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CBD, COVID 19 & Cytokine Storms

Sure, let’s find a vaccine for the virus, by all means, but in the meanwhile how about the solid research evidence that CBD can prevent and treat the lung inflammation leading to pneumonia that is killing so many victims? It sure looks to me like there’s no doubt that it is the lung inflammation from COVID 19 that is a major killer and maybe THE major killer.

Here’s new 2020 research that says that the cytokine storms (inflammatory response) resulting from COVID 19 may be doing a lot of the killing.

“Clinical predictors of mortality due to COVID-19 based on an analysis of data of 150 patients from Wuhan, China”

Intensive Care Medicine (2020)

“In conclusion, predictors of a fatal outcome in COVID-19 cases included age, the presence of underlying diseases, the presence of secondary infection and elevated inflammatory indicators in the blood. The results obtained from this study also suggest that COVID-19 mortality might be due to virus-activated “cytokine storm syndrome” or fulminant myocarditis.”

Now here is a study that specifically addresses the effects of CBD on cytokine storms.

“Cannabinoids Decrease the Th17 Inflammatory Autoimmune Phenotype”

Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology 8(5) · July 2013

“Cannabinoids, the Cannabis constituents, are known to possess anti-inflammatory properties but the mechanisms involved are not understood. Here we show that the main psychoactive cannabinoid, Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and the main non-psychoactive cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), markedly reduce the Th17 phenotype which is known to be increased in inflammatory autoimmune pathologies ….”

“In conclusion, the results show a unique cannabinoid modulation of the autoimmune cytokine milieu combining suppression of the pathogenic IL-17 and IL-6 cytokines along with boosting the expression of the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10.”

Before you say “Well hell, that’s only one study from 2013”, check out these other CBD-Inflammation studies from my previous posts.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25356537

Thus, we conclude that CBD administered therapeutically, i.e. during an ongoing inflammatory process, has a potent anti-inflammatory effect and also improves the lung function in mice submitted to LPS-induced ALI. Therefore the present and previous data suggest that in the future cannabidiol might become a useful therapeutic tool for the attenuation and treatment of inflammatory lung diseases.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31437494

Thus, CBD has a differential inflammatory response and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent in pro-inflammatory conditions but acts as an antagonist with steroids, overriding the anti-inflammatory potential of steroids when used in combination.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23851307

Together, our findings highlight the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD in this viral model of MS and demonstrate the significant therapeutic potential of this compound for the treatment of pathologies with an inflammatory component.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30481497

CBD treatment, regardless of dosage, decreased airway hyperresponsiveness, whereas static lung elastance only reduced with high dose. These outcomes were accompanied by decreases in collagen fibre content in both airway and alveolar septa and the expression of markers associated with inflammation in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and lung homogenate. There was a significant and inverse correlation between CB1 levels and lung function in asthmatic patients. CBD treatment decreased the inflammatory and remodelling processes in the model of allergic asthma. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31800399

CBD induced almost full concentration-dependent vasorelaxation in hPAs and rat sMAs. In hPAs,

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31775230

The main focus is on the latest in vitro and in vivo studies that present data regarding the anti-proliferative, pro-apoptotic, cytotoxic, anti-invasive, anti-antiangiogenic, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory properties of CBD together with their mechanisms of action. 

Now ask yourself – why wouldn’t anyone at risk be taking 25-50 mg of CBD a day starting right now? Are you? If not, why the hell not?

I do hope you’re not waiting for the government to admit that Cannabis might be a natural medicine that can protect you and those you love, not from getting infected with COVID 19, but maybe from dying from the inflammation that it causes. That is not going to happen, and surely you know why.

 

 


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A Lighthearted Look At Sheep & US

I was reflecting on how it feels being herded around by our self-appointed corporate, government and financial managers, for our own protection of course, so I began searching for ‘behavior” and “sheep”among other keywords and up came a delightful brochure from Canada full of great “voice of experience’ advice on how to herd sheep. My guess is that there are a lot of “Homeland Security” training manuals that read pretty much like this one from Canada’s “Sheep Bureau”.

Want to play an entertaining little game? Read through this brochure and substitute the word ‘people‘ every time you see the word ‘sheep‘.

When you’re done, put a number to how many behavioral traits seem to be shared between People and Sheep. 50%? 75%? My money is on 90%. As they say in the very beginning of the Sheep Handling brochure:

“Understanding sheep behaviour is the key when handling sheep.”

Specific Behaviour Traits
Sheep are created with specific behaviour traits. Knowing what these traits are can make handling them much easier.
 Sheep are social animals, so try and prevent seclusion.
 Sheep by nature are followers; let them follow and don’t drive them as you would cattle.
 Sheep are docile animals by nature.
 Sheep have good memories; these memories need to be positive ones as much as possible.

Sheep react to their surroundings, this includes the working environment and facilities; the following suggestions will help make the experience positive:
 Sheep like routine, so be patient when introducing something new.
 Sheep reactions are predictable, so use them.
 Sheep react negatively to loud noises and yelling.
 Sheep will bunch up in corners to protect themselves.

When moving, gathering or sorting sheep, the more efficient the operation the better; wool grabbing and rough handling will cause bruising.
 Sheep tend to move in the opposite direction of the handler.
 Sheep have a flight zone, determine what this is for your flock.
 Sheep move best when not afraid, so work slowly and calmly.
 Sheep do not like to move into the darkness; place a chute facing a well lit area.
 Sheep move better on a flat surface or uphill.
 Sheep will move towards other sheep.
 Sheep will move to a partially full pen.
 Sheep will move better through long, narrow pens and chutes rather than square pens and wide chute systems.
 Sheep resist moving from one type of surface to another.
 Sheep have no depth perception, so shadows, dark surfaces and water are an issue.
 Sheep fear new visual objects.

Sheep Behaviour: Moving Sheep
Sheep can be led by shaking a bucket of grain, driven
from the rear, or both with a dog or person to
help. When driving sheep use a distracting noise first to
alert them. A plastic trash bag, rattle( plastic bottle filled
with stones), sticks knocked together or a bark from the
dog will get the sheep on their feet and moving away from
the noise.

Pressure develops from being too close to the flock of
sheep. Use a minimum of noise and pressure so the sheep
travel slowly and take a steady course. Sheep have a
psychological distance or “flight zone” within which they
try to distance themselves from the handler. A safe
distance to follow behind the flock is three body lengths
( about 10-12 feet) behind the rear of the group.

Sheep at a run are out of control, except over long
distance. If they are really frightened they will run away in
a panic. When this happens only a swift dog can overtake
the leader and turn the sheep around.

Guide the sheep to the pen by moving them at a brisk
walk along physical barriers such as a fence line, laneway,
the sides of a building etc. Sheep move best on level
ground or uphill. Most of their weight is over their rear legs
making it awkward to move quickly down hill, especially if
the ewes are pregnant. Make sure all the gates are open
to the gathering pen. As the sheep approach, ease the
pressure on them so they can find their way through the
restricted opening.

Holding pens should be rectangular so sheep flow down to
one end, rather than square which may start a circular
flow around the edges and back out of the pen. Holding
pens and catch pens should have open sides so the sheep
do not feel trapped. They should be able to see other
sheep.

Decoys can be used in this manner to lure sheep into pens
or chutes.

Crowd the sheep close in a smaller pen so that the
shepherd can handle them easily without them running
out of reach. If a small pen is not available, crowd the
sheep into the corner of a large pen, using a portable
hinged panel to close in the rear of the group. Secure the
ends of the hinged panel to the sides of the pen to confine
the animals. The crowding area should have corners with
no less than a 90 degree angle to keep the sheep in the
corners from being crushed or smothered.

A workable group will be up to five sheep deep, and four
sheep across (or within arm’s length on either side.)
Deeper pens of sheep are more difficult to step through,
front to back. The sheep should be gathered up tightly,
with standing room only and a few feet to spare in the
rear for you to work an individual. Sheep are too close
together when some are piling on top of each other or
the weak ones have dropped down out of sight.

Let the sheep quiet down for five to ten minutes before
working them again. When you enter the pen, don’t
climb over rails, use a gate and enter in a nonthreatening
manner.

When moving sheep up a loading ramp or down a
narrow chute stay approximately 10 feet back from the
last sheep to avoid having animals in the rear turn
around and run past you. Keeping this distance away
from the group gives you time to react to the flow of
sheep while still creating some pressure to move the
sheep forward.

If sheep become wedged together in a narrow spot,
move around the bunch to the front and use noise or
visual distraction such as a broom or crook to force the
sheep to step backwards.

Avoid stepping through the center of the flock because                                                                                                                              there is no easy escape for
you when they free themselves.


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Can CBD Prevent Drowning In Mucous From COVID 19?

Hello friends – hey, I’ve been thinking about COVID 19 again, and I want to lay this idea out for you and see what you think.

What if CBD can effectively treat the lung inflammation and consequent drowning in mucous caused by COVID 19?

I want to share some research that strongly suggests that CBD may be able to help at least some people being attacked and killed by the COVID 19 virus. Maybe while we’re waiting a year or so to develop a vaccine to “prevent” this virus we should be seeing if simple, safe CBD could treat and maybe heal the lung inflammation that is killing people right now.

These are some peer-reviewed medical/scientific journal research lung inflammation studies from the National Institutes of Health database that I think support this possibility and the logic of trying:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25356537

“Thus, we conclude that CBD administered therapeutically, i.e. during an ongoing inflammatory process, has a potent anti-inflammatory effect and also improves the lung function in mice submitted to LPS-induced ALI. Therefore the present and previous data suggest that in the future cannabidiol might become a useful therapeutic tool for the attenuation and treatment of inflammatory lung diseases.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31437494

“Thus, CBD has a differential inflammatory response and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent in pro-inflammatory conditions but acts as an antagonist with steroids, overriding the anti-inflammatory potential of steroids when used in combination.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23851307

“Together, our findings highlight the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD in this viral model of MS and demonstrate the significant therapeutic potential of this compound for the treatment of pathologies with an inflammatory component.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30481497

“CBD treatment, regardless of dosage, decreased airway hyperresponsiveness, whereas static lung elastance only reduced with high dose. These outcomes were accompanied by decreases in collagen fibre content in both airway and alveolar septa and the expression of markers associated with inflammation in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and lung homogenate.

