relaxation. Easy enough? That answers leads to the next set of WHYS. Why do I use alcohol for relaxation? Because I am anxious. Why am I anxious? I don’t know? Each answer creates more questions and those questions become increasingly harder to answer for me. They drill down to the darkest and scariest places in my mind, body, and soul. Those places that we try our hardest to ignore and forget. My Cannabis Journey involves working on answering these questions; when I am ready to answer these, then I am ready for my next set of WHYS and the next step in my Cannabis Journey.
What do you do when the ONE thing you run to for comfort, punishment, celebration, loneliness, stress, satisfaction, hunger, emptiness, energy and love is the ONE thing that is making you sick and killing you? This ONE thing for me is SUGAR! Up until this moment in my life, I had been in complete denial that I AM A SUGAR ADDICT. I had programmed myself that my addiction was with FOOD; I have and always would have an unhealthy relationship with FOOD and this would be my public, personal struggle my entire life.
At the young age of 13, I chose to step on the “dieting” roller coaster to lose weight and thus would find happiness. I have remained on this extremely public, personal and emotional ride for the next 20 years. I have gained and lost weight more times than I can count with the extreme lows of 100 pound gains and extreme highs of 80 pound losses. When I was not fueling my ride with food, I was fueling it with Wine & Vodka. During my highs, I would consume more and more drinks and my times of lows I would consume more and more food. Part of this “dieting” roller coaster involves struggles with deep depression (self-hating) and high anxiety (not good enough) knowing a high can lead to a low. Throughout the years, I have been on a variety of anti-anxiety and anti-depression medication taking on the risk of combining these with heavy alcohol use.
My most recent high started 3 years ago, when I promised myself this would be the last time I would take this ride and I was getting off this roller coaster at a high and NEVER return. I lost 70 pounds, participated in a half-trail marathon, and several obstacle races. I convinced myself, I finally beat this ride. Unfortunately, I didn’t get off the ride and rode it all the way to my lowest gaining all the weight back, drinking heavily, and putting myself at risk for a potentially deadly prescription cocktail. My life felt out of control and hopeless and the ride stopped in this dark self-hating, not good enough place; questioning my entire life and every decision I had ever made and needed to find a way accept my reality of Food Addiction.
This is where my Cannabis Journey begins.
About 6 months after Cannabis became legal for recreational use, I found myself at my first dispensary wanting to know more about this plant. I was Canna-Curious desiring more information of how Cannabis might help me, but not knowing anything about Cannabis. WHAT, WHY or HOW could this plant save me?
First, I started consuming Cannabis for my social drinking situations reducing my intake of Wine & Vodka to 1 or 2 drinks instead of drunken nights of 10 to 12 drinks. The more I learned about Cannabis, I discovered this beautiful plant could help with my depression and anxiety, I took the next step and stopped taking my prescription meds for these symptoms and used Cannabis to help with my high-anxiety days and elevate me during my downs. In return, Cannabis removed the possibility of a fatal reaction with prescription drugs. Then undeniable digestion issues emerged. I was not able to eat, when I did eat trying to find foods that would make me feel worse or keeping me home bound because I was too sick to venture out. I blamed it on stress in my life and being so paralyzed of making wrong decisions. Discouraged by the lack of answers in the medical world, I looked at alternative Whole Health Wellness. I learned my body was tired (poor digestion) and over-run with bad bacteria and needed to remove ALL sugar in any form from my nutrition. About 3 weeks into the sugar elimination, I started to feel something I couldn’t even remember; I felt clear headed, energetic, hopeful, happy; I felt me for the first time in over 20 years. Something I have not found on the “dieting” roller coaster. I was told I was a sugar addict NOT a food addict! I wept with tears of acknowledgement. Sugar was the fuel behind the roller coaster in both the highs and the lows impacting me both physically and mentally and I could NOT stop this ride unless I acknowledge SUGAR'S control over me.
Which brings me to my Cannabis Partner; Cannabis is helping me acknowledge my sugar addiction both physically and mentally and helping me re-creating a new relationship with food that is both enjoyably rewarding and right for me. With Cannabis and the growing understanding of sugar and me, I am learning how to live in the present and take 1 day at a time. My onion still has many layers left and sharing openly and honestly about my personal journey with Cannabis and my Sugar Addiction it a part of the healing process. Until next time; stay Canna-Curious.
