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Received My Medical Marijuana Card/Prescription – How Weed Helps Me – @BennyDIAR

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Although I have asthma, I’ve smoked weed recreationally on and off since I was a young teenager. I was a daily smoker through my early 20s, until the car accident. After the accident, being a paralyzed C3-C5 quadriplegic, my lungs had become much worse. At one point, I had been hospitalized 5 times for pneumonia, within a 2 year span. Doctors and specialists had all kinds of theories and had me on a bunch of different asthma and allergy medications and treatments. All with little success. I thought pneumonia definitely would be the death of me when I got older.

A little over a year ago, I started eating edibles here and there recreationally. Within a month of messing with edibles, I noticed my lungs and nose drying up (I’ve done some reading on how and why). Since then I have started eating them nightly, and have regularly smoked in traditional ways. So far, to smoke/inhale with Vape Pen seems to be better on my lungs and easier overall. Weed has worked great for my lungs, and I have definitely started noticing its health effects in other ways, including calming muscle spasms, anxiety, alcohol/pill dependence, blood sugar, blood pressure, sleeplessness, along with slowing down my mind, allowing me to have clear thoughts and actually relax.

Since the accident, last winter was the easiest winter on my lungs. This winter will be the real test, now that I am 90% (soon to be 100%) off all lung, asthma, and allergy treatments and medications.

I made sure using marijuana worked for me, before bothering to taking the time and money to get a Cannabis Card. Now that I have one, I thought I’d share my experiences to possibly help others. And like I said, I feel like a rookie again, so all wisdom, experiences and recommendations are helpful, wanted and welcome.

I recently set up an appointment with 420 Evaluations, where I was evaluated and received my medical marijuana card. It was easy to setup an appointment online. I called ahead to let them know I was running late, and it wasn’t a problem. When we arrived, there was the normal paperwork and wait before seeing the doctor.

Being a quadriplegic, I could have said or used many multiple reasons to get it, but there was no need. The doctor asked me, if I had already been using marijuana as a health remedy, and if so, how was it working? I told him about the complete 180° change with my lungs, and how it was helping with various other things listed above. He told me I should be the poster boy for medical marijuana, gave me his recommendations, and sent me on my way.

It was a good experience overall. Helpful receptionists, plenty of room for me in my large wheelchair, saw the doctor with only a short wait. Also with it being a Tuesday, I was able to take advantage of their specials, saving some money.

Speaking of money, I can see that being a problem for many medical marijuana users. I have definitely had to notice the difference in my budget.  Insurance pays for traditional Western medications, chemicals and treatments, and not natural alternative remedies, including marijuana.. – @BennyDIAR

ART PARTY SJ – By @empire7studios & @athenbgallery

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Empire 7 Studios (@empire7studios) collaborating with Athen B. Gallery (@athenbgallery) to curate 10K square feet of space at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds for Art Party SJ (@artpartysj).

There will be live painting, installations, live music and performances!

Saturday night is the Opening Gala from 7pm-12am.
Music by Sonido Clash (@sonidoclash) with special guests Salvaje & Mark PLSTK

Sunday from 11am-5pm, you can still come check out the exhibited art!
Music by Chulita Vinyl Club (@chulitavinylclub) and Q&A (@quynhlatifah)

Tickets & more, available at Art Party SJ


Paralyzed Artist Paints by Mouth – @BennyDiar Paints Model Train

“I had a rare chance to paint a full commissioned BNSF ‘O Scale’ Model Train, in one session, in one night. I recently ordered a tripod for my iPhone 6+, and I wanted to mess around with the time lapse feature. It’s also a way for me to be pretty much filmed on my own, with minimal effort from others. I edited this on my laptop with Sony Movie Studio Platinum. It was my 1st time using them both, and I’m looking forward to more..
Thank you @Cristovoe, for filming, setting up and mixing paint etc., all while only sleeping an hour at a time, to help me with those various things, while I painted until 6 am..” -Benny

Produced by Da Hermit.. Filmed by Cristovoe, & Edited by Benny Diar..

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History – 3D Rendering of ‘Screaming Hand’ by Abel Gonzalez

Via Abel Gonzalez “Very cool interactive 3D rendering that Abby Crawford made of my Screaming Hand. This is part of a digitization project for Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History where my piece will be on display for 8 months”

Thank You All – My New Wheelchair Accessible Van – @BennyDiar

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Thank you all, for more than I can articulate.. All your contributions, in many different ways, have made getting a new wheelchair accessible Van possible. Between the Go Fund Me and our online art & website sale, we raised about 9k. The original price for the van would have been about 75k. With it being a 2013, with around 15k miles, I was able to save a lot of money. The total for the van and ended up around 52k.  It has made a huge difference in my life.. Thank you again.. -Benny



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