There was a significant and inverse correlation between CB1 levels and lung function in asthmatic patients. CBD treatment decreased the inflammatory and remodelling processes in the model of allergic asthma. “

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31800399

“CBD induced almost full concentration-dependent vasorelaxation in hPAs and rat sMAs.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31775230

“The main focus is on the latest in vitro and in vivo studies that present data regarding the anti-proliferative, pro-apoptotic, cytotoxic, anti-invasive, anti-antiangiogenic, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory properties of CBD together with their mechanisms of action. “

As you probably already know CBD is also cheap, natural, and no side effects. I know personally that 40 mg/day treats and prevents whole body inflammation and inflammatory conditions better than anything Pig Pharma has to offer. I believe that CBD will go down in history alongside aspirin – it will be ultimately recognized as that powerful a gift from the natural world.

Here’s why I believe those studies I linked to above, and others that circle around the same core conclusion, show that CBD might help a lot of people who will otherwise die from COVID 19 infection.

As I understand it, in a normal flu the body’s immune system attacks the replicating flu virus in the cells of the lungs by inflaming and sloughing off infected tissue full of that replicating virus, creating what we call mucous. But an otherwise healthy body can usually cough up and expel that mucous fast enough to keep ahead of it. With a nasty virus like COVID 19, its super-rapid replication rate overwhelms the lungs with so much mucous so fast that the coughing mechanism can’t cope, and the victim gets weak because the rest of their body including their brain and CNS are inflamed too, and the mucous gets backed up and the lungs fill up and – voila – pneumonia.

The “Pneu” & “”monia roots of the word, out of ancient Green and into Latin, literally mean ‘inflammation of the lungs”. So maybe a little bit of truth is revealed in a word so familiar that we ignore its meaning without understanding its message. Inflammation. That’s the message. If we could keep the inflammation under control, and if our coughing could keep up with the mucous being generated as our immune system fights the virus in our lungs, would as many of us die? Not from the virus, but from the consequences of its choice of human lungs as an optimal place to replicate like crazy.

What if instead of praying for multi-billion dollar vaccines to (maybe) protect us we could, while we’re waiting, prevent or at least keep the inflammatory processes that create all that mucous under control, and what if at the same time we could help our bodies expel that mucous by keeping the airway inflammation down that reduces our ability to cough, and weakens our whole body taking away our strength. “Their cough just got weaker and weaker and then they died”. Of course they did, because the virus attacks a lot of other places and functions in the body that CBD might help with by keeping inflammation from weakening and killing people.

Could Cannabis save a few million people from death by COVID 19? You can bet that if we ever find out it won’t be from the folks who gave us the DEA and the FDA – no real difference there. Government agencies and Pig Pharma certainly dont want a People’s Medicine like CBD to turn out to be an effective treatment for a lot of inflammatory diseases. Lucky for a lot of people that CBD is legal almost everywhere and those who want to can try it for themselves. If enough at-risk people started taking CBD right now, and if they caught COVID 19 but made it through OK in spite of being old and sick to start with ( and taking CBD might help with some of that too, just incidentally), wouldn’t that be a hoot! And if it doesn’t help save lives of people with inflammatory lung disease but still has the other already established health benefits, where’s the harm in trying?


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Coca Leaf, CBD, Asthma & COVID 19

Coca Leaf medications – primarily simple teas and tonics – were used successfully to Asthma as well as a range of respiratory conditions and diseases in the 1800’s. The word “cure” is used a lot by these long-ago doctors in describing patient outcomes. That seems pretty straightforward, doesn’t it? As you’ll see in the references below, Coca Leaf Tea evidently treated and in some cases cured Asthma in 1875. Fast forward more than a century and let’s ask ourselves – what happened? Why don’t people with Asthma and other respiratory conditions – like maybe COVID 19 pneumonia – have open access to this beneficial, harmless natural medicine? I think we all know why, don’t we? 

And what if we look at combining Coca Leaf Tea with CBD and its potent anti-inflammatory properties? Both natural medicines; both inexpensive; both without negative side-effects; and both able to offer what Pig Pharma isn’t really interested in offering, a treatment and even cure for several of mankind’s greatest killers – unless they can book outrageous profits.

In the interests of keeping this post as short as possible I’ll leave the discussion of the role of CBD in treating COVID 19 pneumonia to my previous post on the subject and stick with the long-forgotten (deliberately hidden?) evidence on the efficacy and safety of Coca Leaf Tea.

While readers may find some of the evidence I’ll be citing here a bit quaint when viewed from our 21st century perspective of “advanced medicine”, nevertheless when you understand the core of what is being said by the doctors and patients quoted here I believe that you will agree that Coca Leaf sounds like at least as effective a treatment for Asthma and respiratory disease as many if not most of the “advanced medicines” that the allopathic medical profession and its Big Pharma owners are so proud of.

When a well-meaning doctor recommends drugs like Novartis AG’s Foradil, GlaxoSmithKline’s Serevent and Advair, and AstraZeneca’s Symbicort – to name just a few of the contemporary ‘miracle drugs’ for Asthma – most people with asthma know that every one of Big Pharma’s asthma drugs have to be used with great care. Which means, in plain language, that under the wrong circumstances they can be dangerous and even fatal.

All the evidence from the doctors of the 1800’s who recorded their experience with the use of Coca Leaf teas and tonics for patients with Asthma and the range of respiratory diseases is that there were zero side-effects and thus zero danger. And Coca Leaf was effective in many if not all cases.

Now, to address the most likely objection to the idea of using Coca Leaf as an Asthma treatment – no, it is not Cocaine and no, it is not addictive or even habituating. Period. You can find extensive discussions of Coca’s non-addictive medicinal properties from original source materials in “The Coca Leaf Papers“.

Of course, before the use of Coca Leaf as an Asthma treatment could be widely adopted today it would have to be fully investigated using the highest research standards. Right. Or, maybe just make it legal for people to buy and try and let everyone who needs treatment for respiratory disease figure out for themselves if it helps. I’m quite certain, given the longstanding opposition of most governments to natural medicines like Coca Leaf and Cannabis/CBD, it’s highly unlikely that any such research is going to be funded. So the only possible reason for not legalizing Coca Leaf medicine is a commitment to protecting the outrageous profits of Pig Pharma and the cushy jobs of thousands of “public servants”.

How many people will die from Pneumonia and respiratory failure in the current COVID 19 pandemic? How many of those deaths could be prevented by self-treatment with Coca Leaf and CBD, and so are on Pig Pharma and the “Drug Enforcement” and “Public Health” bureaucracies? 10%? 30%? More? Please check the evidence below and ask yourself – why do we let this farce continue?

The medical establishments of the few countries in the world where Coca Leaf is legal could easily take the lead in doing the research – both Peru and Bolivia have first class medical research institutions that could easily and quickly do the necessary research. Coca is already widely used as an asthma medicine in both Peru and Bolivia, but both countries are under heavy US-led political and economic pressure to keep the lid on anything positive about Coca, so you won’t hear much in the way of current research – although it is gradually accumulating.

Whether they would be allowed to do so openly is another question altogether. Still, if this research were to be done, and the results were to be what can be fully expected based on the experience of doctors in the 1800’s, these countries could become a medical travel destination for Asthma sufferers from around the world. Treatment centers and even retirement villages high in the Andes with Coca tea at 10, 2 and 4 – might work out real well even as a permanent lifestyle. 

But that’s for later. Right now the world needs Coca Tea and CBD to treat potentially millions of COVID 19 victims and prevent who knows how many deaths from what is undoubtedly an escaped, or deliberately released bioweapon.

(Excerpt From) Chapter 15: The History of Coca
(by) Dr. William G. Mortimer 1901

Coca & The Control Of Coughing Disease

When the malarial-bone-racking accompaniment of influenza known as “la grippe” raged, Coca was found the most serviceable supporter of the organism during an attack. The use of a grog made from “Vin Mariani” and hot water taken at bed time was recommended abroad by Dr. H. Libermann, surgeon-in-chief of the French army, and in the United States by Dr. Cyrus Edson. Personally, I advocate in this affection quinine combined with phenacetine – three grains of each, repeated at intervals of two or three hours, with at the same time a tablespoonful to a wineglassful of the Coca wine already mentioned. Quinine has a very depressing influence upon many patients and is apt to check the flow of bile as well. Coca, on the other hand, is mildly laxative, and while furthering the action of the antifebrile remedies, it antagonizes the disease, buoys the patient and serves as a nutrient when food and even a milk dietary is distasteful. When the acute condition has passed the Coca wine, used less frequently, may wholly replace other medication, checking the fearful incidental despondency and toning up the patient to recovery.

Asthma is an exceedingly unfortunate affliction which may exhibit no local signs between the attacks. It is occasioned by a spasm of the minute tubes set up reflexively either by trouble in the upper air passages, or wholly from a nervous influence, and an attack is often precipitated by worry or some unusual nervous strain. The source of trouble is well prevented by the judicious use of Coca, not only acting beneficially upon the mucous membrane, but through a sedative influence upon nervous tissue and as a tonic support to the muscular system generally.

A cough may have its seat in the trachea, the explosive manifestation being an effort to clear the tract of some foreign body, which may be either simply the swollen mucous membrane or the excessive secretion from its congestion. The deeper such a trouble is carried along the respiratory tract the more serious it is, whether a bronchitis – affecting only the larger tubes, or a more profound catarrh of the smaller ones intimately associated with the air cells – capillary bronchitis – or a congestion of the air vesicles themselves, when their capacity is encroached upon by the products thrown out by inflammation, as in pneumonia. In phthisis so destructive is the prolonged consuming congestion that several of these air cells may be broken together and coalesce as one cavity.

An appropriate method of breathing, while absolutely necessary to the professional singer or speaker, is desirable to improve the organism generally. Commonly we are apt to breathe too shallow, and in such cases a sort of respiratory gymnastics is desirable. Such an exercise may best be taken standing, with the clothing loosed. The breath should now be drawn in slowly and the chest gradually expanded to its full capacity, the shoulders being raised to admit of every available space in the lungs being filled with air. After a short retention the breath may be permitted to escape slowly. Then, after a few ordinary respiratory movements, another enforced respiration should be taken, and so on during a period of ten minutes, the exercise being repeated two or three times each day. By such a method lungs of moderate capacity may be cultivated to breathe more deeply, and enabled to maintain a tone from twenty to thirty seconds. All sorts of devices have been designed to entertain the patient while bringing about this result, one of which is a little tube which is blown into. In doing this the lungs are emptied by an enforced expiration, which necessitates an increased inspiration.