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09/23/16 - First show of "Beyond Sanity Podcast" airs this Saturday.
09/01/16 - New podcast coming. Btrip brings us 4twenty4play.com
06/25/16 - CCP acquired 700 shares of MED-X Inc. learn more here https://lnkd.in/eRjn-cy
04/29/16 - Accepting blog submissions. Seeking writers and reporters. Contact
03/23/16 - Check out our newly renovated "Membership" page.
01/18/16 - CCP is moved into new studios at Dank Dispensary 3835 Elm st Denver. Come by and say High and visit the location.
01/07/16 - The holidays are over and it's back to the Grind & Burn~! Getting settled into new studio space at Dank Dispensary in Park hill Denver. Two more show added this year. So much happening.
12/10/15 - Please Welcome our newest contributor Becca from Healthy Headie Lifestyle. Look for her post under the name HeadieBecca.
12/4/15 - No news blog this week. I have school finals and work projects to wrap up for the end of the year. -Syn.
11/15/15 - CCP will be at the ALL TIME HIGH event on Monday the 16th. IT's a bi-weekly meet up, come down and have a smoke with us, meet other in the industry.
10/19/15 - Back to the news blog. I've been out of town with family, and busy with school projects. As a reminder we love to hear from you. Tell us your stories and interests. -Syn.
10/15/15 - Saturday's show is with Jay Griffin, owner of Dank-Colorado Dispensary. Listen in.
10/08/15 - Saturday's show features Diablo Dean: Director, Producer, Writer of the movie "Deet & Bax Save the World" and an in-depth discussion about movie making, building community, and the lifestyle of a Keef Ninja.
Music - Keef Army Anthem Jason Anthony Feat, and Outtasite, Money B of @Digital Underground.
Saturday at 4:20pm.
09/30/15 - CCP forming a full media production company to start making more web based TV shows. We need writers, actors and producers to be part of a new, cannabis focuses, media channel. Contact us!
09/24/15 - Saturday's show is ready and will feature an interview, by Brainstorm, with Jim Berry the owner and proprietor of Weed Wipes. And Syndicate has a couple of interview segments from his night out at a cannabis events.
09/17/15 - Sorry for the lack of a new show today. We have been busy doing interviews and getting ready for more shows. Our recent Dank Colorado interview is in the works.
09/17/15 - CCP is expanding with more shows. Room for internship and employment. Contact CCP to inquire about opportunities.
09/02/15 - This Saturday's show is with Emmitt from Bong Buddy.
08/29/15 - Full show archives can be found at www.CannabisCommunityRadio.com. Listen from the beginning, share with friends and family.
08/26/15 - New show this Saturday with our time at "Lifetime Budds event," and I talk to Adam from Budz find a cannabis friend app.
08/21/15 - Episode 74: Brainstorming with The Syndicate. Mathew Brady sings a classic. New Shows every Saturday @ 4:20 MST.
08/12/15 - David Bush is back, the Colorado premiere hemp attorney. Music by The Lindells. New show starts Saturday at 4:20pm MST.
08/07/15 - Our new show is ready and will feature Rick Miles from Cannavis Syrups, and a quick overview from CanopyBoulder "pitch day."
08/06/15 - New Show! We are editing a new show right now, and it will be out 4:20 PM, MST, this Saturday.
08/02/15 - Sorry for the delay. We are under construction and we will be back with a new podcast soon.
07/23/15 - Updated the Indiegogo with 4 new perks for donation.
07/21/15 - New show this week. Ibake interview about city of Englewood complaints; Josh from CCX talks about the situation in Seattle, a vote that is shutting down dispensaries.
07/17/15 - Indiegogo campaign launch this week. Donate to support the show. There is an incentive gift for every type.
07/16/15 - Just finished talking to Ibake Englewood about the complaint issues with the city. It'll be on next week show.
07/14/15 - Welcome Chris "Syndicate" to the CCP team. Joining us as an associate producer overseeing the CCP news blog.