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Tips For Growing Cannabis In The Vegetable Garden

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As cannabis legalization slowly spreads around the world, more people are taking advantage of being able to grow small amounts of medicinal or personal recreational marijuana in their private gardens.

Growing cannabis in your backyard garden is a special thing. For the past several years I have been growing my own small amounts of medical cannabis outside in the vegetable garden during summer season. Learning as I grow this unique plant has been fascinating and challenging as something that I do to take charge of my health needs.

I grow cannabis with the intention of eating leaves off of them all season and then harvesting a portion of the buds during the end of the plant’s life. Yes, I eat my plants.

While you can find thousands of hot tips about growing cannabis, I have created for you a simplified a short list of things I do to successfully grow and eat off my plants until harvest time.

  1. Plant herbs and low growing root vegetables along borders and throughout the garden that will detract pests and feed nutrients to the soil.
  2. Let the soil dry slightly between waterings. This promotes stronger root growth as they reach out seeking water when the soil gets dry enough. Stick a moisture reader in the dirt to monitor how much water is needed. Watch the leaves, when they droop they may need a drink and when they are reaching up for the sky they are likely full enough.
  3. Feed your garden once or twice a month with probiotic organic teas to feed nutrients to the soil and roots. I make teas with powdered kelp, bokashi, cannabis leaves, flowers, molasses, etc…natural ingredients. Because I am eating my plants, they are never grown with the use of pesticides or chemicals.
  4. Defoliate around the new moon when the plant’s growth is concentrated on the roots. Take leaves near the bottom to increase airflow and the big water leaves creating shade. Taking off about 25% of the leaves off increases nutrient flow to forming flower buds without stunting the plants growth. Note that the biggest reason that you are defoliating is so that you can eat the leaves! Get them processed and stored in the fridge right away for fresh consumption.
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Organic compost tea.

5. Look at your plants everyday. I’ve been told this by more than one cannabis grower and while it seems overly simplistic, I would say that it is one of the most important tips for maintaining a healthy garden. Talking to your plants while you are spotting for pests, broken limbs, and problems as early as possible really allows for quick action to keep the growing season fruitful. On the other hand, part of the beauty of growing outdoors is that mother nature will look after your plants if you ever really have to leave them for a day or two.

Before you go out there and start planting Kush in with the broccoli, make sure that you are up on the local marijuana laws in your area. If you find out that you are not able to grow cannabis plants in your garden, the next step is to contact your legislators and ask them to support cannabis legalization and homegrown in your area. www.norml.org

Before we know it, with a little more work, gardening cannabis with vegetables will be normal.

Twenty Questions About Your Scoliosis

In the quest to learn more about my spinal condition, since my teens, I have been researching ways to manage scoliosis pain and looking for natural ways to cure a crooked spine. Despite my studying and efforts, I found that there was no cure, although there were still things I could do to manage my condition without the surgery or pain pills doctors originally told me were the only options.

I’m always inspired and curious to hear how other people with scoliosis are managing their spines, their pain, and their futures. I think I could learn more about myself if I know more about others, so, I have compiled a list of 20 questions that I would like to ask 20 people over the next 3 months. Fused or unfused, I want to hear about your health, your tips, and your challenges.

My 20 questions project is a positive way that I can also support others and create a safe space where people with scoliosis can openly talk about their spine and pain with somebody else who gets it.

To get the ball rolling I recorded myself answering the 20 questions so you also know what to expect and get to know about me too. Questions and answers are in the video above.

Please email me at butterflysessions@gmail.com if you would like participate. I can’t wait to meet you!

Bathing In CBD For Better Health

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The tea is brewed, music turned on, and the lights are turned down low. As the tub fills for this special bliss bath, I sprinkle in spoonfuls of Lavender and CBD infused epsom salts. The smell pushes my first relaxation button. Yeah, I’m about to relax, on purpose. 

I sink into the hot water and almost instantly take a big sigh. I am here and nothing else matters right now. My only mission is to relax and stay in here for at least 20 minutes to let my skin absorb CBD and magnesium from the salts. A timer was thoughtfully set in case I think I need to be doing something else before my 20 minutes is up.

I take a few minutes to settle in, breathe, and relax. This is holistic self care at its best. Tension and chaos start melting away.

Getting CBD through the skin is one of my favorite delivery methods for using cannabis. I don’t have to eat or inhale anything, my skin does the job for me. 

As the bath continues, I’m all scrubbed up and now just waiting for the timer to go off. It is time to take it to the next level of relaxation. Add meditation. I remind myself that I have no where else to be that is more important than right here and focus on my breathing to relax and tune in a little bit more. Before too long I am able to find that bliss point where my body goes into full relaxation floating mode. Hurray! Making it to this bliss point feels like a real accomplishment since I was feeling so wound up when I got into the tub. 

