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Julie Farha has teamed up with NUGL to help answer life’s hardest questions and help guide our community to walk a more clear path. If you have a question for Julie about how you can better yourself or your situation please ask in the comments below. This information is for human interest purposes only and should not be considered a replacement for advice from a licensed medical professional.

About Julie Farha

As a recognized intuitive, speaker, and author, Julie Farha has become one of the Nation’s most sought out intuition experts. Julie sees what you can’t always see so that you have a full understanding of things. Once you have this “clear insight”, you have more peace, confidence, and clear action.

Julie also teaches how your intuition works, with her method Tangible Intuition© so you can tap into this inner wisdom anytime you need guidance. Everyone has intuition. Many simply don’t trust it or know how to recognize it. Your intuition is always right and helps you make the right decision every time! Julie understands the importance of intuition and teaches people and companies on how to apply it to everyday life and decision making.

Working with Julie, you can receive clear insight on issues involving any area of your life, such as:

  • Relationships with significant others, family, children, co-workers
  • Work, career, business decisions
  • Making and managing change
  • Becoming more self-actualized

To learn more about Julie, please visit her website at juliefarha.com

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Dear Julie, Help. I have a long-time friend of 20 years who calls me her “best friend”. I don’t see us as that close nor do I want to be. She can be a good friend at times but most of the time it seems to always be about her. This is one example of how she makes it about herself: She texted me on my birthday one year. When I didn’t respond to her text – she replied a few months later asking what she had done wrong. She said, “it seems like you don’t need me anymore”. I… Read more »

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Anonymous Cannabrother, LBC
3 months ago

Hey Julie,

I have been having a bit of a rough time maintaining a balance between work and personal life, especially living in Long Beach, CA and working in this legal cannabis industry that I have dreamed of for so long! I love the new people and opportunities I’ve got in this space, but I’m worried that it’s holding me back from personal goals; like establishing a long term relationship with a partner I could settle down with. Do you have advice about how to decide which boundaries to set between personal and professional goals, so that both can flourish?

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An Interview with Jamie Evans, founder of The Herb Somm and author of The Ultimate Guide to CBD: Explore the World of Cannabidiol.

When I heard and read about Jamie Evans, a former wine specialist and now expert in culinary cannabis and wellness I was immediately intrigued. Wine, cannabis, fancy cocktails, and food- I’m in!

Founder of The Herb Somm blog and lifestyle brand, author of The Ultimate Guide to CBD, an educator in all things wine and cannabis, and an event host, Jamie Evans beautifully ties in the healing benefits of cannabis with some of the best things in life- food, beverages, and social gatherings. Jamie started her journey studying wine and viticulture with an emphasis in wine business at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. From there, she wandered to different wine regions of the globe to soak up more knowledge and to experience more winemaking practices. After experiencing a horrific car accident, Jamie was having trouble sleeping and wanted to heal herself holistically, this led her to the world of cannabis. Jamie realized that there were a lot of similarities between the wine world she knew so well and the cannabis world she was just starting to get acquainted with. After a couple of years studying and deep-diving into cannabis, she started her brand and blog, The Herb Somm. Since then, she has networked with some incredible people in the industry, grew her knowledge of cannabis, and wrote an incredible and informative book.

Jamie’s book, The Ultimate Guide to CBD is a Cannabis bible. It’s a great start for beginners, as well as, people who want to expand their cannabis practices. The Ultimate Guide to CBD takes you through the basics of Cannabis (what it is, the different terpenes, strains, etc.), has the most wonderful recipes for CBD infused meals, cocktails, and topical products and has advice and information from some of the world’s best culinary chefs, winemakers, doctors, and cannabis growers. She has lovingly and intentionally created a guide to get you on your way into the cannabis journey.

A few weeks ago, Jamie and I had a chat about her book and the ins and outs of the cannabis industry.

Photo by Chris Greenwell

Bri Vivanco: How did you get the opportunity to collaborate with so many different chefs, mixologists, cannabis experts, doctors, etc. for the book?

Jamie Evans: I started my business back in 2017 (The Herb Somm). I was networking like crazy at the beginning [stages] of The Herb Somm. Along the way, I met so many amazing people and everyone in the book is someone that I had actually met and people that have made such an impact. Everyone is a good friend of mine that I have learned so much from. Each person brings a unique perspective to cannabis and CBD in a very approachable lifestyle way. It made the book that much more special to include the voices of some amazing people who know so much about cannabis as well.

Bri: In your book, you have some amazing CBD cocktail recipes. What are the effects of combining CBD and alcohol and what are some reasons people would want CBD cocktails, other than the cool factor?

Jamie: At this point in time, we definitely need more research about the interactions between cannabis and alcohol. Combining alcohol and CBD together definitely enhances the [relaxing] effects, but again, it just depends on how your own body processes CBD. For me, CBD gives me energy, so it just depends. I do think enjoying cannabinoids in your drink is a really fun way to consume them. Rather than combining cannabis and alcohol, I think that mocktails, and cannabis drinks in general, are the future of beverages.

Bri: So, these cannabis-infused mocktails seem perfect for people who cant consume regular alcohol but still want to participate in the party atmosphere.

Jamie: They are perfect for people who are trying to be alcohol free and are living more of a healthy lifestyle in general. Drinking is such a big part of our culture so having the option of having a cannabis-infused drink is really fantastic. You can go to a party and not feel pressured to consume alcohol.

*In The Ultimate Guide to CBD, Jamie includes delicious and refreshing cocktail recipes and also, a recipe for creating your own simple syrup and bitters, both of which are infused with cannabis.

Photo by Colleen Eversman for The Ultimate Guide to CBD

Bri: How do you incorporate CBD/cannabis into your every day, wellness lifestyle?

Jamie: For me personally, my regime starts in the morning with CBD. I love to use CBD honey in my smoothie or tea and use CBD tinctures throughout the day. The tinctures do have THC in them because I fully believe in the entourage effect, (it may be like a 20:1 tincture) but I’m not getting the intoxicating effects of it, it’s more of the full benefits of that full-spectrum product. In the evening, I integrate a higher amount of THC because it really helps with my sleep, as well as CBN which is a really cool cannabinoid that is really great for sleep. It’s more of a matter of what works best for you and what cannabinoids work best for your body as well. Personally, I’m very sensitive to high amounts of THC so it was just a lot of experimentation to find the perfect ratio. I always say, start low, go slow when you first use cannabis products.

* In The Ultimate Guide to CBD,  Elise Roberts gives you more information on how to find your perfect ratio.

Bri: I think it’s so great that there is a “trend” of living a clean lifestyle and there is also a light getting shed on big pharma and toxic beauty/topical products. It seems we have found one plant that kind of manages to do it all. (medicinally, topically, mentally, etc).

Jamie: Yeah, I mean, it always blows me away because it’s almost as if this plant was made for us because of the way it interacts with our body. Our Endocannabinoid system is made to interact with phytocannabinoids. It’s incredible that it interacts with CBD and THC so perfectly.

Bri: What would you suggest using first for a beginner to cannabis?

Jamie: I think tinctures are actually the perfect thing to use if you are a beginner because they allow you to titrate up or down quite easily.

Bri: With so much false information out there, how do you know which companies are going to give you a quality product and are actually legitimate?

Jamie: Cannabis-derived products at dispensaries are great because product lines have to go through rigorous testing in order to get their products placed on the shelves (here in CA). They get tested for pesticides, microbials, etc. Hemp-derived CBD products don’t have the same regulations so you just need to be careful. Some companies go the extra mile to get their products tested regardless of regulations. Always look for the certificate of analysis. It’s all about being transparent. You want to look at [a company’s] website for the certificate to see that their product has been tested and also, see that there is actually CBD in the product. Look for the brands that are going the extra mile.

Bri: What is the difference between full-spectrum and broad-spectrum? Why would you use one vs the other?

Jamie: There are 3 categories: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolates. I definitely recommend the full-spectrum because CBD and THC are like a power team, even if its just trace amounts of THC, you definitely want it in there so you get the full entourage effects; it improves the efficacy of CBD. Broad-spectrum is similar to full, however, all traces of THC have been removed completely from the product. Broad Spectrum is great for people who want to explore cannabis but are worried about drug testing. It’s a great option for people like athletes, who need to take drug tests [regularly].

Bri: How did you start integrating your long history of wine experience with cannabis?

Jamie: In college, I was taking wine sensory evaluation classes that taught you how to evaluate and taste wine and I remember also going through different [cannabis] strains and realizing there are so many similarities between the two [wine and cannabis] with aromas and flavors. Back then, there wasn’t a lot of research out about cannabis, I had no idea what terpenes were; the conversations about cannabis were nowhere near what they are today. In 2017 I started using cannabis for more medical/intentional purposes. I had witnessed a car accident and couldn’t sleep, so instead of turning to pharmaceutical drugs, I decided to heal myself holistically and started researching cannabis. When finding the perfect ratio of CBD and THC together, it really improved my sleep and helped with my overall self-care. During my research, I found so many similarities of wine and CBD which was so fascinating coming from the wine world. Discovering how cannabis works with our internal system is what ultimately led to my career change.

Photo by Colleen Eversman for The Ultimate Guide to CBD

Bri: Before your book, I wasn’t very experienced in cannabis or CBD. I had one bad experience and always wondered why there was so much hype around cannabis or getting high. Your book helped me understand the different uses, types, and ways cannabis can add and contribute to someone’s overall lifestyle of health. It’s been literally been my bible of cannabis.

Jamie: Thank you! The amazing this is, we can make our own medicine, we don’t need to depend on pharmaceuticals. If we can learn how to work with this plant, we are going to learn more about our own personal needs. Creating your own tinctures and finding a strain that works best for you is a great approach to discovering what your body really needs.

Bri: What are some of your favorite things to make at home?

Jamie: I love the culinary side of cannabis, so I love making food and drink infusions at my house. I always have infused butter and infused olive oil. I have infused bitters, simple syrup, you name it. When doing at-home infusions, you always want to make sure to label everything, especially for consideration to those who live with you.

Bri: Is it difficult to get started in cooking with cannabis? It seems so complicated, I wouldn’t even know where to start!

Jamie: It definitely seems intimidating for a lot of people, but once you learn how to make your own infusions, it’s quite easy. To start, you can make large batches of olive oil and butter. Almost every recipe [in the book] calls for one of those ingredients, so then you have the power to enhance whatever recipe you want.

Bri: What are some basic tools you would need to start make tinctures and infused ingredients?

Jamie: I use, what I call, “The stove method” (The stove method is highlighted in The Ultimate Guide to CBD). All you need is a mason jar, a candy thermometer (you always want to keep a close eye on the temperature), a fine mesh strainer and cheesecloth.

Bri: Your book got me so excited about cannabis and all the amazing recipes and things you can do with it, I feel like I want to host a cannabis dinner party or something.

Jamie: I think that the infused dining experience, in general, is a really cool way to educate about cannabis. I have an event series called ‘Thursday Infused’ [on the Herb Somm blog] where I work with many different cannabis chefs. It was an event series that educated people on how to consume cannabis safely and responsibly but also make people aware that cannabis is a gourmet ingredient that adds so many aromas and flavors to a meal but also adds a euphoria that takes a dining experience to the next level.

Bri: What is your favorite thing about being in the cannabis industry?

Jamie: I have felt so creative in this industry. Having the ability to be creative has been so rewarding. Coming from the wine industry, it was a very male-dominated space. Coming into a space where there were a ton of female entrepreneurs and female executives was really refreshing to see. It’s changed a bit since I’ve come into the industry, but there are still a lot of female-led companies compared to other industries. I think there is this sisterhood that exists with women in the cannabis industry where we all support each other and I think that’s really important.

Bri: What do you think the future holds for the cannabis industry?

Jamie: Right now, Since Cannabis is still federally illegal, we haven’t had the funding to do all the research that we need, so I think that as time goes on, we are just going to discover more and more about this wonderful plant. There have already been some great discoveries so far. I think as more and more research and clinical trials reach the public eye, you know, that’s what is really going to change the stigma that surrounds [cannabis].

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4 Health Benefits of Marijuana That You May Not Know About

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Whether marijuana should be legalized has always been a hot topic in many states throughout the country. Some people want to ban it because they believe that people who smoke weed promote unhealthy lifestyles while others support it because of the medical benefits of the plant. People have been using marijuana as a medicine for a year, and many people are still using it in modern treatments like cancer. There is good scientific evidence that marijuana can help with certain health conditions, but for many medications, the research is still underway. In this article, I have mentioned a few health benefits of marijuana that you may not know about:

Chronic Pain Relief

One of the most common health benefits of marijuana is that it helps relieve chronic pain. Every fifth person in the US is suffering from chronic pain. It does not only cause physical discomfort, but it also interferes with day to day tasks of a person. Using medicines for chronic pain relief can prove helpful, but consuming them regularly can also cause side effects. Cannabis has hundreds of cannabinoids in it, some linked with relieving pain. You can consume it in different forms, and it studies have found it to help with fighting chronic pain. If you want to learn more about marijuana, then you can visit ILGM for more information.

Cancer Treatment

While a lot of research is still underway, there are speculations that marijuana can help with cancer treatment. Several research experiments by doctors and scientists have shown some good signs about it. According to one study on cancer therapy, two observation groups of people going through chemotherapy with one group adhered to regular chemotherapy. The other provided a dosage of marijuana as well to aid in pain management. The group that consumed cannabis showed much better results as chemotherapy proved more effective for them. At this point, it is not confirmed that marijuana helps with cancer, but future studies might prove it.

Fights Anxiety and Depression

Marijuana does not only help you physically, but it can improve your mental health as well. If you are going through anxiety or depression, then using marijuana can help you get better. Cannabis has several endocannabinoid compounds that can help with the mood of the person. Fighting anxiety of depression is not easy, and a lot of people resort to medicines when they are dealing with it. Marijuana can also help you fight it, and because it is natural, it doesn’t have any harmful effects.

Slows Alzheimer’s disease

When we start aging, avoiding cognitive degeneration becomes harder to avoid. Eventually, it catches with everyone, and for some people, it can turn into Alzheimer’s. Marijuana can help you slow cognitive degeneration as well. The plant has many cannabinoids in it, and their anti-inflammatory properties help with brain inflammation that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. You can also consume it in the form of CBD oil, as it is one of the easiest ways of consuming it.

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The Covid Funk

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As we are well in the 5th month of this pandemic, the impact continues. Depression, anxiety, lack of motivation and inspiration, lost jobs, lost homes, and lost loved ones. Here are a few ways to help you move through the funk.

If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, feeling unmotivated, and uninspired you need to lift your spirits:

  1. Seek professional resources if necessary.
  2. Write down 10 uplifting things you can do, put in a bowl and draw 3 out each day to do, such as: go for a walk, take a 20-minute nap or mediation, take a bath, do a creative activity, journal for 20 minutes, watch a funny movie or video.

If you have lost your job and/or your home, you need action which is the antidote to fear:

  1. Assess all aspects of your current finances. This will give you a clear picture of your situation.
  2. Assess possible resources to get you through this phase… temporary income, temporary housing with a friend, etc.
  3. Every morning, make a list of 7 things to do that day to find new employment or generate income in other ways, or find new housing. Such as: call 3 people for leads or ideas, research a new skill to learn, send 5 resumes out that day, call 3 friends who may need roommates, spend one hour brainstorming new ideas for income either short term or long term.
  4. Do #2 in the list above to lift your spirits and stay motivated.

If you have lost a loved one, you need comfort:

  1. Give yourself permission to grieve.
  2. Surround yourself with comforting people, objects, music, books, pets.
  3. Call in your guides and angels to comfort you, go to a religious or spiritual source for nurturing.
  4. Journal.
  5. Cry.
  6. Feel your feelings as they come up.
  7. Do #2 in the list above to lift your spirits.

As I have been saying, this is a time when we will be creating community to survive and thrive. Seek out community to support you during this time, to help you accomplish your goals and meet your needs. Reciprocate as needed. And remember, nothing stays the same.  

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5 Ways Cannabis Might Help Fight COVID-19

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Author: Kimberly D

Of all the epidemics and disasters humankind has faced, the coronavirus pandemic is unique as it has challenged many of our ideas of health and well-being. From food habits, social interaction, and work culture to mental health and travel, most of our usual notions of living have been shaken in the tumult of the Covid-19 crisis. The medical sciences are still trying to formulate an effective vaccine, and until that happens, there is no other way but to take precautions and safety measures to safeguard your health.

The coronavirus-induced casualties have already made us realize the loopholes in the conventional healthcare system. In such a situation, it is important to search for alternative therapies to improve your health. Cannabis is one such non-conventional compound that has a multitude of health benefits and must be explored as an effective therapy for health emergencies like Covid-19.

Important Facts About Cannabis

Cannabis denotes both the herb species Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa, as well as the strains and products derived from these herbs. This wonder herb is full of beneficial components, the most noteworthy being CBD and THC. While THC is psychoactive and can produce a ‘high,’ Hemp-extracted CBD is completely non-psychoactive. 

Through the following points, we discuss how cannabis may assist you in fighting Covid-19

1. Cannabis May Reduce Anxiety and Enhance Your Mood

The threat of the contagious virus and the number of fatalities in countries like the US, the UK, and Italy have created panic among the public. The situation can be worse for people who suffer from anxiety and mood-related disorders. 

In the absence of a definitive cure for the virus, our immunity is one of the best defenses against the disease. Anxiety weakens our immunity, and a mood disorder may make a person forgo critical hygiene practices. 

Cannabinoids can enhance mood and improve cognitive functions through its interaction with the serotonin and adenosine receptors in your body. Medical research suggests that CBD may help people remain calm by generating a relaxing influence in the central nervous system. Low-dose THC, according to studies, can also relieve stress, which is vital in such tense times.  

2. Cannabis Helps Regulate Pain and Inflammation to Keep You Active

Pain, body-aches, and inflammation are common issues that many may face regularly. If you are one such sufferer, you probably know that mismanagement of such problems can make life immensely difficult, leading to more severe health complications. 

A person who suffers from excruciating pain becomes weak both physically and mentally, and may not be able to cope with a viral infection, flu, or any other serious issues efficiently. Things that can help, like massage and spa services and yoga centers, are shut for the time being. It would help if you took other measures to stay fit and active in these bleak times.     

The cannabis compound CBD is an effective remedy for treating several kinds of pain, stress, and neuropathic issues. CBD helps you to handle both nociceptive and neuropathic pain. It can also assist with migraines, and manage muscle and joint pain. When buying a cannabis solution for the first time for your pain-related woes, go to trusted sources like cannabis ontario.

3. Cannabis May Increase Immunity Through Proper Nutrition and Energy-Flow 

A balanced diet is key to energy balance in the human body. However, in such uncertain times, it is easy to mess up your regular diet, workout, and sleep habits. Sufficient nutrition and energy flow is needed to maintain optimum immunity and fight against any untoward health complications. 

The ECS or endocannabinoid system contains cannabinoids that maintain natural balance or homeostasis. The phytocannabinoids present in cannabis concentrates can also help the cannabinoids in the ECS in sustaining the critical biological processes. 

Cannabis leaf, seeds, and strains like Hemp are rich sources of nutrition. It provides nourishment with its vital nutrients like magnesium, calcium, protein, carbohydrates, phosphorus, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, beta-carotene, etc. 

So, cannabis can enhance your immunity by boosting your nutrition and energy. You can enjoy cannabis through aromatic hybrid profiles like Birds of Paradise marijuana strain if you don’t like the regular cannabis profiles.

4. Cannabis May Help You Get Sufficient Sleep

The inability to sleep well is a major symptom of ill-health. Although it may seem easier to get more sleep during these restrained times, physical or mental disturbances can reduce your sleep quota. 

Proper sleep plays a significant role in maintaining immunity. According to studies, nocturnal sleep has a deep influence on your immunological memory and may help keep severe ailments away.

Cannabis can help you feel relaxed by controlling how your brain responds to various events. It does so by interacting with critical receptors in your brain and central nervous system. 

Additionally, THC-rich cannabis may also lessen the occurrence of nightmares or disturbing dreams while you are sleeping. 

Having the necessary amount of sleep will also make you stronger both physically and mentally, making you more immune to severe diseases.  

5. Cannabis May Help You Control Addiction and Remain Composed

People often opt for addictive substances as an escape route when conventional drugs fail to address their health woes. However, such substances, when taken in unregulated doses, may create serious complications. Such disturbances can really harm you in these times, especially when healthcare facilities are under a lot of stress due to the prevailing Covid-19. 

A regular intake of cannabis can make you non-anxious and help you to forgo your addictive habits. Studies also suggest that cannabis may increase the impact of pain-relieving opioids. Moreover, it addresses actual health issues so that you never feel the need to take extreme measures.

A composed and active mental setup will even keep you in a better position to counter the contagious disease. Moreover, retailers like High Supplies is a leader in the Cannabis industry in 2020 and people look over them for their cannabis demands.

Final Words

It seems that the coronavirus will stay with us for some time as there is no sign of a definitive remedy. In such a scenario, you should keep yourself healthy by taking all the safety measures. The points mentioned above qualify cannabis as an excellent choice for taking care of your existing health complications and enhancing your immunity. 

Moreover, you can enjoy cannabis in various forms, such as pills, vapes, drinks, oils, gummies, etc. Just make sure that the cannabis product has all the necessary accreditations and does not contain unnecessary flavorings. 

Reference articles:

https://www.complex.com/life/2020/05/cannabis-could-prevent-covid-canadian-study

https://www.wweek.com/potlander/2020/03/10/cannabis-wont-cure-coronavirus-but-it-can-help-ease-certain-flu-symptoms/

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How to Detox with Herbs

Detox diets are all the rage, but a couple of herbs make the process much more efficient. Learn all about them here.

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Detoxifying your body has an unmatched amount of benefits ranging from weight management to maintaining your overall health.

You can detoxify through detox diets, and taking certain supplements. Some of the most popular supplements are based on the gifts that nature brings us. Hence, particular herbs can aid your detoxification process. 

In this article, we’re going to cover some of the most popular herbs, how they help you detoxify your body, and other health benefits they might possess. 

Kratom

Kratom is one of the most popular supplements that has gained popularity recently. It’s an all-natural supplement derived from an evergreen tree and works by releasing mitragynine and 7-?-hydroxy-mitragynine, which interact with the central nervous system and the opioid receptors in it.

While it might not be an ideal supplement to detox from regular life and dieting lightheartedly, it’s proven very useful in detoxifying from hard drugs and opioids. No one is perfect, and quitting opiates isn’t an easy thing. Kratom makes the job far easier and causes minimal addiction in return. 

However, for optimum results, you must always buy kratom from trusted kratom powder industry brands like bulkkratomnow.com.

Kratom can be taken in many forms, such as powder, pill, and most popularly, tea. Aside from its opioid-like properties which help you detoxify your body from hard drugs and opioids, it has numerous other health benefits:

  • Pain relief
  • Anxiety relief 
  • Mood-boosting
  • Focus and Energy boosting
  • Weight managing 

Turmeric 

Turmeric is a flowering plant whose roots are used for seasoning in many cuisines around the world. You truly haven’t lived until you’ve eaten turmeric chicken and rice. While it is a popular seasoning, it’s also a great herb to help you with your detox.

Turmeric has a scientifically proven array of health benefits, which range from antioxidant properties to anti-inflammatory effects. It is a plant that significantly benefits the liver as it boosts the natural production of vital enzymes that help maintain liver health. It also has a significant role in maintaining the health of your pancreas and extends to preventing diabetes and managing it, if it is present in the system. 

The active chemical compounds in turmeric called curcuminoids are linked to a multitude of health benefits and are a great addition to your detox supplement and dietary regimen.

Cannabis 

Cannabis is one of the most popular plants in the world, and one of the most controversial. While it is restricted in quite a lot of places, its health benefits are irrefutable. It can help you detox from many things, such as alcohol, opiates, and general poor dieting.

There are many detox properties of cannabis, and using it plays a significant role in supplementing your endocannabinoid system. A healthy endocannabinoid system works to help maintain general health, strengthen immunity, and keep your reproductive organs healthy, happy, and fertile.

Marijuana contains tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol, both of which are linked to a multitude of health benefits. A popular way to consume cannabis without THC is through CBD oil. Marijuana acts as a:

  • Pain suppressant
  • Depression, anxiety, and stress relief
  • Mood booster
  • Appetite booster
  • Epilepsy treatment
  • Glaucoma treatment
  • Cancer treatment 
  • Parkinson’s treatment

 

Garlic

Garlic is a vegetable and an integral part of Italian Cuisine. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of garlic bread or dread the stuff – the health benefits of garlic can’t be put aside.

Garlic plays a vital role in maintaining and promoting liver health, as the consumption of garlic activates the liver detox enzymes. Your liver is the place that roots out most of the toxins in your body, and oiling it up through garlic is going to make it run even smoother and healthier.

This beautiful vegetable has a multitude of antiviral, antibacterial, and antibiotic properties and plays a significant role in white blood cell production. 

Camellia Sinensis

Green tea has been one of the staples of dieting for quite a while. It consists of Camellia Sinensis leaves and buds, the same things that make up black tea and oolong. This variation of the drink is highly beneficial for your health and has some immense weight management properties.

This tea has some immense detox benefits as well, as it’s an all-natural antioxidant and promotes liver health. Green tea consumption also boosts GST enzymes, which play a role in cancer treatment.

In Conclusion

All of these plants and herbs are highly beneficial for your health and have immense detoxification properties. While some are best used as a supplement, others are best used to detoxify your body.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with spices such as garlic and turmeric – they’re delicious but highly beneficial to your health!

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What Is It Like To Be High On Psilocybin Mushrooms?

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Do you want to try magic mushrooms but hesitate because you don’t know what’s coming? The majority of individuals who consumed psilocybin mushrooms exhibit psychedelic experiences, which makes a newbie wonder what it’s like to be high on them.

So, let’s first discuss what this psilocybin mushroom is and then its after effect.

What are Psilocybin Mushrooms

Psilocybin mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms, are fungi comprising psilocybin and psilocin. These compounds induce powerful hallucinations due to their psychedelic properties. The best-known shrooms are the Psilocybe Cubensis due to its ease of cultivation and availability.

These mushrooms were initially popular as a recreational drug, but lately, people are using for medical purposes to treat ailments and disorders like stress and dependence. The impact of ingesting psilocybin mushroom on the mind and body depends on the dosage, frame of mind, environment, and health. Based on these points, every individual will have a unique experience of the high. However, we can guide you through the more common impacts people have seen to prepare you for the “high.”

