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How Does Kratom Help With Diabetes?

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Kratom is an evergreen tree in the coffee family native to Southeastern Asia, known for its many beneficial properties. Aside from its beneficial properties, it has some medical benefits as well.

The two main active alkaloids within Kratom are mitragynine and 7-hydroxy-mitragynine. They’re responsible for most of Kratom’s pain-relieving, mood-boosting, and energy augmentation effects.

Aside from the two principal alkaloids, there are eleven more alkaloids, with less prominent effects due to their minor contents in the plant’s leaves. Different strains of Kratom have different substances, but the two chief alkaloids are the most prominent.

One thing that Kratom is also good for is Diabetes, which is the main topic of this article. Below, we’re going to explore how Kratom works for Diabetes patients, and how it can help treat the common medical issue.

Kratom | The General Effects

Before we get into how Kratom works for Diabetes patients, we’re going to explore Kratom’s effects in general. Kratom is a dose-dependent compound, meaning different doses will give different results.

Kratom’s main active alkaloids interact with the opioid receptors in the brainstem and cortex. While Kratom itself is not an opiate, its effects are very opioid-like.

While the dose you need will depend on your age, gender, and weight, the general doses are as follows:

  • Small (3g-5g)
  • Medium (5g-7g)
  • Large (7g+)

At different doses, Kratom has a pain-relieving, soothing, and euphoria-inducing effect. It could also aid people suffering from depression by augmenting their energy and improving their mood.

At larger doses, though, white maeng da Kratom could have stimulating effects that induce anxiety. If you are looking to kratom for sale and use it, finding the right dose for you is as easy as experimenting with it – so start small and build up from there.

How Diabetes Patients Can Benefit From Kratom

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Diabetes is a severe illness – as a person with Diabetes, replacing your insulin with any supplement not recommended by a medical professional could be disastrous.

People with Diabetes who skip their insulin shots in favor of supplementation can be at risk of hypoglycemia and diabetic ketoacidosis. Diabetic ketoacidosis can easily lead to a coma, or sometimes even death.

If you’re looking for a short answer, Kratom is not a viable alternative to insulin and will not cure Diabetes. While it’s not a treatment, it has the potential to help diabetic people.

Kratom as a supplement itself has some minimal research, and while Diabetic users report experiencing benefits from the consumption of Kratom, proper research is scarce.

Kratom has been proven to increase glucose transport to muscles in rats, as concluded by an NPR study.

Another study has linked Kratom’s use in increasing activities of key enzymes that are dependent on the insulin-stimulated glucose transport for its acute action, further increasing the GLUT1 content in the body for long-term effects.

This means that white vein Kratom has a beneficial effect on increasing glucose transport efficiency in human muscle cells, further validating its benefits to glucose-regulation. In layman’s terms, as Diabetes impacts the sugar regulation in the muscles and body, Kratom’s consumption has a positive effect on blood sugar regulation in muscles.

How Kratom Indirectly Helps Diabetic Patients

Aside from directly impacting glucose-regulation, Kratom can benefit diabetic patients in more ways than one. It can help regulate high blood pressure, which itself is far more harmful to diabetic patients than regular people.

Kratom has a soothing effect when consumed at the proper dose – which instills a sense of calmness, eliminating stress, agitation, and anxiety – this works to lower the blood pressure further.

Another thing that Kratom is known for is helping diabetic patients deal with pain. One thing that’s not widely known about Diabetes is that it can get quite painful at times. High blood sugar, that’s associated with Diabetes, is also the main cause of diabetic neuropathy.

Diabetic neuropathy is directly linked with numbness in the extremities, and can even lead to intense acute pain. Due to Kratom’s analgesic properties and blood sugar regulation properties – it can be a helpful supplement for diabetic patients.

However, diabetic patients should pay close attention to the dosage. Kratom provides different effects at different doses, and as higher doses of Kratom could induce anxiety, the blood pressure results could be disastrous.

Final Thoughts

While Kratom is a viable supplement that people with Diabetes can use, it’s not an alternative to insulin. Diabetes has a profoundly adverse effect on the pancreas, even rendering it useless at times, and insulin shots are imperative to Diabetic patients’ survival.

Before you buy Kratom supplements to manage diabetes, make sure to consult a medical professional.

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Study Finds 1 in 4 Adults in America Used Cannabis in Past Year

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 07:29

Quite a few adults in the United States have consumed marijuana in the past year. This is according to a new study published in the journal BMJ Open and epublished by the U.S. National Institute of Health. The study is titled Retrospective cross-sectional analysis of the changes in marijuana use in the USA, 2005-2018.

According to the study, almost one our of every four adults who live in the United States say that they have consumed marijuana in the past year. For the study researchers from Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center examined marijuana use from a nationally representative sample of over 35,000 US adults. They found that “Overall, 53.5 percent of the US adult population reported ever using marijuana between 2005 and 2018. The prevalence of lifetime marijuana use, and first use before the age of 18, remained stable between 2005 and 2018. Overall 22.6 percent of US adults reported using marijuana within the last year.”

The full abstract can be found below:

Objectives Understanding trends of marijuana use in the USA throughout a period of particularly high adoption of marijuana-legalisation, and understanding demographics most at risk of use, is important in evolving healthcare policy and intervention. This study analyses the demographic-specific changes in the prevalence of marijuana use in the USA between 2005 and 2018.

Design, setting and participants A 14-year retrospective cross-sectional analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey database, a publicly available biennially collected national survey, weighted to represent the entire US population. A total of 35 212 adults between 18 and 69 years old participated in the seven-cycles of surveys analysed (2005–2018).

Primary outcome measured Lifetime use, first use before 18 years old, and past-year use of marijuana.

Results The majority of adults reported ever using marijuana. While the overall prevalence of lifetime marijuana use remained stable (p=0.53), past-year use increased significantly between 2005 and 2018 (p<0.001) with highest rate of past-year use among younger age groups (p<0.001), males (p<0.001) and those with income below poverty level (p<0.001). Past-year use was the most common among non-Hispanic blacks, and less common among Hispanic/Mexican populations (p<0.002). Trends in past-year use increased among all age categories, males/females, all ethnicities, those with high school education/above, and those at all income levels (p<0.01 for all).

Conclusions While lifetime marijuana use remained stable, past-year use significantly increased between 2005 and 2018. While past-year use remained the most common in younger age groups, males, non-Hispanic blacks and those with lower income; increasing trends in past-year use were significant for all age, sex, race and income categories, and for those with high school education/above. With high adoption of marijuana-legalisation laws during this period, our results suggest an associated increase in past-year marijuana use.

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Oaksterdam University Business of Cannabis Overview

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 13:37

Even those who aren’t regular consumers of marijuana or advocates of its legal reform have likely heard of Oaksterdam University, which is North America’s first-ever college focused specifically on cannabis and the cannabis industry.

Since 2007, the university “has been setting the bar for academic rigor and applied learning in cannabis education”.

According to its website, the university is “Recognized industry-wide for its rigorous academic learning environment”, and it “has something to offer cannabis professionals at every experience level.”

From the earliest days of the medical cannabis movement in North America, “Oaksterdam University has been committed to our mission of providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to lead and succeed in the industry.” Today, with more than 40,000 alumni worldwide, the university is “the most recognized name in cannabis education.”

Their “cross-disciplinary curriculum covers the most recent developments in cultivation, business, and policy but is grounded in the legacy of the cannabis legalization movement.” They offer students “a historical perspective, examining how prohibition has shaped the industry and how it continues to influence it today.”

In this article we will take an overview of the university’s course on the Business of Cananbis:

Summary of Program

According to their website, Oaksterdam University’s Business of Cannabis program “enables students to become responsible patients and employees, educated voters, prepared advocates & able business owners.”

Whether you’re looking to find a job, begin a career, start a business or invest in one, “students who complete this program will have a better understanding of the needs and concerns of patients and consumers, and a solid grasp on the overall business behind the plant.

The program is designed to offer ways to engage in this emerging new industry and get you prepared for the risks and responsibilities you will face.”

Potential Career Options

Some potential marijuana-related career options you can expect to be relevant to this course include:

Marijuana business owner

Potential Salary: $80,000 – $150,000

Dispensary manager

Potential Salary: $45,000 – $75,000

Marijuana policy advisor

Potential Salary: $50,000 – $65,000

Course Overview

Below is the full official course overview:

“The Business of Cannabis program enables students to become responsible patients and employees, educated voters, prepared advocates & able business owners.

The program is designed to offer ways to engage in this emerging new industry and get you prepared for the risks and responsibilities you will face.

