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Our Bus Story in Bus Conversion Magazine- May 2018

It has been one year since Bus Conversion Magazine published our story as their cover and centerfold piece! If you did not get to read it, check it out below at the link or read here!

www.busconversionmagazine.com/bcm-may-2018/

The Cover Photo

Our names are Morgan and Ryon Crabtree and we live in a self-converted 1999 International Genesis school bus we named “Chitty Bang”. Our fellow bus dwellers include our two daughters, Rion and Laila, our English Mastiff, Mila, and cat, Micio. The bus is a 40-foot International Genesis flat nose with a DT466 and Allison Transmission retired from the Independent School District of Arizona and cost us $4,700, Ryon’s time to receive his Class C driver’s license, and a plane ticket to Phoenix from Texas. With 253,000 original miles on her, hrove her home where we started demolition. Overall it took us 13 months to get her 95% done and ready enough to move in. We made changes and renovations as we lived in the bus this last year, figuring out the functionality of these random thoughts we made into our home. We will continue to do that this next year as well. Like every bus converter says, “you are never really done with your bus”.

Inspiration to self-convert a school bus came in many shapes, forms, experiences, successes, and failures over the years. We had been together for over 11 years by 2014 and had a long history of “roll with the punches” and adaptability. Ryon had served in the Army, did a 17 month tour in Mosul and Baghdad, Iraq, and was then medically retired. We both had our corporate jobs, owned houses, received our degrees, had babies, we had it figured out, right? In 2012, we had moved into a new custom home on 3 acres, and just after a few months of living there we experience a total loss house fire that stemmed from the chimney while we were having a fire in the fire place. An “Act of God” is what the conclusion the insurance company gave us. Rising from the ashes and rebuilding was such a powerful experience that we swore we would be the ones who built our next house. We got our little dream of a homestead up and running with our chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and aquaponics farming and filled our new house with lots of new furniture and “things”. As we continued to fill our house, there was an emptiness we needed to fill. Morgan eventually lost her corporate job and we both proceeded down a path of entrepreneurship. After much self-reflection, we decided not to be in the rat race anymore. We knew there was more to Life than keeping up with the Jones’. We checked all of the boxes, now what? We began to take more control of our lives and really started doing what we wanted to do. We wanted to explore with our children and watch them grow.

We started learning more about the Tiny House Movement and minimalism. Eventually that led us to start selling all of our “Stuff” that we really did not need. Every item leaving the house was a weight off of our shoulders. We put our home on the market. We thought, if we wanted to learn how to build a house, what better way than on a small scale? We had no prior building experience other than our homestead projects, and not many tools since the house fire. We didn’t have a truck to haul a tiny house at the time, and we were not really confident in our abilities to build a tiny house on a trailer from scratch. Then it clicked. Why not a school bus? It has the frame, can handle large amounts of weight, and would be the perfect wagon for our pioneer voyage to find a bigger piece of land to start a new homestead. We literally watched every video on school bus conversions and tiny house builds that existed on the internet by February 2015, and by the next month, Chitty Bang was in our driveway.

Our conversion plan was ever changing as the bus came together. We gutted her and used Polyurethane caulk to fill the holes on the floor where the seats used to be, and every rivet and seam on the roof and sides of the bus. We took out, resealed, and re-installed all of the windows, only intending to cover about four windows total at the time. Since the bus was from Arizona, there was only a little rust on the floor, which we used Corroseal to convert the rust and prime the floor for a fresh coat of Rustoleum. When she was stripped down to bare metal we could really make sure we sealed as much as we could, and trust us, you sleep better at night when it’s raining! Next we were onto the actual build-up process.

We are happy to have the International Genesis, as this style has taller ceilings than other Makes and Models. Still, Ryon is 6’2” and every inch counted not only on the floor plan, but also on the height of the bus. For these reasons, we did as much as we could without Ryon being uncomfortable. We took down all of the school bus lights/speakers/exterior lights and covered those and any other holes with 16 gauge cold rolled steel and a mix of steel and aluminum 3/16” rivets. We also used that steel to cover 17 out of 30 windows, which are mostly in the rear. Furring strips were glued and TEK screwed to the floor and we decided the Foam-It Green DIY spray foam kit (a closed cell spray foam) would be best for insulation, especially to help give it an overall seal and structural durability. For the windows we decided on covering later due to draftiness and functionality of the space, we used a 1” piece of foam and foil tape to insulate the inside of the window then covered with wood. 4’x8’ sheets of plywood were used for the subfloor and 2’x4’s for framing all of the walls. Those are mostly ¾” & ¼” sanded plywood (birch and maple) and We painted a lot of them a light gray, Planetary Silver by Behr, and some were stained with Jacobean and Natural stains. We used trim painted white to really accent our finishing work, complete with floor moulding, crown moulding, and everywhere in between. For the electrical, we installed our outlet boxes after we put walls up, so they are set on top of the walls instead of flush.