What to expect: 

The most common way of consuming psilocybin mushrooms is either drinking it as tea or as a capsule. Each of these consumption methods has different effects. Taking mushrooms in tea form has a faster effect than eating them or swallowing a pill. 

Also, it is essential to note that the concentration of psilocybin Canada compounds in the shroom and its storage conditions can affect the shroom strength and, therefore, change the kind of “high” you experience. Keep reading to know what to expect to be “high” on psilocybin mushrooms, depending on the dosage.

Level 0: Microdosing (0.2 – 0.5 g):

Most people consume a microdose of dried mushrooms weekly. Consuming a microdose of shrooms can increase the nirvana experience, increase creativity, focus, and reduce stress. According to a PubMed article, a dose of 0.2 mg/kg for cancer patients showed a positive impact on improving mood and anxiety. The natural consequences of microdosing involve mood boost, peace of mind, self-forgiveness, and enhanced motivation.

Level 1: Mini-Dose (0.8 – 1 g) :

A dose up to 1g of shroom is the right amount to get familiar with its effect without getting you on a full-blown trip. This dosage gives a similar feeling as getting a mild high on weed. At this level, you will get a pleasant feeling and a very subtle loss of control over the mind. You might also get mild visuals and enhanced senses without losing touch of the surroundings. This dosage for a perfect high while enjoying a party with friends. The standard effects involve heightened reactivity to light, mindfulness, increased appreciation of daily activities, and empathy.

Level 2: Museum Dose (1 – 1.5 g):

This dosage will intensify the euphoria, accentuate the sensations, increase creativity, see bright colors, and the body will feel lighter. A person taking this dose will be able to engage in social events like viewing art in a museum without coming into notice.

The high at this level is the onset of visual and aural illusions. You will start noticing moving objects coming to life and will see geometrical shapes when eyes are closed. At this dosage, it becomes challenging to socialize. The usual results include soul-searching, an improved enjoyment of art, mood amplification, and pupil dilation.

Level 3: Moderate Dose (1.5 – 3 g):

1.5-3grams is the recommended dosage level for people who want to encounter the full psychedelic effect directly. At this point, the hallucinations, geometric patterns, and moving objects are no more subtle, but you will start feeling it for real. The “high” causes time dilation and contraction, which causes one hour seems like an eternity. Other common effects include difficulty with cognitive tasks, philosophical insights, compulsive yawning, dizziness, nausea, and synesthesia.

Try this dose of shroom with your close friends in a safe environment. 

Level 4: Flying with the stars (3 – 4 g):

Add some more spice to the previous level by increasing the dosage to 3 to 4 grams. At this level, the high comes with extreme hallucinations, a blend of colors and shapes that hit your awareness. You feel like soaring through the sky and flying with the stars.

Level 5: Megadose (4 – 5 g):

A dose of psilocybin above 4 grams gives intense hallucinations, ego death, and deep introspections. You will completely lose contact with reality, unaware of the location and time. The prevalent signs at this level include spiritual awakening, compromised motor skills, confusion, intense panic, and stress.

All these experiences mentioned above at different dosages allow you to turn into your inner self to analyze personal relations, complications, concerns, and faiths. Breathe deep and exercise on giving attention to your thoughts. If you are feeling anxious and distressed, then take your focus to something else. The high will let you experience a change in perception and thinking. So, embark this “high” to focus on pleasant thoughts. 

The Comedown

The “high” from psilocybin mushrooms start showing within 20 minutes and can last up to six hours or more. The experience starts slow and gradually intensifies with time.

Getting back to normal from a “High” can be therapeutic. It makes you relaxed and appreciative of getting the control back on your thoughts. It is quite an exciting time to get a clear understanding of things and recognize complicated concepts. 

During the trip, you are continuously analyzing and finding a meaning to everything. When you slowly get back from the euphoria, you will realize that everything was imaginary. The fear, anxiety, and judgments are artificial and constructed. This understanding is a significant improvement in the mental health of a person.

It is helpful to note down all the events and happenings you confronted during the “high” as it can help you observe, reminisce, and learn new things. Psilocybin mushrooms can influence the brain receptors to have a positive impact on your thoughts and look at things differently.

Conclusion:

Now that you know what to expect when you are high on Psilocybin Mushroom give it a try and friends. So that in case you are not able to handle the euphoria, someone is there to guide you. If you are a beginner, always begin trying this drug from a microdose, and in case you are under any medications, consult with a health professional first before attempting. 

About the author: Rebecca is a cannabis and health industry consultant who frequently writes about the latest trends in the industry with only one motive that is to create awareness about healthy living. She has been writing for a long time now and is becoming a recognized name in the cannabis industry. 

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7 Best CBD Products to Take With You On Road Trips

Feeling like you need to get out of your house for a bit or even get out of town for the weekend? Well pack up the car, grab a friend, and go! We’ve got the essential items you need to pack for your next road trip.

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There is nothing like feeling the wind in your hair as you drive cross country, cherishing the beauty that surrounds you. Passing through cities and relishing their vibrant culture, beauty, and cuisine will undoubtedly hike up your followers on Instagram. And of course, it’s going to give you some good memories to drown in some nostalgia some years from now. It’s essential to prepare to ensure you have a safe and comfortable journey as exciting as a road trip sounds. The recent cannabis trend promises several products to ease your road trips. Here are seven of the best CBD products that make an excellent company for the road.  

1. CBD Face Masks

The bright sunlight and the drool-worthy beauty of the destinations make the perfect situation to snap all the pictures you feel like. But keeping your skin ready for the vacation is essential to look flawless and effortlessly sunkissed in all your photos. CBD face masks, with ranges from Origins Hello, and CBDFx can ensure a tour with a beautiful glow. The CBD extracts in the face mask help eliminate clogged pores and oil build-up and balances texture. Active ingredients such as charcoal help remove dirt, dust, and pollutants from the skin to rejuvenate. These simple masks fit easily into your purse, and you can stock up to use once every two days on your road trip to ensure you take good care of your skin.

2. CBD Sunscreen

As the gorgeous sunlight touches your skin, you realize it’s time to reapply your sunscreen to ensure you do not get sunburnt. The open convertible seems like a great idea until you fear how all the sunlight will affect your skin. Whether you want to enjoy long days on the beach or drench in the sunlight while on the road, CBD sunscreen can be beneficial for your skin. CBD sunscreens help protect the skin from damage and nourish it by providing hydration and moisture. The cooling sensation from applying the product is quite comforting, and some of the products can also ease the pain and redness from sunburns. CBD sunscreens like CaniSun can ensure you enjoy a truly carefree day on the road. NeuCana expert sun protection also offers the best sun protection and repairs free radical damage. 

3. CBD powders

         Road travel can be tiring and exhausting. You can never relax properly to recover for the next day. The use of CBD infused powders can aid you in cherishing wonderful relaxation time post-travel. Products such as Mondo CBD, which is an edible hemp powder mix, enable users to get over their travel stress and tiredness. The powder contains theanine, tapioca starch, coconut oil, and cocoa butter that combine to create a flavourful treat. You can sprinkle the powder in your desserts, coffee, or tea, milkshake, or enjoy a spoonful whenever you please.

4. CBD Gummies

For all the sleepless nights you spend in your motels or car back seats, CBD gummies are the real game-changer to ensure you get all the rest you require. Sleeping away from home can be difficult, and despite your exhaustion from traveling, there might be several reasons to keep you from getting complete sleep. Not getting enough sleep will make you cranky and tired the following day, and you might not be able to enjoy your travel. CBD melatonin gummies such as CBDfx aid in achieving proper sleep. You can chew them before you go to bed, which will help you get all the rest you need. These gummies are easy to carry and consume and should be a travel staple.

5. CBD pain creams

A comfortable road trip is a myth. No matter the type of travel vehicle you choose, you always end up with a cramped neck, aching back, and pain in your foot and joints due to prolonged sitting. If you are going on a long road trip with a history of chronic back pain, instead of having bags all around your seats, having a roof rack on your vehicle would be much of help. After you can clear up some space, CBD products can be used to make the ride free of pain.

Even the midway breaks cannot completely get rid of these pains. Carrying some powerful pain relief products will ensure pain-free travel. Products such as Highline’s pain relief cream and Elevate pain relief cream blend the goodness of CBD in a fine form enriched with bold flavors and a mild cooling sensation. The cream eases muscle tension and pain and leaves you feeling comfortable. The cream does not feel sticky, and you can reapply even while traveling whenever need be. The petite packaging ensures it can fit into your purse.

6. CBD Drinks

To keep you pumped with energy while on the road, several brands have come up with vibrant, flavourful, energy drink ranges that provide an energy boost. Drinks such as SuperLost cold brew, Sunday Scarie’s Yolo energy shots, Kona Gold’s hemp energy drinks, Cannabis energy drinks blend the finest flavors with high-quality CBD, making them the perfect drink for the road. Most of these drinks contain a burst of caffeine that blends with the CBD to give you impeccable energy levels to get through long travel timelines. You can pick a few cans for the road and enjoy the cold drinks with the breeze. If you would like just a refreshing drink, then the Recess range of boldly flavored sparkling CBD water will make a good choice. The Blackberry Chai, Peach Ginger, and Pom Hibiscus are all amazing flavors to add to your cart.

7. CBD Lip Balms

Not just your skin, but your lips also go through the wrath of sunlight, dust, and pollution, and as a result, lose moisture. The CBD skincare range with nourishing lip balms can be the best pocket size beauty secret to take with you on the road. Products such as Pure Ratio CBD Lip balm bring together the nourishing nature of CBD with several potent ingredients. These include coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin E, jojoba oil that moisturizes and hydrates your chapped lips. You can also choose Life Elements Lip Goo that heals dry skin, mitigates age signs, and blows your mind with its incredible flavors of honey, mint, and lavender.

You can also choose from a wide range of moisturizers, cleansers, and bath bombs to help you to cherish your beautiful skin all through your journey. Pain relief balms, lotions, and anti-inflammatory creams are other products that can help you on the road. If you are traveling between states, ensure you have researched the CBD laws of your destination to carry your products without any discomfort.

Author Bio: Rebecca has been carefully studying the travel industry trends for quite some time. Intrigued by the booming growth of this sector, she is interested in penning down her views, providing quality insight on current travel trends, and writing about cannabis, food and beverages, particularly wine.

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Can CBD Spice up Your Sex Life?

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Looking to ramp up your romps in the old sack? Perhaps you should consider slapping some CBD lube on your private bits. Yes, you read that right! Just when you thought that humans have found every possible use of CBD products, studies now emerge that CBD products and supplements can be used to spice things up in the bedroom.

There is CBD in just about everything these days- in your shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste. Your 70-year-old aunt is probably already using it to manage the pain from her arthritis. The legalization of cannabis across different states in the country has resulted in the standardization of hemp-based products and supplements.

Now more than ever, individuals are embracing the myriad benefits of CBD. Chances are high that you’ve also heard about CBD topicals such as creams, gels, lubes, and suppositories. There are also ingestibles that consist of tinctures and oils, gummies, and capsules, all of which are designed to boost your sex life, as well as sexual wellness.

But first, what exactly is CBD?

CBD and THC are some of the many compounds found in the marijuana plant. CBD and THC are both naturally occurring substances derived from the hemp plant. Although both THC and CBD components are extracted from the same plant, their action, and how they are used differ significantly.

After THC, CBD is the second most abundant compound of the marijuana plant. But unlike THC, which is the most popular compound of the marijuana plant, it is nonpsychoactive, which means that it will not give you a high when used.

CBD can be extracted from the marijuana plant or hemp. The primary difference between hemp and marijuana is THC content. Hemp plants generally are cannabis plants that contain less than 0.3% THC in their structure. Marijuana plants, on the other hand, boast a much higher concentration of THC, which is what provides users with the euphoric sensation when ingested or inhaled.

So how does your sex drive improve when you are on CBD?

According to scientists, the body has an endocannabinoid system, which contains small receptors that then react whenever you introduce cannabis products such as sprays and balms into the body. These receptors work by producing their own cannabinoid chemicals referred to commonly as endocannabinoids.

These receptors are awakened and revved up whenever you use CBD products or pop a CBD edible. As the receptors become engaged, your body then responds in several ways such as reducing pain and inflammation or in this case, improving your sex drive. Pretty cool, right?

A scientific study conducted in 2009 discovered that men’s testicles contain endocannabinoid receptors. When men introduce CBD into their system, they experience a boost in their libido. In women. CBD has the same calming effect it does on men. It can also be used to rev up one’s sex drive as well as allow women to better respond to erotic cues.

CBD can also be used for:

Treating Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is as varied as the sufferers themselves. Erectile dysfunction affects individuals in several ways. For instance, some people experience ED sometimes while others deal with the problem constantly. For others, it can mean maintaining an erection but only for a few minutes while for others, it could mean not being able to experience an erection at all.

Regardless of how severe your problem may be, one thing is clear- CBD can help. CBD can ensure that you are relaxed so that your performance anxiety disappears. CBD also helps to soothe one’s nerves so that the blood vessels can relax and speed up the flow of blood to the penis so that it can remain erect.

Managing Low Sex Drive

It is normal not to want sex sometimes. But what if you are never in the mood for sex? There is a CBD product out there that can make your troubles melt away. CBD is what you need to loosen up, relax, and get a bit giggly.

Rather than start your sexy night off with alcohol, which will give you a hangover, affect your memory and cause vaginal dryness, CBD will make your senses more heightened so that you can have an even more pleasurable experience.

It Can Help You Be More Open

With CBD, you no longer have to worry about your sexual escapades and how they will turn out. Perhaps you question the way your body looks and you don’t feel as confident as you should.

Maybe you’re crumbling under the pressure of pleasing your partner or outperforming your last great experience. If that’s the case, you should know that thousands of people out there experience the same thoughts and anxieties as you.

Performance anxiety can put a dent on your sex drive, but you don’t have to worry about it with CBD. CBD can help you relax so that all the self -doubt and the mood-killing thoughts can be squashed. Feeling less conscious of your flaws or performance will help you have a better sexual experience overall.

Reduce Pain

Topical, whole plant CBD oils can help women that experience pain during sex as a result of extreme vaginal dryness of irritation so that they can have a more comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Please note that CBD works differently for people. It is not a one size fits all formula for solving your sexual problems. CBD will affect you differently based on your gender, body mass index. While it may work in boosting someone else’s sex drive, it may not have the same results for someone else.

Final Thoughts

CBD was a new and edgy buzz word that hit the wellness scene a few years ago. Today, CBD has grown in popularity to become available almost everywhere from your local grocery store to high-end spas fit for celebrities.

Fans of marijuana and health experts alike all agree that the benefits of CBD are varied. CBD can be used for inflammation and pain relief, for treating anxiety and depression, dealing with nausea, as well as insomnia. Recently, however, studies also show that it can be utilized to boost one’s libido and lubrication.

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Cannabis and COVID-19: Is It Safe To Light Up During Quarantine?

One of the most effective countermeasures against the spread of the Corona Virus is quarantining and the government’s decision to shut down all non-essential businesses. However, luckily in the states where Marijuana is legal, the dispensaries fall under the category of essential companies and continue to remain open.

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One of the most effective countermeasures against the spread of the Corona Virus is quarantining and the government’s decision to shut down all non-essential businesses. However, luckily in the states where Marijuana is legal, the dispensaries fall under the category of essential companies and continue to remain open. 

As a result, cannabis sales have never been at such a high point. Cannabis companies are reaping the benefits and reporting increases in their revenue. California weed sales are at an all-time high, and the increasing use of Marijuana during the lockdown could make for an exciting marijuana research paper topic.

Experts believe that the surge in cannabis sales is attributable to people looking for anxiety relief during the pandemic. However, several of them also worry that the process of smoking marijuana may leave the individual more susceptible to catching the Coronavirus. 

However, others believe that CBD especially could play a key role in suppressing the Coronavirus. We’ll continue to see what both sides have to say, and how safe it is to light up during the quarantine.

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Puff, Puff, No Pass

Perhaps the most significant risk that cannabis consumption poses during the COVID-19 pandemic is that it’s a shared activity. You don’t need to read essays on Marijuana, to recognize the puff, puff, pass rule. Typically, individuals would get together with others and smoke Marijuana together, which presents a considerable risk of transmission. One can quickly eliminate this risk by simply choosing to smoke on its own. Keep your joint or your bong separate, and make sure you don’t share it with other people.

As the consumption of Marijuana becomes more and more acceptable, it is leading to an increasing amount of research on the subject matter. Leading to more marijuana research questions, and marijuana research paper topics are becoming increasingly more frequent. You can easily find a whole host of marijuana topics for a research paper. This research must take place so we can fully understand the impact of Marijuana. It will allow for a fair analysis of the benefits and the disadvantages.

Smoking is dangerous 

While there are no direct relationships linking cannabis consumption with an increased risk towards Coronavirus, smoking is dangerous. Even though you’re not doing the same amount of damage to your body as smoking, the act of inhaling marijuana smoke harms your respiratory system to a certain degree. However, you can easily change up the way you take Marijuana to counteract this negative impact.

The legalization of Marijuana has seen the release of several readily available edible products. These offer the same effect as smoking Marijuana without all the negative impacts of the entire process. While the fumes from Marijuana itself might not be dangerous, it burns at a much lower temperature than tobacco. Meaning, that when you inhale, you’re ingesting a significant amount of unburnt substances that harm your respiratory system.

So, while being a chronic marijuana smoker is legal in some states, there’s no denying that it harms your respiratory health.

Delayed Diagnosis

Smoking marijuana harms respiratory health, but it can also lead to delayed diagnosis in some instances. An everyday Marijuana user may not be able to distinguish between what is a smoking-induced cough, or a symptom of COVID-19. 

Additionally, the consumption of Marijuana, while not having as significant an impact as alcohol does, inhibits your judgment, especially if you consume Marijuana in a large amount. Whether you smoke or consume in the form of edibles, it’s not going to reduce the psychological impact.

The Other Side 

Not everyone is focusing on the potential negative impact of cannabis consumption and COVID-19. Several researchers are looking at the role Marijuana can play in dealing with the pandemic.

Firstly, there’s a significant increase in cannabis sales because of the role it plays in anxiety relief. Additionally, the development of these dispensaries has paved the way for a whole industry of Marijuana-related products. Among these, one of the most beneficial is the production of CBD infused products.

Researchers are attempting to test how successful different strains of CBD can contribute towards blocking COVID-19 from entering the body in the first place. While the study is yet to be peer-reviewed, the initial results are promising. 

Furthermore, many of the cannabis naysayers focus on the adverse effect of smoking the substance, when that is only one way to consume. The legalization of Marijuana has led to several safer ways of absorbing the content being more actively in use.

CDB vs. THC

Another reason why individuals are worried about the impact of Marijuana consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic is the failure to distinguish between medicinal and recreational Marijuana. Most individuals that are actively speaking out against cannabis use and increasing cannabis sales are focusing on recreational marijuana. People fail to understand that the significant increase in Marijuana sales is attributable to a rise in the consumption of medical Marijuana. 

The main difference between the two is the presence of CBD and THC. THC is responsible for giving Marijuana its psychoactive properties, while CBD gives it medicinal properties. Medicinal marijuana products typically have high amounts of CBD, with little to no amount of THC. It’s crucial to distinguish between the two when regarding the safety of Marijuana use during the pandemic.

Conclusion 

Given the respiratory nature of the disease, the best thing to do is not smoke cannabis during the pandemic. However, there’s no relationship between the consumption of edibles or tinctures and increased risk of catching the Coronavirus. Further research on the subject is needed to help clarify the actual impact!

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CBD vs Marijuana: Which One Is Better for Pain Management?

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A few years ago, I watched as a close friend of mine squirted a 1-milliliter dropper from a full spectrum hemp extract bottle, otherwise commonly known as CBD oil, under her tongue. It contained, according to her, 5.25 mg of CBD for each dose, and tasted like fresh strawberries.

CBD is alleged to provide users with relief from a host of bodily ills that ran the gamut from pain and inflammation, digestive issues, as well as stress and anxiety. As such, the CBD market is today flooded with CBD-infused beverages, gummies, chocolate bars, body lotions, candles, pills, face masks, creams, and even condoms and lube.

I’d heard about CBD previously, but I didn’t know that someone so close to me would be a frequent partaker. With the madness surrounding CBD reaching fever pitch, I was curious to know if I, too, could benefit in some away from the remarkable powers of CBD.

You see, I’d spent a huge portion of my adult life in the shadow of a horrible accident that
took place when I was just 18. On the day of the accident, I was coming from a friend’s house before the motorcycle I was riding lost control and swerved off the road. I managed to survive but not without serious injuries that left me in pain and unable to do much over the next few months.

I did recover, with extensive physiotherapy and support but my life would never be the same again. I was traumatized by the entire experience and I still to this day experience random pains on my body. I tried behavioral therapy to help me get over the ordeal, and it helped to an extent. I also tried antidepressants but I was concerned about the side effects.

I used cannabis or THC for pain management for a bit, but I didn’t always like the feeling of being high. It wasn’t until I made the switch to CBD products that my condition really started to improve. Almost immediately, I found that CBD oil not only made my pain much more tolerable but it also lifted my mood.

CBD or THC?

Individuals that suffer from chronic pain conditions such as arthritis or some other chronic musculoskeletal pain today increasingly rely on cannabis products for relief. You may already know by now that cannabis is one of the most complex plants there is; different varieties and strains contain different chemical compositions.

However, regardless of the strain, all cannabis plants contain 2 of the plant’s most medically important compounds, that is THC or tetrahydrocannabinol and CBD or cannabidiol. THC is the compound that’s responsible for the high that people experience when they smoke marijuana. THC also plays a major role in pain relief.

Unlike THC, however, CBD doesn’t give that intoxicating feeling. But scientific studies show that it, too, helps to ease the pain. These two compounds, THC and CBD, work by activating various cannabinoid receptors in the body that stimulate or inhibit the chemical in the brain that causes pain.

THC works by activating certain cannabinoid receptors such as the nerve cells and the immune cells. When THC activates the nerve cells, it then reduces pain. The high provided by THC also plays a critical role in how people perceive pain.

It is the euphoria supplied by THC that helps users ignore the pain, much in the same way that over the counter pain killers work; the only difference is that THC has no side effects. CBD, on the other hand, interferes with the brain chemical known as serotonin, which in turn influences the glycine receptors, which are the receptors that deal with pain.

So, which is better for pain management?

There is no definitive answer to the dispute between CBD and THC for pain relief and management. Cannabis is still regarded as a Schedule 1 drug by the federal government. This means that its legal status limits the type of research that can be carried out.

Based on the available research, however, it is believed that a combination of both THC and CBD products such as CBD oil is needed to experience effective pain relief. This is because CBD contains anti-inflammatory properties while THC contains psychoactive properties that can help you to better cope with pain.

Should you give CBD products a try?

Since not a lot of research has been carried out on CBD and pain management, doctors are not able to say exactly who might benefit from CBD products, at which doses, and in which form. Still, the medical community agrees that:

  • CBD should not be used as a substitute for any treatment for pain
  • Anyone interested in trying out CBD products should first talk with their doctor or
    health care provider before attempting any CBD products. With your doctor, you can review which treatments have worked for you in the past and which ones haven’t. Your doctor might suggest that you do a trial run first and then return for a follow-up visit where the results can be evaluated.
  • Not all CBD products are created equal. You should only purchase CBD products
    from a reliable and trusted seller.
  • There are many different kinds of products that can be taken orally, applied to the skin, or inhaled. Each has its pros and cons so you should educate yourself as much as possible before starting your CBD journey.

Final Words

If you are doing everything that you can to survive living with chronic pain, one of the safest methods out there to manage this pain is marijuana. But sometimes getting high isn’t always an option, which is why CBD products are so great.

Both CBD and THC can be utilized for pain management. They are both considered safe but the decision about which one to use will be based on your personal preference as well as whether there are other drugs you are taking. You must talk to your doctor or a medical professional if you have any questions regarding the uses of both THC and CBD before you start using any product.

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What’s the Difference Between CBD & THC?

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As cannabis products continue to become mainstream ready and curious users are becoming more open to exploring their options. CBD and THC based products are available everywhere in every shape and form and the market doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

Both CBD and THC occur naturally in the cannabis plant. However the way they affect users and their associated benefits differ greatly. CBD extracts from marijuana or hemp plants. Hemp plants are different from marijuana plants because they contain less than 0.3 percent THC. CBD sells in various forms including extracts, oils, gels, supplements, gummies, and more.

Marijuana plants, on the other hand, are cannabis plants that contain high concentrations of THC. THC is the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana; it is what gives users the sensation of being high. Burning or smoking activates THC, though, it can also be found in capsules, tinctures, oils, edibles, lotions, and more.

There are some major similarities between THC and CBD. As mentioned earlier, they are both acquired naturally from the cannabis plant. Additionally, both affect the body when they react with the endocannabinoid system, but the effects they generate are glaringly different.

CBD

There is CBD in almost everything these days. The green boom and decriminalization of cannabis across numerous states have resulted in the standardization of CBD and hemp-based products. As such, CBD now floods the market with products ranging from topical (suppositories, lubricants, gels, and creams) to ingestible (capsules, oils, gummies, and tinctures).

Cannabis-related products have always been off-limits so there isn’t a whole lot of human research to back up CBD’s purported benefits. Why you ask? Despite its many benefits, the Controlled Substance Act still classifies cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug.

This means that researchers and scientists are unable to carry out legal studies of cannabis. Most benefits associated with CBD are anecdotal, meaning the entire wellness community must eagerly await clinical back up to what is already known.

THC

THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is what gives users a high. It affects the body in several ways including memory, concentration, pleasure, and coordination, as well as sensory and time perception. For these reasons, users are discouraged from using marijuana whenever they need to operate heavy machinery or complete tasks that require concentration such as driving.

Although well-documented are the benefits of marijuana, a lot of stigmas still surround THC. Proven effective in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, and epilepsy, THC is also invaluable for pain management.

THC vs CBD – Which Should You Use?

Despite THC and CBD having almost an identical chemical composition, they affect the body rather differently. While THC may get you high, CBD can counteract those effects. THC might make you feel drowsier but CBD will make you feel upbeat and full of energy.

You don’t have to decide which products to use between CBD based one and THC ones. As a matter of fact, you are likely to get your money’s worth if you combine the two. For instance, people suffering from anxiety and paranoia report feeling much better when they consume products containing both CBD and THC as opposed to products just containing one of the two.

What About Terpenes? Do They Matter?

Plants contain natural oils known as terpenes or terpenoids. In cannabis plants, terpenes are the elements that determine the type of high that one will experience depending on the strain of the marijuana plant ingested. Some terpenes provide a more relaxing anxiety-easing high while others offer the user a burst of creative energy.

