I'm Mik. Model, mother, moron. Future meta-magician. Former logic clinician.
My better half and I own Brainfood Bookstore in Longmont, Colorado. It is the only exclusively indie- and local-lit bookstore in the nation. We meet a lot of crazy folks.
Testimonial from a former roommate:
"Living with you was like living with a quiet little opinionated deer person who floated around like a ghost and said smart/nutso things and ate seaweed. "
I love Colorado. I love mountains. I love hiking. I read and write. I raise my children to the best of my ability. I have lupus and have defeated early-stage cancer twice, so I pretty much fully support the use of medical marijuana.
Yes, I have heard of juicing and desperately want to try it, but because I live in Kansas, it is almost impossible to get fresh marijuana. When I move to Colorado this summer and I am legally able to grow medical marijuana, I am going to start juicing. For those of you who don’t know: While smoking or ingesting dried marijuana helps reduce pain and even inflammation, it doesn’t treat the root of the problem. Ingesting ‘juiced’ fresh marijuana, in many cases, actually lowers ANA levels. ANAs are the antibodies that are literally killing my connective tissue (causing the pain and inflammation). Furthermore, the juice has little or no THC, meaning that it won’t get you high— aka, I can use it while still being a responsible parent.
I’ve had several people tell me I ought to start juicing. My boyfriend says it every time I smoke (because smoking is really bad on my lungs, which is why I usually eat edibles). And as soon as I move to Colorado, I will. I’m glad you mentioned it, and thank you very much for the title of the documentary— I wasn’t aware of that! I’m going to have to steal someone’s Netflix and watch it sometime :)
I am so excited to be moving this summer. I can’t wait to live in Colorado.
Maybe I shouldn’t be so thrilled about Hipster Vallhall’a, but I am. I like yoga. I like fresh air. I like recycling. I like having access to medical marijuana. I like a greater prevalence of foods without gluten that don’t aggravate lupus. I like being healthy. That’s a good portion of the reason for our move.
I kinda imagine Boulder as this place where even the store-brand laundry detergent is environmentally friendly, and I know that’s an exaggeration, but I’m still really happy to get to live there.
I can’t wait. :)
To anyone questioning you, I’m wondering if they smoke cigarettes? I’m wondering if they know that the NATIONAL American deaths cause by marijuana is zero? I’m happy for you that your life doesn’t have to be consumed with pills. Go you, mama
Thank you very much! And exactly. No one can condemn me for smoking weed unless they’re also condemning every parent who smokes cigarettes, around their children or not. However, despite the fact that there has never been a death from lung cancer due to marijuana smoke and there are no studies regarding the effects of second-hand marijuana smoke, I’m not going to go around exposing my kids. It’s a far better choice for me, health-wise, than pharmaceutical painkillers, and it’s obviously far less dangerous to my children than second-hand cigarette smoke, but that doesn’t mean I’m not cautious about what I expose my children to.
(Note: This is from a private discussion we were having about Hemp Seed Oil and its benefits both nutritionally and as a moisturizer. Just wanted to publish this now because hnhnta makes an excellent point I’d never though of before)
I know, right! I think the fatty acid thing is what I was trying to say haha. I mean I use it mostly medically by smoking, not for nutrition by ingesting, but only because I can’t get any fresh— despite the fact that preliminary studies show that marijuana ‘juice’ might reduce ANA levels in patients with lupus and other autoimmune disorders (which no other treatment, other than chemo and other toxins, is shown to do). It SUCKS that it’s illegal just because pharmaceutical companies want me to have to pay for (and be dependent on) treatments that are ineffective and harmful to my body.
But what you said about fixing world hunger is a point I’d never heard before, yet it seems plausible. Not that it would straight-up fix world hunger, but that hemp seed oil could be used as a nutritional supplement in places where most of the populace relies on sparse grain with little nutritional value. As we both noted, Hemp Seed Oil is the only naturally-occurring oil with not only all the essential fatty acids, but the same ratio needed by the human body. Let’s break this down: Any other oil or fat contains either not all the essential fatty acids, or the wrong ratios, meaning you have to eat a combination of fats and oils to get everything your body needs. In areas with high rates of hunger, people obviously don’t have the resources to go around eating some of this kind of fat and some of that kind of fat until they have enough to support brain and eye growth, fetal development, immune function, etc. What hnknta seems to be suggesting, and what I absolutely agree with, is that in such areas, an effective solution would be to plant a bunch of hemp (as she said, grows easily, and is more hardy than most grains), and let the people get all their essential fatty acids from hemp. Maybe not “Bingo, problem solved!” but definitely a step in the right direction.
And sorry I just got around to answering this, I passed out last night in the middle of our conversation :/
NO I HAVE HEARD ABOUT THIS. I read about a girl with lupus who was consuming raw pot (doesn’t get you high, btw) and it significantly lowered her ANA levels. For most of you that probably doesn’t mean anything but all my followers with autoimmune disorders are going OH SHIT right now. I wish I lived in California because a year or two ago, they had a clinical study going on where if you had lupus, they would provide you with raw marijuana to juice in exchange for testing your ANA levels weekly or something. Sooooo sad I missed out on that :( But it is definitely something I am going to look into once I move to Colorado. In the mean time… all the weed I get is dried, so it does not provide those benefits sadly :(
I am such a special fucking sick snowflake.
Nothing like a boyfriend who will go get you ice cream cake and cut off the cookie part so you won’t accidentally eat something with wheat in it when you’re stoned and have the munchies after being too sick to eat for days.