The Business of Cannabis Semester is 14 weeks long, comprised of 18 individual classes. Classes meet once a week on Wednesdays.

Classes will cover topics from General Education, Politics & History, Science, and Law to Business Management, Extraction Processes, and Cultivation taught by expert instructors comprised of industry leaders, attorneys, business owners, professional growers, and extractors.

Semester students will be provided ample time for Q&A interaction with our expert instructors.”

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Study Finds Millennials and Boomers Have Similar Marijuana Preferences

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 12:30

According to a new study conducted by Verilife, a dispensary operator under the PharmaCann umbrella, there are more similarities than differences in regards to how millennials and baby boomers consume their marijuana.

The study, which was first reported on by High Times, found that inhaled cannabis is the preferred method of use for both groups, possibly because of familiarity. “Boomers are used to smoking joints and pipes instead of imbibing other ways, and even some Millennials started using cannabis at a time when smoking was more common than taking edibles or using newer inventions like vape pens.” Later studies may reveal that Generation Z users aren’t as used to inhaled products.

Another reason inhalation might be the most common way to consume marijuana in both groups is economics. “Flower is one of the most inexpensive ways to buy cannabis, meaning that younger consumers with less income may decide to opt for it even if other options are appealing and available.” Also, “accessibility plays a role, as cannabis is sold in every dispensary in legal states, and is an easy-to-understand method of consumption.”

However, there are some differences.

“One of the biggest differences between how Millennials and Boomers consume marijuana lies within the reasons why each generation consumes,” the study continues. “For Millennials, nearly half consume for recreational reasons, which is a stark contrast to Boomers who are twice as likely to use marijuana solely for medical reasons. Among those who consume for medical reasons, the top health ailments vary between generations. For example, Millennials cite chronic pain (27 percent) and migraines (13 percent) as their top medical reasons compared to Boomers who consume for arthritis (15 percent) and chronic pain (13 percent).”

Millennials and Boomers both reported that they use cannabis for relaxation Both groups also reported they spend about the same amount of money each month on cannabis, and that “consumption has increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the study, monthly spending on average has gone up about $27 a month for individuals, in addition to the $76 on average that individuals spent before COVID.”

“According to respondents, Millennials are more likely to consider themselves daily consumers. In fact, 1 in 5 Millennials said they consume marijuana daily compared to just 12 percent of Boomers.”

These findings show that although baby boomers and millennials aren’t exactly the same type of marijuana consumers, they aren’t far off.

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4 Ways to Enhance Your Beauty With CBD

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 15:01

CBD products are the new trend.

Many people have started consuming it in various ways. One can consume it in one form or another to get benefits from its unlimited uses. Even those who don’t have consumed edible CBD can use it in non-edible form for various benefits.

Many CBD infused products are entering the market. From healthcare to food, it has become a part of different industries. Beauty is yet another such industry which has seen an immediate change.

CBD is increasing becoming a new trend in the beauty industry. It’s medicinal and rejuvenating benefits had everyone talking about CBD based beauty products. In fact, there is a variety of CBD infused beauty products on the market nowadays.

Cannabis has been used as an important part of beauty routine for centuries now. Even Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt supposedly used it for its health and skincare benefits. Cannabidiol that is used in beauty products has the non-psychoactive cannabinoid which is grown from the cannabis plant that is associated with all sort of goodness and benefits for decades and centuries.

Is it really effective?

There are many studies that have proven the antibacterial properties of this potent skincare ingredient. It is effective in soothing inflammation to a great extent. It is helpful in regulating sebum which is a natural oily thing that our body secretes that causes aches to break out. Also, it is responsible for reducing irritation or itchiness on the skin.

According to a journal published by the Journal of Clinical Investigation in 2014, “CBD can balance and regulate sebum production. It can do so even in those cases where the overproduction of sebum is mainly because of the excessive amount of testosterone hormone.” This hormone is a common issue for many who suffer from hormonal acne.

These benefits are due to the reason that Best CBD products are a great source of beneficial amino acids and other antioxidants.

So here we are with some ways by which you can include CBD in your skincare regime to enhance your beauty.

By adopting these, you can not just enhance the way your appearance but also, maintain your beauty, youthful look and freshness for a long span of time. You will feel more confident when you see the results. It’s a modern and creative way to improve your appearance.

1. Clean Pores

When your skin pores are dirty or if they are clogged with the sweat or oil that body secretes then it has several bad effects on your skin. It’s important that you find out the ways to reduce the dirt and bad secretions from your skin.

If you have been using body lotions or face lotions and makeup products so far, they escalate the problem further. The skin gets even more clogged. Consequently, the skin looks even more tired looking.

You can use hemp oil in place of your regular lotions and moisturizers to get the fresh and youthful look. It will remove the oil and sweat from the skin.

You can start by taking a warm shower and fill the bathroom with steam. This steam will open your closed pores and remove the dirt, make up from your skin.

It will also remove dead skin and other bad participles that are deep in your skin. When you get out of the shower, put some CBD hemp oil on your skin to keep the bores clean.

Its effects will be surprising to you when you see them. Your skin will start to glow and will look young.

2. Regulate the Production of Oil on Skin

It’s true that the human body and skin requires a good amount of oil. The adequate amount of oil on the skin can be wonderful for your beauty. It can increase your attractiveness and enhance your appearance a great deal.

But if your body produces too much skin oil then that can be the cause of many skin problems for you. In fact, it can have a number of bad effects that you might not even be aware of. Excess oil is one of the prominent reason of clogging of your pores.

This then leads to dirt getting collected on your skin. All these skin problems can be easily avoided by you. And it’s best to take the precautionary measures instead of reactive care of the skin after the harm is done.

Hemp oil is the answer to all such problems.

If you also have the issue of too much oil on the skin then it’s the perfect solution for you. It can help in regulating the oil production in the body. You can directly put hemp oil on your skin. Or you can use any cream which has hemp oil or CBD as a main ingredient.

Nowadays, a variety of body care and face beauty products are available easily at cost-effective prices which contains hemp oil. It will not only regulate the oil production but also control the problem of too much oil. Include this in your beauty regime and you will be pleased to see the positive effects of CBD.

4. Moisturizing the Skin

A large variety of body lotions, moisturizers and other products are used by a number of people to keep their skin moisturized. Nobody likes dry and tired looking faces. Everyone wants to look youthful and fresh all the time.

But unfortunately, it’s hard to find the right product. In fact, most moisturizers make the skin look more oily. Many people who have very dry skin oftentimes accept this and live with it. They just can’t seem find a solution to their skin problem.

If you are also one of those who is facing this issue, then it’s time to try the hemp oil.

You can also try a CBD based moisturizer or lotion to get the vibrant looking appearance. It makes your skin look well hydrated and fresh. Consequently, your self-confidence will also increase.

Simply wash your face and put the hemp oil containing moisturizer or body lotion to see the effects. You will be surprised to see the young and pretty self reflected on the mirror after the first few uses itself.

4. Fight the signs of ageing

Ageing is a natural process but oftentimes due to a lot of stress and using different chemical based products can speed up the process of ageing.

Everyone wants to have a young looking skin that radiates glow and freshness. Ageing will eventually catch up to you, but there are ways and means by which you can slow the process of ageing. Or at the very least, eliminate the early signs of ageing.

If you take good care of your skin, follow a healthy and balanced died and to physical exercises regularly then CBD based beauty products can help you a great deal in fighting the early signs of ageing.

Simply apply CBD oils onto your skin to see the impressive effects it will have on your skin. The fine lines and wrinkles will be dealt with the regular use of hemp oil.

Just clean and exfoliate your skin. Then use CBD based cream or serum.

Or you can simply some hemp oil onto the skin. So ensure that the oil successfully penetrated well into the skin, lightly massage your skin. Dab the excess oil after your massage is over with the help of a tissue or a soft cloth.

Conclusion

It is instrumental in making skin look young and fresh.

CBD oil is rich in vitamins A, C & E. These vitamins are effective in keeping the skin fresh, young, healthy and firm.

The cannabinoid receptors are also effective in reducing painful sensations. It can also be used as a therapeutic ingredient in the skincare regime of a person to treat serious inflammation related skin problems like contact dermatitis or eczema.

Therefore, it won’t be an exaggeration to conclude that it is a potent ingredient in beauty regimes.

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CBD gummies for kids: Is it safe?

Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:45

CBD oil has become quite popular for the treatment of many painful ailments. CBD is a component of the marijuana and hemp plants, along with THC. The CBD oil you commonly buy through retailers is an extract from the hemp plant.

