Bad News for Medical Cannabis Users in Lanzarote

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).

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Tabcat Cat Tracker Review

I recently received a promotional sample of the Tabcat Cat Tracker. If you have ever struggled to find your cat inside your house or around your garden or nearby streets, especially when you need to take them to the vet (they always “just know”!), then this may be for you.

The package I received consisted of two homing tags, a couple of splash proof covers, and the handheld tracking unit. Registering a tag is extremely easy, and once you have attached the tag to your cat’s collar, you can start tracking your kitty!

The Tabcat Cat Tracker comes in a very attractive box with easy to follow instructions in various major languages

The homing tag weighs just 6 grams and is small enough not to bother your cat in its day to day activities.  It has a range of up 122 meters (400 feet), but if there are walls and doors between you and the cat, this will be significantly less. Tracking one of my cats was easily achieved by following the beeps and the lights on the handheld unit, which increase in pitch and turn from red via amber to green respectively – green meaning that you have found your cat. A little beeping sound will also emit from the tag on the cat’s collar, which can be used to teach your cat to return to you once you have located him/her with the Tabcat tracker.

My cats are indoor only, but they do go out for walks in our pedestrian only alley under my supervision twice a day. They don’t wear collars, so for testing purposes I put on one of their many colourful cravats (see picture below) and attached the tag to that.

Inside our apartment, the tracker works really well. So when your cat hides away because of a forthcoming trip to the dreaded vets, or after being scared by fireworks, you will easily be able to find where he/she is hiding. It works through walls, and probably upstairs/downstairs too, but I was not able to test the latter because our apartment is on one floor only.

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Spider wearing a Tabcat Cat Tracker with a funky turquoise cover

As soon as I opened the front door, my boy Spider escaped and ran down the stairs into the alley. Using the handheld unit I was easily able to track him down, hidden in a nearby alcove, where I would not have seen him because he was obscured by foliage. However, another test revealed that the tracker will not penetrate more than one thick garden wall, and when my ginger girl Ruby was in the alley and behind two walls, the handheld unit did not pick up her signal until I was clear of one of those walls.

So here is my opinion of the pros and cons of the Tabcat Cat Tracker:

PROs

  • Lightweight and small enough not to bother your cat.
  • Good range, works through at least one thick wall and through doors.
  • Possibility of training your cat to return to you when the beep on the cat’s tag is activated.
  • Great for apartments or small upstairs/downstairs houses, and to find your cat in the vicinity of your garden and nearby streets.
  • Great to find your indoor cat – especially when he/she has escaped outside!

CONs

  • May not work in large houses, or gardens bigger than 100 meters square if the cat roams further than that.
  • If the cat loses its collar, it will lose the tag with it.
  • Does not work through more than one thick wall.
  • Not suitable if your cat has a huge territory outdoors.

** Click here to find out more about the Tabcat Cat Tracker on their website **

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New Hair – Painting 2017 Red!

I decided to have a total change in style and colour!

My original idea was fuchsia coloured hair with purple at the roots, but sadly, my hair has way too much black dye build up, and for the aforementioned colours it needs to be bleached to almost white, and my hair doesn’t go any lighter than orange… so I had to just stick with red!

On the bright side (pardon the pun, hehe!), with this colour I can at least wear just about anything that I already have – I have a lot of red clothes. With fuchsia colour hair I would probably have had to buy myself a whole new wardrobe to match! ;)

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Merry Christmas from Haus von Fluffenstein

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Gothic Emo Alternative Clothes For Sale

I’m selling off some of my gothic wardrobe that I haven’t worn in years. Most of it has either been worn only once or twice (almost new), or has been worn quite a bit but in good condition (second-hand). Take a look here:

www.depop.com/themadcatlady

I will be adding more stuff later, so keep an eye on the link above. :)

HAPPY SHOPPING!

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Lidl Pet Blankets – Warning: Diabolical Quality!

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?!

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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! ;)

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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.

Saludos Cordiales
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! 

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Hinterland Herb Co. – Worst Customer Service Ever – Avoid this Company

It has come to my attention via my good friend of mine, that a U.S. company called Hinterland Herb Co. have behaved in a truly unbelievable way, after being contacted by her about wishing to buy their organic catnip from their Etsy shop.

When being told the rather steep price of their product, my friend said that she could buy organic catnip from Amazon for a fraction of the price they quoted. After that, Hinterland Herb got really nasty, calling her “cheap” and saying “if your cat chokes and dies on the sawdust they add as filler, or ingests some of the toxic pesticides that is often present on the cheap junk, rest assured in knowing that it is only $40 or so to get a new cat. Good that you saved a few bucks.“, followed by calling her “a lying cat murderer“!

Read the Full Conversation HERE (.pdf 97kb)

This is totally unbelievable and any company treating potential or existing customers like that should be reported and avoided at all cost!

My friend did some research on the company and could not even find a full address where they are based, nor a phone number, which makes one wonder how legit these people really are. But at least she found the name of the owner is Larry Peters.

Well, Larry… I think you either owe my friend (and whichever other customers you have insulted with your disgusting behaviour) an apology, or you should simply stop trading altogether.  Any company who wants to stay in business, simply does not say nasty things like this to their customers! It’s a sure fire way to shut you down, because know that word gets round very quickly on the internet and social media these days…

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Coronita vs. Corona – The End Of An Era

No more Coronita in Spain! The trademark for the name “Corona” that Torres winemakers have held for more than a century has come to an end, and the Mexican company Modelo is finally able to market its flagship beer as Corona in Spain, now using the same name as in the rest of the world. Up until now the beer has been known as “Coronita” here.

:: Read this article for more info (in Spanish) ::

I for one will be keeping hold of a bottle or two of Coronita not only for reminiscence’s sake, but also because it may quite possibly become a much sought after collector’s item in a few years’ time. ;)

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Radio Interview with UK TalkRadio Station about Marrying my Cats

I hope you enjoy listening to this short interview I did this morning on talkradio.co.uk

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Every Photographer’s Dream…

It’s every photographer’s dream to get a shot such as this. And this morning, I managed to shoot this! :)

Now that’s what I call perfect timing! (click on the photos below to enjoy the large size pictures)

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For the next plane that came along a few minutes later, the sun already stood too high…

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