It seems like the hot topic on everyone’s radar these days is the Cannabis plant. We’ve seen many states beginning to legalize medical marijuana, there are new technologies being developed all the time utilizing the hemp plant that will allow green energy, sustainable construction and industrial fabrication options, a variety of nutrient dense foods, and of course the hottest topic of all- the therapeutic and medicinal properties of the plant, more and more of which seem to be popping up every day.
Kelley is an herbalist, owner of alternative and holistic health boutique Sunshine Organic Herbals, and medical THC oil-maker based in Truckee, CA Kelley creates small batches of ultra-concentrated THC extract oil which medical marijuana patients use for conditions ranging from auto-immune disorders, to cancer, to pain, to sleep problems and beyond. In this exclusive EWAO interview Kelley shares some tricks of the trade and insider experiences from her years creating and providing this liquid gold to her clients as well as some compelling firsthand stories for how THC oil has brought healing and rejuvenation to a variety of real life health concerns.
In preparation to interview Kelley I realized I myself wasn’t 100% clear on all the terminology used to describe the plant in question. In my research to understand the different between Hemp and Marijuana I learned a few important things which I will briefly outline so that there is a common baseline of vocabulary used.
-Hemp and Marijuana are technically the same plant. Both terms refer to the species Cannabis Sativa.
-Hemp and Marijuana belong to the same species, Cannabis Sativa, as well as the same genus, Cannabis
-The term ‘Marijuana’ generally is used to refer to strains of Cannabis Sativa which have been selectively bred to produce greater amount of THC-secreting glands
-The term ‘Hemp”, on the other hand, is a term generally accepted to refer to strains of Cannabis Sativa which are or have been selectively bred to be more conducive to use as oil, nutritious food, fiber, or other non-psychoactive and industrial purposes.
-Cannabis Sativa naturally possesses 480 active compounds, out of these, 66 are cannabinoids.
-Cannabinoids are active compounds found, in varying quantities, in the Cannabis plant which are able to react in the human body by binding with naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors found in our cells.
-THC is one of the 66 cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant.
-The legal implications of these variations in definitions, semantics, and strains are too complicated to be included in the scope of this article but if you are interested to learn more about this topic, check out this very informative piece: http://www.alternet.org/drugs/whats-difference-between-hemp-and-marijuana
And now the interview:
EWAO-How did you get into creating THC oil. Where did your journey with the plant begin?
Kelley: Years ago I was enrolled in an herbalism symposium and decided to take a medical marijuana course from a well-known doctor. Mind you I was on the East Coast at the time in a state where cannabis was still very criminalized so this was a kind of hush hush subject to most. I was excited to actually get to learn in an environment where my curiosity would be welcomed. I was completely blown away by all of the info I learned, but best of all I befriended many people whose lives had been changed by the plant. From that day on I immersed myself in getting to know the plant in deeper ways than just the typical uses people associate with the plant.
EWAO -In case anyone is unclear as to what exactly THC oil is or is used for, could you answer those queries as well as clarify whether or not concentrated THC oil is psychoactive?
Kelley: THC oil also called cannabis oil can be used for many different ailments and health issues. Most commonly it is used for cancer treatment and also for controlling seizure disorders. Insomnia ,anxiety, and stress can be alleviated from use of the oil as well. It can also be used for relief from conditions where pain and/or inflammation present themselves, whether it is a chronic or acute issue. I have also observed the oil working complimentary with conventional medical treatments to relieve common side effects such as pain, nausea, appetite suppression, insomnia, etc. It is even helpful for everyday issues such as headache, back ache, and menstrual cramp relief. Recently, I encountered a patient who used it to relieve the intense nausea and pain associated with a stomach bug. I feel like the uses are endless with this product.
As for the psychoactive indications of the oil, that all depends on the patient, the tolerance, and the health issue that is being treated. I do work one on one with each individual to find out what works best for their system to avoid euphoria if needed. That being said sometimes a little bliss can open a whole new world of physical healing in the body.
EWAO- Of course you can’t share your secret recipe, but could you give us any peeks into the process you use to create this potent medicinal oil?
Kelley: It seems like there are lots of people talking about the oil now and there is lots of information circulating around the internet in regards to creating this medicine. I personally feel like everyone needs to do their own research and find a trusted creator to obtain the medicine or a well educated mentor to learn how to create the medicine for themselves.
There are a few personal rules I would like to pass along though.
Know your plant material. Either get it from a reputable source or grow it yourself. You don’t necessarily need any of these high profile medical marijuana strains so don’t get hung up on getting on a waiting list for a specific strain. Are some plant strains better than others for certain issues? Of course, but hey if you can only obtain or grow A,B, or C right now. DO IT. Don’t suffer because you have been told you need this one specific plant strain.
Only use high quality ingredients for your solvent or make sure your oil creator is using high quality ingredients. I am an herbalist by nature and wouldn’t make any of my plant remedies whether cannabis or chamomile with any questionable ingredients. Some recipes and oil makers are calling for naptha, isopropyl alcohol or butane. I find that to be a ridiculous and dangerous way to make a healing remedy. We are trying to cure health issues here not create new ones, right?
EWAO-Do you encounter a lot of people who are resistant to the medical or therapeutic applications of THC oil? What do you tell them?