Apart from CBD oil in various carrier oils, you also get CBD in the form of topical creams, edible gummies and more. CBD gummies are made from the extract of the hemp plant. They are sweet and edible as a snack. However, there is a question mark on whether CBD gummies are as effective as CBD oil.

Many studies reveal that CBD oil sprayed under the tongue is more effective than CBD gummies. This is because in the process of digestion CBD gets broken into other components by the liver. However, CBD gummies are a better option for kids because they may not be able to tolerate the typical taste of CBD oil.

How does CBD work?

The human body produces some cannabinoids on its own. The cannabinoid receptors in the human body are of two types–CB1 and CB2. The cannabinoid CB1 is present in the brain in larger concentration, although it is present throughout the body.

This receptor has an impact on pain, emotions, movement, mood, appetite, thoughts, memories and some other functions. When you intake marijuana, the THC attaches to these receptors.

On the other hand, CB2 receptors are common in the immune system. These receptors have an impact on body inflammation and pain. Recently, researchers have come to the conclusion that CBD does not attach itself to these receptors  but instead causes the body to use its own cannabinoids at a larger level.

What are CBD gummies? What is its bioavailability?

CBD gummies are sweet snacks with CBD oil as one of its ingredients. There are some ailments of children that require treatment with CBD oil. However, CBD oil has a typical botanical taste and kids may not be able to tolerate it. This is where CBD gummies come in handy.

With a little research, you will be able to find CBD gummies that have good quality ingredients with no synthetic substance. However, there is something that you should know about CBD bioavailability when taken in the form of gummies. According to experts, CBD bioavailability reduces to a great extent when taken with any edibles.

The same applies to gummies because most of the CBD taken in an edible form gets processed by the liver. As a result, we digest the major part of the CBD taken in the edible form into other components and the maximum that the body will get is no more than 4% to 20%. Hence you may have to feed your kid more gummies to ensure that he or she gets the proper amount of CBD required.

Can CBD gummies prove helpful for kids in treating ailments?

CBD gummies can be used to treat many ailments that kids face. These include epilepsy, Dravet’s syndrome, autism, anxiety and more. Good quality CBD gummies are a great option for your kid if he or she suffers from such health problems.

At the same time, many parents also use CBD gummies for kids who are hyperactive and have difficulty in falling asleep. CBD helps improve focus and calm the nerves of kids, and this is especially so when the child is suffering from ADHD. In fact, with kids who have epilepsy and Dravets syndrome, some observe that the intake of CBD drastically reduces the occurrence of seizures.

It is important to speak to a medical professional to ensure that CBD is right for each child.

Concerns about CBD gummies

When it comes to CBD gummies there are some concerns which you should keep in mind. First, you must ensure that you are buying the gummies from a reliable source. Thanks to the recent boom in the consumption of CBD to treat ailments, there are many unscrupulous elements who have jumped onto the bandwagon. They are making and selling substandard gummies and other CBD products. That is why you must conduct proper research before you buy CBD gummies or any other CBD products.

You need to make sure that the gummies do not contain any synthetic ingredients and are of good quality. After all, your child’s health is at stake. The best way to conduct research regarding the CBD gummies of any brand is through reading customer reviews in order to know which brand is best for your kid. You can do such research online using the extensive amount of data available on CBD gummies and their manufacturers.

CBD gummies are unlikely to cause positive drug test results, but in case you get one with a significant amount of THC, there are ways to pass a urine screen, as mentioned in this study.

CBD gummies: safe?

CBD gummies are safe if bought from a reliable source. At the same time, it has been proven in many cases that CBD can actually benefit kids suffering from various debilitating ailments mentioned above. CBD gummies are especially useful because it lets kids enjoy the sweet snack instead of tolerating the queer taste of CBD oil available in other forms. CBD oil is deemed safe even by the government of the United States and is being used by parents who want to help their children in treating their ailments.

And as always consult your child’s pediatrician to ensure the products are right for them.

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College Students Views on Marijuana Unchanged Post-Legalization, States Study

Fri, 08/07/2020 - 04:51

According to a newly released study young adult college students who live in states where marijuana has been legalized possess similar attitudes toward cannabis as do those residing in a jurisdiction where cannabis use remains illegal. This is according to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health and titled Effects of recreational marijuana legalization on college students: A longitudinal study of attitudes, intentions, and use behaviors.

For the study researchers from the University of Wisconsin at Madison examined the attitudes towards marijuana, intentions to use, and consumption patterns in a longitudinal cohort of 338 students at two large public universities in Washington and Wisconsin.

They found that “Ever use, attitude, and intention-to-use scores did not change significantly more in Washington after legalization than in Wisconsin.” However, authors did report that “among prior users, the proportion using in the last 28 days rose faster in Washington after legalization that it did in Wisconsin.” The study concludes by stating: “Although the proportion of participants ever using remained similar across states overtime, the prevalence of 28-day use increased significantly more in Washington after RML [recreational marijuana laws] than in Wisconsin. Thus, rather than increasing the prevalence of new users, our findings suggest that legalization had the greatest direct effects on current marijuana users.”

Below is the study’s full abstract:

Purpose

As legal recreational marijuana use expands rapidly across the U.S., there is growing concern that this will lead to higher rates of use among college-aged young adults. Given the limited research addressing this issue, a longitudinal study was conducted to evaluate the effects of legalizing recreational use on the attitudes, intentions, and marijuana use behaviors of college students in two different legalization contexts, Washington State and Wisconsin.

Methods

Survey data assessing marijuana attitudes, intentions, and use behavior were collected from 2011 to 2016 on a longitudinal cohort of 338 students at two large public universities in Washington and Wisconsin. Time series analyses were conducted to evaluate postlegalization changes in ever use, 28-day use, and mean attitude and intention-to-use scores in Washington state, using Wisconsin participants as the control group.

Results

Ever use, attitude, and intention-to-use scores did not change significantly more in Washington after legalization than in Wisconsin. However, among prior users, the proportion using in the last 28 days rose faster in Washington after legalization that it did in Wisconsin (p < .001).

Conclusions

The findings suggest that legalization had the greatest effects on current marijuana users, who are surrounded by a climate that is increasingly supportive of its use.

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What Is Drip Vaping & How To Do It?

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:24

The vape subculture is massive. It has many people doing quite a lot of different things to enhance and personalize their vaping experience. One of the most popular things to do when vaping is to drip vape – but that begs the question: “What exactly is drip vaping?”

To answer this question, we’ll dedicate this article to exploring drip vaping. Below, we’re going to cover the ins and outs of drip vaping, how you can do it, and what you can expect from it.

What is Drip Vaping?

Drip vaping is the process of dripping vape juice directly on the vape coil using an RDA. RDA stands for a rebuildable dripping atomizer. In RDA vaping, you build and install your vape coil, or use a custom one, from a wide selection of wires.

When building your wire, you’ll want to pay attention to the wire material, wire gauge, and the build of the coil. If you’ve done everything correctly, you can drip e-liquid on your coil and inhale the aerosol.

That is a trendy thing with people who vape for flavor, instead of their nicotine hit. Drip vaping is far slower than using closed systems, thus providing the same amount of vapor in a longer timeframe.

Dripping itself isn’t an easy thing to master. It takes a specific technique, but it does come with some significant benefits, which we will discuss later.

While drip vaping is more prevalent in the vape modding community, it’s one of the simpler things you can do to enhance your vaping experience – and that’s why people are eager to try it out.

Why Do People Drip Vape?

People drip vape for numerous reasons. It’s a popular way to add something new to your traditional vaping experience, and it comes with some key benefits.

While it does take some practice, it is well worth the effort, as drip vaping:

  • Provides a different kind of flavor;
  • Allows for a more personalized experience;
  • Gives far less dissipation when compared to closed system vaping;
  • Provides flavor switching capabilities with each drip;
  • Annuls the chance of burning bitter vape hits;
  • Allows for a completely different taste experience;

It’s easy to understand why people are eager to try drip vaping. It is a wholly transformative experience and breathes new life into vaping.

How Can You Drip Vape

As stated above, drip vaping requires some technique. You’re going to need to remove the drip tip and use your vape juice drip tank to drip a couple of drops directly on the heated coil. Make sure to use the good stuff, as premium-quality vape juices feel so good on your taste buds.

After doing so, put back the tip and inhale the aerosol. After the juice is gone, repeat the process.

Sounds relatively simple, right? Well, not so much. You’ll have to ensure that your vape coil can stand the heat, so you’ll have to go with stainless steel or titanium.

