Medpot Minstrel: Hydroponics Medical Marijuana

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Smoke to protect your lungs from cancer?

Donald Tashkin, a lung specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been studying the effects of marijuana for thirty years. The largest study of its kind recently concluded that smoking marijuana, whether casually or heavily, does not lead to lung cancer.

This is not what the researchers were expecting to find. “We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use,” Tashkin is quoted as saying. “What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect.”

Whew! Let me get my head around this last statement! Protective effect? That means that marijuana smoke actually protects people’s lungs from lung cancer? Could it be? Could it be that the U.S. government has been lying to us all along? Could it be that marijuana DOES have healing properties?

If you haven’t caught on by now, that was a rhetorical question. Of course marijuana has healing properties. My wife Claire and I can attest to this fact, over and over again. And for a lung specialist who is a long-term researcher into cannabis to confirm this with the conclusions of a large study, just rubs the lies into the noses of the FDA, the DEA, and the HHRA,or whatever alphabet soup of initials this two-faced government throws at us.

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Since we live in one of the eleven states that allow medicinal marijuana, and since both my wife and I are medpot patients (me for cancer chemo, Claire for migraines) I decided to build my own grow room in the basement, next to my home office.

I had to decide how many plants I wanted to grow (six is below the legal limit) and then what kind of light fixture would I need to grow six good-sized marijuana plants. I consulted the experts at Advanced Nutrients Medical, and they assured me that a 600W High Pressure Sodium bulb would light a big enough area to grow six plants, provided the walls were covered in white plastic to reflect some of the diffused light.

They also informed me that I would need a conversion bulb for the vegetative growth cycle, then switch to a regular HPS bulb for the flowering stage. HPS bulbs are designed to deliver light in the red end of the spectrum, while the conversion bulbs shine in the blue end, which is closer to the properties of sunlight.

I had to build a shelf for the ballast for the light fixture and duct tape all my electrical cables to the wall and off the floor, to keep them from getting wet. I bought a six-bucket ebb and flow hydroponic system, and chose rock wool as my preferred medium of growth.

They suggested their line of superb organic fertilizers, such as Iguana Juice Grow and Bloom, Sensi Zym, and Colossal Bud Blast. They all take care of essential macro and micro nutrients, enzymes, and growth enhancement needed by my very sensitive “Ladies,” as I call my plants. As you know, the female plant buds are the most powerful on the planet.

“Don’t Bogart that medpot joint my friend, pass it over to me.” Even though I was born way after the sixties were over, I enjoy listening to music from that era. Squirrel, which is my 9-year-old daughter’s nickname, was watching some teenage singer on TV the other day, doing a song called “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow,” which was on one of the best albums of all time, called Rumours, by Fleetwood Mac.

I informed her that I know who wrote that song and she was heartbroken, since she thought that it was written by Hilary Duff, who sang it on her TV show. “I thought Hilary wrote that song, not some useless hippie.” Ouch!

posted by Wes @ 2:11 AM

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