Kelley: I think since I am in the business that I am in, I do not come across people that are too resistant. Most people come to me in a last ditch effort to heal themselves or a very ill loved one and are completely fed up with the medical establishment. At that point they are very open to natural healing modalities. You may be surprised to hear I have tiny children on the oil all the way up to grandmas and everyone in between. I know many people feel that patients get their medical marijuana recommendation just because they are “potheads”. I laugh at that statement . I can tell you right now neither the child or the little grey haired grandma fit that description at all.
EWAO-I understand you provide THC oil to your clients. What are some of the medical issues you see being treated with THC oil? What kind of results have you seen? Have there been any cases of ‘miraculous’ or major healing as a result of the use of THC oil?
Kelley: One of my favorite patients is a child who was on 5 different seizure medications a few months ago. Suffered from 100’s of seizures a day and was developmentally delayed due to it. Since being on the oil for a couple months, this child is now on NO seizure medications and engages with his family . He tells his mother he loves her without being prompted, she NOW has her little boy back.
Another is a late stage cancer patient suffering from severe side effects from medical treatments. This person had no quality of life. Could not play with his children and was in and out of the ER on a regular basis due to pain, complications, and infections. He was on the highest doses of every prescription pain reliever you could think of. After being on the oil he is no longer on the prescription meds and can enjoy his life and children again. His family is so unbelievably grateful for the oil. They have hope in a world where the medical community gave them none.
These miracles I encounter on a daily basis due to cannabis oil.
EWAO- Does THC oil have the potential to be addictive?
Kelley: Well in most cases where it is said that cannabis is addictive it have been taken out of context by people with an agenda against the plant As in the case where they say stopping cannabis use may cause irritability, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, anxiety, and drug craving. What if you were using the cannabis oil as a medicine for sleeplessness, anxiety and decreased appetite, and you stopped your medicine? Wouldn’t you have a “drug craving” for cannabis to help you feel better again? Wouldn’t you have “irritablility” since you are tired from having “sleeplessness” and hungry from “decreased appetite”?
EWAO-Talk to me about dosing. For a person wanting to benefit from the health and healing factors of THC oil, what is the recommended dose, how often, and for what period of time?
Kelley: Everyone is different in dosing. It all depends on the person, and their health issue. It is extremely concentrated so you start with a piece the size of a tiny grain of rice. That’s why it is best to do your research and work very closely with a trusted person. I am always available personally to anyone anytime I am working with, that way its individualized and their doses work most effectively.
EWAO- do you think eventually the cannabis plant will be legalized in all the states?
Kelley: I have a theory on that. I feel like it will be legalized on the government’s terms, Such as isolating certain CBDs from the plant and making THAT legal and not making the whole plant legal. That way big pharma can get their hands involved and make a drug from the isolated constituents. They are only interested in the money making part of legalizing it and bastardizing the medicine. They don’t care about curing anything, there is no money in a cure.
EWAO-are there any benefits of using THC oil that are surprising or were unexpected even by you?
Kelley: I am never surprised by the amazing healing powers of the oil , but the results of using it in skin products was a little unexpected. Of course it can be used topically for skin issues such as skin cancer, psoriasis and eczema, but making it into cleansing or moisturizing beauty products was a really cool experiment that I have been very pleased with. “CANNABIS the new high end beauty product available at Macys”.
EWAO- How has THC oil affected your life and health?
Kelley: It has affected me deeply by being able to help so many people and families take control of their health and get their lives back . I am so honored and blessed to be able to work firsthand with the plant to create a product that has touched so many people on so many levels . I go to bed every night and wake up every morning in complete awe of the oil and the power it holds.
EWAO- How would you compare the experience of using pure THC oil vs. smoking or otherwise inhaling the plant material in vaporized or other form?’
Kelley: I don’t use the plant in any other ways but tincture and oil. I am older so even when I did partake in smoking, vaporizing wasn’t available. So I am probably not the best to ask about the experience. I do know with the oil, it’s a much more comparable experience to an edible cannabis product.
EWAO- Who, in your experience and opinion, can benefit from THC oil? Is it for everyone?
Kelley: So many people can benefit from the oil in one way or the other.
EWAO- Is THC oil beneficial simply for physical health problems, or can it also be therapeutic for issues related to emotions and mental disorders as well?
Kelley: Certainly, it can help people when they have emotional issues across the board. Some oil can energize the brain which may be helpful for issues such as depression or moodiness. Some oil can relax the brain which can be helpful for anxiety or racing thoughts.
EWAO- As an herbalist, how does THC oil compare, therapeutically speaking, to other medicinal herbs you cultivate or work with?
Kelley: Cannabis is more expensive, sometimes illegal to obtain, and can be harder to cultivate than most herbs. Other than that is works in the same manner as most herbal medicine in the way that it natural and meant for us to be used to alleviate health issues. Everything on the Earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence. ~ Mourning Dove, Christine Quintasket(1888-1936) Saiish
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***DISCLAIMER: NO INFORMATION PROVIDED HERE IS INTENDED TO PREVENT, CURE, OR TREAT ANY DISEASE. NONE OF THESE STATEMENTS HAVE BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FDA. FURTHERMORE, THE ONLY REFERENCE TO THE DISTRIBUTION OF CANNABIS PRODUCTS REFERRED TO IN THIS ARTICLE ARE IN THE CASE OF DOCTOR REFERRED MEDICAL MARIJUANA RECIPIENTS WITHIN THE STATE LAWS***