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What To Know Before Giving Your Pet CBD

Pets are family, and their humans want to do everything they can to help them. So, as more people find relief from various physical and mental ailments through cannabidiol (CBD), it’s only natural that they’d want to allow their pets the same healing. …

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Pets are family, and their humans want to do everything they can to help them. So, as more people find relief from various physical and mental ailments through cannabidiol (CBD), it’s only natural that they’d want to allow their pets the same healing. A number of CBD brands, such as Elixinol, Extract Labs, and Nature’s Script are now offering pet CBD oil and edibles. Some companies, such as Pet Relief and MediPets are dedicated to…

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Pet care, Marelyn Shaprio, Granny Buds Farm, Chicken rescue & dog hospice, By Sharon Letts

Originally from Berkeley, California, longtime cannabis farmer and caregiver, Marelyn Shapiro, moved her family of six to Las Vegas Nevada to care for her ailing parents.

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Originally from Berkeley, California, longtime cannabis farmer and caregiver, Marelyn Shapiro, moved her family of six to Las Vegas Nevada to care for her ailing parents.

In a few short years the residential home soon became Granny Buds Farm, Chicken Rescue & Dog Hospice, with her family caring for a multitude of wild and domestic animals, using plant-based remedies. Mother now to seven Foster kids with significant issues and needs, Shapiro is no stranger to caregiving on a grand scale.

Add a menagerie of animals, and she’s considered a miracle worker – but she’ll tell you, it’s all about the plants.“When we moved onto the property there was just a house, some lawn and a few trees,” she said. “It wasn’t much, but in a few years we had fruit trees and were growing our own vegetables.” Shapiro said she returned to growing cannabis after a long break when the kids were young.

Today, the farm is a fully functioning, remedy-making endeavour, with everyone involved in every aspect.“The kids have learned about farming, drywalling, irrigation, and painting,” she explained. “They build chicken coops, and help build grow rooms and install irrigation for others in the community.

Everything we make goes back into the animals and the farm.” As special needs kids, Shapiro said caring for animals was the best therapy they could have received. Her own first rescue was a kitten, and said that when the kids were small she rescued kittens as therapy for them.”“My son Shamar is my right hand, but when I adopted him at three years old, he was considered a feral child,” she said. “I believe that farming of the cannabis plant and caring for animals helped all my children more than anything could have. Today, Shamar is the manager of the farm.”

Rescued with Weed Shapiro and family make a variety of remedies, including strong cannabis oil, tinctures, and topical salve; growing all cultivars themselves on the home farm.Her salve recipe was created when a horse they were called on to care for at a nearby farm required a large amount of topical salve, suffering from a bad skin infection.

There was also a donkey nearby, with an infected open wound that was infested with fl ies. After cleaning them up they made a huge bath of salve and applied it to both their wounds. Upon returning to the farm the next week, both were found healing nicely, with no sign of infections.

Another seemingly miracoulus rescue was with a wild bird in very bad shape, referred from a nearby veterinarian’s offi ce (pictured).“We worked on him for seven hours. He ate a tiny bit of the salve, but we couldn’t get him to open his eyes or eat again,” she shared. “Then, he started to recover, jumped off the table, and was immediately in the mouth of one of the dogs!”The tiny bird was rescued in seconds, but did not escape severe injury.

Again, they worked on him for three more days. After “leaving no stone unturned,” (which included physical therapy), on the fourth day the wee thing stood up.Author’s note: Cannabis oil has been shown to replace antibiotics.

Using cannabis ingested in conjunction with the pharmaceutical keeps the immune system healthy, counteracting the negative effects, as antibiotics kill good cells along with the bad, or infected cells. “He started flapping his wings when I went to the cage – just like they do when mommy approaches,” she added.

“We’ve used this salve for everything from the pain of arthritis – both in humans and animals,” she said. “This salve has actually healed every skin condition we’ve ever treated, including infections, psoriasis, eczema, nail fungus, burns, reduces wrinkles, treats mild cancers and lesions on skin. It also helps to grow back fur and feathers in animals – and hair in humans – which is pretty remarkable.”Shapiro said they also dose dogs orally with the salve, relieving anxiety for trips to the veterinary’s offi ce and car rides in general.

