Category Archives: Canada

Cannabis And Opioids From Canada To HHS To Florida

Canada seems to be progressive where cannabis is concerned; whereas, Florida is trying very hard(?) to get out of the dark ages – maybe not hard enough, in my estimation.  And in between, we have our Health and Human Services (HHS).


The Weed Blog, so aptly managed by Johnny Green, is a wealth of current informative articles about cannabis, as well as about cannabis books, testing, growing, recipes and strain reviews.

The article that recently caught my eye was “Canadian Researchers: Use Medical Marijuana Instead of Opioids For Neuropathic Pain.”  In this blog post, Johnny states:

Using opiods for pain is a hard thing for many people. Sure, the painkillers provide temporary relief from pain, but the side effects can be horrific. They tear up your organs, and often times lead to a level of addiction that ruins lives. If only there was another medicine out there that was effective that didn’t come with all of the problems.

And, he goes on to say:

Medical marijuana is a proven form of treatment for pain, specifically neuropathic pain.

Recently researchers in Canada started pushing for Canadian doctors to substitute opioid based painkillers [with] medical marijuana.

Now, doesn’t that make sense?  Thanks, Johnny.

If anyone is interested in knowing about some of the possibly addictive prescription drugs that medical marijuana could replace, click on this link.

In contrast, our own HHS, under the “leadership” of Sylvia Burwell, is “Taking New Steps To Combat Opioid Use Disorder.”  In Secretary Burwell’s first sentence she states:

Blair [Hubbard] fought back from an addiction to heroin and prescription opioids that nearly took her life.

And Burwell goes on to say:

Blair struggled for many years with her addiction, and today, families and communities across our nation are struggling. And too many Americans who have watched a friend or loved one struggle with opioid use disorder have witnessed the toll of this epidemic. [disorder?]

OK, Blair was addicted to heroin.  That’s one thing.  We don’t know which came first but, the point is, she was also addicted to opioids.  Prescriptions were obtained from doctors who kept prescribing ad infinitum, until she was at risk of being  “overdosed.”

Of course, now, if someone is at risk of being  “overdosed” on opioids, there is help!  A fantastic solution:  Another prescription is available for a drug called “naloxone.”

Secretary Burwell informs us that:

A drug called naloxone has been proven to reverse opioid overdose, and save lives.

Naloxone could be a dangerous drug itself.  There are caveats for its use.  Click here to find out about it.

This whole thing is so ridiculous, that I’m not going to continue talking about opioids and her anymore.  In my mind, she is a total “negative.”  This is “Sunshinebright blog” and I refuse to be negative.

Now, about Florida:

The medical marijuana law that was passed in 2014 has been in a state of flux.  The Florida State Legislature ended their session in the Spring without any further action in that regard.  It’s in the hands of the Florida State Supreme Court.

Perhaps and hopefully, in the 2016 election, we will be able to pass a Constitutional Amendment for Medical Marijuana.  Supporters of the Amendment are working hard – collecting petitions and money – to make sure it will be on the ballot next year.  The law that is now languishing is probably going to continue in that position forever.  Just sayin’.

If you live in Florida, and haven’t yet signed the petition to put the Medical Marijuana Amendment on the 2016 ballot, click here to download and print the blank petition from a pdf file.  Instructions about where to mail it are on the document.

Ending this post with a positive attitude:

“Smile, even if you don’t feel like it, and your world will appear brighter.”

[ Header image is from ]

Advancing Research in Canada for ME and FM

Below is a quote from the Aviva Community Fund in Canada, created by National ME/FM Action Network.  The problems in Canada mirror the problems here in the US.  Click on this link to read the complete article.

The mention of “no definitive biomarkers or treatment protocols” below, is in contrast to a reference made by Mary Schweitzer, ME patient, in her address to the Wisconsin ME/CFS Association in January 2014:  “We have biomarkers & tests now!”

“The 2010 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) conducted by Statistics Canada revealed that there were 411,500 Canadians diagnoses with ME/CFS and 439,000 with Fibromyalgia. The survey also revealed a high level of disability for patients with ME/CFS and FM as well as unmet health care needs. ME/CFS and FM are chronic and severely disabling illnesses. They are as disabling as MS and are more prevalent in Canada than breast cancer, MS and AIDS combined! People are frequently bedridden and become isolated from friends and family – invisible in their own communities. These illnesses are real; the people are real; and they need help NOW!  

These illnesses do not discriminate. All races, men and women, rich and poor, adults and children can be afflicted. It is devastating when a child is forced to cope with such a disabling illness.  

Currently there are no definitive biomarkers or treatment protocols for ME or FM.  Diagnosis is made by comparing patient symptoms with diagnostic criteria, then excluding other possible causes of those symptoms. Treatments are merely a means to manage the symptoms. There is no known prevention or cure. Lacking these basic fundamentals has an enormous impact on our current community and the thousands of people still struggling to be diagnosed. It typically takes years to obtain a proper diagnosis and it’s known that early intervention increases the chance of recovery. We need more research now!”  

Where Art and Nature Come Together

Considered the world’s most prestigious competition of horticultural art, Mosaiculture was displayed at Montreal Botanical Garden in Quebec, Canada, last year. More than three million flowers were raised in greenhouses throughout Quebec, and then shipped to the gardens in May, where designers wrapped them in steel meshes to create living works of art. The sculptures were created using steel or aluminum forms that were wrapped in metal mesh, filled with earth and planted with flowers, ivies and grasses whose foliage provided texture and color. Interior watering systems and growing medium were added so that the flowers could last all through the summer till the end of the exhibition in the end of September.

I invite you to enjoy these amazing images:

Lemurs.  This line of lemurs was featured at the entrance.

Lemurs. This line of lemurs was featured at the entrance.

Mother Earth

Mother Earth

Water is a gift of Mother Earth, enjoyed by wild horses and eagles.

Water is a gift of Mother Earth, enjoyed by wild horses and eagle.

Lady and Cranes - taken from a Chinese myth.

Lady and Cranes – taken from a Chinese myth.

Lady and Cranes - from a different perspective.

Lady and Cranes – from a different perspective.

Man Who Planted Trees

Man Who Planted Trees

Crouching Frog

Crouching Frog on lily pad.

Cobras.  Some of the creations were very high.

Cobras. Some of the creations were very tall.

Clown Fish

Clown Fish swimming among sea grass.

Barn Owl.  One of my favorites of the display.

Barn Owl. One of my favorites of the display.

 Bird   Tree.  This huge sculpture is 40 feet high and they built  special high bridge at this end so people could take photographs more easily.  Every branch becomes a different bird. The wing span of the condor must be at least 8 feet.

Bird Tree. This huge sculpture was 40 feet high and a special high bridge was built at this
end so people could take photographs more easily. Each branch became a different bird.
The wing span of the condor was at least 8 feet.

Big Flowers.  Notice the large bee at the right.

Big Flowers. Notice the large bee at the right.

 Butterflies.  They are about eight feet high and stood outside the Insectarium, a building housing exhibits of insects.

Butterflies. They were about eight feet high and stood outside the Insectarium,
a building housing exhibits of insects.


A Restaurant That’s The First Of Its Kind In The World

A new restaurant has opened in Toronto.  It’s called, “Signs,” and it’s the first of its kind in the world.  The owners hired a wait staff that are all deaf!  They speak only American Sign Language.

Watch this youtube video to get a visual and voice report on this amazing place, and how the customers order their food.