Another common mistake people make with drip vaping is forgetting to put back the drip tip. That might make you put your lips against the hot coils, which can lead to severe burns. Aside from this mistake, people tend to over drip on their coil, which can lead to runoff of hot vape liquid.

When starting, use vape juice with high VG content instead of PG. Vegetable Glycerin is far thicker than Propylene Glycol, which limits the amount of runoff liquid.

Below, we’re going to cover some conventional equipment and etiquette used and practiced when drip vaping.

The Equipment For Drip Vaping

When you’re drip vaping, you’re not going to need some additional equipment. The things you will need are:

  • A good drip atomizer vape pen
  • A selection of flavored VG vape juice
  • Durable coil suitable for dry heating

Aside from the materials, you’ll need some patience and caution. Drip vaping can be dangerous, as hot liquid runoff and the very hot coil can cause injuries. If you’re thinking of getting into drip vaping, getting a drip vape pen might not be a bad idea.

Drip Vaping Etiquette

There are some things you need to pay attention to when you decide to drip vape, such as:

  • Don’t over drip on your coil;
  • Don’t under drip on your coil;
  • Always use a high-end coil;
  • Use a high-quality drip tip;
  • Practice your dripping technique.

As long as you keep these simple things in mind, we can guarantee you will have a pleasant drip vaping experience.

Final Thoughts

While drip vaping might be a transformative way to vape – it’s not for everyone. If you’re vaping for nicotine, drip vaping might not be for you, as it’s far slower to traditional tank vaping.

If you want to get into drip vaping, make sure you’re using a great pen and coil combo, and don’t rush it. Practise makes perfect – so give your technique some time to develop!

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Legal Marijuana Sales Have Record-Breaking Surge, Finds Report

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 07:18

According to a new report by the research firm New Frontier Data, the legal retail sales of marijuana and marijuana products in the United States reached all-time highs during the months of April and May.

According to the report which covered 24 legal recreational or medical marijuana programs, “Average consumer monthly spending rose to record highs in April and May, reaching $290 and $296, respectively.”

They found that “One unanticipated effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the growth acceleration of legal cannabis markets (and erosion of the illicit markets) in those states which have activated both medical and adult-use sales.”

The report states that “One unanticipated effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the growth acceleration of legal cannabis markets (and erosion of illicit markets) in those states which have activated both medical and adult-use sales. In 2019, the total combined illicit market for cannabis in the United States was an estimated $64 billion, which through the growth of currently legal markets is projected to shrink some $4 billion by 2022.”

It continues by stating that: “Through higher sales and increased patient participation in medical-only markets, the second quarter of 2020 saw surging patient counts in medical markets – particularly in those having 1) lower barriers to entry (i.e., less restrictive qualification requirements), and 2) more accessible markets (i.e., greater density among dispensaries).”

The report found that both Florida and Oklahoma were seeing very strong patient participation rates before the pandemic took hold, and continued those trends despite sheltering-in-place orders effected in April and May, respectively. That the registrations would continue apace (and in the case of Florida, increase) amid the dramatic contraction of broader social and economic activity underscores the strong demand for cannabis in those markets.

“While many major adult-use markets (e.g., California) have delayed release of tax data pertaining to cannabis sales in Q2 during the height of the pandemic, sales numbers released out of Oregon and Colorado (the two most mature legal cannabis markets in the U.S.) and also Michigan show marked boosts between March and May.”

Oregon saw record-setting sales in March, April, and May (the latter seeing the state generate $100 million in cannabis sales for the single-highest monthly total since the program’s launch). For its part, Colorado (with the country’s most mature adult-use market) saw record sales in May, which neared $200 million for the first time in its program’s history.

The report states that medical sales in Michigan (previously flat between December 2019-February) saw a 48% increase in monthly sales between March-May. Adult-use sales in the state, which saw a strong growth trajectory since before the pandemic, received an additional boost in demand through April and May.

Analyzing retail data from 24 legal cannabis markets, New Frontier Data found that average consumer monthly spending rose to record highs in April and May, reaching $290 and $296, respectively. June sales across those markets was down slightly (with consumer monthly spending at $282), but still significantly higher than the corresponding average of $213 spent during the first three months of the year.

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Legalizing Medical Marijuana Reduces Prescription Stimulant Use, Finds Study

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 09:31

According to a new study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, the use of prescription stimulants is lower in states where medical marijuana has been legalized, compared to states where all marijuana use remains illegal. The study is titled Medical marijuana laws and medical and non-medical prescription stimulant use among a nationally representative sample of US adults: Potential spillover effects by sexual identity and gender.

For the study researchers examined the association between prescription stimulant use and state-level medical marijuana legalization laws.

“Medical prescription stimulant use was lower in MCL (medical cannabis legalization) states versus non-MCL states for heterosexual men (3.7 percent versus 4.6 percent) and women (4.2 percent versus 5.7 percent)”, states the study. “Bisexual men’s medical stimulant use prevalence was 4.2 percent in MCL states versus 9.9 percent in non-MCL states: among women, it was 7.3 percent versus 8.6 percent. Among bisexual men, non-medical prescription stimulant use was 5.6 percent in MCL states versus 8.1 percent in non-MCL states; for bisexual women, it was 6.0 percent versus 7.9 percent.”

They conclude by stating: “The ‘spillover’ effect of MCL enactment on the use of substances besides cannabis should be explicitly tested in future studies.”

Below is the full abstract of this study:

Background: Medical marijuana laws (MMLs) can impact marijuana and opioid use, but the relationship between MMLs and other drugs, such as prescription stimulants, remains unexamined. Because lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) individuals report higher levels of prescription stimulant use than heterosexuals, we explored the relationship between MMLs and past-year medical and non-medical stimulant use by sexual identity and gender.

Methods: We pooled 2015-2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health data for adults (n = 126 463), and used survey-weighted multinomial logistic regression to estimate odds of past-year (a) medical prescription stimulant use, (b) non-medical prescription stimulant use and (c) non-medical versus medical stimulant use. We stratified by gender, adjusted for sociodemographic characteristics, and tested the interaction between MML state residence and sexual identity.

Results: Bisexual men had higher medical (6.4% versus 4.1%; aROR=1.93[1.29-2.88]) and non-medical stimulant use 6.6% versus 2.4%; aROR=2.23[1.44-3.44]) than heterosexual men. Bisexual women had higher non-medical stimulant use (6.8% versus 1.6%; aROR=1.54[1.23-2.93] than heterosexual women. Female (aROR=0.70[0.62-0.78]) and male (aROR=0.74[0.66-0.82]) heterosexuals in MML states had lower odds of medical stimulant use than in non-MML states. Bisexual men in MML states had lower odds of medical (aROR=0.36[0.21-0.61]) and non-medical stimulant use (aROR=0.48[0.29-0.81]) than bisexual men in non-MML states. Similar patterns emerged for bisexual women’s non-medical use (aROR=0.57[0.40-0.81]).

Conclusion: Prescription stimulant use was higher in non-MML states for most LGB subgroups. MMLs may differentially impact stimulant use, primarily for bisexual men and women. States enacting MMLs should consider potential impacts on drugs other than marijuana, especially among LGB populations.

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Mike Tyson To Produce 3D-Printed Cannabis Cups

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 21:21

Fans of Mike Tyson have had to bide their time for the next eccentricity. But his latest announcement might have been worth the wait. In an interview with Forbes earlier this month, the former heavyweight boxer announced that his company is developing a 3D printed “smart cup” that contains edible (or rather sippable) cannabis.

The details of Tyson’s plans are intriguing on their own, but are also an encouraging sign of maturity for the edible cannabis industry. For years, innovation in this space has been hampered by the FDA’s policies on cannabis products, and the resulting lack of investment. Now, it seems, major investors are recognizing the health benefits of marijuana, and the opportunities that the edibles market presents.

 

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Reliable Dosing

Tyson’s idea is relatively simple, but still sounds a little like science fiction. He announced that his company, The Ranch Companies, has obtained a global license for 3D printing of edible cannabis products. These products have been developed in partnership with beverage manufacturer Smart Cups, who have pioneered technologies that allow flavored beverages to be printed directly onto biodegradable plastics. Customers simply add water to one of their “smart cups”, and flavorings are automatically released, producing a soft drink.

For Smart Cups and Tyson, this new development is a response to what they see as an obvious gap in the market. Though the science of growing industrial hemp is advancing rapidly, consumers (they say) are still unable to obtain reliable, repeated doses of medical cannabis. “Traditional” methods of dosing – both through smoking and edibles – can deliver varying amounts of the active chemicals that provide health benefits. 

