Higher Profile: Bradley King, Life Coach With A Higher Calling

Higher Profile: Bradley King, Life Coach With A Higher Calling

Original Post: High Times: Higher Profile: Bradley King, Life Coach With A Higher Calling

[Canniseur: For many of us, ‘being high’ isn’t about getting stoned. It’s about micro-dosing and staying sane. Micro-dosing is important to the way we function, day in and day out. Bradly King’s message is an important one for harnessing the power of cannabis. His fight against the dumb stoner image is also important. Day-by-day cannabis becomes normalized throughout the world and this image is slowly fading away.]

Bradley King embraces the plant.

For the past five years, Bradley King has been a successful global life coach, inspiring and encouraging clients around the world. Two years ago, after a client shared that cannabis helped them deal with life’s issues, King found his own life being coached, with his sessions diving deeper and able to move forward more quickly than anything he’d ever witnessed prior.

King soon realized just how many of his clients were self-medicating with cannabis for various disorders, and that it was as much a part of their lifestyles as it was his.

According to Life Coaching Press, the life coach industry in the U.S. officially crossed over as a valid option to mainstream therapy in the 1980s. The industry exceeded the billion dollar mark in 2017, with the International Coach Federation listing more than 50,000 members, worldwide.

Life Coach Press reports that more corporations are now hiring life coaches, rather than traditional mental health counselors, to assist employees through tough patches and/or work related stressors. This, they say, is due to the negative stigma of old-school therapies that can last years. Life coaching was developed to provide a path forward with more immediate results.

Listening Differently

“I remember the first time a client let it slip that he used cannabis and it helped him,” King shared. “Our sessions had been awkward before that, because of his anxiety issues, and I asked if he would be more comfortable if he smoked a little. I had just recently started smoking again myself, after a long break, and I asked if it was alright if I take a hit or two, as well—to maybe help him feel more comfortable.”

Bradley King said he’s a big believer of micro-dosing – keeping smoking to a minimum for optimal effect—especially during coaching sessions.

“We didn’t overconsume and chatted slowly. The session changed,” he continued. “This client was typically anxiety-driven, but after taking a hit or two, he calmed down substantially and opened up more than he ever had before.”

At the time, King was offering a ten-session package, and during the first four sessions, the client seemed to be stuck. With King admitting that it wasn’t entirely the client’s fault.

“I started listening differently,” he explained. “My sessions became deeper – more spiritual. It really opened my eyes, and I knew this was something I had to offer others.”

Bradley King is now known as the Cannabis Coach on social media, with his roots firmly planted in the methodology of a life coach.

medicated not high
Courtesy of Bradley King

Medicated, not High

“Many of my clients have admitted to overmedicating with cannabis,” King shared. “I can tell right away when a client has smoked or ingested too much,” he said. “They ramble and rant. They may even become more anxious, and the session fails. It’s hard to get them back, but it also creates a learning moment at the top of the next session, when I remind them that I’m not a therapist, I’m only here to guide them down a path to reach their life’s goals, and focus is everything.”

Too much THC can trigger anxiety, and Bradley King said that unfortunately many of his clients suffer from the malady, sharing, “They say, ‘I’m smoking and smoking and smoking, and I’m not getting any better!’ I always share information on micro-dosing first.”

Sessions might include a discussion on the use of tinctures, using products topically, and how much THC is enough for his client’s personal needs. Not as a medical professional, but as a life coach, helping them add to their sessions, moving forward, while getting the most out of cannabis use in their daily lives.

He also discusses the benefits of using cannabis consistently every day, and how regular dosing relates to long-term benefits, while adding to the coaching experience—including the differences between a CBD rich cultivar and one high in THC.

CBD, the Chill Pill

Cannabidiol (CBD) high cultivars have been found to reduce anxiety more substantially than high tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cultivars, especially when over medicating via smoking. 

In a paper published by the University of Washington, authored by none other than Susan A. Stoner, PhD, Research Consultant (true story), she surmises that due to the high percentage of THC in modern-day weed, tolerance becomes an issue, with the endocannabinoid system playing a role in brain function, where anxiety, fear and stress is concerned.