It also calms during noisy events, like 4th of July fi reworks in the U.S. – and says it works in the same way for humans.“It’s really not a miracle, she surmised. “The cannabis plant, and so many other plants, are medicine. We’ve just been distracted from the garden, and tricked into thinking it’s wrong.

Before the kids, I lived covertly, with a secret grow room in my basement with a hidden door. Today, we live in a legal state and my grown kids are a big part of the farm and the healing that happens every day here. That’s the miracle.”

Shapiro named the salve, Incredibly Miraculous Salve, because it’s said to work like a miracle.“The cultivars I use for the salve are Ringo’s Gift high CBD, Critical Mass, CBD Kush, and Critical Cure,” she explained. “But, I also add other beneficial plants, like lemon verbena, rosemary, lavender and ginger – each with their own medicinal properties.”Ringo’s Gift was hybridized by longtime Southern Humboldt cannabis farmer, the late, Lawrence Ringo, who we lost just a few years ago.

Interesting to note, it was Ringo’s cultivars that would become Charlotte’s Web of Denver, Colorado. The relationship to Ringo could not be stated, as it’s against Federal law in the U.S. to transport plants or material across state lines.Her topical salve, she said, has treated numerous animals and dogs both by topical use and ingesting – both in mild and severe cases.

Granny Bud’s FarmIncredibly Miraculous Healing Salve (for people and animals)

Granny uses approximately 65 percent flower, with the following herbs equally divided:

  • High CBD and High THC cultivars of Cannabis
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Rosemary
  • Ginger
  • Lavender flower
  • Coconut Oil (to cover)
  • Beeswax (small amount)

Place all ingredients (except Beeswax) in a Crockpot, filling 3/4 full.

Cover with Coconut oil. Cook on high for 2 hours, then switch to low for five hours or more.

Strain while hot so liquid filters easily through five coffee filters (or fine mesh, or nut bag) If it cools, it thickens. Pour back into the clean crockpot, now that it’s filtered and reheat on low. Melt a very small amount of beeswax in a small pan on the stove to blend. Pour beeswax into coconut oil mixture, put into containers, label and enjoy.

Like many recipes in previous issues, this recipe is organically made and intuitively measured. Marelyn Shapiro please requests, if you make this salve that you kindly label it accordingly, give her credit and make a donation to the farm, if you are able.Follow Marelyn Shapiro on Facebook.For more information about Granny Buds Farm or to make a donation, visit, grannybsfarmandchickenrescue.weebly.com

Written and Published By Sharon Letts In Weed World Magazine Issue 149

Author’s  note:  Cannabis  oil  has  been  shown  to  replace  antibiotics.  Using  cannabis  ingested  in  conjunction  with  the   pharmaceutical   keeps   the   immune   system   healthy,   counteracting the negative effects, as antibiotics kill good cells along with the bad, or infected cells.

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What To Know Before Giving Your Pet CBD

Pets are family, and their humans want to do everything they can to help them. So, as more people find relief from various physical and mental ailments through cannabidiol (CBD), it’s only natural that they’d want to allow their pets the same healing. …

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Pets are family, and their humans want to do everything they can to help them. So, as more people find relief from various physical and mental ailments through cannabidiol (CBD), it’s only natural that they’d want to allow their pets the same healing. A number of CBD brands, such as Elixinol, Extract Labs, and Nature’s Script are now offering pet CBD oil and edibles. Some companies, such as Pet Relief and MediPets are dedicated to…

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Kitchen Apothecary – Cannabis to the Canine Rescue, By Sharon letts

Recently, I thought I’d adopt two small dogs. It’s something I’d thought about doing for a while, but didn’t act on it for one reason or another – all having to do with my living situations the past few years.

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Recently, I thought I’d adopt two small dogs. It’s something I’d thought about doing for a while, but didn’t act on it for one reason or another – all having to do with my living situations the past few years.

