By Sharon Letts This outspoken advocate is messing with Texas. Mimi Miller has been living with cancer since being diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma in the late 1990s. Refusing traditional treatments of chemotherapy or radiation, she’s been sourcing and using cannabis oil and other antioxidant plants as treatment, successfully keeping the lesions at bay. […]
By Sharon Letts
This outspoken advocate is messing with Texas.
Mimi Miller has been living with cancer since being diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma in the late 1990s. Refusing traditional treatments of chemotherapy or radiation, she’s been sourcing and using cannabis oil and other antioxidant plants as treatment, successfully keeping the lesions at bay.
The plot thickens, though, as Miller is a fifth generation Texan, born and raised in Dallas, now living in DeWitt County. Her ancestors hail from the days of the Republic of Texas, with the family’s historical marker in her current hometown of DeWitt, honoring distant relative, James Norton Smith. Dubbed, “The Peacemaker,” Smith was a veteran of the American Revolution, with a list of accomplishments noted on the plaque, including establishing schools and churches in the region.
“Our ancestors came from Tennessee originally,” Miller shared. “James Norton Smith introduced his old Tennessee friend, Sam Houston, to his new community in Texas – and the rest, as they say, is history. My roots make it that much harder for me to leave the state for this plant. And why I’m working so hard to change things here, if I can.”
Raised in church, she’s come to terms with her faith in different ways, leaving then returning over the years.
“I was raised Southern Baptist, my daddy was a Deacon in the church, and my mama belonged to the Women’s Missionary Union,” she declared. “My first trip out of the house was to church!”
Evangelizing is Biblical. From our mouths to their ears. And, this Texas Baptist is not shy about letting people know her feelings, that cannabis is God’s plant put on this earth to heal us – even in the conservative and not-so-legal state of Texas.
“I had the ear of our pastor one day when we were in the car with other members of our church,” she said. “Her father had cancer and was coming from Montana to get it treated in Houston. The woman driving was a county judge, and I knew she took CBD, so I began flapping my jaw about cannabis. That was the first time I called it the Tree of Life, and I quoted from the Bible.”
Miller quoted from Genesis 1:29, “And God said, Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.”
Important to note, when the Bible was compiled, the cannabis plant was relatively low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabis farmers hybridizing the plant in the last 40 years upped the compound to the level we have today. When the late Lawrence Ringo of Southern Humboldt in California lowered the THC count, he said he was bringing it back down to the God plant.
Canadian and cannabis historian, Chris Bennett, penned about the biblical and spiritual relationship to cannabis in his work, The Soma Solution (Amazon), “The role of cannabis in the ancient world was manifold: a food, fibre, medicine, and as a magically empowered religious sacrament.”
Bennett found many similarities in the root “an” in the word cannabis throughout history, writing, “Indeed, the modern term ‘cannabis’ comes from an ancient Proto- Indo-European root word, ‘Kanap,’ the ‘an’ root is believed to have left traces in many modern terms for cannabis, such as French ‘from this chanvre,’ German ‘hanf,’ Indian ‘bhang,’ Dutch ‘Canvas,’ Greek ‘Kannabis,’ etc.”
In Exodus 30:26, one reference names “Kaneh Bosm,” or fragrant cane, used in Holy Anointing Oil, is said to be cannabis.
Bennett goes in depth on the psychoactive properties of cannabis used for religious ceremony in many cultures around the world and throughout time. There have been many findings of cannabis in ancient tombs and on altars. He also puts cannabis in the same category as other third-eye opening plants and fungi, also used in many cultures and religions.
“Shamanism, the Faith of experience, marks mankind’s transition from dreamtime into experiential self-reflective-time,” Bennett penned, “and is the common source of all Religions, and psychoactive plants played a pivotal role in this relationship. The very term ‘shaman’ itself comes from the Siberian Tungus ‘saman’ who were known for ingesting Amanita muscaria mushroom to achieve shamanic trance (Von Bibra, 1855).”
Living with Cancer
In the late 1990s Miller found a knot on her neck. Her sister, who had gone through traditional cancer treatments for ovarian cancer prior, told her to get it checked.
“My MD at the time said it wasn’t any big deal,” she remembered. “The dermatologist removed it and wanted me to do follow-up treatments of low-dose chemotherapy, but I wanted none of it. I went home and fibbed to my husband they got it all and never went back.”
Initially she kept going back and getting pieces frozen off every two or three months. By 2010, she was seeing the doctor every four weeks and knew she’d have to be more aggressive in treating it, but she still wasn’t on board for traditional treatments of chemotherapy or radiation.
“I’d posted my situation on Facebook and a cannabis caregiver send me a message saying they’d send me some cannabis medicine for free,” she said. “It was coconut oil infused with one of the cultivars of White Widow in a baby food jar. I put it in capsules and started taking it, but the lesions kept coming up.”