From the paper, “Endocannabinoids appear to modulate highly interactive stress and reward networks, consisting of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), dopamine system, and hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical axis. These networks establish the balance between distress and well-being. Like social interaction and exercise, marijuana intoxication produces a sought-after state of calmness or contentedness, mediated by interactive anxiolytic effects of increased cannabinoid and oxytocin receptor activation and rewarding effects of elevated dopamine.”

Stoner also makes the point to say that “cannabis withdrawal is associated with lower ECS tone, partially medicated by release of stress hormones and reduced dopamine levels.” 

In other words, just as in using pharmaceuticals for increased brain function, when using cannabis for mental health issues, stopping cold-turkey presents negative effects, causing the patient to possibly dive deeper into depression and/or anxiety symptoms, including panic attacks.

CBD, on the other hand, Stoner states, “appears to have robust anxiolytic effects without anxiogenic effects at higher doses. In fact, the anxiolytic effects of CBD in humans were first demonstrated in the context of reversing the anxiogenic effects of THC.”

Stoner sites twenty-three human studies showing that dosing with 300-600 milligrams of CBD, taken orally, reduces experimentally induced anxiety in patients without anxiety disorders; and reduces anxiety in patients with diagnosed Social Anxiety Disorder. 

Bottom line, King insists on moderation when medicating with cannabis high in THC for anxiety and related emotional issues, and that finding and knowing your dose for the level of help needed is key.

Higher Profile: Bradley King, Life Coach With A Higher CallingBradley with his husband Tom/ Courtesy of Bradley King

Bradley King: The Cool Weed Coach

The most successful life coaches fulfill a niche in the field and are able to command six-figure incomes. And, like Bradley King, they’ve become social media influencers. Some with rock-star-like followings.

From his social media postings, many new clients might be compelled to session and wanted to get high with the celebrity weed coach, but King said he’s all about educating his clients on how cannabis works with our bodies and our psyche, as part of a life coaching experience; helping them get beyond whatever trauma or obstacles that brought them to him in the first place.

“My knowledge in this area is personal, as I’ve witnessed trauma myself. I was sexually raped when I was 16 years-old,” he shared. “I dealt with anxiety, PTSD, depression—and attempted suicide a few times. I was unable to cope with life, and fell into the trap of abusing drugs and alcohol at a very young age.”

To complicate an already difficult situation, King said he was also dealing with the fact that he was gay. He became sober just prior to turning 17, but it would take four more years to come out of the closet to his parents, at 21 years of age.

“I met my husband when I was 22, the year after I came out,” he continued. “I had walked through a few fires at a young age, and got through it with what felt like an old soul—ready to help others, if given the opportunity. Four years later, I became a certified life coach.”

Today he and his husband have a nine year-old son they adopted via fostering. Aside from the stigma of being a gay father, King’s professional focus is on breaking the stigma of the stupid stoner.

“That’s really what this is all about for me, breaking all the stigmas now,” he surmised. “The world needs to know that you can be married, have a child, a nice house—and a mental disorder—all the while being a productive member of society, medicating with cannabis.”

Higher Profile: Bradley King, Life Coach With A Higher Calling was posted on High Times.

What’s in Your Stash? Charles McElroy, Founder of Goldleaf

What’s in Your Stash? Charles McElroy, Founder of Goldleaf

Original Post: High Times: What’s in Your Stash? Charles McElroy, Founder of Goldleaf

[Canniseur: I keep a journal of my experiences with different strains. Here’s a way you can track your experiences, whether for medical reasons or pleasure reasons. This is a good idea for anyone who wants to be able to describe what it is they like. This is very classy as well!]

Unsurprisingly, Charles McElroy has a Goldleaf journal in his stash.

