CV 044 July 4th Terror

July 2, 2021

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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 think a discussion about fireworks could be calm you may want to have a couple of doobies ready… I wrote this episode about a year ago on the 4th of July. I hadn’t even begun podcasting yet!  In fact, it sorta jump started my desire to get behind a fog-horn… So here it is… let’s go inside my thoughts a year ago…

I just had a big argument with my spouse and his retired daughter about this. They yelled at me that it’s their right to enjoy celebrating the 4th this way and nobody could stop them and my opinion doesn’t matter.

I used to love fireworks. So pretty in the sky… “bombs bursting in air…” as our national anthem says.

That was way before I ever heard of Dog or Cat or Horse Whisperers.  But not before I knew of the mental devastation some old men in my life felt every time they heard loud claps of thunder or a truck backfiring… sometimes even the sight of a trash pit on fire would set one of them off into cold sweats, a deep stare, uncontrollable shaking, and a loss of the here and now. A panic sets in and blindness can ensue. Literal blindness to the present. Locked in a “day terror”. The mind unable to cope with the sound or site that just triggered a horrific memory once survived, that repeats itself over and over again.

I’ve seen those same symptoms in animals every Fourth of July for 65 years. Wild-eyed expression of terror with the first BBOOM as the panic of flight kicks in and they disappear into a dark hole to shake and vibrate with fear for the rest of the night. Can’t eat, drink, or relieve themselves and never knew it was coming.

The Fourth glorifies war.  We keep WAR front and center every year with it.  WAR is good. We celebrate it every year, see? Fireworks! Aren’t they pretty! And they sound just like the real thing!

BBOOM BBOOM!!

Our parents indoctrinated us to love the explosions and “don’t be afraid of the sound”.

(Much harder to reason with animals on that score.) They said we do this to celebrate our Independence. I can celebrate anything without causing loud explosions… but I don’t understand why we need to see and hear a reminder of the fighting? Is it like seeing the crucified Jesus on the cross? You WANT to be reminded of killing each other over ideas that you can’t come to peaceful agreement about?

I’m calling this out for what it is.

Not just a money-making scheme… like the 1950’s Food Scheme pyramid… 3 servings a day of Meat, Dairy, Bread, Vegetables… in that order,

but a guy’s need to blow up shit.

In early 1900’s, President Theodore Roosevelt met John Muir, the famous ecologist/explorer and toured the great Redwood Tree Forest to show him the wonders of our nation and planet. Teaching the President many lessons of our natural world, on the third day by the campfire asked by Mr. Muir, “Mr. President, when are you going to give up your childish need to kill animals?” The president’s expression caught his realization. And with the exception of a titmouse he caught and skinned to take back to Washington, he never killed another animal for sport”.

We do better… when we KNOW better. (Oprah Winfrey)

It is not right thinking to terrorize our nation of War Veterans twice a year (4th & New Years) and all the animals within range of sound for the sake of a few who like the pretty colors and areal explosions. It is not equitable.

It is not right thinking to ignore the suffering of these sentient creatures, some of whom we asked to serve their country, the others who have no control over human habits and delight. Even if we’ve done it since 1776 and way before that in other parts of the world.

It is not right thinking to say that you like it because it celebrates your country freedom. You can celebrate your country’s freedom without harming others. Loud explosions bursting all around you is harmful to a lot of human and animal psyches. You should care more about their mental and emotional health than your desire to hear an explosion that THEY can’t get away from. “Just GO INSIDE!!” doesn’t stop the sound, or terror, or panic that triggers an episode of PTSD.

There are immediate solutions that do not take away our pretty American tradition… Soundless Fireworks. They’re already available. And we should make a mandatory decree to abandon these ridiculous selfish celebratory excuses to make noises that glorify the ravages of wars. You didn’t gain your freedom peacefully. But you could certainly choose to LIVE your war torn freedom peacefully and respectful of all war veterans and animals who can’t control those outbursts.

We finally saw that people in wheelchairs (did they get those from war?) need ACCESS to public facilities so we began building them. Sentient creatures DO have needs and rights. And scaring the hell out of them every year shouldn’t be one of them. Besides, it would probably mean less drug abuse during that known period of terror every year. And less acting out all around. Doesn’t it make you sad to think about all the patients who have to medicate for these events? Don’t you wonder what the gross profits are on drugs for you’re poor dogs and cats for this nightmare event?!? Is this drug abuse?

Please consider changing your ideas about needing explosions every year. For the sake of all animals and of the almost 10% of our American population wounded in action (2016 Dept.Vet Affairs) who have no control over this.

As Oprah says: When we know better, we do better.

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.

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  2. all street weed is contaminated: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5022003/
  3. 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
  4. Certificate of Analysis (COA) https://www.pharmtech.com/view/certificates-analysis-don-t-trust-verify

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