Eventually, she was referred to a caregiver in what’s called The Emerald Triangle, in Northern California who sent her 60 grams of the stronger cannabis oil in syringes, that she also put into capsules to take orally.
The protocol and dosing for the stronger cannabis oil, made with an alcohol reduction, is 60 grams in 90 days, in an oral step-up dosing regimen beginning with a dose the size of a half a grain of rice, gradually upping it daily, until the patient is ingesting one gram a day until gone.
This step-up protocol allows the patient to get used to the high tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which measures in upwards of 80 to 90 percent, activated. The other delivery mode is to make one gram suppositories using coconut oil, allowing a larger dose right away, with no head-high.
This initial recipe and dosing guide originated nearly 20 years ago, with many people healed around the world in as much time. Sixty grams of oil is derived from one pound of plant material, using the whole plant of stems, leaves and flower.
Cancer and chronic illness survivor, Corrie Yelland, made herself the oil after being given months to live more than ten years ago. Today, she volunteers full-time helping others around the world, and suggests using up to six to eight different cultivars for a full terpene and cannabinoid profile in order to successfully put cancer into remission.
“The formulation we’ve seen the most success with is a 4-1 ratio of THC to CBD,” Corrie explained. “It’s the high THC that seems to put cancer into remission, with several reports of fails using high CBD cultivars.”
The challenge for Miller in living in an illegal state is the plant material is difficult to source, and if one is able to network and get it, the price tag is often high, not to mention the high price if persecuted by local authorities. And, why many cancer patients go the traditional route in treatments, even if they know about cannabis as a treatment, because those treatments are covered by health insurance and allow disability payments, if need be.
Until the Federal government admits the plant is medicine and removes it from the Department of Health’s Schedule 1, showing no medicinal value, the hardships of treating serious ailments with the plant are real.
Miller said she’s watched others with the same or similar cancers lose their battle with the illness over the years. The fact that she’s been able to keep the lesions at bay for more than 20 years, says something for the plant and her tenacity.
Zealot for the Plant
If you follow Miller on Facebook, be prepared to see the postings of a warrior on fire for cannabis, from a state not friendly to anything progressive. Bravery has nothing to do with it, she knows her truth.
“I left the church for several years because they shunned me when I divorced my husband,” she said. “After I talked to the pastor that day in the car, she called me into her office and ended up validating me and showed me I’m on the right path. I had told her that Revelations 22 scared me and she said it was supposed to.”
Revelation 22:2, makes reference to The Tree of Life, “On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”
“I ended up giving the pastor the PDF file listing 483 compounds in the cannabis plant at the time,” she said. “She was a scientist before coming to the church, so she got it. Before she left our congregation she took me aside and let me know that the basil plant had just about the same profile as cannabis.”
It was poignant that the pastor recognized the same beneficial compounds in the basil plant – called Holy Basil, this type of plant – though not psychoactive – was also used in religious ceremonies, and is also highly medicinal. And like cannabis, all parts of the plant are usable and beneficial.
In recent years Mimi has realized many antioxidant and immune system building plants as medicine. Her husband can’t take THC due to his work, so she makes him an alcohol reduction tincture of 10 to 15 super plants that he takes daily.
See Daily Dose: Superfoods, Super Plants, for a list of other plants with wide beneficial profiles.
The pastor’s validation meant a lot to Miller, who is faced with great persecution daily in her home state from family and those who aren’t yet educated on plant-based medicine.
“Do you know what they call people who tell the church they are wrong?’ the pastor asked Miller. “Prophets,” she informed.
The past few years Miller said she’s been on a journey to find the light of truth and help others. Her one wish is for the church that she loves to acknowledge cannabis as the Tree of Life, as mentioned in the Bible.She’s also hopeful that once this truth is known, she and others who need it, will be able to grow it at home, as she believes God intended.
“One thing I’ve realized is, I am a temple and the Holy Spirit is within me,” Miller surmised. “I have the knowledge and ability to help make things better with this plant. I’m not here to hate or judge others, but to serve with love and joy in my heart. You can only witness the truth if you are pure. I was born a sinner, but my heart is pure. And the plant has a lot to do with that. It’s God’s plant, and I’ll sing that to the Heavens for as long as I have breath in me to do so.”
To order the Soma Solution by Chris Bennett visit, https://www.amazon.com/Cannabis-Soma-Solution-Chris-Bennett/dp/0984185801
For cannabis oil recipe visit, www.sharonletts.com/apothecary
Or, read Daily Dose (April, 2021), on replacing opioids with cannabis oil, with recipe, https://www.vegascannabismag.com/home-featured/daily-dose-reducing-replacing-opioids-with-cannabis-oil/