CV 102 Humbled by Science

August 20, 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, 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 Friends,

I can’t get my thoughts out fast enough to you because the urgency of the science part of this industry is compelling us to hurry up with the truth so we can uncover the secrets of this live plant therapy!

I can tell you that the people I’m meeting who have their hands in the plant and the science are telling the most astonishing tales of discovery. And with the help of new technology, free open conference platforms with live real-time discussions in Q and A form are happening every day and they are incredibly exciting.

I’ve mentioned Clubhouse before and time only allows me to listen to a couple of rooms… but they’re amazing rooms filled with doctors and scientists and nurses and clinicians and lay people like me. Even I get to raise my hand and ask any question from the professionals “on stage”. Then usually the debate and education that comes after every question is remarkable intelligence. I have to keep a pen nearby to jot down stuff of immense curiosity but I’ve also been meeting some wildly interesting people from the audience.

This particular Clubhouse room is called Cannabinoid Science and the Human Body. It started about 5 months ago by Dr. Nic Schrader in the Netherlands and Dr. Michael Geci up in NY, whose been a guest on this podcast, as well as Dr. Codi Peterson in AZ, a pediatric pharmacist. Did you even know there WAS sucha thing as a pediatric pharmacist?

All their friends in the cannabis industry come to chat about their week… their  discoveries… or enigmas they’d like to hash out.

It’s two hours… sometimes more, of the most elevated caliber of cannabinoid discussion you’ll find. And it isn’t limited to cannabinoids. I’ve asked questions like, “The netting of mushroom systems, called “Psyllicybe myellis ,grows round the world and I suspect it’s what keeps our planet round as a marble.  Is it possible that cannabis and psyllicben knew each other genetically at one time? Cannabis has been here since the dawn of time too.” 

And then Dr. Codi gave a beautiful picturesque answer of plausibility and basically said, “maybe millions of years ago!”. Even my little ponderance got pondered by some great minds. So exciting!

So I’m meeting new scientist within this group and asking them to join me so you can take advantage of their smarts.  They’re not too lofty to understand… they talk to the likes of me and I get what they’re saying. And whenever they realize the words or term they had to use may not be clear, they explain and define with such ease.  They really want us to learn the facts. And medical science does have it’s own language.

And then there’s the Language of Cannabis and Learning to Medicate. Yall know I wrote a book about that, right?  The Language of Cannabis – Learning to Medicate…  But it hasn’t been published yet.  There’s a huge reason for that. I confessed it not long ago when I had my cannabis epiphany.

It had to do with my old hippie attitude that crept in and stayed awhile. 

Even though I was a cannabis student for 5 years studying under some of the most brilliant minds in science, I still missed the forest for the trees.

After reading Dr. Dustin Sulak’s new book, Handbook of Cannabis for Clinicians – Principles and Practices I was gratefully made aware of my omission. I am now in the process of correcting that. Editing is a drudge but you’ll be glad I did. 

Can you guess what the omission was? 

I never said anything about the import of seeing a primary care physician for a diagnosis of your symptoms to take to your new cannabis specialist doctor.

Why is that so important?  Because your cannabis specialist has studied the compounds in cannabis and can lead you toward a proper cannabinoid therapy for your issues. 

I can’t do that because I never went to medical school to understand the body mechanisms.  Cannabis is not dangerous but it is not harmless either.  Let me give you some examples.

First time cannabis-naive patient hobbles into dispensary not knowing what to purchase. Bud tender asks what the patient is looking for but the patient is clueless. Finally, she decides something for pain and something for sleep. 

At this point, that patient should know exactly what to ask for in cannabinoid ratios and  her preferred choice of delivery methods chosen for best optimal results, because her cannabis specialist doctor will have explained the why’s and how’s of medicating and talked about her lifestyle to overcome any issues or problems. But that didn’t happen.

If you didn’t have a specialist, you may look more like our clueless friend.

So the Bud Tender suggests a product that a lot of her other patients say helps them sleep very well. And then a different product for pain throughout the day.