Is there a Patient Journal in your stash? Perhaps a Recreational Tasting Journal – something to keep track of the many wonderful cultivars and products you sample? How about a record to help you keep track of your daily cannabis protocols? Or, how about a Grow Planner for tracking the phases of your grow cycle; or a Cooking Journal, created specifically as a “Culinary Companion” for your kitchen apothecary?

What if all these record-keeping journals and more were available in high-end, beautifully detailed, compact publications that fit into your satchel?

Charles McElroy was thinking the same thing, as he created the intelligently penned Goldleaf line of journals, reference cards, recipe cards, and a plethora of scientific reference material for the modern-day cannabis farmer, patient, and partaker.

From its website: “…Goldleaf is a science-forward printing company for cannabis growers, patients, and enthusiasts… empowering people by helping them better understand their interactions with the plant…”

“I wanted to make something that people who are passionate about cannabis could further engage with,” McElroy explained. “The cloak of the [illicit] market wouldn’t allow growers to write down their process, now they can.” 

Courtesy of Charles McElroy

From Ignorance, to Realization, to Action

McElroy hails from Ohio, attending Ohio University in Athens, graduating with a dual major of Business and IT in 2004. 

“I began using cannabis in college,” he shared. “I had a couple of health conditions since I was 15 – autoimmune disorders, chronic pain. The first time I tried cannabis it wasn’t pleasant, but it wasn’t too bad, as I tried it again the next day. I was always a little anxious about how it would affect me, because I was uneducated. Then I learned about the social injustice of cannabis prohibition – the oppression, discrimination, how people are treated as criminals for using this plant.”

Cannabis was McElroy’s gateway to learning. He said the plant not only taught him about the injustice of prohibition and the lack of education thereafter, it taught him what his own body needs, and how to be more proactive about his health.

“Cannabis changed the way I handle my symptoms. I microdose now – that’s where I found my secret sauce,” he laughed.

Stints in audio engineering for both the Library of Congress in Austin, Texas; and in a studio with recording artists, taught him about audio fatigue.

“Your work will go downhill if you ignore the signs,” he said. “Cannabis reset my mind and ears – it helped me work better and smarter.”

After working in Texas and Colorado, McElroy made his way back to Ohio, and helped start up a company called Noble, with a line of organic and sustainable jeans, Bespoke. 

“I worked in every aspect of the supply chain, distribution, and product design, but it wasn’t my passion,” he said. “We sold the company to a group in Australia, and I started Goldleaf in Cincinnati in 2016.”

The Noble team helped with the initial designs and photography, while its legal team got him on the right path.

Courtesy of Charles McElroy

Dispelling Myths

“We wanted Goldleaf materials to be beautiful, but we also needed all the information to be accurate,” he said. “It took one year for the Patient Journal to be developed because we had to vet experts in the space. The first four doctors we used wouldn’t let us use their names, but that was alright – we wanted their minds and expertise.”

Learning how to navigate providing educational materials on cannabis in a formerly covert environment had its pratfalls, as misinformation is rampant in the industry.

“It used to be a common belief that Myrcene, one of the terpenes found in cannabis, enhances THC uptake – like when you eat a mango,” he explained. “But, we found that’s really not what’s going on. We could not find one single peer reviewed paper on this theory. We had to update the language in our Patient Journal and everything else that referenced terpenes.”

Goldleaf makes it simple for the average reader, but they also stay close to the scientific vernacular.

“For people who are into the culture of cannabis, the scientific aspect is often new to them,” he said. “We aim to be the encyclopedia of cannabis and offer proven scientific facts only, but you won’t find any recommendations on dosing – we leave that up to the medical professionals in the space.”

Like cannabis, the journals and educational materials Goldleaf publishes are used around the world – even in non-legal countries.

“We have customers on every continent except Antarctica,” he laughed. “We even shipped to one small country we had never heard of – Seychelles, a tiny island off the coast of Africa/Madagascar. There are 95 thousand people on this island, but they found us and are using the journals.”

Courtesy of Charles McElroy

Journaling the Stash

Prominently displayed with McElroy’s stash is his own Patient Journal by Goldleaf.

