One Day or Day one...you decide
One Day or Day one...you decide
This chapter of our cannabis story started in 2005.
We had an elderly friend who was dying with cancer, on his deathbed - hospice had been called in, his pacemaker/defibrillator had been turned off, and family and friends were going to say their goodbyes.
His stepson asked him if he would smoke a joint with him. For most long time cannabis consumers the sentiment in this gesture resonates. His stepdad joked, asking, "Do you think I'll get addicted?"
His stepson looked at him and said, "Dad, you're dying here...I'm trying to say goodbye."
So he smoked with his stepson...and he rested. He woke up hungry and ate...and had a little more cannabis. He slept and woke up hungry again. This continued and his strength grew, he felt better.
Within a week, they were sending hospice away and the nurse was called in to restore service to his pacemaker - both nurses said they'd never seen anything like it in their careers.
He continued consuming cannabis and he continued to eat and rest and feel better. He went to his doctor appointments where the doctors were astounded and told him to "keep doing whatever it is you're doing".
He was urged by family and friends to tell his doctor what he was doing, but the fear instilled in people during cannabis prohibition is deep and he just couldn't bring himself to risk telling. He did, however, continue to "do what he was doing" and he continued get better - so much so that he was eventually taken off his blood pressure medications because that had also been brought under control.
He lived like that for almost a year before the fear crept back in. At almost 90 he was worried he'd become addicted so he stopped using cannabis. Everyone tried to talk to him about it, but we just weren't educated enough on the subject to quell any fears he'd had drilled into him the better part of a century.
After he passed, we dove in deep, spending every waking moment studying and learning, from what this plant does, how it does it, and what it needs to do it, as well as how it works within the body.
Thanks to the age of the internet, our journey has allowed us to network and work with lifelong growers and breeders as well as medical and political advocates from around the world. In our quest for knowing more, we've collected enough peer reviewed papers to start a small library in hopes of amassing as much of a collective knowledge as we possibly could.
We've used what we've learned and applied it in the real world, comparing that real world experience with the information we started with, making adjustments where necessary (equipment, environmental differences, etc.) and expanding on that knowledge whenever necessary and/or possible. We've spent time researching and getting real world experience making bubble hash, RSO/FECO, and dry sift and using those to infuse everything from oils/butters to coffee beans to honey.
When my elderly mother-in-law presented with stage 4 metastic breast cancer last year, our research had shown us that her specific type of breast cancer had shown amazing results in response to cannabis therapy - but even having it in writing from three accredited physicians and peer reviewed by other accredited physicians wasn't enough to get past her fear.
Even though she didn't want anything to do with cannabis at the time, cannabis wellness coaching seemed like the logical next step. We weren't going to stop presenting it to her as an option so we needed to be prepared should she finally agree. We had also resolved ourselves to the fact that she may never agree, but that didn't mean we shouldn't be prepared to help others who WOULD need the help.
After going through chemotherapy and almost dying from the next stage of treatment, she finally agreed to have her first cup of tea with CBD honey in it. When it turned out to not be the scary experience she was expecting, it became a daily thing. Almost instantly, she started eating better, resting more and overall feeling better.
Here we are nine months later at the time of this writing, when she'd been given just 3 months to live, and the woman who wanted nothing to do with cannabis is using a daily regimen of low dose THC/high dose CBD in the form of tinctures, gummies, and honey.
Her results? Her bone scan is now negative - the cancer that had moved to her bones is completely gone, the spots on her liver are showing consistent shrinkage and the wound they told us would never heal is gone. Her blood work is almost completely normal and the one factor that isn't is rapidly improving.
Her doctor is now learning more as this is his first time knowingly seeing it in action. Because of his interest, we're currently working to bridge the gap between local physicians and our cannabis doctors. This will hopefully allow positive, productive dialogue to be opened with real world evidence and, maybe as a residual effect, the stigma that's been shown towards medical patients at times might be lessened in the future.
This has led us to also expand into obtaining our hemp license and growing CBD and CBG flower which will finally allow us to see the plant knowledge we've gained happening in real time. We have absolutely no doubt that there's MUCH more learning ahead.
At Zen Again Wellness, we're passionate about this plant, this medicine, the diversity of its application, and the healing it helps to bring. We believe that cannabis works to bring healing to a multitude of ailments, but we as patients have a responsibility to work it. That's one of the greatest gifts it gives us - a call to tune into and take care of ourselves. We also understand that this won't resonate with everyone. It isn't meant to.