This means that the medical cannabis industry lags behind other pharmaceutical products. “When an individual consumes 100 mg of aspirin, no matter where they are in the world, they are confident that they are consuming 100mg of aspirin,” said Chris Kanik, CEO of Smart Cups. “Smart Cups Technology can provide that same consumer confidence.”

Hemp and 3D Printing

The idea of printing cannabis directly onto the surface of disposable cups is a natural one, because 3D printing technology is already widely used in the production of hemp cups. US and Ireland-based filament provider 3D Fuel, for instance, recently launched an environmentally-friendly range of hemp filaments. This material is made from plastic mixed with recycled coffee, beer waste, and hemp plants, and has been designed to be easily printable on any industry-standard 3D printing setup.

Smart cups have taken this idea a step further, by producing a range of low-fat, caffeine-boosted protein powders that are printed directly onto the interior of 3D printed cups. When these materials come into contact with a liquid (soda, saliva, or just water), they are activated. 

Adding active sativa- or indica-derived ingredients to this process is a novel idea, and one that is the subject of current research. In addition to the work being done by Ranch and Smart Cups, a company called 3Dom has partnered with bio-composite company c2Renew to create their ‘Entwined’ filament; this is produced using hemp, and aims to achieve the same outcome as Tyson’s proposal. 

At a broader level, the ability to use 3D printers to print marijuana products may herald a major revolution in the industry. At the moment, the production of medical-grade cannabis is a costly and complex endeavor, requiring many manufacturing steps. The promise of 3D printing is that companies have a far greater level of control over exactly which ingredients are present in consumer products, allowing them to customize these to a greater level than ever before.

For consumers, the gains provided by 3D printing technologies could be even greater. This technology could be used to design specific doses of marijuana-derived compounds that are tailored specifically for the needs of individuals, and can be delivered in reliable, convenient ways.

The 3D printing process

 

The Future

At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Tyson’s announcement is not all that important. As more and more states move toward legalization across the US, we are seeing new cannabis products launched every week. Look a little deeper, though, and it’s apparent that Tyson’s smart cups are great news for the edibles industry. This is for (at least) three reasons.

The first is the level of investment involved. Details on the R+D investment in the new technology are scarce, but given the professionalism of Tyson’s ad campaign it’s clear that serious money is being spent. It seems that investors have finally realized what research has consistently shown: that cannabis is extremely popular. 10% of Americans between ages 18-44 now use CBD regularly. 

The second reason for optimism is that 3D printed “instant” beverages are the first major technological advance in edibles technology for many years. If Tyson’s product works, it promises to take the guesswork out of ingesting reliable doses of cannabis-derived ingredients, and this can only be a positive step in terms of mainstream acceptance.

The third reason why Tyson’s new product is exciting is a related one: convenience. It’s not impossible to imagine that his 3D printed cups will soon be available in coffee shops, gas stations, and supermarkets (at least in some states). Indeed, it seems reasonable to assume that capturing the convenience market for edibles is the primary motivation behind the cups. A more convenient way to get the benefits of CBD is likely to supercharge an industry that is already booming.

The Challenges

On the other hand, you’ll forgive us a slight skepticism that Mike Tyson is the best spokesperson for the benefits of cannabis. The former boxer has a long history of espousing some pretty crazy ideas, and given his legal history he might not be an asset for those of us trying to point out that legalization does not increase crime

Nonetheless, investment and innovation in the edibles market is always welcome, and 3D printed smart cups certainly form part of that.

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5 Ways to Use CBD for Seniors

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 00:48

CBD may seem like a hip new trend, but studies show that the cannabis extract actually has a multitude of health benefits that stand the test of time. No matter your age, CBD can help improve your health, mood, and life.

Read on for five useful ways seniors can use CBD.

CBD For Pain

Chronic pain plagues millions of Americans each day—and seniors suffer at particularly high rates. Whether you have pain from arthritis or another chronic illness, or pain due to an injury or surgery, there is a good chance that inflammation is causing a lot of your discomfort.

When something is not right in the body, such as an injury, receptors in the brain send enzymes to the area that cause inflammation. While inflammation has protective properties, it can be difficult when dealing with a chronic illness that isn’t going to heal.

One of the most popular uses for CBD supplements is to soothe inflammation. When the endocannabinoids in CBD connect to the receptors responsible for inflammation, they calm this response—causing pain and swelling to subside.

While CBD may not be as strong as prescription pain relievers, it makes up for it with the following stellar benefits:

  • Practical in the long term
  • All-natural
  • Non-habit forming
  • Helps relieve the root of the problem—rather than masking it
CBD For Sleep

Many seniors report suffering from insomnia. As we get older, our circadian rhythms tend to change. This is why babies fall asleep early, teens often stay up late, and seniors toss and turn.

While many sleep aids can be harsh on the body, CBD is a natural sleep aid that isn’t addictive, psychoactive, or grogginess-inducing. Try out CBD vape pens for insomnia—they’re fast-acting, natural, and won’t damage your lungs like other smoking products.

Anti-Aging Skincare

Your age doesn’t have to stop you from maintaining smooth, youthful skin. While there are various anti-aging skincare products on the market, many products like retinol and hydroxy acids can be harsh on sensitive skin.

CBD oil is a gentle alternative to anti-aging skincare.

The antioxidants in CBD are known to smooth fine lines, moisturize, and help promote collagen production. If you’ve found that other anti-aging products are irritating your skin, or you’re simply looking for a new oil to add to your skincare routine, try out a topical CBD oil. If you’re looking for something with a little more intensity, opt for a CBD-infused face mask with antioxidants and botanical enzymes.

 

Whatever route you choose, adding CBD to your skincare routine is an easy way to get your skin looking glow-y and refreshed.

Antioxidants in CBD Fight Illness

Antioxidants are compounds that prevent oxidation and help fight free radicals in the body. Free radicals are single electrons that move throughout the body to find other electrons to pair with.

These electrons can damage other cells around them, and thus have been linked to illnesses such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

Studies show that CBD is rich in antioxidants and their illness-fighting properties. Taking CBD daily is a nonaddictive, easy, and a virtually side-effect-free way to help prevent disease and keep your body healthy.

Try out a CBD infused herbal tea for a boost of antioxidants. Herbal teas contain many antioxidants of their own—so try mixing the two for a relaxing way to keep your body healthy and protected.

Mood Elevation

Mental health issues can appear at any age. If you’ve recently been feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed, it’s perfectly normal to search for something that may help. Antidepressants and anxiety medication are not for everyone—and they can come with a long list of side effects. If you’re looking for a natural remedy to help boost your daily mood, CBD supplements may be right for you.

CBD can lower your risk of anxiety and depression, and help your mood blossom like a flower the cannabinoid system in the brain is linked to keeping the body’s functions balanced, including pain and mood regulation.

By connecting to these cannabinoid receptors in the brain, CBD has been shown to reduce stress, and diminish feelings of depression and anxiety (without the psychoactive properties that normal marijuana contains)—and this may even help improve cognitive functioning as a result.

Studies also show that CBD increases blood flow to parts of the brain associated with calming the limbic system—which means that CBD may help you relax without getting drowsy (as long as you’re taking the proper dosage).

The Bottom Line: CBD Can Do A Lot

If you’ve been interested in trying CBD, now is the perfect time. As the industry continues to grow, CBD supplements are becoming increasingly more accessible, and with more variety than ever before.

While CBD may not be a cure-all for every problem, studies show that it has a multitude of benefits when it comes to bodily regulation. So, whether you’re suffering from stress, pain, or simply looking to feel a little better each day—give CBD a try.

It can’t hurt!

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3 Ways to Boost the Health of Your Pets Using CBD Oil

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 13:41

We all share a beautiful human-animal bond with our pets. These furry, four-legged friends fill our soul with love and joy. That is why it can get disheartening when your pet becomes sick. Watching them suffer all the pain can be sad and depressing.

Thankfully, today there are a plethora of ways in which you can support your pet’s health and keep them fit. One such method is using CBD oil.

Recent research on CBD for pets, such as dogs, cats, and even horses, have indicated therapeutic health effects. It has demonstrated promising results for alleviating several conditions in pets, including chronic pain, anxiety, digestive disorders, arthritis, seizures, and mood issues.

In this post, we will look at how CBD oil from holistapet can boost your pet’s health, helping him live longer and healthier.

What is CBD, and how does it work?