“I always keep notes when I’m medicating – or traveling and trying new cultivars,” he explained. “I like to use colored pencils to give myself a little more flexibility with details and notes – plus it keeps it fun and exciting.”

His rolling tray is made by Cannador, and although he generally vapes, he enjoys smoking blends when burning flower, adding mullen and spearmint to the mix. His favorite cultivars are Jack Herer, Orange CBD, and Chemdawg.

“My personal choice for a vaporizer is the Arizer Solo 2 Vape,” he added. “It has a long battery life, is built like a tank, and has an all glass path. It’s great for my regimen of micro-dosing, since I can easily monitor the amount used. I also enjoy the granular temperature control – allowing lower heat for tasting more of the terpenes, and ensuring the dose is mild when it needs to be.”

He uses a Canndescent Stylus vape pen, as it has a clip and can attach to his journal; a course herb grinder, keeping material from slipping through smoking implements; dark glass flower jars, keeping his herb fresh and potent; and an MJ Arsenal glass bubbler, for sharing.

“I also take 1000 milligrams of CBD oil in the morning, made by Rosebud,” he said. “It helps with some of my joint and lower back spasms. This, mixed with some yoga in the mornings, keeps me going and keeps the tightness and throbbing at bay.”

The Future Looks Green

In the works are art prints, likened to vintage travel posters, with cities depicted with their relation to cannabis – picture Ohio with a focus on hemp. The first phase of posters will include Ohio, Northern California, Southern California, Oregon, and Colorado; set to launch winter of 2019.

“They will be stylized conversation pieces, helping people talk about issues related to cannabis and sustainability,” he said. “We’ve been working with some famous artists, and are really excited about their launch. They are absolutely beautiful – a priority in everything we publish.”

Goldleaf is also collaborating with a veterinarian to create Pet Journals, helping pet owners keep track of products and protocols with confidence.

“Humans aren’t the only species on the planet who needs cannabis,” he surmised. “The reason I was so nervous when I tried cannabis for the first time was simply due to a lack of education. We at Goldleaf are trying to change that – in a beautiful and intelligent way.”

What’s in Your Stash? Charles McElroy, Founder of Goldleaf was posted on High Times.

What’s in Your Stash? Eve Lentz, Seattle Hempfest Historian

What’s in Your Stash? Eve Lentz, Seattle Hempfest Historian

Original Post: High Times: What’s in Your Stash? Eve Lentz, Seattle Hempfest Historian

[Canniseur: Eve Lentz’s stash box makes for interesting story telling. Do you have a stash box? What’s in yours?]

What does this activist like to have on hand?

Cannabis and hemp activist Eve Lentz has a long history in the movement that has encompassed every part of her life.

A member of the core group of the Seattle Hempfest since 1997, for the past 21 years she’s worked the festival’s history booth. The event is one of the largest hemp and cannabis events in the world, stretching along two and a half miles along Seattle’s Puget Sound each summer, with more than 100,000 attendees each year during the three-day event.

Lentz was also part of the staff for the 1996 High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, along with fellow activist Gideon Israel, and famed author and activist Stephen Gaskin and his wife, Ina Mae Gaskin – who led the movement to legalize midwifery in the U.S.

Her list of friends is a who’s who in the cannabis and hemp activism space, and includes helping with start-ups of and memberships in historic groups, such as the November Coalition (with Nora Callahan), Grammas for Ganja ( with Jeanne Black, aka: Magic), Women of Weed, and NORML Women of Washington. Lentz was also on the committee that drafted the Washington State Initiative I-692, making the state legal for cannabis as medicine in 1998.

Courtesy of Eve Lentz

You might say Lentz has been a groupie for hemp and cannabis for decades, including a close friendship with the late Jack Herer, author of the groundbreaking, whistle-blowing book, The Emperor Wears no Clothes.

Herer gave Lentz his second book to edit, Mushroom Canon – The most high plant secrets of the Gods and Explorations revealing the end of the world as you know it. The edits are pending, but according to Lentz, Herer felt the book was more important than his first work.

