On Apr 20th (420 Weed Day) I was fortunate to take part in the first cannabis bus tour in Canada, since it became legalized. The tour was created to demystify the stigma associated with the plant.
Through the educational tour 'Cannabis, Herbal Medicines & Teas - Healing Body, Mind and Spirit' - we toured a herb farm in Cobourg and a First Nations reserve in Alderville, Ontario.
In the reserve, we 'hit' The Green Room and Medicine Wheel, legal dispensaries of cannabis products. I learned so much on the tour and was inspired to research more. (I recommend that you do too, because there is much to know).
I was thrilled to discover that Medicine Wheel’s products are sourced in a pure, sustainable and responsible way, mainly from Indigenous communities. The owner, an Anishinaabe man of the Bear Clan, created Mukwa Botanicals (Mukwa is Ojibway for bear). Their motto is You Don't Have to be High to Heal. Apparently it’s very popular with seniors!
This company has high ethical standards and upholds the Seven Grandfather Teachings of Respect, Honesty, Truth, Humility, Courage, Wisdom and Love.
Check out their recommended cannabis treatments and products for common ailments here:
If you haven’t heard of it yet, you soon will.
CBD is taking the natural healing world by storm.
It’s being used successfully by sufferers of pain, stress, anxiety, depression, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, insomnia, migraines, inflammation, dementia. PTSD and more.
Like many people, I seek alternatives to pharmaceuticals with harsh side effects – I want medicine that is more in sync with my body’s natural processes. CBD seems to fit that profile because here’s what I discovered:
Plant medicine has been available for thousands of years, yet CBD has only recently been researched by scientists and doctors. The World Health Organization has concluded that CBD is neither addictive nor harmful. CBD is safe for adults, children and animals. It is legal to purchase in Canada (and some other countries) and does NOT test positive in drug tests.
The cannabis plant is best known for its ability to create a ‘high’ but that is not its only super power!
CBD and THC are compounds extracted from the cannabis plant and both have significant therapeutic attributes.
CBD is NOT ‘medical marijuana,’ as this has THC in it.
CBD creates a healthy body - one that’s in balance - in homeostasis.
Take, for example, a healthy immune system - optimal health is achieved when anti-inflammation and inflammation are in balance.
CBD works with the body to find and maintain this balance.
Here's how it works:
Furthermore, our body makes its own natural cannabinoids, so we already have CBD receptors in our cells. When we use CBD, it binds to these receptors which take the medicine into our DNA, restoring homeostasis to our immune and central nervous systems.
Our Endocannabinoid System was discovered in 1992 by Professor Raphael Mechoulam of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.
Watch this humorous 88 year old tell us how CBD was discovered:
Until all health professionals are knowledgeable about CDB, figuring out how much you should take is challenging; the dosage that alleviates one person's ailment might do very little for another’s.
There are a variety of ways to take CBD so do your own research before you decide to use cannabis in your healing journey. Everyone is unique and dosing involves listening to your own body, noticing effects, and adjusting accordingly. I was given the sage advice, ‘Start low, go slow.’
I’ve always been in favour of taking back my power from the hands of others and being responsible for my own healing. I’m only at the beginning of my discovery of this amazing plant medicine and already, I am noticing good things!
If you'd like to take the tour, there may be some seats left:
* Pronounced: Canna-bid-eye-ol)
(Disclaimer: This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Readers are advised to do their own research and make decisions in partnership with their health care provider. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication, please consult your physician. Nothing you read here should be relied upon to determine medication changes, medical diagnosis or course of treatment.)