This breathing exercise may well be done while counting mentally and uniformly so many seconds for an inspiration, so many while the breath is held, and so many counts during the period of expiration. While at commencement the respiratory cycle may not be prolonged to exceed ten or twelve seconds, after a short practice the time may be doubled. The rationale of all exercise is to make breathing deeper and so to purify the blood and tissues. It is, therefore, desirable that all exercise shall be taken where the air is comparatively pure. I commonly instruct my patients to accustom themselves to deep breathing during their out-of-door walks, selecting a given point up to which the inspiration is taken and an equally distant point up to which the breath is slowly let out. With such a guide there is often an incentive to perform the exercise properly. Professional singers well understand the importance of this quality of deep breathing and of the control of a supply of wind in the bellows – as in this instance we may term the accessory apparatus of the lungs – which may gradually be let out to excite the vocal bands to vibration, and some phenomenal renditions have been related of great capacity. The tenor Gunz is said to have been able to take sufficient air at one inspiration to sing all of Schumann’s “The Rose, the Lily,” and an Italian songstress is mentioned who could trill up and down the chromatic scale through two octaves with one breathe

Artists who appreciate the importance of a sound body in order to render desirable tones take especial care to carry out a line of general exercise which, while improving the physique, may be recreative. Following the idea that work, not idleness, is the more restful, a change of occupation is sought, and the same impulse which led Gladstone to tree chopping for his rest has prompted several prominent singers to stock farming. Professional singing is not the dreamy, idle life which the poetry of music suggests, but calls forth all the powers of a sound organism. Indeed, the exertion, and consequent exhaustion of both nerve and muscle, is greater than commonly supposed in all prolonged use of the voice, either in singing or speaking. Meyerbeer was termed a voice breaker as far back as 1837, since his day the task of such artists as sing the Wagnerian music is really phenomenal, and they deserve credit as noble examples of endurance quite as much as for their cultivated rendering of harmony. It is not unusual for singers to break down physically, so the professional singer’s care is constantly excited to the preservation of health. A story is related of a lady who went to Bayreuth to rehearse under Wagner the part of one of the flower girls in “Parsifal.” The great composer told her to sing the high note loud and take the next deep note, which immediately followed, from the chest. She replied: “Well, Meister, if I do, I will have no voice left in two years,” to which it is said Wagner replied: “Well, do you expect to sing any longer than that?”

From the particular strain put upon the vocal organs through prolonged periods there is a constant liability among those who use their voice in such a way, to “relaxed throat” and hoarseness, and this, with tonsillitis and sore throat, which may be prompted by either a climatic change or any personal indiscretion, is the bȇte noire of the professional singer and speaker. Perhaps greater prominence has been given Coca preparations for the treatment of such functional derangements of the throat and voice than its application to any other use. Years before cocaine came into general utility Dr. Charles Fauvel, of Paris, directed attention to the importance of Coca for laryngeal troubles, while its use was speedily advanced in England by Dr. Morell Mackenzie and in the United States by Dr. Louis Elsberg, the father of American laryngology. Both of these gentlemen were in the clinic of Fauvel, and their methods were soon adopted by a host of skillful workers. Among those quoted as having used Coca successfully in laryngeal troubles are Lennox Browne, Beverley Robinson, Jarvis, H. H. Curtis, E. Fletcher Ingals, Solis Cohen, Sajous, Bosworth, Rice, and a host of other prominent laryngologists. As has been shown, however, the effect of Coca is not in any sense merely a local one, but systemic, and its benefit is wholly dissimilar to that resulting from the topical application of cocaine, for Coca not only acts as a purifier of the blood, but through this influence as a nerve and muscle tonic. This is exhibited through the empirical use of Coca long resorted to in mountain climbing.

Coca Leaf & Acute Disease
(Excerpt From) “An Essay On Erythrolylon Coca” (in) “A New Form Of Nervous Disease” By W.S. Searle, M.D. (1881)

The relations of Coca to acute disease are extremely important. As a physician, I would not be without it under any consideration. How thoroughly will every physician understand me when I say that we are not seldom compelled to stand by and witness the death of patients who are really better of the disease which destroys them than perhaps at any previous time during their sickness. We are unable to support them, and they die from exhaustion of the vital forces. Stimulants, often, will not serve, as they quicken the pulse and increase inflammation. Even when this cannot be charged against them, they are injurious in ways which I cannot now stop to discuss. The appetite is gone, in these cases to which I refer, and food, if taken, is of little or no service. But in Coca we have a powerful agent, whose disturbing influence over physiological processes is so little felt that it neither interferes with recovery from disease by natural course, nor with the action of remedies. And its sustaining power is so marvelous, that I prophesy that by its help we shall hereafter be able to cure many cases of disease which were otherwise hopeless.

I will narrate but one case in illustration of what I mean:

A delicate man of about sixty years, who had once had pneumonia, and who for a year had suffered from severe catarrh and catarrhal bronchitis, was struck on the chest by the pole of a truck, in Broadway, with great violence. He was attacked at once with slight haemoptysis. On the next day he had fever, but would have no physician. Not until he had been sick for six days would he permit me to be summoned. I then found him with pneumonia of the left lung, rusty sputa, a dry, brown tongue, a pulse of 112, a temperature of 102o, no sleep for seventy-two hours, constant typhoid delirium, and persistent hiccough. A more hopeless case it has seldom been my lot to attempt to cure. I administered the remedies which appeared to me to be indicated, and ordered a teaspoonful of the fluid extract of Coca, mixed in a teacup of milk and water for nourishment. Of this he took about three cupfuls daily. Four days and a half later his condition was as follows: Temperature normal: tongue clean and moist: lung resolved: cough very slight, with thin, white expectoration: appetite good, sleep good, delirium gone, hiccough vanished, and, what was more remarkable to me than any thing else, his pulse, which on the day I first saw him was thready and feeble at 112, was now 72, and full and soft and regular; in short, as good a pulse as I ever felt in a man of his years.

Now this result may have been post hoc and not propter hoc, but after nearly a quarter of a century of experience, it is my deliberate opinion that no doctor, short of the Great Physician himself, could have achieved such a result within the above-named time without the aid of Coca.

I could multiply such examples, but ex uno disce omnes.

I am informed by my colleague, Dr. John L. Moffat, of Brooklyn, that he has had very encouraging results from the use of Coca in hay fever in four instances. Of course, its action here is antipathic, or rather, it probably acts simply by its sustaining power, and by its antipathic relations to asthma. But even an efficient palliative, which can do no harm, will be welcomed by those who are annually visited by this plague.

(From) “English Mechanic”, August 18th, 1876; “Coca Leaf Tea”

“The best and most effective way of taking this I found to be in infusion, made by pouring half a pint of boiling water on 2 scruples to a drachm of the leaves, and then putting it in the side oven to “brew,” filling up again to compensate for evaporation. Half of this taken warm at bedtime, and the remainder cold next morning, I found sufficient to give me all the vital energy I required to go through some very heavy and exhausting work before dinner, and then through the remainder of the day’s occupation with almost unimpaired energy. I did this work on Saturday, July 15, exposed to the sun, with the temperature in the shade at 93 degrees. I perspired pretty freely, of course, but much less than at considerably lower temperatures without the coca. I had no after lassitude or exhaustion whatever, nor did I feel any all the time I have been experimenting with it, and it has been through all this torrid weather.”

“Contrary to the expectation, I found it no substitute for food, the appetite being very vigorous. There was, however, none of the nausea and “sinking” usually experienced with hunger, and the appetite was more easily satisfied. Both digestion and assimilation seemed, also to be perfect. I continued the experiment daily, with the good effects of feeling entirely free from any lassitude or weakness from the extreme heat which has prevailed, and with a keen relish for, and enjoyment of, every meal. But the greatest benefit I experienced has been in extremis, the excessive perspiration of the feet being so mollified and subdued (without suppression), that the rawness and irritation was almost entirely absent, whilst the step was as buoyant and careless as could be desired.”

“Knowing pretty well the action of most of our stimulants and invigorators, I have closely watched for the appearance of any reactionary or prejudicial after-effects, but I have failed to observe any. I discontinued its use, then, for one week, to see if any of the usual depression followed; but I merely missed the previous high vigour and lightness, which was restored next day by the first “potion.” As to its action, it is not narcotic, as the sleep induced was immediate, calm, unbroken, and refreshing. It is not astringent (or congestive), as all the mucous surfaces were moist and supple, and the trifling lingering remnants of a winter’s asthma and bronchitis came up without cough or other forcible effort, without any “tightness” or difficulty of breathing.”

“As to its excellent effects, I chewed the leaves on first going off, which was followed by the appearance of several small ulcers on the tongue and mouth, and inside the cheek, which I was not surprised at, as I had only just got rid of a relaxation of the uvula and neighboring inflammation of three weeks’ continuance. Several small boils also appeared about the temples and neck. Its further use in infusion was accompanied at first with some little irritation of the skin, and the appearance of what are commonly termed “heat-bumps,” both of which however, soon disappeared.”

“I am more particular in alluding to this expellent action, because there are few of the tissues or organs of the body that are not more or less charged with the effete or worn-out matter of “combustion,” and it is these accumulations which are acted upon most powerfully by any increase or excess of vital energy, causing chemical changes and appearances which are the “forms” of disease; such appearances are well- known phenomena of the water-cure, and are hailed as the best prognostics of its efficacy and healthful action. In my own experiment I do not think there was much material for external expulsion, as an eight months’ more or less persistence of bronchitis and asthma had pretty well cleared out what effete matter I could have accumulated. I have had, however, another opportunity of testing the therapeutic action this week. Being at Hastings on Sunday, I had walked and climbed over the cliffs and glens to Fairlight and back, and was met on the last cliff on my return by a well-meaning but injudicious friend who persisted in “button-holing” me. In vain I urged upon him that I was wet through with perspiration, and that the strong keen wind on the exposed cliff was chilling me to the bone.”

“At last I broke away, but not before I had received enough mischief to produce by Tuesday a severe catarrh, sore throat, and incipient bronchitis. I at once used the chlorate of potass in a gargle to arrest the congestion, and turned to the coca. This has restored the vital force, and, moving the fluid circulation back to the skin, I am now, on Friday, again sound in wind and limb. Had the coca being a narcotic or an alterative of an astringent nature, I should have been left with more or less dryness of the throat, cough, and ” tightness ” of the chest, of which not the slightest traces are apparent. I should thus esteem it a very valuable remedy for diseases of the throat or lungs, and more especially for consumption, wherein I have used remedies of an analogous nature and action with the best effects.”


