Monday, April 6, 2015
It's a big world and some thoughts about THCa
Once upon a time ....***
I honestly don't have much to say these days other than the occasional rant against the machine. I'll spare you my wrath and ire today.
Sophie continues to suffer from some withdrawal symptoms, so we've added in a few drops of THCa, having learned that it's helpful in treating seizures, and the side effects of withdrawal from benzodiazepines, etc. Here's a brief description of it, via The Leaf Online.
An interesting thing to think about (at least for me) is that all of our tinkering with CBD and THCa is not replicable in these studies that some universities and big pharmaceutical companies are doing. In other words, we are working with a whole plant medicine, the whole plant, and we raise and lower the dose and then observe. We have found that Sophie has better seizure control with a smaller amount of CBD than a larger one. We have also found that she does better overall with a coconut-based oil rather than an olive oil. The studies being done at the University of California at San Francisco, the ones spearheaded by one of the mocking neurologists on the panel, are in a sesame oil base AND are synthetic AND are pure CBD (no THC at all) AND are pushed up to extremely high dosages. When this neurologist told us about the "explosive diarrhea" that was "under-reported" by apparently "untrustworthy mothers," what I thought was, "How the hell are they getting that much oil into the kid and doesn't sesame oil cause diarrhea?" I'll also admit to having a grand chuckle inside my tiny little mother mind at explosive diarrhea causing alarm, given the side effects that Sophie has been subject to over twenty years -- irritability, joint pain, depression, anorexia, depleted iron, impacted stool, increased seizures, ataxia, dizziness, headache, ulcers, suppressed immune system, strange fevers, skin rashes, hallucinations, etc.
I'll keep you posted on the THCa. One thing I've noticed, so far, is less seizures. Again, that's anecdotal and observed by my tiny, little mother mind.
***For those unaware, the photo is on La Brea here in Los Angeles on a billboard that often displays weird and mysterious photos. As you can see, it's Bruce Jenner in all his Olympian glory. I have vivid memories of crushing on him -- believing him to be the most beautiful man on the planet. He doesn't look like that anymore. He doesn't look like anyone anymore. Bless his heart. Life is weird and the world is big.