When entering our home you notice the RV door with a frosted glass window that we use where the school bus door used to be. We fabricated the frame with square tubing, welding, and a couple of L brackets. The steps are set off by a diamond plate backing with Purple Heart Wood steps. To the left is a little cubby with hooks to hold shoes, pet leashes and purses, and to the right are hooks to hold coats and umbrellas. We use the dog house of the bus engine to hold our English Mastiff’s food and the dash to hold our cat’s food, a fan to blow air down the long hallway, and gaming systems we may be playing. The driver’s seat turns into a laundry hamper holder and “outgoing” stuff catch all. If this were a full sized house and the driver’s seat was a room, that would be the one we would keep the door closed on. We use Reflectix to cover the windshield and driver’s windows, and cover it with a light gray curtain to add a homey touch. On the front head board of the bus, above the windshield, hangs a 40” flat screen, taken down while traveling.

The Front Steps to the bus are made of purple heart wood!
The corrugated metal worked really well with the curve of the bus and saved us on head space. The flooring is a very durable and high-quality Armstrong sheet vinyl that looks like grouted tiles. This saved us on head room, as well.)

Standing in the living room, you immediately notice the galvanized corrugated metal ceiling, set off by LED strip lights that run along the ceiling. The living room starts with an 80” long couch to the right, We originally topped these with some cushions Morgan made and upholstered, but recently found a memory foam mattress that we cut to fit. They are really comfortable! There is a nice end table top next to the kid’s couch with two cup holders made into it (That was Laila’s idea!), as well. This is our main living area where we eat dinner, play games, and watch TV.


Next, you would enter the kitchen area which is set off with a beautiful, sleek white marbled granite countertops and backsplash, and a large stainless steel sink perfect for big pots, on the left side. The custom cabinets we built are ¾” sanded plywood and the cabinets and drawers are installed with Blum Brand hardware so they would “lock” in for travel. We added a floor to ceiling pantry on the right side of the kitchen which holds a ton of food and cooking supplies. And above, the recently added Atwood 15021/15026 works as an A/C, heater, or dehumidifier and works really well considering the length of the bus. We also care quite a bit about the quality of our water, so we invested some money in an APEC Reverse Osmosis Filtration System with 5 filters. A few months into our journey, Ryon added a UV light to the RO system, as well as 3 outdoor filters and a portable water softener. Since we never know what the water quality is when we fill our fresh water tank, we figured the more filters the better.

The refrigerator is a Norcold NXA841R two- way (propane/electric), but we have also ran it on our solar for a few hours on a sunny day. We used dry erase panels for the face of the fridge, which are perfect for writing chores, school work, to-do’s, and grocery lists!
Our main cooking surface is an Atwood Propane 3 burner stove top and oven. However, If we are plugged into shore power, a large convection oven/toaster sits on the counter next to the stove so we can save on our propane usage. Otherwise, it is stored in the utility closet.
Right after the kitchen is our “Classy Corner” which has a beautiful accent wall of recycled Pergo flooring from a friend and a gray stone and metal mosaic we found at Home Depot. We also have our Dickinson P12000 Propane Furnace in this corner that has a flue through the roof and a decent fan to blow the heat. Right across the hallway is a full-length mirror to help open the tiny space and give us a spot to primp.

We use curtains to section the house off into different rooms for privacy, climate control, and showering. This also helps also cut down on noise through the house. Passing past the first curtain, the bathroom will be on the left which houses our Natures Head Compost Toilet, our Precision Temp RV-550 water heater (covered by a custom wood box, cover for top coming soon), and a 32”x32” shower pan.

The entire bathroom is paneled with galvanized corrugated metal, and underneath we used Red Guard to protect the framing wood.

On the right, the utility closet is hidden behind a curtain and displays the brains of our electrical system. Hanging on the walls are the “house” breaker boxes which contains our 50 Amp set up  ran with standard 12/3 Romex, and the Solar Set up.