Lentz spends a lot of time on her bed, with sentimental mementos and reading material spread out like a quilt of the history of hemp and cannabis, with the ghosts of the movement all around her.

“In my stash box is a blue glass jar with Jack’s Girl bud,” she shared. “That cultivar and Jack’s Dragon Girl were both hybridized and named for me by my sister, Allison Bigelow. Both cultivars are available via vape pen cartridges and Pax pods by Heylo at Uncle Ike’s rec store in Seattle.”

Bigelow was the owner of the Washington Hemp Company, and the Washington Hemp Mercantile in the late 1990s, with Lentz by her side. Together, the sisters went on to be sales representatives for the Ecolution Hemp Company, founded by Stephen DeAngelo of Harborside and Eric Steenstra of Vote Hemp. Steenstra designed the Bob Marley hemp line, after Ziggy Marley purchased a pair of hemp jeans from the shop.

“The syringe is filled with cannabis oil – or what we call Rick Simpson Oil, or RSO,” she explained. “I got to know Rick, talking to him many times on Jack’s phone. The oil has saved my life more than once, and I eat a little bit every day.”

In 2010 Lentz was dealing with a thyroid goiter that was wrapped around her trachea, voice box and esophagus, invading her chest wall on both sides; with a salivary gland blocked. She developed thrush as a side effect of antibiotics, and couldn’t swallow to eat or hold food down.

“I was virtually bedridden until a friend offered a gram a day of cannabis oil,” she shared. “In just three months the size of the goiter was reduced tremendously, making it easier to have it removed – with less complications. After the first few days of eating the oil I had no pain and could swallow soups and eat light meals. Needless to say, I made a full recovery.”

Eve Lentz

The mirror in her stash box was given to her by friend Ric Smith, reflecting their friendship. The clear glass pipe was designed by another friend and fellow cannabis and hemp activist, Don Skakie. Lentz said the barrel bowl design maximizes the flow of cooling smoke. The roach clip with pink hearts was made by Kanti Selig, life partner of Seattle Hempfest Director and founder, Vivian McPeak.

“My friend, Michelle Saye, is all about the roots of beneficial plants,” she added. “The tin holds ground hemp root capsules. I eat one a day – Michelle says they are great for circulation.”

Seattle Hempfest fodder abounds via papers, lighters, and a dabber, alongside some Uncle Ike’s rolling papers.

The stash box itself was made for her by Washington State woodworker, Myron Connery of Mr. Kiefbox in 2012. The picture of Jack Herer in her box is called “roach art,” and was created out of roach papers by Washington State artist Cliff Maynard. The picture depicts Herer smoking a joint at 4:20. Both O’Conner and Maynard burned their signatures inside the box lid.

Also a photographer, Lentz said she took a photo of a farmer plowing the first legal hemp crop in Nelson, B.C., Canada. The image has since been put on posters and calendars, and one of her sister’s Reefer Magnets in 1998.

“Cannabis makes me happy,” she mused. “Yes, it’s also saved my life, but my stash is also a reflection of my life. This plant has helped so many, including me, and I’m grateful to be a part of the history of cannabis and hemp – a history and story that’s still happening now. But, I’m forever grateful to have all these kindred spirits from the movement in my life – living and past.”

What’s in Your Stash? Eve Lentz, Seattle Hempfest Historian was posted on High Times.

How Sharmila Clee Got Off Valium With Plant-Assisted Therapy

How Sharmila Clee Got Off Valium With Plant-Assisted Therapy

Original Post: High Times: How Sharmila Clee Got Off Valium With Plant-Assisted Therapy

[Canniseur: One woman’s journey from an anti-cannabis and alcohol stance, but addicted to Valium and other legitimate pharmaceutical drugs, to embracing plant based therapies, including cannabis.]

After drug use caused Sharmila Clee’s parents to lose custody of her and her siblings in 1998, Clee said she was squarely against anything related to drugs or alcohol, including cannabis.

“An anti-drug and alcohol mantra became my identity for years,” she said.