The cannabis world often classifies its THC in 2 broad categories: Sativa and Indica. Sativa is THC that offers users a more creative and energetic high while Indica offers the opposite, which is a more calming and soothing effect. Hybrid products are those that combine both the effects of Sativa and Indica.

Terpenes are also responsible for the smell and taste offered by a cannabis plant. Different growers tinker and experiment with terpenes all the time when breeding cannabis plants so that they can offer users a more targeted high.

We generally recommend checking two things before buying any THC or CBD based products; the CBD/THC ratio and the terpenes present. When THC and CBD come together, the result is pure magic.

Are They Legal?

The passing of the Farm Bill in December 2018 turned industrial hemp into a legal agricultural commodity in all 50 states. The legality of hemp-derived CBD products as well as THC, however, varies from state to state. As such, before you proceed to purchase any THC or CBD based product, you must check to see whether it is permitted in your state.

Final Word

As marijuana products become more accepted around the world the terms “THC” and “CBD” are more frequently and interchangeably used. But if you are going to become a partaker, you must first understand the differences between the two and how they can affect you.

Compounds known as cannabinoids make up the structure of the cannabis plant. The plant contains more than 100 cannabinoids that cause a range of different reactions in the body. However, THC and CBD are the two most popular of these cannabinoids. THC is what allows users to get high. CBD on the other hand induces feelings of well-being by counteracting the effects of THC.

THC binds with the body’s receptors to control mood, pain, and a range of other feelings. People consume CBD for all sorts of reasons including managing chronic pain, dealing with anxiety, depression, and insomnia, as well as managing pain.

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The Other Side Of The Coin

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Have you ever heard of a concept called Negativity Bias? As humans, we are hard-wired to give far more weight to the negative than the positive… thoughts, emotions, experiences, etc. Our brains are hard-wired to focus on the negative as a means of survival.  Think back to ages where basic survival was under constant threat therefore one had to focus on the negative in order to stay alive.  While this does not apply in our modern-day society, our brains don’t know that.

Now think about this tendency and how this plays out during the current pandemic. There are so many uncertainties and our means of survival… income, food, physical and mental health, social needs, etc. feel threatened.  We know stress causes health challenges.  And yet the positive perspectives can have a tremendously beneficial impact on your health, well-being and ability to obtain desired outcomes.  

Here are some suggestions to see the other side of the coin of the negativity bias:

First, become aware of your thoughts and self-talk. I know this can be challenging!  One way to know if your negativity bias is active is to pay attention to how you feel.  If you are thinking about something and feeling stressed, tense, depressed, anxious, that is a good indicator. Once you identify the negative, tell yourself to stop. Even if you have to do that over and over.  Then find a positive thought either related to the original focus or not.  If you can’t get to a positive, then go neutral. 

Next, see the bigger picture of what is going on. That is where the benefits of a situation, the gifts, can be seen. While details are important, we can get mired in them and lose our way. That is where we can ruminate or go down a rabbit hole of despair. For example, some aspects of the bigger picture of the pandemic could include a shift in priorities, an appreciation for things once taken for granted, and a new sense of community.

Finally, give equal weight to the things that could go right as to the things that could go wrong. Negative bias causes us to focus 3 times more on the negative. Allow yourself to give as much if not more attention to the positive potentials. 

For example, say you think about the possibility of losing your job. It starts with the thought of losing your job now. Then it goes to losing it in a few months. Then to how/when you will find a job if/when you lose it, then to what it will mean if you do lose your job, being without income, then the rabbit hole takes you to the worst possible outcomes of that scenario.   First thing is to stop the thought in its tracks. Just say “STOP!”.  Then, either focus on a positive thought such as “If I lose my job it will be for the best because I wasn’t happy anyway”.  Or neutral:

“I may lose my job but I have what it takes to figure out the next steps and execute efficiently.” 

Then list all of the possible positive ways this scenario could play out: “I may not lose my job at all.” ”I will find one I like better.” “I will use this as a chance for a career change.” “I can go back to school and learn a new skill.” “I can move in with so and so and we can share resources and lessen the burden on ourselves.” 

This is a practice for sure. Give yourself time to get into the habit of becoming aware of your negativity bias and then practice shifting it, or at the very least, stop it. It’s ok if you don’t do it every time, just start now. It will bring a lightness to state of mind and being. We all sure need that right now and we have the tools to achieve it!

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Here we are still in the midst of this pandemic shut down, some things slowly opening, many restrictions still in place. 

Are you having trouble staying motivated throughout the day?  There are a lot of emotions, anger and fears around this pandemic and the restrictions associated. Maybe you are still working so your routine has not been altered that much so being motivated is easy. Maybe because of the situation even motivation to work is hard. Or maybe things that need to be done aside from work get ignored because that is where the motivation lacks.

For me, I am definitely having trouble with motivation.  I used to go to the gym for CrossFit and yoga 4-5 times a week. I am totally unmotivated to work out at home.  Yuck.  If I have errands to do, or house projects, I delay as long as possible. I forget to do things too.  In my case, it comes from a lack of things to do outside of work. I am a social person and not being able to do that makes me want to do very little.  Plus I can literally feel the constricted energy of life for all coming to a halt and it is SO heavy. I’m sure some of you feel it too!

My point here isn’t to whine. I believe we need to be respectful and mindful of what is happening around us. But if you find yourself unmotivated right now, give yourself a break.  It’s ok and it is normal especially during this most unusual time.  Self-care is critical now and we have extra down time currently so spend some on you. Maybe doing nothing for a few hours is what you need.  For things like household projects, errands, etc. write down each thing, put them all in a bowl and draw one out to do that day.  That way you will feel productive. If you only do one of those things, so be it. And if you don’t do any of them that day, does it really matter??

I have often said to take time and assess what you really need to do and let the rest go when you feel overwhelmed.  Well, if there were ever a time do put this in play, it would be now! I bet you have discovered that some things you felt you “needed” to do weren’t that necessary after all!!  If you feel unmotivated, it’s ok. Give yourself permission to be a little… or a lot… off. While the year ahead with this pandemic is uncertain, it won’t last forever. We are creating a new normal to cope during this time while establishing new long-lasting norms.

Stay well friends. While the tunnel is very long, we are starting to see a dim light come through.

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Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is the most widely-studied compound of cannabis. It’s probably what you’ll encounter the most whenever the health benefits of the plant are discussed anywhere.

CBD is prescribed for a wide range of medical conditions, especially those chronic disorders that are symptomized by persistent pain, anxiety, and inflammation. But as you shall find out, CBD contains numerous other medicinal properties.

Our CBD expert Vanessa Macias is here to answer any questions you may have about CBD and CBD wellness. If you have a question about CBD please ask in the comment section below.

About Vanessa

Vanessa Macias is the Co-Founder and CEO of Dust To Diamonds, a wellness lifestyle brand out of Southern California. She is studying for her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Devry University and has over 7 years of entrepreneurial experience. She also has a background in fitness training, nutrition coaching, and is a published author. With a passion for writing, she believes in providing engaging content to better serve her cannabis community through health, wealth and cannabis-integrated wellness.

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How Cannabis and CBD Can Help You With Pain Management

If you have ever used CBD oil or have thought about it, now is an excellent time to give it a try. CBD/cannabis can help provide you relief from the pain and prompt your body to begin the healing process much faster.

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What is the intercostal muscle, and what does it feel like when you strain it? The intercostal muscle is what holds your ribs in place and connects them. When you pull this muscle or strain it, you will feel pain when you bend, twist, or use your torso to pick things up. Doing something like sweeping the floor or mopping might cause you to have a sharp pain in your ribs.

This is an excruciating strain for some but can also be mild, depending on the extent of the injury. If a muscle is actually torn, it will be far more painful than just a strained muscle. A strained muscle will still be very uncomfortable, but there are things you can do to help feel less pain and expedite healing.

What to Do When You Strain Your Intercostal Muscle

The first thing you should do is stop physical activity for a few days until you feel better. Muscle strain hurts that explained here Vitaleaf Naturals, no matter where it is. It’s best not to do any heavy lifting, bending, stooping, weightlifting is out. What else should you do?

? OTC (over the counter) pain medications can help. These include Tylenol and ibuprofen. These may upset your stomach, and you must be careful with the dosage.

? You are using warm compresses and cold packs back in alternation. The cold packs can help reduce the swelling that comes with the inflammation of a pulled muscle while the warmth helps to loosen the muscle and ease the tension. Try doing cold for 20 minutes and then heat for 20 minutes. Be careful not to place the hot or cold directly on bare skin. Wrap your compresses in a kitchen towel or a tee shirt and then apply them so that you don’t damage your skin.

? A warm bath. This can have the same impact as a warm compress. You can soak in a warm bath to bring you a sense of relaxation.

? Breathe deeply as much as you can. It’s tempting to breathe very shallowly when your ribs hurt. The problem with this is that shallow breathing is very bad for your lungs. It opens the door to pneumonia and bronchitis getting started, which can lead to coughing that will put you in far more pain than had you practiced some deep breathing exercises each day. It will be tender but can help initiate faster healing for you.

? If you have ever used CBD oil or have thought about it, now is an excellent time to give it a try. CBD/cannabis can help provide you relief from the pain and prompt your body to begin the healing process much faster. It’s a better option than taking too many NSAIDs, mainly if you already take medications that prevent you from using them from the beginning.

If you are unsure if you’ve injured your ribs or strained your intercostal muscle, you should see your doctor for a proper diagnosis. Most pulled and strained muscles will begin to feel better in a few days. If your pain persists, it may be far more severe than a strain.

Getting a Diagnosis

Your doctor will ask you some questions as to how and when this pain started. What were you doing before the illness? Did you fall, twist, or pick something substantial up? Your doctor will put the pieces of the puzzle together, do a physical exam that will include applying some pressure to the area and asking you to bend until you feel pain so that he can observe your mobility loss.

It’s possible that your doctor will take some x-rays of your chest and ribs to make sure that you haven’t damaged your ribs or bruised internal organs. Some types of injuries can cause the lungs to be punctured by the ribs. If you’re having pain or shortness of breath, your doctor will want to rule out any damage to your lungs.

Muscle strains are scored depending on your answers and the results of your tests.

?     Grade 1: This is a mild form of strain that will self-resolve with no intervention.

?     Grade 2: There is no tearing of the muscle, but the damage is severe enough to take up to 2 or 3 months to heal completely. You’ll be instructed not to do any bending, twisting, or lifting during this time.

?     Grade 3: You’ve torn the muscle and possibly need surgical intervention.

If you require surgical repair of the damage, there’s a possibility that you’ll also need to attend physical therapy after surgery to ensure that you heal well without losing any range of motion and mobility that can occur with scar tissue builds and causes muscle atrophy.

Luckily, the vast majority of strains are minor and will resolve by just giving yourself some time and rest and following the instructions for helping your body through the healing process. 

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Hello NUGL family!

As we navigate this time, have you noticed unusual things happening to you?  Is your intuition stronger than before? Are you noticing the information that your intuition is giving you more and more? Do you “know”, “feel”, “see” or “hear” things?

Are people coming to you for advice more than usual? Are you being sought out when someone needs to calm their fears? If someone is sick, are you being asked or guided to pray for them or send healing energy? Have you had moments when you felt lighter than ever despite what’s going on?

Ok now indulge me with this one… are you finding very unusual occurrences such as seeing things that aren’t there, sensing a presence (an angel perhaps!) or feeling or seeing a loved one who has passed on? Or some other kind of unexplainable event?

As I have mentioned, this is a time of awakening and self-awareness. This includes an activation or acceleration of your gifts such as intuitive, empath, healer or medium and a deeper connection to higher vibrations and energies.  These “unusual” experiences are an indication of your specific gifts and abilities.  Now that I have brought this to your attention, maybe you will notice it if you have not already.  It is happening. I “know” it is 😉

Note these experiences and embrace them. Sure, it may spook you a little but have fun with it.  If odd things are happening and you don’t understand it, reach out to me and I will help you make sense of it. 

It is a special time. Life will never be the same in many ways. WE will never be the same for MANY reasons. And that can be a very good thing indeed.

Stay well and sane friends!

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8 Reasons Why You Need to Hop Onto the CBD Trend

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About CBD

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is the most widely-studied compound of cannabis. It’s probably what you’ll encounter the most whenever the health benefits of the plant are discussed anywhere.

CBD is prescribed for a wide range of medical conditions, especially those chronic disorders that are symptomized by persistent pain, anxiety, and inflammation. But as you shall find out, CBD contains numerous other medicinal properties. That explains why many countries around the world have approved the sale and use of CBD. Many more are seriously toying with the idea of legalizing it. If you’re considering taking a leap into the CBD industry, you shouldn’t reconsider. In fact, now is the time to hop onto the CBD trend, and there are plenty of reasons why.

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1.   Research on the Effectivity of CBD Is More Promising Than Ever

Cannabis has been used from time immemorial to treat a wide spectrum of medical conditions. It’s believed that the leaves and flowers of the plant were used in most countries in the Far East as early as 10,000 years ago. In fact, the term first appears in the oldest Chinese pharmacopeia known as Shennong Bencaojing, or The Classic of Herbal Medicine. However, the medicinal properties of cannabis were easy to dismiss, as claims of efficacy were purely anecdotal.

It was not until the mid-20th century that the popularity of cannabis shot through the roof. Around this time, researchers took a keen interest in the plant as reports emerged that it could treat some of the conditions that were presently difficult to manage with modern medicine. And the findings have been quite promising so far.

In June 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration agency announced that it had approved the use of Epidiolex. Epidiolex is a cannabis-derived drug that’s used to treat seizures that are associated with two rare but severe forms of epilepsy, known as Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. With more emerging findings on the medicinal potency of cannabis extracts, we can only project a boom in the CBD market.

2.   More Countries Are Legalizing CBD

The growing body of research studies on the health benefits of cannabis-derived compounds has seen many jurisdictions respond by legalizing CBD.

In the US, the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill made it legal to acquire and use CBD in all 50 states, provided the substance is THC-free or contains less than 0.3% of the compound. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, is a compound in cannabis that causes the famous euphoric effect. THC is mostly associated with marijuana, which is a variant of the cannabis plant.

Now, with more countries poised to legalize cannabis, the CBD market is definitely set to expand.

3.   The CBD Market Is Already Booming, But the Industry Is Still Untapped

According to the latest research, the CBD market is set to hit $20 billion by 2024 in the US alone. The study relied heavily on the range of CBD products that are presently sold around various pharmaceuticals, licensed dispensaries, and other specialty shops around the world.

The CBD industry is arguably the most lucrative of all the herbal extract markets out there. However, it’s interesting to note that most investors aren’t keen on tapping into this market. That’s ostensibly due to the complicated legalities around the manufacture and use of cannabis extracts. Such investors are unable to distinguish between hemp-derived CBD (which is mostly legal) and marijuana-based CBD (whose legality varies by jurisdiction).

Why not capitalize on that confusion and ignorance to set up a CBD store today?

4.   CBD Is Accepted Across Many Industries

Admittedly, CBD has always been used to treat conditions that manifest in pain, anxiety, and inflammation.

Examples of these disorders include:

  • Multiple Sclerosis;
  • Endometriosis;
  • Alzheimer’s;
  • Arthritis;
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and;
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Administering CBD oil to a dog

But besides its popularity in the health sector, more industries are now mainstreaming CBD use. For instance, we now have CBD-infused creams in the beauty and skincare industry, CBD-infused drinks in the sports supplement industry, and CBD edibles used in the food industry.  The best part is,most of these products are useful for our pets too. There are sites that provide every type of CBD item imaginable to make it easy for consumers to find their preferred products.

5.   Wider Availability

This point ties closely to the fact that more industries are mainstreaming CBD-based products. Initially, CBD and other cannabis extracts were almost exclusively available in licensed dispensaries and pharmaceuticals.

However, times have since changed, and you can almost always find CBD products in a store down the block. Besides dispensaries and pharmacies, other popular places to find CBD include smoke shops, local cafes, bars and restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, etc.

Also, most retailers have online outlets where users can seamlessly shop for the product and have it shipped to them. Buyers only have to locate a reputable store, such as Weedsmart, that deals in high-quality, lab-tested CBD products. The easier it is to obtain CBD, the higher the number of users, and the more lucrative the market.

  1. CBD Consumers Are Enlightened

One of the top reasons to hop on the CBD trend is that CBD users are a fairly enlightened lot. If you’re a businessperson, you understand the onslaught you have to go through explaining the utility of your products to consumers who might end up passing up the product anyway.

Well, these are not the kinds of hassles you’ll go through when you venture into the CBD market. When a buyer walks into your physical or online store, they’ve likely already settled on the CBD product they’re looking for.

Some buyers prefer CBD isolates, others use full-spectrum CBD, while those who are averse to THC often go for broad-spectrum CBD.

7.   CBD Enjoys Immense Celebrity Endorsement

You can never discount the power of influencer marketing, and CBD enjoys its fair share of celebrity endorsements.

Whoopi Goldberg is one of the most notable celebrities to have endorsed CBD. She used vape pens for years to relieve stress, pain, and reduce the symptoms of glaucoma. When Morgan Freeman got into a grisly road accident in 2008, the ordeal left him with fibromyalgia, a condition that he has successfully managed with CBD and THC. Freeman is yet another outspoken crusader of CBD. The sensational hip hop artist, Snoop Dogg, has attributed his success in the music industry to his consistent use of CBD.

Other celebrities that have publicly endorsed CBD include; Melissa Etheridge, Seth Rogen, Montel Williams, Michael J. Fox, and Nate Diaz. All these endorsements serve one purpose – raising awareness of CBD, which translates to a more profitable market.

8.   Numerous Methods of Administration

One major challenge that CBD users often face is determining the right way to incorporate the compound into their lifestyles. There are numerous ways to consume CBD, and the choice of one method of administration over another comes down to your individual preference.

Some of these methods include:

CBD gummies
  • CBD oils and tinctures
  • Topicals and creams
  • Sprays
  • Capsules and tablets
  • Vape juices
  • Concentrates
  • Edibles, such as weed gummies.
  • Smoking CBD flower (Thanks Peter!)

While setting up your CBD store, you should give due consideration to the needs of your clients. For instance, if your clientele mostly comprises young children, you’d want to stock more CBD gummies.

There are obviously more reasons to jump onto the CBD bandwagon, and we cannot possibly exhaust them in one post. The top eight points we’ve highlighted above are reason enough to venture into the CBD market today and start reaping the fruits of this highly lucrative yet largely untapped industry.

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Crisis and The Journey Into Yourself

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Here we are in the midst of this national crisis where life has come to a screeching halt. We are all aware of the unprecedented hardships at this time: Concern for the health and well being of ourselves and others, job loss, safe at home orders and al that goes with it, fears about the economy, how long this will last and on and on.  

Let’s look at what else is happening here: There is a deep concern for others, including strangers.  Priorities are being rearranged.  Money has never seemed so vital and yet so unimportant at the same time as our concern for others is at the forefront.  Relationships are healing or ending as needed.  We are reconnecting to ourselves and each other.  

A deep awakening is happening. This is the part where you find out who you are.

“People need to know that they have all the tools within themselves. Self-awareness, which means awareness of their body, awareness of their mental space, awareness of their relationships – not only with each other, but with life and the ecosystem.” Deepak Chopra

And with this new sense of self-awareness, change will happen. Change is already happening. Life will be different for all of us now.  That that can be ok.  Self-awareness is the key to navigating it. 

“Awareness is the greatest agent for change.” Eckhart Tolle

And this crisis, this pause, is creating the space for us to do this.  

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” Henry David Thoreau

So what does this look like? Some things you can do to become more self-aware: Pay attention to your thoughts, feelings, what is going on in your body, your disposition, your relationships, your life. Journal these things.  Be careful not to judge. This is not about putting a value judgment on yourself. This is about neutral awareness. Being an observer for now.

Use this information to assess what is an old pattern or belief, what is not serving you in your life. Get real and get honest.

Use this time to search your heart and your soul on what truly moves you. What is important to you. What matters.

Finally, create a practice to de-stress, release tension, to connect to your heart, your essence, your guides and angels, to Source/God.  Sit quietly daily for 10-20 minutes. Learn to meditate and/or pray.  Set your phone to go off every 2 hours to check in with yourself and take 20 deep breaths and reset your energy. Practice yoga or Tai Chi. Find what works for you and what makes you feel connected and peaceful. Repeat daily!

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” Aristotle

And finally…

“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?” Rumi

… Ready, let’s go!

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THC-O-Acetate: the Newest Way to Combat Anxiety and Insomnia

Different strains of marijuana, even synthetic ones, aren’t a new concept. THC-O Acetate, while also not new, has been redeveloped to provide consumers with a different kind of high: one that can make day to day anxiety or insomnia a thing of the past.

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One of the inevitable realities of the cannabis business is that companies are going to want to innovate, to find that unique selling proposition that will put them front and center in what is becoming an increasingly competitive marketplace. 

Different strains of marijuana, even synthetic ones, aren’t a new concept. THC-O Acetate, while also not new, has been redeveloped to provide consumers with a different kind of high: one that can make day to day anxiety or insomnia a thing of the past.

What is THC-O Acetate?

THC-O is a cannabinoid, just like THC and CBD. It is however much stronger than its cousin—up to three times more potent—producing a high that is spiritual, relaxing, and able to go a long way to eliminating anxiety. A lot of users report that it creates an introspective state of mind that lingers over the course of several days. It has also been reported as being helpful for people who suffer from insomnia, delivering an easy, restful sleep rather than a knockout punch. For people who suffer from stress, insomnia and anxiety, THC-O Acetate is a game changer.

Unlike standard THC, it is not a naturally occurring compound, so it has to be created in a lab with some fairly evolved chemistry! In the past, creating an acetylate of a natural compound required dangerous chemicals. Thanks to innovation in this area, chemists have been able to create THC-O Acetate with safe, approved chemicals. 

In creating it, all other elements like flavonoids are stripped away, so THC-O Acetate has no flavor or odor, which makes it easy to combine as an edible for the consumer, for example.

THC-O Acetate is a prodrug—essentially a delivery system—of THC, which in layman’s terms means that the drug, once ingested, needs to be deacetylated by enzymes in our bodies before the THC becomes active enough to produce the psychoactive effects. It’s a process that takes about 30 minutes if created as a standard edible. That’s why another important innovation, Nanobidiol™ Technology, is a key delivery method for THC-O Acetate.

How will we consume THC-O Acetate?

THC-O Acetate, like other cannabinoids, isn’t water soluble. For the consumer, this means that the body subjects the molecule to the same filtering process it does other fat-soluble molecules, causing you to get a lower percentage of the molecules into your bloodstream. That is, until you combine the powerful effects of THC-O Acetate with cutting edge technology like Nanobidiol™.

This technology reduces THC-O oil to a nano-sized particle, which can then be incorporated into lotions, patches, honey… anything really. Since humans are 80% water, it’s normal that our bodies reject hydrophobic substances like oils. The nanoencapsulation technology allows for the more effective transference of active ingredients. The minute size ensures the cleanest, most efficient, and most discreet form of cannabis consumption.

Although it is a synthetic version of what is otherwise a natural product, which may cause some concern among purists, THC-O Acetate is an excellent way to provide relief for anxiety and stress, without having to smoke cannabis directly. For people who would prefer not to inhale smoke, this offers an alternative with distinct psychoactive effects.

Author Bio: Serge Chistov is a cannabis industry expert and Chief Financial Partner with Honest Marijuana Co. Honest Marijuana has been a leader in cannabis innovation since it’s inception with an organic approach to the growth, production and packaging of cannabis, the launch of the first-ever organic hemp wrapped the machine rolled blunts, the invention of Nanobidiol Technology, and the first company to bring THC-O-Acetate technology and products to market. Learn more at https://honestmarijuana.com/ or @honestmarijuanaco

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6 Mind-Blowing Benefits of CBD for a Healthy Skin

Your skin is not only the largest organ in the body, but it’s also the most visible to other people. As such, you will need to give your skin the extra care it deserves to keep it healthy and young.

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Your skin is not only the largest organ in the body, but it’s also the most visible to other people. As such, you will need to give your skin the extra care it deserves to keep it healthy and young.

However, one should be careful with the products you turn to whenever you experience any skin problems because skincare products with harsh chemicals will only cause more problems. Some of the most common skin conditions are wrinkles, dryness, pimples, rashes, and redness. These issues indicate that something is amiss inside your body.

The good news is that CBD is the perfect solution as it has various health benefits. It can help in restoring much-needed moisture and nutrients to the skin, thus encouraging faster healing of your skin.

1. Treating Acne

Numerous studies on CBD oil show that it has incredible anti-inflammatory benefits. This property is especially ideal for skins that are susceptible to acne because it can provide a calming effect. In most cases, acne results from inflammations, and CBD works on soothing the response, thus reducing the chances of more breakouts and redness. One can also grow marijuana plants at home by planting indoor marijuana seeds.

Additionally, another acne trigger is excess oil production on the skin. Cannabidiols are known to lower down the oil production in the body.  If you want to make use of this characteristic of CBD then we suggest you check out our favorite premium quality CBD capsules that can help lower the secretion of sebum, thus preventing and reducing acne breakouts.

2. Skin Cell Rejuvenation

The endocannabinoid system in the human body is responsible for the production of new cells. However, some people have a system that does not work well, which means their basal cells are not well facilitated.

These cells form the inner epidermal layer that requires replenishment for their well-being. As such, if the skin is to remain in good condition, the new cells need to get space from the old cells.

CBD oil can be the answer to the quest for skin rejuvenation. It can interact with skin receptors to help in the production of cannabinoids for perfectly glowing skin.

3. Anti-aging

Today, most anti-aging skin care products have CBD as one of their ingredients. The reason is that CBD contains antioxidants properties, which means that it has the potential to reduce the appearance of skin aging symptoms.

Busy schedules in our lives mean that we have less time to follow a strict skincare regime. On the other hand, various factors in our environment, such as processed food diet, dehydration, and dirty environment, have an adverse impact on the skin. Make sure you check out reviews from a trusted source and read reviews on a wide array of industrial hemp farms products from trusted sources like Herbonaut.

A study shows that CBD is the perfect boon for healthy skin. Antioxidants help in repairing damaged skin and reducing excessive wrinkles, fine lines, ruddy skin tone, and skin dullness. The best part about the use of CBD as a skincare ingredient is that it’s a natural and effective product.

4. Rich in Vitamins

Vitamin E and D are crucial for the nourishment of the skin. These vitamins help in enhancing the elasticity of the skin. Besides, CBD contains omega 3 acids, which are necessary for healthy skin, where it can help tackle the problem of rough skin and conditions such as dermatitis.               

