MoC 038 MMJ Florida Card

May 24, 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,

I want to tell you about the elation I felt after I got my first pot card.  The one our state of Florida issues to all legally registered medical marijuana patients.

But before I do that, I’d like to describe the fear and threat I felt while trying to find relief on the illegal market for a product I knew nothing about… except that it made me feel better. Aspirin made me feel better too… and I would take it accordingly.  And when I realized the calm I felt from using street weed, I figured I deserved it after all the crap I’d been through legally that didn’t help. In fact, my legal prescriptions compounded my problems.

Even though I could obtain street weed without much effort, there was still a psychological terror that I stuffed down in the deep of my worries.  That soupy ocean of nightmarish thoughts.  The ones that rise when conjured to overpower your calm senses with molecules of fear and loathing. Hiding from the real world… this evil relief I sought… the entire prospect confused me. I didn’t understand why the plant was helping me and I didn’t realize it was also hurting me until one fateful day I took the step to become legal.

Before that, I didn’t realize I was using it as medicine… even though it made me feel better from constant nausea, from the sadness of decline when I could foresee my grave future, from the lethargy of illness and pain, from the manacles of depression that became a close guardian of my emotions, from the desire to be with friends, from the ability to participate in the routine and necessities of my life.

My weeks and months were filled with doctor dances, more tests, and new prescriptions to try.  See what we don’t realize is that our MDs only get a couple of hours in pharmacology at medical school. They don’t know how a new drug will perform until described by a drug representative of a private company. And THAT was the weak link in the opioid crisis. Bad Apple drug reps who lied about their products to the doctors and said they weren’t addictive.

You can find plenty of corruption in any industry… But the Sackler family who owns Purdue Pharma is especially cynical.  This family is in the top 1% of the richest people on the planet because of the addictions and deaths of millions of people who bought the Sackler drugs that insidiously came packaged as trusted prescriptions from their doctors who were also intentionally lied to about those drugs.

This is the true story of what corrupt hearts and greed will do to our society. It is our history, the same as slavery and baby-snatching at our southern border. And not one white Sackler has had to atone for their actions or spent one moment in prison for all those deaths and families and businesses destroyed.

More people of color were incarcerated because of their addictions than whites people. Their families completely devastated, all support forsaken, employers forced to replace them, parents sent to prison, children split up and sent to elder grandparents or worse, foster care.

Years of emotional stress ravage your immune system and you feel weak and lethargic and defeated. These poor children of the opioid crisis don’t know the average white kid’s Leave It To Beaver lifestyle. And we expect them to grow up and be productive citizens of our country? How? We don’t provide free psychological help.  We don’t give emotional education in grade school. After kindergarten, we’re expected to behave a certain way in school and everyone else goes to the principals office until they’re rotated out of the system. Nobody is helping those kids overcome their nightmares.

It is said we are the culmination of the 5 closest people we hang out with. Are those people concerned about you? Is their influence good? Do they inspire you to find answers? To be of service to others? Have they lived more life experiences than you? Do they help you see alternative ideas? Do they understand historical events and apply the lessons to today’s problems? Are they showing you how to think in universal truths?

Or are they trying to force you to conform without any resolution to your emotional nightmare…

Who do you think those poor abused children of our system are hanging out with?

Break

When I began trying to figure out how to get my medical marijuana card, I called my primary care physician and asked if she could facilitate one.

My doctor is so precious. She almost blushed when she tittered back at me with a school girl giggle saying… “Noooooo… we don’t do that here…. but I’m not opposed to it and heard that another doctor she knew could help me…”. She gave me his card and I was in a new doctor dance.

He was a Rhumatologist. It took a couple weeks to get in. Had to wait patiently for an hour. He finally comes in with the typical old fashioned long white coat and proceeds to get my history. But short of launching into years of pain, I said what I really wanted was to start trying medical marijuana. He stopped dead in his tracks. Got up and left the exam room without saying anything… came back a couple minutes later with a sheet of paper I assumed had names and phone numbers but was shocked to find he wanted me to read and sign. It was a statement noting I would never discuss this subject with him again or he would drop me as a patient.

I was furious.

