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.

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.

Strain of the Week: 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…

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.

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.

Strain of the Week: 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…

Sativa vs. Indica vs. Hybrid: What’s the Difference Between Cannabis Types?

When browsing or purchasing cannabis at a shop, you may notice strains are broken up into three distinct groups: indica, sativa, and hybrid.

Indica strains are known for being physically sedating, perfect for relaxing with a movie or as a nightcap before bed. Sativas typically provide more invigorating, uplifting cerebral effects that pair well with physical activity, social gatherings, and creative projects. Hybrids tend to fall somewhere in between the indica-sativa spectrum, depending on the traits they inherit from their parent strains.