Study Finds Top 5 Causes of Cannabis-Related Emergency Visits

A new review published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy determined the most common causes of cannabis-related emergency department (ED) visits, giving policy makers and industry leaders a compass for improvement. This analysis specifically looked at data from Colorado.

Cannabis legalization helps solves many problems: it eases the toll of the opioid epidemic; it creates jobs; it generates tax revenue; and it keeps cannabis out of the hands of minors. But for all the good cannabis does, we can’t lose sight of public health concerns that must be solved in order to successfully implant legalization across the U.S. and beyond.

This review provides us with five concerns to prioritize: accidental pediatric ingestion, acute intoxication, cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, synthetic cannabinoids, and injuries related to production of butane hash oil (BHO). Continue reading “Study Finds Top 5 Causes of Cannabis-Related Emergency Visits”

How You Can Increase Your Odds For A Healthier, Happier Life

 

What do the plastic covers on the end of shoestrings have to do with living a longer, healthier life? Nothing, really, unless your name is Dr. Elissa Epel, a leading health psychologist at University of California, San Francisco, and Director of the Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Lab. Dr. Epel compares those little plastic shoelace covers to telomeres, what scientists have found on the ends of the body’s chromosomes, and have been studying ever since those telomeres were realized. Continue reading “How You Can Increase Your Odds For A Healthier, Happier Life”

How Veterans Are Leading the Fight for Cannabis Reform

Veterans Day just passed, which is an opportunity to publicly recognize and thank the men and women who volunteered to protect our country and secure victories in even the most trying times.

Our service members have endured over 16 years of constant warfare in the streets of Iraq, the mountains of Afghanistan, and beyond. For many, the war does not end even after they come home, as they battle to safely heal both the physical and psychological wounds sustained abroad.

It is said that a veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, “wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’ for an amount up to and including their life.” Unfortunately, two dozen are cashing those checks each day, losing their lives to suicide or overdose. The situation is projected to get much worse if new and innovative therapies are not adopted. Continue reading “How Veterans Are Leading the Fight for Cannabis Reform”

How Your Body Knows The Difference Between 100 Calories Of Kale vs. Junk Food

Not all calories are created equal.

Your body processes calories from certain foods differently, depending on whether or not the food (and its ingredients) are nutrient-rich or nutrient-poor. Kelly Hogan, a clinical nutrition and wellness manager at Mount Sinai’s Dubin Breast Cancer center, helped explain why certain foods, such as kale, are processed differently in our bodies than a food like sugary cereal. She said it’s important to focus on the nutrient density of foods.

“A [100-calorie] bowl of kale with an egg is going to give you high quality protein, fiber and a big variety of vitamins and minerals like vitamins, A, C, K, folate, etc,” Hogan said. “A [100-calorie bowl of] cereal that is high in sugar is not going to give you the same quality nutrients. And what’s more, the fact that it is low in protein and fiber but high in sugar can set you up for a blood sugar spike and crash, bringing on more cravings for sweets or refined starches throughout the day. Continue reading “How Your Body Knows The Difference Between 100 Calories Of Kale vs. Junk Food”

Strain of the Week: Nuclear Cookies

Nuclear Cookies

Strain Highlights

Nuclear Cookies is a new creation from Arizona Natural Selections. This 50/50 hybrid is the genetic offspring  of Chernobyl and Girl Scout Cookies, and offers a sweet, citrusy fragrance and a rich, earthy taste. Its aroma lingers after consumption, blanketing the consumer in its pungent terpene profile. This strain’s uplifting and relaxing full-body effects are coupled with pleasant euphoria, making this strain enjoyable and workable throughout the day. Consumers looking to ease stress, pain, and nausea may find the relief they seek in this odoriferous cannabis cut.

Study Finds Most Cancer Patients Want MMJ Info, But Few Get It

How popular is medical cannabis among cancer patients in states that have legalized both medical and adult-use cannabis? Researchers at a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Washington state set out to find out.

The survey, published this week in the medical journal Cancer, was conducted at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Researchers found that 74% of eligible participants who completed the survey wanted information on medical marijuana from cancer providers. Continue reading “Study Finds Most Cancer Patients Want MMJ Info, But Few Get It”

6 Ways to Save Money by Making Your Cannabis Last Longer

 

Every time I get to the bottom of my cannabis jar, I find myself thinking, “Damn, I already smoked all of that?!” Don’t be like me—there are ways to make your cannabis purchases last longer between dispensary visits, and as long as you have some self-discipline to make minor adjustments to your consumption habits, your wallet will stay a little bit fatter.

Here are a few pointers on how to ration your green, both cash and cannabis, and still get high. Continue reading “6 Ways to Save Money by Making Your Cannabis Last Longer”

Healthy Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

These pumpkin cheesecake bars are gluten free and so creamy, that you’d never know they’re secretly healthy, naturally sweetened and only 150 calories!

Ingredients

For the crust

    • Tbsp Pure maple syrup
    • Tbsp Molasses
    • 1/3 Cup Coconut oil, at room temperature (it should be the consistency of softened butter)
    • 3/4 Cup Coconut flour, sifted (66g)
    • 1/4 tsp Ginger powder
    • Pinch of salt

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How Getting High Will Help You Eat Your Veggies

 

The infamous munchies—they’re real, and if you’re ever found yourself in a situation where you’ve hit a bong one too many times and didn’t prepare any nachos beforehand, you know it’s a dire type of hunger that feels like it will never be satiated. It’s kind of great: Finally, you have an excuse to eat an entire pizza by yourself! (And then you can top it off with a pint of ice cream alternated with spoonfuls of chocolate syrup. Om nom.)

The 100 Cannabis Strains You Must Try Before You Die

Cannabis consumers are more likely than others to be fit: Scientists have found that regular consumers tend to have significantly smaller waist circumferences than people who have never consumed cannabis. According to researchers at the University of Nebraska, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, cannabis actually has the potential to improve insulin control and regulate body weight. It sounds amazing (another win for the cannabis community!), except for the fact that correlation doesn’t imply causation. The munchies are not a hallucinatory experience, and those calories are still real.

Personally, I dictate my lifestyle choices by my desire to wear crop tops all year long, but no matter what your fitness goals, if you’re trying to get into a wellness regimen and have a hard time resisting deep-dish pizza after a sesh, take heed of the following: my “Stoner Diet” tips. Continue reading “How Getting High Will Help You Eat Your Veggies”

Strain of the Week: Lemon Ice

Lemon Ice

Strain Highlights

Lemon Ice by Ripper Seeds is a sativa-dominant strain created from Lemon Haze x Afghani. This collision of opposites creates a unique strain with columnar bud structures that adapts well to “sea of green” growing methods. The strain is also known for its furry buds knotted with pistils and a spicy, citrus-forward aroma. Lemon Ice does have a longer than average flowering time of 75-85 days, but patient gardeners are rewarded with a more than generous yield. Ripper Seeds defines the effects as “bearable,” which translates to “mind your dosage” as strong sativa effects can be hard to handle for those prone to anxiety.

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