Welcome to the Cannaba Verum podcast, the cannabis truth podcast. I speak the language of cannabis freely and uncensored, while educating my audience on the safe use of this live Plant Therapy. You should know what’s in your cannabis, what’s good and what’s not. It does not come with an FDA stamp of approval yet, using cannabis mindfully, as medication is a different concept in the healthcare philosophy of the past 100 years. There’s a lot to learn and consider cannabis is not dangerous, but it is not harmless, either. This is honey Smith walls, a 21st century cannabis shaman here to explain the language of cannabis in historical, political, and scientific terms, so you can make educated decisions about the medicine you ingest.
Hello my friends,
If you conjure up old ideas about a witch doctor you may see some African tribal medicine man in a grass skirt with a bone through his nose wildly shaking a gourd with beans in it over the poor victim to rattle bad spirits away. Maybe I should try that!
Or, I can just open my iPad and go to the Journal of American Medical Association and search for the latest science on cannabis for real information to rattle bad spirits away. I can also reference a hundred other traditional medical sites and new ones as well who are completely invested in the science of cannabis.
One such reference site that often catches my eye is called CannaTechToday.com. It comes monthly and in an article dated March 3, 2021 titled Physicians Dealing With Cannabis Can Be Unreliable.
Now I don’t want you to be afraid of asking your primary care physician about cannabis. That’s why we’re talking about it now. But at this moment in cannabis history, no matter where you live, the majority of AMA physicians do NOT know anything about cannabis. They were not taught anything about it from a medical standpoint because of it’s illegal status. And then they were taxed and mostly propagandized and lied to from the political point of view so they would not prescribe it.
Because back in those days, the 1930s, doctors carried cannabis in their little black bags to use for all kinds of aches and pains… and it could be purchased over the counter in various tinctures.
My spouse was born in 1932 and his mother had 5 kids before him (and one after…) and lived in a tiny town in Kansas where they were the only Black family. I’m pretty sure his mother and grands would have utilized this cheap prolific tonic for everything from a headache to a tummy ache and whatever else a passel of kids can get into. Until it was no longer available. It really was the “aspirin” of the day… until Aspirin was invented, about that time.
Nobody questioned that doctor about his knowledge of cannabis at that time. Although, having a thousand years of anecdotal information was helpful, modern science had yet to sing out. And now that it has begun to dissect this amazing plant to figure out how it can best serve us, I for one am paying attention. Can’t say that for all primary care physicians, though. And here’s why:
Again, our government classified certain drugs back in the 70’s as too dangerous to use that holds no medicinal value. But Scheduling drugs actually began back in the 1950s when Dupont created computer algorithms(1) for rating chemical compounds they were working with. There’s a very geeky article about it all that cannabis med students and lab rats might be interested in at Mosaic projects.com.
Cannabis is rated still rated like heroin, LSD, and Ecstasy. And although old Grandpa Joe was instrumental in creating this mess of regulation and the War on Drugs and the the 3rd Strike Rule, and even though his VP has her own sad history about incarceration for cannabis… they are still our best opportunity in 100 years to change the reputation of this live plant.
We have to tell the truth about the plant! And getting it removed from Schedule 1 is the fastest way to prove to doctors and other medical professionals that it is indeed, valuable to the care and well-being of humans and animals. This one action will remove 100 years of intentional market stigma almost overnight. That will release advertising to educate the populace. Something that is forbidden at this time. Like cigarettes commercials. Because it’s a Schedule 1 drug. Truth matters. It’s only a Schedule 1 because of corruption. The AMA and other scientists told them NOT to list it as a Schedule 1 but they did it anyway. Preventing commerce from thriving around it. No competition for big alcohol, or cotton, or Pharma, or plastics which were just created about that time. The corruption and prejudice are stupefying once you get into the history of this plant.
But suffice it to say, Grandpa Joe and MamalaKamala have the science on cannabis now and have said they both agree to de-scheduling cannabis for the medicinal value it has. It’s March 2021 and we still don’t know what that means…. but they do have a few other priorities they’re wading through… so nothing to do but be patient and vigil. Our voice must be heard. I know I won’t go back to criminal cannabis. I’m too old and smart to mess with all that. I’ll just make sure my voice is loudest so the politicians can hear when we tell them we’re watching… and like Georgia, we know how to change the game now.
So here’s the deal with doctors and cannabis in Florida… and every state is different!!!
A doctor of medicine or osteopath may take a 2-hour course on the Florida cannabis law before gaining a certificate that says he can “recommend” medical marijuana to his patients. It does NOT require that medical professional have any knowledge of the plant… just what Florida law states about cannabis.
