Cannabis and Epilepsy Treatment

Since medicinal cannabis has become a more commonplace alternative for a well-established list of ailments, patients are finding a place for it next to their Advil and Tums. But unlike many other chronic illnesses that can be managed with over-the-counter supplements, epilepsy requires a specific cocktail of chemicals not readily available at the local corner store.

This is why cannabis – specifically its chemical constituent CBD (cannabidiol) – has become so important for families struggling to treat their epileptic loved ones. Cannabis has demonstrated so much promise in the treatment of epilepsy that FDA-approved clinical trials are underway. But why is it that cannabis in particular is so effective at treating seizures, and why is it critical that clinical investigations continue? Continue reading “Cannabis and Epilepsy Treatment”

Peppermint Fudge No Bake Energy Bites

Peppermint Fudge No Bake Energy Bites Recipe - healthy festive bites of chocolate fun!/ Running in a Skirt
Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
 Serves: 9 bites
Ingredients
  • ½ cup cup raw almonds
  • ⅓ cup pitted medjool dates (about 6)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon mini dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup crushed peppermint Continue reading “Peppermint Fudge No Bake Energy Bites”

Strain of the Week: Mochi

Mochi

Strain Highlights

Mochi by Sherbinski is another strain that leans on the Cookie Fam lineage for flavor, potency, and stability. This phenotypic expression of Sunset Sherbet x Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies is an indica-leaning hybrid with beautiful, dense buds. Mochi’s appearance is a frosty mixture of purple and jade foliage knotted with bright red hairs. Its effects are very similar to that of its parent strains, offering moderate pain and stress reduction while imbuing the consumer with a calm and creative aura. The Mochi strain is also known by the names Gelato 47 and Mochi Gelato.

This Everyday Household Item Could Counteract Your Cannabis-Induced Paranoia

 

Anyone who’s ever consumed cannabis will tell you that overdoing it can potentially result in feelings of paranoia and anxiety, two effects that are almost universally regarded as unpleasant. Being uncomfortably high is enough to turn even the most seasoned cannabis consumer off the stuff for years, if not for life.

Well, my friends, you probably have a simple solution stocked in your kitchen that can subdue paranoia and help you breathe a sigh of relief back into a calm pool of stress-free euphoria.

We first heard about this little trick from iconic musician Neil Young. During an interview with Howard Stern, Stern confessed that he hasn’t touched cannabis in years because “it makes [him] paranoid.” Continue reading “This Everyday Household Item Could Counteract Your Cannabis-Induced Paranoia”

How to Be Mindful While Taking a Shower

Credit Sam Kalda

“Your daily shower is a perfect opportunity to practice mindfulness. Alone, quiet and away from the normal distractions of your life — even if only for a brief period — it can be a time to observe your habitual patterns of thinking. If you want to develop or deepen a meditation practice, the shower is an ideal place to start.” — Nancy O’Hara, who teaches and writes about mindfulness practice.

Leave all your electronic devices on the other side of the bathroom door, far enough away so that you won’t hear them.

Prepare your towel and other necessary items, treating them and yourself with the utmost care. As you undress, silently name each article of clothing and hang or lay them down with deep attention.

Bring to your mind the idea that you are about to cleanse yourself for the good health of your body and mind.

Feel the water as it hits your body, and take a moment to be grateful that you have hot, running water.

Notice if your thoughts turn to dwelling on the past or planning for the future.

Wash your body in a different manner than usual. Change this pattern each time you shower.

The timing of your shower is not important. All of this can be done quickly or slowly, depending on how much time you have.

When you exit the shower, dry yourself.

When finished, leave the bathroom in the same or neater condition than you found it so that it’s ready for the next person, even if, especially if, that person is just you.

Using CBD to Achieve Balance and Wellness


If it feels like you’re trying to do too many things at once lately, you’re not alone. The average American worker gets just over 10 minutes of work done before getting distracted by something, whether it’s important or not. Multitasking has even infiltrated our downtime. More than 40% of Americans admit to browsing the internet while watching TV, and nearly half of us check our email at the movie theater (not cool, by the way).

Most of us know by now that juggling—or trying to juggle—all these responsibilities at once means that other priorities fall by the wayside. Too often, our efforts to live a healthy lifestyle get swallowed up in a sea of screens, notifications, reminders, and to-do lists. When we try and do too much, we can lose sight of living a balanced life—and that lack of balance makes it all too easy to knock us off track in ways big and small. Continue reading “Using CBD to Achieve Balance and Wellness”

Make Healthy Mashed Potatoes With This One Kitchen Tool

If you’re like us, mashed potatoes might be your personal favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. (And if you’re vegetarian or vegan, mashed potatoes probably are your Thanksgiving meal).

But, this hero side dish has a dark side that’s quite a mouthful. Potatoes are loaded with high glycemic-index carbohydrates, which means they’re quickly digested into sugars that rapidly raise blood-sugar levels.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing for non-diabetic folks, especially when they’re eaten in moderation as part of a healthy, vegetable-rich diet. Plus, potatoes are actually pretty low in calories, around 150. Continue reading “Make Healthy Mashed Potatoes With This One Kitchen Tool”

Strain of the Week: Electric Lemonade

Electric Lemonade

Strain Highlights

Electric Lemonade by Palomar Craft Cannabis is a cross of Tahoe OG x Blue Dream. This sativa-dominant strain is a PCC in-house favorite and bridges the gap between sativa and hybrid beautifully, offering energetic physical effects alongside creative mental stimulation. PCC recommends utilizing Electric Lemonade’s uplifting effects to overcome anxiety and nausea. Electric Lemonade emits a strong sour lemonade aroma and offers consumers tart lemon flavors that foretell the strain’s mood-enhancing effects.

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”