A 2000 Watt Magna Sine Inverter ME2012 and control panel, Tri-Star Solar Charge Controller TS-M-2, and a TriMetric TM-2030-A Battery Monitor connect to 4-270 Watt Solar World Panels on the roof, as well as 4 Crown CR-265 Deep Cycle Batteries in a steel box we fabricated and mounted directly underneath the room.
We added the air conditioner a year after living tiny and after we got to AZ, bc it was hot! We used the Emergency Hatch Hole and just framed it out and added insulation and metal to make it look nice. So I had to move one of the panels up farther on the roof. Easy Peasy.

Next is the bunk room. This area has a large closet space on the right and the kids’ bunk beds on the left which are covered with a rock wall face for climbing into the top bunk, and fun on rainy days. The last room is the master suite complete with a Queen bed, 2 closets with shelves, curtain rods, and organizing boxes, and mirrors to open the small space up.

The kids bunks provide them with their own curtains for privacy, dry erase boards for creativity, and a place to relax. The large closet is where the rear wheel wells are, and this space is organized with a Closet Maid System that holds the kid’s clothes, school work, office supplies, linens, and paper products.

<Insert MasterSuite.jpg (Underneath the bed houses a 42-gallon RV water tank, the city water and fill-up inlet box, and a sur-flo pump. We decided to keep the water tank inside of the bus just in case were somewhere it was really cold. Our dog also has her bed under there as it is a nice, large space for her to lay down comfortably without being in the way.)

The most used area of the bus is definitely the kitchen and living room.

On the exterior of the bus, we added 6 storage boxes underneath on either side and also extended the frame 3’ to add a “garage” area. We fabricated a tool box and a propane cage that are bolted to the extension, as well as a ramp/deck hinged off the back.

The cage holds 4- 20 pound propane tanks, which feed the propane appliances via copper pipe ran under the bus. There is enough room that it can also hold our generator. The tool box carries hundreds of pounds of tools and each box can be locked up. The deck can be locked into its upright position for travel and extra security. We also have an LED light bar on the front and rear of the bus, as well as a back-up camera installed
The Toolbox we fabricated! We actually removed this after this article came out and put it in storage. We were able to move tools we most commonly used to a basement box, and put the bulk of the tools in storage since we didn’t plan on making any big renovations after leaving our spot at that time to hit the road again!

For safety, we also make sure to have at least 4 fire extinguishers on board, working fire/CO2 alarms, and propane sensors at each propane connection inside.

Our first 3 or 4 month spot was in East TX near Morgan’s Parent’s House. It was private property with a flea market that was busy Friday-Sunday. It had Electric and Water HookUps and was far enough away from the market activity, we never had any problems or issues. Cheap to stay and lots of space!

By November 2015 it was time to start our Maiden Voyage where we traveled through Texas just in case we had to repair or change anything before getting too far out. The only plan we really had in the beginning of our journey was to find a homestead. We gave ourselves 3 months in each location to decide if we liked the area/state/land/laws and then we moved on. We mostly visited friends in Family in Texas for the first few months since we had been building the bus that last year plus a few months. It gave us time to figure out a routine and how to even live in this thing.

West TX BoonDocking on a friend’s property for a week on our journey North.

We got the chance to partake in a Skoolie Meetup near Dallas where we met some amazing folks and had a great start our voyage to the Pacific Northwest March 2017. We took about 3 weeks and explored Roswell, the Four Corners, Southwest Colorado, and started speeding the journey up through Utah. We were finding that it was really easy to find water and parking for our big rig, which was awesome because We had no idea what to expect. We were able to easily use Solar power while parked at rest stops on the trip, or plug into shore power at an RV park. Everything was working like it should. The confidence we feel every day from that is just indescribable. If something breaks, we know we can fix it or at least figure it out enough to understand the problem!

Our spot in Washington Thanks to Crab’s Combat Buddy and his Family, the Gray’s! Free Parking, water hookup only. We ran Solar in the Spring and part of the summer in the PNW. We had to conserve energy sometimes over a few days,but overall it wasn’t too bad for the solar to keep up with our energy use.

