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Becoming 'Granny Storm Crow'

Scientific studies report facts. Forget the all the urban myths and rumors, and make up your own mind using facts. Cannabis is medicine! Educate yourself!

(NORTHERN CALIFORNIA) - I am a well-respected teacher's aide in my 60s. I start my day with 8th grade math. I quilt, paint, sculpt and am an avid genealogist. I enjoy posting on several websites. My husband is disabled and on SSI. We live in a tiny rural town in California with our two adult sons. Our lives are filled with computers and books. We are all compulsive educators- a family of quiet, intellectual geeks.

I lead a double life.

I am a secret, international, medical cannabis activist.

Even though I am "California legal", I hide in the shadowy world of the internet. As the mysterious "Granny Storm Crow", I influence cannabis-using people worldwide. Mostly what I do is I tell people about medical studies, but even so, I must hide my "secret identity".

Why all the smoke and mirrors? Simple- It would cost me my job if it were known that "Ms. Crow" even uses cannabis. As "Granny", I'd be lucky to just get ridden out of town on a rail! The educational field has little tolerance for "illegal" drug use, even when it's "legal". So why am I risking my job to use cannabis? And not only use it, but become an advocate for its medical use?

When I was three years old, I suffered a major head injury. Another child, perhaps five years old, tried to kill me with a hammer. I was left with dents in my skull and frequent migraines. By the time I was five, my bedroom had black curtains to block the light.

At 19, like many young adults, I tried cannabis. I liked it. It took me about a year to make the connection that, when I had cannabis, I didn't have migraines. The real proof came when my husband and I had been out of cannabis for a few weeks. I had what promised to be a very bad migraine coming on (auras and nausea), when a friend showed up unexpectedly with an over-priced baggie of cannabis. We bought it, of course.

To my amazement, the nausea faded along with the auras, as I puffed. The migraine melted away. I have used cannabis medically for over 40 years. It is still effective.

Some of you will say that the migraines may have just disappeared as I grew older. Sadly, that is not the case. I quit using cannabis for about three years when I started working for the local schools. The migraines came back with a vengeance. I used cannabis a few times a year, "bumming a joint" from a good friend when the pain was too bad.

Every time I used, I spent the next month in fear of a random urine test. It takes a month, or more, for leftover metabolites of THC to get out of your system. The THC metabolites don't make you high; they just show up on drug tests.

The migraines began to affect my work, so I saw a doctor. I got scanned and tested. I "just" had migraines. I read up on the side effects of the Imitrex that my doctor highly recommended (was pushing). No, thank you! Cannabis was faster, far safer and I knew it worked. I was no longer a "new" employee and the threat of being tested grew less each day. I made the appointment with the "cannabis specialist".

I could have stayed a hidden "closet user" very easily, except for one thing- I kept finding references to serious medical uses for cannabis. These were real medical studies, not some "stupid hippie" or reporter blathering. Soon, there were too many to remember. I grabbed a notebook and started printing.

The remarkably wide range of conditions that cannabis was used for sparked my curiosity- what else was it good for? I enjoy researching on line, but even I, as a medical user, wasn't prepared for what I found! Arthritis, Alzheimer's, diabetes, MS, Mad Cow, stroke, and so much more! There were hundreds of studies about cannabis helping so many things. My notebook filled rapidly as I actively searched for medical uses. Why wasn't this common knowledge?

I had the studies that answered questions posted about medical cannabis use, so I'd reply, typing in the URL to help them. Typing the URLs got old pretty fast. I put the list on my computer, so I could just copy and paste the URLs. I needed them quite often to answer the ever-growing number of questions.

I'm not the kind of person to "walk away" when I can easily help, but there comes a point when it gets to be a bit of a chore. So I set my list free on the web, inviting others to use it to educate those around them. The response was astounding. My list filled a need and people loved it.

I'm not a doctor, I don't have a PhD and you don't know me, so why should you listen to me? In fact, I don't want you to pay any attention to anything I've said about cannabis! It's just my opinion. And my list is just "copy and paste" and a bit of organizing. Pretty simple stuff, really. It's the information contained in the list that is important.