5. Alleviates Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes the deterioration of healthy skin cells. It encourages skin cells to multiply faster on the skin, causing abnormal patches. This condition can be hard to handle and is also painful.

CBD oil can help in dealing with the pain caused by psoriasis. It can also help in controlling the increased cell multiplication.

6. Antioxidant Properties

When free radicals are present in the body, they can cause harm both internally and externally. Unfortunately, our environment is under trouble due to increased pollution, and as such, we come into contact with more free radicals.

According to a study, the consumption of CBD provides the body with enough antioxidants. They help the body in combating various pathogens and carcinogens that could be life-threatening. In addition, it can help deal with several diseases for a better and healthier overall body.

Care of Sensitive Skin

The sensitivity of the skin may cause redness, coarse and dry skin, and dullness. Sensitive skin requires extra attention, where you will need to be careful not to land on harsh products. CBD oil is soothing on the skin and a natural compound. It’s also an effective topical that works well on dealing with various issues associated with sensitive skin.

Various conditions in the environment cause harm to most skin types; it’s essential to incorporate CBD in your skincare routine since its calming effect ensures that your skin looks good throughout.

CBD Products for the Skin

There are a variety of CBD creams available on the market. Among some of the CBD products you can buy for your skin include:

  • CBD soap
  • CBD oil and serum
  • CBD lip balm
  • CBD salve
  • CBD bath bombs & salt

Conclusion

The cosmetic market has numerous products, and people are willing to spend a fortune in search of perfect skin. Unfortunately, most of these products are not natural, and they can cause more harm than good. CBD skin care products are the best way to go because they have overwhelming benefits and more so because it’s a natural remedy for various skin conditions. Moreover, CBD is a non-psychoactive product, and you can even use it as a detox drink for drug tests.

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What are the Health Benefits of Vaping vs Smoking Cannabis?

There are a few questions that can start a lot of debates among doctors, scientists, and the public than medical marijuana. Is it safe? Should it be decriminalized? What are their health benefits? Is vaping better than smoking? These are a few questions that we’re going to avoid so we can focus on one specific area: the health benefits of vaping versus smoking cannabis.

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There are a few questions that can start a lot of debates among doctors, scientists, and the public than medical marijuana. Is it safe? Should it be decriminalized? What are their health benefits? Is vaping better than smoking? These are a few questions that we’re going to avoid so we can focus on one specific area: the health benefits of vaping versus smoking cannabis. 


Cannabis is currently legal in many parts of the world. In the USA, at the state level, it’s decriminalized in 29 states and Washington DC. Moreover, 85% of American support legalizing medical marijuana, and at least several million consume it. The most common use of cannabis in the US is for pain management. While cannabis might not be effective for severe pain, it can be beneficial for chronic pain. 

Cannabis especially seems to ease the pain of multiple sclerosis. It is said to be a great muscle relaxant, and people consume it for its abilities to lessen tremors in Parkinson’s disease. Moreover, veterans consume cannabis to deal with PTSD. The Pineapple Express strain, who gained international attention thanks to James Franco, is one of the most popular medical strains. It is used to deal with stress and anxiety disorders and as a pain reliever. Its effects are nothing like in the movie. On the opposite, many reviews say it should help with your mood, and it provides a specific boost in energy. To reap in benefits at the comfort of your home, one can buy seeds online and grow their cannabis plant.

Since the health benefits of cannabis are apparent, you might be wondering which method of consuming cannabis is the best.

Health Benefits of Vaping Cannabis

Vaping is the process of inhaling cannabis without burning it. Many scientists claim it is healthier than smoking cannabis. Although there’s no clear evidence which is better, here are some health benefits of vaping cannabis: 

No Tar or Toxins

Most of the bad press around cannabis is about the combustion, not the cannabis itself. According to research, cannabis smoke contains the same chemicals as cigarette smoke. And we all know how dangerous cigarette smoke is for our lungs.  

Nonetheless, this could all change if people move away from smoking and try vaping instead. You would reduce 7,000 substances entering your body. Moreover, no tar or toxins would be entering your cardiopulmonary system, which would prevent severe bronchitis. To get even higher quality vape products to make sure you buy from a trusted company like Weedsmart.

Healthier Lungs

After the first reason, it should be no surprise that vaping is much healthier when it comes to the lungs. 

You don’t have to believe us, anyway! 

A 2010 study analyzed the effects of vaping cannabis on 20 users who were complaining of shortness of breath and phlegm. After switching to a digital vape pen for a month, they experienced an improvement in their respiratory function. 

Faster Effects

When you use a vaporizer, you can expect relief in just about 3 minutes. Moreover, the effects last for three hours. And while the same can be said about smoking cannabis, keep in mind that vaping might be more economical compared to a rolled cannabis that usually is consumed at once. 

Saves the Liver

While research has shown the harm smoking has on the liver, vaping doesn’t have the same effects. Vaping is also way safer than drinking. Research has shown that people who vape cannabis regularly have a 9% tendency to develop liver disease. Meanwhile, alcohol consumers have a tendency of 95%. 

Researchers hypothesize that this phenomenon could be related to the relation between marijuana and lower insulin levels, which might protect the liver. Moreover, those levels of insulin may protect the liver from any dietary danger. 

Health Benefits of Smoking Cannabis

Many Anti-Cannabis NGO-s would tell you that cannabis consumption will eventually turn you into an unemployed loser. Or damage your health. However, with cannabis being decriminalized, many scientists have had the chance to study its benefits.  Cannabis, whether it is vaped or smoked, has a lot of benefits that will affect your wellbeing. Here are a few: 

Less Likely to be Obese

You’re amazed now, right? Probably, because you felt starving whenever you felt high, or you’ve watched your friend eating a whole meal in a matter of minutes, whenever they were stoned.   

Nonetheless, a study found that cannabis consumers are less expected to gain weight. Moreover, according to a survey conducted in Quebec, 700 adults who smoke cannabis have lower body index scores. 

It Increases Creativity

A study in 2012 found that cannabis consumption made people more creative, especially in expressing themselves. Under the influence of cannabis, smokers were more fluent in expressing their divergent thinking. 

Performance Enhancer

Many athletes have been giving credits to cannabis for their increased performance and recovery. Moreover, smoking weed helps you with your daily gym. Have you felt sore after a squat session? Smoking weed before starting your exercises leaves you fresh, even 24 hours later. 

Studies show that cannabis has an anti-inflammatory effect, which explains why you might feel fresh even after heavy exercises.  

114 Times Safer Than Alcohol

According to the journal Scientific Reports, cannabis might be the safest drug available. It is 114 times safer than alcohol. Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean it’s absolutely safe. You still need to smoke or vape cannabis in a proper dose and under the guidance of an expert.

Final Words

While we cannot assure you that any form of cannabis consumption is safer, both of them have benefits you should consider. However, you should be careful about the dose you use. Remember that there are risks with everything you put in your body. If you overeat sugar, you’re more prone to diabetes. On the other hand, if you overeat salt, you’re going to increase the risks of having a stroke. 

It is quite puzzling how medical cannabis isn’t legal in most countries, and still holds a negative reputation. Hopefully, shortly, NGO-s and individuals will shift their attention to the damage alcohol and cigarettes causes, and admit the health benefits cannabis provides.

About the author: Rebecca is a cannabis and health industry consultant who frequently writes about the latest trends in the industry with only one motive that is to create awareness about healthy living. She has been writing for a long time now and is becoming a recognized name in the cannabis industry. 

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Dear Julie,

I know this coronavirus is on everyone’s mind and I’m hoping you can help me. I am a 50+ male with a wife and 2 kids.  We both work yet my income is the primary source in our family.  I am in residential real estate and there is a great deal of financial uncertainty and fear of this invisible virus.   I am full of anxiety and the stress is taking a toll.  How do I instill confidence in myself and my family that all will be well? 

Signed Viral Overwhelm 

Dear Viral Overwhelm,

I am glad you reached out as this gives me an opportunity to address these concerns for many.  

First and foremost, do what you can to calm your fears.  I know this is a scary time so while calming your fears may not be easy, it is doable and vital.  Fear creates more fear and contributes to the collective consciousness of fear.  The more we can transmute our own fear, the better for all.  

How?  Set your phone to go off every 2 hours to take 20 deep breaths.  Journal your fears and worries.  Talk to your mate about your deepest concerns.  Keep a notebook near your bed to write your thoughts when your monkey mind keeps you awake.  Start a mediation practice.  Write out various possible scenarios and solutions for each to put you at ease. Action is the anecdote to fear so take action as and where you can.  Listen to binaural beats to calm you.  Be sure to exercise as you can in these limited conditions.  Drink lots of water.  

Part of the bigger picture of this is to reconnect to your Self.  We are such an external society and we have lost our connection to our essence. Use this time to do that however it looks.  Discover a new passion or hobby. Deepen your relationships with meaningful conversations.  Read that book you always wanted to read. Learn something new, maybe take an online course.  Introspect and determine whether or not you are in a career that suits you and research other possibilities.  Connect to your Soul, your Spirit, your angels and guides, your higher power.  Practice trust.  

This is a global reset if you will. Find the gifts in this shutdown for there are many.  At the end of this crisis, I believe we will have more compassion, patience and tolerance.  Our priorities will change and we will have a deeper sense of what really matters.  We will be more generous, have a strong sense of community and will have the courage to remove ourselves from situations that no longer serve us.   Our lives will not be the same and that is a good thing.  If nothing else, this time has taught us that nothing is guaranteed, life is full of uncertainty and all we know is what we know right NOW.  We are getting a crash course in living in the moment. A new world is being birthed. It is not comfortable but it is magnificent.  Stay well my friend and I’m sending big love and peace to you and your family.  You got this. WE got this.

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How to Find Your Ideal CBD Dose

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Author: Barbara Martin


To even begin to discuss the variables in determining an ideal CBD dosage is like trying to hold a handful of sand for more than 15 seconds without it slipping through your fingers. Each granule represents another factor to consider, falling despite your best efforts to contain it, and rejoining the rest of its multitudinous beachy brethren. 

So why are CBD doses so hard to determine? Well, for one, there is no universal dosage guide for CBD intake, which automatically indicates that the medical community can not back any advice you receive about dosing. This is undoubtedly not an exhaustible list; it’s necessary to think about why you’re using CBD in the first place.  The severity of the condition being treated, the concentration of CBD in what you’re taking, what form you’re taking it in (topical, edibles, sublingual, smoking), what effect you’re looking to achieve, whether you are a beginner to the CBD landscape, and of course, individual factors like body chemistry and weight. 

And, rather than focusing on each individually, these factors invariably fold and bleed into one another. This indicates that CBD dosage has to be considered on a case by case basis. But maybe understanding why the subject of dosing with CBD is so complex, and what issues lead to this complexity, we can begin to chip away at the question at hand. We can emerge a bit more knowledgeable, and a bit more aware of at least what we should consider when carefully experimenting with our doses.

Why Are You Taking CBD?

This will certainly help determine how much of it you should be taking, and how often. CBD has been shown, at least preliminarily, to help manage/treat/prevent a vast array of both physical and psychological maladies like chronic pain, arthritis, anxiety, PTSD, troubled sleep, Parkinson’s disease, and depression.

Why does this matter? Well, CBD is a very versatile, ingenious little compound that has been shown to target many areas in our bodies and brains. By targeting our Endocannabinoid systems, CBD helps to manage those things that this system has a hand in regulating, like pain receptors, serotonin receptors, and enzymes. 

In terms of finding a dose that works the way it needs to, it’s necessary to have a clear understanding of what you would like CBD to help treat. In this way, you can monitor the effects that different doses of CBD has on these physical and/or mental areas. As well, depending on the severity of the acute nature of what you are treating, you may need a smaller or larger dose, and you may need to take it more or less frequently.

How Are You Taking CBD?

Do you have a sublingual CBD dose, or are you having an edible? Are you using CBD topically, or smoking it? How you take CBD affects how it works and also the intensity and duration of these results, which in turn, just as with why you are taking it, affects how much you should be taking and how frequently. 

Eating CBD in the form of an edible or capsule will have a more subtle, longer-lasting effect. It will stay in your system longer, while using CBD sublingually will have a rapid effect that may seem more acute, but won’t have the same lasting presence. So too, with smoking CBD. Applying CBD topically in the form of a salve or lotion, it doesn’t reach the bloodstream. Instead, the CBD interacts with ECS receptors close to the surface of the skin. This is targeting the specific area you apply it to, rather than the overall body. 

Of course, it’s clear to see how you are taking CBD also affects how long it will stay in your system, and the overall effect it produces. Topical creams may work for arthritis in a way that they would not show the same results if you use them for helping you sleep better. By understanding what different effects CBD can have depending on how you take it, you can develop a better understanding of your own needs, and move one step closer to figuring out your ideal dosage.

Body Weight/Chemistry and CBD Percentage

To throw a few spanners into the mix, it is also crucial to consider your body chemistry, your physical weight, and the strength or percentage of CBD in the product you’re using. These factors, more than the ones mentioned above, are tactile in a way that the scientific community has been able to grasp onto. There are many guides to be found with a simple internet search that uses equations based on these variables to help the public determine how much CBD they should be taking depending on body weight.

Body chemistry is essential too — specific genetic variants such as metabolisms, medical histories, levels of nutrition, age. Whether you are a first time user or a veteran (how much CBD might already be in your system, and if you’ve built up a tolerance), all need to be taken into consideration as well. Not to mention, CBD’s exact relationship with other medications you may be on is not well known as yet.

So although the guides mentioned above are quite useful, they only really paint half a picture. Figuring out CBD dosage is, annoyingly, not cut and dry. Of course, the more physical variables discussed above can guide us in the right direction, though. If you’re 5’2 and 110lbs, a young, fit first time user taking CBD oil with a high percentage sublingually, you’re not going to need as much on the outset. However, you could be looking for CBD to treat chronic pain caused by Multiple Sclerosis, which can then wholly rearrange your dosage equation. Adversely, you could be 6’2 and 250lbs and over 45 but are a retired Olympian with an impressive bill of health but are only looking to treat occasional restlessness at night. 

So What’s Your Ideal CBD Dose?

More likely than not, your ideal dose is going to be very individual. Our advice is to consult a physician. Although they may not be able to give you a universally recognized dosage, they’ll be able to help you determine what might work best for you. Moreover, start small. CBD can take up to 6 weeks for its effects to be fully actualized, so be patient and don’t go increasing your dose too soon. And, maybe most importantly, listen to your body. What works for one person may not work for another, and, as CBD is here to help our bodily and mental ailments, we owe it to them to be the boss when it comes to our CBD explorations.

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Ask Julie: Difficult Divorce

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Dear Julie,

A few years ago, I went through a difficult divorce after discovering that my husband of 20+ years was having affairs.   After the divorce, I reconnected with an old boyfriend who lived out of state and he ended things abruptly. I haven’t been in the dating world in SO long and honestly, I’m not that comfortable with it plus I’m gun-shy after all of this.

About a year ago, I ran into an old acquaintance and turns out he was in the middle of a divorce. We became friends with benefits but never went on a date. He was honest and said he wasn’t ready to be in a relationship especially until his divorce was final. It was so fun being with him that I have continued to see him even though we still haven’t been on a date. Now I am in a pickle.  

I’m not one who can sleep with someone not get emotionally attached. So here I am, emotionally attached to someone who isn’t available right now and wondering if he will ever be ready for a relationship, if he will want one with me or if he just likes this arrangement that I have made very easy for him. My discomfort with this is starting to outweigh the benefits but I can’t seem to let go of the hope that this may work out as an actual out in the open relationship. Help! 

Signed, Waiting… but should I?

Dear Waiting,

Girl, I think we can all relate to a version of this scenario!

So, you were married for a long time to a dishonest dude. Then you experienced a rebound that left you stunned and heartbroken, again. You have had a lot of pain and emotional garbage to deal with. Of course, you are interested in some fun! But now you are at a point when it is causing you pain so let’s look at this:

You enjoy what this arrangement has been offering you until now. It has also given you an excuse not to get into the dating world. But now, here you are, wanting a relationship, engaging with a man and not actually having the relationship that you want. Will he want what you want and want it with you at some point? Who knows and it doesn’t matter. All you know is what you know now and what you know is that you do not and have not had a solid, out in the open relationship and that is what you want. So what to do…

You can continue what you are doing and hope that he comes around AND also hope that you like who he is in this capacity. That old “watch what you wish for” adage applies here. A frank conversation with him is also an option, laying your cards out and asking where he is with this. His actions are speaking clearly (read that again) but a conversation may shed light… or add more confusion. 

You can continue seeing him when it suits you (or him as I’m guessing he calls the shots) and at the same time, get serious about putting yourself out there to meet other men. I mean seriously. However, that looks to you… dating sites, volunteer work, chatting more at the gym, meet up groups, spreading the word that you are interested in meeting someone… go do it. Often. If you aren’t sure how to go about it, engage in more things that you enjoy that include the opposite sex. Have more fun in your life and life happens.

Finally, you could stop seeing him altogether. This isn’t what you want so you are done. Cold turkey. Then take action on meeting new people. Action is the cure to what ails you in this case. You may not be willing to cut it off completely so plan B is a way to wean yourself off of him while opening the door for someone new. Just be aware of how open you truly are to meeting someone or if you are just going through the motions. At least go cold turkey for 30 days and see how you feel then.

There is no right or wrong answer here. Only you know what you want and what you are willing to do to get it. You want a relationship so go get it with someone who wants the same thing that you do. We tend to think that chemistry only comes around once and that simply isn’t true. Start calling the shots in your personal life, figure out what you want, know that you deserve it and dare to go after it. Call in reinforcements aka friends to hold you accountable. It’s your love life. Stop putting it in the hands of another. You have choices, you just have to open the doors so others can walk through.  

Now go get ‘em!

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I recently spent a few days at Miraval Resort after some big life changes to heal, replenish, conquer some fear and get more comfortable with the unknown.  While I was there I participated in a challenge course called “out on a limb” activity.  In this, you climb up a utility pole and walk across a suspended log 25 feet in the air while wearing a harness.  Everyone has their own reason for doing these challenges such as conquering fear of heights, letting go of perfectionism, being brave in the face of fear. At the beginning of the challenge, the guide asks your intention. I said mine was courage and competence. I also decided to do it blindfolded.

As I climbed up the utility pole, I was terrified.  I have a real fear of heights. Knowing you are wearing a harness and perfectly safe didn’t do much to minimize my fear.  With each step on the staples as they call them, my fear of heights was in overdrive, heart was racing and I questioned whether or not I’d make it. Once I was at the level of the log, I had to do a little maneuvering to get on it.  So there I was, now standing on a log, suspended in the air.  Then I put on my blindfold.  There were 8 of us doing this challenge one at a time. Everyone is cheering and supporting you along the way. 

I would have been happy if all I could do was take two steps.  But after those first two steps, I tuned in and felt my way along the log. Believe it or not, being blindfolded helped me stay calmer. I was able to focus on my feet, feeling the log and maintaining my balance and not being reminded of the fact that I was 25 feet in the air.  I made it about half way across before I lost my balance. I couldn’t recover so I let myself fall.

Since that day, I have been reflecting on my experience.  We fear the unknown because we cannot see what is ahead. We are in essence blindfolded. Yet there is a great gift in this. When you can’t see, your other senses wake up and become your guide.  You end up feeling your way through instead of thinking your way through.  You allow your intuition to guide you more.  Your hearing becomes heightened and you pick up on cues and clues for next steps and answers.   When you use your eyes, you formulate opinions and judgements about what you are focused on which creates limitations and can increase fear.  When you feel your way through a situation, you are more open to ideas, possibilities and receiving clarity along the way.  

So, when faced with the unknown, look within for guidance as to what is right for you.  Pay attention to what you hear and be open to what the universe brings your way. Stay detached from what you think it has to look like.  Try new things for more inspiration and clarity. Appreciate your bravery.

After the exercise, the guide asked what we took away from this experience.  My answer was “to embrace trust and faith”. The unknown is scary. Trust that you have the wisdom and fortitude to navigate it safely and have faith that what you need will come in the right way and at the right time. It will make the journey of change much more pleasant and peaceful.  And if you fall, it’s ok. Just get up and keep going.

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In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Manhattan’s NoMad Neighborhood is a quiet sanctuary, a place to recharge and re-center with luxurious CBD and plant based products, tea, meditation and rooftop yoga. Standard Dose was founded by Anthony Saniger, a passionate entrepreneur who wanted to create a space for the community that focused on wellness through luxurious, plant based products, specifically, CBD, and education.

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The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill sparked a rapid growth in the beauty and wellness Industries, with CBD at the center. Although CBD is a lot more accessible than it has been, the legalization has also brought with it, low grade or impure ingredients; so, one of the many questions on the street is: How do I know I’m getting a top quality product?

The answer to that question lies in the sacred space of Standard Dose. In addition to creating a space where one can walk in and take a meditation break from their long and grueling work day, Standard Dose is a place that educates customers on CBD products and ingredients for optimal wellness. Some of the most common questions associated with CBD products are “Is this going to get me high?”, “how can I tell if its working?”, “Is this a good quality form of CBD”, “What’s this going to do for me?” etc. With all of the ambiguity that surrounds CBD, Saniger wanted to create a space where people could be invited in and not only trust the products, but be educated about what they are doing for them and how the array of ingredients are going to help ailments, anxieties and overall well-being.

The Standard Dose Manhattan store is a 3 story building that houses 20+ CBD brands that carry plant based, ingestible and topical products. From their CBD infused tea (which is delicious) to their beautiful and luxurious face serums/oils, all products undergo third party testing and a 3-step vetting process to ensure everything is top quality, pure and safe before hitting the shelves. Some of the items we tested (Vlog on products to come soon) were Saint Jane Luxury Beauty Serum, Corpus natural deodorant, Vertly peppermint CBD lip balm, and Mineral’s Maison for Recovery Body Balm. All of the products were beautiful upon application and a huge treat for the skin. Instantly sinking in, they helped create a very lux and calming atmosphere, great to do before bedtime!

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Standard Dose’s brick and mortar store is a blanket of calm in the chaos of New York City. The walls wrap you up in pastel pink and cream hues and you are engulfed in the most decadent scent (which they are putting in new products, soon to launch). In the middle of the store, there are large pink crystals/rocks in which most of their products sit. It is a great place to chat with one of their awesome and knowledgeable employees, and test some of the elixirs and serums. Further back is their meditation room decorated with palms, meditation pillows, and an incredible skylight that is equipped with a warm light that shines down on the space. The light mimics the effects of sunlight, creating a warm, peaceful atmosphere and always sunny day. Close to the Meditation area is their tea bar where you can enjoy a cup of hot tea before, after, or during your meditation. The delicious teas by Reset have a tea for Mornings, sleep, yoga, healing, balance and immunity and are all hemp infused. An amazing-and very rare-part of the meditation and tea bar is that everything is FREE! Anybody is welcomed in to take a break from their day and recharge their internal batteries with tea and meditation at no charge at all. On the third floor is a stunning rooftop where they host daily yoga classes. For the class schedule and to save yourself a spot, you can go to their website to sign up- www.standarddose.com. Standard Dose is truly a wellness haven that encourages you to take a time out and re-center and realign.

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When I visitied Standard Dose, I immediately felt a wave of calm wash over me. Being from Southern California, I was starting to feel quite overwhelmed from working and staying in the high frequency of New York City. Standard Dose was quiet and peaceful and I wanted to drown in the heavenly scent. I was greeted by a wonderful girl who let me take my time soaking everything in and was there to offer me a small tour and cup of tea when I was ready. I sat down in the meditation room, under the warm “sunlight”, sipped my CBD infused, balance tea and chatted about the products. Standard Dose was an experience, it was more than going in to shop and buying products, it truly lowered my frequency and energized me. I felt new. Anthony Saniger’s passion for wellness and clean beauty really shined through all aspects of Standard Dose and created a one-of-a-kind experience that was unlike anything else.

For those who are not in New York, Standard Dose has an online shop with someone available to chat, providing you the same education and knowledge that they offer in store. The website also has a blog where you can browse posts on plant based beauty, CBD, wellness, and more. We are so excited that there is a shop that focuses on wellness and integrity of products and can’t wait for all of the exciting Standard Dose things to come!

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CBD Relaxation at Miracle Springs

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Also known as Spa City, Desert Hot Springs, CA is home to natural hot and cold water mineral pools and is a hub for spa and wellness retreats. Intrigued by the natural mineral water and spa experience, I took a trip out to Miracle Springs Resort and Spa to get a tour of their 8 mineral pools and to find out why the city was dubbed “spa city”.Tucked away on a desolate desert road, about 20 minutes from downtown Palm Springs, was Miracle Hot Springs Resort. The resort is known for their 8 natural mineral pools ranging in temperature from hot to cool (the temperatures change daily, the hottest is usually around 105 degrees Fahrenheit!), a spa, ballrooms available for parties or corporate functions, a restaurant, and bar. The pools are located throughout the resort and have beautiful little gardens surrounding them, as well as a stellar view.

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Upon entering their spa area, I was greeted with a key for my locker and a long black robe so that I can cozily walk from bath, to facial, to massage, perfect attire for the ultimate spa day.My first stop was a relaxing, CBD infused, Hydrobath. The hydrobath is basically a bubble bath with a CBD bath bomb that you drop in once you get settled. The bathwater was hot and the candlelight allowed to me mellow out, decompress and get ready for my facial and massage. My skin after the hydrobath was so much softer and moisturized and was definitely an experience that anyone could replicate at home, which was awesome!After the bath, I made my way to the facial room. I was welcomed by a kind and knowledgeable esthetician named Cyndi. She told me a little bit about what the Express Facial entailed (cleanse, mask, soothing face and décolleté massage, toner and moisturizer) and let me know how she was going to incorporate CBD into the service. During the facial massage, while the mask was soaking into my skin, she mixed Mr. CBD’s 2000mg CBD oil with peppermint, lavender, and chamomile, all essential to deepen any kind of relaxation. The massage was incredible! The peppermint left my skin tingly while the CBD and chamomile completely relaxed my muscles. For the skin, CBD is an anti-inflammatory, meaning that it helps ease any kind of acne, rashes, dryness, or any other problem the skin is having. The express facial is great to give you a healthy glow when you’re on the go and also great to give your skin some extra love and hydration that tends to get depleted due to the dry desert climate.