Once her parents and extended biological family’s rights were terminated, Clee and her siblings were put up for adoption. She and her sister were separated from their special needs brother, who needed extended care.

“It was difficult finding a home willing to take in three children with a history of trauma,” Clee shared. “My experience started my passion to become the best social worker in the world, and help other children like us.”

Her brother was eventually returned to her biological parents; Clee started experiencing panic attacks soon after.

“I was barely managing, receiving calls in the middle of the night from my brother, with reports of our dad drunk and violent,” she recalled. “I was three hours away at college and felt powerless, but it propelled me to move forward with vengeance and purposes, after witnessing so much social injustice—in the world, then through the eyes of my brother.”

Clee learned to push down her feelings of panic and anxiety by numbing herself with a Valium habit that began in the Fall of 2001 while at graduate school. She was diagnosed with latent Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She remembers it disrupting her studies with random visions of her turbulent childhood, yet, she says, she managed to pull A’s in all subjects.

Her goal of climbing the corporate ladder was achieved. But she found that her new bureaucratic life was not all she had hoped for. She dreaded the monotony of wearing suits, the grueling commute, and her life in a cubicle.

“It was sucking my soul away,” she said.

“I ran out of Valium during Fourth of July weekend in 2014, when a British, barefoot, hippie friend passed me something called a ‘vape extreme,’” she said, laughing. “That weekend was the longest time I went without my medication, and eventually my body began to shake with withdrawal symptoms, so my friend convinced me to take a hit of his vape pen, and the shakes stopped.”

Clee began researching cannabis as medicine, which eventually led her to Greener Pastures Recovery in Maine—and its Plant-Assisted Therapy Program for addiction recovery.

Greener Pastures

“My personal treatment program has been a slow tapering off of the Valium and Zoloft, by smoking flower, hash oil, ingesting turmeric, relora, moringa, calcium, multi-vitamins, and full spectrum cannabis oil, or FECO,” she explained. “The FECO has probably been the most effective treatment, as it completely changes the overall feeling in my body, with a comforting internal blanket of well-being.”

Clee told us that not only is the throbbing bodily pain of withdrawal symptoms quelled with the strong concentrate, but the electric shock-type headaches are replaced with a feeling of comfort. She said the plant was a Godsend.

“Even with all the steps taken to subside any dangerous symptoms, my body still overheated in front of the fire one evening in my first Benzo-related seizure. Nothing makes the detox symptoms entirely go away, but Greener Pastures, its PAT program, and the space they provide, allows you to take the time to understand how your life has unfolded into addiction, helping you to reevaluate your life, better understand your psyche, history, and allows you to look at the here and now, and be present.”

Clee believes the culture of today’s society is a breeding ground for emotional detachment, leading to an unhappy life and subsequent addictions, either to drugs or an unhealthy lifestyle.

“Even when we appear to be successful and fulfilled, when we detach from a past filled with turmoil, we have a skewed perception of what happiness looks like,” she said. “Then next thing you know, you are making six figures, cheating on your spouse with a co-worker who is as emotionally unavailable as you are—but, hey, you have 50 thousand Instagram followers, so what’s the problem?”

Clee said she’s still a work in progress. She was disheartened to discover that kids in America’s foster care system are prescribed anti-anxiety medications at an alarming rate. Researchers even admit that a therapeutic dose often leads to dependency or addiction issues later in life.

“When you hand a bottle of Xanax to a teenager, it’s a potential death risk,” she said. “I’m not saying just give every kid cannabis, but pharmaceuticals are not the answer. We do know that every human body has an endocannabinoid system that accepts the healing properties of cannabis and other beneficial plants into all the systems in our bodies for health and mental well-being.”

“It’s time to start making moves in that direction.”

How Sharmila Clee Got Off Valium With Plant-Assisted Therapy was posted on High Times.

What’s in Your Stash? Cannabis Reviewer Jack Daniel

What’s in Your Stash? Cannabis Reviewer Jack Daniel

Original Post: High Times: What’s in Your Stash? Cannabis Reviewer Jack Daniel

[Canniseur: You’re not grinding your flower? Find out why you should.]

