its the choice that matters

We complicate the simplest things.

I like controversial subjects especially when I can write about them. Why? It tends to open up a dialogue that hopefully ends up being a healthy discussion where people can see both sides of the issue and it can also lead to change.

Did you read my last post? Did you watch the video? What did you think? Certainly a controversial subject here where I live and also south of me. And depending where you live it might not have any relevance or may be something you might think will never happen in your country. Canada is a great country to live but it can still have puritanical views when it comes to certain things.

The purpose of my post was to show that there is a substance that exists that in most cases is being ignored as a solution to people’s health issues, some of those issues being life threatening. Is it the only solution? In some cases it is. In my example of what Charlotte was experiencing it was her only option. All other options were explored, tried, and failed.

Is it always the only option? No. But, it should be an option. There are a lot of excellent pharmaceuticals that can be used to treat conditions, disease, etc. but in most cases that is the only option other than not taking any pharmaceuticals at all. And if pharmaceuticals are the only option than we end up dealing with the fall out from that. Currently Canada is dealing with the problem of long-term use of opioids for chronic, non-cancer pain. We (Canada) is experiencing a 280 per cent increase in opioid prescribing over the past decade. Why is this? Could be because it’s the only choice being given to patients or it could be due to the monies doctors make doling this stuff out. That’s a whole other discussion though. But it might be safe to say if we have more choices, weed being one of them and doctors who are more ‘open minded’ to prescribing them than this issue might not exist today. And it’s a huge issue. The tax it puts on our health care system, the cost to treat addiction, side affects, and the cost to the individual. This can be a huge cost. Side effects such as severe constipation, muscle spasms, vomiting, lost work due to addiction and dependence on the drug.

Strange isn’t it. I’m reading these side effects of something that it totally legal and ‘we’ are fine with that but ‘we’ are not fine with using weed as a way to treat chronic pain. How powerful propaganda can be.

Choices. It’s all I want. Provide me with the options and let me make the choice.

It’s that simple. It should be.

Yours in health,

Darryl

 

Clouds come floating into my life

“Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

 

Some may view this blog post as contradictory to the content and focus of this site. After all, my sign off for each post is ‘yours in health’. That’s OK though. I understand why people would view the consumption of weed as something that negatively impacts your health. Depending on your age, your view may be drastically different than others. If you are someone that grew up during a period of heavy anti weed campaigns than you more than likely have a view that weed is just bad for your health and it can also have a detrimental effect on how we act and behave. But if you are someone who hasn’t been hit by the government propaganda machine and tend to research things independently than your view probably differs. An example of this is Dr. Sanjay Gupta who for the longest time bought into the propaganda being fed to him not only by the government but also by the industry he is a part of. It wasn’t until he did his own research that he then publicly apologized for being a cog of the machine that was reporting weed as being ‘bad’ for us.

 

So, what does this have to do with health and wellbeing? There are or can be a lot of obstacles in our way to realizing a healthy life. Time constraints, availability, monetary, mental state, physical state to name some. We can look at each of these and analyze what can be done to remove them as a constraint when it comes to taking care of ourselves, especially when it comes to exercising. Now, weed won’t help you deal with time constraints, or availability, but what about other things such as mental state, physical state, dealing with things such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s, anxiety, etc. Can weed help with these things? I’ll leave that up to you to decide but in my opinion, yes it can.

When it comes to treating issues that we are dealing with that are medically based, years ago there was pretty much only one option. You saw your doctor. You were prescribed drugs to address the issue. You than followed up with your doctor and s/he determined if the drugs did the job. If not, you were prescribed more or different drugs and the process continued until the issue was resolved or you may just end up being on these drugs for the rest of your life. Years later, people started looking at different ways of treating ailments. People looked east for solutions. Acupuncture, herbal solutions, homeopathy. Sometimes these things worked and sometimes they didn’t. But it was another option than the standard one for people to choose from. And for some, I think we can add a third tier, weed. I use the words ‘for some’ because this option unfortunately is not legally available to everyone. I hope this changes and changes soon and I’ll tell you why later.

I’m going to try my best to explain a bit about weed as a way to treat issues we would normally treat with prescription drugs. I’m not an expert so this will be brief but I think it will provide a high level of understanding. There are two main components to weed that can have a drastically positive impact to various ailments. The first is THC. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the compound that produces the behavior that most people associate with taking weed. The enhanced creativity, the spaced out look, the need to be couch bound, the munchies. It’s what propagandists use to perpetuate the notion that weed is bad for you and this is how you will be when taking weed. The other compound is CBD or Cannabidiol. Typically weed is high in THC and low in CBD because this is what the market dictates. People want the affects associated with weed high in THC. Weed high in THC is typically what is used to treat people with loss of hunger, or dealing with nausea due to chemo therapy treatments for the cancer they are trying to beat. Whereas CBD because of its non-psychoactive properties, basically means you can’t get high, can be used to treat anxiety, sleeping problems, treating schizophrenia, treating epilepsy and other things traditionally treating with pharmaceuticals.