So basically, Florida made doctors the 3rd party…..through whom you must pay…. in order to get a Florida state medical marijuana card…. that allows you to purchase products from a state licensed dispensary.
If that doctor is not already your primary care physician… then that doctor is just a mechanism for you to buy from a company licensed by the state. He will not necessarily know much about cannabis… unless he took outside courses like me. And by outside, I mean other than med school. All the courses I took on cannabis were devised by scientists and medical professionals with keen interest in helping humans and animals with it. I’ve studied the history and pharmacology of the plant just like med students… except they only have a few courses… over a few months. I’ve been studying cannabis for 5 years from every angle I can determine. When you decide that cannabis may be a path of relief you’d like to try, then I heartily recommend doing some research on the doctor you choose. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask when calling, where the doctor got his education on cannabis and the extent of his knowledge. Cannabis schools are only just now beginning to open up. It costs money, time, and effort to attend even online classes and get accreditation. If you’re looking for cannabis explanation, the doctors who really believe the science of the plant are the ones who will give you the best information. All the others are happy to add cash to their business (can’t use credit cards or banks for cannabis receipts yet because of the schedule 1 rating!) and that cash helps pay off their med school loans.
De-scheduling cannabis will instantly correct a shitload of problems for people of color and businesses. People of Color? Yeah… disproportionately incarcerated for cannabis, tearing up families, throwing industry under the bus, and lying to the people about something that would change the world and uplift those in poverty while providing a new manufacturing product by the millions and restarting our economy after a world pandemic with over a half a million dead.
That whole corruption thing has to go. And shining a light on it and never forgetting are the answers to fixing it.
So the point of all this is to help you understand how to find a good cannabis doctor for your needs. And you may not feel like this is an issue for your simple aches and pains. But if you have heart problems or cancer or HIV then you’ll probably feel more comfortable having a specialist cannabis physician keeping an eye on your whole body. And the good news is there are more and more of those kind of cannabis doctors becoming available.
Any pot doctor will do if you’re just looking for a card to get medical marijuana. Google “Pot Doctor Near Me” and you’ll find a bunch of them in your neck of the woods. Just start calling and ask how much. Cheap ones are about $100. And you have to renew your card every 7 months thru that doctor. The state charges $75./annually. Gouging in my opinion… One card, one time, should be enough. The taxes off just that one issue probably created 10 more new overpasses in Orlando. But they didn’t ask me.
Cannabis specialists like Dr. Mazo a neurologist and the first pot doctor in Melbourne and Dr. Genester Wilson-King, an OBGYN in Mt.Dora area are the kind of studied cannabis specialists in their own field of medicine who really understand the effects of the plant and could be your primary care physician if you needed them. Dr. Dustin Sulak up in Maine has his own product and does studies now (RCT’s) on thousands of his patients plus he created certificate courses of cannabis education (which I took and were wonderful), Dr. Angie Krause, a veterinarian in Colorado is another. She helps animal issues with cannabis because she really understands the effects of the plant. Even though her animals don’t speak the same language and communication is tough at best.
Full Disclosure: I am not professionally affiliated with any of the doctors I mention in my podcast yet. I do use Dr. Sulak’s Healer CBDa product and like it very much. But I talk about them because I appreciate their knowledge base and friendship within the industry.
So if you’re looking for a real primary care physician who understands the value of utilizing cannabis from their little black bag of tricks, then do your homework to find out the extent of their knowledge before consulting about your health in general.
And if its just a card you’re after for typical cannabis use, then the closest cheapest and soonest available will do… but they won’t be your primary care physician, they’ll just be your pot doctor. Which Doctor for you?
Host: Honey 26:57
You’ve been listening to another Cannaba Verum podcast with 21st century cannabis shaman Honey Smith Walls, about the importance of using safe hemp and marijuana products. Unless otherwise proven by a reputable third party lab test, please be advised that all street weed is contaminated. It may do grave harm to a patient with a delicate immune system. I challenge you to check the veracity of my statements in each episode by checking the medical citations posted on my blog at Cannaba Verum.com.
That’s C A N N A B A V E R U M.com
- plant specifically grows, the acid form, the THCa – https://academic.oup.com/pcp/article/46/9/1578/1812749
- all street weed is contaminated: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5022003/
- Handbook of Cannabis for Clinicians, Practices and Principles by Dr. Dustin Sulak – https://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Cannabis-Clinicians-Principles-Practice/dp/0393714187 and healer.com
- Certificate of Analysis (COA) https://www.pharmtech.com/view/certificates-analysis-don-t-trust-verify