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Coca Leaf Tea & The COVID-19 Bioweapon

I first posted this in 2014 and I’m re-posting it today because pretty soon there’s going to be a lot of people dying of COVID 19 pneumonia who might not have to die – if they have access to Coca Leaf Tea and THC/CBD flowers. Of course that’s a big ‘if’. Obviously Pig Pharma doesn’t want it known that a cup of goddamned tea can do what all their profitable, useless ‘medicines’ can’t – clear the lungs naturally of pneumonia’s fluids and mucous, suppress the inflammation, and let the antibiotics do their work while the patient lives and recovers.

Cannabis and Coca together will no doubt be a far more effective natural therapy than either by themselves, no matter how powerful they each are individually. Remember: While Cannabis is now widely legal and available, because the US government is owned by Pig Pharma nobody can buy Coca Leaf Tea at the local natural foods store or Farmers Market, as we should be able to. As a result, people are dying who don’t have to die, to support Pig Pharma profits and Government power. Check the sidebar of this post for links to several ancient books on the healing power or Coca Leaf that I’ve edited and digitized.

Coca Leaf Tea & Pneumonia

In the 1800s Coca Leaf was used to fight all kinds of respiratory disease, from persistent coughing to severe lung congestion and the accompanying inflammation – in other words, Pneumonia. If Coca Leaf proves to be as effective in fighting Pneumonia as the doctors of the 1800s said it is, then people who are succumbing to Pneumonia from the COVID 19 bioweapon

Here is a sampling of what doctors in the 1800s knew about Coca and Pneumonia.

(Excerpt from) “Coca Erythroxylon – It’s Uses In The Treatment Of Disease” by Angelo Mariani (1885)

“Dr. Schwalk relates a very characteristic case of pneumonia, cured by infusion of Coca, and adds: “From the experience I myself made later, in many cases of primitive acute pneumonia, as well as in cases of consecutive pneumonia, it is my opinion that Coca merits the praises which historians of Peru have given it for centuries. This wonderful plant appeases hunger and thirst, and diminishes the necessity of sleep. It is, in a word, the most powerful restorer of the vital forces. It is destined to occupy a high position in the cure of diseases of the digestive and respiratory tracts.”

“Dr. Ch. Gazeau (“Thése pour le Doctorat” Paris, 1870. Parent, édit, page 61 et seq.) thus sums up the physiological action of Coca: “On the stomach, slight excitation, anaesthesia, and probably an increase of the secretion of gastric juice; on the intestines, an increase of intestinal secretion, etc. These manifold physiological effects upon the digestive tube unite to produce a specific action, so to say, against the numerous functional troubles, so varied and so little known, of the organ; which compose it.”

“This author cites a great number of clinical observations, in which Coca has “never failed to produce an admirable action, sometimes even marvellous.” He concludes (page 65): “It seems to me useless to present other facts; these suffice to legitimize this very generalized conclusion : Coca is THE medicament PAR EXCELLENCE FOR MALADIES OF THE DIGESTIVE TRACT.”

“Prof. O. Reviel terminates his article on Coca by saying: “Much still remains to complete the physiological and clinical study of Coca. It is known that it acts upon the sensory and motor nerves. This substance will some day have an important position in therapeutics.”

Beyond Consumption & Pneumonia – Other Potential Uses Of Coca Leaf To Treat and Relieve HIV/AIDS Symptoms

You’ll notice in the lists from the Mayo Clinic that I show later in this post that there is a little cluster of signs and symptoms that have to do with loss of body mass and energy. These include weight loss, wasting syndrome, and muscle and joint aches. I’ve covered the evidence on the role of Coca Leaf in dealing with this wasting disease as well as a range of diseases – here are some relevant posts:

Coca Leaf & Metabolic Fire

Next we come to a biggie – persistent, chronic, overwhelming fatigue. This condition is present at every stage of HIV/AIDS and relief and prevention of fatigue is also one of the most well-established properties of Coca Leaf therapy. Again, this has already been covered here on panaceachronicles in the following posts.

Coca Leaf & Muscular Energy

Coca Leaf As A Potential Treatment For Deadly Forms Of Fatigue

Another symptom that is common at all levels of HIV/AIDS is headache, and treatment of headaches, including migraines all the way up to the phenomenon called “Exploding Brain” is one of the well-established medical applications of Coca Leaf. Treatment of the blurred and distorted vision that accompanies headaches is also well documented. Check out:

Coca Leaf, Hyper-Migraines, And The American Way of Life

Another cluster of symptoms lies around respiratory issues – shortness of breath and a persistent cough. Check the evidence for the effectiveness of Coca Leaf therapy in these posts –

Coca Leaf As A Safe, Effective Treatment For Asthma

A final group of symptoms can be classified under the heading of “inflammatory conditions” including heart failure, joint pain and muscle aches. Check the following post and see if you think that Coca Leaf therapy might be appropriate for these symptoms of HIV/AIDS

Coca Leaf & Chronic Whole Body Inflammation

Coca Leaf & Congestive Heart Failure – Part One

Coca Leaf & Congestive Heart Failure – Part Two

 

One of the most effective applications of Medical Cannabis is to relieve the suffering from a set of core symptoms associated with HIV/AIDS. The primary HIV/AIDS symptoms that yield to Cannabis therapy are anxiety, appetite loss and nausea. Relief from appetite loss and nausea are especially critical because of the muscle, organ and tissue wasting caused by the disease and the accompanying loss of energy to fight the disease.

NORML points out that survey data indicates that “Cannabis is used by as many as one in three North American patients with HIV/AIDS to treat symptoms of the disease as well as the side-effects of various anti-retroviral medications. One recent study reported that more than 60 percent of HIV/AIDS patients self-identify as “medical cannabis users,” and at least one study has reported that patients who use cannabis therapeutically are 3.3 times more likely to adhere to their anti-retroviral therapy regimens than non-cannabis users.”

My main speculation about the Cannabis/Coca relationship is that by combining Cannabis Flower to increase appetite and Coca Leaf to increase metabolism people would have a 100% natural, user-friendly approach to restoring nutritional balance if they were battling the wasting effects of HIV/AIDS.

I’ve also been looking at the signs and symptoms of HIV/AIDS and its accompanying opportunistic infections, and at what the scientific and medical literature from the 1800’s can tell us about the role that Coca Leaf might play alongside Cannabis.

While there was no HIV/AIDS in the 1800’s I have been studying the use of Coca Leaf to relieve and treat multiple symptoms of several diseases with symptoms that either are, or seem to be the same as major symptoms of HIV/AIDS – especially Consumption, as it was called in the 1800’s, or Tuberculosis as we know it today, as well as that ages-old killer Pneumonia. And, of course, TB and Pneumonia are two of the opportunistic diseases that plague late-stage HIV/AIDS patients, so the connection here is strong.

Potentially Coca Leaf Treatable Symptoms In HIV/AIDS Primary or Acute Infection Stage

Fever
Headache
Muscle aches
Rash
Chills
Sore throat
Joint pain

Coca Leaf Treatable In HIV/AIDS Early Symptomatic Infection Stage

Fever
Fatigue
Weight loss
Cough
Shortness of breath

Potentially Coca Leaf Treatable Signs & Symptoms Of Principal Opportunistic HIV/AIDS Infections

Soaking night sweats
Shaking chills or fever higher than 100 F (38 C) for several weeks
Cough
Shortness of breath
Chronic diarrhea
Headaches
Persistent, unexplained fatigue
Blurred and distorted vision
Weight loss

Discussion Of The Possibilities.

Skepticism is always the best approach to claims and assertions that appear to go way beyond what has already been established, so with my own skeptical hat on let’s take a look at these possibilities one-by-one.

Coca & Consumption

Let’s begin with arguably the most startling treatment concept – the potential of Coca Leaf in the treatment of Tuberculosis – known as Consumption in the 1800’s. And remember, we’re looking at a “treatment” for the nasty symptoms of TB – not a cure for disease itself. Although, of course, with proper ‘treatment’ that restored the body’s ability to fight off the disease many people in the 1800’s did manage to recover – in other words, they were cured. This is where I believe Coca Leaf therapy has much to offer – in assisting the body to re-gain its lost ability to fight off the debilitating symptoms of the disease, enabling the person to rally their inherent strength to fight more effectively.

It’s also worth remembering that in the 1800s doctors had no idea that TB was caused by a bacterium, and there were no antibiotics available to treat the disease. You may be aware of some of the approaches commonly used by doctors of that era – move the patient to a high, dry climate, or send them to a “sanitarium” for a wide range of therapies including steam baths, hot towel wraps, special diets, etc. And in some cases these treatments works – the person’s body was able to fight off TB and cure itself. Again, I believe that may be the highest role for Coca leaf – helping the person fight off some of these opportunistic infections while the anti-retroviral medications do their work.

Consumption was almost universally treated as an inflammatory disease of the lungs, which made Coca Leaf an excellent choice as part of therapy due to its well-established anti-inflammatory properties as well as its property of enabling the lungs to function efficiently at high altitudes.

Today of course we do have a wide range of medicines including specialized antibiotics to fight the disease itself and a wide range of pharmaceuticals from the magic labs of Pig Pharma to treat the symptoms of TB. All of these ‘treatments” are, naturally, virtually unaffordable and are also of doubtful benefit, but at least they give the illusion that something is being done. And of course these ‘treatments’ also give the doctors and hospitals plenty of opportunities to zoom in and out, charging you hundreds of dollars for each drive-by they conduct.

So with that noted, the question arises in my mind – is there enough evidence from the 1800’s regarding Coca Leaf and Consumption for patients and physicians today to be hopeful that Coca can be a useful part of the treatment of tuberculosis accompanying HIV/AIDS?

The simple answer is that the evidence is interesting, promising, but hardly overwhelming. In spite of the well-known anti-inflammatory properties of Coca Leaf, very few physicians in the 1800’s whose focus was the treatment of consumption appear to have taken advantage of this property of Coca Leaf in treating consumption. One of the few doctors who recorded their use of Coca in treating Consumption was the American MD William Tibbles. I’ll leave it to the reader to decide whether or not these few references merit further consideration.