 

I want to write this again because it’s worth writing again and it’s worth you reading again. CBD can be used to treat life impacting things such as epilepsy, schizophrenia, anxiety, depression.

 

These are things that have a profound impact on someone’s life that having to deal with these things often impacts quality of life to a great extent. Not only is it dealing with epilepsy as an example but it’s also dealing with the side effects of the pharmaceuticals you are taking. The side effects can sometimes and most times be worse than what you are trying to treat in taking the drugs. People have ended up in the hospital on life support near death because of the medications they are taking. And sometimes it can take up to a year to get the right ‘cocktail’ of drugs you need to take to treat what it is you need to.

There is no known case of someone overdosing on weed. None. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S. has reported that every 19 minutes someone overdoses on prescribed medication. Did you know that? Probably not. But you have heard over and over how bad weed is for you. I’m trying to stay clear of getting into why this is, or why I think it is. But let’s create a hypothetical situation. Let’s have everyone who is epileptic move away from the pharmaceuticals they have been taking and start treating the disease with CBD. What would the impact be? It’s estimated that 65 million people suffer from epilepsy. Now in this one hypothetical situation 65 million people stop buying drugs from the big pharmaceutical companies. View me as a cynic but I don’t think big pharma views that in their best interest. Big money, government lobbying, pressure, no wonder weed for the most part is still a criminalized schedule 1 drug, the same as heroine.

But I digress.

I guess why I’m writing this is that I hope someone who reads this might take the time to do some research of their own. Then what. Is that it? No. Then I’m hoping that people’s minds will change. Hoping people will no longer view weed through glasses tainted by the media, by our parents, by our friends and so on. Hoping people through this will change and through change I feel things can change. We now have a Prime Minister that campaigned on the promise to legalize weed. Will it happen? I don’t know. Promised have been known to be broken. But if people’s minds start changing, and more minds change, opposition will drop and those who see weed as something that helps people and not hurt them will be the majority. And majority rules.

Lastly, why am I writing this? I said I would get to it, didn’t I. I have no issues with what people do that don’t negatively impact others or harm themselves. You want to smoke up? Go for it. It’s your choice. What has driven me to write this blog was seeing a young girl of 3 years suffering from hundreds of seizures a week while all the time being on prescribed medication. Hundreds of seizures. Charlotte could not eat like other kids. She had to be feed via a tube. She could not talk to her parents. Charlotte lost the ability to talk, walk, and eat. She was deteriorating. Some of these seizures lasted 2 to 3 hours and sometimes required Charlotte to be hospitalized.

Charlotte’s heart sometimes would stop requiring her mom Paige to perform CPR when it was at home. At the hospital they signed the do not resuscitate order and said their goodbyes.

Charlotte was 5 when her parents learned there was nothing more the hospitals could do.

Out of medical options, they decided to try marijuana. Living in Colorado this was an option. They had to find 2 doctors who would sign off on treating a 5 year old. It wasn’t easy. They finally found a doctor that felt it was an easy decision to weight the potential risk of cannabis against the brain damage caused from the seizures and pharmaceutical medication Charlotte had been taking. And they found a second doctor.

With having 2 doctors signed on they were able to find a place to purchase the cannabis high in CBD and low in THC. They found a place, purchased the cannabis and had a friend extract the oil from it. The oil was then tested in a lab and administered in a small dose to Charlotte.

One hour

Two hours

Three hours. No seizures.

Seven days no seizures. SEVEN DAYS! From having over 300 seizures a week to having none! And unlike pharmaceuticals no ramp up time was needed having to be on the drug before realizing its full efficacy. The effects of CBD were realized immediately.

Charlotte is now 9, walks, rides a bike, goes to school and her seizures are down to about 2 a month.

Choices

I’m reminded of Star Trek when Kirk and Bones time travel back into the 70’s and Bones has to operate on someone, I can’t remember who. He looks at the scalpel and other instruments and claims how barbaric we were as people at that time. But there wasn’t an option. Scalpel’s and other surgical instruments were all we had. We now have an option but people are tying our hands to prevent us from using that option.

Let’s change that.

Yours in health,

Darryl

 

Note: To see Charlotte’s story and learn more about the benefits of weed check this out.

Note: I do not condone any illegal activity. We all have choices.