Sharon Letts

Hemp Gig is privileged to have the support and collaboration of Sharon Letts.  She is world renown in the cannabis industry and her compassion for people runs as deep as the ocean.  We are excited to join forces with her to help spread awareness regarding the many health benefits cannabis has to offer.



To find out more about Sharon, her journey in the cannabis world and the path that led her there, please visit her site at 

sharonletts.com

Just watching and following the drive that Sharon has to reach as many people as she can to help change their lives by educating them on the health benefits of cannabis is truly inspiring.

She could have just kept it to herself on how it had affected her, but when you truly experience life changing moments, it’s impossible to keep it to yourself.

We applaud the many platforms she has been on, from interviewing celebrities, magazines, books, social media, TV and the list goes on and will continue to grow because of the love in her heart and the undeniable compassion for other people.

With that, we thank you Sharon Letts for collaborating with us on this journey to, what we deem, the healthiest way of living on earth!

Sharon Letts
And Her Personal Essays About Her Journey

"Educated Stoner

Cannabis & Cancer: The Blame Game (Part 2)

By Sharon Letts

 

In general, the medical industry today tells the average American they are at fault for their own health woes, as if all the poisons polluting the world had nothing to do with any of it.

The rhetoric seems to be, if you have Lobular Carcinoma it’s because you took Hormone Replacement; you have Ductal Carcinoma because you drank more than three glasses of alcohol a day, you had children after 30 or you didn’t have them at all; Lung Cancer is due to your use of cigarettes, or you stood too close to someone who was smoking them; skin Cancer is for lack of sun screen; heart disease, you ate too many fatty foods.

 The limited lists of illusive causes for serious illness and disorders, combined with the redirecting of blame for our modern-day ailments is enough to make anyone sick.

As a Cannabis patient I’m frustrated at the lack of information and research on Cannabis and Cancer in this country, let alone a vague window of information on why or how I became unwell.

 The summer of 2012 a routine mammogram found a spider-web-like mass in my breast. A quick look at the Mayo Clinic’s site found an exact replica of the mass, with one just one possible cause listed, “hormone replacement.”

 The mammogram was done as a preventive measure, as I had been on the hormone replacement for just two weeks and immediately stopped taking them. That said, my sister had been diagnosed with the same cancer two years prior, going through surgery, chemo, and radiation – and she had never taken a single hormone replacement.

 Once Upon a Time

What we do know is our mother was raised on a farm in Illinois, and she told us stories of dancing under the rain of DDT as crop dusters flew above. It was a game. The pesticide companies told them it was good for them. Everyone in her family died of cancers.

 In 1962 Rachel Carson’s tell-all, “Silent Spring,” was the catalyst for environmental change, prompting the Clean Air and Water Acts of 1973 and 1974, respectively. Carson warned of cell damage leading to cancers and predicted our onslaught of neurological, autoimmune, and central nervous system disorders in our future.

 In 2014 the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,” otherwise known as the “DSM,” listing all the ailments dealt with thus far in the field of psychiatry, came out with a new list replacing the word “illness” with “disorder.”

 This new classification further demonstrates we are a species made out-of-order, but just why or how we became like this is never stated.

 One theory is we are doomed by our own hand, or, more specifically, by toxins created by us – heavy metals leached from cookware; synthetic medications made from petroleum byproducts, cleaning solvents, and other industrial compounds; such as lead, or aluminum used in our everyday lives that have poisonous properties.

I’m second generation DDT, but I also came up in the age of lead paint, and even if I were to blame these two substances solely for my autoimmune disorders, or my processing problems under the autistic spectrum, the world today contains more than seven million recognized chemicals, with more than 80,000 of them in common use.

Eat Your Medicine!

So, there I was, looking at the mass, when I remembered an earlier conversation with Dr. William Courtney the year prior on juicing. The California physician had helped his wife do away with more than 20 prescription meds previously needed to treat Lupus.

 I also remembered hearing of the strong oil, otherwise known as RSO or Rick Simpson Oil and began networking with medicine makers for a batch.

 In the five weeks that passed prior to the biopsy I had eaten raw leaves in salads, and made a drink in the blender. I had already been ingesting a light oil for sleep from a company in the Bay area called “Internal,” but I was not diligent in my ingesting as it was new to me, and I was not hopeful the minimal ingesting would do anything.

 As I lay there with the technician gliding the magic wand over my breast, he said, “I can’t seem to find it.”

 After looking at past and current views, the surgeon said, “We might not do this today.”

To which I informed, “I’ve been ingesting raw Cannabis - that may be the reason,” to which he asks if he can do that therapy too.

Typical Stoner vs. Enlightened Patient

Why is it that stoner jokes always seem to come into play whether medicine is being discussed or not? As if getting high is the end-all, as I lay there with my boob exposed and jelled, facing the big “C.”

