Marijuana is NOT Just for Getting High!
Dori Edwards, Director of Operations at Ganjamamas, loves her job because she is helping many people improve their quality of life! “Pharmaceuticals have been something I have always been against,” she said. She went on to say she had started smoking marijuana when she was 19 for back pain, focus and motivation. She doesn’t use marijuana now, but knows how well it worked for her and is sharing her story with others. She knows marijuana is good for the human condition in general and her focus is to educate people and evolve their stance on the subject.
Medical Marijuana helps apathy, paranoia, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, cancer, nausea, severe & chronic pain, muscle spasms, glaucoma, HIV or aids positive, Hepatitis C, Crohn’s disease, auto immune disorders, seizures and more.
In 1990 scientists discovered not only humans but all mammals have an endocannabinoid system in their bodies. We have receptors to read cannabis 100% with no toxic by-products that the liver has to process. These receptors read the cannabis and send back an impulse to kill cancer cells. You can Google the Endocannabinoid System as an Emerging Target of Pharmacotherapy.
When you smoke the herb you are getting 80% plant matter in your lungs, which is not the best. Patients now are moving toward the healthier alternative of vaporizing it. This heats the THC crystals off the plant but does not heat hot enough to burn the plant matter. Other ways of administering the herb is through tinctures, capsules, suppositories, salves, concentrates, juice, tea, baked goods and candy/suckers. Juicing has been discovered for another way to administer the medicine. (As long as one uses a press juicer and not a centrifugal force juicer, there is no “head high”.) By pressing marijuana the THC will not be decarboxylated or activated, therefore you get all the anti-inflammatory and other benefits without altering your state of mind. Basically this means a patient can take 10 times the amount and start to see their severe conditions turning around into wellness in the body.
Dori’s goal is to change the face of “pot culture’s” stigmatism, (i.e., lazy, couch potato). She is professional, educated, and well-spoken and works tirelessly on educating one person, legislator, and city council member at a time. The campaign to turn the citizens of the United States against marijuana began as a way to eradicate the hemp industry. Hemp would replace cotton, paper, fuel and plastics. Hemp seeds are a balance of the perfect Omega 3’s and 6’s that our body needs. The alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceutical industries are against legalization because their profits will go down. These large corporations are trying to make us believe that hemp and marijuana are bad for us. Marijuana has never killed anyone. Marijuana is safe and effective. Dori is committed to creating a safe and classy space for patients to come and get clean, medical grade, tested medicine. At the dispensary they focus on educating patients and their families who choose this type of medicine. People should not be ridiculed or judged for their choice of medicine.
To be eligible to receive this type treatment you must first get a recommendation from a Doctor. You then send the application into the state and if approved you are issued a Medical Marijuana Card. The fee for the card is $100.00. You must renew this every two years. Michigan has received about thirty million dollars just for these cards since the program began in 2008. Michigan is on the forefront of creating CBD strains where California bred high THC strains. Cannabis patients who want the anti-spasm or anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis delivered without an accompanying “high” might prefer this high-CBD strain. High CBD cannabis is potentially effective in easing symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disorders among others.
Once you get your card you can go to the dispensary and sign their member agreement. You must agree to be responsible! No smoking in parking lot or your car and act within the guidelines of the law. You then discuss your condition and a consultant recommends some options for administration. The collective or dispensary knows that some patients don’t know anyone whom can grow the plant for them or they are too sick or don’t know how to grow it themselves. Also, even if a patient has a caregiver, the medicine may not be ready, they may not be growing the strain the patient needs, the plants may not be clean or the grower may not offer tinctures, salves and edibles. That is the reason Dori believes dispensaries should be allowed in Michigan to provide safe access to patients. They “weed out” the caregivers who bring in cannabis to be dispensed. They send it out to labs to be checked for pesticides, pet hair, spider mites and mold before it is placed on their shelves. They truly have the patient’s best needs as priority.
When a patient comes in a second time the collective likes to follow-up and see how the marijuana helped the patient. Many patients have come in and reported they had gotten off 4-6 pharmaceuticals since using the safer alternative of medical marijuana. They feel better, sleep and eat better and are pain free. They are very thankful for finding this treatment. Montel Williams has MS, (multiple sclerosis) and said he would use pot until he dies. (www.montelms.org)
Yes, medical marijuana is very controversial but with any investigation I would think most people could see without a doubt the health benefits. No harmful side effects are huge. Dori just hopes people do their own research and make up their own minds. She hopes people stop believing lies and start sparking up their own ideas of how a 2000 year old plant provides a new way of looking at healing ourselves in the future. After all, where did the plant come from?