(Excerpt from) “ Erythroxylon Coca: A Treatise On Brain Exhaustion As The Cause Of Disease”, By William Tibbles, MD (1877)

Case 3. A young man, age 36, was brought to me evidently suffering from pulmonary consumption, in an advanced stage; he had been given up by several eminent physicians as incurable. The symptoms under which this gentleman was suffering, were – in short – the following: a very distressing cough, pains in breast and side, expectoration of large quantities of phlegm; bowels very much relaxed; excessive night sweats; falling off of hair; paleness of countenance, with occasional hectic flush; did not keep his bed because cough was worse when in a reclining position, but unable to walk a distance of 100 yards. Pulse 126 per minute. Ascribed his complaint as a consequence of long continued sexual excesses.

We commenced treatment of this case by giving a mixture according to the following formula

Rp. Syrup of Hypophosphite of Iron
Syrup of Hypophosphite of Soda
Syrup of Hypophosphite of Lime
Each 3 ounces.
Glycerine extract of Coca-leaf, 3 ounces, mix.
Dose : two teaspoonsful three times a day. And also ordered one of my chest pills to be taken three times a day.

This treatment was continued for a period of six weeks; at the end of that time the improvement in the condition of the patient was remarkable. The night sweats had entirely disappeared; cough and expectoration greatly diminished; appetite improved; and had increased about twelve pounds in weight, and was able to walk with comparative ease a distance of two or three miles. In order to test whether this decided improvement was really due to the presence of the preparation of coca-leaf in the mixture. I determined to give him two teaspoonful doses of the mixed syrups alone, this was continued for four weeks, when I found that the patient had sunk very low again, the cough was again becoming distressing, expectoration increased, with night sweats; and he had lost nearly six pounds in weight.

This deciding the point which was raised in my mind as to whether the improvement was due to the syrups or the coca-leaf. I again gave the syrups with the coca-leaf extract, when improvement in the course of a few weeks again became decidedly apparent and proceeded.

Now to the question as to how and in what manner coca-leaf accomplishes the results which are consequent upon its use. It has been shown that all the various processes are under the influence and governance of the force conveyed through the medium of the brain, spinal cord, and their continuations – the nerves. Such being the case we may justly infer that Erythroxylon Coca influences the various functions by its action upon the great centres of the body; for it is only through these that a restorative action can be induced.

What I here want to show is that Coca-Leaf produces these results by imparting nerve food which is converted into nervous energy and thus increasing the total amount of nervous energy and consequent governing force. The functions of the nerves are only restored, when they have become exhausted by physical or mental toil or disease, till after rest etc., proportioned to the amount of exhaustion. And if it can be shown, as we have done, that coca-leaf is capable of either retarding or preventing the condition of exhaustion, and likewise of restoring an actually exhausted body; and if this can only be done by restoring the natural or normal condition of the brain and nervous system, then, we may fairly conclude that the results proved to be consequent upon the use of Erythroxylon coca are brought about simply and only by its imparting to that centre and diverging branches an amount of force which otherwise might only be obtained after partaking of rest and other things proportioned to the exhaustion.

The Coca Leaf: To The Editor Of The Standard.

Sir, – It was with great pleasure that I read an article in the Standard of March 10th upon the remarkable properties of Erythroxylon coca. I am pleased to know that scientific investigators are examining these properties. There is no doubt the public will be grateful for any information that can be given respecting the efficacy of coca in prolonged exertion and in the curing of disease. I have used coca in my practice (in this country) for nearly five years. I think it is an admitted fact that the South American Indians are the most active race of people in the world. This activity is attributed to the natives making frequent use of the leaves of the coca shrub, which grows to the height of about eight feet. Its leaves are from one inch to one inch and a half long, and are of a dark green colour; flowers white; berries red. It is carefully cultivated, and arrives at perfection in about two years, when the native Indians gather the leaves and very care- fully dry them and wrap them in palm leaves and flannel. The physiological effects of the coca leaves upon the system are evidenced by its producing a high grade of vitality (physical and mental); eyes and countenance very brisk and animated; strong pulse; a great desire for activity; the body is extremely vigorous.

I have seen no authenticated account of the coca eater dying in a wretched state; but, on the contrary, evidence goes to show that the coca eater lives to an advanced age. Two or three cases of cure from my note-book may be of interest to your readers.

Case 1. In 1873 I was called to see a gentleman, well built, aged 40 years, who, when in health weighed nearly 15 stones; but at the time I was consulted he weighed eleven stones. He was suffering from all the characteristic symptoms of consumption. His former medical attendant used the ordinary remedies without avail. Debility was so great that it was with difficulty he could walk across his room. We commenced treatment by giving him coca, which speedily relieved him, and wrought a cure in about nine weeks.

Case 2. In the same year a gentleman, aged 46 years, who had suffered for twelve years from amaurosis and paralysis of the lower extremities. In this case a mixture was given with coca, as the active ingredient, with the result that within fifteen weeks his vision was perfectly restored and he was able to walk a distance of several miles without difficulty or fatigue.

Case 3. In 1875, a lady aged 78 years was suffering from extreme debility with sickness, faintness, loss of memory, and fretfulness; her friends expected every hour her decease, but, to the surprise and wonder of her friends, after a month’s treatment with coca she was restored to her usual health and activity.

I have, with success, treated hundreds of cases of debility and consumption, of which the above are examples. In some cases I have used “cocaine”, the active principle of Erythroxylon coca. I can fully endorse the statements of the scientific gentle- men quoted in your article in respect to the efficacy of coca in prolonged exertion.

I am yours, &c, “WILLIAM TIBBLES, M.D. (U.S.)

In Conclusion

The entire premise of this panaceachronicles blog is that now that so many courageous people have successfully fought the forces of ignorance, greed and oppression to liberate Cannabis to play its rightful role as both a powerful natural medicine as well as a superior element in experiencing a higher quality of life, it is time to do the same for Erythroxylon Coca (and for Papaver Somniferum).

I have a vision of every Citizen of the World having the right to grow their own Cannabis, Coca and Poppy plants whether in a small home garden or even indoors in pots. If I am an elderly person with aching joints, a little ball of freshly harvested opium scraped from a few of my poppies would be just the thing. If I am really tired in the morning and need to get my brain up to speed, it would be great to pick a couple of Coca leaves and make myself a cup of tea. And if I was feeling a bit low and needed some creative inspiration, why shouldn’t I be able to put a pinch of my homegrown bud in a pipe or vaporizer and get that creative boost?

This vision has nothing to do with making big bucks, wielding political and bureaucratic power, public health issues, keeping kids safe, stopping junkie crime, enforcing religious and moral codes, or any of the other tools of repression that have been used for so long to prevent regular people from growing a few simple plants that can help them in ways that no government, no political system, no institution, no organized religion, and no legal system can accomplish.

I believe that the name of this unusual concept is freedom.


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COVID-19, Coca Leaf Tea & CBD Vapor

Hello Folks – I’ve been quiet for a little while and appreciate that you’re still interested in his blog. In this post I want to share my very recent personal experience with the healing power of Coca Leaf Tea combined with vaporized CBD flower. If you’re in a hurry and don’t want to read this whole post here’s the bottom line – I think that a combination of Coca Tea and CBD vapor may be an effective treatment for the killer consequences of COVID-19 infection – the lung-clogging mucous of pneumonia that shuts down breathing.

Here’s the story.

I have just recovered from what began two weeks ago as a 911-level flu experience. In 24 hours I went from healthy and strong to chills, fever, cramps and heavy congestion that quickly turned into a slimy mess clogging my lungs and making breathing very difficult. My wife was insisting that we call 911, but the last place for anyone with the flu to be is in a hospital bed so I decided to practice what I’ve been preaching and so I started on Coca Leaf tea – a cup every waking hour.

That made a noticeable difference in the inflammatory symptoms, but the mucous was getting worse – turning into cement in my lungs and sinuses.

I was recently gifted a sample of beautiful purple CBD Hemp buds by my friends at Sovereign Fields, a CBD Hemp genetics company on Southern Oregon that produces, among other beauties, a strain named “Bubba Kush”. I use an old Pax 2 dry flower vaporizer for my THC buds and so, in the spirit of both science and salvation, I packed the chamber with a select tip of a beautiful “Bubba Kush” bud, fired up the Pax and then sucked in just a tiny amount of the vapor. Of course I immediately descended into racks of coughing, but I had already been coughing for days so I wasn’t surprised.

What did surprise me was that after a couple of more tiny little vapor tokes my coughing began to produce giant oysters of mucous flying up out of my lungs. I could hardly spit it out fast enough to keep up. The miracle was that all the previous days of coughing, which is how the body tries to get rid of mucous in the lungs, had produced no such results. My chest had just gotten heavier and heavier, and coughing had become more and more painful. I was getting to the place that goes into pneumonia, where you become too weak to keep coughing vigorously, and too weak to stay vertical, which is the point where people get into bed, lie on their backs, and let the unexpelled mucous pool in their lungs until they die. Suctioning it out, which seems to be the main solution doctors can offer, doesn’t work for too many victims.

This wasn’t a treatment for the flu – I stayed sick for the normal two weeks. But the Coca Tea kept me from feeling swollen and hot, and the CBD vapor a couple of times a day – and I emphasize that it was just tiny little tokes, not deep inhales – kept the mucous coming up and out. I went through a roll of paper towels a day as my sinuses drained and I flushed the toilet maybe 50 times a day to get rid of the oysters I kept spitting up.

I was still sick with the flu, but my lungs kept themselves clear because the mucous kept coming up every time I coughed, which was often, and I didn’t get an ear infection or any of the other consequences on sinus congestion (compaction) because my nose kept running like a two-year old with a head cold. In other words, it was my experience that Coca Leaf Tea and CBD flower vapor are an effective treatment for the mucous congestion that seems to be the main killer with flu, and I am willing to bet that if medical authorities were abe to get past their governments and their own prejudices a lot of people who are dying today, and who will die in the near future, could be saved with this simple approach. It might not work for everyone – the coughing that brings up the mucous is pretty racking – but its a lot better than dry-coughing while your lungs fill up with mucous that hardens into cement and then shuts down your breathing.

It would be easy enough to do CBD vapor infusions and even Coca Tea stomach feeding with people too sick to treat themselves, but my feeling is that if a person coming down with the flu, whether it’s COVID-19 or your everyday killer flu, would be able to keep from descending into death with as many cups of Coca Leaf tea a day as they can stand, plus regular TINY tokes of CBD Hemp flower from a vaporizer. I would NOT want to see people smoking the CBD – the particulate matter in the smoke wouldn’t be good. It’s the vapor that does the trick.

I hope that this can help you or someone you care for. It comes under the heading “Can’t hurt; might just help.”