Cannabidiol or CBD is a chemical compound derived from the hemp plant that belongs to the Cannabis Sativa family. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive. Thus it offers healing benefits without the cerebral intoxication linked with marijuana. Cannabidiols like CBD can interact with the different receptors in the human body to produce different effects such as healing, relaxation, and a decrease in inflammation. This interaction occurs due to the presence of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the human body.

The ECS comprises a network of CB1 and CB2 receptors spread across the entire body. This system plays a vital role in regulating different activities at the cellular level and maintaining homeostasis. The ECS gets activated by external cannabinoids like CBD. Often, the cannabinoids naturally-occurring in the body get synthesized very quickly, thus falling short when needed in large quantities.

In this case, CBD can mimic the natural cannabinoids and offer the same, or sometimes even more, therapeutic effects. It tends to activate the CB1 and CB2 receptors and help to maintain complete biological balance. This makes CBD a popular remedy for treating various conditions in humans.

Different Ways CBD Helps to Boost Your Pet’s Health

There is adequate scientific evidence showing that just like humans, pets too have an endocannabinoid system. This implies that CBD can also impact pets the same way as humans.

This study has led many companies to develop various oil extracts specially formulated for the body of animals. According to a leading Oakland-based veterinarian, Dr. Gary Ritcher, CBD oil is extremely beneficial in treating pet medical conditions like bone injuries, pain, anxiety, inflammation, and loss of appetite. Besides, the incredible antioxidant and analgesic properties of CBD help to shrink the size of tumors.

1. CBD Oil can alleviate anxiety in pets.

Situational anxiety, i.e., anxiety caused due to specific situations, such as traveling, thunderstorms, etc. is widespread in pets. It can lead to massive panic attacks. Also, things like boredom, fireworks, a visit to the vet, or separation from their owner can trigger anxiety.

Most vets prescribe anti-anxiety drugs to combat anxiety in pets. However, these drugs are not considered very safe and may cause potential side effects.

On the other hand, High Quality lab tested CBD oil from a reputed Pet Life store has shown to be very useful in calming the active brain cells that cause anxiety. It has a significant soothing effect on the body that reduces all unease. CBD’s impact on the pet’s body is similar to anti-anxiety drugs, but with no side effects.

But, when it comes to behavioral anxiety in pets, you might need to consult a professional vet as CBD alone may not be adequate.

2. CBD can ease chronic joint pain.

CBD is best known for its anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it highly suitable for treating chronic pain in pets.

As pets age, they commonly face mobility problems and persistent pain in the joints. Many pets also develop a chronic condition of arthritis. All these lead to discomfort in sitting, standing, and walking along with severe pain.

For severe cases, vets prescribe anti-inflammatory medicines and painkillers. When used for a protracted time, these medications can lead to many serious health troubles, including liver failure. CBD is a natural substance that can offer effective relief from pain with little or no side effects. Several research pieces have pointed out CBD’s ability to reduce inflammation and improve the quality of life. The compound works by reducing nerve-related pain signals released by the affected cells.

So, if your pet has grave mobility problems, you can add a small quantity of CBD oil to their food every day. Alternatively, you can use the oil to give your pet a gentle massage on their arms or legs, or wherever they need more pain relief.

3. CBD Oil can help combat skin conditions.

The most common skin problem that affects animals is itchiness. This itching can be caused due to food allergies, pet dander, pests, poor diet, or environmental factors. Different types of skin troubles can make your pet very restless. This can lead them to scratch or lick their skin persistently, causing injuries. To get rid of skin allergies, vets generally prescribe allergy medications, corticosteroids, or vaccines.

CBD is an effective natural way to treat skin problems. It interacts with the ECS receptors that help to clear up the skin. Besides, a good CBD oil contains essential fatty acids that promote the production of healthy skin cells.

Wrapping Up

Owing to the progress in technology, today, there is enough scientific evidence that supports the use of CBD. The incredible natural substance can help to promote a healthy life in pets. However, it is advisable to consult your vet before using CBD oil for your pet. They will help you regulate the right amount of dosage.

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Nurses are Instrumental in Pushing for Legislative Changes in Healthcare

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 13:31

Nurses are one of the most influential groups in the country when it comes to legislative changes in healthcare. They are, after all, the ones on the front lines of healthcare. They are the ones that see how the patients take to medication and treatment plans, and are the ones that deal directly with those in pain. Their expertise goes beyond just a medical opinion. They know what is best for the patient because they have seen and experienced it first-hand.

All too often the opinion of the patient is pushed aside because they do not have the medical experience of doctors, but nurses are entirely different. They can advocate for their patients because they have seen how certain treatments, care plans, and legislative policies impact people on the grand scale.

APRNs in particular have a lot of say about patient health and care, and combined their voices see huge shifts in legislative changes for all areas of medicine, from marijuana laws, to treatment plans, and even in how hospitals are run.

Nurses are instrumental to policy change, but to truly push forward the nursing industry must take some important steps.

More APRNs Must be Hired

There is a nursing shortage in the United States that is only set to grow by 2030 when an estimated 1 million nurses are set to retire. To combat this shortage more APRNs and RNs will need to be hired, but for that to occur they will need to be promoted.

To help dictate smart and effective policy change, these roles need to be filled by qualified professionals. Hospitals and other medical employers can help shape this future simply by sponsoring their existing RNs completion of a family nurse practitioner online program.

This way employers can ensure top, hardworking talent fills their upper-level APRN roles.

Nursing Associations Must Drive Change

Nursing associations lift up the voices of those on the front lines, meaning that the experience of nurses and their patients can be heard both in educational sectors and amongst those who have the power to change and introduce new policies. Individual clinics and hospitals must also work collaboratively within themselves to pool the collective power of nurses so that the healthcare and wellbeing of their patients is not just seen to, but advocated for on a grander scale.

Pulling together the voices of all nurses from a single hospital will make their opinion louder amongst the nursing association, further ensuring that real issues that nurses see are heard.

For this to work effectively, points need to be brought together. Ten similar ideas can be best represented by one single argument that can be better used to bring about policy change.

A Global Focus on Collaborative Policy Work is Needed

Nursing Associations have great power to lead change, as evidenced in the collaborative work between the Nursing Associations from Ireland and Singapore in 2013. Together, these two associations worked to create new policies and standards of care that would address the issues both associations were seeing in their hospitals and clinics.

Their work moved to affect legislative change that directly benefited both the healthcare industry and patients alike, further proving the benefit of using clinical practice when deciding on political strategic direction.

Those with Medical Backgrounds Should Get Involved with Politics

An increasing number of legislators and those in politics have a background in the healthcare industry. Nurses, as those who deal first and foremost with patients and recovery, are in the prime position to advocate for citizens in their country. Healthcare is one of the beacons of democratic society, and only when the citizens are healthy can a country flourish.

APRNs and doctors alike are instrumental in providing a voice to the sick and their families, so that improved healthcare legislation may come forth.

Nurses are not just carers, they are advocates for their patients. Higher level nurses in particular those who have greater control and say in a patient’s health and recovery must use their knowledge to push for policy change they believe will benefit their patients the most. Learning about policymaking and change, as well as working with other nurses to amplify one single voice is the best way to see this through.

For nursing associations or even just to represent one single clinic or hospital, an advocate must be chosen. This advocate must bring forward the concerns and ideas of their fellow nurses to policy meetings. Narrowing down the policies that need changing or introduction to just one or two at a time and providing actionable advice will see change come quickly to the benefit of nurses and their patients everywhere.

 

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In Ridiculous Move, Navy Bans Use of Hemp Shampoo

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 02:07

Despite hemp being legal across the United States, recreational marijuana legal in nearly a dozen and medical marijuana legal in over 30, the Navy is expanding its CBD and hemp ban for its members to cover hemp-based shampoos and soaps, even those that are sold legally in all 50 states. This is according to a report by Marijuana Moment. The announcement of the hemp shampoo ban was made four days after the House of Representatives approved an amendment that would allow all military members to use hemp and CBD products.

In a memo released on Friday the Navy clarified that their banned product list “includes the use of topical products containing hemp, such as shampoos, conditioners, lotions, lip balms, or soaps.”

“Sailors and Marines cannot rely on the packaging and labeling of hemp products in determining whether the product contains THC concentrations that could cause a positive urinalysis result,” states Navy Secretary Kenneth J. Braithwaite in the memo.

“Substance misuse by members of the Armed Forces is incompatible with military standards of good order and discipline, performance, and operational readiness. It is the goal of the Department of the Navy (DON) to eliminate substance abuse. The use of products containing, made, or derived from hemp, including CBD, may interfere with the DON Drug Detection and Deterrence Program and result in the reporting of unlawful levels of THC in Sailors and Marines.”

