6 Ways To Survive Summer Travel With A Chronic Illness

Two summers ago, I planned the family road trip of a lifetime. I bought an inexpensive and used camping trailer, loaded it up with everything from toiletries to food, and set out on a 21-day road trip through six western states. I planned our route meticulously, lining up activities and stops along the way, but what got lost in the shuffle was my own chronic health needs.

I assumed I would be able to stretch out my regular medical infusions to allow for my travel or refill my prescriptions on-the-go, but I quickly learned how wrong I was. I spent way too much of my vacation tackling my medical challenges instead of enjoying the sites, and I returned home worse for the wear.

That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to plan ahead for your health-related travel needs. Since my trip, I’ve learned how to better prepare for travel, and the trips I’ve taken since then have gone smoothly. Chronic diseases like neurological and gastrointestinal disorders, asthma or diabetes can require extensive monitoring and preparation. These tips from medical professionals, people with chronic diseases and their caregivers will help you safely navigate your next summer trip.


Why Does Cannabis Cause Paranoia in Some But Helps Anxiety in Others?

Most people can recall a time they got way too high and experienced a bit of a paranoid episode. Sometimes it manifests as mild worrying, and other times you find yourself in the fetal position at the top of a Doritos pile dialing 911 because surely this high will be the death of you (true story, guys). Paradoxically, others use cannabis as a tried-and-true way to annihilate their anxiety. Even PTSD patients are using medical marijuana to treat stress and panic symptoms with remarkable rates of success.

Why does marijuana have such a polarizing effects on fear and anxiety?


5 Simple Habits Of The Most Energetic People

We all know someone with seemingly boundless energy. You know, that person who wakes up with the sun, who actually goes to the gym before 8 a.m., who is always up for an after-work adventure or weekend-long excursion. But chances are, you are not one of those people.

According to a 2015 survey from YouGov, only one in seven Americans wake up feeling fresh and rested every day. The rest of us slog through life exhausted, getting by with the help of extra-large coffees and the promise of a comfortable couch to collapse on at the end of the day.

Tired of being tired? We partnered with Sleep Number to talk to some of those mythical, extra-energetic people and get some tips even the sleepiest among us can follow. Here’s what they had to say.

Eat a filling, balanced breakfast.


Feeling sluggish? Check your diet! If you’re consuming mostly processed foods full of sugar, or if you’re skipping major meals like breakfast in an attempt to lose weight, you’ve found your culprit.

“You should always have a balanced breakfast that will provide you with energy and promote stable blood sugar levels,” says Alyssa Cohen, a registered dietitian and food blogger.

“Blood sugar is often elevated in the morning, partly due to the release of hormones like cortisol, which spikes around the time people wake up,” says Cohen. “In order to prevent a large spike in energy, which will be followed by a crash, it’s best to eat a breakfast heavy in good carbohydrates, like whole grains, starchy vegetables and fruit, and pair those with some protein and fat. This will manage blood sugar levels and prevent energy crashes.”


You May Want to Avoid These Ingredients in Cannabis Oil Vape Cartridges

By now, you’ve probably seen or tried firsthand a vaporizer with an oil cartridge. These portable vaporizers are becoming increasingly popular as they’re easy to dose and operate. Visiting a dispensary, you’ll notice different brands made with different strains, solvents, and additives. Which ingredients are safe, and which ones should be avoided?

Burning cannabis oils can produce some of the same free radicals that are formed when you burn cannabis or tobacco, which is why people have turned to vaporizing (vaping). Vaporizing means that cannabis is heated without combustion. Active ingredients are released by the heat into a fine-mist vapor. Since combustion does not occur, smoke is not created.


How Are White Tips Formed on Cannabis Buds?

When Washington state cannabis producer Vashon Velvet’s Susan Gress began using LED lights to grow cannabis, she noticed that white tips began sporadically appearing in her garden. Confused, Gress had a few visitors come to the property and take a look at her grow.

The first visitor, Bob Montoya, is a photographer who works with NW Leaf. Montoya came in with a high-powered macro lens and took images of the white tips.

“[He] came to take pictures of our grow for NW Leaf and photographed a white tip,” Gress explained. “So, I asked him, do they look damaged? ‘Oh my god,’ he replied, ‘I’ve never seen anything like it, this is trichomes on top of trichomes!’”


Anxiety: The Monster I Cannot See

Make no mistake: anxiety stinks.

Lately I have been anxious: unbearably anxious.

Maybe it is all of the impending changes in my life. Maybe it is the current state of our nation, the insecurity I now feel in the country I call home. Or maybe it is just my damn anxiety disorder, but whatever it is I find myself on edge. My heart has been racing and my mind has been chasing after random thoughts and barely formulated ideas.

I am afraid of a monster I cannot see, of a future I cannot predict, and of matters in which I have no control. And earlier today, my anxiety came to a head. I found myself shaking on the toilet, and in tears. I found myself unable to articulate anything. My thoughts, my feelings, everything was just too big.


Vets Seek Alternative Medicine Through Alternate Health Centers

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TUCSON –For veterans returning home, picking up where they left off is easier said than done. Most vets turn to the VA to help them readjust to their civilian lives, but the hospital is unable to provide them with a natural medicine, medical marijuana.

“It can decrease the amount of sedatives, stop the opioids that they’re on, and they get very symptomatic relief,” Huggins said.

Dr. George Huggins has been practicing medicine for more than 50 years. He is currently a physician at Tumbleweeds Health Center where he sees many veterans who are addicted to prescription painkillers.

“They want to get off these addictive medicines that are not providing any real relief for their pain,” Huggins said.

The VA can’t prescribe medical marijuana because it is a Schedule I controlled substance at the federal level. Owner at Tumbleweeds, Kim Williams, said the DEA’s current stance on marijuana is not justified.

“I think the Schedule I classification does cannabis a great disservice,” Williams said. “It’s up there with heroin and things like that that have no medical use.”

In the past, congress has pushed to allow VA doctors to discuss and recommend medical marijuana as a treatment option with patients, but right now all they can do is send medical records to alternate health centers.


Strain of the Week: The Dessert

Strain Highlights Known by many names, The Dessert is a CBD-dominant cross of Harlequin and Granddaddy Purple. This earthy, slightly sweet sativa-dominant hybrid has been seen with a 3:1 CBD/THC ratio, slotting it firmly as a medicinal strain while offering enough THC whizbang for recreational cannabis consumers. The Dessert’s effects are lucid, but not stimulating, as well as cozy, but…