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Cannabis and Mistletoe


Granny Storm Crow's list is out for 2020, better than ever. Each year she publishes in one place most of the information available on Medical Cannabis. Here is a path to the web site.

I have also put her email along with links to the different sections and her message on The City of Health forum. 


A healthy city takes care of its trees, decorative plants and shrubs. When they are sick or infected by parasites, it is important to treat them at an early stage, especially trees. Mistletoe is a hemiparasitic plant that grows on a wide variety of host trees such as pine, oak, birch, and apple. The term hemiparasitic is used to indicate that the mistletoe plant carries out photosynthesis independently but obtains water and minerals from the host. Given enough time, it can eventually kill the tree.

The mistletoe grows on a branch and can be seen quite clearly in the winter when the tree is dormant and that is the best time to remove it. Many of the big old trees along the river are heavily infested and become the source of continued infection to other trees.

The fruiting body by which the plant spreads is a little pod that contains a sticky seed. Pressure will build within this pod until it fires the seed into the air at a fast speed. This seed will then stick to another part of the tree and one close to it. The other method of propagation is by birds, either by sticking to the body or past through the birds system after ingestion.

Some of the trees in Ralph Edwards park are heavily infested and others are in the process. To me, it shows the failure of the Parks Department to address this parasite which has caused and will cause the destruction of some of these trees and others if left unchecked. There are boom trucks available through the electrical department (did we just spend $1/4M on a new one?) to do this work.

This leads me to the question of why are we renovating this park, when the department tasked with its maintenance has not done its job to protect the old one? I am of the belief that in times of economic challenges, you take care of what you have and not spend money you do not have on things you do not need. No one I have talked to think that the park should be renovated and those who use it (farmers market folks, picnickers and kids on bikes) have not been asked about the disruption that will occur.

This last mistake by our city manager (failure to request available state funds) calls into question the overall management of the city and where it puts its limited resources. The park has money (a grant) to replace the irrigation system . . . great! I have yet to hear where the rest of the money will come from aside from assurance from Mr. Madrid that it will be provided.

A healthy city needs community discussion on resource allocation and to hold those responsible accountable. If we fail to plan, we plan to fail. I, for one, feel it is time to say goodbye to our city manager, regain control of the departments that seem to operate on their own agendas and ask those who live here and pay taxes what they want.

First of all, I want to thank all of you who sent condolences after my
husband’s passing in January 2019.  Your messages of love were like
stars of light in a very dark time. They helped me find my way back to
“being me” after being overwhelmed with grief.

I’ve had some sweet little emotional highs recently, like making an
old-fashioned “Sun Bonnet Sue” quilt for my friend’s beautiful baby
girl. But I must admit that the latest “high” was wonderfully and
absolutely mind-blowing for me!

I’m in “HIGH TIMES” magazine!

Higher Profile: Granny Storm Crow, Grass Roots Advocate

The author, Sharon Letts, and I had met briefly, years ago. We
recently reconnected via email, “hit it off” again, and the article
happened.  I thought she’d end up posting it up in her blog, or some
small local publication, but when I opened the link, there was that
little red and white “HIGH TIMES” logo!  WOW!

Anyway, between quilting and “life, the universe and everything”, once
again, I got started late on checking the thousands of links in my
List. I was able to properly edit “only” a little over 2000 pages- the
current studies section, plus the repeats of those studies that are in
other sections.

You’ll know which ones have been checked- they now show the names of
countries after the study’s title. Most new studies now list the
institutes that the scientists are affiliated with, so I’ve added
their countries.  It’s not all Israel, Canada and the US doing the
majority of studies any more.  There are some surprising “new players”
in the world of cannabinoid research, Brazil is one example.  When
possible, I am also including links to the studies in other languages.

But I want you to see what I see- that whether as a medicine, an
industrial crop, a promising food source, or a safer intoxicant – all
the nations that legally can, are researching cannabis.
Endocannabinoid system research is basically found world-wide, since
all humans and higher animals have an endocannabinoid system.  I find
it hopeful that scientists, whose countries may be old enemies, or new
political rivals, can be “adult” enough to put aside their differences
sufficiently to create coherent, scientific documents that benefit
their various countries, and the scientific world as a whole.

