Improving the process

This article is specifically about the Green Oil Machine, a kind of ‘air still’ that is marketed and supported specifically for extracting cannabis oil from buds and leaves. This is what I currently use for producing my medicine. The process involves washing your dried buds/trim/leaves in 190 proof/95% or stronger ethanol (ethyl alcohol), filtering a…

So you've had a cancer diagnosis…

It is an immense shock when you get a cancer diagnosis. I know this very well. Your world is turned upside down, you’re suddenly facing one or more alarming medical processes and procedures, and you will probably feel helpless and hopeless.

Vape cannabis oil safely?

A quick how-to guide for vaping cannabis safely AND discreetly… Some of my friends use cannabis for pain relief. They love using oil for long-lived relief, but they smoke joints occasionally for fast results, especially with ‘breakthrough’ pain. One friend has been on prescription Tramadol tablets and Fentonyl patches for years, for fibromyalgia and arthritis…

Uncharted Territory

I just had another oncology meeting after my latest CT scan. I always like meeting my oncologist; he grins wider and shakes my hand harder each time. What he said to me today was that we’re in “uncharted territory.” He had originally expected by now to be setting up my next level of cancer treatment…

GIY Self-sufficiency: how to get started Growing It Yourself

So you want to grow your own medicine? Welcome to the club, and good decision! If you’re going to make yourself some oil it’s best to become self-sufficient with the source material: cannabis. It doesn’t matter what it’s for – pain management, buffering yourself against the ravages of chemotherapy or fighting cancer itself, or helping…

Anecdotes ARE valuable

Cannabis is medically significant. It has helped and is continuing to help huge numbers of people deal with chronic pain, combat epileptic fits, fight cancer, and more. But still people are hesitant. Ever heard the phrase “the plural of anecdote is not data”? It’s a very interesting little saying that first appeared in 1982, and…

Growing discreetly

Even in places where there are marijuana dispensaries, prices can be stupidly high for the amount of plant material that you need to extract a usable amount of oil. You should be looking at a minimum of an ounce (28g) if you plan to use the Green Oil Machine or 3/4 ounce (20g) if you’re…

Fabric pots and soil growing

I started growing my medicine using the NFT (Nutri-Film Technique) system, a form of hydroponics that’s quite easy to use and doesn’t take a lot of height. That’s quite useful when growing in tents! But now that the weather is getting warmer I’m going to try my first proper soil grow. But I’m not going…

How to germinate cannabis seeds

Germinating cannabis seeds can be a bit stressful. They generally aren’t that hard to get started, but many seeds cost $8-10 or more each. That’s not so bad if you just buy one – although then it’s stressful wondering if you’re going to get anything. And if you buy five the expense adds up. So…

Frisian Duck

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…