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Question: Can a medical marijuana patient use marijuana as a medicine without getting “high”?

Answer: Yes. A marijuana “high” is a term used to demonize an amazing healing plant to prohibit its use. Until the 20th century, the word “high” has never been associated with cannabis (marijuana). History going back 10,000 years that we know of refers to cannabis as a nutritional food with a euphoric, calming, and healing effect.

Science says the live cannabis plant is non-psychoactive and incapable of making you “high”. Experience has taught me you can take a fresh flower off the plant and put it into your mouth and chew it, break it up into your salad, put it into your juicer to make a smoothie, and cold press juice through a wheat grass juicer and never get “high”.

Each of these live plant forms will give you a HUGH health benefit capable of treating the root cause to reverse disease. One ounce of fresh juice will give you 600 mg of the plants healing components (489 known) compared to taking the same plant drying it and smoking it, you only get 10 mg. Hmm, 600 mg. or 10 mg. it is common sense to see we heal best with juicing and eating the live plant to treat symptoms and heal dis-ease.

The live plant contains THCA a non-psychoactive form of THC. The plant needs to be heated to 290 degrees or above to temporarily change THCA into the psychoactive THC. People who smoke or vape cannabis only stay mentally medicated for 1-3 hours before the activated THC converts back to THCA.

Any baked good like brownies, cookies, and candies, will always make you feel mentally medicated because these items bake/cook at 350 degrees or above, activating the THC.

Cannabis Chocolates, ice cream, capsules, fruit drinks, etc. never get heated above 290 degrees so they will not make you “high” or mentally medicated.

Dispensaries also offer CBD products that are not capable of making you “high”. CBD just like THC is only two of 140 known components in every cannabis plant called Cannabinoids. Each cannabinoid has unique healing properties.

Most patients will tell you they do not feel “high” they feel one or more of the following: energized, clear thinking, ability to stay on task, calm, relaxed, sleepy, hungry or lack of appetite, sociable, mental and physical balance.

Please keep in mind science states cannabis most closely resembles a nutritional supplement and should have never been deemed or scheduled as a drug. A good Sativa (daytime marijuana) is more like a strong cup of coffee and a good Indica (nighttime marijuana) is like a glass of wine.

Also, remember science says cannabis in its raw plant form is a whole food just like a blueberry, mango, and banana. Each plant contains 489 components that all vertebra: Mammals, birds, fish, and reptile require for homeostasis- mental and physical balance. If the cannabis plant disappeared from the earth some scientists speculate it is likely all vertebra will disappear as we are so closely genetically linked to this singular plant.

When we use cannabis as a medicine we use only a small amount to obtain the therapeutic value or the lowest effective dose. Using too much per dose can make you overly medicated and that is no fun. However, cannabis is incapable of shutting down your heart or your brain and is a much safer alternative to treat symptoms and disease.

This article is intended to educate not give medical advice. Seek an alternative medicine doctor who can assist you and educate yourself with science, not corrupt data. If you would like to submit a question, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 928-772-2011.

Question: Why does it cost so much to get a medical cannabis patient card?

Answer: To obtain a medical patient card requires two steps. ARS-36-2804.02 A doctor appointment to have a physician complete a state provided form called a Physician Certification form. Second, R9-17-102 an application fee of $150.00 or $75.00 if you are receiving food stamps, payable to the Arizona Dept. of Health Services when you submit your application. The Food stamp program is the only low-income group recognized for a discount by the State.

This is a voter approved medical program, authorized through the AZ State Legislator, and administered by the AZ Dept. of Health. Ideally, a person would have the required “Physician Certification” form completed by their primary care or treating physician, insurance would pay for the office visit like any other medical appointment. Physicians and Insurance companies have been given an opt out, not required to participate, so most don’t participate.

The required “Physician Certification“ form requires the doctor initial that she/he has reviewed medical records from other treating physicians in the past 12 months, to confirm the diagnoses. If a person has not been to a physician in the past 12 months, and all medical records are older than 365 days, that person will need to see a physician to create a medical record. This is another added cost.

If a person does see a physician regularly and requests a copy of his/her medical records, some doctors charge as much as $60 to make paper copies. Tip: Ask for them on a CD or to fax then to the doctor requesting them to avoid excessive cost.

Ironically a person does need the participation by a physician to participate in the medical marijuana program. This is where medical cannabis certification centers entered the picture to fill the gap. An additional out of pocket expense to see a physician who is willing to complete physician certification forms for qualifying patients. This type of medical office visit runs $100-250 depending on where you go, plus the state fee.

The fee paid to the state by patients, caregivers, and dispensaries, is excessive creating 11.2 million above what it cost to operate the program, according to the last annual report submitted to the legislators, July 2016. This money cannot be transferred to the General Fund, and the report did state it was disbursed to Interagency Compact Agreements. None of these funds are used to help registered patients. Under the last Administration the health dept. sent a monthly newsletter to registered patients, that was discontinued when Governor Ducey and Dr. Cara took over.

Send a letter to: AZDHS 150 N. 18th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007 Please, reduce card fees to $10. Collectively we have a voice.

This column is for information only and does not give medical or legal advice.

MJ Consulting LLC contracts with five NMD physicians and two medical assistants, to assist patients when you are ready. 928-772-2011, 8540 E. State Rt. 69, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

Question: How do we talk with children and grandchildren about marijuana?

