No Contest: Cannabis vs. Alcohol

Alcohol is a carcinogenic

Science tells us that alcohol is a known carcinogen, no matter what level of consumption, and is documented to be of higher risk to human health than cannabis. Yet alcohol is widely accepted without question. Why? This may be a case where facts and risk factors don't matter to most people when the alternative is plagued with social stigma. Perhaps, in reality, facts don't matter until a majority of people agree with them. Read more »

Therapeutic Cannabis: Towards a Transcendent Ethic

insights in nature

Therapeutic cannabis is one way someone can recover from the the effects of the "addictive society" based in dualism, dishonesty and control. An experience of connectedness with something larger than our personal ego provides an expanded view of life, and hopefully also the inspiration to value others according to the Golden Rule. Read more »

CBD Scammers: Not all CBD is created equally

Buyer beware

With the legalization of cannabis, there are some bad actors on the scene when it comes to quality CBD. Most purchasers have not learned what to look for and so end up with an inferior product that may actually not be good for their health. Don't be taken in by the Green Rush! Read more »

Seniors are Doing It: Medical Marijuana

Life is Short

The Baby Boomers and the elderly are getting clued-in to reducing the number of pharmaceutical drugs they are taking by learning about the effective use medical marijuana for what ails them. Quality of life concerns have led them to it. They are not waiting to get the green light from the Feds who have listed cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug with no medicinal value. Read more »

Cannabis Use Disorder: The Dark Side

Cannabis product

There are two sides to every story, including for cannabis. Cannabis Use Disorder speaks not to the substance but to someone's propensity to over-consume. This is also the case for food, exercise, sex, work alcohol, accumulating things, Internet use, pharmaceutical drugs, cannabis, gambling, etc. We have only ourselves to examine when we misuse a substance or process because it likely masks one of our unidentified and unaddressed personal issues. Read more »

The Anxiety Epidemic, Antidepressants, and CBD Part III


This is the final of the Anxiety Epidemic series. The way I see it is that the antidote to anxiety is having a genuine sense of being 'connected' first to myself and to something greater than myself, at the same time. What this means shows up differently for each of us but what is the same is that such connection has nothing to do with the world of commerce, politics or stuff. Read more »

The Anxiety Epidemic, Antidepressants and CBD Part II

Do pharmaceuticals work?

Pharmaceutical drugs have become the 'go-to' assistance for those with anxiety disorders. Unfortunately, they also have many potential and serious side effects. With pharmaceutical ads all over television and print media, most people are unaware that there are many viable options outside of conventional medicine that could provide lasting results to the challenges of anxiety. Therapeutic cannabis use is a strong contender in this natural remedies arena. Read more »

The Anxiety Epidemic, Antidepressants and CBD

The Normalizaton of Anxiety

Anxiety continues to ramp-up for many in this technology/information age. The number of people on antidepressant drugs has skyrocketed. I, as one, am left to wonder if, in a world of ever-elevating expectations, how simply masking the symptoms is any kind of real solution. This is the first of a series exploring potential risks for anxiety, the current go-to drugs, and the possibility of lowering toxicity and side effects by carefully replacing antidepressants with CBD. Read more »

CBD to the Rescue

Cannabidiol CBD

Cannabidiol, CBD, has become the darling of the cannabis family. Given the sigma still attached to psychoactive marijuana for many, CBD has served to make cannabis respectable, once again. It has also opened the door to additional education about the multiple benefits contained in all of the known cannabinoid molecules in the plant. Read more »

Audio Interview WJFF New York


If you would like to learn more about cannabis, its uses and legal issues, Susan covers the waterfront in this 29 minute audio interview given by an NPR affiliate in New York State on a program called Catskill Characters with Donna Fellenberg. Read more »

The Addictive Society and Cannabis Part III

Finding Truth

The addictive system of the addictive society, discussed in Parts I and II, is ubiquitous; pure nature provides the only respite. Not only is this system everywhere in the modern world but it is also unlikely to become non-addictive any time soon. We can source our true identity from the inside-out, shedding vestiges of the external forces of the world telling us what we want and need to be happy. This is wellbeing beyond the hype. Read more »

The Addictive Society and Cannabis Part II

The Addictive Society

In the end, it’s practically impossible NOT to buy-in to the addictive system (AKA the Matrix) at some point in our lives, or in one way or another. All around us, it can easily hijack how we think, feel and behave. Awareness is the beginning to having a choice. Read more »