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“Smoke No Evil” Free Review Copies Available

Hi! Thanks for visiting. Just click here to request your free review copy of “Smoke No Evil”. That will send me your email address I’ll request that Apple iTunes Bookstore send you a link to download a free review copy.

After you have a chance to read it, I hope that you’ll add your voice to those demanding investigation and full accountability including corporate dissolution and RICO charges for the Tobacco Cartel.

I’ve written this book because “smoking-related disease” continues to destroy millions of smokers and families worldwide every year with no accountability.

I believe that many if not most of those deaths are preventable with a new, evidence-based approach – regulating pesticides in Tobacco Cartel products using existing consumer product pesticide residue limits as the standard.

Ludicrously, Tobacco Cartel products are exempt from pesticide regulation.

This book documents what the Cartel has known and kept secret for generations: that smoking-related disease and death may be caused not as much by Tobacco as by exempted & concealed super-toxic xenobiotics used by Cartel companies purely to boost profits, free of any effective regulation.

I don’t claim that smoking Tobacco, even organic Tobacco is safe; I do say that inhaling a proven carcinogenic/neurotoxic/genotoxic fungicide/insecticide cocktail a hundred times or more a day, from whatever source, combusted or vaporized, will surely and certainly destroy human energy, health & life.

This book offers hard evidence, new facts, and numerous peer-reviewed research citations to raise awareness that the Tobacco Cartel has, in plain view, engaged in a trans-generational conspiracy to commit crimes against humanity on a scale beyond imagination.

I hope that you’ll consider the evidence on its merits.

Here’s the Table of Contents

Introduction: Let Hard Data Speak

Links To Individual Xenobiotics In The Data

More Background On This New Data

Xenobiotics – Substances That Destroy Life Itself

Kentucky Reference Cigarettes – Invalidating 50 years of Research

About Those Dangerous Mint Flavors …

The Practical Reason For Pesticides In Tobacco – Pure Profit

Who Cares?

Why Tiny Repeated Pesticide Doses Matter

Specific Groups of People, Specific Kinds Of Harm

The American Spirits Behind The Data

Chapter One: Cartels, Elites, Corruption & Conspiracy

  • Spirit Voices – Carlito

Who Cares. No Shit. So What.

As Safe As Safe Gets

Just Quit Smoking Shit

Trans-Generational Corruption

Once The Story Is Known

Chapter Two: Incidental Genocide

  • Spirit Voices – Jackson

Why Tobacco Needs Human Labor Or Chemicals

Chemicals are Cheaper Than Labor

Blood Taxes

Chapter Three : Criminal Malfeasance Or Totally Deceived?

  • Spirit Voices – John

The Tobacco Cartel’s Deliberately Obscure Data

Chapter Four: Organic Tobacco Is Safe Tobacco, Period, Full Stop

  • Spirit Voices – Annie

Common Sense Says Safer And Less Safe

“Tobacco Is So Bad Anyway”

Forcing The Cartel To Disown Organic Tobacco

The Facts Call Bullshit On The Bureaucrats

Chapter Five: Why Tobacco Smoke Science Is Fake Science

  • Spirit Voices – Andy

The Core Flaw In All Tobacco Research

Reason #1: Non-Random Selection Of Contents

Reason #2: Uncontrolled & Unmeasured Materials Variability

Reason #3: Variations In Strain, Conditions, Handling

Reason #4: Pesticides & Fungicides Confounding Test results

Reason #5: Sources Of Tobacco Not Segregated

Chapter Six: Nazi Nerve Gas & American Tobacco Products

  • Spirit Voices – Arnie

Nazi Penetration Of The Tobacco Cartel

USDA Is Helping Spread The Nazi Fumigation Technology

Big Pharma’s Big Nazi Heritage

Chapter Seven: Tobacco Road Leads To Pesticide Alley

  • Spirit Voices – Petra

The Rarest Of Smoking Guns

How We Know Brazilian Tobacco Is Widely Contaminated

How Brazilian Nerve Poisons Get Into Those Marlboros, Camels etc.

Chapter Eight: DDT & Dropouts

  • Spirit Voices – Luis

Smoking & School Dropouts – Big Mystery

Could it be so simple?

Being exploited by the government is part of being marginalized

Peer-reviewed Research On Pesticides, Kids & Learning

Chapter Nine: Smoking Mommies & Testicular Cancer

  • Spirit Voices – Jessie

Grandmothers Who Smoked in the 1970’s

Here’s What’s Happening To Male Children Today

Here’s Why Even Tiny, Steady Doses Of DDT Matter

Here’s Evidence That This Is Happening Worldwide

Chapter Ten: Little Cigars & Latino Liver Cancer

  • Spirit Voices – Lynnette

Living With Fungus & Smoking It Too

Chapter Eleven: Sweet Poison At The Bodega

  • Spirit Voices – El Norteño

Chapter Twelve: Targeting The Korean Genome

  • Spirit Voices – Chun

Background

The Most Compelling Evidence

Another Piece Of The Puzzle

Chapter Thirteen: Hidden Cause Of HIV/AIDS Therapy Failure

  • Spirit Voices – Cindi

American Spirit HIV/AIDS Harm Reduction

The Purpose Of The Project

The Problem With Cheap Smokes

Let’s Do Some Street Math

Using American Spirit To Enhance HIV/AIDS Treatment Outcomes

Program Delivery

The Important step: Paying For The Program

The Economic Impact On Patients

Summary

Chapter Fourteen: Tobacco Pesticides and Prostate Cancer

  • Spirit Voices – Victor

Chapter Fifteen: Ancestral DDT Exposure & Transgenerational Obesity

  • Spirit Voices – Harrison

Chapter Sixteen: Smoking Mothers & Childhood Leukemia

  • Spirit Voices – Mandy

DDT & Corrupted Baby Installs

Generations Of Corrupted Installs

Chapter Seventeen: New Evidence Linking Smoking & Breast Cancer

  • Spirit Voices – Bill

Chapter Eighteen: Sweet Smokes & Shrinking Balls

  • Spirit Voices – Carson

Appendix One: Pesticides & Fungicides

  • Spirit Voices – Judi

Appendix Two: Testimonials To The American Spirit

Spirit Voices: People may not know the whole story, but they know the truth.

  • I can run longer
  • My only brand
  • I’d rather inhale just tobacco
  • Use some friggin logic PLEASE
  • Let’s see how they stack up in the carcinogen sweepstakes
  • I’m satisfied with just one
  • Start using some common sense
  • Yea to the people who care about themselves
  • At least they are just tobacco
  • One of these a day is good enough for me
  • I’m never going back
  • You WILL notice the difference
  • I love American Spirits
  • The savings are obvious
  • A huge difference in my body clock
  • It’s the delivery system that kills you
  • 4 days a pack
  • Can only be better
  • They definitely taste better
  • Spirits are smoother
  • 1 cigarette lasts as long as 2
  • I can’t tolerate the taste or odor of other brands
  • A step in the right direction
  • The executives should be shot
  • A few changes I can mention
  • Smoke more. Eat less.
  • It’s more of a choice now
  • I also can taste the chemicals applied to reconstituted sheet tobacco
  • Smoke several organic cigs a day
  • Grow your own. Seems like fun.
  • Smokes are smokes but I’d rather smoke the American Spirit
  • I love em
  • I do it for pleasure and taste is more important than anything else
  • If your going to do it, do it with spirits
  • No chemical reaction
  • Say what you want, I’m convinced
  • Certified by USDA
  • My mother passed away of lung cancer
  • Spirits are more like really, really awesome chocolate
  • I can run again
  • With Am Spirits I felt more in control
  • My cough went away
  • He never gets sick
  • Spirits are bomb
  • You wont be able to take more than three puffs
  • “American Spirit” they said
  • I like to smoke, because I like to smoke
  • Taste like ass-chips
  • All I can taste in the others is chemicals
  • Better blood circulation
  • I can definitely tell they’re better for you
  • Smokers are not dumb or ignorant people
  • When the gov’t steps in
  • A satisfied, healthy smoker
  • You could smell the chemicals being released from his body
  • Guess what? Nothing is SAFE.
  • The difference is astounding
  • Once in a while they taste and smell a little like sage
  • Doesn’t taste like battery acid. Doesn’t burn ur throat.
  • I believe in moderation
  • Rat poison being amongst my favorites
  • My lungs feel clean
  • Actually been saving money since I started smoking them
  • The native image is not offending to us New Mexicans
  • I don’t have that just finished smoking smell
  • It was amazing
  • I almost immediately dropped down to a half a pack a day
  • Sometimes I go a day or two without smoking and I’m good with that
  • American Spirits are just less unhealthy
  • If you love to smoke then smoke what you love
  • I think they’re wicked


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Little Whiffs Of Auschwitz In American Tobacco

Many of today’s most heavily-used tobacco pesticide chemicals are the direct straight-line descendants of Germany’s WWII nerve gas experiments on Jews, Gypsies, Gays, Homeless, Dissenters, Communists, and other Nazi-designated sub-humans.

This is particularly true of Zyklon B, the gas used to murder millions of people. That same gas, and the technology for it, has been passed down by clandestine ownership transfers to a company now operating in America and using the chemical technology of Zyklon B to fumigate American Tobacco warehouses. If there’s just a tiny error in application, residues of the Nazi nerve gas remain on the tobacco and American smokers receive little whiffs of Auschwitz with every puff. The fix is in with the US government, which stays out of the way while the Nazis do their work.

German nerve gas experiments on humans began long before the concentration camps of WWII. Since the 1920’s, German chemical companies had been experimenting on people snared by the hunter squads they sent out to find suitable subjects. These people, usually but not always the homeless and lost, were swept away, classified as “defective” by corrupt magistrates, and taken beyond civil surveillance to be used and disposed of anonymously.

The Nazi “doctors” of the extermination camps were only part of a long line that began many years before, powered by the mad Teutonic vision of a “Thousand Year Reich”. The Auschwitz concentration camp was purpose-built right next to the huge IG Farben chemical plant making Zyklon B. So convenient. So efficient. So Nazi.

And now, the same master race chemical companies that enthusiastically invented and tested lethal gasses on those they conveniently called sub-humans are supplying the world with pesticides designed to kill everything that moves, flies and crawls. Aside from a few Japanese companies with similar human experimentation as the basis for their agrichemical expertise, German chemical companies and their disguised descendants dominate world agriculture. 

Here’s an example of how deeply the Nazis have penetrated the tobacco industry.