I am, above all, an educator and feel knowledge must be shared. I am inviting you to read "Granny Storm Crow's list" - use any search engine, it's there. I didn't create any of the studies or articles- I just gathered them together from PubMed and other sources for you to use.

Scientific studies report facts. Forget the all the urban myths and rumors, and make up your own mind using facts. Cannabis is medicine! Educate yourself!

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Kathy Lukic (Australia) January 21, 2017 10:24 am (Pacific time)

I stumbled across your 'List' by accident while researching Cannabis Oil.. down here in Australia they are a bit slow on the pick up for the medicinal qualities and want to 'study it' and get this "synthesize it". Can you believe it.. Thankfully a lot of us know better and we are rallying for whole plant legalization in Australia.. access for all to use. You have inspired me to keep researching and keep fighting for this truly remarkable plant. I will not stop using Cannabis.. I have for 30+ years and I'm about to start on the Hemp Seed Oil for high cholesterol.. Thank you Granny for your hard work, time & effort to inform those who don't understand about Cannabis and its healing properties, I look forward to reading much more :) Thanks again..

Gordon Rowland December 7, 2014 10:32 pm (Pacific time)

Inspirational! Granny, you deserve a medal; the 'Congressional Medal of Honor', or something equally prestigious. (Y)

420 December 22, 2013 5:22 pm (Pacific time)

Granny is a wonderful lady. God bless you granny :)

RevRayGreen September 2, 2012 12:32 pm (Pacific time)

I love you Granny thanks for all your hard work.....

Sherri July 22, 2012 2:27 pm (Pacific time)

Thank you for your service Grandmother :) (((HUGS)))

Lita Villa-Coult November 18, 2011 3:25 pm (Pacific time)

I met Granny at a Festival and spoke at length with her, She Rocks! I am an old Hippie Too, one that thanks God EveryDay for Cannabis as I would surely not have survived all the "Other" drugs the Dr's have heaped upon me for my Bizarre, Incurable Conditions for wit I use my Various Forms of Cannabis for relief from! I hope to live long enough that we can come out of the shadows and talk freely without fear of Societal Judgements and Repercussions that would mean the end of life as we know it! Stop the ridiculous Fear left over from the "Madness" Days, Let's come together as a sensible nation and TALK! Let's Talk!

uncledonnie May 2, 2011 12:56 pm (Pacific time)

i been smoking pot for 44 years. everyone one in my family has, diabetes, muscle problems, high blood pressure, and many other health problems. i don,t have any health problems and i believe smoking pot is why. is there any proof of pot keeping you from getting health problems.

Brinna Nanda June 30, 2009 7:47 am (Pacific time)

From one double-lived activist to another: May the Goddess Bless and Keep you! I link to, and reference your list often in my blogging. Everyday I hear more voices, and see familiar names (hi Steeb)of those who have joined this movement. I envision a growing, cohesive network of activists speaking louder and more eloquently each day, until the very force of our true speech washes away decades of lies and deceit.

Richard P Steeb June 29, 2009 7:29 am (Pacific time)

Bless you heart, Granny! "Neither the composition of cannabis nor human physiology has changed since cannabis was illegitimately removed from the U.S.Pharmacopoeia in 1940." --Tod Mikuriya, MD September 20, 1933 – May 20, 2007

WildWill June 23, 2009 3:46 pm (Pacific time)

We all have to do what we can to remove the stigma attached to MMJ. In all my interactions with Granny she's never been anything but an intelligent, open and honest sage. You could learn a lot by just keeping an open mind and listening to Granny.

CannabisNetwork June 23, 2009 3:18 pm (Pacific time)

A newly reformatted version is at thecannabisnetwork dot net slash grannyslist

CannabisNetwork June 23, 2009 3:17 pm (Pacific time)

Newly Re-formatted Version @

lucid June 22, 2009 4:02 pm (Pacific time)

I love you Granny! I've shown many people this list! And the updates one is AWESOME with the search function and all that! Lucid (from ozstoners and cannacom forums)

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