By Gayle Quin


I hope this issue finds you well and cozy. It was most certainly a crazy start to winter.

Thanks for all the greats costumes on All Hallow’d Eve this year. Folks really got into the spirit of their alter selves. Everyone seemed to have a great time. The hot box was a smokin’ success. And a huge thank you to our wonderful sponsors, The Sacred Herb and Trippys, for the beautiful bongs they donated as prizes.

The most excitement during fall would have to be holding of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club’s first ever Annual General Meeting. It was graciously hosted by the Strathcona Hotel in the Sticky Wicket. Kirk Tousaw gave a wonderful talk about the upcoming appeal to Owen Smith’s bakery trial. It was great to hear such a positive attitude. You may read about it in Ted’s feature article of this issue. A heart-felt welcome to Wanda Ferguson, Rob MacIntyre, and Karli Theisen for accepting roles on the board. It most certainly was an evening with an exciting air about it that I hope remains with us in the coming years. Likewise, thanks to everyone who managed to make it out to the event and vote.GayleTherapy
If you couldn’t make it to the AGM and still want to be involved, there are still the monthly committee meetings. A new event committee will be improving the social aspects of the club, so if you like to play games, go for walks, or are a good organizer, then we could use your help or at least input. Dates are posted in the monthly newsletter sent by email and posted in the online forums, and on the whiteboard in the vapour lounge.

Thanks to everyone who turned out for Cannabis Caroling this year. It was a small but fun group, with the highlight being singing at the VCBC.

Please remember that Ted puts out monthly news e-letters for active members of the VCBC. If you are not receiving them, please make sure he has your current e-mail address. We will be posting them by the front door at the club.

The second semester of lectures will have several guest speakers. They are free to attend and are every Wed. afternoon from Jan. to Mar. from 3-4 pm in CineCenta Theatre at UVic. If you can’t make it, don’t fret, we post them later on Youtube.

Mango lozenges are now available on the menu. It is the same recipe as the goji lozenges except mangoes are used instead of the goji’s. Mangos have lots of digestive enzymes and an affinity for cannabis.

We also have Cannabis infused coconut oil in canning jars with no added vitamine E, so it can be used topically as well as ingested. Coconut oil has so many health benefits, with numerous books written specifically on the subject. A small list includes: it’s anti-inflammitory, acts as an antioxidant, protects arteries and heart, guards against bladder infections, gum disease and other conditions caused by free radicals, bacteria, and viruses. Topically, coconut oil has been reported to help psoriasis, relieve blisters and hemorrhoids, protect from sunburn, and when infused with fresh garlic is an antifungal/antibacterial ointment. A good book to read is the Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife. I like it because it has good recipes as well as useful information.
Cannatories are the next to come. These cannabis suppositories will be made in four different varieties: cannoil, CBD, Ryanol or hash infused, or mixed into Coca Butter. We had been discussing the idea of suppositories at a product development meeting, and the next week a new member came in with a Doctor’s recommendation for CBD suppositories for brain cancer. The mucous membrane that is the lining of the bowel is highly absorbent, and ingredients are absorbed directly into the bloodstream. We are awaiting the proper packaging materials to arrive so it won’t be long before they are available for sale.

Updated version on how to recuperate from Hepatitis C attacks:
I’ve started my mercury detox program again, and the brain is starting to kick in. Upon being diagnosed with hepatitis C, I was told by my physician to go home and die. I began asking questions, and started reading a lot. This is what I came up with:

Think positively. Your liver is regenerative. Figure out what is making you mad and get help if necessary to get over it. Anger is stored in the liver. Do not eat any fats, especially rancid ones: no nuts, grains, seeds, no meat, alcohol, refined sugar, raw fish or shellfish, or processed food of any kind. Drink lots of pure water, not bottled, take milk thistle herb, eat cannabis, make tea of Dandylion roots and leaves, Oregon Grape root, or Yellow Dock root, Red Clover blossoms and drink at least three cups a day. Get Swedish Bitters and make tea as directed on the bottle. Also use it as a poultice. First cover the skin over the liver with castor oil, then soak a small piece of flannel cloth, not too much but enough to hold one to two tablespoons of the bitters and place over liver. Cover with a plastic wrap and then a towel or another flannel to keep warm. Leave on for a half to one hour, and do it three times a day. Also coffee and chlorophyll enemas two or three times a week, used alternately, have proven to be useful. Use one pint liquid and retain for 15 minutes. Take vitamine C with non-citrus bioflavonoids 3,000 to 5,000 mg per day. As well as an ascorbic acid flush (vit. C). Use calcium ascorbate to protect the stomach. Put one teaspoon in a little water or juice, have something more to drink as a chaser. Do this until diarrhea occurs and then back off by 1/2 teaspoon, as you need less, increase the time between doses. The idea is to stay at your tolerance level. I was using 50 grams a day. It is intense, but this should be your diet for at least two to three weeks.

There will be heavy detox reactions, but with lots of love and water you’ll get through. A very good book with this information in it is Prescription for Natural Healing by Phyllis and James Balch. It’s been almost 20 years since that death sentence, and I still thank Dr. Graham for it. It made me stronger and made me fight like I’d never fought before. Knowledge is power.
The VCBC 18th Anniversary Pot Luck will be on Sunday Jan. 19, at 6pm. Can you believe it? It doesn’t feel like very long ago we were celebrating the club’s sweet 16. Wow, thanks for all the support, great times, and memories my fellow members. Come and help us make some more.

International Medical Marijuana Day is on Mar. 17. Art is starting to miraculously appear at the club and will be on display until bidding in the silent auction ends at 4:20 pm on Mar. 17. It is a lot of fun, a great way to collect original art work, and a very easy way to donate to your favorite non-profit society—the International Hempology 101 Society. Don’t forget you may bring your friends to view and bid as well.

I’ve saved this for last because I’ve been afraid to start. I don’t know where to start, or if I’ll be able to stop. April 1, 2014, the day our Federal government deems it necessary to turn medical cannabis growers into criminals once again. I’m so sad and have cried so much I can cry no longer. I feel numb, which is an improvement over the pain I’ve lived through, but still not a welcome feeling. Ted and I have been asked to plan and execute a National Rally on Parliament Hill for that day. We need lots of help and April is not far away now. Pardon my rant—I warned you I might not be able to stop…Peace and love, Gayle.