But this is my moment to enlighten, and I advise, no, ingesting of raw Cannabis will not get you high, and teased that it may not be the treatment for him, to which he was comically disappointed.

He then informed that he was part of a Cannabis experiment in medical school during the 1960s that found medicinal value to the plant, such as in treating nausea.

As he tells it, they injected him with a Cannabis serum (heated, no doubt), and he said he became so excited (intoxicated is more like it), he grabbed the ass of the attending nurse.

This admission was met with howls of laughter from the attending staff, but I pressed on.

 “That must have been a strong batch,” I say, to more chuckles. I then advise him of the practice of eating raw leaves versus heating Cannabis for psychoactive effects of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

Personal Trials

Stumped at the lack of mass, the good doctor wanted to go ahead with the procedure, “… as long as we are all here,” he declared. I took this as my chance to do a little trial myself and asked if we could postpone the procedure another month while I continue with my own therapy. Thankfully, he agreed.

During the next five weeks I ingested RSO, while still ingesting raw leaves. And the most amazing thing happened, all my symptoms from Thyroid Disease and additional hormonal issues from Menopause fell away. Complications with digestion, fatigue, and numerous other symptoms ceased to exist.

 Prior to taking the strong oil I had only smoked to medicate, and used the light oil, “Internal” for sleep. Eating the raw leaf combined with the oil turned my body around.

 And the cancer was disappearing.

 Next installment: “Look at me, I’m Cancer-free!”


"Educated Stoner

Cannabis & Pain: Soothing a Soft Society

By Sharon Letts

Knee surgery last fall had me thinking about pain, true tolerance, and why so many Americans are bent on being anesthetized.

The Institute of Medicine states 100 million Americans suffer from some kind of pain at a cost of $635 billion a year.

http://www.iom.edu/~/media/Files/Report%20Files/2011/Relieving-Pain-in-America-A-Blueprint-for-Transforming-Prevention-Care-Education-Research/Pain%20Research%202011%20Report%20Brief.pdf

As ABC News reported January of 2012, 80 percent of the world’s pain meds are consumed in the good old U.S. of A., with synthetic Opioids just recently bumped by the FDA from Schedule 3 to the number two list. Cannabis, of course, is still listed with Heroin on Schedule 1.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/common-low-back-pain/story?id=15458693#.UJ1JUVL7Q3w

Noted is an increased life expectancy with a soft, sedentary lifestyle and cancers as the cause of our need to be numbed. But why are Americans suffering so; or are we really in this much pain?

Medicine Grows

Early on in the history of plant based medicines, sometime between 300 and 400 B.C. Hippocrates discovered a powder from the bark and leaves of the Willow tree held healing properties for headaches, pains and fevers. By 1829 scientists named the active compound, “salicin.”

http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blaspirin.htm

Many more chemists would experiment with the compound, but it wasn’t until German chemist Felix Hoffmann, while working for a company called Bayer, rediscovered Gerhardt's formula for his father suffering from Arthritis, declaring our common little aspirin the “wonder drug.”

The story of Aspirin is simple, but important, as it shows the lineage of plants to medicine to market.

Dulling the Pain

Today, the average arthritis suffer pops from a list of meds originally designed for end of life care, often associated with accidental death, organ failure, and other side effects too lengthy to list – numbing much more than the area affected, and increasing the level of pain in the long run when attempting to detox.

Aspirin sufficed until 1953 when Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, was marketed, soon followed by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs, opening the door into the 1960s for more brands in pain management than I can list here.

 http://www.drugrehab101.com/articles5.html

Our bodies are biologically the same, why the increase in pain medication?

Americans as Marketing Lab Rats

In the film “Love and Other Drugs” big pharma reps are taught to suggest drugs for other than originally developed uses, such as, anti-depressants for pain or sleep. In my mind, this demonstrates how marketing and profits have surpassed true need or even moral ground when it comes to medicating the masses.

The synthetic concoctions the pharmaceutical industry whips up come with side-effects equaling an entire additional ailment, with lists as long as a novel. For all the talk of lack of trials on Cannabis, the trials for most pharmaceuticals are short, often just six months to a year on small groups with a limited focus.

For example, the highly addictive drug Soma prescribed to treat chronic pain is also often prescribed for other symptoms, such as insomnia. Trials lasted just six months more than 20 years ago with a warning it shouldn’t be taken more than a year, as the severe negative side effects start piling up.

Advertising has been reduced to a nagging negative influence, with billions spent convincing us to buy empty, sub-standard products we don’t really need, while polluting our environment and poisoning every living thing

Would you like a seizure with that?