Meanwhile, far too many of our politicians can’t agree on even “common
sense” matters!  Throughout 2019, various polls noted that about
two-thirds of the American public wants cannabis legalized.  Are our
politicians listening?  And that’s all I’m saying about politics,

(A little very stoned musing-  Is cannabis “the Tree of Life that is
for the healing of nations”?   Will medical patients, “stoners”,
scientists and researchers be the ones to start the dialogs we need to
keep our world’s ecology from falling apart?   Could cannabis research
become a friendly “space race” with a more cooperative goal of healing
the earth and its people?)

Back to the List- you may note that some of the abstracts now have two
URLs. Not all abstracts are created equal.  More information is a good
thing, so, two sources.  And speaking of information, the List is
meant to be shared, so share it with your friends (and maybe your
doctor?).  It just takes a moment to forward the whole thing!

As usual, I have divided up the List into sections. Once you open a
link, on the left-hand side there should be a tool bar with a little
ribbon-shaped icon, "bookmarks", click it for get the navigation
index.  Once that’s up, just scroll down the subjects to see what’s
there.  Cannabis may not cure the common cold, but it certainly has a
lot of possible uses!

Section 1 is mostly news articles with a small “Beginner’s section”
and a mini-dictionary to get you started.  If you are new, or
returning to cannabis, this is where to start your education.  The
last decade has brought changes in how cannabis is used, as well as
new discoveries in medical uses and the workings of the
endocannabinoid system.

You might want to copy the little dictionary and make a hard copy of
it. I double spaced it so you would have room to add a few definitions
of your own.  Learning the new words is half the battle of
understanding a study.  When I was first learning about all this, I
kept a second window open just to look up the words that were new to
me. There were a lot of new words.

Section 2 is the largest section filled with the current studies (2015
to 2020). Occasionally, you will find studies far older than 2015, but
only in a few special interest areas such as the “Cultivation” or the
“History” subsections.  “Methods of Use” highlights the many ways to
use cannabis, and has recipes for edibles, tinctures and topicals.

Section 3 starts with recent studies dated 2010 to 2014. These studies
aren’t that old, so don’t ignore them!  The section then continues
with the Phytocannabinoid studies which should be of interest to many.
There is a lot more to cannabis than “just” THC and CBD!

Section 4 contains studies dated 2009 and earlier.   The older studies
of the 1970s to 1990s often explore those basic questions (“Does
cannabis go bad?”, “How long to hold a hit”, etc.).  Then there are
some prime examples of “Reefer Madness” from the 1930s, but also
studies predating cannabis prohibition (and its bias), including a
number of 1800s British case studies.  Personally, I really enjoy the
very old studies.

Below the oldest studies are the studies on the new synthetic
cannabinoids, which unlike the natural cannabinoids, can be fatal.
“The Synthetics” also includes a few other substances that can affect
the endocannabinoid system, like sugar and phthalates.

Section 5 details the workings of the endocannabinoid system.
Anandamide, 2-AG, and CB1 and CB2 receptors are just the start!  The
endocannabinoid system is involved with just about everything your
body and mind do.  A damaged or dysregulated endocannabinoid system is
noted in many diseases and obesity.  The study of the endocannabinoid
system is the future of medicine!

I have tried to provide all of you with the medical, sociological, and
historical sources you will need to learn more about cannabis and how
the cannabinoids affect us.

One last word of caution, are all the studies in my List
“pro-cannabis”? The answer is “no”. Nothing in this world is 100%
safe, or good, and there are some situations when cannabis should be
avoided, and you should know about them.  Yet, that is no excuse for
decades of lies and harsh punishments for cannabis use that our
governments have inflicted upon us.

It’s 2020, time to see our way to legalization, and share the truth
about cannabis.  And like my grandfather once said,” If the truth
won’t do, then something is wrong!”

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