I couldn’t believe that a doctor would be that obtuse about a patient’s quest to try a new legal medical option. I was floored that he would treat me with such disdain and gross lack of respect. I left and never went back.  And I was sure to tell everyone I knew about the experience. Obviously, that doctor was still propagandized to believe that cannabis was just a toy drug and that anybody wanting to use it is only after the high. Did he even LOOK at my records? I don’t know. He never discussed anything with me… he just ordered me to sign his damn paper. I’m reminded of his oath to “Do No HARM” but I felt abused and embarrassed and humiliated by a professional person from whom I was seeking advice.

I went to google after that and typed in pot doctor near me and came up with one the next town over. I was told to bring $235. in cash and my medical records if I had any.

Their temporary office was in a small strip mall and had dividers set up in the room to give the patient and doctor some privacy from the people in line.  The doctor was from the west coast of Florida and had another practice over there. This was his side gig.

That appointment lasted all of 10 minutes. He gave me a number to give to the state of Florida when I applied online for my pot card and sent in the $75. He said it might take a couple of weeks but the state would email me sooner of acceptance. I could take that email to the dispensary as proof that I was now a registered medical marijuana patient.

Ohhhhhh the bliss! The relief! The defiance I felt! I no longer stressed over “getting caught”! I had actual verification from the state of Florida that marijuana is considered a medicine and perfectly legal for me to use. I still didn’t know what was in it that helped me so much. But I was certain that help was finally hear. I was elated.

And then hemp was made legal across all 50 states. That was a game changer. Now, you could buy the mild mannered cannabis over the counter and it smelled just like marijuana! Of course it did! They’re both cannabis!

But now, police could not tell the difference between a hemp joint someone was smoking or a marijuana joint!  And both are medicinal.  It’s just that the only thing legislators are concerned about is you getting high from the compound in marijuana called THC. But they don’t know the science of it and legislate without knowledge. Therein lies the problem. Legislating without knowledge.

That’s not uncommon. Even my own spouse tried to bully me about cannabis.  He was terrified that I’d get arrested… I could have been. And then he worried about making bail for me… we live on a small pension… And he hated the smell of cannabis and berated it loudly over and over again, trying to make me feel bad enough to stop. He was worried about our neighbors smelling it and calling the cops on us. He gave me examples of other marijuana criminals named in our own town and on tv across the nation. And our relationship was strained because he had no empathy for my plight and had determined, like that asshole Rhumatologist I saw, that I was a criminal just looking for the high.

With the first breath of marijuana from a dispensary, I knew I’d made the right choice. The quality… was the difference between plant matter that was old, contaminated with herbicides, pesticides,fungicides, molds, mildews, and heavy metals, with unusable seeds and stems in their product giving a false measure of weight… which meant more money. 

Friends, all street weed is contaminated. Unless your illegal street dealer offers a 3rd party lab test that proves there’s no contamination in that product, you can consider every single bit of street weed as poison to your immune system. And if your immune system is already delicate, it will be hard-pressed to fight the attack of those poisons on your body. Autopsies of cancer patients who used street weed to alleviate the nausea of chemotherapy determined the aspergillos mold in the cannabis that lined their lungs and killed them… not the cannabis. Never a death on the planet from cannabis. But all street weed is contaminated. If your immune system is already delicate from disease you’ve been struggling with, it doesn’t make sense to compound your issues with poison. You have alternatives now.

So the bottom line is that using medical marijuana that must be tested for contamination by law in Florida is the safest way to use cannabis. And if you’re trying to purchase over the counter cannabis products like CBD tinctures and such, then you should make certain that product was 3rd party lab tested for contamination by asking the shopkeep outright. If the answer is no… buy elsewhere. It’s contaminated.

This is the Wild Wild West of cannabis right now. Legislators are ruling without knowledge or not ruling at all… we have a lot of work ahead to educate them for legislating for patients and not out of hypothetical fear.

But the bottom line is that by getting your medical marijuana card, you will feel protected from incarceration and get quality-controlled product that’s been tested for contamination… like all your other meds are.

If you’re here or near Melbourne, Dr. Anthony Mazo is a neurologist and the first pot doctor here.  I know him personally and think he’s wonderful, as both kinds of specialists.  Otherwise, meet my friend google… she makes all kinds of connections.

Pax Vobiscum Yall

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

  1. plant specifically grows, the acid form, the THCa –  https://academic.oup.com/pcp/article/46/9/1578/1812749
  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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