Then, I saw their sweet faces on a Facebook posting and the decision was made for me. Felt meant-to-be. I’ve just settled into a nice sized loft apartment on a hillside, and was able to gate and fence in a good-sized patio/dog run, so I had no excuses not to give them a good home.

Since I’m just learning to walk again after a broken, then fractured foot, my caregiver went to pick them up. She’s a dog breeder and groomer, and I would not have made the decision to adopt them without knowing she’d help me.

As it was explained to me on the phone, they were full grown at a year and a half. The photo showed two, small wire-haired terroir-type mutts. The woman said one had a small area of mange on its hind side; and the other had a dog bite on its stomach, maybe infected, she said.

From Adopting, to Rescue

When my caregiver arrived, she said the two “medium-sized” dogs were tied to a patio in full-sun with no shade, little food or water; with two collars each, one set tight, to the point of causing sores on their necks. She said the leashes were so twisted together they could barely move, and that it looked like they’d been like that for a while. They were made to lay next to their own feces.

Their bellies were dissented and they were skin and bones. It would take up to four days for them to pass solid waste, and then it was apparent they were eating plants that surrounded their patio prison.

Their fur was bleached orange from long-term sun exposure. It appeared that neither of them had ever been brushed. The lighter one has Doodle in her, but her curls were so matted that most had to be cut off.

Both had extensive amounts of mange, with large swaths of skin damaged and furless. They also had ticks, but thankfully, no fleas – and, as it turned out, no worms, which was surprising.

Due to their lack of bad food, ironically, their teeth are in good condition.

The lighter one is Luna, the darker was Lady, but I see her as Layla now.

Both dogs were so weak they had to be carried from the patio to the car, then into my space. Both were groomed before being brought into the apartment.

They were in very bad shape. Luna was near death. The extensive bite marks on her belly were apparent. Thick, yellow puss oozed out from any opening, including her lower teats, which also appeared to be infected. She had a large, festering wound between the back teats that was closed up, making it difficult to heal.

Dogs as Cannabis Patients

Dogs are biologically the same as humans, and get the same ailments as we do. Infections and pain are the same, they just can’t tell us how they are feeling. In this respect, plants treat them the same way they treat us, via our endocannabinoid system – which addresses all our biological systems, and strengthens our immune system in the process. That’s what plants do.

As is my mode of operendi, I decided to treat them both topically with a half cannabis, half chamomile salve I make using coconut and shea butter, with guanabana and arnica in the current batch.

Guanabana is a South American superfood used to treat infection, inflammation, and cancer. Arnica is typically used topically for inflammation and pain, but a little research showed it too is another superfood that used to be commonly ingested.

Chamomile is another underrated, yet highly medicinal superfood, that’s been reduced to a calming up of tea. That’s the reason I add it to the cannabis infusion is, it takes the edge off the activated THC, which can test upwards of 60 percent in an oil infusion.

Chamomile is calming for dogs that are anxious, and these two rescues needed calming. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, treats infections, and is an antioxidant – which most superfoods are. Chamomile was shown to kill cancer cells in a laboratory study, with an efficacy rate of 93 percent.

Also per a study, chamomile treats depression. Tied up in the sun in their condition, anyone would be depressed.

Superfoods are any plant with a wide array of beneficial compounds, able to address a wide array of conditions. Cannabis is one of the top superfoods in the world, alongside the Coca plant – otherwise bastardized as cocaine. There are no bad plants, only bad applications.

Layla was dosed internally by licking the salve applied topically, and taking small amounts from my fingers. Luna was given a few milliliters of cannabis-infused olive oil, as her infection demanded a stronger, pure cannabis dose.

Interesting to note, Luna gobbled it all up – she needed it the most; while Layla didn’t respond positively to ingesting it until she watched Luna do so. Sibling rivalry can be productive.

Due to the severity of both their conditions, neither seem to have a diverse reaction to the THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which would give them a head-high. They were both soon calm and sleeping peacefully. In a matter of days both were used to the activated THC, with no negative reactions.

