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I smoke cannabis to help me fall asleep and help alleviate migraines. The problem that I am having is staying asleep. I don’t want to resort to Ambien or any other sleeping pills because I wake up grogg

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Dear Sarah Diesel,

I smoke cannabis to help me fall asleep and help alleviate migraines. The problem that I am having is staying asleep. I don’t want to resort to Ambien or any other sleeping pills because I wake up groggy Is there any other way that I can consume cannabis to help me stay asleep?

~ KGB

 

Dear KGB, 

Edibles, edibles, edibles—did I mention edibles? Medicating with cannabis can sometimes make your brain refuse to stop processing and thinking, especially if it has a high percentage of THC in it. I suggest you try cookies and warm milk an hour before bed. (Sounds like something Mrs. Cleaver would tell you do) But these cookies wouldn’t be just any cookies—they’d be medicated with cannabis! 

There are many varieties of edibles that you can choose from. Unlike smoking, edibles have to go through your digestive system, so it can take up to an hour or more to feel the effect. Drinking milk with a high fat content will induce the THC because THC is fat-soluble. Being a vegan, I drink hemp milk, which has a balanced source of omega-3 and -6—essential fatty acids—as well as being naturally rich in essential nutrients and quality protein. Now remember—do not eat the entire edible if you are not a professional edible eater. I was the edible tester for a collective for a year! Until you’ve done that, you cannot call yourself a professional. 

Edibles need to be titrated (small low doses) when eating them. Start with a quarter of the edible and work your way up only if you don’t feel anything after an hour. I suggest that you try this method of ingestion the next time you toss and turn in bed. Now get some zzzz’s . . .

 

Dear Sarah,

Every weekend, I see this interesting girl teaching class in Atwater. I noticed she wears a wedding band but not on her ring finger. What does that mean? Is she single?

Should people in relationships be able to meet new people they think are interesting? Or is that dishonest? My girlfriend meets guys here and there and has been known to give her number out. Do couples have to fall off the social planet to spare the other? What is acceptable?

~Anonymous Culture Reader

 

Dear Anonymous Culture Reader, 

Have you ever heard of the four agreements? It’s how I like to live my life. They are:

1) Be impeccable with your word.

2) Don’t take anything personally.

3) Don’t make assumptions.

4) Always do your best.

 

The last one is the most important because it’s the one that allows the other three to become deeply ingrained habits. No matter what, always do your best, no more, no less. We are all humans and it is in our nature to make friends and have lovers. How you handle these relationships is up to you. If you’re comfortable with your girlfriend giving out her number, then why not give out yours? As long as you have trust and healthy communication, these are the keys to a successful loving relationship.

Got a burning question about love, life and/or the pursuit of medicine? Ask Sarah Diesel, medical-marijuana advocate and L.A.’s Countess of Class and Cannabis. Just keep your questions short, straightforward and obscenity-free, and email them to AskSarah@freeculturemag.com.

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Recently I had a horrible breakup with my girlfriend of five years and I can’t seem to move on or see myself with anyone in the near future

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Recently I had a horrible breakup with my girlfriend of five years and I can’t seem to move on or see myself with anyone in the near future. I have tried dating other women and I just can’t seem to have interest in them. It gets to the point where I want to be alone for the rest of my life. Everything reminds me of my ex and I just can’t seem to forget about her. What do I do and how do I solve this problem?

 

~ Broken Heart in Beverly Hills

 

Dear Broken Heart,

Love is powerful. It can lift you to the highest peaks making you feel like you’re flying and you never want to come down, yet rip your heart out and beat it to a bloody pulp. Being gentle to our mind, body and soul is the best place to start. Taking time alone is the next. Now I’m not saying forever, just enough time to feel grounded and secure without thoughts or “reminders” of your ex popping up everywhere. Parammahansa Yogananda, who is considered one of the preeminent spiritual figures of modern times, once said, “Mind is the creator of everything. You should therefore guide it to create only good. If you cling to a certain thought with dynamic will power, it finally assumes a tangible outward form. When you are able to employ your will always for constructive purposes, you become the controller of your destiny.” By thinking positive thoughts about yourself and your future, life is going to emulate that in return. When we are young it is ingrained in our mind that life basically consists of birth, childhood, school, dating, getting married, having children, growing old, then you die. We are told that there is some “one” special person we are meant to be with for the rest of ours lives. As we grow up we learn that this may not be true for everyone and life is more complex and intricate. Five years is a long time to be with someone and the many memories will fade away with time. When a positive memory comes up think of a negative one and how blessed you are to not have to not have to go through that anymore. Perhaps you should try meditation, working out or doing something you enjoy immensely that is uplifting and healthy. Try new things that you (or your ex) never did before. This way it won’t remind you of her. The moment you least expect it a sweet, caring and loving women will come into your life and bring you much joy and happiness, ’til death do you part.