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Finishing the Spa Day was a full body CBD massage. Mr. CBD’s high potency CBD oil was infused with the massage oil in order to optimize relaxation of the muscles. Using a CBD oil while getting a massage allows the masseuse to really get in deep and release any sort of tension or build up in the body while relaxing and reducing inflammation at the same time. This means, no sore muscles the following day!The whole spa day was such a treat! Miracle Springs Resort was beyond welcoming and informative on the amazing mineral baths that the resort was built around, as well as spa treatments and products. It is definitely a great place to get away and decompress for a while and is not too far out of reach. Sometimes an easy weekend getaway is just what the body needs.

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Health, Wealth and Cannabis

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Nature is inspiring not because it is perfect, but because it is prolific….

Welcome to 2020, the year of health, wealth, and cannabis.
Cannabis, one of the highest whole-plant medicines available to us, once frowned upon for its stigmatized “Gateway Drug Demeanor,” has become the “Gateway To Prosperity” for many.

As we continue to study the medicinal value between cannabinoids and the well-being of man, we are awakening a new level of health consciousness. With a rise in alternative remedies, many patients are gravitating towards holistic (characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease) approaches to healthcare and turning to natural treatments as their option for wellness solutions. With cannabis proving to be the people’s choice for herbal remedies, we are at an estimated 260 million global consumers and counting, according to New Frontier Data.
This is just the beginning of the remarkable paradigm shift in plant-based wellness. After all, health truly is wealth.

Speaking of wealth, the valuation of the cannabis industry is anticipated to exceed $66Billion by 2026, according to Grand View Research. Many individuals are taking hold of the economic opportunity at hand in an industry that many entrepreneurs and businesses aficionados would claim a deep passion for.

Legacies are being created. Cultivators are now allowed to put the accumulation of their agricultural knowledge into legitimate companies; retailers are granted the opportunity to operate a professional storefront to service their patients; Start-ups are fronted with a fighting chance to create generational wealth.

As the great American Scientists Carl Sagan once stated, “It would be fascinating if, in human history, the cultivation of marijuana generally led to the invention of agriculture, and thereby to civilization.”

It is up to us to build the foundation of our industry, one step at a time, and to create a new, better world for our civilization of tomorrow. This is a great time to open up your mind and learn how cannabis can truly service your health, lifestyle, community, and even your wallet.
#StayElevated

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Cannabis-Integrated Wellness

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“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease” -Voltaire

Health, a feeling of well-being, free from the awareness of pain or irritation residing within the body. To be free of fatigue and invigorated with vitality is a universal desire that many of us are desperately seeking. How can we attain such a rewarding pleasure state amongst the troubled sufferings of dis-ease in everyday life?

One word……. CANNABIS.

To consider the correlation between cannabis and the multi-dimensional factors that make up our complete wellness is an advantageous thought to entertain. Let’s dig deeper into the components that are our holistic health.

The 5 dimensions of Holistic Health include:

Physical Health: Overall self-care; Daily Activity; Proper Nutrition

Emotional Health: To understand emotional intelligence; navigating through feelings and desires- both good and bad; managing emotions

Spiritual Health: Sense of purpose; the relationship with your inner self; mindfulness to your meaning of life’s balance

Intellectual Health: Focuses on your social and environmental relationships with others (spouse, family, friends, peers), emotional support system, personal growth, engaging the mind

Financial Health: Monetary relationship, your attitude towards money, financial well-being, money management

Incorporating cannabinoids into our everyday wellness routine provides natural, plant-based support for our muscles, brain, stomach, eyes, skin and much more. With respect to our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, cannabis, as an added supplement, can certainly boost our nutrition (ex. Hemp seeds), aid in our fitness regimen (ex. Hemp protein) and ignite our mental focus (ex. MCT w/ CBD additives).

 The restoration of our endocannabinoid system can leave us feeling rejuvenated and in a positive state of awareness. At this level of a heightened mood, our intellectual health can improve drastically, leading us to the confidence and energy for networking, more relationship building, and a stronger sense of purpose, which can position us for opportunities to increase our financial wealth.

 From alleviating social anxieties and depression to raising our Chi for a spiritual reboot, the integration of cannabis and whole-body wellness solutions are limitless. As civilization continues to re-adapt towards the ancient benefits of holistic healing, cannabis will be at the forefront of integrative medicine as a vital tool for optimizing our health.

With a new sense of enlightenment towards a holistic approach to healing, we can begin to conjure up ideas as to what role cannabis may play in uplifting our personal health in each one of these categories.

#StayElevated


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About Dust To Diamonds Incorporated:

In early 2016, Co-Founders Vanessa Macias and Mariah Dodson, set out on a mission to educate their community on the medicinal value and economic benefits of the newly regulated California Cannabis industry. As advocates, and philanthropists with a synchronized passion for this life-saving plant, they were inspired to create a conscious-based business model to service their industry. With their friends and family’s well-being in mind, they launched Dust To Diamonds Inc.(D2D), a leading Southern California based health platform for wellness solutions and cannabinoid therapies. By 2018, the company was acknowledged for being founded by the youngest entrepreneurs in the history of cannabis legalization to be awarded cultivation and manufacturing business licensing in the State of California.

Learn more at www.dusttodiamondsinc.com or visit us on social media @dust.2.diamonds

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Ask Julie: Passion Vs. Practical

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Dear Julie,

“I am in my early 20s and have a passion for the film industry. My dream job is screenwriting and directing. Right now, I’m working as a bartender at a cocktail bar – super late nights and, at times, a draining job. Still, it covers my living expenses and allows me to save up for my own film studio, another dream of mine. I feel my dream is achievable far in the future. Still, I am questioning if it is too risky to work my ass off as a bartender for the next 10 years for a dream that realistically may or may not come true. I have won awards for my work, and I try to apply for grants throughout the year. Should I continue working how I am with the hope and intention of achieving my dream or, do I look at changing my career path to a more mainstream practical job?’
Signed, Dreaming in LA

Dear Dreaming,

I applaud your focus, vision, and courage. How exciting to be pursuing one’s dreams! You seem very serious about this, which is excellent, but yet you are likely putting unnecessary pressure on yourself.

You can pay your bills and are even saving for your own studio. Wow! That is impressive. You are looking for a black and white answer, but there is a lot of grays here. Black and white solutions make things all neat and tidy, but the gray is where the magic, and reality, exist. The trick is to practice ‘being ok’, not knowing what all of this is going to look like. Encourage yourself to be more in the now and have your eye on your dreams.

Do I think you need to be “practical” and get a mainstream job? No, kiddo, you are in your early 20s. Time is in your favor. Follow your dreams… IF it brings you joy.

You can pay your bills and even save for your dream, so you are being practical. Maybe you want to know that this is going to pay off, and you aren’t wasting your time? Nothing is a waste of time, and you can find meaning in every experience.

Have you considered getting a job in the industry in some capacity? Even part-time? Maybe you can bartend a little less and work during the day and still make ends meet. This will give you the chance to plug directly into the industry, which will be fulfilling and invaluable. You can make connections and also may even decide to change your goals once you see some things first hand.

Or, get a different full-time job that interests you more if bartending is too much drudgery for you. The point here is to follow your interests, even in your non-dream related job, to keep you in the flow. You don’t have to be miserable at work in order to follow your dreams. You can pleasantly do both. Plus, doing more of what you enjoy keeps your vibe higher, which brings more of what you want to you. Make sense?

So, let whatever you are doing has some enjoyment to it to keep you in the flow. If that means staying in the current situation, ok. If it means finding another scenario to give you income while staying on course for your dreams, then there you go.

This is an exciting time in your life! You have many years ahead to be able to see your dreams come to fruition, so keep it light and fun while you stay focused. Get involved in the industry more so that to create more opportunities and be open to adjusting your vision. Most importantly, don’t be too focused on what you think it has to look like precisely, or you could miss something even better. Read that last sentence again.

Life is a journey, not a destination. There is no “getting there,” so enjoy the ride by creating a balance of work, play, and self-care. I sense you are a very serious person. It’s ok to loosen the grip a bit. Trust yourself… you won’t let go. Re-evaluate your plan from time to time and assess if you are on the desired course. Be flexible and fluid and follow the path of most fulfillment. Yes, that too is practical!

Best wishes for a fulfilling journey, and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Above Image: Ram Dass art piece by Kyle Damon James, @IlluminatiArtClub

By Carly Goebel

The late, great spiritual leader Ram Dass once said, “As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is”. When you are dealing with constant, intense pain you so easily fall into a cycle of negative thinking. This mindset takes over and your whole reality gets filtered through it, to the point that you are no longer able to see things as they truly are. Every experience I have had, good or bad, has been a piece of a majestic puzzle, coming together to create something I wasn’t able to quite see. They say hindsight is 2020, but I never truly understood until I got to the end of this decade, looked back, and was finally able to see the full picture.

2010-2020. While pondering these past 10 years all I can do is take a deep breathe and say… Wow.

I got a bachelor’s degree, started a full-time job, ended an awful engagement, had a life changing car accident that put me into a wheelchair and would lead to my permanent disability, got a master’s degree, was bed ridden for 3 years, started ketamine infusions, became a public speaker, started a non-profit, got engaged to the man of my dreams who is also my full-time caretaker, and for the first time ever truly believed that there was hope that I might work my way back out of this wheelchair one day. The last 10 years has been quite the rollercoaster, full of exciting adventures, difficult challenges, obstacles I once thought I would never overcome, and dreams I never thought possible!

Photo Credit: Carly Goebel

My name is Carly Goebel and I have CRPS, or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. A chronic pain disorder that outranks all others on pain scales and according to current medical belief, has NO CURE. If you are sitting there wondering what exactly that is, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, most doctors or nurses I see for the first time still don’t know what it is when I tell them I have it. It is a peculiar experience, to have something your medical professionals don’t quite understand. Here you are as a patient coming for guidance and yet, you are left to educate the person who is supposed to be caring for you. It is an all too familiar experience for those living with this disorder, as even though awareness has started to spread, there still exists this lack of required education on the disorder for medical students and nurses; except in Kentucky surprisingly enough! They are first on CRPS but last on Cannabis. But that’s a story for a different time.

Carly in pain from CRPS and then out of pain during a Ketamine infusion.
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I am excited for this opportunity to open a window up into my life and my experiences with CRPS. Living with pain for a prolonged period is a foreign existence for most and one would not fault another for not wanting to sit and ponder on what it would be like to be trapped inside a body that is suffering. My hope for these pieces is not to drag you down into the depression I was once stuck so deeply rooted in to. No…

I want you to be inspired by a story of overcoming, of that which was thought not possible to overcome. A story of hope, perseverance, strength, and the ultimate blessings that come from places we would never expect! I was in disbelief when my entire life was taken from me 7 years ago and I had to completely re-route everything I had planned for myself. There was a time when I felt defeated, when I felt like my pain would always have the upper hand on me, and that if there were no cure then there was no chance for hope. And now here I sit, again in utter disbelief at the future I am now building for myself and others who are out there, struggling with pain and feeling alone, a future filled with hope!

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Getting to this point has been a tumultuous journey, filled with pain and pleasure, trial and error, wrong turns, right moves, and every single part of it has had a purpose. We often question why we deal with difficult things in life. Why me to experience this out of all the people in the world?… It is easy to get lost in questioning each moment instead of existing in gratitude for what you can learn from every experience along your journey. Feeling like a victim distracts you away from seeing things clearly.

Over the next year I will be diving in to many of these stories with you, really breaking down the human experience of pain, and the effects it has; not just on the person feeling it but also on those who care for them. While there will be many stories of hope, some of the things we will talk about will be uncomfortable, but, trust me of all people when I say that pain is an opportunity to grow and learn and not something that needs to be shied away from. Some of the most uncomfortable moments we face are the ones that bring us the furthest in life and the closest to ourselves and to those who help us get through them.

Come with me on this journey, explore with me the depths of human sensation and the bounds of one’s endurance and will, and end up in a place of gratitude and hope for what is possible when you truly believe it to be.

Carly at Citywalk with the “What Lifts You” wing wall art by Kelsey Montague.
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Accessibility Within an Industry

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Jae Rose, Richard Eastman, and Carly Goebel at CWCB Expo

By: Jae Rose

I am reaching out to you, dear reader, with the hope of sharing my story. Just a few years ago, I was a young college student going to school in Hollywood to pursue a career in the film industry as an actor, makeup artist, and special effects artist for tv and film. I was a kid with big dreams, in an even bigger city, surrounded by incredible artists and so many talented, creative people, who wanted to make something they were passionate about. I drove 3 hours each way to school 3 plus times a week and I loved it! 

Then, I started dealing with some pretty serious health issues. In Fall 2015, I was diagnosed with P.O.T.S. (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) It became very difficult to get to school, and it was exhausting working through the 8 to 10 hour days school required. Still, I pushed through. This was something I had wanted and worked toward since I was little, and I

was determined to make those dreams a reality. A culture of “suck it up and fake it” had been instilled in me, and I didn’t want to give up. 

With very little known about the life-long diagnosis, I’d just been given, I acted like it wasn’t a thing. I tried to push forward as though being disabled shouldn’t affect or change anything about my life. I tried to drink more water and work out more and just “get healthy again” but I still felt sick… because I still was. In 2016, ? things hit the fan??I had an adverse reaction to a new ? medication and suddenly, my system just started shutting down. It took 8 days in the cardiac ICU, a total of 31 days in the hospital, and six months in a wheelchair, to get back on my feet.

 At a few points in the ICU, I didn’t know if I was going to survive. I didn’t know if I would walk again, or if I would wake up the next morning. It was terrifying. But I pushed through, and I got better. I was determined to walk again and to “not let my disability hold me back” and it worked!

For a while…

In January of 2019, things were going great. In the past four years, I had moved into my own place, graduated from trade school for makeup and special effects, and even worked on a feature film (Captain Marvel 2019: Prosthetics and mold department at Legacy effects). There had been many? ? serious ups and downs, but overall, my health improved. Most days I was walking, and on my worst days, I used a seated cane. 

Then at the end of January, things took an unexpected turn. I had a severe seizure, and out of nowhere, life changed again.

 I want to preface, this next experience was one of the darkest times in my life but it was this experience that has pushed me to write to you. I was having recurrent seizures almost daily and didn’t know what was happening or why. It also affected my P.O.T.S.

52 days in the hospital didn’t help to find control over the condition. It has since improved slightly, but the thing that changed the most was my perspective. I realized, healthy or not, I am still me and I still want and deserve to live my life and be happy. I don’t need to “suck it up and fake it” when I am hurting, and by sharing my story, I can not only help myself but others that may be going through similar situations. My hope is that I can help able-bodied individuals as well, by breaking down the stigmas and questions surrounding mental and physical illnesses. 

One thing that took me a long time to realize myself, is that disabled individuals are not less capable. We may need extra help at times, but we are not any less of a person. I am not less of me because I can’t stand much. I’m just a different version, and those differences aren’t bad, they’re just different.

In this series, we hope to share a collection of stories of people and businesses who are helping disabled communities. We want to talk about the inspiring, and exciting crossovers between disability and philanthropy, and to celebrate those who do things a little differently, finding accessibility within an industry.

Jae Rose and Carly Goebel will be co-contributing to this series on disability and philanthropy. You can find them both on IG: @ABuddedRose and @Carly_G_710 

If you or someone you know has a story you think should be shared please contact Carly at Carly@nugl.com.

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Clinical Research on Cannabis

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Author: Sterling Scott and Brent Cahill

Scope of Active Research

Research organizations worldwide are engaged actively in the study of specific cannabinoids, combinations of cannabinoids, and delivery systems for controlled dosing of cannabinoids. As this article is being written, there are nearly 200 worldwide clinical trials underway focusing on cannabinoids. For every clinical trial, there are typically ten or more pre-clinical investigational studies underway in Universities and in public and private companies.

Conservatively estimated, including formally registered clinical trials and counting the number of pre-clinical trials, it is likely that more than 1000 studies are currently underway focusing on specific cannabinoids, combinations of cannabinoids, and delivery systems for cannabinoids.

It is unlikely that there has ever been a time when more research has been dedicated to unraveling the complexity of cannabis flowers and the estimated 108 different cannabinoid compounds, 66 terpenoids, and 23 flavonoids. 

Current active research focuses mainly on Cannabidiol (CBD) and -9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), although research is also being conducted on other cannabinoids including 9-Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa), and Cannabidivarin (CBDV) as treatments for cancer, chronic pain management, epilepsy, and PTSD, among others. In addition, there are both current and completed clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of flavonoids such as apigenin, beta-caryophyllene, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, for conditions ranging from insomnia and hypercholesterolemia to cancer and anemia.

Some speculate that cannabis compounds delivered in a controlled-dose, time-delayed method as a clinically validated therapeutic medicine would be revolutionary and lead to a broader recognition of complex botanical medicines. That is uncertain. We do know that early findings are confirming demonstrable therapeutic benefits to cannabinoids.

Early Findings of Demonstrated Therapeutic Benefits of Cannabis

Cannabinoids, dosed in double-blind, randomized clinical testing (in some cases, utilizing synthetic cannabinoids) have, in fact, demonstrated quantifiable therapeutic benefits for certain common relatively common human conditions, such as treatment of chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, as well as for much more specific identifiable disorders, such as PTSD. This article describes the validated therapeutic benefits and the clinical findings on which the findings are based.

Treatment of Chronic Pain in Adults

Clinical trials have demonstrated that “cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain in adults,” according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This finding, regarded as “substantial evidence,” is perhaps the most critical research-based conclusion of this past decade involving cannabis. 

Chronic pain is a recurring issue for an estimated 30% of the adult population in the United States and likely a similarly large portion of communities worldwide. Age is a factor because chronic pain conditions typically present with increasing severity and frequency as the population ages.

The most comprehensive published review of cannabinoid use in the treatment of chronic pain is Whiting et al. (2015) (involving a review of 28 randomized studies, 2,454 participants, and a wide range of chronic pain sources). Other reviews of particular note summarized by the National Academies in their seminal 2017 publication include Andreae et al. (2015), Wallace et al., 2015 and Wilsey et al. 2016.

Regulatory authorities in many countries already expressly recognize cannabinoids for the treatment of chronic pain in adults. In Canada, although “it does not currently have an approved Health Canada indication,” the government acknowledges that “medical cannabis may be used to alleviate symptoms for a variety of conditions. It has most commonly been used in neuropathic pain and other chronic pain conditions.” In Mexico, a 2017 congressional decree declared that “pharmacological derivatives of sativa, indica, and American cannabis or marijuana, among which is tetrahydrocannabinol, its isomers, and stereochemical variants” were legal for medical use, although those derivatives had to contain less than 1% THC at the time of writing. In 2013, Uruguay became the first country to legalize the recreational use, sale, and cultivation of Cannabis, and direct-to-consumer sales via pharmacies began in mid-2017. Unfortunately, these strains of cannabis also contained relatively low THC, and therefore, medical research is slow. Colombia has quickly become a significant player in the international medical cannabis market, with companies exporting to Canada and the UK after legalization in 2016. Germany has begun a rapid increase in medical cannabis import in the past quarter, indicating a surging demand and rapid adoption of the treatment.

Most of the state-regulated medical cannabis programs in the United States allow it to be prescribed for the treatment of chronic pain in adults. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA’) has approved the use of the synthetic cannabinoids dronabinol and nabilone to treat nausea during chemotherapy, as well as the cannabidiol-based Epidiolex for the treatment of seizures resulting from Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes, two severe forms of epilepsy. It has not, however, identified any medical uses of the cannabis flower in and of itself. 32 Individual states have expressly defined chronic or other pain, either on its own or as a result of another illness as a qualifying condition for the prescription of cannabis. These states are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia. It is important to note that laws vary widely throughout these states on exactly how the medicine can be consumed, and at what potency of THC.

Cannabis products for the treatment of chronic pain in adults are widely predicted to increase substantially over the next decade, as is research to evaluate dose-response, delivery methods, and combinations of cannabinoids and side effects.

Improving Short-term Sleep Outcomes

Clinical trials also support, with moderate but not conclusive evidence, that cannabinoids are “an effective treatment to improve short-term sleep outcomes in individuals with sleep disturbance associated with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and multiple sclerosis.” Like chronic pain conditions, sleep-related disorders are pervasive and affect a large cross-segment of the population. Approximately 50-70 million adults in the US report some type of sleep disorder.

The most comprehensive published review of cannabinoids and sleep outcomes is Whiting et al. (2015).

Decreasing Anxiety Symptoms

Clinical trials also provide “limited evidence that cannabidiol is an effective treatment for the improvement of anxiety symptoms, as assessed by a public speaking test, in individuals with social anxiety disorders.”

Cannabidiol, which is frequently referred to as “CBD,” is one of the significant cannabinoids typically present in hemp species and “marijuana” types of the Cannabis sativa species. CBD, of course, has received particularly widespread attention in most of the western world, after many countries have acted to remove cannabidiol from controlled substances lists, thereby encouraging both research and worldwide commerce.

Ongoing research is particularly intensive with cannabidiol. Whiting et al. (2015) provide what is generally regarded as the first clinical review of randomized clinical trials in which Cannabidiol has been assessed to improve anxiety symptoms.

Improving symptoms in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”).

There is “limited evidence (a single, small fair-quality trial) that nabilone is effective for improving symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder.”

PTSD is commonly understood to be a disorder arising from exposure to a traumatic event(s), especially within groups that are subjected to extreme stress environments, such as military combat veterans. Medications to treat PTSD are generally limited to antidepressants and demonstrate very low effective response rates.

It is likely that recently completed clinical trial programs will further our understanding relatively quickly as the medical community is closely anticipating publication of results from two recently completed clinical trial programs at the same time as there are additional 5 studies of cannabinoids and PTSD symptoms.

In one such recently completed study, a triple-blind, crossover, placebo-controlled trial investigates smoking four different types of cannabis with various tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol concentrations on PTSD symptoms in veterans (M. Bonn-Miller, study director; ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT02759185). The study, funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, was registered as completed in April 2019.

In another prominent randomized controlled trial, the University of British Columbia (Eades et al, study director; ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT02517424) is evaluating 42 adults with PTSD administered different amounts of two most common cannabinoids, tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol (in high–low, high–high, and low–low dose forms) to measure PTSD symptoms as well as other health assessments.

The Path Forward

It is almost certain that clinical investigations of cannabis compounds through all phases of the process of drug review for cannabinoids will continue to increase in scale and funding worldwide over the next decade. Importantly, some of the artificial clinical have been lowered in the face of strong public and academic interest. Recently, even the US FDA, arguably one of the gold standards for strict science and investigational research, has provided a mid-summer 2019 consumer update to indicate that it is considering regulatory reforms that may allow the use of certain cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD) in dietary supplement and/or nutrition supplement forms in advance of full drug approvals.

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Ask Julie: Daniel from Jonesboro

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Hey Julie!!

I’m a 27 year old bud tender in Southern California (he/him), and I moved here from Jonesboro, Arkansas to follow my dream and passion of working in the cannabis industry. While my work is challenging, – and California is so expensive – I love them both and am so happy I came here.

The problem is when I go back home to visit my family in Arkansas. They are very religious and conservative, and are not accepting of cannabis as a medicine – they still call it ‘dope’ and think it’s a ‘gateway drug’! – and as I see more evidence in my life and those that I work with and serve, of the medicinal and spiritual powers of the plant, it’s become more difficult to avoid arguments and toxicity. Can you give me some advice on how to handle this – especially with Thanksgiving coming up?!?! 

Thanks!!

– Daniel from Jonesboro

Dear Daniel,

Congratulations on finding and following your passion!  You seem fulfilled with your choices. This dynamic of yours is one many can relate to, even if the details are different. 

Big picture: This is a swing of the pendulum. Think about it, Daniel, you were living in their world, according to their systems and all was predictable and comfortable. Then you moved to a state with a different culture, to work in a provocative industry that is in the midst of a paradigm shift.  So, the pendulum swung to the completely opposite position. This is common when change occurs. It can be scary and unsettling for some (your family in this case) and liberating for others (you in this case). Ideally the pendulum could move to the center but that may not be possible.  Based on your age, I’m going to assume that you made this life change in the past few years, so they are still adjusting to a world that is completely foreign to them.

The smaller picture: you can’t change them, they can’t change you, and no one here needs to change.  For now, there are some things that you can do as you navigate this.  First, seek to understand them. For some reason, your decision and cannabis lifestyle triggers fear in them.  While you would probably like to educate them to assuage their fears, at this point it doesn’t seem that they are open to that. Fear is worthy of compassion so to soften your anxiety around this, move into that space a bit if you can. Second, don’t engage. That doesn’t mean you are ashamed of who you are or what you believe, it just means you aren’t engaging in an unproductive, aggressive, domineering exchange. If they continue to try to engage or even bait you, and you can’t seem to shut it down or take it anymore, then you have some other things to consider down the road.  

But let’s stay focused on the present for now. This could be a fluid situation and the landscape of this can change over time. Third, remember, nothing changes until you do.  Stand confidently in your beliefs and the choices you are making. If you fully embrace this aspect of you it will; 

1) Make you less combative and defensive 

2) Have more compassion for the fear that motivates them even if you can’t relate to it 

3) Will give you courage to make uncomfortable decisions down the road if this doesn’t change.

You want to see your family. If you didn’t, you would not travel to incur the expense and hassle of traveling over the holidays. So, try to have a little patience, a little compassion for the fear that imprisons all of us, don’t engage and see how this evolves.  Take care of yourself as you traverse this, and if it gets toxic, do what you need to do for you.  Sometimes these dynamics change, and change again and yet again — because humans are intricate beings with complicated emotions.  

I wish you luck with your professional pursuits and personal resolutions, Daniel.

Hope you enjoy your holidays and enjoy some good food!

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“Cannabis Kills Cancer Cells”: Michelle Kendall Moves To Get Her Life-Saving Medicine Off Of ‘Schedule 1’

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When Michelle Kendall received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, she was told by her doctors that it was terminal and incurable. After dozens of chemotherapy cycles, two major surgeries and immuno-therapy, she is out of options.  Recurrent ovarian cancer, as she has, is invariably fatal. She turned to cannabis for healing, trying it for the first time when her neighbor – a retired Doctor – recommended it for anxiety related to the diagnosis. After self treating with a regimen of THC and CBD oils, the results she saw were jaw dropping; her “incurable” tumor shrank by over fifty percent. Inspired and emboldened by the results, Michelle began on her current campaign to normalize, medicalize and reschedule cannabis. It became quickly apparent that too many of the doctors she was speaking to were not aware of the science and research backing up the potential of cannabis, and that all of them were blocked from further research or application of the plant by the hypocritical, malevolent, and patently false Schedule 1 status of cannabis. The Schedule 1 designation still somehow classifies it in the eyes of the federal government as a drug with “high potential for abuse,” “no currently accepted medical use” and a “lack of accepted safety.” 