Note: The first sign of too much THC in animals is shaking. This is due to the central nervous system (CNS) affected, nothing more. Humans may get heart palpitations, but it’s not the cardio system, it’s the CNS. Chamomile takes the edge off, calming the CNS. If a human presents at an emergency room with too much THC, they will only give a mild sedative to calm the CNS – such as valium, or something to help sleep it off.

They were also given small portions of homemade dog food I made, using infused olive oil infused with moringa and guanabana leaves. Moringa is another super food with myriad benefits.

Since we could safely assume they had not been eating well, I gradually gave them more at each sitting. This homemade food is rich and they don’t need as much – about a cup each, morning and night.

The recipe is on my website, under Apothecary.

In the recipe, I’ve mimicked what a dog would eat in the wild – raw ground meat, oats, and mixed vegetables. Dogs eat herbavores, with bellies full of grains and greens. They don’t stop to debone and cook their meat, they eat it raw.

They are also enjoying treats of peanut butter balls, made with oats and cannabis/chamomile infused honey. For chewing, I gave them stew bones to gnaw on, which they love.

I’m not a fan of kibble, no matter what they put in it, and believe dogs should eat real food.

Within days Luna’s swelling had subsided, with visible signs of healing. Both had more energy, though it took them some days to get up and move around.

The mange had also subsided, with fur growing back on both in a week’s time. I had applied the salve liberally three times a day until notably gone.

Near death, to happy dogs

It’s been a little more than two weeks since they arrived, and both are playful, good natured, and doing well. It took this long for Luna to be able to raise her tail and wag it, but she’s good now.

Albeit, neither knew any words – the only one they knew was “no.” They don’t know what “walk” means, sit or stay, but they are smart and learning fast.

Luna has anger issues and has bitten two of my friends. She also nips at play, so we must break that. If we can’t stop the aggression and biting, I’m not opposed to putting her down. That’s no life for her and not fair to anyone around her. She’s frail and weak, and for the time-being, I’m writing her actions off as a defensive reaction. It will take a while for her to trust. Both dogs bark a little too much for my liking, but we are working on that, as well.

It will also take some time for Luna’s fur to be beautiful again, but I’m just grateful she survived. We are convinced she was mere days from dying.

Why was I so confident that plants alone would treat both dogs, especially Luna’s nasty infection? Just last Fall I treated my own nasty wounds from a horse stepping on me, with great success. Shunning antibiotics, tetanus, and pain killers, much to the doctor’s dismay, with nary an infection in sight, and rapid healing, with minimal scarring

(Weed World #145 https://www.weedworldmagazine.org/2020/03/05/kitchen-apothecary-making-cannabis-oil-at-home-by-sharon-letts/ )

Since coming into the cannabis space eight years ago this Fall, I’ve used myself as a lab rat, treating any ailment I have with cannabis and/or the superfoods mentioned, with positive outcomes. In as many years, I’ve interviewed numerous cannabis patients who have treated themselves and their pets with great success. Knowing successful outcomes in lieu of pending studies gives me confidence to bypass traditional pharmaceuticals with myriad negative side effects, for undeniable healing.

The main side effect of using superfoods to heal is a strengthened immune system, with all our biological systems addressed. My fur babies and I are living proof of the power of plants.

Sharon’s Super Dog Food

1 pound raw ground meat

2 cups raw oats

2 cups chopped vegetables (or mixed, frozen vegetables)

1 cup infused oil (see oil infusion recipe below)

2 eggs

Mix all, store in refrigerator, freeze or use immediately. Serving size depends on size of dog. Average dog, one cup per serving.

Infused Olive Oil

¼ cup super food – one or combinations of: Moringa, guanabana, and/ or chamomile

1 liter olive oil (have also used grape seed, sunflower and avocado oil)

Simmer in crock pot for 2-3 hours on low.

Stir often to insure mix does not burn. If your crock pot gets too hot, turn it off to cool, and start over.

Note: Sharon uses a Magical Butter Machine to infuse her oil.

Applications: Infused cooking oil can also be used in salad dressings and sauces. It can also be administered with a dropper as a tincture for single dosing.


For more recipes visit, www.sharonletts.com/apothecary

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Published and Written by Sharon Letts in Weed World Magazine Issue 148

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