We stayed in Olympia, Washington for 3 months plugged into a friend’s house for water, and on Solar Power. The panels did FANTASTIC during the cloudy PNW Spring. By this point, we could fully clean the house in 30 minutes, had a regular school work routine, and weren’t bumping into each other as often walking down the hallway. Traffic flow is something we struggled with at first. We decided to get out of the busy city for a while and find a quiet place to try Workamping for the summer. By July, we found ourselves in Klamath, California in the middle of the Redwoods where we spent the summer “disconnected” on the Klamath River, 1 mile from the Pacific Ocean, and it was all one of the greatest things we had ever seen. Our kids were in charge of the Kids Club at the campground and they learned about managing an office and all that real-life stuff because they could come watch and help their parents do it. Roadschooling at its finest!

Traveling down the 101 through the Redwoods. We never thought we would make it this far, and it was definitely an amazing journey that Chitty Bang took us on here.

September rolled around in the Redwoods, our time was ending and we found another workamping gig except this one we would also get paid. To dry out from the soggy Pacific North West, we headed down to Arizona to manage a pumpkin patch, Christmas tree lot, and fireworks stand for the next 3 months. Our opinion as first timers, it was good pay for what we put in and we will be doing it again this year. It was definitely a great way to save some money for our future homestead and get to know an area.

We have met some amazing people on our journey and having a little over a year of travel experience under our belts, we are so excited for this year! We have learned that traveling for long periods without stopping is exhausting. You stress about the engine, your stuff breaking or being lost, and having to always pack things away. Breaks from traveling are good. It also gives us a chance to meetup with some homeschool groups in the area. We can figure out if we like a place in 2 weeks. We can save and/or make money by Workamping. Go when we aren’t happy. That is the point we live in a rolling home, right?

We have loved being able to give our children a childhood of adventure and being able to really spend quality time with them on our journey together.  I know that when we are old and look back, that time we bought a bus and traveled with our kids will still have been the best decision we had ever made. It isn’t always glitter and rainbows. The point is Life isn’t meant to be lived in a box. Get uncomfortable. Let your inner weird out and embrace it. Without all of the money in the world, we have memories, experiences, and a closeness that we never would have been able to attain in another way of life. We think we can live with that.  Until then, we will keep searching for our homestead and enjoy big living, living tiny.

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Reasons Why Heavy Metals Don’t Belong in Cannabis- LEAD Cause & Effect

Reasons Why Heavy Metals Don’t Belong in Cannabis

The National Poison Hotline is 800-222-1222.

One of the reasons I started looking into what is in CBD tinctures and other cannabis products is because I had witnessed first hand a person who smoked a joint of marijuana flower produced by a large name company break out in hives, have shortness of breath, nausea right after inhaling. She had the symptoms of heavy metal and pesticide poisoning. The joint was tested and the results were off the charts. The levels of heavy metals, pesticides, and even the residual solvents used were extremely high. I have seen flower with black mold on it being sold in stores in recreational legal states. I have seen no testing for anything done in medical legal states. The Vape cartridges for cannabis had been tested high for heavy metals recently, and I believe California is now testing those for their state. It is amazing. So, here I am. Learning and sharing. And This is what I discovered why Heavy Metals are a no-no.

There are many Heavy Metals that are all around us in life. Arsenic, Lead, Mercury, Iron, and others are all around us and when exposed in high levels can even make you sick. However, small amounts of certain metals, like Copper, Zinc, and Iron, are needed for normal body functions. There are Trace Elements of Heavy Metals in almost everything, but we can be more vigilant and aware of the amounts we allow on and in our bodies just by using trustworthy and open companies.

Heavy metal poisoning isn’t very common in the US and occurs when the body’s soft tissue absorbs too much of a particular metal. Heavy Metal Poisoning could happen if you use herbal medicines that have heavy metals in them, food pollution, air pollution, water pollution, eat fish caught with high levels of mercury, food containers with improper coating, breathe in old lead paint dust when you fix up your home, or work in a factory that uses heavy metals (Ratini, 2018).

Symptoms of Heavy Metal Poisoning

“The Most common metals that the human body can absorb in toxic amounts are: mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic,” (Gotter, 2018). Some the listed general symptoms by the HealthLine article referenced below are;

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • abdominal pain
  • weakness
  • chills
  • tingling in hands and feet, vomiting
  • more depending on the specific metal.

There are 2 Types of Heavy Metal Poisoning, Acute and Chronic, and then the other variable is the specific metal itself.

