How I got to where I am...

“My love affair with nature is so deep that I am not satisfied with being a mere onlooker, or nature tourist. I crave a more real and meaningful relationship. The spicy teas and tasty delicacies I prepare from wild ingredients are the bread and wine in which I have communion and fellowship with nature, and with the Author of that nature.” 

 Euell Gibbons

Anyone remember Euell Gibbbons? He was the guy in the Grape Nuts commercial everyone made fun of in the seventies. When he asked “Ever eaten a pine tree?”. He was actually a naturalist and as a kid he left a lasting impression with me.

My family raised bees and sold honey for extra income. Natural raw honey that I had watched the bees make. That was real exciting for a kid, even though I was highly allergic to the bee stings, I was still at my Father's elbow watching these little guys make their honey for me. We were part of the Beekeepers Association, installed and maintained an observation hive at Crandon Park Zoo, had displays at the County Fair and even brought them to school for show and tell in a portable observation hive.

One friend of ours, would pay kids to catch her a bees which she would put on her knee, until it stung her and she would do this several times. That was terrifying for me as a child because I was allergic. She did this to treat her arthritis, she used the bee venom as medicine!

My Grandfather and his father owned a little nursery in Orlando while I was growing up too. I wish I had spent more time learning about plants back then. I remember one summer I got the worst sunburn you could imagine. Throbbing, searing, stinging pain on every inch of my body except where my two-piece had been. Grandma knew just what to do; cut the large aloe vera leaves and lay them directly on my aching skin. Instant relief as long as the leaves touched my skin. I don't know how many leaves she went through on me. She was probably worried what my Mother might say...but it worked!

Really there's no wonder why I turned to plants and natural healing when in my 40's I started getting skin cancer.

I am Grandma Roody, I hope I will be able to help you with some things that I've learned about how to be healthier in this toxic world we live in. Eating foods that are naturally grown, using plants as medicine instead of pharmaceuticals...including cannabis.

 I had a peanut sized blister like thing on my left shoulder blade

that had been there for about 10 years.

With no medical insurance and it wasn't bothering me, I left it alone.

November of 2011 all of a sudden started growing

to the size of 2 nickles, then it ulcerated.

I didn't have medical, so I made a poultice of eggplant and vinegar. I used that for 6 months and it did help, that stopped it from growing more.

Then I learned of many ways cannabis heals all kinds of ailments. I used cannabis salves for three months and was making improvements.

I was finally able to see a doctor the following August, a biopsy confirmed Basal Cell Carcinoma. I opted for Mohs surgery to get it taken care of faster.

During the surgery the doctor cut a 2-3/4" X 2-1/4" hole.

It was too big to stitch closed and they left me with a 1-3/4" X 1" open wound.

The doctor wanted me to put vaseline and a waterproof bandage. He said it would take 6 months to a year for the wound to close.

After 3 weeks with little or no improvement,

I infused the vaseline with a cannabis oil.

This is what it looked like in 24 hours. 7 days using the canna-vaseline

9 days using canna-vaseline 12 days using canna-vaseline

It took 14 days to completely close the wound.

Basic Cannabis Salve

Since then, I have learned so much more about the medicinal properties of cannabis. My crude little salve worked, but I have since stopped using petroleum products on my skin. 

(I have a recipe for that!)

I also make rubs or creams with buds, trim, stems, roots, and male plants.

This is the recipe for making a canna oil. I've learned things along the way and have made minor adjustments. You can see the original thread on AFN Forum

What you need:

crock pot or slow cooker

material;cannabis buds and trim

Raw, unrefined coconut oil (food grade)


1) Take your material -lightly break up, do not grind.( 3 grams per cup coconut oil) put it in crock pot.

2) Add coconut oil

3)Turn on crock pot low setting for 4 hours

4) Stir with a wooden spoon often, maintain temp. at 210 degrees do not boil or let it go above 250 degrees F

5) Cool to solid, then gently rewarm to melt.

6) Filter the material out of the oil. I use a ricer then permanent coffee filter, cheesecloth and nylon stockings work well too.

7) The cannabis material that is left can be thrown away, dried and used as a fire starter or into compost...

  The oil will be green in color. It will act like coconut oil meaning it will be liquid at 76 degrees F and solid when cold.

This can be ingested or made into a topical rub..

To make salve, set up a double boil system.

Re melt oil and add shaved beeswax. Depending on the temperature, depends on how much to put in. Winter time will require less than the heat of summer.

Cool drops on a plate or something to test between additions of beeswax until you get the desired consistency. Final product will be slightly harder.

Cool completely then whip with a hand blender to smooth. 

Happy Healing

This is a very basic, very easy salve to make.

Labeling and keeping good notes are the keys to making cannabis rubs.

Place your recipe in a document protector and make notes with a grease pencil.

Other oils or butters (Shea, cocoa and mango butters) can be added before you add your beeswax. Any essential oils can be added when it has cooled slightly. 

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