A violation includes instances in which “a Service Member intends to use any product made or derived from hemp”, which is “regardless of the Service Member’s intended consequences of that use (e.g., mental or physical effects)” – it’s punishable “regardless of the product’s THC concentration, claimed or actual, and regardless of whether such product may lawfully be bought, sold, and used under the law applicable to civilians.”

According to Marijuana Moment, the notice adds that the use of FDA-approved medications derived from cannabis such as Epidiolex that are prescribed to service members are permissible. Sailors and Marines may also still use “durable goods containing hemp, such as rope or clothing.”

Representative Tulsi Gabbard has introduced legislation to make it so that the “Secretary of Defense may not prohibit, on the basis of a product containing hemp or any ingredient derived from hemp, the possession, use, or consumption of such product by a member of the Armed Forces” as long as the crop meets the federal definition of hemp and that “such possession, use, or consumption is in compliance with applicable Federal, State, and local law.”

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U.S. House Approves Allowing Military Members to Use CBD

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 03:51

The United States House of Representatives approved an amendment to a defense spending bill on Monday that would allow members of the military to use CBD, according to a report from High Times. The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was introduced by Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D), who was a presidential candidate for the Democrat party earlier this year. The amendment was approved by a vote of 360 to 71.

“The Secretary of Defense may not prohibit, on the basis of a product containing hemp or any ingredient derived from hemp, the possession, use, or consumption of such product by a member of the Armed Forces,” states the amendment.

According to High Times, the amendment is a response to a Department of Defense policy issued in February by Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Matthew P. Donovan that directed all branches of the military to enact prohibitions on CBD and other hemp products, despite the crop being legalized with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. “The memo from Donovan said that CBD use posed “a serious risk to the viability of the military drug testing program,” which is unable to distinguish between THC from hemp and other forms of cannabis.”

Because legal hemp and CBD products are permitted to contain up to 0.3% THC, the Department of Defense opted for a complete ban on the products, citing the “risks and adverse effects marijuana use has on the mission for readiness of individual Service members and military units.”

If Gabbard’s amendment is included in the final version of the appropriations bill agreed to by the Senate and signed by the president, that ban would be reversed. Jonathan Miller, the general counsel for the trade group U.S. Hemp Roundtable, told High Times that would be welcome news to our women and men in uniform.

“If it becomes law, the amendment will reverse the Department of Defense’s harsh policy that makes the use of hemp products by military service members a crime—a policy that quietly came into effect earlier this year,” Miller said in an email. “The amendment will also invalidate policies by the Army and Air Force that ban the use of hemp products and policies by the Navy and Marine Corps that limit acceptable use to topical products.”

Former service member David Metzler, the CEO of CBD nutraceuticals investment and scaling company CBDCapitalGroup, said that the benefits of cannabidiol are particularly suited for his comrades in arms.

“Every day around 22 veterans commit suicide in America, which is 130% more than the rate of the general population,” he wrote in an email. “As a Navy veteran, I believe that active military members should be able to utilize the many therapeutic benefits of hemp-derived CBD and not have to risk their careers or be penalized to do so.”

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“Their only option,” he continued, “is to use opiates and synthetic anti-depression medications to improve their mental and physical health, even though many of these medications have negative side effects for PTSD.”

Metzler also noted that CBD can have a positive impact on the body as well as the mind.

“Many active military members have strenuous daily jobs that put great wear and tear on their bodies and it is our responsibility as an industry to make sure that legislation is passed so that they can use non-addictive, non-opioid anti-inflammatories  like CBD to be able to stay healthy and defend our country.”

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Montana Marijuana Legalization Initiative to Be on November Ballot

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 03:48

Montana may be the next state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes!

Acampaign to legalize marijuana said Friday it has cleared the signature hurdles to see its two initiatives on the ballot in Montana’s general election in less than four months’ time.

According to reports from the Montana Secretary of State’s Office, 35,458 signatures have been collected on a petition to put Initiative 190 on the ballot: The initiative is sponsored by New Approach Montana. The initiative would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in Montana for everyone 21 and older.New Approach’s CI-118 is a constitutional amendment to set the age of consumption at 21: Advocates haves collected 52,315 signatures. The be put on the November ballot the measures required 25,468 and 50,936 signatures, respectively.

“We’re very certain that we’re going to have both issues on the ballot,” New Approach spokesperson Pepper Petersen said Friday. “The fact that we got so many signatures, there’s not a single town in Montana that’s not represented here. I thought we’d have to go chase signatures in Pondera County; no, they came to us.”

According to the Missoulian, Petersen said the group does not anticipate any legal challenges to the proposals because such high litigation costs would likely spur opponents to simply fund a competing campaign. “Moving forward at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has become more intense, Petersen said the campaign will shift from blanketing the state to focusing energy on talks with legislators, medical marijuana dispensary owners, clergy and tribal leaders. “

“After you qualify for the ballot, people take you a lot more seriously,” he said. “It’s been amazing talking to Republican legislators. The conversation is now about revenue, and in the face of COVID, this revenue is so badly needed.”

The Governor’s Office of Budget and Program Planning has released a fiscal note on legalization, finding it could bring in about $48 million in revenue once matured in 2025. In June, New Approach announced it had collected more than 130,000 signatures on its petition to reach the ballot. The amount of rejected signatures between the two initiatives totaled roughly 44,000.

If Montana does legalize marijuana in November, they would become the 12th U.S. state to do so in less than 10 years. In 2012, not one state had legal marijuana. That year both Washington and Colorado approved initiatives to legalize marijuana. Since then, nine additional states have made the move, not to mention the over 30 which have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.

Since the first U.S. state legalized in 2012, the entire nations of Canada and Uruguay have also legalized the plant.

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CBD Oil for Dogs: Top Benefits and Treatments

Tue, 07/28/2020 - 15:54

CBD has become a household terms and associated with many health benefits. It is among the active chemicals found in the cannabis plants and the largest source of CBD is derived from the Hemp flower.

Why is CBD oil from Hemp plant liked by so many around the world?  It is because it contains low levels of THC content (below 0.3%); thus, it does not cause the euphoric effects or make you high. It is none addictive to humans and animals, and it’s health benefits include pain relief, antioxidant properties that help with nausea, and many other benefits still being researched today.

But is CBD oil suitable for your dogs? What benefits will your dog get from it? Let’s dive into those questions and a few other topics.

How Does CBD effect a Dog’s Body?

CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is present in all mammals. The ECS is responsible for several biological processes such as immune response, sleep and memory. As a result of an interaction between the ECS’s receptors with CBD, a dog’s healthy state is enhanced. 

What are the benefits of CBD oils to Dogs?Anti-inflammatory

Does your dog suffer from inflammatory diseases such as Arthritis? Then, if so, CBD oil should be a priority. At Industrial Hemp Farms they have “Lee Hemp” CBD oils specifically meant for dogs and cats. When a dog has inflammation, it can cause discomfort and lead to stress. CBD oils for the dogs act as an anti-inflammatory element.

When inflammation is gone, it reduces pain. 

Control Cancer 

Did you know that cancer is not only limited to humans, and that could also cause a loss of loved pet? Some preliminary research suggests that CBD can help in decelerating the growth and spread of cancerous tumors in dogs. CBD works naturally, unlike chemotherapy, which can have major adverse effects for your dog. 

Fights Glaucoma

Glaucoma is known to result in long-lasting and irreversible blindness in a dog. This condition is usually a caused by too much pressure on the eye. CBD, can, in a natural way, ease the pressure in the eyes without initiating any adverse effects. 

Relives stress and anxiety

Dogs can experience stress,which can be manifested through their behaviors (such as aggressiveness, continuous barking, and chewing on items around the home). Serotonin, the “happy” chemical in the brain can be impacted by proper use of CBD. When a dog is administered CBD, it causes the serotonin receptor known as 5-HTIA to increase. 

Antiemetic benefits 

Antiemetic usually deals with nausea and vomiting caused by other medications or motion sickness. Dogs also experience these problems, which could result in loss of appetite or dehydration. CBD can assist with harsh side effects of other medication. 

Other benefits:

There are many other benefits of CBD (such as a supplement that maintains your dog’s body homeostasis) that are being researched every day. 

What are some of the CBD effects on Dogs?

CBD oils may have side effects on your dog, but it depends on the health of your dog. However, there are no scientific facts on the side effects for dogs. The U.S Food and Drug Administration has not yet focused on pet effects for CBD. There are some documented side effects for pets: 

  • A dry mouth. For the dogs, they will tend to drink more water due to increased thirst. 
  • In case of high dosage CBD may cause drowsiness even for dogs. 