“Acute poisoning. This happens if you get a high dose at one time, like in a chemical accident in a factory or after a child swallows a toy made with lead,” (Ratini, 2018). If you have acute poisoning;

  • you will immediately feel bad
  • possibly become nauseous and vomit
  • go numb
  • feel confused
  • even pass out.

If a person were exposed to a low dose of heavy metal over a long period of time, that is called Chronic Poisoning and these symptoms creep up on people.

  • Fatigue
  • Achy joints and muscles
  • Headaches
  • Constipation

(Ratini, 2018).

Now that you have an idea about Heavy Metals in general, let’s get specific. Let’s talk about LEAD.

Allowable Amounts of LEAD Ingestion per FDA Standards

The Interim References Level (IRL) is a daily maximum intake for lead set by the FDA after they asses “whether the amount of lead in a food product is high enough to raise a person’s blood lead level to a point of concern,” (FDA, 2019). The established IRL of blood lead levels for children is 3 ug and 12.5 ug for adults. The level for adult child bearing women is very important, as well as infants’ exposure during nursing (FDA, 2019). The FDA conducts the Total Diet Study (TDS) several times a year and also test for pesticide residues, industrial and other toxic chemicals, and nutrient elements in food.

So, yes, the FDA knows there will be lead in things we consume. The most important thing though is knowing how much is too much to the point we start feeling bad and getting sick? Well how do you know if the products you use are not tested for it? More importantly, what about your health products you use? Are they tested? The FDA does surprise sampling of multiple types of products, but with all of these new CBD companies popping up, how can you be sure the item you have is up to par with the allowable amounts? Well you don’t if they do not test for it. It is very important that you do your research when purchasing CBD products. Make sure they have a heavy metals test.

Causes and Effects of Lead Poisoning

Lead poisoning may be caused by exposure, such as ingesting or chewing, but also via being in firing ranges, using kohl cosmetics, certain hair dyes, calcium products, and more. It was also the metal found most commonly in tinctures that were tested and some of those symptoms are subtle to extreme. They include:

  • loss of appetite
  • sleep problems
  • irritability
  • memory loss
  • constipation
  • aggressive behavior
  • high blood pressure
  • anemia
  • fatigue
  • loss of developmental skills in children

(Gotter, 2018).

According to the FDA’s February 2019 article, Lead can enter our food supply, because:

  • Lead in the soil can settle on or be absorbed by plants grown for fruits or vegetables or plants used as ingredients in food, including dietary supplements.
  • Once Lead is in or o plants, it CANNOT be removed by washing or other food processing steps.
  • If animals that we eat, eat plants or drink water with lead in it, that will then be passed to us.
  • Lead can also enter through manufacturing, like water used in food production could be contaminated because of lead pipes used to deliver the water.
  • Lead can pass or leach into food or drinks when food is prepared, served, or stored in pottery or other food contact surfaces containing lead.

Testing to Determine if You Have Heavy Metal Poisoning

A blood test is usually where most doctors will start if you have symptoms of heavy metal poisoning. But these tests are not in your routine full panel yearly. You would have to talk to your doctor about specifically testing for it if you are concerned. However, if your blood tests show low amounts, they may dive into more:

  • kidney/liver function tests
  • X-rays
  • electroardiagrams
  • fingernail, hair, urine analysis

(Gotter, 2018).Don’t try the at-home tests for this as there is no hard evidence that they work or to even tell you if you are sick or need treatment.

Treatment

If it is determined that Heavy Metal Poisoning occurred, the doctor will usually prescribe medication (chelators) via pill or needle that will bind to the heavy metals and send them out of your body in the form of waste. Sometimes this type of therapy can be dangerous and is not successful with all heavy metals. They may prescribe that the person’s stomach be pumped.

Overview

I could list all of the heavy metals and symptoms and such here, but I only wanted to stick with the broad spectrum of them and Lead, since that one turns up more often in the tests I have seen. Like the beginning of the article stated, there are Heavy Metals in everything and there are ways to be more vigilant and aware of the Cannabis/Hemp/CBD products that we use, as well as requesting that Lab Report from the companies. If they are an open, honest, and trustworthy company, they will happily share their results from Heavy Metal, Pesticides, Residual Solvents, Microbials, and Cannabinoid Potency. If they do not offer that testing I would not give that company my money. Make sure you know what is in your products, and follow us for more related articles and company’s lab reports for their products that I research!

