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ORIGINS - FROM PHARM TO FARM: BECOMING WHO WE ARE, GROUNDED EXTRACTS – Part I of my journey from Babylonian poison to plant medicine & all-natural healing (antidotes for Babylon & more)
Drugs block the healing process.
Nature assists the healing process.
Herbs, roots, fungi, algae and trees are facilitators, mediators. Use them properly and they can speed up your body's natural ability to heal.
“I will never work in an office again, because it wasn’t and isn’t healthy for any part of me. I am now on my true purpose path because I started doing what was right regardless of the result. We trusted, received the vision, and implemented the dream. Just when I left the race, everything fell into place.”
In 2020, many people were wallowing in the despair of a changing world rife with illogical inconsistencies and uncertainty. Others including my family and our community retained a positive and focused mindset while choosing to grow. We didn’t grow with the world or against it either, we furthered the path we were already on. I veered off the mainstream path of news media, prescription pills, Netflix, more prescriptions to counteract side effects of the other pills, working for the state; after a decade long highway of chemical saturation. I was prescribed multiple things after I sought help from a doctor: He gave me buprenorphine, and then a list of other drugs to counteract "side effects:" benzodiazepines, amphetamine, gabapentin, muscle relaxers, among others removed my ability to feel any human emotion. This was post 7 years of hard street drug abuse and the sudden loss of my father at 23. Like many of my generation, I was completely lost in depression and indulgence. I had many crutches and therefore many masters. I tried countless times and methods to quit, as most addicts do. I moved out of state and got gigs working for office jobs that are nothing short of pure misery. I would get myself back in a situation where I gave into my temptations every time something bad, or good happened. The night I saw my wife Najla was at a bible study, and I prayed my Maker would give me someone just like her to marry as the study came to a close. I didn’t pray to marry Najla specifically because she was out of my league. I was still faithfully taking my prescriptions and it was clearly evident my health was in poor shape. The first time Najla and I officially met was at a nearby church a few weeks later. She was playing keyboard and singing in the band that I was asked to play bass in. We became friends and hit it off immediately. Yah corrected and answered my prayer. We got married and had our 1st son William a year later. In between that time period, I knew I had to jump the chemical ship as soon as possible. I had already been weaning down on everything before we were married, but buprenorphine and drugs alike are very “sticky” to one’s receptors and the physical and mental withdrawal process can last a minimum of months and as long as a couple years. And however long your journey is going into the woods, is typically how long your journey will be to get out of the woods. Then there are things like buprenorphine that can be prescribed 1-4x a day with a 36+ hour half-life. At even 1 dose a day, there are only 24 hours in a day so one is immediately outnumbered by the half-life, which continues to build up with each dose. And hence, the withdrawal period may correlate with this build-up time frame. These "drugs" are called "long acting opioids" and are most typically prescribed long term (several years on average).
I used street drugs for 7 years, since I was a teenager. This part of my story began after my mother left the country at age 14, and replaced us with a new family. I was left to a vicodin-addicted father and no external family. After my father died, I found a doctor to attempt to remedy the situation. 4+ years of pharmaceuticals into the woods with the stickiest liquid handcuffs on the market (as of that time), I had found myself in another trap that was sold to me as a way out of the original trap. But there is a reason and season for everything and it was the time to change yet again. Now my motives were stronger, I wanted to love my wife well and be a good father to my new child. I knew my personality was severely altered and had been for over a decade; I was losing touch with myself and could relate to no one. Since my dad used vicodin the entirety of my life until his death, I had too many memories of being around someone constantly miserable and I wasn’t going to run that script out with my new family. 11 years into the woods, I was gifted a blessing. I sought wisdom and a way out, and it was granted to me out of praying for wisdom, and my faith was rewarded. I finally found the holy grail of natural medicine. Tabernanthe Iboga - a tree in Africa that has been used for initiation into manhood for thousands of years. The villages that live amongst the trees have a 0% murder rate. It is a teacher plant that removes all vanities and falsities from your mind that usually inhibit change. It “reshuffles your deck” and scrubs all of your brain-receptors as the ultimate purging method for drugs, cigarettes and alcohol. It was like The Creator dropped a jetpack down to me on my way out of the woods, and I was able to soar up and over the woods, while observing all of the woods below me. I looked down and saw every path I should and shouldn’t have taken; where I ran into thorns of addiction and got stuck in swamps of despair. It allowed me to see why I went the ways I did, and what paths would have been better, all while flying to the woods’ outer edge before being dropped right where I first entered. I still had some brush on me, but hardly a scratch. A year+ long journey was cut down to 10 days while taking the tree root. I was spared the physical and mental withdrawals that could have plagued me years. This made me realize why the tabernanthe was not well known or widely used in the US. I was faced with a raw reality that chemicals numb and suppress – it was the truth, and that is all I was looking for. At once, all of my steps were blatantly laid out in a life review fashion at a thousand miles an hour, and I saw how I was only living for myself in so many ways; all in an instructive way on how to move forward. I was finally seeing my purpose was to live for truth - for what is right and good, no matter how uncomfortable that may be. To do the Creator’s will for my own life. This was to be applied in every aspect of life and taking pharmaceuticals was not part of this program.