The agrichemical company Detia Degesch is a direct descendent of IG Farben and inheritor of the IG Farben killing gas Zyklon B which it marketed for years as “Cyanosil” for use as a fumigant on warehoused agricultural crops. As of 2019 Cyanosil had been updated a little but the killing technology first invented by the Nazis is still in full use. In fact, it’s the most heavily used tobacco fumigant in America. It’s just so good at killing everything.

This company, directly descended from the Nazi empire, is operating in the US using the exact gas technology used to exterminate millions of people to kill bugs on tobacco stored in warehouses. Of course the company also has other specialized, newer gasses that it markets, but the chemicals used for tobacco fumigation are solidly grounded on the Nazi nerve gasses from WWII.

As professional as the Germans are, not everyone can keep their mouths shut. Here is one German pesticide company executive bragging about how their updated version of Zyklon B performs while conforming to published tobacco industry (CORESTA) safety guidelines:

“Adhering to the dosages, concentrations, and exposure times recommended in the relevant CORESTA Guide No. 2 will ensure that all four life cycles of an insect (that is, egg, larvae, pupae, and adult) are reliably exterminated. Almost needless to say that rodents also perish during treatment.”

You did read that right. All the so-called vermin died too. The representative of Zyklon B is very pleased. Everything that should be dead is dead, with some bonus points for rats. Nazi science at its best.

So the big unasked question is – after they gas the bugs and rats, does any of the Nazi nerve gas remain on the tobacco products? Since nobody in the US government tests these products for nerve gas residues or any other pesticide residues, we just have trust the manufacturers. 

An aptly-named executive Baldur Grunt brags:

“Detia Degesch product solutions are considered the ‘golden standard’ in fumigation treatment in any part of the world where tobacco is grown, processed, stored or transported, both for export and import.” 

https://www.tobaccoasia.com/features/pest-control-in-tobacco-warehousing/

Herr Grunt is very proud that the same chemical used so effectively to exterminate millions of people by his company’s predecessors is now the “Gold Standard” for exterminating bugs (and incidentally rats) in tobacco warehouses.

He is also apparently confident that, when used as directed by illiterate warehouse workers in Zimbabwe and Bangaladesh and South Carolina, there will be no residues on the tobacco. 

He says so right here:

“The primary chemical method used today for infestation control is through thorough fumigation with an agent releasing phosphine (PH3), a gas resulting from a chemical reaction of phosphide compounds with air humidity. Despite the phosphine agent’s ability to permeate packaging materials, including cellophane wrapping, and to penetrate deeply into even highly compressed tobacco, treatment will not leave behind chemical residues if the procedure is executed correctly and in line with established protocols.”

Notice that little CYA “if the procedure is executed correctly …”? 

However, the bugs appear to have other ideas. Lo and behold, tobacco warehouses around the world are having to use more and more Nazi nerve gas because the bugs are all becoming resistant. But not to worry – the manufacturer knows that you can exceed the limits all you want because nobody is looking. They’ve made sure of that – the fix is in, and they have people in high places.

Look, this is the most effective gas on the market. If it isn’t killing everything you’re either doing it wrong or not using enough.

You’re urged by the manufacturer to be careful to follow the guidelines, which of course you will be as long as all the bugs and rats are killed. You’re also told that due to bug resistance, if any are still alive after treatment, all you have to do is shut the doors and increase the gas. Remember – nobody is watching. Nobody cares.

https://www.tobaccoasia.com/features/phosphine-resistance-or-tolerance/

“CORESTA in its Guideline No. 2 (“Phosphine Fumigation Parameters for the Control of Cigarette Beetle and Tobacco Moth”, revised version of October 2013) to advise that “…all possible efforts must be made to enforce good fumigation practices to control infestation and minimize the development and spread of phosphine resistance.”

“The newest study of this phenomena was conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS). During this as of yet unpublished study on highly-tolerant insects, it was determined that control can still be achieved when phosphine gas concentrations are maintained between 500 and 1,000ppm.”

Well, it sure looks like the USDA is helping the Nazis test their new nerve gas based on Zyklon B technology. We avoided bombing their nerve gas factories during the war, then after the war we helped them rebuild the factories and hide their ownership, and now we’re helping them gas American smokers. Could there be some secret Eugenics-loving Nazis in key positions in the US government? Look at who the Tobacco industry is killing – aren’t most American smokers, the vast majority, people who the Nazis would consider disposable? Particularly if it can be done quietly, efficiently and at a very nice profit.

Does anyone really think the most powerful of the Nazis just folded up and went away, simply because they were defeated by an upstart industrial power with crude but endless machinery and manpower?

If this is news, here it is – they were not really defeated, and they have not gone away. Many of them were never even German – many of America’s wealthy were and are Nazis. They fancy themselves knights of the Thousand Year Reich, and they are all here, now, whole families and secret clans of them, and among their most successful businesses has been selling poisoned cigarettes to American children.

How sweet for these latter-day Nazis, with ancestral memories of American GI’s buying their Frauleins for a Lucky Strike or pair of nylons. To be able to put tobacco secretly sweetened with nerve gas in the hands of the children and grandchildren of those GI’s who humiliated them? How lovely.

And American smokers die just like the bugs and rats in a tobacco warehouse, only more in slow motion so nobody really notices.. The Nazis notice, and smile approvingly, but everyone else just says “Oh, they were smokers. Well, what did they expect?” More importantly, those smokers keep buying cigarettes all the way to the grave.

The profits to the tobacco industry and the revenues to government from a pack of cigarettes are almost exactly equal. Everybody’s in this as partners, and it’s in everybody’s interest to keep the game going.

It doesn’t stop with agriculture. While their pesticide companies are busy polluting the world food chain and tobacco products with nerve agents their pharmaceutical companies, also evolved directly from Nazi roots and applying intellectual property derived directly from concentration camp experiments, keep creating “new” versions of old Nazi chemicals to “treat” all those mysterious diseases that seem arise from endocrine system disorders caused by … who knows? Modern life sure is mysterious.

The science for some inexplicable reason is slow in coming, but it will ultimately be seen that it’s the pesticides and other agricultural chemicals, in the tobacco and the diet, that are the root cause of most modern diseases.

In the diet their effect is very hard to see – not so in the tobacco, which is why the industry has tried so desperately to keep the pesticide secret for so long. You can see the results of pesticide contamination in tobacco – you just have to penetrate the carefully erected screens of disinformation and illusion.

After WWII the master Nazi chemical company, IG Farben, ironically started by brilliant Jewish scientists in the 1920’s, was forced to go through a charade of divestiture of all its properties and companies, and any inventions based on human experimentation were supposed to be discarded.  I call it a charade because IG Farben was totally protected during the Nuremberg trials by American wealth that had profited from WWII and wasn’t about to let a few million inconvenient deaths interfere with business. The IG Farben empire was simply re-arranged a little by cooperative Americans and Brits in Nuremberg working for their secret masters back home, and those few IG Farben executives who did go to prison were out again and serving on the Boards of the new chemical companies within months.

It was no coincidence that IG Farben HQ had never been bombed during the war, and that wealthy Americans and Europeans intervened through Roosevelt and Churchill to stop planned attacked on key IG Farben chemical plants and headquarters. There were many among the wealthy elite on both sides of the Atlantic who saw great virtue in the mad science of eugenics and saw also that great profit lay in the proper use of all that interesting nerve gas.

Here’s how the Nazi thinking after Nuremberg must have gone:

We lost the war but we have our chemical industry, and we know how to use that industry to continue to advance our vision. We will change our names and hide our trail – we have many friends. We will take tobacco, a product that generations of people are already addicted to but that is expensive to produce because it requires intensive human labor. We know all about labor, and we know chemicals. We get rid of that labor and use chemicals instead.  We will use the accumulated wealth of tobacco fortunes in America and Europe, whose families are sympathizers to our cause, and we will begin to drain the wealth and vitality out of the sub-humans of the world with tobacco products designed for that purpose. We will ensure that there is a steady supply of replacement smokers.

We’ll produce that Tobacco without inconvenient laws because the American wealthy already control their regulators. Europe will be more of a problem but we’ll manage because everything is in chaos and so we can rebuild the chemical industry our way and even have the Americans help us do it. We will spare no expense on advertising and marketing, hiring the best minds and using the most advanced techniques. We will place every possible opponent on our payroll, secretly and without their knowledge when necessary, and we will design tobacco products so that they extract the highest possible proportion of the user’s income from as early an age as possible right up until their death, at which point one or more of their children would have already stepped in to take their place using our product? Brilliant, yah?

However, in Germany we will have the strictest pesticide residue laws in the world for tobacco products, because we know exactly why smokers are dying, don’t we?

Clearly the tobacco industry was the right choice for the new Nazis. It showed highest legal profit per acre in the world. It had the highest labor cost in the world. If you bring down the labor cost, you increase the profit. Pay off everyone to ignore the chemicals – just pretend they don’t exist – but let the politicians pose against tobacco, let the prohibitionists preach against it, let the doctors and scientists follow the red herrings we lay out for them, and let the regulators make piles of paper and covering our trail for us until they retire on a nice “Good German” federal pension.  We already know that nobody cared what we did to the Jews at the time, and there haven’t really been any consequences since.  It will be the same with tobacco. 

If you click the following link, which is to an internet tobacco industry memo on the pesticide issues I was raising in 1998, you may notice that the global tobacco industry pesticide committee meets in Frankfurt, Germany, home of I.G. Farben, located in a building complex now called “The Pentagon of Europe”. The War Room sounds like an appropriate place for the Tobacco Cartel Pesticide Committee to meet and discuss what they’re going to do about the pesticide issue in the US. That was 1997. Want to bet that the Tobacco Master Settlement was part of the strategy that came out of the “Pentagon of Europe”? Here’s the link:

They Can’t Claim They Didn’t Know

https://wp.me/p48Z9A-nRP


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RJR Interoffice Memo – 1997

 

It took me 20+ years after this memoto get the hard data – how’s this for “proactively applying sound science”? Does it look like the industry pesticide committee ever did anything but perhaps meet and decide they had enough regulators, scientists and politicians in their pocket that they didn’t have to worry about it “getting out of control”. 

Community Tobacco Control Partners Test Results 12/18

 


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A Good Night’s Sleep Can Be The Best Medicine

by Pat Krug (from) Marijuana Foods, 1981

“Mom couldn’t sleep more than a couple of hours and then she would just lie awake until I came in to get her up in the morning. She would always be exhausted. When Medical Marijuana became legal in our state I asked her doctor if she would prescribe it for Mom for sleeping. The doctor said that she could prescribe Medical Marijuana for pain but not for sleeping, so we agreed that it might help Mom’s arthritis. I filled out the paperwork and got approved and then went to the dispensary and bought the first prescription. The young woman there talked with me about dosage and recommended a Vaporizer for Mom rather than her smoking the Marijuana. She showed me how it worked and how easy it was to control the dose by the size of what I put in the Vaporizer.