Do you know of a CBD product or Company that you want more information on? By sending that information to me, you will help me in the search for a REAL HIGH QUALITY product at a good price! Help me expose the frauds! Not all CBD is created equally! Contact me in comments or send me an email @ thecrabshomestead@yahoo.com or message me on any of our Social Media Channels, preferably CANNAB.A.B.E.

Disclaimer: Neither the Author or anyone within our business is a medical doctor. Anything we say is based on our own knowledge through personal research and contacting the respective company/lab. We only want to give up to date and relevant information based on what we discover. Any company can contact us at morganmcrabtree@gmail.com to provide more up to date information or to discuss the information on this site.

References

FDA. 19 February 2019. “Lead in Food, Foodwares, and Dietary SUpplements”. FDA Monitoring and Testing of Lead in Food, Including Dietary Supplements and Foodwares. https://www.fda.gov/food/metals/lead-food-foodwares-and-dietary-supplements.

Gotter, Anna & Murrell, Daniel, M.D. 13 December 2018. “HealthLine”. Heavy Metal Poisoning. https://www.healthline.com/health/heavy-metal-poisoning.  

Ratini, Malinda DO, MS. 09 January 2018. “WebMD Medical Reference”. What is Heavy Metal Poisoning. https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/what-is-heavy-metal-poisoning#1.

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Cannabinoids- What They Are and How They Effect You

Cannabinoids. The new up and coming word that you have probably heard when looking into the new Hemp laws the United States has approved December 2018, called the 2018 Farm Bill. Find my previous article about Marijuana & Hemp where I discuss this in a little more detail. One of the biggest discoveries, I believe, is the fact that our body naturally produces cannabinoids via our cannabinoid receptors in our EndoCannabinoid System (ECS)! Yes, you have Cannabinoids in your body. “We have them (ECS receptors) in our brains, eyes, reproductive systems, immune systems, but we likely have them in other places, as well,” (Rosad0, 2019). The only way you can even receive cannabinoids into your body is via the Cannabis plant, and most people today are cannabinoid deficient.

“So, Morgan, why do I need cannabinoids in my body? I lived this long without them. What is the big deal?” You may ask. Well, let’s get into it. What are cannabinoids, what are they responsible for, and what do they do?

Cannabinoids are the compounds that make up the Cannabis plants; Hemp and Marijuana. They come in many different names, and scientists believe we still have many yet to discover. Every plant strain, the decarboxylation process it is put through via manufacturer, and extraction methods will produce different quantities of different cannabinoids and terpene profiles. That is also why I tell people using CBD and cannabis, in general, is a very personal experience. Everyone has different body chemistry, different cannabinoids they are deficient in, and different way our bodies are wired. So not all CBD is created equal. Also if the company has higher levels of heavy metals, microbials, pesticides, or residual solvents; that can also effect people in different ways (article on that coming soon!)

Cannabinoids have been proven to have these following properties and what they each have been shown to help with:

*CBGA (Cannabigerolic Acid)– Antibiotic

*CBG (Cannabigerol) – Antibiotic, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic

***CBGV (Cannabigerivarin)– Anti-inflammatory, Helps Combata Dry Skin, observe to be cytostatic in leukemic cells (Robbins,2019).

*CBDA (Cannabidiolic Acid)– Antibiotic

***CBDV (Cannabidivarin)– Reduces frequency and Severity of Seizures; reduces/eliminates nausea; Anti-inflammatory; beneficial in the treatment of pain and mood disorders; Provides symptom relief for Crohn’s, seizures, HIV/AIDS, and Multiple Sclerosis (CRESCOLabs, 2010).

*CBC (Cannabichromene)– Antibiotic, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, (weak) Analgesic

**CBCV (Cannabichromevarin)- Assuming it has similar properties to CBC Possible Appetite Suppressant, Anandamide (AEA) reuptake inhibitor, Anti-inflammatory, Antidepressant, Antibiotic, Analgesic, Antifungal (Rosado, 2019).

*CBD (Cannabidiol)– Anxiolytic, Antipsychotic, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Antispasmodic, Anti-emetic, Antifungal, Anticonvulsant, Antidepressant, and more we are still discovering.

*CBN (cannbinol)– Sedative Antibiotic, Anticonvulsant, Anti-inflammatory, and more.

***THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid)– Non psychoactive compound in raw form, Once decarboxylated (applied heat via smoking or vaping) it turns to THC, shows promise in treating epilepsy, anti-inflammatory, reduce Nausea, and more (Devitt-Lee, 2017).

