32 Gifts People With Anxiety Really Want For The Holidays

“What do you really want for the holidays.”

Here’s what they had to say:

1. “To be able to love myself as much as I love my fiancé. And by love myself, I mean look in the mirror and see me as a person…. in all honesty, I can’t imagine how it would feel, to believe him, when he tells me I’m beautiful.” — Monica J.

2. “A real day of rest. Most people think a day of rest is a day off from work, but with anxiety you don’t get a day off. There is a way to help though. A day of rest is not having to go anywhere, not having to cook, not having to clean and not having to do anything that isn’t restful. I want to curl up in bed with snacks and a book all day with no interruptions, but it never happens. If my friends and family would each spend a few minutes helping to make sure I could do that it would be more priceless than any store bought gift I could receive.” — Erica B.

This Holiday Season, Eat Mindful, Not Mindless

family eating holiday dinner

It’s the holidays and for most Americans, that means eating – lots of eating – followed by weight gain and a New Year’s resolution to lose weight.

But why not take a healthier approach to what we eat during this holiday season and beyond?

According to a recent website survey, about 18 percent of people say it’s hard for them to eat healthy because they don’t want to stop eating their favorite foods. The good news is you don’t have to. You can still enjoy your favorite occasional indulgences, but in moderation. It’s all about being mindful of what you eat.

Veterinarians Want Permission to Research Cannabis for Pets

 

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They’re selling well.

“The ‘Up and Moving’ is for joints and for pain,” he explains. “The ‘Calm and Quiet’ is for real anxious dogs, to take away that anxiety.”

People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But there’s little data on whether they work, or if they have harmful side effects. That’s because Washington has been standing in the way of clinical trials, veterinarians and researchers say. Now, a push is underway to have barriers removed, so both pets and people can benefit.

Those barriers have had more than just a chilling effect.

When the federal Drug Enforcement Administration announced last year that even marijuana extracts with CBD and little or no THC — marijuana’s intoxicating component — are an illegal Schedule 1 drug, the University of Pennsylvania halted its clinical trials. Colorado State University is pushing ahead.

What Is CBC and What Are the Benefits of This Cannabinoid?

By now you’re probably familiar with cannabinoids, especially the most common ones, THC and CBD. But you likely haven’t heard of cannabichromene, also known as CBC. Discovered over 50 years ago, CBC is considered one of the “big six” cannabinoids prominent in medical research. It doesn’t get as much attention, but CBC’s benefits are extremely promising.

CBC has the same origins as both THC and CBD do in that they all stem from cannabigerolic acid (CBGA). Cannabis plants produce CBGA, the precursor to three major cannabinoids: tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), and cannabichromenic acid (CBCA).

The specific plant enzymes cascade and “direct” the breakdown product into one of the three lines. For CBC, it converts from CBGA into cannabichrome carboxylic acid (CBCA), and then finally to CBC after exposure to heat or ultraviolet light.

How to Make a Cannabis Wreath

‘Tis the season to drink copious amounts of eggnog, spend quality time with family and friends, and set out your favorite holiday decorations. But along with the cheer of the season comes the stress of baking, shopping, and finding the time to fit everything in. So we crafted the perfect go-to gift to impress your friends and get your creative juices flowing. Push those worries away as you cross off every person on your list with our DIY cannabis wreath.

With cannabis flower tucked between the branches (and a couple of pre-rolls in there to boot), this craft is two gifts in one: quality cannabis and a gorgeous holiday decoration that will outlast the holiday smoke sessions it sparks. Pack a bowl and give the gift that keeps on giving with this surprisingly simple cannabis wreath.

Need A Dose Of Positivity? These Stories Will Give You All The Good Vibes

These days turning on the news can be a stressful proposition: Massive hurricanes thrashing major cities, raging wildfires destroying homes, and let’s not even get started on the round-the-clock media circus. The bottom line is that each of us needs a respite from the negativity that floods our screens daily and we all could use a dose of positivity. To that end, we have partnered with Dignity Health to provide a roundup of all things good news for the mind, body and spirit. Here you’ll find recent updates on the latest health treatments centered on connection, inspirational acts of kindness, and heartwarming stories all in one feed. So, grab a box of tissues, this is going to be a joyful ride!

A New Hope ….

Giving birth can be scary, especially when a child is born at just 23 weeks. In this article, you’ll find the heartwarming story of a Richmond mother’s 128-day journey from the emergency room to the delivery of her healthy baby girl Lorelei. See how the nursing staff of a small NICU unit comforted, encouraged, and supported a young mother and her infant baby during their most trialling time.

Butternut-Kale Frittata

Active Time:
10 Mins
Total Time:
10 Mins
Yield
Serves 1 (serving size: 1 frittata)

Frittatas are one of the most efficient vehicles for leftover vegetables. Here, we pair roasted butternut squash with quick-cooking kale for a fiber-rich breakfast duo. A touch of dairy lends creaminess to the egg mixture, which helps achieve the coveted custardy frittata texture. For best results, use a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet and pull it from the oven before the eggs are completely set. Because it retains heat well, a cast-iron will continue to cook your frittata after you remove it from the oven.