For Beyond 50's "Green Living" talks, listen to an interview with Farmer Tom. He'll talk about his organic Cannabis farm in Vancouver, Washington. Through Kush Tourism, you can take their behind-the-scenes educational tour of the world of legalized Cannabis in Vancouver and Seattle. Farmer Tom will talk about his farm's sustainable growing techniques: from the genetics to breeding practices. You'll also learn how medicinal Cannabis, especially specific strains, can be used to treat nausea, pain management, heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, liver inflammation, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder, and other serious medical conditions.
Since the age of 12, Farmer Tom has been into growing plants and landscaping through a neighbor friend in California. He met his wife, Paula, at a Cannabis Selective in San Diego that was raided in 1999, leading to an arrest for possession of 448 cannabis plants. They both shared a vision of having their own land to grow foods organically and sustainably. This dream was later realized when they purchased a farm in Vancouver, Washington that was once a nursery, fully equipped with greenhouses, wells and irrigation lines.
To keep his vegetable and Cannabis crops healthy, Farmer Tom follows organic and sustainable growing practices. Instead of feeding the plants, he feeds the soil's microbes with molasses that are converted to valuable nutrients made more bio-available to the root and plant systems.
Just like Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms that provide you with seasonal fruits, herbs, and vegetables for a subscription fee, Farmer Tom uses a similar model. You can pay ahead: $800 in the beginning of the Cannabis growing season to give him capital and $800 at the end of the season. This allows you to receive 1-pound of Cannabis (equivalent to $100 per ounce) - a competitive price deal compared to what's offered by
Many strains of medical Cannabis that are specifically grown for having a higher concentration of the active ingredient Cannabidiol (CBD), but with a very low amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that gives the euphoric effect.
The "Charlotte's Web" variety is an example of being commercially grown for medicinal purposes - used by children and adults and taken as an edible, in tincture form, or with a vaporizer.
Two years ago, a medical cannabis facility in Israel created the "Avidekel" strain that is the world's first CBC-enriched cannabis plant with absolutely no THC.
Currently, only Canada classifies Cannabidiol (CBD) as a Schedule II drug.
For being a natural, healing alternative, many hope that CBD would be supported and recommended by doctors throughout the U.S.
And for those who are into juicing and smoothies, Farmer Tom recommends using Cannabis leaves. Compared to kale, they are far superior nutritionally as a superfood to drink without the psychoactive effect.
Beyond 50 encourages you to visit the organic, Cannabis farm in Vancouver, Washington. For those who have taken the tour, visitors found it to be a surprisingly informative and fun experience.