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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

RUN FROM THE CURE

Why do you suppose the Government and the Big Pharmaceutical Companies don't want people to watch this video?

I'll let you figure that one out for yourself.




Monday, September 19, 2011

Relief for Menstrual Pain




Cannabis has been used for the relief of pain since the dawn of time.
The first recorded use was in China in 2727 BC.

Cannabis was used more frequently for the relief of menstrual pain than for anything else in the 19th century. Queen Victoria herself found that it was the only thing that helped her.

Modern medicine decided that the best thing to cure the problem was removal of the reproductive organs or, barring that prescribing tranquilizers and harmful pain killers.
 (More than likely they gave the ladies tranquilizers so they wouldn't have to listen to them complain.)

Thankfully I will never experience menstrual pain but I've been told by those in the know that it can cause lower back pain, leg pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, irritability and general weakness.

Now, I've always subscribed to the adage,"When Mama's everybody's happy!"
So let's see if we can find an old time remedy for this problem.

First we need to know how to make a tincture.

Here is the general method to produce an herbal tincture.

Herbal Tincture

Ingredients
  • 4 oz. finely ground dried herb ( 8 oz. if you use fresh herbs)
  • 1 pint vodka
Method
  • Combine the herbs and vodka in a glass jar and close tightly.
  • Let stand in a warm place for two weeks and shake well twice a day.
  • After two weeks strain the herbs out and pour the tincture into a bottle (brown is best)

As I am not a female I cannot confirm or deny if this really works, but I'm told by a trusted source that it does a bang up job!



Tincture for the Relief of Menstrual Symptoms

Combine equal parts:
Dosage 2 - 6 ml  daily (1 ml = 0.033814 fl oz(US)

As with any herbal compound insure that you are not allergic to any of the individual components BEFORE trying the compound

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sugar Free Cannabis Elixer

Elixers are a safe and convenient way to ingest herbal medicines but recipes generally call for sugar as a preservative and sweetening agent.

This is fine for most folks but for diabetics too much sugar is detrimental to their health.

Studies that indicate cannabis helps with diabetes management so a sugar free elixer would be particularly helpful for those people and anyone on a low carb diet.

Here is a sugar free syrup that can be used in place of honey in our Elixer Recipe.

The ginger also helps to calm queasy stomachs and fight nausea.

Ingredients:
  •     2 cups water
  •     2" to 3" piece fresh ginger
  •     1/2 teaspoon white stevia powder
  •     1 tablespoons root beer extract
  •     1 gram ascorbic acid powder (vitamin C)
Method:
  1. Peel and finely chop the ginger
  2. Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan.
  3. Disolve the ascorbic acid powder.
  4. Add the ginger and stevia, reduce the heat to low, and simmer gently for 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the ginger from the liquid
  6. Stir in the root beer extract.
  7. Cover and refrigerate.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Medical Marijuana, The Truth!

How To Make a Cannabis Pill

We're all used to going to the drugstore and picking up a jar of pills when we need medications. Those of us who use cannabis to treat our ailments don't have that luxury.

But making your own pills isn't hard at all!

By making your own you can be assured of freshness and quality ingredients. You can also add other herbs to the mixture to create the medicine that works best for you such as Valerian root to help you sleep, ginger to settle your stomach etc.

OK! Let's get rolling!

Powdered Cannabis Pills

Make sure you heat your cannabis at 300 degrees F for 15 minutes to decarboxylate the THC before grinding. It will also make the herb more brittle and it will powder more easily.

Weigh the cannabis after drying in the oven. After you make your pills simply divide the weight by the number of pills to establish the dosage.

I've found that the easiest way to powder herbs is in a blender or coffee grinder.

Put your herbs in the grinder and pulse until they are reduced to a fine powder.
Sift this powder through a fine metal strainer to remove small stems and other coarse particles.

When you have a fine even texture put them in a bowl (preferably glass or stainless steel) and add a small quantity of honey or food grade glycerin.

Easy does it when adding the liquid, it will take less than what you would think.

Add a little at a time until you have a slightly sticky mass that will hold it's shape when you roll it in your hands.

Knead and roll the mixture in your hands until it forms a cohesive mass. Then roll it into a snake just like you used to do in kindergarten.
Be careful to roll this to a uniform thickness, generally you will want the finished pill to be about the size of a pea.

Lay the snake next to a ruler and cut it into pieces as long as they are thick.

Roll the pieces into balls and then dust them with slippery elm powder.

Put them on a cookie sheet and let them dry. If you have a food dehydrator you can put them in that.
Or, if the weather is humid put them in the oven on low heat for a few minutes.

Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator. These can be swallowed or chewed.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Herbal Flea Powder

I don't know about you, but I hate the idea of sprayin'  my hound with pesticides when he gets fleas hitchin' a ride on him.
Fortunately  I don't have to.

The best thing to do is try to prevent the little critters from latching on to him in the first place.

Put some Cedar shavings or Black Walnut leaves in their bedding and it will repel the fleas.

If you feed your pet Brewers yeast and garlic all year round the fleas won't like the taste of his blood and they'll move on to greener pastures.

Feed about a teaspoon to small dogs and a tablespoon to large dogs.

Garlic will do the same thing but don't give garlic to your cat.
Garlic can be toxic to those little fellas but the yeast will help them out.

Here's a recipe for an herbal flea powder.