The timer goes off and I celebrate my ability to relax for 20 whole minutes by lingering in the tub for another 10. I’m no longer in a rush to get out of the tub. With finger tips that look like raisins from being in the bath so long, I pull the drain and lay there while the water gets lower and my skin is exposed to the colder air.  I get out of the bath feeling warm and good to the core that I have done something so nice for my body and being. I proceed to crawl into bed, fully relaxed, and and sleep soundly until sunrise.

Did you catch all the benefits of this bath?

Physical and mental relaxation, great sleep, absorbing CBD and magnesium (among other beneficial herbs blended into the bath salts) through the skin. After the CBD bath, my body is in less pain and feels rejuvenated. Amazing.

Bliss can be found in a hot tub full of infused water.

Peace. 

Pam Dyer is a Holistic Health Coach to people seeking natural ways to feel healthy and get support as they manage scoliosis or chronic illness. To enquire about working with Pam please email:  butterflysessions@gmail.com  

My First Scoliosis Activity Suit Experience

Last week I purchased a Scoliosis Activity Suit (SAS) from the Scolismart Clinic in Michigan. The SAS is a relatively new invention and is designed to be used during exercise and activity to de-rotate and strengthen a scoliotic spine.

I made the trip to a clinic in Tacoma, WA and was fitted for a suit with Dr. Tim Joy. He was very positive, enthusiastic, and possibly the most educated professional I have ever talked to in person about scoliosis. We ordered the suit together online and it was sent directly to me from Michigan with instructions and a DVD.

When I initially opened the box and tried the suit on, I was hit with a rush of emotions that took me a few minutes to process. Getting the suit was a very emotional event for me and my spine. I had to work through the familiar but generally repressed feelings of how much scoliosis sucks and how hard it is to stay motivated when you are in pain and limited on treatment options.

This is definitely a new positive option for my severely twisted spine plus it is a treatment on its own and works during activities and exercise, something I already do.

Although at first the suit felt very awkward to wear, I would soon feel it work to create new muscle memory in the spine by gently harnessing the body’s natural torque pattern during movement. It’s only been a week but since using the SAS, I have felt stronger and more balanced during and after exercise and noticed my spine is more relaxed and open at night. I’m excited!

I’ve decided to openly share and document this experience online for the next three months on my YouTube channel because I know others may benefit by knowing more about what this option is like for twisted spines.

Thanks for coming along to share this experience with me! Please leave me questions or words of encouragement in the comments. I appreciate them!

If you would like regular motivation, healthy recipes, and holistic lifestyle tips to help manage chronic health conditions please follow me on Patreon. Thank you for your support!

Peace.

Reefer Madness Was Wrong, Cannabis Can Help Prevent Suicide

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“People don’t commit suicide, they complete it.” – Patrick Kennedy

For the many people who have ever been told and still believe that cannabis is bad, unhealthy, addictive, and might make you crazy until you commit some kind of murder or rape, this failed propoganda could not be further from the truth.

(If you need help right now, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline- 1-800-273-8255 or click the suicide hotline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/)

As a medical cannabis patient who has been using it daily for the past 7 years I can tell you that it hasn’t had a negative effect on my life. I haven’t actually found anything but wellness and healing from taking it.

One of the serious reasons that I take cannabis is for depression. I’ve especially found that during my darkest mental moments, I only experience peace and more life when I use cannabis.

Cannabis is one singular, but very substantial, thing that I use in multiple ways as part of the healthy lifestyle that I strive to live. In the big picture, all of the things I actively do to keep my whole self healthy appears to be paying off.

For example, a few weeks ago something significant happened, suicide was taken off the table as a life option. Since then my mental health and wellbeing made a positive turn.

Repeat. Suicide was mentally taken off the table as a life option.

From the age of 12 I have privately found some kind of deep dark comfort in the fact that if things got too bad, I could just off myself and all problems will be solved and my pain will disappear. This, my friends, is mental illness and depression at its most honest place. 

For some reason, I woke up one morning and said I no longer accept suicide as a life option. It was a new, strange voice inside of me saying that killing myself is not something I truly want or ever need to resort to. Ever since then, when I catch myself having dark thoughts this new voice emerges reminding me I don’t think that way anymore, it’s off the table.

I have to admit that more than once since then I have actually found it annoying to have my comfort of a suicide option taken away. Quickly, I remind myself what that means and how far I have come in my mental wellness work. After decades of mental anguish, I no longer want to kill myself. It makes me smile inside and out to feel free of such heaviness.

While all of this is super positive, I’ll be honest and tell you that it has also involved some  sleepless nights, necessary outside walks, and moments of sobbing out my soul. The dark racing thoughts and deep seated anxiety are some of the things that I have found soothing relief from with cannabis.

I’m not so presumptuous as to think I’ll never struggle with suicidal thoughts again but I definitely have to take this moment and celebrate it for all it’s worth.

