And here are my photos of the fantastic day!
Fibromyalgia, Health (General), Lanzarote, Local, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Following my disappointing post about the Cannapharmacia closing down for good in July last year, a new cannabis association has popped up in its place, and in the same location, run by new people!
The new club is called Klinic Cannabis Club, and apart from a wide variety of grass and hash, they also have medicinal products such as cannabis oil, creams, balms, vape liquid and tinctures, plus they sell vaporisers and bongs and a good selection of paraphernalia.
Since taking over the premises from the old Cannapharmacia, they have completely remodeled and redesigned the interior decor, which is very warm, ambient and inviting, and apart from a bar and plenty of comfy seating on one side of the club, there is a pool table and video games in the next room with some amazing space weed / Star Wars murals on the walls.
The club has made a big effort to be 21st century friendly and offer the latest technology to their members, with a swipe card that you “load” with credit at the reception. This is used not only to swipe you in so the system knows who you are, but also to buy your products with once inside the club.
They also have an app called SmokApp available for Android and iPhone, with which you can see all your own member info, and check latest news, what products they have in, and events and workshops that the association runs, amongst many other things.
New cannabis clubs appear to be popping up everywhere in Lanzarote, with a few new ones here in Puerto del Carmen as well, but unlike Klinic Cannabis Club, they do not offer up to 20% discount to their medical users. You do need a letter from you doctor though stating whatever condition/illness you have to prove that you are a medical cannabis user to qualify for this discount.
Fibromyalgia, Health (General), Lanzarote, Local, Miscellaneous, Rheumatoid Arthritis
I have been a medical cannabis user since 2013, ever since I became aware that there was a cannabis association called “Cannapharmacia” in the nearby town of Playa Honda. Before that, I would never even have considered using cannabis to treat my chronic fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis pain, because I would have had to buy it on the street, meaning you never know what you get and also because it’s expensive and dealers are unreliable.
The wonderful thing about Cannapharmacia is that, as a member (which costs only €20 a year), I can simply go there 7 days a week, get buzzed into the club by the girl at reception, and buy my cannabis products inside. At first I bought the actual weed which, because I don’t smoke, is not the best option for me, but I found that it helps my night time pains so much where ordinary codeine-based painkillers feel just like eating candy, and I would put up with the smoke scratching down my windpipe every night before going to bed. For a short while they had the rather expensive cannabis oil which also did the trick really well, but they stopped selling that.
Then someone started making capsules filled with 15mg, 25mg or 50mg of cannabis, and I found the 25mg ones were the most effective painkillers / sleeping aids out of the lot. However, these are relatively expensive, and in the end I decided to go for the cannabis cookies, which are not only cheap (€4 for 5 biscuits, which includes my 20% discount as a medical user), but eating one 2 hours before bedtime, would send me to sleep without any pain or spasm and tightness in my muscles.
The sad thing is that since last week, Cannapharmacia is CLOSED.
This is thanks to 3 idiots who decided to pose as owners of the association and tried to change the lock to the front door, and then continued to wreck the interior of the club and assault some of the staff. I do not have all the exact details of this incident, but from my own point of view, this means I am back to square one which I was at before I found Cannapharmacia.
From what I know, there are at least 700 members who are medicinal users like myself who have come to depend on the pills, the cookies or the weed to treat various conditions from cancer to multiple sclerosis and chronic pain, as well as other autoimmune illnesses like lupus erythematosus.
And we have nowhere to go now for our medication.
Personally, I am thinking of growing my own plants on my balcony again, which I did a couple of years ago with kinda mixed results and a rather small yield. However, there’s no point doing this during our tropical summer heat, because it’ll be too hot for the plants, plus there are too many bugs around. So, right now, this is not an option.
I am hoping that Cannapharmacia can work out a secure system of how to protect its members and staff from b*stards like this, and also hope that the police will be prosecuting these individuals in the manner that they deserve.
As for now, I am going to have to buy some weed from a local cannabis club here in my own town of Puerto del Carmen. Sadly, they do not have any pills or biscuits, and the oil they have costs €100. And the price of their weed is twice as much as at Cannapharmacia! However, when you are desperate for pain relief, you just have to find the money for it somewhere…
Below is a video Cannapharmacia posted on their Facebook Page depicting part of the incident (in Spanish).
