“I identified as a stoner from the 70s for decades, until I presented with cancer in my 50s; now I’m an Educated Stoner.” – Sharon Letts
The first time I smoked weed was in 1975. I used to be 16 years previous and on my option to highschool, stopping in at a fuel station toilet, when one of many women lit a joint and handed it round.
I used to be thought-about a great woman and had been a Girl Scout since Brownies. With Florence Nightingale as my first Shero, I turned a Candy Striper in highschool. I volunteered on the native hospital and delivered flowers, sweet, newspapers and books to sufferers after faculty, whereas incomes badges for group service.
But I used to be by no means thought-about a great scholar. Failing highschool, battling an undiagnosed processing drawback, the overall false impression was that I simply wasn’t very shiny.
After a couple of hits off the joint that morning, that was the primary time I used to be capable of focus in faculty. An task of writing one Haiku poem was writing ten in speedy concession, and I used to be first revealed as a poet at 19.
Even then, I didn’t perceive why it felt proper; I used to be solely advised it was mistaken. For many years I assumed I used to be only a stoner who needed to cover my hashish use; despite the fact that it helped me focus and really feel higher, emotionally and bodily.
From Stash to Apothecary
After working as a producer in tv in Los Angeles, I used to be introduced as much as Humboldt County to supply a information present. While working in media in the hashish capital of the world, I introduced with breast most cancers (Lobular carcinoma), and was given hashish oil by Pearl Moon of the Bud Sisters of Southern Humboldt.
The first night time I took the robust oil (alcohol discount, aka: RSO, FECO) I didn’t want the sleeping capsule I’d taken for years. The subsequent day I didn’t want the painkiller wanted for a partially disabled knee. In two and a half weeks upwards of ten prescription drugs, and quite a few dietary supplements wanted for treating mixed hormonal signs from each thyroid illness and menopause, have been not wanted. In two and a half months the most cancers was gone, with out surgical procedure or the normal therapies of chemotherapy or radiation.
I’m now a part of a 30-year research on prevention with the American Cancer Society. Its director despatched me a private e-mail thanking me for my participation, promising extra hashish questions in future questionnaires.
Since then (October, 2012) my stash has was my apothecary cabinet, and my work has targeted on hashish as treatment, serving to individuals to get again into the kitchen and make their very own cures from the backyard. My tales are principally all affected person profiles, written for a lot of publications all over the world; translated into a number of languages.
Cannabis: My Gateway Drug to Other Healing Plants
Cannabis has turn out to be my fundamental treatment. It was my gateway drug to different useful superfoods, or what I wish to name, tremendous crops. Superfoods have a variety of useful compounds, with assist for a variety of illnesses and symptom aid. This is why most individuals really feel that the various tales of therapeutic are too good to be true. After all, when taking prescription drugs, you want one capsule per symptom.
I used to be recognized with thyroid illness at 40. It’s a dysfunction of the thyroid gland, situated on the base of the neck, distributing hormones all through the physique; protecting all of our techniques in examine.
According to Thyroid.org, greater than 12 % of Americans can be recognized with a thyroid situation; with 20 million recognized with thyroid illness; and upwards of 60 % of the inhabitants not realizing they’ve the situation in any respect.
The primary pink flags of thyroid illness, and subsequent hormonal imbalances, are digestive points, sluggish metabolism and weight achieve; constipation and bloating. Hormone disruptions are additionally sleep disruptors, resulting in persistent fatigue and melancholy; with physique temperature points, together with night time sweats and scorching flashes.
Women going into menopause already presenting with thyroid illness are in for a double-whammy of hormonal signs, together with temper swings and elevated empathy that may deliver tears on the slightest provocation.
The excellent news is that hashish might assist. To maintain myself from sliding again right into a sea of unhappiness, ache and most cancers, I have to hold the useful compounds of hashish and different tremendous crops in my system each day, and deal with it as if I had a prescription – as in the event that they have been farmaceuticals.
Little Stashes Everywhere
My medicating begins in the night, as I’ve changed sleeping tablets with a hashish oil capsule I make myself (recipe on my web site). This dose covers plenty of territory, as hashish strengthens the immune system whereas preventing off infections. It additionally provides a lot wanted REMs, heading off fatigue and subsequent melancholy.
I additionally take a chamomile oil capsule nightly (similar recipe), after discovering a research on chamomile treating melancholy. Chamomile capsules additionally changed Valium for me; and I’ll take one, as wanted, through the daytime for nervousness and stress (information on chamomile on my web site).
If I’m not feeling 100 % in the morning, I’ll take a capsule with mixtures of moringa and guanabana – each superfoods. The moringa is uplifting for daytime use, combatting fatigue. Moringa is attending to be extra generally recognized; whereas guanabana is a well-liked superfood from South America, generally used in Baja California, Mexico, the place I stay.
Throughout the day I’ll take one or two hits of flower with one in every of my favourite bongs, a retro 70s piece from My Bud Vase; or my cobalt blue bong by Jane West, Inc.
Smoking lifts endorphins shortly, easing melancholy. Taking only a hit or two of hashish additionally helps me concentrate on my work – coping with my ADD, on the spectrum. I’ve been recognized to grind chamomile flower up with hashish for a relaxing smoking combine.
Because of my nervousness points I have a tendency to decide on hybrid cultivars that lean Indica to calm, and don’t pay an excessive amount of thoughts to the names of flower. I do take note of THC counts – preferring them decrease, as I’m not in this for the excessive, I’m medicating for actual illnesses. I’m truthfully simply making an attempt to really feel alright every day, utilizing crops as an alternative of pharma for recognized issues, sickness and most cancers prevention.
I’ll additionally use a selfmade tincture, as wanted, relying on the symptom. Chamomile to calm or for tummy upset; Stinging Nettles for allergic reactions; and a THCA (non-psychoactive) tincture for an infection or ache. My go-to is a cold-gin-infusion, as alcohol infuses in a chilly course of and doesn’t activate THC.
My physique and face lotion can also be infused with any variety of the superfoods named, as I not use retail sunscreen; however do aftercare with crops which have antioxidant compounds, specifically hashish, chamomile, moringa, and guanabana, or mixtures thereof; including rosemary or citrus peel as pure bug repellents.
Growing up on the seashore in Southern California, then spending a few years as knowledgeable gardener, I’ve had my share of pores and skin cancers, with a couple of eliminated – however, they sometimes come again worse. Most pores and skin cancers I’ve been capable of deal with topically with a stronger hashish oil salve (entire plant extract).
I additionally add recent herbs to my cooking all through the day, preserving vases of herbs on the kitchen counter for straightforward entry. Most produce loses efficacy if saved in the fridge the place completely good meals goes to die. Keeping produce in bowls and vases on the countertop encourages every day and speedy use.
You may say my very own private stashes come from the backyard into nearly each room in the home. Whether it’s made in the kitchen, smoked from my tray, or discovered in my apothecary cabinet – it’s all treatment, all day lengthy.
Quoting Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.” My drugs occurs to be in my stash, and my stash occurs to be my drugs.
For extra info on Sharon Letts and recipes from her Apothecary web page, go to www.sharonletts.com