Warning: What you see here in this post, can never be unseen…just sayin…
Rodri’s effort at writing a well-thought out, coherent and meaningful testimony to ILGM…
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy.
These words were repeated to me on, what sometimes felt like, a daily basis in my youth by my parental units. My parents were of the “Camelot” generation and JFK was just this side of God in those days. I always tried hard to live by these words in my adult life and truthfully, I failed many times. The journey I have been on the last few years of my life moved this quote more and more to the forefront.
I am an older woman (I said OLDER… not old, or oldest…just…older) who’s once youthful and vibrant body decided it was time to exact a toll for all the things I heaped upon it in my youth. My arrogant thought process, although irresponsible and reckless, was one that many of the youth even today, hold as their own: “I am indestructible.” Well, I wasn’t…it just took a few years for the abuse to show up.
When I turned the ripe old age of 40, it seemed that my body decided that enough was enough. I also became a widow in my early 40’s. “Rodri, what has that got to do with cannabis?” you might be asking. Just this: Until then I could count on my right hand the number of times I had been to a doctor (other than pregnancy related). The mind-body connection came screaming at me full force. I now see a doctor every 3 months, come rain or shine. Suffering through grief and the resultant depression from losing my husband just amplified the medical issues I began to suffer from.
That amplification of diseases and symptoms never really went away….
I suffer from Degenerative Disc Disease and sciatica, severe insomnia, diabetes, early onset dementia and if that is not enough, lets top it all off with a big ol’mess of menopause (and for you men reading I will not force you to suffer through the list of issues associated with this particular right-of-passage, but ladies…you know right?) Lucky me! I hit the quintfectra! Then there is the diabetes medication which causes anorexia and gastroparesis, and there you go! Everything you want to know about a middle-aged woman’s health, but were too afraid to ask (and probably regret even thinking about asking at this moment.)
In my journey back to something resembling health and happiness, I have taken nearly every medication for the ailments I now suffer with little to no help from them. Oh! And lets not forget the myriad of side effects that put the chronic disease I was trying to treat to shame. This was about the time that cannabis was coming into the light (from a very dark decades long past). Scientists and researchers were slowly turning their eyes to the benefits that the once “deadly, gateway” drug it had been known for. A few states were even starting to endorse it and even legalize it in some form or another (standing ovation ensues).
Research on the positives of using cannabis started to filter down to the common man via the WWW.
Many of those benefits filled in the missing puzzle pieces for me in my research on what could help me live a relatively normal, well-rested, coherent and pain-free existence.
After experiencing the effects of cannabis (through street supply,) I realized this path was definitely the one I needed to explore more thoroughly, but the supply available on street corners in the seedier parts of the city, many times left me wanting more, or as in the case of price, less. Then the fentanyl scare raised its very ugly head and I knew I could not buy off the street any longer.
My very long and extensive research led me to the I Love Growing Marijuana website and nearly 6 months ago my order was placed for seeds that I felt could help my specific issues. Ordered were Northern Lights, Strawberry Kush, Purple Haze, Super Silver Haze, Chocolope and Gold Leaf.
The process from website to ordering to shipping to receiving was seamless and a very positive experience; I received my order within 10 days without any issue at all. I live in a very anti-cannabis state in the US so if anyone was going to have issues with purchasing seeds, shipping and/or receiving this sort of package, it would be me. I also tend to have the worst luck in the world, but not this time, seeds arrived as ordered with no problem.
Already completely impressed with the process at ILGM, I stumbled onto the forums here. Wow.
Now remember my research was long and arduous, so of course I have stumbled on several grow forums. To say I was completely disillusioned and VERY apprehensive about joining any of these so-called forums is an understatement. On those other forums those who seemed to be knowledgeable in the growing and caring of cannabis also appeared to be the most hateful. Time after time I watched as a “newbie” grower was sliced and diced for, what seemed to be, the pleasure of the “slicer” and the audience who happened to be witness after said newbie dared ask a simple question.
So when I found the ILGM forums, of course, I expected the same sort of circus. NOT SO.
The men and women (both experts and every day growers) who come to the ILGM forums are some of the nicest, most knowledgeable people I have ever had the pleasure of talking to. They come from just about every corner of life and are as down-to-earth as you can get. More importantly, they welcome “newbie” growers with open arms and are more than willing to share their expertise in a gentle confident way.
With the help of these kind gentle men AND women (yes ladies, we are also welcomed and encouraged at ILGM), I just completed my first grow. ANY problem (and I mean ANY) they were willing to help with and hold my hand as I fretted over the few issues I had.
The seeds I received from ILGM were top-shelf quality and my germination rate is at 90% (it would be 100% but I did something that most newbie growers tend to do – I over watered my seedling) It was too late for my baby plant, but I learned, discussed with the forum and learned more after posting what happened.
The product I harvested is some of the best marijuana I have ever had, without question. ( 7 plants). And the best part? Aside from the obvious relief of symptoms, I know EXACTLY what is going onto my cannabis including the soil it was grown in and the water it drinks from!
To date I have to say that of the 6 strains I ordered, all 6 have uber high marks in my book for the relief they bring to me medically and, of course, the social aspect is there and brings a lot of comic relief to my family as they watch me attempt to explain why there are no “B” batteries.
The whole process from start (navigating the ILGM website) to finish (putting my product into my daily health regimen) was extraordinarily simple, streamlined and the whole of ILGM is supportive and encouraging.
You will NOT find a better site both in quality of product and quantity of help given. I am well-known for my unique ability to kill any living plant within 2.4 sq miles just by thinking about caring for it. With the product that ILGM provides, along with the help the forums and the site itself offers, growing marijuana is nearly as fool proof as you can get-even for a black thumb, plant-destroyer like myself.
The product that ILGM delivers is beyond compare and the shipping is crazy easy, but for me, the real heart and soul of the site are the experts and everyday growers who treat your grow like their own.