Answer: Please remember as the writer of this column I am the mother of five, grandmother to nine, and great grandmother to four. 8 generations of my family call Arizona home. I am also the volunteer program director for a medical marijuana community resource center and integrative health clinic. We have thousands of parents and some minors using marijuana as a medicine being registered patients with the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Using marijuana, the first time was at age 15 for me, four years after being introduced to LSD, mushrooms, pills, and alcohol in my very Mormon community. My husband and I are very blessed none of our five children had legal issues prior to age 18. After age 18 court became a revolving door for our youngest son who has a brain injury and mental health diagnoses, because of marijuana. Three of 9 grandchildren to date have been charged with marijuana only offenses, and now have their medical marijuana patient card.

The best way to approach a child is to make your conversation age appropriate. Make a written list of all the words you plan to use in your conversation. This will help the parent stay on topic and not end up in, “Because I am the parent and said so”, save that one for another time. Ask your child to write the definitions down on your written list so you can see their level of knowledge. Do not use big words like breaking the law, illegal, probation, court costs, drug rehab., urine and blood tests, jail, fines, restricted freedom, loss of fire arms, loss of driver’s license until age 21, car impounded and not returned, no sports or after school activity participation, suspended from school, not allowed by court order to see your friends, a criminal record makes it hard to find a job or go to the college of your choice, your child taken away at birth, etc.

-unless you take time to define and explain those words.

Do not assume they know what those words mean or the impact those things will have on their life, your life, and the entire family who will be required to make multiple court appearances, pay about $3,000 when all is said and done, subject to random search of your home and vehicles, and disrupting your employment.

Stick with current truthful facts from science and the legal system, not scare tactics like marijuana will destroy your brain or body- remember they can learn the truth on a million websites. History and statistics tell us trillions of dollars spent for the war on drugs and the under 18 marijuana use group has changed only 1% from before and during the war on drugs. Marijuana has never been eradicated from our schools. Slogans do not work, and grounding them until they are 18 does not work.

If you are going to use marijuana, wait until you are 21, or you become a registered medical marijuana patient. Marijuana is illegal for minors under 21, when you get caught with marijuana or cannabis it really messes up your future being charged with a crime. -is at least hope for them and sound advice from you.

TRUTH: Using marijuana or holding it for a friend will destroy your future because the laws and punishment are far worse than using this GOD given plant -given to us as food and medicine according to the Bible.

-Genesis 1:29

OPINION: Marijuana is not a gateway drug. When you take away the marijuana our children turn to worse things. In my opinion the criminal justice system is the gateway to harder drugs. Our children are forced through court order into drug rehabilitation classes with drug dealers, users of heroin, cocaine, meth, pills, huffers and snorters, and alcohol, to be rehabilitated for marijuana. Our children leave rehab with new friends. A drug dealer is likely to introduce a child or teenager to other drugs even though they just want marijuana. Parents not law enforcement should manage a child for a God given plant, the same as coffee.

The truth of laws about marijuana is scarier than fables of brain damage or that marijuana is bad. Your children have access to worldwide information and social media where they will see that science says it’s a whole food and not so bad and a safer option incapable of shutting down the heart or brain, when compared to other substances that can do both.

Join our classes every Monday starting at 11:00 and a different class every hour to get your questions answered about marijuana as a medicine. Community Professionals visit us on Saturday weekly at 5:00 to get your questions answered about Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Program. MJ Consulting LLC 8540 E. Hwy 69 (Navajo) Prescott Valley, AZ 86314, Doctors available for medical marijuana patient certification Tu.-Sat. weekly. Submit questions or comments to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., medical marijuana information: www.mymjfamily.com, phone 928-772-2011.

This is information only and does not constitute legal or medical advice.

Question: What is the Endocannabinoid System

Question: What is the Endocannabinoid System and how does cannabis make it work? Answer: The endocannabinoid system is a biological system which plays many important roles in the human body. It is also responsible for the physical and psychological effects of cannabis.

Scientists first discovered the system in the human body in 1967 while trying to understand the effects of cannabis, and named it the endocannabinoid system sometime in the 1990's for this reason. Science now says all vertebra: Mammals, birds, fish, and reptile have an endocannabinoid system in their body.

According to Science our endocannabinoid system creates 489 known, same or like components found in the live cannabis plant. When our endocannabinoid system stops producing one or more of these components we become sick with disease. Some Scientist say we are so closely genetically linked to this particular plant that we can supplement with the cannabis plant, to activate the process when our body stops producing these components. Some scientists speculate that if the cannabis plant was eradicated from the planet, all vertebra would become extinct.

The endocannabinoid system is a complex system believed to control all other systems in our body. It primarily consists of the CBI and CB2 receptors found throughout the body. CBI receptors are found throughout the body, but concentrated in the brain and spinal cord. These brain regions are associated to behaviors, appetite regulation, memory, and emotional processing. CBI receptors are also found in nerve endings where they act to reduce sensations of pain.

The CB2 receptors are found concentrated in the immune cells and in the peripheral nervous system. When the CB2 receptors are activated, they work to reduce inflammation. Inflammation is an immune response believed to play a role in all diseases and conditions.

The endocannabinoid system is involved with regulating many basic functions of the human body including: Appetite, metabolism, pain, mood, sleep, movement, temperature, memory and learning, immune function, inflammation, neural development, neuroprotection, cardiovascular function, digestion, and reproduction, to list a few.

Some scientists believe the overall function of the endocannabinoid system is to regulate homeostasis, mental and physical balance. It is best described as the ability to maintain stable internal conditions necessary for survival.

To learn more visit MJ Consulting LLC at 8540 E. State Rt. 69, Prescott Valley, AZ.

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Disclaimer: This article is informational and does not replace advice from a medical professional.

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