*THC (Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol)- Psychoactive compound from decarboxylation of THCA, Euphoriant, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Antiemetic, Antipruritic, Bronchodilator, Sedative/Energy Increase (depends on strain), Appetite enhancer/Suppressant (depends on strain) and more.

*THCV (Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabivarin)- Analgesic, Euphoriant, Anti-convulsant

So let’s talk about the most common word seen throughout all of these different cannabinoids, Anti-inflammatory is one major one that stands out. According to many recent studies, Inflammation causes a number of medical problems that could be easily treated with some nature’s own cannibinoids, instead of a pleathra of pills to keep track of for multiple issues that all may be linked right back to inflammation. Crazy right? Well, how does inflammation effect our bodies?

Amanda MacMillan with Health.com wrote “13 Ways Inflammation Can Affect Your Health” this January (https://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20898778,00.html) and explains it this way, “In a healthy situation, inflammation serves as a good friend to our body,” says Mansour Mohamadzadeh, PhD, director of the Center for Inflammation and Mucosal Immunology at the University of Florida.” “But if immune cells start to overreact, that inflammation can be totally directed against us.” This type of harmful, chronic inflammation can have a number of causes, including a virus or bacteria, an autoimmune disorder, sugary and fatty foods, or the way you handle stress. Here are a few ways it can affect your health, both short-term and long.”

When your body isn’t fighting a wound or a virus or anything else harmful to you, it should shut the anti-inflammation off. But, in some people, this is not always the case. Some people experience Inflammatory Bowel Disease, including Ulcerative Colitis and Chron’s disease, when the immune cells attack the digestive tract, so having help with anti-inflammation could help in this instance. Rheumatoid and Psoriatic Arthritis experience problems with inflammation of the joints with painful and stiff joints as symptoms. Inflammation is also linked to heart disease in people with chronic inflammation. (MacMillan, 2019).

 So you can see how inflammation is interconnected to many different symptoms that many experience everyday. If the entire Cannabis plant, basically, is an anti-inflammatory and we can only receive that nutrient from cannabis, then it seems to be a no brainer as to why including cannabis products in your daily diet would be a good strategy for long term and overall health.

It has been a common theme to want a CBD only product in terms of drug testing for employers. This is why Hemp CBD is making such a name for itself because it naturally only has .03% of THC or less. You need at least 7% THC to feel any psychoactive effects and is the least likely to appear in urine. Most employment agencies have a “second hand smoke” level of THC they set for their standards, and I believe that is why Hemp CBD companies can claim that it is safe for people who need to take drug tests. But check with your employer’s standards of levels allowed if you are worried. Remember, Always do your own research. Don’t trust anything anyone writes, including me! Just read all you can and make your own educated guess and decision on the matter. That is what I do!

However, the real benefits will be seen from a full spectrum oil. That is a tincture or oil that has all of the cannabinoids that strain has in it. Including different Terpenes (the science-y word for a compound that gives fruits and flowers their smells and tastes) and those even have medicinal benefits, much like essential oils are used for today. That will be another article though! There are also products called RSO/RSHO that is a very concentrated form of cannabis oil and is an ENTIRE PLANT extract. Many say this is the best way to get the most out of a cannabis plant because you get all of the cannabinoids from the stalk, leaves, and flowers. You also only start dosing with the size of a grain of rice. So small amounts and work up to larger doses. I usually would get people coming to buy from the dispensary I worked at (when we visited Washington a few months I got to dive right into the industry!) who had cancer or other chronic illnesses who would use this. But people with common colds and who just wanted a boost of cannabinoids would purchase this, much like taking a high dose of vitamin C or something comparable because of all of the antibiotic properties. A Full spectrum oil or tincture will be a lot of cannabinoids, just not as concentrated like it’s syrupy counterpart RSO/RSHO.

Although we are still studying the benefits and effects Cannabis has our bodies, having as many cannabinoids in one vial is better than just the CBD. But having JUST CBD is still more beneficial than many of the pills prescribed today, with no reported negative side effects, if dosed correctly. Because we are all different, the more we learn about the different cannabinoids the more we will be able to distinctively tell people which strain/product is best for their specific body and cannabinoid receptors.

Stay Tuned for another article on CB1 and CB2 receptors in your body!