Mom now inhales just once or twice from the Vaporizer at bedtime and then falls asleep reading! Before her Medical Marijuana she hadn’t read a book in years. Now she reads and then sleeps for five or six hours. And also, we now light up the vaporizer again before her lunch, which she now actually eats and then she takes a two-hour nap! Medical Marijuana has been a blessing for her. And it really does help with her arthritis pain too.”

Kathy (Washington) in a Panaceachronicles.com comment

 If Cannabis Flowers did nothing else but help people get a good night’s sleep or a restful afternoon nap then the fact that it is helpful in so many other ways almost wouldn’t matter. But the fact is that, for most older people, pure, natural Cannabis flowers are the only sleep-aid they will ever need. The bonus is that these natural little beauties are not addictive like so many pharmaceuticals and don’t cause collateral damage to your brain or body like almost all pharmaceuticals.

Where most prescription and OTC sleeping pills operate by knocking you out without even a hint of subtlety, and leave you with brain fog and a nasty headache, not to mention organ and neurological damage with long-term use, you can tailor your Cannabis flower sleep medicine to give you exactly the kind of sleep you’re looking for without paying for that relief with ugly side-effects afterwards.

Since there are over 800 recognized strains of Cannabis, and since each strain has its own treating & healing properties, let’s begin by discussing the best kinds of Cannabis for promoting sleep.

In one sense this is an easy task. Almost any landrace or hybrid Kush, a family of Cannabis strains that originates in the mountains of Central Asia, has strong sleep-inducing properties. Commonly available Kush strains include Hindu Kush, OG Kush, Purple Afghani and Purple Kush.

Some strains based on Kush genetics without “Kush” in their names also have the sleep-aid properties of pure Kush strains including AK-47 and White Widow. A little research at a credible website such as leafly.com will give you all the information you need, and if there is a dispensary in your area that you trust you’ll probably be able to get good advice on the spot.

With a number of excellent choices available, if you are using a medical Cannabis dispensary as your source then choosing which Cannabis strain is right for you, or the older person you are caring for is simply a matter of what is available in your area. In states that allow medical Cannabis sales through dispensaries your challenge is going to be finding the most helpful, knowledgeable dispensary and then working with them to determine which of the strains they carry will work best in your individual situation.

When discussing Medical Marijuana with any advisor for use as a sleep aid remember that it is important to take into account whether you are taking any pharmaceuticals for any other medical conditions. If you are fortunate enough to live in a legal state and have a doctor who is knowledgeable then you can get advice from them, but the reality is that Cannabis conflicts with very few pharmaceuticals. However, if for example you have Diabetes then you will want to choose a strain that does not promote the “Munchies” which could easily lead to a blood sugar overload. In case you weren’t paying attention or weren’t around in the 60s, the “Munchies” are simply an uncontrollable to eat. Anything. Preferably sweet. Not good if you have Diabetes.

This is just one example of the kind of common-sense precaution that anyone using Cannabis for any reason needs to take. Without doubt the greatest precaution that everyone needs to take is to buy only organic Cannabis, as far as that’s possible. Cannabis growers can’t technically say “organic” because USDA is playing “Cannabis is Federally illegal” games, but there are plenty of ways for growers to communicate with the comunity. Others include precautions that asthmatics need to keep in mind when thinking about inhaled vs ingested Cannabis, issues that a person challenged with obesity might face if the Cannabis strain that they choose for sleep instead makes them want to raid the fridge, and potential hazards from falling that an elderly person might face unless they are all tucked in before their Cannabis sleep aid starts to come on strong, or if they have to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and are still half-asleep. Any such issues can be resolved by taking a thoughtful approach to the use of Cannabis as a sleep aid, and by asking knowledgeable people for advice on potential issues before beginning.

In states that allow patients to contract with growers for their medical Cannabis supply you won’t be limited to what a dispensary has in stock as a sleep aid choice, since a responsible medical Cannabis grower will have access to seed stock for virtually any strain you feel is best, and of course a good grower will also understand the properties of each strain and be able to make knowledgeable recommendations.

Finally, if you are in a position to grow a personal legal crop of medical Cannabis for yourself or for someone technically your “patient” if you have a medical Cannabis license, you will be able to choose from among dozens of first-rate Cannabis seed suppliers, and you’ll be even more certain of the provenance of the strain you are growing. These are people who have been in the trenches of the “War On Drugs”, and who have dedicated their lives to making authentic, pure Cannabis seeds available to growers worldwide despite the terrible risks. Now that Cannabis is finally coming into its own as a natural medicine these seed producers have come out into the open and as long as you live in a Cannabis-legal state you’ll be able to buy your seeds from any of them online.

Are We Talking Naptime or Nighttime?

Normal sleep patterns vary so much that there’s no general prescription the best use of Cannabis therapy for an individual who is experiencing a short-term or long-term disruption of their sleep. Fortunately, plenty of people have talked online about their experiences with Cannabis as a sleep-aid.

It’s important to keep in mind that a person with sleep problems might not need a Cannabis strain that will essentially knock them out, and some of the “couchlock” strains of Cannabis Indica can do just that. But a given individual may benefit more from a Cannabis Sativa strain that simply relaxes them and helps them enjoy reading a little before falling asleep, and might reject the more compelling hammer of Indica at bedtime. Because Cannabis lets a person choose from among different pathways to sleep it’s important not to throw away this advantage by simply assuming that everyone needs a strong Cannabis Indica for sleep.

One pathway to sleep that many seniors enjoy is a daytime nap, and yet many people who suffer from conditions that create pain and discomfort have a hard time getting any rest during the day, much less at night. So in some sense the ability to nap peacefully may simply depend upon relief from the conditions of body and mind that are interfering with that daytime rest.

This leads to a consideration of what strain or strains of Cannabis are already being ingested, if any, to treat any of the person’s other health issues besides sleep and rest? If Cannabis is not already being used to treat any other conditions, then the choice of strain or strains and the method and timing of use in promoting daytime and nighttime sleep become less problematic.

But if a heavy strain is already being used, say for pain, and the person is still having a problem with sleep, the problem may be that the heavy Cannabis strain being used to help control the pain has lost some of its sleep-promoting effect in the process. This may mean that the pathway to sleep is blocked, and if it is, then the relaxation & meditation pathway to sleep may still be opened by the use of a mentally stimulating Sativa strain. If the environment is right and if the person is able to relax in bed or a comfortable reclining chair doing something they enjoy like reading or watching a movie, then a little Sativa flower in a cup of infused tea or in a vaporizer can send a person onto that longed-for pathway to sleep, perchance to dream, with just a light touch of the sacred blossom even if they are also taking a heavy-duty strain for pain.

Another important consideration is whether or not to smoke Cannabis as a way to enjoy its sleep benefits. For Seniors who don’t mind, or who enjoy smoking, this is a good choice for shorter dozes like an afternoon nap, or as a way to get back to sleep in the middle of the night. The sleep that comes with smoking a nice pipe of Kush will last at least several hours, but not much longer, and there is very little residual mind cotton. However, for a Senior who for whatever reason doesn’t want to smoke, which for many Seniors is a good decision, vapor devices offer a great alternative.

There are several big differences between smoking Cannabis bud and using a Vapor device.

First, since the vapor device doesn’t combust the THC in the bud, it takes fewer puffs to get the desired result. Which also means that if you are buying Cannabis, your usage is less expensive and if you grow your own or a friend grows it for you, you use less per session.

Second, also because there is no combustion, there are no nasty combustion byproducts. In spite of all the positive aspects of Cannabis use, Cannabis buds are still organic plant material and when you combust any plant material – Cannabis flower or firewood – you get hundreds of chemical compounds in the smoke, many of them harmful and even carcinogenic, along with particles that lodge in the tiny air sacs in the lungs.

A third benefit is that with pure vapor you get more of the great tastes of the terpenes and oils in the Cannabis bud and almost none of the “gag and cough” components. Not that you can’t overdo it with a Vapor pipe too – the secret is to take small, light draws and to figure out from experience how much you need to get a good sleep and not to exceed that amount.

The final option for Seniors is edible/drinkable Cannabis in just about any food or beverage form that you can imagine from gummy bears to classic brownies to infused teas. The advantage of ingesting Cannabis for sleep is that the effects last much longer than inhaled Cannabis. The effects take longer to come on, and when you wake up they take longer to wear off, but ingested Cannabis is definitely the solution for a Senior who wants a long night’s deep sleep. It is important to note that with ingested Cannabis dosage control is important because unlike smoking, you won’t know that you have taken too much until it’s too late to stop. This means that Seniors using ingested Cannabis as a sleep aid should be very particular about anything they buy, making sure that it is produced by a reputable company with solid dosage controls in place. Buying Cannabis edibles from local entrepreneurs can be just fine, or it can be a disaster in terms of dosage control.

Other than buying reputable Cannabis edibles, the other option is to make them yourself, and if you are buying your Cannabis from a good dispensary they ought to be able to tell you the concentration of THC per gram in the buds you are buying, as well as offering you everything you need in the way of scales, thermometers etc. to make your culinary efforts a success.

My wife and I both prefer to use Cannabis edibles as our sleep aid, and we also prefer to cook them ourselves because we can be certain of what ingredients are in the edible as well as how much THC there is in a given dose. Not all Seniors would want to go to this much trouble, which is why taking precautions is necessary if a Senior is using a commercial product, or even a batch of Alice B. Toklas brownies baked for them by a well-meaning friend.

Speaking of making edibles for yourself or a friend, although there are a lot of choices in Cannabis cookbooks these days I like to think that the recipes and extract techniques that my wife and I invented for my 1981 book “Marijuana Foods”, which was the first book written specifically for people who wanted to use edible Cannabis for medical and recreational purposes, still offer some of the easiest and most delicious ways to cook with and ingest the divine flower. You can find the hardcopy version of Marijuana Foods on Amazon.

With all sensible precautions taken, and all important choices made thoughtfully, Seniors who have access to high quality Cannabis can simply forget about any sleep issues they may have been having, and can take those poison pills hawked by Pig Pharma back to the pharmacy where you got them and ask them to please dispose of this dangerous shit responsibly.