Frisian Duck: discreet appearance

If you’re going to grow your own medicine and you’re not in a State or country where doing this is legal you’re probably wondering how you can do this discreetly. Grow tents can be useful, but they’re fiddly, and not everyone has an attic, garage or outbuilding (or spare room) with space for one. The…

Navel administration

Yes, navel. Which is a bit novel. In the medical marijuana world, where people are taking oil for treatments of various kinds, the ‘belly button’ method of administering doses comes up fairly regularly. This involves putting a dose worth of FECO (full extract cannabis oil), neat or diluted with a carrier oil, into the navel…

Oil extraction: Green Oil Machine

The Green Oil Machine, known by its users as the GOM, is more efficient and handles larger quantities than the Cannolator. To my mind the GOM is the best bit of kit for this job this side of a fully equipped commercial lab – and it’s easy. You can get one from the Green Oil…

Making your own medicine

Turning cannabis from plant into medicine is actually not that hard, although you’ll need rather more weed than you get in an old-school dime bag. You will need to buy an ounce or so from a dispensary (if you’re somewhere that this is legal, and if the prices aren’t stupidly high) or grow your own….

Oil extraction: ‘Mike’s Milk’

This is the easiest process I’ve tried. This is something described by a guy called Mike (hence the name) in his Virtual Visiting Hours blog which documents his progress fighting cancer. I used this process for the first few months of my chemotherapy treatment, to truly great effect. You’ll need the following things in addition…

Oil extraction: Cannolator

The Cannolator Extractor is a slightly ‘weird science’ looking thing, but it’s a relatively quick and effective way to make smaller amounts of cannabis oil. The Cannolator kit costs roughly $100/€100/£90. You will almost certainly have to order it from Holland, I haven’t seen it elsewhere. Try Dutch Head Shop or Health Treatments or search…

Dosing

When you have your medicine ready – whether you’ve made ‘Mike’s Milk,’ your own blended oil, or bought ready-to-go cannabis oil, the obvious question needs to be answered: how much do I take? In general, the answer is ‘as much as you can comfortably tolerate.’ This will be relatively low to begin with but will…

Drying and curing

Once you’ve harvested your plants the maturing stops. Don’t get taken in by the myths about hanging it upside down to control movement of liquid or anything along those lines, that’s simply incorrect. All life, activity and cell development stops once it’s cut down. It IS true that curing properly can improve the aroma and…

Peripheral neuropathy and tinnitus

Chemotherapy is nasty stuff. Okay, it’s useful nasty stuff, but boy, is it nasty! It works by hammering every part of your body, and it’s the fastest-growing cells (which include cancer cells) that suffer the most. The side effects of chemo while you’re going through it are widely known: hair loss, nausea and loss of…

Midwest Cannabis Education Conference – videos

I sometimes hear medical experts say that there’s little or no clinical research going on into the use of cannabis and cancer treatment. It’s true that there needs to be more, but there are some excellent, evidence-driven[*] research programs being conducted and the findings show often astounding and exciting results. Here is an example of…