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1. Cannabutter - the world's most taboo (and taxed) health food
The ORAL use of herbal cannabis for medicinal purposes receives little attention in the mainstream news - precisely because it is a very good medicine.
In most pot shops it is common to find baked goods and candies - medicated edibles - that have cannabis cooked in. Most of these are sugary or full of gluten grains and may exacerbate the conditions they are trying to cope with or cure. Some pot shops even sell cannabis-infused vegetable oils. (Avoid pro-inflammatory temperate seed oils at all costs)
Unfortunately, most pot shops do not feature cannabutter as a main commodity. If they did, the health of their patients would probably improve substantially.
Cannabutter supports the immune system, helps the patient to cope with pain and rest easily, and may help to open 'the doors of perception'. Oral administration of pure THC (Marinol) is found to be disorienting for the patient, ineffective for their symptoms, and fraught with side effects. Herbal cannabis, administered orally in the form of butter, tincture, Rick Simpson Oil or by other methods, is highly medicinal.
If you are a medical marijuana user and you are not familiar with cannabutter or another safe, wholesome oral administration method, you may be missing out on a lot of relief.
Cannabis-infused butter (or cannabutter) is an excellent means of taking herbal cannabis orally for medicinal purposes, and is good for preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease.
[see post "Aluminum detox"]
Rick Simpson Oil (RSO, a concentrated solvent extract of marijuana buds to be taken orally) is good for shrinking tumors/as a chemo'therapy' alternative:
[see post "MariNoia, Vol. III: "Phoenix Tears""]
In this recent interview, Rick Simpson, who claims to have cured 5000 people of cancer and other diseases, says that a 60-gram dose of his oil over the course of 90 days will get people with MS back to work: (this seems like a good trial period for people interested in trying his medicine!)
Cannabutter is one of my main medications of choice for daily migraines.
Grass-fed butter has an ideal ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, and a low total amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which is a highly desirable profile.
Get it? Highly desirable profile? Take your cod liver oil, ladies.
Grass-fed butter also has some beneficial short-chain fatty acids, which are also found in breast milk and *coconut foods. It also contains the healthy natural trans fatty acid CLA.
For more information on CLA, see this article by Chris Kresser:
Grass-fed butter also contains extremely important vitamin K2, which may not be produced from K1 (found in some vegetable sources). For people who tolerate butter well, it may be considered a health food. For me, it is my Diesel fuel #1.
Unfortunately, mainstream arterycloggingsaturatedfats nutritional propaganda has saturated the Danish political system, and we see horrendous measures being implemented such as the FAT TAX:
UPDATE 11/11/2012: the fat tax is no more. See below:
"Denmark to abolish tax on high-fat foods" - BBC News
In "What in the World Are They Spraying?" this man is shown talking about a beef tax to direct human behavior.
[insert WITWATS link here]
What happens when healthy foods and medicines (beef, butter, bud) (not bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica) are taxed so highly that only elites can pay for their own pushers of clean food, water and medicine?
WA cannabis tax:
In Colorado and Washington, marijuana is now legalized for recreational use. Many people would say that this is a great step forward - some even say it is the light at the end of the tunnel. I tend to disagree. Cannabis, because of its super-federal illegality, is very expensive. It must be grown indoors to protect from thieves, with expensive equipment and utility costs to simulate the outdoor environment. Even in moderate climates like the Willamette Valley, marijuana would be far less expensive if everyone could grow it in their backyard. This could amount to about $3.00/oz for large outdoor grows in summertime. At present, bud is about $300.00/oz or more on the street and $150.00/oz or more for medical reimbursement of the grower's production costs. Since it is illegal in Washington to grow marijuana unless it is for medical purposes, and heavily taxed ($25% for each step) state-run stores are the only source for non-medical users, the price of pot will remain abnormally sky-high, as it is today. These prices will affect BOTH medical and non-medical users, making it more difficult and expensive for medical patients to treat themselves in a general sense, and much more difficult for patients to treat cancer specifically. That is, if it were legal for everyone to grow any amount of pot in their backyard, at a cost as low as $3.00/oz, various cancers could be treated and cured using Rick Simpson oil for (hemp oil) around $50.00/person.
