“This is the future” – Medicine Wheel Natural Healing

By Tom Keefer The revolution in natural Indigenous healing associated with the cannabis plant has taken another significant step forward. Readers may be familiar with the booming medical cannabis industry in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, where there has been an explosive growth of Indigenous run cannabis dispensaries. That movement has inspired Rob Stevenson, an Anishinaabe man of the Bear Clan belonging to the Alderville First Nation, to launch his own business – the first Indigenous medical cannabis dispensary outside of Tyendinaga – on June 21, 2017. Medicine Wheel Natural Healing offers a wide range of products. This includes an array of Read More …

This new Indigenous group wants to harness the healing powers of weed

By Tom Keefer | Vice.com | March 29, 2017 The National Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association is helping First Nations grow and sell their own. Last weekend, a few dozen people gathered in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to formally launch a national Indigenous organization to promote and defend the Indigenous relationship to the cannabis plant. Named NIMCA—the National Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association—the association is aiming to have branches in every province in Canada. With Canadian legalization expected to begin on July 1, 2018, NIMCA is expressing concern that Indigenous people not be ignored or excluded by the Liberal’s legal weed regime framework. As Kevin Daniels, national Read More …

National Indian Cannabis Coalition

Established in the United States in 2015, the National Indian Cannabis Coalition (NICC) was formed to guide tribal entities through the initial considerations and challenges associated with entering the regulated cannabis market. NICC’s initiatives include helping create self sufficient communities, decreasing reliance on federal funding and positioning Indian Country as leaders in agricultural industrial hemp production. NICC intends to shift the dialogue from one primarily focused on medical or recreational marijuana in Indian Country to a conversation about hemp as a tool for economic development. Today, while there are more than 30 nations growing industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity Read More …

Ottawa doctor pioneers use of cannabis to help opioid addicts

By Jaquie Miller | Ottawa Citizen | April 16, 2017 The patients at Dr. Mark Ujjainwalla’s methadone clinic are trying to beat their addiction to heroin, narcotic painkillers and other opioid drugs, but most of them still smoke pot. He estimates that 90 per cent of his patients at the Recovery Ottawa clinic on Montreal Road already use marijuana, and he’s begun writing prescriptions so they can buy it legally. Medical marijuana, used appropriately, can reduce insomnia, anxiety and cravings for opioids, says Ujjainwalla. Marijuana cannot replace methadone or suboxone, the drugs he uses to treat addicts, he says. But Read More …

Inside the Company Helping Native Americans Grow Cannabis

By LAYLA HALABIAN | Sep 16 2016 | Vice.com North of Las Vegas’s bustling, fluorescent strip sits the Paiute Nation tribe. Like many other Native American tribes across the United States, they’ve suffered from and struggled with poverty, depression, and alcoholism. With dwindling numbers—only 56 adult members currently remain as a result of blood quantum laws—the Paiutes are facing the reality of losing their culture forever. As detailed on last week’s episode of VICELAND’s Weediquette, the Las Vegas Paiute Smoke Shop is the lifeblood of the Paiutes, providing the reservation with 85 to 90 percent of its revenue. With the tribe’s fragile Read More …

Is Indigenous cannabis an “aboriginal right”?

How an Ontario Court ruling on Indigenous medicine might affect the “Aboriginal right” of Indigenous people growing and selling cannabis. Table of Contents Justice Edward’s groundbreaking ruling on “Aboriginal Right” Are Indigenous Medical Cannabis Dispensaries an “Aboriginal Right” What defines an “Aboriginal Right”? Aboriginal people have no rights that the Canadian system is required to respect Implications for the Indigenous Medical Cannabis Industry Between equal rights, force decides   By Tom Keefer  In 2014, Ontario Court Justice Gethin Edward made a groundbreaking ruling in a case having to do with Aboriginal rights and Indigenous medicine. The case before him concerned Read More …

Cannabis relieves nerve pain from Lyme disease, fibromyalgia and associated conditions

Nerve pain is a common symptom of Lyme disease, Lyme co-infections and associated  conditions. One of the main associated conditions of which I speak is that of Fibromyalgia, which is considered a condition as opposed to a disease as it has no known root cause. Originally, Fibromyalgia was characterized by severe, debilitating nerve pain. However, over the past 3 years, the list of symptoms embodying the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia has grown to include other ailments such as brain fog, chronic fatigue, depression and muscle stiffness, just to name a few. Legitimate evidence as to what exactly causes Fibromyalgia continues to Read More …

World’s leading marijuana expert says he has never smoked a joint

By Katie Forster | The Independent The professor considered the grandfather of medical marijuana research has spoken of his lifelong fascination with the chemistry of the cannabis plant – and revealed he has never smoked a joint. Raphael Mechoulam, a professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, started studying cannabis in the 1960s. He discovered the plant’s two psychoactive substances, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), which are now being investigated by scientists hoping to create new treatments for conditions including pain, cancer and inflammatory diseases. The 86-year-old told Culture magazine he had unknowingly broken the law when the police gave him Read More …

Visions of a Sacred Tree

By Chris Bennet | November 5, 1995 | Cannabis Culture Several researchers have indicated that the use of cannabis by the native peoples of what is now known as North America pre-dates the arrival of Europeans in 1492. Early explorer Jacques Cartier, who was from a hemp growing district in France, reported hemp growing here and in use by the native Indians. 1 Solid historical evidence of Native American use of cannabis was provided when archaeologist Bill Fitzgerald discovered five hundred year old pipes in Morriston, Ontario. Resin scrapings showed that the pipes contained “traces of hemp and tobacco that is Read More …