Herbal Flea Powder

1/4 C.     Eucalyptus
1/4 C.     Fennel
1/4 C.     Rosemary
1/4 C.     Wormwood
1/4 C.     Pennyroyal
1/4 C.     Lemonverbena
1/4 C.     Sassafras root bark
1 Tblsp.  Garlic Powder
1 Tblsp.  Onion Powder
Grind the herbs to a fine powder.
Add Garlic and Onion powders.
Mix well and store in an airtight container.

Comb into your pet's coat in the opposite direction from which it grows.
Sprinkle the flea powder into the base of the fur until you have covered your pet's entire body.
Use as necessary. 
Discontinue use if your pet develops a rash or allergic reaction to any of the herbs it contains.




Friday, September 2, 2011

Cannabis Root Topical Oil

Did you know that every part of the cannabis plant is useful? Here's a recipe from my old pal Dizledot that tells us how to extract a topical oil from the roots. It's just the thing for arthritis or muscle pain. And you Puritans will be glad to know that it doesn't get you intoxicated, just relieves pain.
Thanks Diz!

Don't Throw Those Root Balls Out!

Did you know that hemp or marijuana root is used to relieve muscular and bone aches, reduce swelling, ease pain, rejuvenates circulation, promotes cellular growth, and encourages deep tissue healing.

I try to use every bit of the plant, waste nothing is my motto! There are old recipes out there dating back years and years documenting the use of roots and stems.

If you are like me and looking for a homeopathic use for the roots start with a topical liniment solution using rubbing alcohol, dried and finely ground roots......


Ingredients:

1 root ball thoroughly cleaned and dried. Wash and re wash with water until all soil is removed from fresh roots. Make sure you have dried or dehydrated it to the point where the roots are no longer soft and pliable.

1 bottle of 90% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)





Method:
Grind root ball to a fine powder, open a bottle of 90% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol), pour approximately 1/3 of contents into a separate container for storage.

Using a funnel with an opening appropriate to container, pour in ground material, shake well, then store in a dark place, shaking every few days, for 1-2 months.

Strain out material before using, with a cheesecloth or coffee filter, apply liberally to affected area for pain relief, as needed.
 

Adverse effects of Cannabis

Some folks wonder why a person would want to go to the trouble of making their own medicine from plants when they could have the doctor write them a prescription for pills. Well, I can tell you one reason. Side effects.

Any drug, synthetic or natural will have some side effects. The difference is natural medicines in most cases act in a much gentler manner on the body than the synthetics. Many times the plant itself will contain other compounds that counteract the ones that cause the problems.

Maybe you've seen those ads on TV for pharmaceutical drugs. They always tell you about "possible side effects" such as;

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the hands, eyes, mouth, face, lips, or tongue; hoarseness); chest pain; dark urine; decreased urination; difficulty swallowing; infection (eg, fever, chills, persistent sore throat); irregular or slow heartbeat; stomach pain (with or without nausea or vomiting); symptoms of low blood pressure (eg, fainting, severe dizziness, lightheadedness); change in the amount of urine produced; dark or red-colored urine; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever; joint pain; memory problems; muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness (with or without fever and fatigue); numbness or persistent tingling of the hands or feet; pale stools; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe or persistent dizziness or lightheadedness; severe or persistent nausea or stomach pain; swelling of the hands, legs, or feet; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness, discomfort, or weakness; vision changes; yellowing of the eyes or skin, etc.

Here's some of the adverse effects from cannabis;

Trouble remembering things, Slowed reaction time, Difficulty concentrating, Sleepiness, Anxiety, Paranoia (feeling that people are "out to get you"), Altered time perception, red bloodshot eyes.

All things considered, I think I'd rather be slow, sleepy and red-eyed. How about you?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Cannabis Elixir

Here's something from The American Alliance For Medical Cannabis.
It was written by James Freire, he's got a Masters degree in organic chemistry.
You can use the tincture we made the other day.  This is tasty medicine, it's fine as cream gravy!

Cannabis Elixir 

This is a re-creation of an old remedy from the 1800’s. It involves suspending the cannabinoids in sugar syrup in what is known as a micellized solution. This is a very easy process similar to making candy but one should use care when evaporating alcohol (a distillation device makes this part very nice). Use 1 ounce of herb to 1 pint of alcohol.

To begin, heat your cannabis at 300 degrees F for 15 minutes to decarboxylate the THC before grinding and make a strong tincture (190 proof alcohol is best). Grind it to a powder and then just cover with alcohol and let it stand somewhere dark for a couple weeks. After this is done strain the alcohol from the herb and save it. The herb is now spent and can be thrown out.

Place the tincture in a double boiler over ELECTRIC heat and reduce the volume in half.

After this add ½ the remaining volume of tincture in honey or some other syrup and 4-6 vitamin E caps (e.g.: if you have 2 quarts of tincture after reducing you would add 1 quart of honey).

This is when you can add other herb tinctures and flavors (I use a root beer flavor base).

Continue to reduce the volume with constant stirring until you have nearly boiled it down to the original volume of syrup that you began with. Let this cool and bottle in dark glass, then store in the refrigerator.

Depending on the original strength of the herb, the dosage should be between a teaspoon and a couple tablespoons.

This basic recipe can be used to create an elixir from any tincture and the basic cannabis elixir can be modified for specific ailments.

For example, adding syrup of elderberry makes this without a doubt the most effective treatment for influenza that exists.
Kava can be added for greater pain control and sedation.
With a little study of herbal medicine you can customize the blend for specific ailments.

There are many uses for this syrup, but my family has come to rely on it as our sole treatment for colds and flu when made with elderberry and cats claw.
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