The above effects bring us to the issue of dosage. Since there is no recommended dosage, it is crucial to start with small doses and increase it after you see how a dog will respond. It will minimize the effects likely to occur to your dog’s health. 

Where can You Buy CBD oil for your Dog?

Pet CBD comes in many forms,including yummy treats, oils, and cream. When you need one, you can always get it from Hemp Product Shops and Pet shops or online from manufacturers and retailers. 

What are the Qualities of a good CBD oil for you Dog?

There are essential factors to consider before/while purchasing a CBD product for your dogs. They include the following: 

    • Consider CBD products with low levels of THC or with no THC. In case a product has THC, it should be less than 0.3%.Also, consider products from a hemp plant. 
    • Opt for organic CBD oils that are non-toxic. CBD products extracted from natural hemp plants are considered to be healthier and pose little risks to your pet. 
    • Use CBD products from trusted vendors such as IHF LLC which have been tested certified to be healthy. Do not risk the health and life of your dog with fake products. 
Final Thought

CBD and its derivatives will continue to grow and the center of discussion around the world for some time. Many government authorities are reconsidered their position on cannabis and CBD. Many understand the health benefits and as more studies and testing is reported, and benefits are documented, access will be more available.

However, there is a need for a lot more research on the issue of CBD products for dogs.

Either way, make sure you discuss CBD with your veterinarians prior to giving anything to your pets.

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Top 7 Tips on How to Grow Industrial Hemp

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 13:51

People often get confused between hemp and marijuana. Both belong to the cannabis plant family, however, are distinct species. The growing methods used for the two plant species are also entirely different. 

When harvesting marijuana, the goal would be to produce plants that have potent flowers with high-THC levels. In the case of industrial hemp, the focus would be more on the stalks and leaves. Industrial hemp cultivators grow these plants on a large-scale because of its oil-rich, highly nutritious seeds. 

Industrial hemp is known for its lengthy stalks, deep taproots, and vigorous growth. The kind of hem you choose would be the factor deciding the number of seeds and fibres it may end up producing by the type of harvest, which has a massive role to play in the oil composition. In approximately four months, you can expect hemp plants to be all set for harvest. 

Farmers harvest hemp stalks for fibres, which is useful in creating a wide range of textile materials and items such as newspapers. Hemp plants are used for making many paper products, which produces approximately four times more than trees per acre. Trees take several years to grow, which is much longer than hemp plants. Therefore, it is much more logical to grow hemp in order to supply paper to the world. 

Hemp seeds are also useful in creating a variety of foods, such as protein powder, granola, ice cream, milk, bread, and so on. The oil derived from hemp is used in cooking oils, fatty acids supplements, and salad dressings. And some people also use hemp seed oil as an alternative to biofuel diesel

Hemp has several other benefits such as:  

  •   Hemp is resistant to pests. 
  •   Hemp’s dense tap roots help in protecting the soil. 
  •   Hemp’s dense growth helps in reducing the growth of weeds. 
Growing Industrial Hemp

The following article focuses on tips necessary to grow industrial hemp: 

Choosing the Right Genetics

Hemp is an incredible agricultural crop, growing for seeds and stalks. It is essential to take the genetics into careful consideration and it all starts with what the plant is going to be used for.  

Most farmers in the modern era grow hemp for extracting CBD. If you are growing the plants for fibres and seeds that could be used in the clothing and food industry, you should go with strains like Fibranova or Carmaleonte, originating in Europe. 

If you are growing it for CBD, you should try out some of the American strains because they are known for having at least 20% CBD content. It is a result of selective breeding and genome research. 

Considering the Climate 

You can grow hemp in a variety of environments because it is a durable and sturdy crop. With deep taproots, the plants also have the potential to find water. 

However, hemp is not meant for those who plan to grow it indoors. It is best to grow hemp on an industrial scale because it helps in reducing overall costs and boosting profit margins. Growing hemp indoors will end up costing you a lot, which might exceed the value of the yield. 

Considering the Soil Quality 

When growing hemp, you have to consider the pH of the soil, which has to be alkaline. Somewhere around 7.0 to 7.5 is ideal. The soil also needs to have proper nutrient holding capacity and moisture to ensure optimized growth. 

Having the Right Plant Density 

When you grow hemp, you have to place the seeds very close to one another. An ideal hemp field would be the one with thousands of plants, each comprising of one single stalk. The harvest has to look like a cornfield. 

Feeding You Hemp 

Because hemp is known to produce a lot of plant material, it will need a lot of feeding. In the beginning 8 weeks, provide the plants with a good amount of nitrogen. Later, you need to give enough phosphorus and potassium. 

Harvesting Your Hemp

You need to start working after the final pollen gets shed for harvesting good quality hemp. If you wish to harvest for seed, try waiting for at least 4-6 more weeks to allow the seeds to ripen. In short, you can expect your hemp plants to be ready within the next 70 days after the seedling process. However, it could also go up to 90 days. 

Retting 

Retting is necessary after harvest. The microbial decay of pectin is called retting. It can be a tricky process, especially when you want to retain the best quality fibres. There are mainly five kinds of retting – 

  •   Chemical Retting 
  •   Green Retting 
  •   Dew Retting 
  •   Warm Water Retting 
  •   Water Retting 

Growing Hemp – Legal Aspects

Unfortunately, hemp often suffers the stigma that’s associated with marijuana, especially when it comes to legal matters. In 1937, hemp was made illegal by the government under the Marijuana Tax Act. In 1970, the Controlled Substance Act made it illegal, along with all other species of cannabis in the US. 

The the 2018 Farm Bill and the Hemp Farming Act removed industrial hemp from the Schedule I list of controlled substances. Currently, industrial hemp is known as a legal agricultural commodity, which is separate from marijuana. 

If you wish to buy hemp or CBD products legally, you could take a look at heavenlyhempflower to spot some of your favourite products online. 

However, there are certain restrictions still in place regarding hemp cultivation. Hemp has a legal threshold for THC content, which is at 0.3%. Hemp plants containing more than 0.3% of THC is classified as marijuana, making them illegal. 

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Study: Marijuana Legalization Does Not Increase Crime in Neighboring States

Sun, 07/26/2020 - 03:13

According to a new study legalizing marijuana for all uses is not associated with an increase in crime in neighboring states. The study was published in The Journal of Drug Issues: Its full title is The spillover effect of recreational marijuana legalization on crime: Evidence from neighboring states of Colorado and Washington state.

For the study researchers examined the relationship between state laws that allow for the legal use and sale of marijuana and marijuana products and changes in criminal activities in neighboring jurisdictions that had not legalized marijuana. According to NORML, “They reported no evidence to indicate that legalization was associated with any increase in criminal behaviors in bordering states.” Rather, they reported “some evidence suggesting a spillover crime reduction effect of legalization, as reflected by the significant decreases in the rates of property crime, larceny, and simple assault in the Colorado region that includes six neighboring states.”

The study concludes by stating: “This study provides some evidence demonstrating a crime-reducing effect of recreational marijuana legalization … on neighboring states. … This finding suggests that recreational marijuana legalization in a state may not bring about negative consequences on crime in neighboring states, which challenges the assertions made by public officials in these neighboring states arguing a crime-inducing effect of legalization.”

According to a study released last year the legalization of marijuana including sales at the state level is not associated with any significant or long-term uptick in criminal activity. The study, titled The cannabis effect on crime: Time-series analysis of crime in Colorado and Washington State, was published in the journal Justice Quarterly. ”Researchers concluded by stating that “the results related to serious crime are quite clear: the legalization of marijuana has not resulted in a significant upward trend in crime rates.. Our results from Colorado and Washington suggest that legalization has not had major detrimental effects on public safety.”

The full abstract of the study can be found below:

An ongoing debate exists about the implications of recreational marijuana legalization to public safety. One important public concern is how recreational marijuana legalization may affect crime in neighboring states that have not legalized. Based on Uniform Crime Report (UCR) data from 2003 to 2017, this study used difference-in-differences (DID) analysis to examine the potential spillover effect of recreational marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington State, with a special focus on the examination of the changes in the rates of a variety of crimes in the border counties of neighboring states relative to the nonborder counties in these states following Colorado’s and Washington’s legalization. Results provide some evidence suggesting a spillover crime reduction effect of legalization, as reflected by the significant decreases in the rates of property crime, larceny, and simple assault in the Colorado region that includes six neighboring states. Results also suggest that the effects of marijuana legalization on crime in neighboring states vary based on crime type and state.

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