Joan Bello was born in New York City in 1942. She has worked as a teacher and a counselor. Her interests include marijuana research, marijuana growing and marijuana informing. For the past forty years, she has been an activist and advocate for marijuana reform. Her son was cured of epilepsy with the use of marijuana many years ago. He was but a child and no one at that time was aware of the benefits of marijuana. Nevertheless, following her deep seated inspired knowledge that marijuana was beneficial for epilepsy, and in conjunction with yoga and homeopathic remedies as directed by a full-fledged Swami, Bello's son was cured. Ever since then, she has maintained her allegiance to the plant and continues to research and publicize its vast and hidden benefits. Joan Bello has a Master's Degree in Eastern Studies and Psychology, clinical experience as a Substance Abuse Counselor and over forty years of close association with marijuana. As Director of the Class Action for Therapeutic Cannabis, she personally interviewed over 500 plaintiff patients. At present she is finishing her latest book, How Marijuana Cures Cancer and is working on a major work: The Yoga of Marijuana.
What Inspires Me?
The Marijuana Consciousness is and has been for over forty years, the inspiration for my work. I began seriously researching the effects of marijuana when I was 28 years old (My next birthday will be my 72nd) because it helped to cure my very young son of his intractable Grande Mal Seizures. It may not sound scandalous in these modern times, since marijuana has finally been exposed as an amazingly broad based medicine and an agent for change, but back in 1970, the topic of marijuana was very taboo. My studies convinced me that this very ancient herb was actually a majestic Plant Teacher as well as a supreme Earth Medicine, so that writing The Benefits of Marijuana was a choiceless mission. I was driven by the clarity and creativity it lent to my mind; by the gratitude I felt for its curing my child; and by the malicious injustice of its prohibition
What is My Writing Habit?
I have a very busy life and always did with four kids, dogs, cats and a very isolated homestead where we grow lots of herbs and veggies. The kids are long gone but now sadly my husband has Alzheimer’s disease. I do not have the luxury of choosing my spaces to write. Whenever there is just an hour or even a moment, I grab it. Since I have a specific subject, I also do research whenever possible. I think that my mind integrates all the pieces of importance and then the writing is just a process of emptying the facts onto the page. The hardest part is the constant editing and formatting since I am a perfectionist. I like each topic to end at the end of the page and each word is mulled over for both its content and how it appears. I still do not consider myself a writer. I am an author who feels a deep and steady obligation to finish the story of marijuana. I have just completed the first section of my new book: The Yoga of Marijuana. It took nearly two years to write less than a hundred pages. I cannot stand filler. I delete every unnecessary word. In these times of texting and living such a harried existence, I think that the reader only has patience for the essentials, but that the words should all follow a poetic and relevant rule is never lost. The research and the hours I may have to spend on just one page is never a chore. I love words and I know exactly what I must say. It is just the how to say it that I work on for hours. Throughout the entire process, I am constantly guided by the consciousness that marijuana gives me. My writing feels like a spiritual exercise: one that I am forever grateful for and one that I never doubt is what I am supposed to be doing in this lifetime.
The Yoga of Marijuana identifies The Marijuana Consciousness as the originating spark behind Classical Yoga. Bello offers Ancient History, Modern Science, Personal Experience and a developed Intuitive faculty as evidence that the ancient Sativa is Guide to the furthest possibility of human Evolution.
How Marijuana Cures Cancer documents that marijuana restores the body's energetic field to health by reactivating the Cannabinoid Network, our main balancing system that is completely compatible with cannabinoid molecules of marijuana. This is a Holistic understanding of cancer with proof of the cellular benefits of marijuana and its subtle healing energies by enhancement of the pattern of breath.
Introduction to The Yoga of Marijuana unfolds a timeless path to Higher Consciousness. It reveals the hidden connection of the ancient Cannabis Sativa to evolution of the spirit. As an intuitive survival response to the imbalance of mainstream values, Introduction to The Yoga of Marijuana is revealed as an unbroken tradition that is perpetually passed down from Antiquity to receptive seekers.
A holistic understanding of the physical, psychological and spiritual benefits of marijuana which bridges the gap between ancient wisdom and modern science. "If you want to know everything about marijuana, this is the book! Bello presents it with balance, lucidity and calm spirituality. You can dip into it at random, absorbing nonconsecutive sections at your leisure."(High Times, Dean Latimer)