How Does Cannabis Interact With Other Drugs?

Virtually all chemical compounds, from over-the-counter drugs and prescription pharmaceuticals to illicit substances, interact with other compounds. There are, for example, 82 identified drug interactions with caffeine (of which 25 are classified as moderately severe to severe). Even seemingly benign substances, like grapefruit, are known to interact with many prescription drugs. When it comes to cannabis, most potential interactions that have been identified are relatively mild. And, in fact, some drugs seem to work together with cannabis favorably.

Does Cannabis Interact with Antidepressants?

But, before we dive deep on some of the most common drugs people combine with cannabis, it’s important to understand the difference between an “additive” and “synergistic” effect. Additive simply means the interaction between two chemicals equals the sum of their parts (e.g. 1+1 = 2). Synergistic means that when two chemicals interact, the effect is greater than the sum of their parts (e.g. 1+1 = 3. Sounds like “alternative math!”). Likewise, keep in mind that THC/CBD ratios and different strain profiles (with variable cannabinoid and terpene profiles) can influence effects.


The Best Songs To Reduce Anxiety And Stress

Press play and unwind.

Anxiety has a way of sending you into a tailspin of worry and dread. And when that happens, it can make you feel closed off and interfere with your relationships and goals.

Everyone experiences anxiety on some scale. It could be from situations that are totally out of your control or things you’re just nervous about, such as a work project or tough conversation.

But here’s the good news: This type of stress doesn’t have to take over your life. There are several ways to cope. One method? Listening to some mellow tunes. One study even found music may lower anxiety and cortisol levels (the stress hormone) in the body.

With this in mind, our Facebook community to share their favorite songs that help them stay calm. Take a look below:

1. Bye, Bye, Bye ― *NSYNC

“It never fails to make me want to dance, which research shows can reduce stress.” ―Lindsay Holmes, HuffPost Deputy Healthy Living Editor

2. Shadow Days ― John Mayer

“It is empowering. It reminds me of everything I’ve made it through. So, when I’m anxious, I listen to it to get myself back and remind myself that I’ll get through whatever it is.” –-Ashley Tucker via Facebook

3. Sunday Morning ― Maroon 5

“The whole ‘Songs About Jane’ album is a nostalgia trigger for me (which can produce happy feelings!) and this song in particular just puts me at ease thanks to the melody.” ―Lindsay Holmes, HuffPost Deputy Healthy Living Editor


Cannabinoids 101: What Makes Cannabis Medicine?

We live in ironic times: a plant that’s been labelled criminal and dangerous is providing unrivaled relief for a variety of symptoms and conditions. Cannabis strains bring a colorful variety of medicinal effects, but when confronted with the question of how consuming marijuana could possibly be good for you, not everyone knows how to respond.

This brief look at cannabis chemistry is meant to arm you with a basic knowledge of how marijuana affects the brain and body. Not only will you better understand your medicine, you’ll be able to educate others about why cannabis is truly a safe, natural, and effective remedy.


The Best Cannabis Strains and Products for Every Situation

Cannabis is uniquely versatile in that it can be enjoyed in many different ways, offering a countless variety of experiences with each creative combination. Between the vast landscape of available strains, preparations, and products available, one could feasibly enjoy a different strain and consumption method for each individual scenario. Understanding this is important when discerning between conducive strains and activities. Just as there are many ways one may pair cannabis properly with a given situation, it can be just as easy to improperly pair cannabis, leaving you with a potentially uncomfortable scenario.

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Creating a conducive pairing is a learned skill, so here are a few scenarios based on time of day, mood, and activity, where we recommend some appropriate strain types and consumption methods. Whether you’re using cannabis to wake up and motivate yourself or to relax and unwind, these are some of our favorite combinations to try out. (Keep in mind that these are merely suggestions; if you have a preferred consumption method, you’re free to substitute one of our recommendations with your tried-and-true delivery method.)


37 Techniques to Calm an Anxious Child

Imagine you are driving in the car. You look in the rearview mirror and see your child trying to shrink into her seat.

“What’s wrong?” you ask.

“I don’t want to go to the birthday party.”

“But you’ve been excited all week. There will be cake and games and a bounce house. You love all of those things,” you try to reason.

“But I can’t go. There will be lots of people there I don’t know. No one will play with me. My tummy hurts.”

Sound familiar? As a parent of an anxious child, you might regularly find yourself in situations where no matter what you try, what effort you make, what compassion you offer, or what love you exude, nothing seems to help quash the worry that is affecting your little one’s everyday interactions.

In my work with anxious children, I have found it tremendously beneficial for both parents and kids to have a toolkit full of coping skills from which to choose. As you know, every child is different and some of the tools described below will resonate more than others. When you pick one to work with, please try it at least two to three times before making a judgment on whether it suits your child and family.

Here are 37 techniques to calm an anxious child:


Why a Good Smoke Session Is the Ultimate Bonding Experience

I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a single better way to bond with someone than smoking with them. And I tried. I really did. I sat here and ate an entire bowl of white cheddar mac and I tried. But it couldn’t because there is nothing. Not a happy hour/brunch/dinner, not a jog around the park, not even a drunken game of Never-Have-I-Ever (although this runs a very close second).

Point blank, there is not a single thing in the entire Milky Way Galaxy that is more effective in breaking down communication barriers than grinding a little cannabis, tossing it into your preferred device, and passing it amongst some folks you don’t know that well. Or folks you do know that well. Either way, I guarantee it’ll bring you all closer as a family.


12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time

12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time

When it comes to healthy eating, preparation is the key to success. (Those Boy Scouts are onto something.) In fact, one study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine suggests that spending time on preparing and cooking meals at home is linked with better dietary habits. But if you love the convenience of prepackaged foods and restaurant meals, it might be hard to go cold turkey on your take-out routine.

Luckily, planning and preparing your meals ahead of time will make healthy choices a no-brainer. Instead of running to the deli for a cold cut calorie bomb, you’ll have a home cooked feast on hand that can be heated up faster than you can walk two blocks. (Leaving you with more time to squeeze in your daily workout!) And hey, you’ll save money while you’re at it.

Plus, if you’re intimidated by cooking, there are tons of sneaky tricks that can help make assembling delicious meals a cinch. From easy breakfast options to methods for whipping up meals in bulk, we’ve got expert tips to set yourself up for a fuss-free and healthy week. Whip out your favorite Tupperware (we’re loving these leak-proof options) and get started.

12 Meal Prep Ideas to Try Now

How to Meal Prep Chicken

1. Season meat three ways using just one pan.
If you’re sticking to lean meats like chicken, chowing down on the same flavors can get tedious after a while. Save time without boring your taste buds by preparing two or three variations of chicken at once, using aluminum foil dividers in your pan. Sriracha, BBQ, honey mustard — you can have it all. Three birds, one pan! Photo and recipe: Kevin / Fit Men Cook