“Cannabis is Medicine.  Science has proven it. End Prohibition.” Michelle Kendall displays the dramatic reduction in the size of her cancerous tumor, which she achieved by using cannabis oils like the ones pictured..

A necessary element that Michelle recognized as lacking in achieving that fundamental change is education. The doctors and others that she told of her results were often skeptical of the potential of cannabis, even after hearing her story, and many even in the medical field are still not aware of fundamental elements to medicinal cannabis, like the endocannabinoid system. “The endocannaboinoid system is still, almost 30 years after its discovery, only taught in a small fraction of medical schools” she told NUGL, “Without understanding the endocannabinoid system as the master regulatory system of our bodies, cannabis as medicine makes no sense.” 

Schedule 1 will be available to the viewing public for free online, after showing at film festivals, and you can help finish the production – they’re so close!

Seeing a gap in both awareness and media, she set out to produce a short documentary, “Schedule 1”, which is currently in post-production. Her goal is to present both the issue and data to a general audience, with a standard of science that a healthcare provider – such as her formerly skeptical father, a urologist – would find compelling enough to research further, if not being completely convinced. “My goal is to make an emotional and beautifully shot documentary short, which explains the science in enough detail that health care providers, or anyone who is skeptical, will sit up and say, ‘Wow, I have never heard of the endocannabinoid system, I need to learn more about that.’” The documentary presents her incredible story of resilience, survival, and healing and the scientific breakdown of how it all works in just 15 minutes. Michelle is hopeful that the brevity and relatability of the content will lead to support for her goal of inspiring public pressure and action to remove cannabis from Schedule 1. She notes that if the oncologists in the country united against the DEA and scheduling system to allow them access to life saving medicine for their patients, the impact could be resounding and immediate, and is one of the reasons she kept cancer doctors in mind as a target audience for the film.

Survivor with a mission: “We must move cannabis out of the schedule one classification and begin clinical trials now.” says Michelle.

“Schedule 1” is currently in post production and will have a final cut ready by Jan 31st. After a rolling launch through film festival season, the Michelle plans to release it for free on the internet. The positive attention the film receives will hopefully spur quicker movement from all directions to re-schedule cannabis. For now, the cannabis community can help support the films production and promotion costs, which have mostly come out of pocket – Michelle does not expect to turn a profit or break even, motivated by the personal experience that heightens her sense of outrage and purpose; “We are in an insane situation, over a quarter of Americans live in a legal recreational state, yet the Schedule 1 classification locks this powerful medicine away from science. It’s tragic. A medicine that I know shrank my tumor – as all the pre-clinical data suggested it would – is vilified as a dangerous street drug.” Michelle Kendall knows first hand how much work there is still to be done to educate patients and their care providers about the life-saving potential of cannabis, and she is up for the mission to fight for her own life, and many others.

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What Is Your Motivation?

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“Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.” 
Zig Ziglar, 

What keeps you motivated to participate in the cannabis industry?  Is it the joy that getting high brings? Is it gardening and cultivation? Is it the new paradigm that we are part of co-creating? We are busy people. You have your to do lists for work, home and personal and I imagine they are pretty long. What keeps you going other than obligation?  Is it love of your job or family? It is a sense of purpose? Maybe it’s the opportunity to use your talents and skills. Does the passion for the cannabis industry motivate you? Or it may be simply the need for the paycheck or sense of duty.

So, what motivates you to do what you need to do? To check off your list?  Sometimes life requires constant motivation. You work hard but the results are not immediate.  You have goals but sometimes those are moving targets as we create and adjust to get it right. Life happens and our momentum and focus gets interrupted.

Think about motivates you with each day, each task. It goes back to discovering what matters to you which I wrote about on September 18th.  What is your why for doing what you do? Look to others when your motivation gets stale. Be motivated by others actions, successes or struggles. Celebrate your wins, learn from your failures both individually and collectively.  Keep the bigger picture in mind while tending to your daily responsibilities.  And if some days you just can’t get into that “rah rah! Go team!” mode, let this be your motivation: 

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way” 
Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dr. Bronner’s Psychedelic Mushroom Trip

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David Bronner, Inheritor To His Grandfather’s Legacy and Soapmaking Empire Brings ‘Constructive Capitalism’ To Regenerative Cannabis Farming and Therapeutic Psilocybin Activism

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps remain an iconic and distinctively American staple brand and curiosity, their wordy labels ubiquitous from Northwestern co-operative farming communities to the upscale bodegas of gentrified North Brooklyn. The boldly colored packaging includes Dr. Bronners ‘Moral ABCs’, a religious, political and labor unity manifesto represented by the overall slogan that the company still uses, “All-One!”. The path of the brand, the label, the eponymous Doctor and his descendants leads from Nazi persecution and American struggle to the steps of the White House and the battle over psychedelic mushrooms.
Over 70 years after German immigrant Dr. Emanuel Bronner founded the company out of his California apartment in 1948, his heirs, particularly his grandson David, have carried his crusading spirit into the battles for hemp, cannabis, psychedelics and sustainable living.

Dr. Emanuel Bronner poses proudly in front of of his original American factory.

Dr. Bronner himself was a fascinating and irrepressible entrepreneur; born into the German Jewish Heilbronner family of soapmakers, he immigrated by himself to Wisconsin from Germany in 1929, dropping the ‘Heil’ from his name due to the word’s association with the Nazis, as Hitler rose to power in the 1930’s. 

Emanuel started publicly speaking about his ambitions for uniting humanity under a single utopian religious and governmental system, with mixed reactions. While many connected to him personally and intellectually, his intensity could be a double edged sword.  After a dispute over his right to preach at the University of Chicago triggered his legendary sense of righteous indignation, he was involuntarily hospitalized at Elgin State Insane Asylum, from which he escaped in 1945. He fled west, and launched his American soapmaking operations in 1948 from his Los Angeles apartment. Meanwhile back in Germany, the Heilbronner’s factory was nationalized and liquidated by the Nazis, and Emanuel’s parents were deported to concentration camps, where they were murdered in the mid-1940’s.

As he spread his soap and gospel, Emanuel Bronner further honed his marketing and outreach skills. In 1950, he came up with the idea of directly printing “The Moral ABCs” that he had innovated onto the labels of his peppermint castile soaps, after realizing while preaching Pershing Square that many people were taking the free soap samples he offered, without bothering to stay to hear him philosophize. The Moral ABC’s are rooted in Dr. Bronner’s own stream of intentional consciousness, interwoven with references to thinkers and leaders including Einstein, Thomas Paine, Karl Marx, 1972 Olympic swimming legend Mark Spitz (who sued and eventually received a settlement when he found that he had been included on the packaging without permission), as well as Jesus and the ancient Hebrew sage Hillel, who Dr. Bronner referred to as ‘Rabbis’, seeing himself as a continuation of their Rabbinic tradition and philosophies. The label became the most recognizable characteristic of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps as they spread the globe, and has been alternately celebrated and ridiculed. When updating the logo in 2014, a company spokesperson acknowledged that the label – which can’t be changed beyond some design updates since a provision was added to the company’s charter that states that it must remain the same – “might just be one of those things that is ‘so bad, it’s good.'” The advertising industry has been split about whether it falls on the side of “atrocious” or “genius“, but to generations of global fans and customers, the case has been long settled.

Dr. Bronner’s label: A 3,000 word gospel that dictates a precise and all-encompassing philosophy, as well as 18 different uses for the castile soap.

 

Another is its versatility; Dr. Bronner’s soaps work as shampoo, toothpaste, laundry detergent, shaving cream, pest control and more, advertising at least 18 uses on the label. As demand rose for naturally sourced and organic products through the 60’s and 70’s, Dr. Bronner’s soaps, which had been decades ahead of the ‘conscious consumerism’ and holistic wellness product trends, expanded and moved operations to Escondido, California. The non-conformists that became their base market were intrigued and inspired by the universalist exhortations, laughing or shrugging off the more subjective bits, such as his advocacy for Chinese birth control methods.

Dr. Bronner’s commitment to fair and equitable business practices made him a beloved employer, allowing many to appreciate or overlook his pronounced quirks. For example, he had an almost compulsive habit of reporting communist activity he deemed suspicious to the FBI, and made many attempts to meet Dr. Albert Einstein, sometimes claiming him as his uncle. It is also likely, according to the Dr. Bronner’s website, that he simply adopted the ‘Doctor’ honorific and that “with his intensity, scientific knowledge and thick German accent, no one argue(d).”

Dr. Emanuel Bronner poses with his beloved signature product in 1973. He believed that under the right principles and practices, “Spaceship Earth” could unite, “lightning-like”, into a better and more collaborative reality and future.

Emanuel Bronner ran the company until his death in 1997, even as his eyesight deteriorated into complete blindness through the 60’s and 70’s, a condition he attributed to the shock treatments he had received at Elgin State. His sons Jim and Ralph took the reins and continued to embrace the ethos of their father’s mission and business structure. Jim was a brilliant chemist in his own right, inventing a foam concentrate in the 80’s that is still used in fighting forest and structure fires. Ralph served as Chief Outreach Officer, his own uniquely accessible personality displayed along with his fathers in the 2006 documentary ‘Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox.’ Not long after his father’s death, Jim received a terminal cancer diagnosis, and spent the last year of his life transitioning management of the company to his son David, who would go on run the company with his mother Trudy and uncle Ralph, soon to be joined by his brother Michael. Ralph Bronner, beloved by staff and customers alike for his warmth and generosity, remained in his position with the company until his passing in 2015. Michael Bronner is an author, philanthropist, and activist, and remains President of Dr. Bronner’s.

When David Bronner joined the family business as the end of a century neared, he was a 24-year-old Harvard-educated mental health counselor and hemp advocate. With an established national and international market, David and Dr. Bronner’s entered the 21st century already well along their path of corporate and communal activism toward a better planet.

Activism For Hemp and Cannabis Leads Brother David to Regenerative Organics

  In 1999, the company added hemp seed oil to their soaps, and supported the eventually successful early 2000’s campaign that protected hemp products from a DEA status as a schedule 1 drug. Illogical and restrictive federal policies against hemp and cannabis didn’t end there however, and in 2012 David Bronner was arrested for locking himself in a steel cage in front of the White House while extracting oil from hemp, in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to convince President Obama to rethink some of America’s self destructive plant policies. He had previously been arrested in 2010 for symbolically planting hemp on the front lawn of the DEA museum with 5 other activists. Hemp was finally legalized in the most recent 2018 Farm Bill.

David Bronner locked himself in a cage in front of The White House in 2012 with hemp plants and extracting equipment, to demonstrate both the safety of the plant, and the absurdity of the system restricting and criminalizing it.

David Bronner, working with his family and team, has since incorporated the company’s guiding principle of ‘conscious capitalism‘ into activism for LGBT+ rights, sustainable agriculture and the “liberation of cannabis.” Since 2003, Dr. Bronner’s has formalized their practice of giving all profits not needed for business to progressive causes and charities, and in July of 2015, Dr. Bronner’s became a state recognized Benefit Corporation (B. Corp) in California, a ‘for-profit corporation that has positive impact on society and the environment according to legally defined goals.’ That act further solidified the commitment to locally and globally beneficial work that Emanuel Bronner incorporated into their foundation, and which his heirs and descendants uphold. Indeed, when browsing some of their innovations it’s almost unbelievable for an American corporation; in 2003 they created the first 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, and they have a detailed commitment to sustainable sourcing and cultivation of their products. They also have some of the most worker friendly business practices, including 100% health coverage, which they instituted in the early 90’s, and a maximum 5-to-1 compensation cap between top salaried employee and lowest-wage warehouse position, meaning that even David, the CEO (Cosmic Engagement Officer) can only make up to five times as much as his lowest paid full time worker. By comparison, the average CEO in the US ‘earned’ about 250 times as much as their typical (not lowest paid) employee in 2018. Dr. Bronner’s is a rare corporation that has put into action the often empty commitments to workers and the earth that other corporate actors fund misleading PR campaigns about. 

Direct Activism: David Bronner has been arrested for his creative protests at The White House and DEA Museum in Washington D.C. protesting hemp and cannabis restrictions.

Besides hemp activism, Dr. Bronner’s has been a longtime supporter of cannabis legalization, accessibility and agriculture, and David’s new project in that space perfectly reflects the holistic agrarian outlook he lives. “Brother David’s Sacred Allies is a not for profit brand platform to promote independent sun & earth farms.” He told us, further elaborating that the primary goal is to establish a recognizable holistic agriculture certifications for farmers, especially cannabis farmers who are growing organically, but can not get Organic certification due to cannabis remaining a federal Schedule 1 drug, a continued and unjust hypocrisy. David clarified that “These are independent farms, we have no ownership whatsoever, we are promoting a certification that means the cannabis was grown purely in sun and soil, with no chemicals, using fair labor practices. We feel like all the best cannabis farmers are already growing regeneratively, so it’s a way of certifying what they do in a way that communicates that transparently to consumers at point of sale. For example, when they see the Sun+Earth certification, they know that their medicine has been produced to the highest standard. Brother David’s is a not for profit intentionally because we want to communicate that we are in cooperation, not competition with the other brands certified as Sun+Earth and Regenerative Organic, we just exist to promote those standards, and help subsidize certification costs to fund allies advocating for better and less burdensome regulations for small family farmers.” The Sun+Earth certification is specific to cannabis, while Regenerative Organic applies to all non-scheduled agricultural products. 

New Facilities: Dr. Bronner’s committed to becoming a zero-waste operation in 2014

Psilocybin Therapy

  Most recently, the Bronner name has been in the media due to their $150,000 donation and David’s public and personal support of Oregon’s Psilocybin Service Initiative, which would allow psilocybin therapy in the state, in controlled therapeutic settings with state licensed therapists. That measure was a rewritten version of the previous mushroom bill, and the announcement of the amended version set off a wave of mostly positive reactions online and in the psychedelic community. David spoke to NUGL on the phone about his support for the therapeutic model of psilocybin, his vision for the future of psilocybin, and some of the dissenting opinions around the current bill from within the psychedelic community. 

“I think psychedelic therapy is pretty crucial for humanity to heal itself,” he told me “We need to wake up to, grapple with and solve the huge environmental and social problems that we’re facing, and I think widespread psychedelic experience and healing is going to be a crucial part.” He speaks from personal experience with the fungus, referencing his own struggles with anxiety and depression. “It’s definitely been a big part of my path, and that of many people I know, helping to process really difficult emotions and experiences, learning to reintegrate and love ourselves and each other, to connect with nature and realize we’re one with the miraculous living reality we’re in.”

Oregon’s proposed PSI 2020 measure has generated excitement, as well as highlighted some distinct differences in approach when it comes to plant medicine activism.

One reason David supports the therapeutic model is that he recognizes the vast need for more intense and deep reaching therapeutic experiences and medicines than what the American regulatory system currently allows for; “The pharma drugs and therapies out there are pretty inadequate, just scratching the surface of the root problems, and psilocybin assisted therapy can really help people and help solve the underlying issues, or work through them in a much more fundamental way than just medicating the symptoms,” he said. “Speaking as somebody who doesn’t have an acute diagnosis of major depression or end of life anxiety, or an acute addiction, I think for our brothers and sisters that are suffering from any of those, this is really game changing.” 

David believes that psilocybin assisted therapy can and will change public perception about the fungi and other natural and plant medicines. “The therapeutic model is based more on the indigenous approach of creating a safe container with a shaman present to really optimize the experience, it’s not like partying at a concert.” Not that partying with psychedelics at a concert is necessarily a bad way to experience psychedelics, in his view. “Certainly though that can also be a deeply meaningful or religious experience, it’s not as reliable as a therapeutic model where you’re really controlling the set and setting and minimizing distracting factors in the environment, and really enabling full release through the experience”

Consensus Building, Dissent, And the Fear of ‘Corporadelics’

As mentioned above, the measure currently up for consideration in Oregon – known as PSI 2020 – was rewritten and amended, with a few crucial changes that not everyone agrees with. Those controversial changes  include a measure mandating indoor growing – which may exclude low income people without the means for a costly indoor setup, and could also stand to benefit a donor to the campaign who produces exactly that sort of indoor equipment. Many have criticized the level of influence that Tom and Sheri Eckert, the married therapists sponsoring the original and amended bill have had over the campaign and eventual licensing process. The Portland branch of national plant medicine advocacy group Decriminalize Nature, whose Oakland and Denver affiliates have been a fundamental part of the successful legislation there, publicly stated their objections in a letter they posted online. David Bronner published his own response to the backlash, and defended the measure and Dr. Bronner’s support for it on the company blog. In our conversation as the discussions played out, Bryan Kim director of public outreach for Decriminalize Nature Portland told me; “Our position toward PSI and the changes made is that we are not at a point where we don’t think people should vote for it. Getting a medical model, and a high quality one, in place is really important. The main point of contention is that we are at a point of critical support (for psilocybin), and that I think it’s very important for the average person to understand the distinction in approaches. It’s critical that as we’re moving forward into the future, we’re talking about who’s going to benefit from these legislative changes, and who’s going to be left behind.” 

Kevin Matthews, the Denver activist best known for spearheading the psilocybin campaign there cautioned  in a September 12 webinar about a potential monopolistic takeover by ‘corporadelic’ interest Compass Pathways, who have raised eyebrows and concerns that many of their tactics are aimed toward cornering the market on psilocybin research and market access. Matthews cautioned that “Compass intend to dominate the market in clinical research for the foreseeable future, and if the Oregon measure passes, it’s my intuition that they are going to have as much of a proprietary space in terms of supplying psilocybin to those service centers when they open up.”

David Bronner describes the conflicts over the bill as tactical, rather than fundamental.“I think there’s a large scale agreement on the end goal, the end goal is for psychedelics to be widely available for everybody that doesn’t have a contra-indication.” He notes that another bill being considered by the Drug Policy Alliance and aimed at broad scale drug decriminalization across Oregon, includes the decriminalization language removed from PSI 2020, and would include psilocybin and all other psychedelics. “On the one hand , you’ve got the Decriminalize Nature movement, which we 100% support. We do believe in cognitive liberty, and that you have a right to alter your consciousness as you see fit, whether that’s in your own home or in a forest or wherever. Conversely, we also understand the researcher concerns, they are concerned that (while they are) going the FDA regulatory approval route, if we go too far with what Oregon is proposing, that maybe there would be some (federal) backlash.” 

A spokesperson for the Drug Policy Alliance clarified regarding the full drug decriminalization measure referred to by David, that they will not technically be introducing that bill, rather following and supporting the local lead; “The chief petitioners for the ballot initiative you are referring to are Janie Gullickson, executive director of the Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon, Haven Wheelock of OutsideIn, where she leads one of the oldest and largest harm reduction programs in the US, and Anthony Johnson, executive director of the successful Oregon campaign to regulate, tax and legalize marijuana. To be clear, this is an Oregon-led initiative…It is much too soon to determine whether or not we will move forward with this measure.”

Bryan Kim and others are sure to express that concern over potential bad actors does not extend to David and Dr. Bronner’s. “I want to be very clear; I live with several other Decriminalize Nature PDX people and our household is very big fans of his products. They as a company do a lot of great work, and I really appreciate that as a B Corp they have structured a for-profit business in a way that gives them a legal and structural focus on attempting to give back and make improvements within the system.” A spokesperson for Decriminalize California similarly criticized elements of the bill, while reiterating their respect for Bronner. “David Bronner has alway been fighting the good fight for drug policy reform. I believe his motives are righteous, and if more people in his position stepped up to support these kinds of initiatives, this war would end. Granted, I like the Decriminalize California model better than the (PSI 2020) Oregon model, but it’s up to the voters in Oregon to decide their own fate, and with time their policy will evolve to fit the needs of the people.”

David Bronner looks forward to the future that Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps will continue to help build, sustain, and clean.

The Holistic, Agrarian, Sustainable, Psychedelic Future

Holistic cannabis culture and psilocybin therapy are not disconnected goals to David. “There is similarity in that cannabis is also a plant medicine that’s very helpful in helping us relax and appreciate the present moment, each other, music and all the magic in our lives, and to get out of the ‘go go’ mode of consciousness that’s really interfering with connecting with each other and nature.” Coming from a less accomplished idealist, statements like that might sound myopic, but the legacy that David Bronner steadfastly maintains has withstood skepticism, mockery and even incarceration in the past, and among the wealthy and influential individuals eagerly affiliating themselves and their money with psychedelics, it is unlikely that any of the others are following as directly in the footsteps of their grandfather. David and Dr. Bronner’s current success and future goals are the outcome of exactly the sort of irrepressible faith in big ideas, good work, and being of benefit to people and the earth that he and his grandfather Emanuel have dedicated their life’s energy to. As for what David hopes to see in the near future of cannabis, psychedelics, and plant medicines? “I’m hoping for a day soon that in the same sentence where you’re asking someone about their meditation practice, you also ask about their medicine practice. Maybe it’s every five years, or yearly, maybe it’s once a quarter, but some kind of check in to the deeper levels of self, spirit world, getting the deep lessons and wisdom that come with intentional medicine practice.”

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 “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” ? Oprah Winfrey

 This quote applies to every aspect of your life. Do you do what is right for the sake of integrity or notoriety? Are self-pride and strong character what motivates you or accolades and praise? Sure, we like praise and acknowledgment. We are human. But more often than not, which do you choose?

For example, at work, do you pick up the slack for someone because you want to point out that he/she is not doing what they are supposed to or to bolster your position? Or because it is better for the company or helps that person? 

At home, every time you unload the dishwasher do you remind your mate that he/she has not done it and seek appreciation? Or do you do it because it needs to be done as part of keeping an orderly house that benefits everyone?

In your community, do you help out, donate to charity or get involved because you want to be known as THAT person? Or do you do it because you want to contribute to making your community better for everyone?

You hear of people anonymously buying strangers coffee or meals, donating to charity, leaving items on the doorstep of a needy family. What do you think motivates this behavior? 

One definition of integrity is “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness”. Another is “the state of being whole and undivided”. The first definition speaks to personal principals and the second speaks to the results. Having personal integrity creates a sense of wholeness and unity within yourself and creates a strong, unified, supportive community.

Reflect on this and see what you notice. Having integrity is about your relationships with yourself, others and society. We get what we give in relationships. If you give more, you get more somehow, someway, somewhere. Maybe not from that person specifically but generosity begets more generosity. Be a silent inspiration and act in integrity every chance you get. You will be creating a state of wellness and vitality both within yourself and in your community!

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Have you read The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz? If not, I highly recommend it. It is an easy read and the wisdom is simple and practical. I’ll summarize below and add a few of my interpretations as well as the authors:

1. Be Impeccable With Your Word

           Speak the truth, say only what you mean. Don’t embellish or exaggerate. Follow through with what you say you will do. Speak with integrity which means be fully present in the moment and speak your truth in that moment. Watch your vernacular with phrases like “this is killing me!” Don’t gossip or speak ill of others or yourself. Use positive words or stay silent. Sometimes silence is better than the words you may choose.

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally

           More often than not, how someone else behaves in any given moment is more about them than you. We are all on our own journey, dealing with the stuff of life which can be a motive for how we react and how we treat others. When someone is hurtful for example, it likely isn’t because you are bad, wrong, not good enough etc. It is because of an aspect within themselves. By not taking things personally, you lessen the drama in your life, you are more open to understanding another’s behavior which leads to more understanding and compassion, and eventually forgiveness. Taking things personally also perpetuates martyr mentality.

3. Don’t Make Assumptions 

           Assumptions can lead to confusion, hurt feelings, drama, stress, and anxiety. It can negatively impact your relationships. When you make assumptions, you jump to wrong conclusions. If you act on these conclusions that causes a whole host of other problems. Don’t assume, ask. Information is energy in motion. Making assumptions is due to a lack of information. So find out. Ask. When you do, the energy takes form, the focus becomes clear and then you will know what is what and can act appropriately.

4. Always Do Your Best

           This speaks for itself. Even if your best doesn’t hit the mark, do it anyway. You will feel a sense of accomplishment and pride. Genius is the willingness to be wrong in the pursuit of what is right.  Always doing your best no matter what is an aspect of genius. Don’t get hung up on whether or not your best is good enough. It is about exploring your genius and the intricate nuances of life. Think of a time where you didn’t do your best. How did that make you feel? Pretty icky, right?

Do these resonate? Which one(s) stand out? For me, number 2 has been my biggest challenge. It is easier as time goes on but it is still something that needs a regular reminder. The Four Agreements is a blueprint on how to live with integrity, honor and respect to yourself and others.  timeless and succinct yet oh, so effective. I’d love to know what you think!

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An ‘Addiction Interrupting’ Natural Psychedelic That May Hold the Key to Healing Parkinson’s

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With plant medicines becoming more popular, thanks in part to the expansion of the global ayahuasca industry, a lesser known plant called iboga is showing promise for a variety of conditions, including opioid addiction and possibly Parkinson’s Disease.

Ibogaine is a psychedelic substance found in the African rainforests of Angola and the Congo, a root bark extraction of the ‘Tabernanthe iboga’. While it is still somewhat less known in the US than its relative Ayahuasca, its popularity and international following for the groundbreaking improvement it has shown for those suffering from opiate, alcohol and amphetamine addiction. Large dose treatment of ibogaine has shown ?particular success? in preventing opiate withdrawal symptoms, often after a single treatment. While there is potential for adverse or dangerous reactions for people with certain existing or untreated heart conditions, or who are on certain other drugs, that danger is not a major factor with ?proper precautions? and supervision. Ibogaine is used medically and therapeutically around the world. Countries including Australia and South Africa have allowances for medical and prescriptive use, while countries such as Gabon, The Netherlands, and Mexico have legal or unregulated access. All are becoming popular bases and destinations for therapy and treatment, especially with access severely limited by misguided government regulations in many parts of the world, including being completely illegal in France, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Ireland and others.

Ibogaine is a Schedule 1 drug in the USA, meaning that according to the ?draconian and irrational? logic of the ?Drug War?, it is a ‘drug with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse’, despite a ?growing? ?mountain? of ?evidence? to the contrary

The tectonic foundations for that mountain first converged in the US through Howard Lotsof (1943-2010). ?Lotsof is credited? as being “the first individual to observe the therapeutic effect of ibogaine in detoxification from heroin”. While experimenting with psychedelics as a 19 year old heroin addict in 1962, he was introduced to ibogaine by a chemist friend. When the multi-day trip ended, Lotsof became aware that he was not experiencing heroin withdrawals, and hadn’t for days. After confirming the same results with a handful of addicted friends, he committed to his belief that ibogaine could serve as an ‘addiction interrupter’, and began a lifelong mission of advocacy for ibogaine treatment and research within the scientific and activist community. Over the next decades, Lotsof inspired, educated and worked with many of today’s leading ibogaine researchers and activists in the US and Canada. Among them are NYU psychiatry and neurology professor ?Dr. Kenneth Alper?, who co-organized the First International Conference on ibogaine, and Dr Deborah Mash, who began conducting research into ibogaine after meeting Lotsof in the early 90’s, and is now widely considered one of the western world’s foremost experts on ibogaine.