It is not easy to write and share this stuff but I know that there are many people out there who deal with depression too and I think it is important to talk about it as easy as we talk about going to lunch. A mental health and wellness lifestyle is something to be embraced not just to keep from killing oneself, but to create true, positive change.

I write about cannabis and depression as often as my sensitive heart can because personally knowing how the two work together changed my perspective on mental health and my long term health treatment plan for managing depression and chronic pain. 

I also write to give hope to the many people out there who deserve better than to dwell under heavy clouds of despair that hold them down.

If you need help right now, call the Suicide Prevention Hotline- 1-800-273-8255 or click the suicide hotline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Thank you for reading, following, and supporting my work and life’s passion of motivating people to live healthy. For regular encouragement, follow me here: https://www.patreon.com/user/posts?u=7967362

Peace.

2018- The Year Cannabis Goes Raw

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You think you know about cannabis?

I thought I knew about cannabis because I had tried it in every form from smoking, vaping, dabbing, vape pens, edibles, topicals, suppositories, tinctures, patches, pills, bath bombs, lubes, and throat sprays. Plus, I had tried hundreds of different varieties and was successfully managing my chronic health conditions without any additional medications.

Then, I tried it raw. No longer did cannabis feel like a bandaid to be reapplied every few hours or even a pain medication alternative. Cannabis in its raw form felt like it was healing me on a deeper level and providing benefits I wasn’t receiving from all of those other forms of ingestion.

Very few people eat the cannabis plants, even if they grow, and many more still have no idea such a thing is even possible or why they would want to bother with such a thing.

For this reason, I’ve made it a personal passion project and mission to spread this message. Through my weekly blog, that I welcome you to follow, people who want to live healthy and learn more about the health benefits of raw cannabis and the vast ways it can be used for wellness.

Raw cannabis is only one part of living a healthy lifestyle which is why I started a Butterfly Sessions profile on Patreon. As a health coach, I know that people succeed 80 percent more of the time when they have support to reach their health goals. People usually have some idea of how to be healthy but what they really need is somebody to check in with, encourage them, remind them what they are working on, give them ideas to try, and help them acknowledge and celebrate their success. Having this subscription platform really allows me to give that back to people who follow and support me.

With the help of my patrons I will be self-publishing a book about eating raw cannabis in Feb 2018 and moving forward in spreading a health message about this beneficial and nutritious plant.  (Thank you to all my supporters!)

Follow for more health tips follow:

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How To Launch A Cannabis Health Dream

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It is time to launch my dream. Spreading health is my deepest passion and it is a dream of mine to provide a positive, supportive, and convenient place for my clients, followers, and tribe to go for a regular dose of motivation to live healthy.

I have been spreading health since I was a teenager and started going to the gym to strengthen my scoliotic spine only to soon find myself certified to lead others to do the same.

Over the past 20 years that I have been a group and personal fitness trainer I’ve had to make adjustments for my very scoliotic spine. I’ve known from the time I started physically training people as a teenager that it was my passion and I would likely be doing this until I’m 80 but also that I would have to incrementally modify and change what I do altogether so as to preserve the long term health of my spine.

More than once I have had to temporarily quit working because I was unable to walk, experiencing migraines after teaching certain classes, unable to roll over in bed, unable to put my socks on, or unable to get up and down off the floor. Its hard to motivate others to move when you can barely move yourself. I adjusted and pushed through though time and time again.

When I certified to become a holistic health coach I found a way to move forward and still make a living without continuing to over extend the limits of my back. My new training also enabled me to be able to help the people I work with on a deeper level.

Putting it all together, we come to Now where I am moving forward with my life’s work no matter what my physical limitations bring me from day to day. I’ve created a  profile on Patreon  to allow me to fuel my passion for health, help others live healthy, and still be a productive member of society.

What does cannabis have to do with this dream? Cannabis has been a major reason why I am able to stay as active as I do. It inspired 4 years of writing about it in a former blog which in turn has fired my current writing project, a book about eating raw cannabis like a vegetable. I’m planning to have this available in February 2018 and a reward to my supporting patrons.

I invite you to check it out and consider becoming a patron of mine. Please send me your feedback of what you would like to see from me! I have much to give including recipes, Motivational Monday videos, an upcoming book about eating raw cannabis like a vegetable, one on one coaching, and more.

I really appreciate you for reading this blog and following my work. Thank you for being here and fueling my passion fire to spread health and positive change in this world.

 

Raw Cannabis And Spirulina Smoothie Recipe

For those of you who know how much I like to eat the color green AND how much I enjoy all things marijuana, you know that I am in heaven when I can eat raw cannabis. I use it in all sorts of things from smoothies to salads.