This opened my eyes to realize there must be much greater, more effective things in all areas of nature than any chemical or prescribed remedy that I had experienced. I thought, “If this exists, what else is out there?” I always remember my dad telling me there are cures to every single disease in the jungle and we just have to find them. He was more right than I think he even knew. Every petroleum-based pill is a knock-off of something already in nature, usually with worse side effects than the condition it was initially prescribed for. The only reason nature is no longer used, is because it cannot be patented. So they alter it, in turn making the plug (nature) no longer able to fit Properly into the outlet, the lock, the antenna (us). Free from pharmaceuticals, I didn’t need to be at my state job anymore because I didn’t need insurance for the "meds" I was no longer taking. And they were no longer destroying my body; in just months following, my health bounced back to an incredibly complete state of being. I was no longer suffering from: daily consistent crippling arthritis from head to toe, consistent inflammation and acidity, changed facial structure, sunken in eyes, dropping everything, spilling everything, not thinking straight, depression and complete numbness to all emotions. Now I was free from a fluorescent existence working in a cubical for no money.
I resigned and started brewing elderberry syrup for my wife and son. It helped them immediately and my boy was gulping it down so I knew it was good. I started learning about making extracts and tinctures and began experimenting one herb and root at a time. I learned about extraction methods and how to make the most potent creations only using nature in its un-perverted, original form. The kitchen, my newly acquired bookcase and the internet became my learning spaces. We wanted to provide quality, natural and safe options for those looking for relief outside of the chemical rout/rut. After a few months of reviews from family testers, Najla and I came up with Grounded Extracts. Najla is the N to my J. Then we were blessed with a home birth of our 2nd son, Samuel. We want to help people find their way out of Babylon, and there might be a different herb for each traveler. Some need no help from herbs or anything and are plain legends, but that’s not the case for everyone and that is why the herbs exist. Inheriting a small library of books on herbalism, we’re constantly expanding our research into natural alternative options for people with physical and mental issues. Focusing on the things we have direct experience with ourselves and/or things our family has experience with. We want to provide a safer option instead of shaming good people because they want relief for legitimate health problems and mental snags, at the very least a step down off of the ladder of many masters. It is well known for helping many transition to freedom. Mitragyna is demonized almost as much as Iboga and that is a shame; but most people see the truth that Kratom is a leaf that has been used for thousands of years in Indonesia, Malaysia, and throughout Southeast Asia. In their culture, Kratom leaf-chewers are known to be hard workers, it is more popular than coffee (a close cousin to Kratom leaf). Everything must be used in moderation, and self-control is much more attainable using Kratom leaf over chemical alteration of what fits our receptors respectively. No Kratom leaf user exhibits the same symptoms or life-styles as an opioid/opiate addict but the pharmaceutical community and who they sponsor will tell you different. After all, this has been their block for a long time and they don’t like newcomers with better intentions cutting in on their corner; luckily for nature, there is no competition, just a quieter, more ancient option in the background. Chemical is to natural as exaggerated is to subtle, in terms of describing the effects and side effects or lack thereof when assessing pharm vs. farm. One by one we started experimenting with all kinds of natural remedies and looked for our favorite within each area of care. Our CBD Muscle Rub has frankincense, lemon, and small amounts of pure gum pine extract and DMSO. Our tinctures are the most potent concentrates of the highest quality. Tinctures are alcohol extracts that take 6-12 weeks to create. 1 full dropper of our Reishi tincture helps our family relieve anxiety and up to 3 droppers helps us sleep easy (also used for immune support and is known to have cancer-fighting properties). We make a Red Clover tincture (now with raw honey) for the 28-day lunar cycles that helps us with body, mind and mood discomfort for women in our family. The Turmeric with Black Pepper tincture we use as an anti-inflammatory. The Honey Hemp tincture is the tastiest CBD product we've tried, made with local raw honey and locally grown CBD-rich hemp.
One of our favorite nutrient flooding blends we press and bottle is Green Foods+, a mixture of Black Squid Ink, Moringa and Chlorella. Green Foods+ combined with Irish Iron (another blend we created containing Irish Seamoss, Bladderwrack, Yellow Dock,
Burdock Root), have become our daily multi-vitamins because of the immediate results. The anti-depressant effects that occur when the body is nourished are astounding (something we were never told about). We also started making a proprietary blend of herbs and roots that we measure, capsulate and bottle called Best Earth. Our family mainly uses it for overall cognitive health. Some of us have found increased memory/recall ability and anti-depressant effects while using Best Earth, without any side-effects. Others have reached out to us looking for immediate relief from chemical withdrawals from "uppers" and Best Earth is the new favorite benevolent alternative for ADHD and anti-anxiety meds among our family and friends. Many have reported they found success replacing pain medications using Best Earth, because [in our experience], it helps bolster self-control and the ability to make decisions that are not based on temptations and desire alone; we've found it to inspire well thought out ideas based on needs rather than wants.. It’s the habit-control remedy for our family. The Creator created something to heal everyone that can change lives when used properly. This is something I’ve learned that has rearranged all of my priorities – stop demonizing the plant you didn't create and take responsibility for your own indulgences and choose to live for truth and not for a feeling or effect. Use what helps as needed in proper doses; and if you’re having self-control issues, then you’re not healing but simply choosing to indulge. Observably, self-control is 99% easier with herbs compared to pharmaceuticals, because they were intended to help. Some say petroleum byproduct-based pharmaceuticals were intended to create customers. I will never work in an office again, because it wasn’t and isn’t healthy for any part of me. I am now on my true-purpose path because I started doing what was right regardless of the result. We trusted, received the vision, and implemented the dream. Just when I left the race, everything fell into place.
Farmacists, not pharmacists.
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