Southern California cannabis patient, cultivar reviewer, and editor, Jack Daniel, has an admission with a certain item in his stash box.

“I probably wrote one hundred cannabis reviews before I started grinding my buds – and now, I don’t know how I ever did it!” he laughed. “Everything goes through the grinder now.”

Daniel’s grinder is a stainless steel number that grinds with precision, made by Compton Grinders, from Compton, California – made in the U.S.A.

The necessity of grinding flower is two-fold. Firstly, it releases the terpenes of the flower for better flavor, without the charred flower being repeatedly torched.

The flavor or scent of the cannabis flower is where the beneficial compounds of the plant are. Beneficial herbs have scents to attract us; we need them for our health and wellbeing.

Grinding is also more cost effective, insuring no morsel of goodness is wasted.

“In the center of the tray is my daily driver glass pipe from San Diego local glass company, Opinicus9,” he shared. “Though I will dab occasionally, and eat an edible once in a while – bongs are rare, joints are for friends, but my pipe is my trusty sidearm in all situations.”

Opinicus9 is a glass pipe manufacturer in San Diego, in Southern California, specializing in fine, one-of-a-kind glass dab rigs, pipes, and beautiful hand-blown jewelry, with pieces also available on its Etsy site.

On the top right of his stash box is his nug jar, currently full of Beard Glue, and Yeti OG.

Repurposing containers for weed is nothing new, and though there are many fancy containers now on the market, Daniel’s trim jar is a re-purposed Garbage Pail Kids candy container shaped like a trash can with lid.

“All my stems, leaves and anything else that gets stripped prior to the grind goes into the little trash can,” he explained. “When it is full I give it to my dad and he makes his own remedies from it.”

Courtesy of Jack Daniel

His dad, who is also a California cannabis patient, boils the remains of Daniel’s flower and stems to make a poultice for topical use.

In case you aren’t familiar with the term, a poultice is an ancient remedy wherein plant material is soaked in alcohol and applied topically for pain, inflammation, and infection. A poultice could also be used on the chest or back for lung conditions.

In Latin America, grandmothers still soak cannabis and other beneficial plants in a 96 percent alcohol for topical use. Important to note, these methods are as old as the hills, but modern medicine via synthetic formulations have all but bumped Grandma’s remedies to the curb.

Daniel first partook of the herb in 1996, right after basketball season ended in his senior year in high school, and never looked back.

“I loved weed immediately and have smoked virtually every day of my life since,” he shared.

Diagnosed in 2010 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his cannabis use became serious, as Daniel was told he had a six inch by six inch tumor, two inches wide, lodged between his heart and lung.

“I dubbed it the malignant pork chop,” he reminisced. “It was during this time I decided to take a closer look at those seedy ads in the back of The Reader. I went out and got my medical marijuana recommendation, and bought $280 worth of the best weed I had ever seen from a dispensary. Safe to say, the cultivar, Master Kush and P91, or Poway Class of ’91, got me through most of my treatments.”

At the time, concentrates to ingest to treat cancer and symptoms weren’t in his radar, and he smoked to control symptoms with success. This led him down a new career path, writing weed reviews for several publications, including Weedmaps, where Daniel was listed as a top ten reviewer.

“Using cannabis during my traditional cancer treatments was a supplement, not a cure,” he added. “Smoking cannabis allowed me to eat on a regular schedule, sleep in a regular schedule, and it made my attitude bright enough to play with my kids.”

Cannabis gave Daniel enough motivation to get to work each day in a construction job – even though he said his mind and body were running on empty. Like many in the cannabis space, the experience changed his life and career forever, and he now spends his days writing about cannabis – with his stash box nearby.

“I like being a freelancer, writing full-time from home – with no boss, no editor, and no fucks left to give,” he laughed.

What’s in Your Stash? Cannabis Reviewer Jack Daniel was posted on High Times.

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