Another of Lotsofs early collaborators is ?Dana Beal?. Dana is a founding member of the ?Yippie Movement?, and a tireless and ?legendary? activist for cannabis legality and access, human rights, and personal freedom. He and the Yippies are enshrined for their work in the recently opened Weed Museum in Los Angeles.

During our conversation, he was preparing to fly from New York City to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia the next morning to speak at the Ibogaine For Addiction Conference. He believes that the healing potential extends beyond even the ongoing success in therapeutic and addiction treatment. Recent reports and research indicate potential for ibogaine use in the ?treatment of Parkinson’s? disease, and Beal has been focused recently on promoting further research and ?awareness?. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common age-related neurodegenerative disorder globally after Alzheimer’s disease. An estimated seven to ten million people worldwide have Parkinson’s disease, and almost one million people will be living with Parkinson’s in the US by 2020, according to the ?Parkinson’s Foundation?. While there is skepticism in both the mainstream and ‘alternative’ medical community, Beal remains confident; “It’s not a theory, it’s a result, I’ve spoken a patient who has reversed their Parkinson’s strictly with microdoses of ibogaine. There are also many patients who have achieved [positive] results with a regiment of large doses followed by a microdose regiment.”

Claims of a potential miracle natural remedy for elements of addiction and Parkinson’s disease are sure to raise as much suspicion as hope, and there are those in the medical community who are as dismissive of the neurological and medical potential of ibogaine as many were (?and still are?) of cannabis. Don’t forget that the mainstream acceptance and propagation of ‘facts’ and data by the medical and pharmaceutical establishment has been a leading factor in the criminalization of cannabis and suppression of its medical benefits. The often misguided gatekeeping of the so called healthcare establishment is also a significant contributor to decades of public ignorance of important data about the potential of LSD, psilocybin and other psychedelics, and contributes to the epidemic of opiate related addiction and deaths.

For those interested in an ibogaine experience, it’s important to remember to always do your own research, and apply the principles of ‘?set and setting?’. It’s also important to note that this is probably not the party drug to bring along to your next festival or recreational camping trip. Beal points out that “Ibogaine is not from the [chemical] sequence of psychedelics related to psilocybin and LSD, it’s more related to harmaline, one of the two main active ingredients in ayahuasca.” What that translates to for the user is an experience that most describe as self reflective and therapeutic, as opposed to the more joyful fun associated with other psychedelics. Ibogaine trips can last well over a day, and involve challenging moments physically and mentally. Awareness and education along with proper guidance and supervision are well advised with this powerful and mysterious medicine.

Written By Aaron Genuth, Contributor

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You know what matters to you. You know what you want, what you do, what you like. But do you ever stop and think about why? Let’s explore the journey of what matters. 

For example, say you want good health, more money, loving relationships, fulfilling work. Why do these things matter? A better quality of life, financial freedom, a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose all come to mind. Recognizing what matters makes the experience richer, more fulfilling and more meaningful. It expands the enjoyment and benefits. It increases your sense of accomplishment and creates more motivation to strive for your goals and interests. You are more present because you know what is motiving your actions. 

Why does your job matter to you? Take a moment right now and ponder that. It is for the money? Because you like the work? Maybe it’s an opportunity to use your talents and skills. Perhaps it gives you a sense of purpose and pride. Maybe you like the industry or the vision of that particular company or idea.  Whether you are an employee or entrepreneur, this process is helpful.   

Next, think about why you do your job in the way that you do. Is it because it is the most efficient? Because you are told to do it that way? Because of guidance from your intuition? Assess what is behind the execution of your responsibilities, if you are using your talents and abilities to the fullest extent and being as productive as possible. 

Genius is the willingness to be wrong in the pursuit of what is right. The journey of life embodies this concept. Discover why this job matters to you and why you are executing it this way. Explore this with other areas in your life as well.  It will make the experience more fulfilling, the rewards richer and will allow you to work with more efficiency while using the fullest expression of your talents and abilities, including your spiritual talents. Doesn’t that sound grand?

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Are you aware of your thoughts? It is believed that your thoughts create your reality. We are encouraged to keep thoughts positive, don’t focus on the negative and good things will happen. Is it that simple?  It seems so HARD sometimes, doesn’t it? If it were that easy and that effective, why isn’t everyone doing it? 

As someone like me who lives in their head, it is virtually impossible.  Or is it?? What I know is this: your thoughts are the one thing that you can control.  Maybe it’s the only thing.  I also know that the benefits are undeniable.  

Think about this for a minute: think about how much your thoughts affect your mood and anxiety level. I am amazed at how much it dictates my state of mind.  I didn’t get this until I started to watch my thoughts and deliberately change whatever thought I was having.  It shifted my mood almost instantly!  Now, being a heady person as I am, my thoughts would go back to the ick and so would my mood. But then I would realize how crappy I felt and remembered that I can control this and changed my thoughts again. It’s a roller coaster to be sure but worth the ride!

First, become aware of what you are thinking.  You may be surprised! Awareness is the first step to creating change.  Next, remove a negative thought and replace it with something else. Ifyou are ruminating on something, let it go or swap it with something positive or simply a different thought.  Change the words.  Say a prayer or mantra. It doesn’t matter if you believe it. For now, just say it until you start to feel better.  

If you just can’t find words, all you want is to feel better, try calling in the Light. Say in your mind “I call in the light”. Say it over and over until you start to feel lighter.  Everything is energy and the Light is the highest vibration that exists so calling it into you lifts your vibe plus it gives your mind something different to say.  See how clever that is?  So become aware of your thoughts and practice changing them.  Pay attention to your state of mind and any tension in your body to know if your thoughts are making it worse.  The more you make this a habit, the easier it will be.  You will feel better, happier, lighter and everyone around you will thank you!

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Why The Cannabis Community Should Consider Psychedelics

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With Denver and Oakland having recently passed psychedelic decriminalization measures, it may seem as if the psychedelic reform movement is following a similar trajectory to cannabis — which over the past two decades has seen legislative victories on both the state and local level in the form of decriminalization and adult-use or medical legalization policies. In fact, throughout much of the past half-century, cannabis and psychedelics have been connected not only by similar legislation, but also by media, culture, and scientific research. As both became more widespread throughout popular culture around the time of the Vietnam War — many argue drug use was seen by many as an act of political rebellion — in response, Richard Nixon launched the “Drug War” to criminalize these substances under a dubious system called the Controlled Substances Act. Both cannabis and a range of psychedelic drugs were placed in Schedule I alongside potentially lethal substances like heroin, thereby continuing a campaign that had begun with during the “Reefer Madness” era of the 1930s, which sought to vilify cannabis by associating it with psychosis and consumers of color.

With the willing help of a media establishment that harnessed the power of fear to sell news, the Drug War put a hard stop on the research that academic institutions had been doing on psychedelics, and continued to expand for decades under multiple administrations and misinformation campaigns. While both cannabis and psychedelics have remained popular among the fringes of society until recently the mainstream public has still mostly regarded them as a gateway drug — in the case of cannabis — or as a dangerous brush with psychosis from even a single psychedelic trip. 

Today, however, the general public, scientists, and even politicians are beginning to take cannabis and psychedelics seriously as powerful medicines for conditions like anxiety, PTSD, addiction, and depression, or simply as therapeutic aids for the betterment of well people. In other words, public opinion is inching toward destigmatizing these substances, regarding them as they once were not just prior to prohibition, but in some cases, for thousands of years, as they have been integral to indigenous communities and ceremonial practices. Even so, as public opinion shifts, both psychedelics and cannabis remain federally illegal, with the recent exception of hemp-derived CBD. 

While cannabis has seen a string of consistent victories over the past several years with adult use or medical marijuana legal in 33 states and Washington D.C., the big wins for psychedelics appear to be much more recent. However, while Denver and Oakland’s decriminalization measures passed as recently as May and June, respectively, MAPS (the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) has held FDA-approval for more than a decade to research MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of PTSD. Moreover, academic institutions like Johns Hopkins or UCLA are studying psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for end-of-life anxiety, depression, and addiction. 

Ryan Munevar, campaign director for Decriminalize California, an organization dedicated to statewide decriminalization of psychedelic fungi, believes that there are many lessons the psychedelic activist community can learn from cannabis decriminalization and legalization.  

It’s important to distinguish between legalization and decriminalization, he says, and where and when one may be more optimal than the other. “We don’t want this to look like the Prop 64 model, which is legalization,” Munevar says. “Decriminalization means basically that you can cultivate, manufacture, distribute, donate, possess, transport, and consume within the state of California. Basically everything but sales. Once you turn on sales, that’s when the regulation kicks in on the government side, with the potential for hyper taxation and regulation from the permitting process.”

 Munevar suggests that in the case of psychedelics, a push for medical or recreational legalization too soon could lead to unintended consequences for those who need access to these plants and fungi. “When they started pushing for the original medical legalization model, the big [pharmaceutical] players were doing that so they could do research on cannabis and make things like marinol and other analogs.” Essentially, large pharmaceutical interests were pushing for regulations to change around research, but only so that they could extract and patent an alternative, rather than ensuring that all who need it could access the medicine they need affordably.

There may already be parallels in psychedelics. Compass Pathways, a privately held company, has been angling to become one of the first legal providers of psilocybin in America and Europe; they’ve received a “breakthrough therapy designation” from the FDA that has put them on the fast track to success. Many in the psychedelic community, however, are wary of their tactics, which as Munevar describes, involve some troubling elements. “The problem isn’t that they’re developing an analog model, the problem is that they’re trying to in essence trademark and patent every part of that process that you can, and then they’re going to charge up to $500 a gram [psilocybin currently retails for approximately $10-$20 per gram]. For far less than that — about $125, you could teach someone how to cultivate psychedelic mushrooms with a pressure cooker and some birdseed.” In the decriminalized model Munevar advocates for, the at-home mushroom grower could legally do exactly that.

Tomas Avalos, organizing director for Decriminalize California is similarly optimistic about the historic opportunity to sustain the current momentum. He’s noticed a large increase in volunteer and member interest since the Denver and Oakland measures passed. “What’s going to change this is having conversations, that’s really what changed with cannabis. Starting to have conversations, and continuing them until they included medical professionals and eventually Sanjay Gupta and CNN.” Gupta famously and consistently opposed marijuana, and even wrote a Time article in 2009 titled “Why I Would Vote No On Pot”, in which he referenced and quoted many of the traditional government talking points that had already been debunked by that point, such as the ideas of cannabis being linked to a high risk of addiction and mental health risk.

Yet, in 2013, while producing a series for CNN on the subject, he was introduced (on camera) to the stories and experiences of people like 3 year old Charlotte Figi, whose parents used CBD treatments to greatly reduce the 300 seizures a day she was having as a result of Dravet’s Syndrome. Once he became aware of the incredible medical value and potential of cannabis, Dr. Gupta publicly apologized for his previous ignorance and failure to properly research and listen to patients. The resulting three-part series Weed is now seen as one of the most influential recent turning points in changing mainstream opinion and knowledge about cannabis. The first-hand stories and experiences it displayed communicated that someone who has been helped by medical marijuana could be someone in your own personal circle. That sort of personal relationship to a person or experience has been a major factor in recent large scale social change, whether it be on gay marrriage, cannabis legalization, and now psychedelic therapy. 

For psychedelic consumers and other advocates of cognitive liberty that wish to get involved, the time to have these conversations is ripe. Munevar notes that psychedelic communities are forming all around the country, and it is easier than ever to find one in your area or use online tools to form one. An example he recommends is SPORE, which is based in Denver but is in the process of opening chapters across the country. He recommends researching individual organizations, what sort of legislation they’re pushing for, and who it benefits before choosing to join or support them.  

Avalos notes that the model Decriminalize California and other developing psychedelic groups are using is open source, “so people can go out there and make change by using our structure, while incorporating their own ideas and creativity.” He notes that the open source and collaborative approach has been and should remain the standard within the psychedelic community, and says he’s been inspired by the diversity of age, culture and experience of the many who showed interest or signed up to volunteer while promoting the cause passing out stickers and literature recently at the San Diego Comic-Con and Young American Libertarian Conference in San Jose. “At the end of the day, it’s people who want to make change or make a difference, regardless of background. It’s open to everyone and for everyone and there’s no boundaries to that.”

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I wasn’t sure what to write this week. We can’t help but be affected by what’s been happening in our country this month. I won’t preach about political philosophies, or why these things happen or what we should do. The issues facing us are not binary. Nothing is so simple. I will say this though: I believe that what we have been witnessing in our society over the past decades is rooted in the fact that people aren’t dealing with their pain. They aren’t facing their shame, anger, and fear. People are hurting; people feel lost, helpless, hopeless, and isolated with no sense of belonging. For many, the list is long — which is odd in this digitally-connected age. 

Wisdom is the ability to see the bigger picture without losing sight of the smaller picture. It is a heartbreaking picture to be sure. What can you do about this? As I always say, “Nothing changes until you do.”

It all starts with you. Become more self-aware about what is going on internally. If you have anger issues, get real and deal with it. If you can’t let something go, journal or talk to a friend and get clarity for yourself. If you have unhealthy patterns, get help to re-pattern and change behavior, and in turn your reality.

Externally: pay attention to people around you more. Smile at strangers. Say hello. Open a door. People want to be seen, acknowledged, counted. They want to know that they matter. The truth is that you do have an impact. Giving your time and care to a stranger for just a moment can leave an imprint on that person. Being open-minded, supportive and compassionate is how we will collectively heal.  

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“Nothing changes until you do” is more than a statement — it’s a way of life. It is the solution to creating change in your life and in your world.

The premise behind this saying is that your outer world is a reflection of your inner world. If you want to change the circumstances of your world, you need to start by changing yourself. It’s similar to Gandhi’s famous quote, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.” The law of reciprocity applies here as well. You get what you give — the more you give of “X,” the more “X” you get. Exist in the flow of giving and receiving.

Let’s break it down into specific life examples.

Relationships: If you want/need more support from your mate, be more supportive towards them. If you feel you need more understanding from family members, be more understanding with their concerns. If you feel judged by others, be less judgmental yourself.

Money: If you want more money, be more generous. Give of your time, compassion, and even money, to bring the flow of money to you. Even tipping a server one extra dollar than you normally would creates this flow.

Political concerns: If you feel our leaders aren’t acting responsibly or being held to account, be more responsible and accountable in your own life. Be the change you seek. There is much pain in society. People are in crisis. It’s easy to feel helpless and hopeless. To create change, be more helpful yourself and spread that message — to neighbors, family, friends, strangers, and those in need.

It’s possible that the change you need in your life exists in the form of a negative belief or pattern. For example: if you often feel victimized, if you feel others are to blame for the happenings in your life, if self-pity is your go-to mode, then be honest about your own victim mentality. If it stems from your childhood, get to the root of the pain and heal it. Then learn how to empower yourself by taking charge of how you react and respond to the world around you. In doing so, you’ll become the author of your life. As you heal the inner victim, you will feel less like a victim in your life.

Take inventory of what you would like to change, of where you feel discord or discontent. Then, start with you. What can you do or heal to create the change that you want to see? Once you change what’s inside, the outer reflection will follow. Nothing changes until you do. What’s more empowering than knowing you have the tools to change your world?


Julie Farha is a recognized intuition expert, intuitive insight coach, speaker, corporate trainer and author. She understands the importance of intuition and instructs individuals and companies on how to apply intuitive decision-making to their everyday lives.  

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Health Claims Draw Patients as Cannabis Science Catches Up

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SEATTLE (AP) — Marijuana has been shown to help ease pain and a few other health problems, yet two-thirds of U.S. states have decided cannabis should be legal to treat many other conditions with little scientific backing.

At least 1.4 million Americans are using marijuana for their health, according to an Associated Press analysis of states that track medical marijuana patients.RELATED STORYAs of 2019, Legal Cannabis Has Created 211,000 Full-Time Jobs in America

The number of medical marijuana cardholders more than tripled in the last five years as more states jumped on the bandwagon. The analysis is based on data from 26 states and the District of Columbia. The total climbs to 2.6 million patients if California, Washington and Maine are included, the AP estimates.

States that expanded the use of medical cannabis for common ailments such as severe pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety saw a boost in enrollment, the AP found.

The U.S. government, meanwhile, both considers marijuana an illegal drug and a therapeutic herb worth more study.RELATED STORY5 Takeaways From the FDA’s Hearing on CBD

A look at the health claims and research on medical marijuana:

The Evidence

Besides chronic pain, there’s strong evidence marijuana or its ingredients can ease nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy and help with symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Several European countries have approved Sativex, a mouth spray containing THC and CBD, for multiple sclerosis symptoms. Last year, U.S. regulators approved Epidiolex, made from CBD, to treat two rare seizure disorders. THC causes marijuana’s mind-altering effect; CBD doesn’t get people high.RELATED STORYDEA Finally Approves Study on Cannabis and PTSD

British drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals is seeking U.S. approval for Sativex. Other companies are pursuing Food and Drug Administration backing for products based on marijuana ingredients.

Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics, which filed for bankruptcy protection Monday as it faced fallout over its marketing of an addictive opioid painkiller, is developing CBD drugs for two types of childhood epilepsy and a rare genetic disorder. Pennsylvania-based Zynerba Pharmaceuticals is working on a CBD skin patch for autism and fragile X syndrome, a genetic condition.RELATED STORYWhat’s Next for Epidiolex Maker GW Pharmaceuticals

Prescription drugs already on the market use synthetic THC to treat weight loss, nausea and vomiting in patients with AIDS or cancer. And researchers continue to study whether marijuana helps with PTSD, back pain and other problems.

Opioid Alternative?

New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New Mexico allow medical marijuana for opioid addiction despite little evidence it works.RELATED STORYCBD Can Help Curb Heroin Cravings, New Study Finds

But marijuana may be helpful in reducing use of opioid painkillers. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, better known for its research on herbs and yoga, has set aside $3 million for studies to determine which of marijuana’s 400-plus chemicals help with pain.

THC was excluded however.

Its mood-altering effects and potential for addiction and abuse make it less useful for pain, said Dr. David Shurtleff, the agency’s deputy director. And THC has been studied more than the lesser-known compounds.RELATED STORYHow to Use Cannabis to Reduce Opioid Dependence

Cure for Cancer?

Despite online claims, there’s only weak evidence that marijuana’s ingredients might one day be used to treat cancer. Most studies have been in animals or in the lab. Results have been mixed.

In one study, nine patients with an aggressive form of brain cancer had THC injected into their tumors; any effect on their survival was unclear. Another study found worrying evidence that marijuana might interfere with some cancer drugs, making them less effective.RELATED STORYA Patient’s Guide to Using Cannabis for Cancer

Researching an Outlaw Medicine

The U.S. government grows marijuana for research at a farm in Mississippi and generally bans grant-funded studies of real-world products.

But a mobile lab inside a white Dodge van allows University of Colorado Boulder researchers to study the potent strains of marijuana many patients consume without running afoul of the law.

Study participants use marijuana in their homes, coming to the van for blood draws and other tests before and after using, said Cinnamon Bidwell who has federal grants to study marijuana’s effects on lower back pain and anxiety.RELATED STORYPhotos Prove Government-Grown Cannabis Is Basically Ditch Weed

With increased demand for research pot, the Drug Enforcement Administration created an application process for growers, but has not acted on more than two dozen applications.

Such challenges are common for scientists studying an outlaw medicine, said Dr. Igor Grant, who directs the oldest marijuana research center in the U.S. at the University of California, San Diego.

There, scientists are studying marijuana chemicals for children with autism and adults with a brain disorder that causes uncontrollable shaking. Established by state law in 2000, the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research once relied solely on California for funding. The center now has support from private foundations, a sign of growing public acceptance of the research.RELATED STORYNew Study on Cannabis and Autism Supports Parents’ Longtime Claims

Tracking Patients

Minnesota medical marijuana patients must regularly fill out surveys about their symptoms and side effects. That allows researchers to study how people with cancer react to marijuana.

In one study, a third of cancer patients made only one purchase and didn’t come back during a four-month period. They may have died, or decided marijuana was too expensive or didn’t work. Of the rest, most reported improvements in vomiting, pain, disturbed sleep, anxiety and depression with few side effects.RELATED STORYStudy Finds Most Cancer Patients Want MMJ Info, But Few Get It

Marijuana can ease many symptoms “all at one time,” but more study is needed, said study co-author Dr. Dylan Zylla of the health care system HealthPartners. He has no financial ties to cannabis companies.

Zylla is studying whether cancer patients can decrease their prescription opioid use while using marijuana.

Marijuana “does seem to help patients,” he said, “but so much is unknown about the risks, side effects and drug interactions.”

This article originally appeared on leafly.com

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“Laughter is the best medicine” is a phrase we often hear. Laughter has many benefits. It can boost the immune system, release tension, aid in circulation and improve mood. Laughter is fun and contagious. Everyone benefits from laughter both collectively and individually.

Have you noticed how you feel lighter after a laugh? Recall a time when you felt heavy or blue. Then something makes you laugh. Even just a chuckle. How did you feel after? Laughing lifts your vibration and since others laugh when you laugh, it lifts the vibration of those around you.

It is also great tension release during stressful times. This is why people tend to laugh at seemingly inappropriate times such as funerals. Can you recall a time of peak stress and you fell into a fit of laughter and couldn’t stop? You felt much better after, didn’t you?

Laughter brings people together. If a friend is struggling, you go to him or her to cheer them up with a little laughter. Movies, comedy clubs, sharing jokes via email and social media are catalysts to spread the benefits of laughter because we know how good it feels to laugh!

It brings you back to the present moment. Psychology Today calls laughter a “collaboration between mind and body”. When you are stressed, you aren’t grounded or centered. Because laughter engages both body and mind, it snaps you out of your intense mental state and brings you to the present moment. You are back into your environment, feeling lighter, more open to clarity and ideas and your system is calmer.

The song “I Love to Laugh” In the classic movie Mary Poppins sums it up perfectly:

We love to laugh
Loud and long and clear
We love to laugh
So everybody can hear

The more you laugh
The more you fill with glee
And the more the glee
The more we’re a merrier we

Fall in love with laughter. Laugh loud and often. There is always room for laughter. It benefits everyone and makes the world brighter.

Julie Farha is a recognized intuition expert, intuitive insight coach, speaker, corporate trainer and author. She understands the importance of intuition and teaches people and companies how to apply it to everyday life and decision-making.  

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Medical Cannabis Evidence Portal Launched by the Academy of Medical Cannabis

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New repository aims to ensure healthcare professionals can access cutting edge peer-reviewed research and information

LONDON, June 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — A new, comprehensive and free to use evidence portal providing healthcare professionals with access to the latest peer-reviewed scientific research about medical cannabis has launched.

The Academy of Medical Cannabis (taomc.org), an internationally-recognised online educational platform to support the safe and effective use of medical cannabis, has developed the first global medical cannabis evidence repository to focus on human studies.

This resource ensures clinicians can access the latest research spanning key medical areas including treatable conditions, administration, dosing, prescribing, side effects, contraindications and more.

With the pace of legislative change and academic research in relation to medical cannabis and cannabinoids speeding up around the world, the new portal will act as an important resource for those who may be prescribing medical cannabis today or are seeking to educate themselves in order to do so. It aims to promote knowledge sharing and ensure that as new information is published, it is accessible to all practitioners within this burgeoning area of healthcare.

To meet the rapidly growing demand for a balanced educational resource driven by research, evidence and clinical-practice, TAOMC has developed the platform for an international market.  In presenting a multilingual facility that also accounts for the laws and regulations of every individual market, The Academy is positioning itself to support a global footprint of healthcare professionals.

The platform is currently available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese and Greek, and this offering will steadily continue to expand.

Matching the platform’s breadth of availability is the depth of the learning content, which remains unparalleled.  The content features a Foundation Course covering the critical basics of cannabis-based medicines and therapies, and expands into numerous specialised areas of focus, from chronic pain to PTSD management.  As TAOMC instinctively tracks the progression of emerging research and medical understanding, this syllabus will grow in real time.

The online portal is aimed at clinicians to support safe and effective practice.  However, as an open access resource, it is freely available to medical students, researchers and policymakers around the world who may wish to keep up to date on the innovations happening within medicine and science.

The evidence base, developed by leading cannabinoid researchers, comprises more than 500 publications, from more than 4,000 reviewed evidence papers.

Professor Mike Barnes, Director of Education at The Academy and a world-leading medical cannabis expert, said: “The future of cannabis and cannabinoid research is exciting and the ability to build and grow this database to help facilitate the growing scientific community is needed. This new portal will be a one-stop shop for healthcare professionals and researchers who want to learn more about this subject and how it can be effectively used to treat myriad complex conditions affecting patients around the world. It will be a fantastic resource for students and professionals alike.”

THE ACADEMY OF MEDICAL CANNABIS

The Academy of Medical Cannabis is an internationally-recognised online educational platform to support the safe and effective use of medical cannabis. Founded by leading medical cannabis expert, Professor Mike Barnes, the Academy provides world-leading professional development and specialised learning. Our platform has become the leading global educational source on medical cannabis.

This article originally appeared on finance.yahoo.com

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Navigating Cannabis Options for Chronic Pain

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A growing body of clinical research and a history of anecdotal evidence support the use of cannabis for the relief of some types of chronic pain, including neuropathic pain, and spasticity (ie, stiffness or tightness) associated with multiple sclerosis.1 In a recent comprehensive review of existing data on the health effects of cannabis and cannabinoids, the National Academies of Science concluded that adult patients with chronic pain who were treated with cannabis/cannabinoids were more likely to experience a clinically significant reduction in pain symptoms.They rated these effects as “modest.”

Studies also suggest some efficacy for cancer-related pain, migraines, and fibromyalgia, and other pain conditions.3 However, how different species, routes of administration, and doses differ in their effect is less clear, and more research is needed.You may be interested in these related articles:

Cannabis Complexity

The chemical complexity of cannabis itself has made it difficult for researchers to untangle its effects on pain and, at the same time, difficult for clinicians and patients to find the most effective species and route of administration. Cannabis is the genus name for a disputed number of plant species. The two most widely accepted species are Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica, though hybrid species are also common.

