Lawrence Ringo

Lawrence Ringo

  Charlotte’s Web was first introduced to the world via a television documentary; what the world didn’t know is, that strain actually began in Southern Humboldt. When CNN aired Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s first documentary “Weed” in 2013, Charlotte’s Web seemed like a miracle plant, with little to no psychoactive properties. The strain was named after the then four year old Charlotte Figi, who suffers from Dravet Syndrome, and endured up to 300 grand mal seizures…

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Snake Oil

Snake Oil

CBD Scams and Pet Supplements                   When our pets are sick, it’s hard to know, as they can’t tell us how they feel. We must be even more proactive in their care than our own for this very reason. In that same vein, due to their lack of verbal communication, how can we tell what’s working and what isn’t? Digestive issues, fatigue, and lack of appetite are…

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Flower Power

Flower Power

Humboldt Medicine Series  Humble Flower Co. by Sharon Letts           Like many who come to Humboldt County, California, Humble Flower Co. owner Thea Wayne came for school. Drawn to the redwoods and the beautiful coastline, she was just 17 when she arrived from her hometown of Homer, Alaska seven years ago. Initially a degree in International Studies and the promise of travel as a student with Humboldt State University inspired the…

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Honey Bee Buzzed

Honey Bee Buzzed

Humboldt Medicine Boston native, Ellen Markham, split her time between Portland, Oregon and Humboldt County in Northern California, before calling Humboldt home.   “Humboldt is where I feel the most at home,” she said from her home overlooking the ocean in Northern Humboldt. “I want to grow my business here.”   Like many medicine makers using cannabis today, Markham said she began making products for herself.   “I initially treated my own arthritis pain from old…

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Santa Medicates

Santa Medicates

Santa sat upright and felt a pang in the small of his back. He tapped the GPS for a response. It never worked above this blanket of the redwood curtain. Hugging the coast, Santa used the ocean to keep him heading toward Humboldt and some much needed relief. Humboldt County’s seat of Eureka stood out in the darkness, as he made his way around Humboldt Bay, momentarily hovering over the old Carson Mansion and the…

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Product Review: ExtractCraft

Product Review: ExtractCraft

“It’s a great honor to be able to build a company that fosters health, allows the sick to heal, and most importantly, gives people the power and control of their own medicine – while escaping the grasp of big pharma.” Since using cannabis oil to put my breast cancer into remission (while doing away with 10 prescription meds) four years ago, it’s been an ongoing, proactive quest to keep the medicine of the plant in…

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Cannabis & Pain: Soothing A Soft Society

Cannabis & Pain: Soothing A Soft Society

Knee surgery last fall had me thinking about pain, true tolerance, and why so many Americans are bent on being anesthetized. In a June 2011 report titled “Relieving Pain in America” the Institute of Medicine states 100 million Americans suffer from some kind of pain at a cost of $635 billion a year. As ABC News reported on January 30, 2012, 80 percent of the world’s pain meds are consumed in the good old U.S….

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Calming The Crazy Part II

Calming The Crazy Part II

  Three years ago this stoner turned a corner and became a full-fledged cannabis patient. But it wasn’t an easy transition. My world and body seemingly fell apart in the middle of a failed relationship wrought with infidelity and deceit; with a shoebox full of prescription meds intended to help failing me, as one pill confused the other and mania set in. At my lowest point I downed the bottle of Valium intended to calm…

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Calming the Crazy

Calming the Crazy

 Menopause snuck up on me. I was still reveling in the fact my periods were a thing of the past, dreaming of wanton sex on the kitchen counter with no thought of pausing for birth control, when the crying jags began. We never made it to the kitchen counter. My partner was at a complete loss and then the mood swings came. My partner (now my ex) was no angel, but honestly, there is nary…

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Finding Our Way Back to the Garden

Finding Our Way Back to the Garden

What is your good medicine? Fragrant herbs beckon to us with health and well-being. When the sun shines we are called to its warmth. We are hydrated by the coolness of water, and comforted and strengthened by the food we eat. The way we move helps our biological systems to function, and if we are stagnant our bodies tell us by aches, pains, and illness. The things that keep us healthy and alive are simple…

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