Wow! That sounds simple. And the patient gets to see the many choices in using those products and what others said provided quick relief. She was offered a vape pen concentrate and a tincture and also many other similar products in various methods of delivery.

So what’s the problem? The patient left happy although a couple hundred dollars lighter.                        

BREAK

Without a diagnosis, the proper cannabinoid therapy cannot be determined. You’re just taking a bunch of compounds you HOPE will do the trick.  Maybe you’ve heard a lot of good things about cannabis but how DO they figure it all out?

There are over 500 compounds in cannabis and they all do something both similar and different with synergistic effects once they hit your EndoCannabinoid system. Not only that, cannabis can be a little like Jekyll and Hyde…. If you don’t know what you’re doin, the effects of cannabis can be completely opposite of what you expected.

Remember my old lady girlfriend who ate one of her grandkid’s pot brownies? She knew it had pot in it. She’d used cannabis a little when she was younger. She felt safe and comfy in her kid’s home. No problem.

Then I got a frantic phone call describing some pretty awful side effects from that brownie… she felt panicked, paralyzed, anxious as hell, she had vertigo real bad, and felt in general, pretty shitty. Her grans freaked out because they’d never seen a reaction like that… Should they take her to a hospital??

Of course it was street weed and they had no idea what was in it.

That was years ago before I knew how to help her. Before I knew that cannabis could be controlled… before, during, or after you ingest it.

All I could do was tell her to drink some water and lay down to nap it off.

Poor thing never had a pot experience like that before! But she was an old lady in her 70s back then! You know she was already on a handful of god knows what pills (I actually did know what she was on as we complained about our prescription side-effects all the time…) Do you think its possible that her prescription drugs interacted with that pot brownie?  After all, there’s over 500 chemicals in cannabis. The point is: nobody knew what they were doing when she had an adverse reaction to cannabis.

If you don’t have enough data on the issues you’re trying to relieve, and you’re still trying to use cannabis to help your discomfort, then maybe it’s time to see a doctor who can help you and point you to the right cannabinoid treatment with the right information to find a successful outcome.

Think of that doctor visit as investing in yourself as a priority in lifting your quality of life. You won’t waste money trying to figure it out on your own. How many other chemicals or prescriptions do you try to figure out on your own? 

You can avoid new issues because you’ll have a real cannabis specialist doctor who can assess your primary care physician’s diagnosis and assist you with medication education.

So that’s my epiphany. The absolute need of a real diagnosis by a qualified doctor so your cannabis specialist can assess your needs and create a therapeutical cannabinoid plan of action.

Oh sure you can go smoke all the pot you want and avoid the science. It’ll probably make you feel better sometimes.  But you won’t have the efficient advantage of knowledge to bring about real change and uplift your quality of life for certain.  You know what Dr. Sulak says his patients tell him the most?  That cannabis makes them feel more like themselves, again. Imagine that. Have you been wanting to feel like your old self again?

Good God I just realized my own idiocracy… it was the doctor’s diagnosis of cannabis contamination that got me out of the illicit market and into clean and legal dispensary cannabis that has to be 3rd party lab tested by Florida law.

Remember how I came into this industry??? Dying from the contamination that was snuffing my life out slowly. For 3 solid years, I smoked contaminated street weed from the same dealer. I was shutting down and my molecules were screaming a panicked SOS in my mind.

When I realized what I’d done, I began climbing up from the abyss into the sunlight of cannabis knowledge. I finally have my life under control again because of cannabis.  Know why? Cause it makes me feel like my old self again.

You ever heard that before? I can say it’s true for me. But I’m a daily user for some pretty serious yet common issues… I have very bad arthritis and chronic fatigue with nausea, and bulging and herniated disks in my neck. Sleeping isn’t easy.