Cannabis oil and edibles

Chemically speaking, cannabis is complicated. To date, 568 unique molecules have been identified in the cannabis; of these, more than 60 are cannabinoids — these are compounds that act on receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid sy stem. This system plays a key role in endogenous pain control.4 Two of the cannabinoids found in cannabis, ?9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), along with other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoid compounds, are thought to exhibit synergistic effects that promote pain relief.5 THC is the most psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis and is primarily responsible for the “high” associated with marijuana. It can also reduce nausea and increase appetite. CBD does not provide the euphoria associated with THC and is associated with reduced pain and inflammation.6

Approval by the US Food and Drug Administration has, so far, been limited to synthetic or pharmaceutical-grade components of cannabis. In June 2018, the agency approved Epidiolex (GW Pharmaceuticals) — a high CBD, low THC whole-plant alcohol extract — for the treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome in patients age 2 and older. FDA has also approved Marinol (AbbVie) and Syndros (Insys Therapeutics), which both contain dronabinol, or synthetic THC. Both are indicated for weight loss associated with anorexia and HIV. Marinol is also indicated for severe nausea associated with cancer chemotherapy, as is FDA-approved Cesamet (Meda Pharmaceuticals). Cesamet contains the active ingredient nabilone, which has a chemical structure similar to THC.

The form/route of administration may also play a role in the pain effects of cannabis. Medical cannabis comes in herbal (marijuana), tincture, oil, and edible forms. It can be smoked, vaporized, ingested in edible or other oral forms, taken sublingually (under the tongue), or applied topically (oil). Research on the efficacy of different routes of administration for pain is sparse. However, a 2013 randomized, placebo-controlled, double-dummy, double-blind study compared analgesic effects of smoked marijuana and dronabinol.The results indicated that under controlled conditions, marijuana and dronabinol both decreased pain. However, compared with marijuana, dronabinol produced longer-lasting decreases in pain sensitivity and lower ratings of abuse-related subjective effects, which can be predictive of use and abuse patterns. Other studies suggest that smoking cannabis produces rapid effects, while oral forms take longer to work but may last longer.8

Strains of cannabis may come with names like Purple Diesel and Blue Sky. While the term “strain” is commonly used by dispensaries, medical cannabis users and even physicians, it’s not a term used for plant nomenclature.9 A strain name may come from a grower, producer, processor, or dispensary. A 2018 study out of Washington state found that commercial Cannabis strains fell into three broad chemotypes (chemically distinct plants that otherwise appear indistinguishable) that were defined by the THC:CBD ratio.10

“There is little consistency in plant constituents between products’ strain names,” said David Bearman, MD, a physician in private practice who specializes in pain management and has more than 40 years of experience in managing substance abuse. “These names are mainly marketing tools and tell little about the constituents of the product. The best advice is to read the label and understand it.” Dr. Bearman is also the co-founder of the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, and a board member of Americans for Safe Access – a national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research,and of Patients Out of Time – a Virginia-based nonprofit that works to educate all disciplines of healthcare professionals, the legal profession, and the public about medical cannabis. It’s also important to know that dispensary cannabis is not regulated by the FDA so what you get in one state, or at one time, may be different from another.

A Word About Hemp

Hemp products — including oils, extracts, and even “gummies” — aimed at relieving pain and anxiety abound on the internet. But what is hemp and how does it differ from marijuana? The conventional answer is that hemp and marijuana are two different species of the Cannabis genus of plants. Hemp, which is primarily used for industrial purposes (particularly fiber products), is considered to be the Cannabis sativa species; marijuana (used for medicinal and recreational purposes) is considered to be the Cannabis indica species. The two species differ not only in appearance but also in levels of THC and CBD. C. sativa is associated with higher levels of THC while C. indica is associated with higher levels of CBD. The science is more complicated. A 2015 study11 of genetic structures of marijuana and hemp suggests that “Csativa and Cindica may represent distinguishable pools of genetic diversity but that breeding has resulted in considerable admixture between the two.” Researchers also found that hemp has more in common genetically with Cindica than with Csativa. Differences in THC production held true.

State Legalization of Medical Marijuana

Medical cannabis is currently legal in 34 states (as of spring 2019), many of which require patient registry or identification cards for the purchase and use of the substance for specific diagnosed medical conditions. These conditions differ by state and continue to change. At the federal level, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance under the “Controlled Substances Act,” and there are no recognized medical uses. In many of the states with legalized cannabis, some type of product testing is required, however, testing varies by state and may be limited contamination tests or may include quantification of CBD and THC levels. California, for example, requires dispensaries to sell only marijuana that has been tested for pesticides, contaminants, and microbial impurities. Beginning in July 2018, California also began to require testing to determine plant potency (ie, levels of THC and CBD). This information is included on the product label.12 In addition to t he above, 12 states have enacted legislation allowing for limited use of medical marijuana (ie, low CBD: THC ratios). These states, as of spring 2019, include: Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. It is important to know that consistency and quality of the product received may vary from dispensary to dispensary and from state to state. Stay up to date with the National Conference of Sttae Legislatures which lists current medical marijuana laws at http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/state-medical-marijuana-laws.aspx.

Clinical Experience Regarding Medical Marijuana for Pain

Where does this leave chronic pain patients interested in trying medical cannabis? Regardless of the strain or form of cannabis, the key is the amount of THC and CBD in the final product, according to Dr. Bearman.

For those with concerns about the psychogenic effects, he recommends starting with a one-to-one ratio of THC to CBD for chronic pain. “I usually suggest that people start with 7.5 mg [which, using a standard unit converter amounts to 0.003 oz.] of THC and 7.5 mg of CBD, three or four times a day,” he told Practical Pain Management. “I tell them that the most likely effect is that (a) it’s not going to make their pain go away, and (b) they’re not going to get high.”

For pain relief, he recommends a dose of 15mg THC (0.0005 oz) to 15 mg CBD. In his experience, doses of THC less than 15 mg generally don’t provide pain relief. Doses may be increased if necessary, best guided under a doctor’s orders, to achieve pain relief without unacceptable side effects.

The key to using medical cannabis for pain is two-fold. For starters, a personalized approach is needed. Each person is different, and many adjustments may be needed to zero in on the dose that controls pain with minimal side effects. It’s also important to start on a low dose of THC and CBD.

Dr. Bearman said he also prescribes dronabinol, the man-made or synthetic THC, for some patients. “It doesn’t work as well as cannabis, it’s more expensive than cannabis, and it has more side effects than cannabis. Nevertheless, there are some good reasons for prescribing it,” he noted. Specifically, because dronabinol is regulated by the FDA and must meet purity and manufacturing standards, he knows exactly how much THC a patient is getting.

Be sure to talk with your doctor about the right dose and route of administration before taking any prescribed of dispensed medical cannabis product for pain relief or related symptoms. Note that Medicare does not cover the product; check with your insurer for other program coverage.

This article originally appeared on practicalpainmanagement.com

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GHC Summit at Harvard Medical School Announces Cannabis Science as Industry Partner in the Launch of the International Phytomedicines Institute at Harvard Medical School

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IRVINE, CA, May 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NEWMEDIAWIRE — Cannabis Science, Inc. (OTC: CBIS), a U.S. company specializing in the research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines, is proud to announce it has been introduced as one of the key industry partners in the recently launched, ground-breaking International Phytomedicines Institute (IPI) at Harvard Medical School.

The International Phytomedicines Institute (IPI), launched during this year’s Harvard GHC Summit, is a transformative initiative by the Global Health Catalyst designed to elevate phytomedicines in global health, accelerate clinical translation and commercialization of evidence-based plant medicines/healthcare products and provide a world class core facility for research, and consultation on medicinal plants.

The IPI aims to leverage the best science, technology, and education from Harvard and partner institutions such as University of Oxford, Purdue University, University of Pennsylvania, Baylor College of Medicines, Brigham Woman’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Heidelberg University, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Smithsonian Institute Washington DC, and IBM, to name a few. The Harvard GHC Summit had the pleasure to announce some of its newest IPI collaborators including some of the Greatest NFL players of all time and their organizations, Nestre, Lockeroom Consulting, and Primitive.

Recently, over 33 USA states and a growing number of countries have now legalized medical cannabis. The National Institutes of Health, and World Health Organization encourage research on medical cannabis for treating cancer and associated side effects, treatment of other diseases including pain, neurological disorders and so forth. Moreover, it is estimated that of the 300,000 plant species that exist in the world, only 15% have been evaluated to determine their pharmacological potential. 

With over a billion people using medicinal plants but with little or no scientific evidence on efficacy and toxicity, top scientists from Harvard and the world’s best Universities have teamed up and are developing win-win cross-disciplinary collaborations and partnerships with phytomedicine industry pioneers and leaders as well as over 800 million stakeholders to generate evidence-based pharmaceutical grade products with scientifically established efficacy and toxicity assessment for global health and economic development.

Dr. Wil Ngwa, Director, Harvard GHC, presented ground breaking progress with the Company’s newest research investigating the potential use of a proprietary extract from the Justicia plant to treat a number of blood disorders and to convert this potential high impact medicinal plant into evidence-based pharmaceutical grade products for global health and economic development.

Initial studies of the isolated Justicia plant compound reveal remarkably high levels of hemoglobin – 7 times more than found in humans– and other blood components justifying their use in the treatment of blood disorders. Justicia also offers an unusual source of heme iron with major potential for scale as a remedy for treating anemia, and other potential indications.

The audience listened in amazement as Dr. Wil proclaimed, “It is a plant, and it actually tastes like meat; Long Live the Cows!” Dr. Wil then went on to say the research reports are being vetted now and the official publication of our scientific research results are expected to be released shortly.   

The Company unveiled a few prototype products based on the current research on the proprietary extract from the Justicia plant. These products are in the forms of pills, mixing powders, and drinks, all designed for anemic, enhanced blood health conditions and therapeutic improvements. This is a biomaterial that could serve as a blood substitute for laceration blood loss trauma, emergency room universal use, and when mixed with all sorts of culinary ingredients the production of meat substitutes becomes the highlight of the larger picture with profound economic development effects. 

“This year was special for sure! The Harvard GHC Summits’ new partnership with the NFL Players, the launch of the Harvard International Phytomedicines Institute, the unveiling of the initial Justicia product samples and groundbreaking research. The serious progress we are having with our African Economic Development Plan (AEDP) meetings and our planning sessions with Governors, Ambassadors, Cabinet Ministers, and other public-sector leaders from several developing countries throughout Africa and the Caribbean, all with one common goal: let’s start now! We are expecting some very exciting outcomes and some outstanding growth opportunities from all this progress; all we need now is more good people!” concluded Mr. Raymond C. Dabney, President and CEO, Co-Founder, Cannabis Science, Inc.

About Cannabis Science, Inc. 

Cannabis Science, Inc. takes advantage of its unique understanding of metabolic processes to provide novel treatment approaches to a number of illnesses for which current treatments and understanding remain unsatisfactory. Cannabinoids have an extensive history dating back thousands of years, and currently, there are a growing number of peer-reviewed scientific publications that document the underlying biochemical pathways that cannabinoids modulate. The Company works with leading experts in drug development, medicinal characterization, and clinical research to develop, produce, and commercialize novel therapeutic approaches for the treatment for illnesses caused by infections as well as for age-related illness. Our initial focus is on cancers, HIV/AIDS, and neurological conditions. The Company is proceeding with the research and development of its proprietary drugs as a part of this initial focus: CS-S/BCC-1, CS-TATI-1, and CS-NEURO-1, respectively.

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Marijuana Compound Removes Toxic Alzheimer’s Protein From The Brain

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An active compound in marijuana called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been found to promote the removal of toxic clumps of amyloid beta protein in the brain, which are thought to kickstart the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

The finding supports the results of previous studies that found evidence of the protective effects of cannabinoids, including THC, on patients with neurodegenerative disease.

“Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells,” says one of the team, David Schubert from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California.

Schubert and his colleagues tested the effects of THC on human neurons grown in the lab that mimic the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

If you’re not familiar with this special little compound, it’s not only responsible for the majority of marijuana’s psychological effects – including the high – thanks to its natural pain-relieving properties, it’s also been touted as an effective treatment for the symptoms of everything from HIV and chemotherapy to chronic pain, post traumatic stress disorder, and stroke.

In fact, THC appears to be such an amazing medical agent, researchers are working on breeding genetically modified yeast that can produce it way more efficiently than it would be to make synthetic versions.

The compound works by passing from the lungs to the bloodstream, where it attaches to two types of receptors, cannabinoid receptor (CB) 1 and 2, which are found on cell surfaces all over the body.

In the brain, these receptors are most concentrated in neurons associated with pleasure, memory, thinking, coordination and time perception, and usually bind with a class of lipid molecules called endocannabinoids that are produced by the body during physical activity to promote cell-to-cell signalling in the brain.

But THC can also bind to them in much the same way, and when they do, they start messing with your brain’s ability to communicate with itself.

They can be a good and a bad thing, because while you might forget something important or suddenly be incapable of swinging a baseball bat, you’ll probably feel amazing, and want to eat all the snacks:

Over the years, research has suggested that by binding to these receptors, THC could be having another effect on ageing brains, because it appears to helps the body clear out the toxic accumulations – or ‘plaques’ – of amyloid beta.

No one’s entirely sure what causes Alzheimer’s disease, but it’s thought to result from a build-up of two types of lesions: amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles.

Amyloid plaques sit between the neurons as dense clusters of beta-amyloid molecules – a sticky type of protein that easily clumps together – and neurofibrillary tangles are caused by defective tau proteins that clump up into a thick, insoluble mass in the neurons.

It’s not clear why these lesions begin to appear in the brain, but studies have linked inflammation in the brain tissue to the proliferation of plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. So if we can find something that eases brain inflammation while at the same time encourages the body to clear out these lesions, we could be on the way to finding the first effective treatment for Alzheimer’s ever.

Back in 2006, researchers at the Scripps Research Institute found that THC inhibits the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that produces them, and now Schubert and his team have demonstrated that it can also eliminate a dangerous inflammatory response from the nerve cells, ensuring their survival.

“Inflammation within the brain is a major component of the damage associated with Alzheimer’s disease, but it has always been assumed that this response was coming from immune-like cells in the brain, not the nerve cells themselves,” says one of the team, Antonio Currais.

“When we were able to identify the molecular basis of the inflammatory response to amyloid beta, it became clear that THC-like compounds that the nerve cells make themselves may be involved in protecting the cells from dying.”

It’s exciting stuff, but it’s so far only been demonstrated in neurons in the lab, so the next step will be for Schubert and his team to observe the link between THC and reduced inflammation and plaque build-up in a clinical trial.

They’ve reportedly already found a drug candidate called J147 that appears to have the same effects as THC, so this might be the way they can test the effects of THC without the government getting in the way.

Though it’s worth adding that more recent legal changes since the time of this research around marijuana use in the USA may be making further research in this area a lot easier.

The results have been published in Aging and Mechanisms of Disease.

This article originally appeared on ushealthglobal.

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Stress Management for Cannabusiness Owners

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Life is full of stressors and owning a business is at the top of the list. While being an entrepreneur offers a certain kind of freedom and creativity, it also creates its own unique pressures and responsibilities.  Operating in stress mode negatively impacts productivity, focus and health and steals the enjoyment of the journey. Here are some suggestions to manage stress so you can function at a more optimal level and not get lost in the weeds. 

Follow your gut feelings. Let your intuition guide you with decisions such as what to plant, where to plant, how to market, who to choose as partners. Your intuition is always right and allows you to make decisions with more ease and better outcomes.

Keep a running to do list in the notes section of your phone or whatever device you use most.  When something pops in your head, add it to the list so that it gets out of your head and you can finish what you are doing at that time.  Date it, remove what you accomplish and carry over what is still remaining to the next day.

Drink plenty of water.  Water wakes up your brain if you feel tired or foggy. It lifts your spirits if you get in a slump.  It calms your central nervous system.  Water simply makes you feel better.

Breathe. Pause throughout your day and take 10 deep breathes. If you notice yourself feeling anxious, frantic or edgy, stop and breathe to center, calm and clear out the tension. It won’t take long and does you a world of good. Consider setting your phone alarm to go off periodically to remind you to pause, breathe and have a glass of water.

Turn your phone off periodically throughout your day. We are constantly checking our phones and responding to emails, texts, calls and data. This keeps your energy frenetic and impacts your ability to focus on the task at hand which makes you more stressed as you fear falling behind.  Turn it off, turn it over, put it away while working on a task or to have a break from overwhelm of information inundation.  More often than not, communication can have a slight delayed response.

Practice these techniques and make them part of your job.  You will enjoy the journey of owning your own business and all the pleasures and pitfalls that goes with entrepreneurship plus it will bring more balance and harmony to all aspects of your life. 

Julie Farha is a recognized intuition expert, intuitive insight coach, speaker, corporate trainer and author. She understands the importance of intuition and teaches people and companies how to apply it to everyday life and decision-making.  

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CBD Clinical Trial Results on Seizure Frequency in Dogs ‘Encouraging’

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Promising and exciting. Those are the words used by Dr. Stephanie McGrath to describe findings from a pilot study to assess the use of cannabidiol, or CBD, for dogs with epilepsy.

McGrath, a neurologist at Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, led a small study with 16 pet dogs to assess the short-term effect of CBD on seizure frequency.

Based on her research, McGrath found that 89 percent of dogs who received CBD in the clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures. Nine dogs were treated with CBD, while seven in a control group were treated with a placebo.

The research took place from 2016 to 2017, and results are published in the June 1 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Idiopathic epilepsy, which occurs with no known cause, affects up to 5.7% of the pet dog population worldwide, making it the most common canine neurologic condition.

Dogs enrolled in the clinical trial were randomly assigned to the treatment or placebo group. Those in the treatment group received CBD oil for 12 weeks. All of the dogs were required to stay on standard anticonvulsant drugs, including phenobarbital and potassium bromide. The dogs’ owners and CSU medical staff did not know if the animal received CBD or a placebo until the study was complete.

The CBD product used in the study was derived from a hemp plant, which has 0.3 percent or less of the psychoactive component of cannabis, THC. The compound is not considered marijuana and can be used for research purposes based on the 2014 United States Department of Agriculture Farm Bill.

Findings highlight effect of CBD oil on seizure reduction

In addition to the distinct reduction of seizures in the group of dogs that received CBD oil, McGrath saw a significant association between the degree of seizure reduction and the amount of CBD concentration in the dog’s blood.

“We saw a correlation between how high the levels of CBD were in these dogs with how great the seizure reduction was,” McGrath said.

This finding led the neurologist to adjust the dose of CBD oil for dogs in a current clinical trial, which was launched in January 2018 and aims to enroll 60 client-owned dogs with epilepsy.

McGrath described the ongoing research as exciting and important.

“It’s really exciting that perhaps we can start looking at CBD in the future as an alternative to existing anticonvulsive drugs,” she said.

This article originally appeared on Sciencedaily.com.

Materials provided by Colorado State University


Journal Reference:

  1. Stephanie McGrath, Lisa R. Bartner, Sangeeta Rao, Rebecca A. Packer, Daniel L. Gustafson. Randomized blinded controlled clinical trial to assess the effect of oral cannabidiol administration in addition to conventional antiepileptic treatment on seizure frequency in dogs with intractable idiopathic epilepsyJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 2019; 254 (11): 1301 DOI: 10.2460/javma.254.11.1301
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Smoking Marijuana Could Get People to Exercise

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Smoking pot and working out – you might think the two wouldn’t go hand-in-hand, but a new study might just make you think again. 

Smoking marijuana could actually motivate someone to get to the gym, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder

They surveyed more than 600 people and found that people who smoked either before or after hitting the gym, or even both, said they worked out more. 

Some even said it helped with recovery from minor aches and pains. Though only a few said it actually improved how they did their workouts. 

Researchers said sedentary cannabis users might even benefit from combining marijuana with exercise, especially if they avoid the gym because of issues with recovery, motivation or enjoyment. 

Not surprising though, they also said if people do combine the two, they should choose what they called low-risk exercise options. 

The survey was advertised on Facebook and targeted users who were 21 and older and lived in states where recreational use of marijuana is legal.

This article originally appeared on abc7.com.

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Jamie Evans: Changing the CBD Game

Meet Jamie Evans. He survived cancer, uprooted his life to escape prohibition, and is making waves in the cannabis industry by growing hemp strains that look, smell, and smoke just like their high-THC counterparts, from Silver Haze to Purple Gas.

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Jamie’s team will be in Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival January 25th, stop by the Fly Lounge to meet them.

Meet Jamie Evans.  He survived cancer, uprooted his life to escape prohibition, and is making waves in the cannabis industry by growing hemp strains that look, smell, and smoke just like their high-THC counterparts, from Silver Haze to Purple Gas.  Hemp, marijuana’s genetically similar and yet wildly different cousin, is extremely low in THC (less than .3 percent, according to federal regulations) and high in non-psychoactive cannabinoids, meaning it won’t get you high no matter how much you smoke.   

While recreational cannabis consumers may not find the idea of weed that doesn’t get you high groundbreaking, it’s very significant for the vast community of medical cannabis patients who can benefit greatly from other cannabinoids, such as CBD, CBN, and CBG.  While further research is necessary, there is abundant anecdotal evidence and a handful of studies indicating the benefits of cannabinoids for a variety of conditions, from drug-resistant epilepsy to chronic pain and inflammation to, in Jamie’s case, cancer.

Jamie is a longtime cannabis consumer, but his diagnosis with leukemia in September of 2015 changed his relationship to the herb.  After being told that he would need chemotherapy for the rest of his life, Jamie got tired of “being filled up with narcotics [and] taking a pill for a pill for a pill” and started experimenting with cannabis again, this time not as a recreational consumer, but as a patient.  He left his home state of Utah in 2016 for Colorado, forced to leave behind his family in order to pursue continued cannabinoid therapy free from threat of prosecution.

Shortly after arriving in Colorado, Jamie got his medical license and began working with a doctor and the person who would become his business partner, using high doses of cannabinoids in the form of Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) to treat his leukemia.  “It really started working for me after about six months, and it’s worked so well for me … I’m doing really good. I’m really healthy, I’m able to eat now, and I’m feeling a lot better.” And, by all measures, he is: Jamie has put on over thirty pounds, including ten pounds of muscle mass, and keeps up regularly with his physician to monitor his continued progress.

However, Jamie’s experience with the RSO was mixed.  “I started realizing that all that THC is really, really good medicine, but it’s very intoxicating.”  We should note that no one, least of all Jamie, is trying to downplay the the significance of THC to the medical community:  “I think you need that intoxication to heal and to put your body at ease” he says. However, the intoxicating effects of THC made taking it at the high doses he needed difficult to manage at times.  Jamie grew curious about the role of other, non-psychoactive cannabinoids in his recovery.

Through testing the RSO he had been taking, Jamie and his colleagues noticed that the oil had high concentrations of CBD, CBG, CBN, “all different cannabinoids, and I’m a firm believer that you need lots of CBG, lots of CBC, so full spectrum.”  It’s this full-spectrum philosophy that lies at the heart of Jamie’s mission: to produce strains of hemp that are identical to their marijuana counterparts except for one crucial difference — their cannabinoid composition. After doing some hemp farming and “realizing what this plant can do, I really got into the hemp side of it because of the CBD profile and the CBDs — you can really get everything out of it.”  

Jamie had found a way to produce different hemp strains with varying cannabinoid content, and therefore the potential to target a variety of symptoms and ailments.   Canna Comforts, the company Jamie founded to bring his work to market, is focused not on THC (which continues to dominate the market), but on the lesser-known cannabinoids that pack a therapeutic punch despite their relative lack of press.  Jamie’s strains have had an impact on the medical cannabis community, helping everyone from children suffering from drug-resistant epilepsy to elderly patients with chronic ailments and everyone in between, including his own mother and father.

So just how similar are Jamie’s hemp strains to their corresponding marijuana cousins?  Well, so far Jamie has had multiple shipments confiscated by law enforcement, only to be returned after they were proven legal through testing.  “The flower looks just like the very high-THC flower. It’s got the same nose, the same aromas, the same terpene profile, the same look, the stickiness, the trichomes — it’s all there.”  Short of laboratory testing, Jamie’s hemp is indistinguishable from marijuana flower, and that’s a point of pride. “That’s what we’re really good at is our hemp flower,” he says before listing a plethora of top-shelf strains he grows, from Electra to Silver Haze.

Jamie is a believer in consumption of whole cannabis, which is why his hemp strains are so important to him, to his business and, he hopes, to medical cannabis consumers everywhere.  “Everybody’s so hyped up on isolate,” he says, “and it is great, it is a great product. It’s obviously an isolated product so it’s pure CBD — you’re getting the good stuff.” However, he says, “I think you need the other profiles.  You need something to get rid of the inflammation and you need to be able to stimulate the CB1 and the CB2 receptors.”

Consumption of the cannabis plant as whole flower or full-spectrum extracts instead of pure isolates, Jamie believes, is the most powerful way to reap the maximum benefit from cannabinoids.  For this reason, it’s important to Jamie that his hemp retains the terpene profile of its corresponding marijuana strain; there’s evidence to suggest that terpenes, the class of chemicals responsible for cannabis’ famous skunky aroma, may help “prime” CB1 and CB2 receptors, making them more responsive not just to THC, but to cannabinoids in general.

While Canna Comforts focuses on its flower, they also carry a variety of topical products that can be applied directly to the skin to alleviate pain and inflammation.  From bath bombs spiked with cannabinoids to soothing herbal CBD salves to hemp-infused lip balms in such mouthwatering flavors as pumpkin pie and cheesecake, Jamie has plenty of options to choose from.  He also stocks pure CBD extract, as well as a full-spectrum oil that contains a variety of different cannabinoid profiles. While he strongly believes in his hemp flower, he’s ensured that there’s a suitable hemp product available for everyone, including those who cannot or don’t enjoy smoking.  His products are available at dispensaries across the country, but they also ship to your home anywhere CBD is legal (meaning it can legally go just about anywhere).

When asked what he thinks the future holds for cannabinoids, Jamie keeps a level perspective while maintaining his characteristic enthusiasm.  “We’re doing pure CBG extraction right now, and it’s pretty exciting … Everybody thinks CBD is so great, and it is so great, but there are all these other profiles are coming out and we’re seeing different applications and uses, and I really don’t believe we know how to use this plant yet.”  Jamie believes in his product and its ability to impact lives for the better, and for that reason he’s committed to continuing his contribution to the cannabis community.

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