A Personal Testimonial from the World Alliances, LLC CEO
I grew up in a rural, well-populated town in the Philippines. The nearest city was nearly four hours away by bus.
Because we were so far out, we relied on ourselves and each other for sustenance and survival. Our family had farmland that supplied the town with sugar cane, coconuts, peanuts, corn, cotton, fish, garlic, fruits and vegetables.
I have memories, even as a toddler, of my grandparents being the 'town doctors'. There were no actual doctors, and the closest hospital was very far away and too expensive. At that time in the Philippines, health insurance didn't exist. So when anyone got sick, hurt or injured, they came to see my grandparents for medicine.
My grandparents, born in 1912 and 1917, grew marijuana plants. In their wisdom, inherited from their parents before them, they knew every single healing property the plant contained. With that knowledge, they used marijuana as herbal medicine to treat everything. Literally everything. In our town, this was the norm. It was the one and only medicine at our entire town's disposal. We literally knew nothing else, and it had been that way for generations. My grandparents, great-grandparents, and my ancestors before them, grew marijuana and served as the healers in the community.
They used it to treat and relieve:
Burns, cuts & open wounds
Complications from diabetes
A plethora of debilitating diseases, ailments & conditions
So from birth, living in a country not subject to the politics of FDA classifications and federal regulations, I have known the true natural power of this plant.
The marijuana I have known my entire life was never ingested, smoked, or otherwise internally consumed. Not even tea. My grandparents would dry out the entire marijuana tree (roots, flowers, stems and seeds), grind it up and ferment it with rum. It would then be massaged into the skin to break fevers, or applied topically to treat non-healing wounds and infections. To relieve toothaches and swollen gums, they would soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply it directly to the gums.
Grandmother would soak fresh marijuana leaves and flowers in coconut oil. That solution was used as both a topical analgesic to soothe and relieve muscle pain, and a glorious once-a-month hot oil treatment for healthy hair.
Grandfather would treat cuts and open wound injuries by squeezing the juice out of fresh marijuana leaves directly on to the wound site.
Use of this plant kept our entire town alive and healthy for generations. Even before there was modern science, we were keenly aware of many of its powerful benefits. We never knew it to be anything more than medicine.
Today though, we do have the benefit of science to help us understand more than ever the far-reaching effects of cannabis, marijuana, THC and CBD, even consumed internally.
On a positive note, the push to legalize cannabis in the US is gaining momentum. Education is critical in helping everyone understand that marijuana offers incredible beneficial health properties when used properly.
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