After deciding to continue the trials begun with my breast cancer scare, the first synthetic elimination from my medicine cabinet was the Valium typically needed for pre-medical procedure phobias. Two doses of light oil, “Nternal,” made in the Bay area of California prior to surgery were all that was needed to calm me.

Completely relaxed without being wasted (valium is given to rehab patients in recovery and mimics alcohol); I was in charge of my own dose and kept the bottle with me up until I was put under. Nurses and attending staff were fascinated by my choice, and I was happy to lead by example.

After surgery I was offered Vicodin, the number one hit on the top ten pain numbing chart.

http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/prescription-drugs

Already under the influence of the anesthesia, I'd be adding this other pain killer to the mix, further lowering my heart rate, causing me to feel light-headed, be further constipated, possible seizure, problems with urination, stomach pain, itching, jaundice... the list goes on.

http://www.drugs.com/sfx/vicodin-side-effects.html

(Note on Dosing: If it’s your first time using a concentrated Cannabis medicine, you will want to start with a small amount, wait an hour, then take more, as needed. You may need to lie down and go to sleep. You cannot overdose and your heart will not stop, as with prescription pain pills.)

Post-Surgery Sting

After surgery I continued taking the oil - one to two droppers full every one to two hours was all that was needed for breakthrough pain.  And being a natural non-inflammatory and anti-infection medication, there was no swelling to speak of from day two post-surgery and no fear of infection.

At night I continued using Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), giving me a good night's sleep, allowing me to wake up without swelling, stiffness or pain.

I also continued my daily regimen of ingesting raw leaves daily in a green drink during the day – a treatment began with my cancer scare a few months prior to surgery - easing constipation caused from the anesthesia.

For after wound care I used a Cannabis salve made with additional healing herbs. Most dispensaries or collectives carry salve, typically used for minor aches and pains, cuts, bug bites, rashes, skin tags, etc. (For skin cancer RSO is the treatment.)

If it’s your first time ingesting a concentrated Cannabis medicine, you will want to start with a small amount, wait an hour, then take more, as needed. The strong medicine allows you to sleep so your body will heal. And you cannot overdose, for Cannabis does not stop your heart, as do most prescription pain meds.

Big Pharma: Drug Dealers to the Masses

Had I opted for the Vicodin post-surgery, the outcome would have been much different. I would have been swollen longer, constipated for sure, completely wasted the first several days, with no appetite to speak of, and my immune system would have been challenged at a time when my body needs it the most.

After taking the highly addictive pharmaceuticals for the required amount of time - one to two tablets suggested up to four times a day, up to two months post-surgery, chances are I might have wanted more. This seems to be a given, as you can't search for Vicodin online without finding withdrawal information at its side.

A docudrama on television tells the story of a young woman who went from being an injured college athlete on full scholarship, to turning tricks in a Motel for Heroin when her health insurance and subsequent OxyContin prescriptions dried up. Did she begin her pain management with the Oxy? No, she started with Vicodin – gateway drug to Heroin.

In CNN’s ground-breaking documentary, “Weeds,” Dr. Sanjay Gupta shares prescription pain meds take someone’s life every 19 minutes in this country, yet he said he could not find one documented death by Cannabis.

http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/22/dr-gupta-in-depth-the-truth-about-presciption-addiction/

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports prescription drug overdose is the leading cause of injury death, tallying more traffic deaths with more drivers under the influence of big pharma behind the wheel.

Among children under the age of six, the CDC reports a whopping 40 percent presenting to the ER poisoned by prescription meds.

Got Research?

As a species, humans aren't the sharpest tool in the shed. We put things in our mouths before fully realizing dangers. We put things in our mouths when we know something is dangerous - and if it tastes good or feels good, we keep on doing it.

With legalization spreading like wildfire across the country in my lifetime, it seems that public perception may be turning around sooner than later on Cannabis as good medicine.  Hopefully, it will at least open the doors for real research, and more real medicine being made with proper dosing figured out.

While the rest of America quells the daily pain of living through the colored glasses of modern medicine, I’ll continue to use the green, and encourage others to do the same."


"Educated Stoner

Cannabis & Cancer: Chemical Culprits (Part 1)

By Sharon Letts"


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Evangelizing Cannabis: Praise the Lord and Pass the Pipe!

By Sharon Letts"


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Cannabis & Cancer: Take Five Leaves and Pray

By Sharon Letts"

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Cannabis: Calming the Crazy Bitch (part 1)

Only Women Bleed

By Sharon Letts"


"Educated Stoner

Cannabis: Calming the Crazy Bitch (part 2)

By Sharon Letts"


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High Art: Cannabis & Muse

By Sharon Letts"


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My Journey: A Life Gone to Pot

By Sharon Letts"

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