(it takes approximately 1 lb. of good bud extracted in ethanol and evaporated to make enough RSO to cure most cancers for most people; this comes to (16 oz.)*($3.00/oz.) = $48.00)
If a person were to try to cure themselves of cancer using bud reimbursed for at a medical marijuana collective or dispensary today, they might pay $2500.00-$3500.00 or more for that 1 lb. of bud - or twice that much ($5000.00 to $7000.00 or more) on the street.
This high cost results in a situation where hemp oil is almost effectively an illegal cancer treatment, even in medical marijuana states, since patients would have to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket for their medicine and many can't afford to do this. For example, here in Oregon, I have a medical marijuana card, but I would feel a little uneasy walking around with a large jar of hemp oil, and I wouldn't be inclined to reimubrse for the cost of production of hemp oil at a collective or from another grower. It's very expensive.
Question: Tell us, Calm Canary - could cannabutter be used as a chemo'therapy' alternative/immune support to shrink or prevent tumors, in the same manner as Rick Simpson oil?
Answer: Yes, butter would be a safe and effective cannabis delivery vehicle for the goal of shrinking tumors, but it is harder to regulate the amount of medicine that is delivered. Properly-made Rick Simpson oil is preferable because it uses a consistent mass of bud with a specific minimum THC content for the strain used - and this means that a specific minimum total amount of THC is delivered to the patient over the treatment period when RSO is used, in effect standardizing the delivery method. This also means that it is not necessary to eat large amounts of butter solvent with the medicine - a small drop on the finger will do.
2. The Human Collective scandal - my collective was raided
3. "LEAF" - juicing raw cannabis leaf for medicinal use
YouTube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-iU9QN0fEM&feature=related
Yet another use of oral cannabis that is not being touched by the mainstream media (it's just as well - they would probably scramble the message):
Non-psychoactive components in raw cannabis leaf (such as THC acid and CBD acid) become decarboxylated when they are heated either through smoking/vaporization, or though cooking. This makes them psychoactive. The makers of this film suggest that these acid forms of cannabinoids, while non-psychoactive, are actually more medicinal than their psychoactive counterparts and can be taken in much greater amounts - a fascinating claim worthy of investigation. They claim that the juice of raw cannabis leaf has been found to be very effective for neurological disorders and for shrinking tumors! I will certainly try this juicing method myself as soon as possible! This is an exciting area of research.
Again, the whole herbal product will probably always be safer and more medicinally useful than any one, isolated cannabinoid. (remember Marinol?)
This video, "LEAF," makes a great error when it states that hemp is a good food. They were referring to hemp seed being a good, nutritious food. I must protest. This is simply not in line with Paleo 2.0 or Paleo Template doctrine. :)
For more information about Paleo 2.0 or the "Paleo Template," see this excellent article at Chris Kresser's site:
"Beyond Paleo: moving from a “paleo diet” to a “paleo template”"
While it is a fact that there are essential fatty acids in hemp seed oil (not the same as hemp oil), it is not true that they come in an ideal proportion. ALA in the human diet will never allow for optimal DHA and EPA levels in the body. DHA must be had in the diet, period. Conversion in the liver from ALA to DHA and EPA is highly inefficient, especially in men.
Hemp seed oil also has too much omega-6 fat, making it a pro-inflammatory vegetable oil.
Further, hemp seed oil has a high total amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids, meaning that it is not as heat-stable as healthy traditional fats such as butter, tallow, lard, coconut oil, ghee, or even duck fat. High-PUFA oils are prone to thermal decomposition.
So, while I am a cannabutter advocate and a veritable Simpson Oil lobbyist, I don't think you'll find that there are any health benefits to putting hemp seed oil on your salad, or from frying your food in it.
But I've already covered that topic on this site at this page:
[see post "MariNoia, Vol. IV: A peaceful merger of the Paleo 2.0 and MMJ communities!"]
*NOTE: coconut oil may be used in place of butter to make an oral preparation of cannabis. Coconut oil on its own is good for Alzheimer's disease. Cannabis infused coconut oil should be even better. [see post "(non)Local Hero, Vol. I", subsection 4.]