September 2015 Newsletter

The summer has been good to us, and to our plants, although the drought and fires in nearby counties have done great damage to thousands of people, including many of our friends.  We send our prayers and best wishes to those who are suffering and those who have sustained great loss.

This coming autumn season is about thankfulness, completion and harvest. Over the coming three to six weeks, we will begin our fall harvest. Different strains mature at different times – and the high-CBD strains used medically, are the last to mature. If you grow ACDC or Valentine, be patient ­– they need to ripen further. We use a microscope to examine the trichomes, and we wait until we see 30 to 40% amber color before we harvest.

CBD for Pain
I recently had an elective surgery on the rotator cuff of my left shoulder. When I left the hospital, Kaiser gave me a bottle of oxycodone for the pain. I elected to use CBD instead.  I am now 6 weeks post-operation. I was able to complete the healing journey without using narcotics. I did use ibuprofen once, the first night, thinking I would need it to help me sleep. It turned out that CBD and ice was much better for controlling the swelling than the ibuprofen.

Here’s how I medicated myself:  I used a tinctures of ACDC, 4:1 Indica blend and canna sue. I supplemented this with a vape pen of the 4:1, as recent research sited the 4:1 CBD:THC ratio as being the best for pain.  I always use my intuition to decide what and how much to use.  The combo helped tremendously, and I was able to get through the first 4 weeks much easier than I expected. CBD is anti-inflammatory, and it enables the body to heal itself in many ways. For more information, read this article on the Endocannabinoid System of the brain – the primary vehicle for the body’s response to CBD and other cannabinoids. After all, the use of cannabis for pain is one of the oldest medicines and was first prescribed in China over 5,000 years ago for cramps and pain.

CBD round chart

The holistic view indicates that the body is capable of healing itself. The body is intelligent. The body’s healing system is in communication with all cells, tissues, and organs. It also communicates with our mind, emotions and spirit.  Health and wholeness is not static – it’s a constantly shifting dynamic, balancing and re-balancing in a synergistic way, with everything working together. Pain is a signal, a clear message that’s saying, “Hey, I need some attention here!  Something is out of balance.  Send some love this way and get this taken care of!”

Pain pills, such as opiates, act as a mask on top of the pain, interfering with the body’s intelligent communication system.   It breaks the communication link and causes pain receptors to not function properly. The problem still exists, but we cannot hear the signals.  They may provide some comfort, but they don’t necessarily help with the job of healing that the body is trying to do. Certainly, there are unwanted side effects.

CBD-rich cannabis takes the sharp edge off the pain, which allows us to process the signals and deal with them. Secondly, through the endocannabinoid system, communication is enhanced between the affected problem area and the rest of the system. This opens the path for the body’s natural healing process to take place.

Because the brain and mind are intimately intertwined, our words can have a powerful impact. When you use the word “pain”, for example, you have placed whatever you are feeling into a box and labeled the box “pain.”  Once it is in the box, it’s hard to get it out.

Here’s a technique that will keep you out of the pain box. Instead of labeling what you’re experiencing as “pain,” keep your mind open and observe the actual sensation, as it is, without labeling it.  This allows the information from the nervous system to come through to your attention. It also allows the sensation to change, lighten up, or dissolve completely. Describe the sensation just as it is, in physical terms, and continue to observe it and describe it as it changes (i.e. throbbing, sharp, red hot) 

As you continue to observe and describe the sensation, it will inevitably change, lighten up, or disappear completely.  You are allowing the information to come through just-as-it-is, rather than putting it in a box and trying to ignore it or push it away. Chinese medicine says that if “chi,” or life energy, is flowing, then healing is happening. You can say the same thing about information circulating in the nervous system.  In his book, Whole Body Intelligence, Steve Sisgold gives more insight into this phenomenon. And if you’d like to be guided through this amazing clearing process, check out the iPhone app,iClearIt,” in which a video coach guides you through the process, step-by-step. 

Increased Potency

We recently increased the potency of both our ACDC tincture and infused oil products. We raised the potency from 13 mg/ml to 17 mg/ml. Now the one ounce bottle has 500 mg CBD and the two ounce bottle has 1,000 mg CBD.

We always look forward to hearing from you. What are you experiencing?  How can we support you? Please call anytime at 415-488-4885 or email us at Our goal is to get back to you within 24 hours during the business week (we’re closed on weekends). Also, we need your testimonial. If you have a story to share, please send us a short email. We will post it on our website:

Please Contact Us for information. We are available for consultations to help educate, select the best protocol and figure out the appropriate dose. We have 7 years of feedback from our clients and this knowledge may help shorten your CBD journey to health. 

You have our best wishes for health, wholeness, and balance in your life.

Love and Blessings,