Clink’s Medical Marijuana Links

 

Amy Clinkscales - Pyragraph

Photo courtesy of Amy Clinkscales.

 

Amy Clinkscales, the subject of the Pyragraph feature story published today, was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer about a year ago. But the longtime Burque performer has successfully battled her illness using a combination of Western and alternative medicine. I was lucky enough to interview her for the article, and learned a ton along the way.

Clinkscales (or Clink, as she’s often called) carries a New Mexico cannabis card, allowing her access to a rapidly increasing number of treatment options. To learn about what was out there, she had to do a lot of research. She put together a list of her favorite links on the subject for new patients and curious readers. Here is what she shared with me.

  • The New Mexico Medical Marijuana Community offers a fairly comprehensive and practical overview of how things work in this state. A message board, recipes, product reviews and events are just some of the features. You can find listings of doctors and lawyers, as well as information about the law.
  • Here’s a Huffington Post article from September, 2012 on cannabidiol, a specific cannabinoid. It reports on two scientists at California Pacific Medical Center who found that CBDs can stop metastasis in many kinds of cancer.
  • Dixie Elixirs and Edibles is a Colorado company that offers three non-THC products anyone in the country can purchase. Dixie also sells a number of THC-based products, but you have to be a Colorado resident to purchase those items through another website.
  • A controversial story from 2011 highlights a father who gave cannabis oil to his toddler who was coping with brain cancer. Chemotherapy made the 2-year-old miserable. His father took great personal risk to administer the oil, facing possible jail time. Though the child eventually died, his family is convinced that medical marijuana extended his life and made it more comfortable.
  • Canadian Rick Simpson is the man behind cannabis oil therapy. A lo-fi documentary explores his work and the consequences he faced for selling the oil. Here’s Simpson’s website and a how-to vid about making the oil.
  • The Society of Cannabis Clinicians offers reports and resources for physicians prescribing medical marijuana treatment. Readers will find many articles on research and advancements here.
  • Clinkscales threw in one final link on cannabis stocks. Though they’re considered volatile by many, she says she thinks it’s worth keeping track of. This article predicts the marijuana market might be huge this year.

About Marisa Demarco

Marisa Demarco is a journalist, performer and event curator based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She performs booty bass noise around the country as Bigawatt and is a member of: steampunk act The Ladies’ Society of Grenadiers, desert noise collective Death Convention Singers, pranksters The Jeebies, the wig-wearing 5 Star Motelles, performance art troupe Milch de la Máquina and more. She is the organizer of Gatas y Vatas solo weirdo women’s music fest. Demarco also co-founded online news and culture outlet the New Mexico Compass.

3 Comments

  1. Clink on April 2, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Since the interview, I learned additional, sad news about the little boy whose health was significantly improved by cannabis oil. He recently died, but it appears we can thank a crack down on dispensaries for that. You can read and decide for yourself here:
    http://www.thedailychronic.net/2012/13308/four-year-old-brain-cancer-patient-latest-casualty-of-medical-marijuana-crackdown/

  2. A Musician and Her Medicine | Pyragraph on May 10, 2013 at 4:43 am

    […] It’s astonishing to Clinkscales that cannabis is a Schedule I drug in the Controlled Substances Act, putting it in the same category as heroin. Zeke Shortes, director of Sacred Garden, a dispensary in Santa Fe, says that classification is a mistake. “This is a plant-based medicine,” he says, “and should be treated as such.” […]

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