Best Cannabis Strains for Sparking Creativity

Cannabis has long been a companion for creative minds. It has a way of expanding the imagination, enabling access to new thoughts, concepts, and ideas. For many of us, cannabis adds color to our world and allows us to appreciate small nuances that are normally filtered out by our busy brains.

Not all strains are created equal, thanks to differences in their terpene and cannabinoid profiles. Sure, some artists couldn’t care less what strains they keep stocked alongside pens and brushes, but others swear by specific strains and rely on them for stimulating creative thought.

This list features strains that Leafly reviewers rate as highly creative, so consider giving them a try if you’re looking to kindle inspiration.

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7 Ways To Lead A More Confident Life

It is never too late to go after your dreams and do all the things you want to do.

When you are confident in your body, mind and soul it allows you to create a life that feels good from the inside out.

When you have confidence, it allows you to go after what you really want and helps you turn your dreams into realities.

If you want to feel more confident about life, if you want to have the courage to go after your wildest dreams, here are seven things that can help.

1.) Learn to trust your inner voice.

Under the copious thoughts that swim around in your mind is your voice of inner wisdom. This is the voice of your instincts and intuition, and it is always guiding you. The trick is learning to silence your mind so you can hear what your inner voice is trying to say. This voice is always positive and helps you to feel strong because it knows your true potential and what you are truly capable of. The mind, on the other hand, can fill you with fear and doubt. When you have to make decisions in life, try your best to take guidance from your inner voice.

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Is CBD the Next Big Thing for Acne?

Blackheads? Zits? Say goodbye to acne with a brand new cure—synthetic cannabis!

That, at least, is the hope of Botanix Pharmaceuticals Ltd., a dermatological company that just announced the completion of its Phase 1 clinical trial for an acne drug that incorporates synthetic cannabidiol (CBD). Called BTX 1503, the goal is that the drug could one day be an answer to acne.

Botanix began clinical trials of the drug in Australia last year. Twenty participants, all without acne symptoms, applied the synthetic cannabinoid-based topical over the course of a month to test its safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics (the amount of the drug detectable in the bloodstream after use).
The company plans to start a pilot program for acne patients later this quarter.

Clinical trials tend to be expensive, lengthy, and uncertain. A Phase 1 Study is preliminary—it determines whether a drug is safe enough to test on actual patients. Botanix managed to complete its Phase 1 trial within 12 months, and they say it has been a huge success. “Top line data demonstrates that BTX 1503 has an excellent safety profile, with little to no skin irritation, and no severe adverse events were recorded,” the company said.

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16 Ways to Create Your Own Happiness

Let’s face it, happiness and work do not tend to go hand in hand. A 2013 Gallup study, which reported data from more than 180 million people, found that just 13% of us consider ourselves to be “happily engaged at work.”

Those who do rate themselves as happy are 36% more motivated, six times more energized, and twice as productive as their unhappy counterparts.

The good news is that just 50% of happiness is influenced by genetics—the rest is up to you.

When it comes to making yourself happy, you need to learn what works for you. Once you discover this, everything else tends to fall into place. And making yourself happy doesn’t just improve your performance; it’s also good for your health.

A critical skill set that happy people tend to have in common is emotional intelligence (EQ). At TalentSmart, we’ve tested the EQs of more than a million people and know what makes high EQ people tick. So, we went digging until we found 16 great ways that emotionally intelligent people create their own happiness at work.

1. Remember That You Are In Charge of Your Own Happiness

You have two choices in any dead-end job: find another one or make the most of the one you’re stuck with. Either way, your happiness is up to you and no one else. Remind yourself of this anytime you’re feeling stuck.

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Identifying Old or Bad Cannabis Past Its Shelf Life

 

Cannabis can have an indefinite shelf life, but only if all of the proper conditions have been met. For cannabis to truly stand the sands of time, one must not only handle each process of the growth and harvest cycle carefully, but also store the cannabis properly. If all of these conditions are met, one could be enjoying their favorite strain 10 years from now with little quality degradation.

Unfortunately, not all cannabis is cultivated with this level of precision and since consumers can’t control the quality of their cannabis before it reaches their hands, having the ability to identify mishandled cannabis that is typically labeled “old” or “bad” is an imperative last line of defense. After all, nobody wants to puff a bowl of bone dry and/or moldy ganja.

Here are five cues you can use to sense if your cannabis is old or bad.

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How to Juice a Watermelon

Juicing a watermelon is work. There’s a lot of tough rind to cut through, and if you’ve got a good watermelon on your hands, a lot of drippy, juicy mess that happens as you’re cutting.

Turns out, there is a better, easier, less messy way, and Alton Brown has shared it with us.

This is what you’re going to need: the watermelon (of course), a three-inch biscuit cutter, a knife and an immersion blender. The biscuit cutter is a great tool that’ll help you cut a hole in the top of the watermelon. That hole is needed to fit in the blade of the immersion blender. And the immersion blender is responsible for juicing up the watermelon in a matter of seconds. It’s a beautiful sight.

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For Veterans With PTSD, Medical Marijuana Can Mean a Good Night’s Sleep

Too many American veterans face a new enemy, encountered months or many years after leaving active duty: sleeplessness.

David Bass, a US Army officer who served for 20 years, describes how insomnia can begin for soldiers.

‘In the combat zone, sleeping is extremely difficult. You’re adrenalized all the time.’

David Bass, 20-year Army veteran

“In the combat zone,” Bass says, “sleeping is extremely difficult. You’re adrenalized all the time, under tremendous pressure all the time to accomplish the mission. So you’re operating on extreme lack of sleep. My experience in Iraq was that medical personnel gave us Ambien. I personally became addicted to Ambien so I could sleep. Some of my friends who were also officers were also using it when we were there.”

But Ambien-induced sleep is different from regular sleep. “[Ambien] has some side effects,” said Bass. (Ambien is notorious for these known side effects). “I’ve seen people sleepwalking. That’s not a good thing to do in a combat zone—doing things and having no memory of it.”

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8 Ways To Sleep Better When It’s Blistering Hot Outside

Jenni June raised four kids as a single mom, in homes in Oregon and Southern California where she wasn’t able to have air conditioning. She says it was hard to see her kids struggle to sleep in the summer heat.

As a result, she developed some creative tricks to cool down her kids before bedtime, like dampening and freezing a teddy bear that they could take to bed.

“It definitely broke my heart for my kids. It was hard to keep them cool and comfortable, and to protect their sleep,” said June, who now works as a child and family sleep consultant. “When a room is overheated because it’s warm outside, it’s a little more of a challenge to keep your core body temperature cool. And that’s absolutely necessary for us to be able to segue into those deeper, more restorative stages of sleep, and transition from one sleep cycle to the next without full arousal in the middle of the night.”

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