 

 

Dear Sarah,

A couple of years ago my now ex-boyfriend did something really immature without my knowledge of it. It resulted in my apartment being raided, going to jail, being wrongfully convicted with a felony and probation as well as getting evicted from my apartment by the city. When the cops came to my place the first time he hid in the bathroom while I lied to them that he wasn’t there. When they left I asked him what he did, and he said, “Nothing. It’s a mistake, don’t worry about it, nothing’s going to happen.” A month later they came back with a warrant and guns, but he wasn’t there this time. Even though I had nothing to do with his mistake they didn’t care, and I alone suffered in the end. Trust is my nemesis. Will I ever be able to trust anyone again?

 

~ Conflicted in California

 

Dear Conflicted,

Betrayal is a force to be reckoned with. For those who have been faced with it know that it takes time to trust again. There’s no need to dwell in the past, it cannot be changed. From this moment on the choices you make control your destiny so don’t rush into anything. Have patience. One day you’ll feel like you’re in Candy Land and everything is sweet as pie, then the next you might feel like Alice in Wonderland where everything seems to be sheer nonsense. Stay grounded. Keep your eyes open and your heart protected as you take it day by day, or even hour by hour. Be free from the negativity and veil of delusion that he put upon you. Fill yourself with love, patience and gratitude. Enjoy the little things like lying in the warm sun, eating a lavish meal or soaking in a bubble bath. Since it is the holiday season, enjoy the comfort of being with family and/or friends. Not to mention, a new year and new beginnings are just around the corner. Love yourself. Only then will you be able to fully love someone again. What you learn from this experience will be crucial for your future choices in life. We are always being challenged, and only the strongest will survive. During tough times, my Mom used to tell me, “Put on your big girl panties and hang in there.” You have to make pink lemonade when life hands you lemons. Be optimistic and a dreamer or, in other words, be childlike. You are a brave warrior in this battle. You can do anything that you put your mind to. Frankly, I think that when you’re a grandmother many years from now you will look back at this and laugh because I’m sure there will be many more experiences that will affect you just as deeply if not more. Moreover, I have faith that you will find a man (not a boy, like your ex) who loves you endlessly and has your best interest at heart. Someone who will make you feel safe and protected. Someone you can trust. Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist, lecturer and poet, once said, “The highest compact we can make with our fellow is there be truth between us two forevermore.” As for your ex I have one word for him: karma.

 

Happy Holidays and a blessed New Year, CULTURE readers!

 

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I recently met this really sweet, cute guy at school and we have so much in common. The one thing we don’t have in common is music. When he picked me up for our first date he was playing country music, which I am totally not a fan of. Am

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I recently met this really sweet, cute guy at school and we have so much in common. The one thing we don’t have in common is music. When he picked me up for our first date he was playing country music, which I am totally not a fan of. Am I crazy to think we’re not a match made in heaven even if we can’t enjoy the same music?

~ Wondering in Woodland Hills

 

Dear Wondering in Woodland Hills,

It’s funny you sent me this question because a couple of weeks ago my girlfriend told me, “Sarah, you know, besides the normal stuff girls look for in a guy, you have a laundry list of things you look for: he has to medicate with cannabis as much as you do, be a vegan, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink . . . you’re going to have to comprise somewhere.” Stunned, I started to laugh and said, “That’s a terrible idea. I wouldn’t be happy.” I know firsthand relationships are very complex, but music is just a minute detail and you shouldn’t base your relationship on it. Instead, focus on what is really important to keep you both happy in the long run. Nevertheless, if you really can’t stand his choice of music and vice versa, you probably won’t be happy in situations like long car rides and parties at your place. Take this relationship slow, after all, you just met him and have only gone on one date so you still have time to decide if he’s “the one.”

 

Dear Sarah,

I am female patient who is concerned that some women are sending the wrong message in the medical cannabis community. For example, at an event or expo you’re sure to see girls in cannabis leaf pasties or just wearing green paint. As a cannabis activist who models do you consider this “medical”?

~ Female Patient in Pasadena

 

Dear Patient in Pasadena,

This is definitely something that I’ve had to take into consideration when posing for pictures and attending cannabis events. To me, there is a line in the sand between medical and recreational/adult use especially when it comes to females representing our community. I admit that when I first started taking pictures with cannabis some of them almost crossed that line. Since then I’ve kept in mind that not only will my father and brother see these pictures, but I am representing the medical cannabis community. Not to mention the fact that I have respect for myself. Plus, why don’t you see half-naked guys posing with cannabis plants? It’s because women don’t care to see that just as much as we don’t want to see other women walking around naked and painted with cannabis leaves or taking pictures in cannabis leaf pasties. In my opinion that is not medical. Burning Man is a more appropriate place for painted bodies to roam. Needless to say, these girls are inclusive with their message. Our cannabis community is facing such hardship from the federal government that we need to send a more professional message so they will take us seriously. There are defiantly classier and more sophisticated ways you can dress to impress.

 

Got a burning question about love, life and/or the pursuit of medicine? Ask Sarah Diesel, medical-marijuana advocate and L.A.’s Countess of Class and Cannabis. Just keep your questions short, straightforward and obscenity-free, and email them to AskSarah@freeculturemag.com.

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