One important thing I’ve learned about eating cannabis (and any leafy green vegetable, actually) is that you will get a better nutritional payback when you eat it raw. When you cook a green many of the nutrients are destroyed that work synergistically with each other in your body. Consuming your greens raw ensures you get all the plant has to offer.

When you are eating greens it is worth your time to completely chew (even if it is a smoothie) and allow the food you eat to really mix with your saliva before swallowing. This allows the enzymes in your saliva to mix with the food, start the digestive process, setting you up for optimal nutrient absorption and digestion.  Take your time, chew, breathe.

The smoothie recipe that follows was my breakfast one day this week. It gave me energy and filled me up without any psychoactive effects from the cannabis. And it came out the prettiest color of green.

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30g cannabis leaves

1 blood orange

1 banana

1T hemp seed

1T spirulina

1C coconut milk

1/4C fresh coconut (totally optional)

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IMG_07102) Drink immediately and enjoy.

IMG_0719The deep green color of this smoothie is amazing. It screams vitamins and minerals and healthy energy.

Eat Raw Cannabis!

Boxing Day Coleslaw

Happy Boxing Day, the day after Christmas that is reserved for relaxing and unwinding after the holidays.

As I looked in the fridge for leftovers today I found yesterday’s Christmas Coleslaw. It dawned on me this is really more of a Boxing Day Salad because it will last great for leftovers and save you a day of cooking while providing the fresh produce and nutrients you may be craving by the end of holiday meals.

It is crunchy, balancing sweet with sour, and uses fragrant fresh herbs to make you feel it is a special holiday meal. It’s also packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats which qualifies it as a meal all by itself.

It is also gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and delicious.

Boxing Day Coleslaw

1 small/med cabbage, finely chopped or shredded

1 red apple, chopped or shredded

1/3c dried cranberries

1/3c hemp seeds

1/3C pumpkin seeds

Dressing

1/3C avocado oil

1/4C Apple cider vinegar

1/2 lemon, squeezed for juice and zested

1T honey, to taste

Salt and pepper

Fresh sprigs of rosemary, thyme, and sage, finely chopped

1. Combine all dressing ingredients into a small jar with a lid and shake until well combined.

2. Stir dressing into salad ingredients until fully combined.

3. Store covered in fridge until ready to eat. Enjoy!

Stay tuned for what is coming in 2018 and exciting health improving projects. Happy new year!!

Let’s Get Real About Depression, Real Healthy

People, like myself, who chronically experience states of mental depression in various lengths and intensities must have coping mechanisms in their mental wellness toolbox to return to a state of wellness.

Following is a list of a few of the big things in my toolbox that I have relied on to get me through depression. They seem simple, but they do help to keep healthier mental wellness.

1. Exercise- Regular physical activity boosts feel good hormones and also makes you feel more at ease and relaxed in your body. Complete something routinely physical for at least 20-45 minutes each day such as walking, swimming, cycling, dancing, hiking, or yoga.

2. Sleep- Having a regular sleep schedule is monumental in giving your brain regular time each day to clean itself and process your day while you rest. Going to bed around the same time each night with a relaxing shut down routine and getting up around the same time each morning with a positive wake up routine will do wonders for your mental health.

3. Water- Hydrate your brain and help your digestive system function optimally. Have a glass of water ready when you first rise in the morning to get your daily hydrating needs off to a good start.

4. Fresh vegetables and fruits- Eat them at each meal for the fiber, vitamins, and minerals that allow your body to function well, heal as needed, and digest food properly.

5. Friends/counselors- Make an agreement with a trusted friend that you can call on each other when you need to talk about depression. Also, seeing a mental health counselor who acts as a neutral sounding board can be helpful in supporting your mental wellness. Especially if you are contemplating suicide, build a tribe you can turn to when things get too dark. You don’t have to be in this alone.

6. Cannabis- This natural, non-toxic plant helps to bring the mind and body into a balanced state of homeostasis, lifting your mood and producing a feeling of wellbeing. Cannabis is my choice over pharmaceutical antidepressants because it is not addictive and does not require being on it for a while to see if it works or take months to wean off of it- it works right away and I can stop using it anytime without withdrawal.

7. Amino acids- Getting enough healthy protein is necessary for your body and brain to function well as a unit. What you feed yourself determines how well the bodily systems and brain will work. Eat hemp, chia, beans, seaweed, or animals to get adequate amounts.

8. Fatty acids- Healthy fat is imperative for a healthy brain. Take unrefined fats that provide plenty of Omega3 fatty acids such as walnuts, hemp, chia, moringa.

9. Sunshine and fresh air- Get some sunshine everyday and Vitamin D3 if that is not possible. Moving in fresh air and out in the elements will lift your spirits especially during long bouts of winter weather.

10. Pets/plants- Have a pet or a plant or a project to nurture, bring you joy, and remind you of being alive outside of your depressed head.

Wishing you sunshine and wellness this holiday season.