So understanding the nuances of medicating with cannabis helped me control those issues. Also choosing the right kind of cannabis and formulation was instrumental… all stuff my cannabis specialist went over with me. I’ve also changed my diet to get rid of the inflammatory foods I was eating; meat and dairy mostly, and nightshades. You get to a certain age and it starts hittin ya that you can control a lot of this stuff with diet and exercise. Am I singin to the choir???

I got excited about a new scientist I found on Clubhouse last week. He got his masters in pharmacology in Canada in 2018. He’s currently pursuing a Cannabinoid Science PhD in Australia, exploring the use of cannabis for cancers… and specifically colon and pancreatic cancer… by way of exploring ethnobotany and ethnopharmacology in Napalese communities while searching for new strains in the Himalayas!

Huzzahhhh!         Hahahaha!

People used to laugh when I’d tell them Lewi and I lived on a boat in the Caribbean for 5 years because that lifestyle seemed so dreamlike to them. That’s what I think of Dr.Thapa’s experiences too.  He’s kinda like the Lewi and Clark of cannabis in my head.

So Dr. Thapa texted and said he was tickled to connect and he listened to some of my podcasts and said they were fascinating! High praise from a doctor like him.

Turns out, Dr. Dinesh Thapa is from Nepal and he said they have a very “profound history of cannabis use as medicine… for religious purposes, and for recreational purposes. 

He said he was born in a rural part of Nepal, where cannabis medicine is widely used. He was motivated to explore science behind it and further his research education in cannabinoid science, including his masters degree in cannabinoid pharmacology in Canada.

He gave me his email and I’m going to ask him if he can straighten me out about the philosophy of Adult-Use.  After learning so much about cannabis, I can no longer watch people use this live plant without worry that it may give them a response they didn’t want or an issue they couldn’t see comin.

I keep hearing people talking about creating an industry that resembles the Alocohol &

Tobacco industry for adult-use only. That scares me for lotsa reasons.

We all know that both those industries are bad for us in ways they never want to admit out loud.

Well I’m saying the quiet part about cannabis out loud…. It may not be dangerous, but it’s not harmless either.

You choose the wrong kind of product and it can give you a nasty surprise. 

Wanted to sleep but yer wide awake after that product?  Wrong choice.

Thought you were going to feel lighthearted but suddenly you’re panicked with fear? Wrong Choice.

You were told this product likely wouldn’t get you high because nobody else felt that way  but suddenly a wooziness begins and you know it wasn’t the coffee. Wrong Choice.

All of these scenarios and more are common and avoidable… by getting a proper diagnosis to take to a cannabis specialist.

If you want to use cannabis for pleasure or adult-use… I won’t stop you or tell you not to.  The same as I wouldn’t stop someone from having a cigarette or sip of alcohol. I’m not your warden.

But I might just ask to see the third party lab test to make sure there’s no contamination in it for you.

And with that caveat, I’m headin for the kitchen to make a nice hot cup of water to steep a few little cannabis stems and a tiny drop of coconut oil to make the cannabinoids disperse nicely in my system.

Oh one more thing… This is the last time you’ll see the Moment of Clarity title in these episodes. From now on, both weekly episodes will simply be called Cannaba Verum number blabedyblab with a content title.

I am ever humbled by science!

Pax Vobiscum yall.

Thanks for joining us today. 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. The process of taking your records with your symptoms and diagnosis to a cannabis specialist can lead you to the correct cannabinoid therapy for your best results. Otherwise, you’re just your own guinea pig looking for answers without any foundational knowledge or ability to determine the best choices, 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. (3) I challenge you to check the veracity of my statements in each episode by checking the medical citations posted on my podcast blog at the Cannaba verum.com website, that’s

C A N N A B A verum.com.

  1. …all street weed is contaminated: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5022003/
  2. Handbook of Cannabis for Clinicians, Practices and Principles by Dr. Dustin Sulak – https://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Cannabis-Clinicians-Principles-Practice/dp/0393714187
  3. Certificate of Analysis (COA) https://www.pharmtech.com/view/certificates-analysis-don-t-trust-verify

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