Pet owners in Lanzarote who lost a beloved pet, have had until now no option to give their deceased pet a decent and dignified send-off. If your pet died at the vets or was found dead in the road, it will be sent to the municipal animal crematorium in Arrecife and chucked in with all the other animals, including roadkill and leftover carcasses from slaughter houses. To a loving pet owner, this is very non-personal and quite horrible really. If you have a garden, then sometimes burial is possible, but many of us live in apartments, and some of us go and find some secluded spot in the country to do a discrete burial. Mind you, both of the latter are illegal.
But someone has been listening to the many voices of pet owners here, and we now finally have a crematorium for our furbabies.
Hela Pet Crematorium is in Arrecife, and their cremation service (based on a 5kg animal), including one of their basic urns, costs around €75, so is very affordable to most people.
I know this is quite a sad subject, but an important one too. I for one, would love to be able to make my kitties’ passing as loving and luxurious as all the things that I have given them in life.
Having two 18 year old tabby boys makes me aware every day that their clocks are ticking and we don’t have that much time left together, and I am glad that when the time comes, I now have the option to see them off to the Rainbow Bridge with the dignity the deserve…
Last week I met up to do an interview with Freddy of Freddy’s Cathouse in Playa Blanca, which is a small town in the west of our island of Lanzarote. His charity and him are 100% dedicated to helping improve the quality of life of approx. 130-140 feral cats, with 26 feeding stations under his care.
Read the full story about this amazing guy and his work in my Catster Article.
Animals (General), Cat Stuff, Cats, Dogs, Lanzarote, Local, Miscellaneous
I bought this lovely pet blanket at our local Lidl here in Puerto del Carmen yesterday, but after only one day of use, it looks like *this*, can you believe it?!
The material is obviously totally unsuitable for use with pets, and after only one day it looks like it is a few months old.
When I went back today to ask for a refund, I was told that it has “already been used” and I couldn’t get a refund. They also said “oh well, cats do scratch”, but that doesn’t justify the material being crap and it looking like this after ONE DAY! I would expect it to look like this only after many months of use…
I’m not a happy bunny and have written a stinky email to Lidl headquarters, and will have to wait and see what they say…
In the meantime, anyone planning to buy one of these blankets from Lidl, I can’t say I warned you! 😉
This is the complaint I wrote to Lidl headquarters in Spanish:
Compré esta manta para mascotas ayer, y hoy ya se ve como esto (ver foto adjunta)!
No me malinterpreten, yo esperaría que se vea como esto quizas en 2 o 3 meses, pero no después de sólo UN DÍA! Esta manta se supone utilizar para los animales domésticos, pero el material no es adecuado en absoluto.
Cuando fui a mi Lidl local en Puerto del Carmen para tener un reembolso, me dijeron que se ha utilizado el producto y no me devolvería el dinero, ni cambiarlo. Fue utilizado por UN DÍA SÓLO y no debería tener este aspecto!
Le agradecería si me hagan saber lo que puede hacer por mí, pero aunque no se puede usted hacer nada, esta manta no se debe vender para uso con animales.
Espero oír de usted pronto, muchas gracias.
Barbarella Silke Buchner
UPDATE: Despite contacting them various times over a 10 day period, I never got a reply, only an automated email saying that my query would be dealt with within 48 hours. Which did not happen. SHAME ON YOU, LIDL!
It was a really good turnout today at Rancho Texas Lanzarote, where the construction of the new dolphinarium is under way as we speak.
I do hope we made enough noise, for them to stop what they are doing, but fear that greed and profit will, sadly, prevail in the end. But then… we simply have to KEEP FIGHTING!
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Yes, most of us have “been there, done that”.
At just a month shy of my 50th birthday, I am still “being there, doing that“!!!! 😀
Rockin’ it on St Patrick’s Day Lanzarote style… #green #irishharbourbar #stpatricksday #paddysday #guinness #catlover #catlady #lanzarote #Irish #ireland #canarias #canaryislands #acdc #highwaytohell #rock #heavymetal
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