Phil Monk – My Truth
Hi there, I’m Phil Monk, the founder of WTU, husband, father of 3 and non-practising college teacher of Adult Literacy, numeracy, English for Speakers of Other Languages and Spanish. I am now disabled by constant chronic myofascial pain from joint hypermobility syndrome, bilateral ulnar impaction syndrome, childhood PTSD and the subsequent depression disability generally causes.
Prescribed drugs have nearly killed me thrice with horrendous hospitalising side effects, including a TIA mini stroke episode from Citalopram, a brain haemorrhage scare from Beta Blockers, a bowel /bladder cancer / nerve damage scare from tramadol and a liver/bile duct cancer scare from Zomorph and Omeprazole. Consequently, I am now terrified of taking any more prescribed synthetic drugs. The only relief I have been able to get has been achieved through herbalism and the therapeutic practise of natural herbal cannabis. Without this herbal remedy, I am like Dorothy’s Tin Man, all seized up with crunchingly painful toes, ankles, knees, hips, back, neck, shoulders, wrists and knuckles robbing me of my strength and mobility, positivity, connectivity and creativity.
Natural herbal cannabis remedies are like oil to my joints, releasing the shackles of pain which bind me, lifting my mind above the pain, enabling me to better function in my life, with my family and community and empowers me to achieve the best quality of life and well-being possible, in the face of my conditions.
Successive Governments have hidden the truth about cannabis for decades; millions have suffered unnecessary pain, suffering, eviction, unemployment, loss of friends, family and even death as a result of cannabis prohibition laws, on the false premise that cannabis is detrimental to health, and under the guise of protecting people. However, a plethora of global research has proven that cannabis regulates homeostasis, through the endocannabinoid system, and is an essential regulator to human health, well-being and happiness.
I have replaced dangerous pharmaceutical side effect ridden drugs and the poisonous, highly toxic recreational drug alcohol with natural, herbal cannabis.
The government driven, ideological war on (the) cannabis (community) is unjustified and anti-democratic and our community members should not be persecuted and prosecuted for the simple health choice of pursuing their beliefs and practises in the remarkable benefits of cannabis, often instead of pharma drugs and alcohol.
I believe all should be free to grow and choose to buy from the 5000+ strains available, at 20%vat, and suited to their individual needs and preferences.
Health is a human right, as is the freedom of consciousness, thought, expression of identity, to peacefully pursue beliefs and practices free from the fear of arbitrary state interference. The right to make autonomous health decisions free from state interference and criminalisation is what we fight for, not a plant.