When Mom Shops For Weed : Medical Marijuana: A Mother’s Journey-Washington or Bust

As a mom desperately trying to quell inflammation from the autoimmune disease that has haunted my son’s existence for the past six years, I sought out medical marijuana when Western medicine’s arsenal of immunosuppressive drugs failed him. Like any proper medical sleuth, I reached out to experts around the globe to learn more about the endocannabinoid system and why many people believed this non-toxic plant was a medical miracle often alleviating their symptoms and pushing them into remission.

Although I was able to get a medical marijuana license in my home state of Michigan, I could not find a knowledgeable caretaker for my son’s particular disease nor a responsible one who would return my phone calls. Dispensaries were few and far between and equally not medically oriented. In my mind, his care (and other circumstances), required a 2,200-mile cross-country move to Washington State.

Whew! Now what?

We landed in the state five days after June 30, 2016—the date when the state of Washington closed the doors of hundreds of medical dispensaries leaving thousands of patients unable to obtain medical-grade cannabis. So not only were my expectations overblown, I had awesome timing … no?

In my quest for medical cannabis advice, I went to a local head shop and was overwhelmed by glittering glass pipes and the sheer volume of options for taking medicine.

Then this poster caught my eye:


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Although that slogan may have backfired a bit on the Reagan administration, I was interested in what this company was saying. My son’s autoimmune disease was triggered by toxic mold, and I have spent years trying to minimize inflammatory triggers in everything from the food we eat to the air we breathe. Far be it from me to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but when your eyes are opened to the shocking number of children being diagnosed with myriad autoimmune conditions, you have to take a hard look at what’s going on in our environment.

Now I had to find out more about Scientific Inhalations and specifically, the Wicked Wizard, a triple-filtered glass bubbler. Who and what is the Wizard?

Be on the lookout for the next installment of this series: Pesticides, Fungi, Mold … what are you smoking?

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About The Mom: Lynn Bakeman is the mom of a 23-year-old young man suffering from a “refractory” case (resistant to treatment or cure) of ulcerative colitis. UC is an autoimmune disease where the immune system mistakenly attacks the colon. Over 6 years this debilitating this disease has controlled her son’s ability to eat, sleep and engage in the life that his peers enjoy. Stuck between allopathic medicine’s dire prediction of no cure and lifelong use of immunosuppressive drugs with potentially deadly side-effects, as well as functional medicine’s belief in ferreting out root cause to achieve remission, they turned to medical marijuana. In her words, “Medical marijuana falls under the Hippocratic oath for me: First do no harm. I do not understand why our country has made it so hard and so illegal to benefit from this fascinating and promising medicinal plant. This blog touches on many of the issues I’ve had to address in seeking treatment for my son.”

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