References

*Substance. (2014 July 27). “Cannabinoid Breakdown”. https://www.substancemarket.com/cannabinoid-breakdown/

**Jikomes, Nick. (No Date). Leafly. “List of Major Cannabinoids in Cannabis and Their Effects”. https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/list-major-cannabinoids-cannabis-effects.

*** Robbins, Curt. (2019 February 6). Cannabis Aficionado. “CBGV: The Cannabinoid that Increases the Effects of Medical Marijuana. https://cannabisaficionado.com/cbgv/.

*** CRESCOLabs. (2010). “CBDV”. https://www.crescolabs.com/cannabinoids/cbdv/.

***Rosado, Joseph, M.D. (2019 January 30). Marijuana Doctors. “Cannabichromevarin (CBCV)”. https://www.marijuanadoctors.com/resources/cannabinoids/cannabichromevarin-cbcv/

*** Devitt-Lee, Adrain. (2017 May 31). Project CBD. “Dosing THCA: Less is More”. https://www.projectcbd.org/medicine/dosing-thca-less-more.

MacMilan, Amanda. (2019 January 28). Health. “13 Ways Inflammation Can Affect Your Health. https://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20898778,00.html

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Episode #10: Intermittent Fasting & How We Lost 93 lbs!

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Come Check out the conversation we had on YOUTUBE LIVE Saturday Night by listening or watching, we do it all! LOL! This SAturday we talked about how Ryon and I lost over a combined 93 lbs from April 2018 til September 2018 all by Intermittent Fasting and doing some physical activity. We talk about how it wasn’t really a “Diet” and we made sure to keep telling ourselves that. We ate what we wanted, it was all about when we ate and moving our bodies. Even if we could walk faster tahn we were “running” the first couple of months. The Point is, we tried everything else. We tried the fad diets, Insanity workouts, juice fasts, and more. We finally learned more about the foods we ate and what each did. We used the scale as a tool and not a scary thing to step on every day. We used it to track what we ate and how our bodies handled it. We learned how much was too much food and what was not enough. Then we talk about how we got into a small one room gym at a resort to start toning up and running inside because it was so hot. The transition to workamping a pumpkin patch and tree lot with no other exercise and how we maintained it. Then when we became still bodies for a couple of months to recoop from our workamp gig til now, where we are walking and eating kind of better. You get the whole story, almost one year later how this diet was either a success or a bust!

The last bit we get into a heated conversation about the new bill that is making its way through our government that allows boys who identify as girls to compete in women’s sports in schools. We talk about what we think is right and what women need to do to protect our rights before they get taking over again.

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Episode Break Down:

3:45 Why we had to get healthy

6:00 Our Stats and What we Tried

8:00 Intermittent Fasting

12:00 Running Walk About

15:00 Schedule for the First Week

17:00 WATER

19:30 Pizza/ We Are NOT on a DIET

20:50 8th Day

22:00 248 lbs May 20th (20 Days)

25:50 From Outside to Inside & A gym

27:00 Exercise

29:00 Brain & Stomach

32:00 1 & 1 to 1 Meal a Day

36:30 Share a Meal

37:00 Morgan Gets Cranky & Micio Gets in The Way

41:30 Plateau & Dropping Weight

46:00 High Protein & High Healthy Fats & Low Carbs

48:20 Shitty Taco Parties

51:00 Labs

55:00 Mo Got the Shingles

1:00:15 Circadian Rhythm

1:02:30 Women and WeightLoss

1:03:45 Sugar, I had Doughnuts

1:04:20 Don’t Go too hard

1:06:00 Cynderblock Workout

1:06:50 Athlean-X

Change of Subject…..

1:08:10 Women’s Rights

1:14:00 Olympic Athletes

1:16:25 Juwanna Man

1:21:00 Candace Owens

1:23:00 You Tube Video-Women’s Lockerroom


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Skoolie RV Mobile Garden- Year 2!

Last year I showed off my edible garden to everyone, including Nasturciums and rosemary…this year since we will be stationary a little longer we were able to add Jalapenos, Tomatos, and some other wild and cool flowers because why not?! I added some rods to my shepherds hook via welding which gave me more places to hang stuff like my dinner bell, humming bird feeder, and wind chimes. I have enjoyed having a garden to tend to during our travel modes and it gives me something to show off whenever we stop for a bit! Crab cut off some HUGE stumps for me from our Workamping gig that I can use as plant holders…they are just so awesome! Check out the video here!