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Four Notable Plants to Help Treat Your Ills

Stacey Wellington

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The cannabis plant has been gaining traction for its medicinal properties. CBD and even THC have their own health benefits that make the herb a valuable therapeutic aid. Since being legalized in parts of the country, medical and recreational cannabis herbal treatments are gaining in popularity.

Whilst cannabis is available to many, some people might be looking for other plant-based treatments for their health dilemma. We have compiled a list of remarkable plants that have significant therapeutic effects.

Herbal Plants to Try

Oregano

Oregano Leaves

First on our list is a cousin of the mint plant. This herb is popular for various therapeutic applications. In fact, many people use essential oils extracted from its leaves to treat skin conditions. They also use it for patients with respiratory tract conditions such as coughs and bronchitis.

A study published in the scientific journal Molecules revealed that some oregano is an effective anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-fungal treatment.  Moreover, they discovered varieties such as the O. dictamnus as a great antiproliferative, so it hinders the growth of tumor cells.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Plant

Next up is aloe vera, which is known for its versatility. They use it in many types of applications such as skin care, burn treatments and bowel movement issues. This plant is characterized by its long, juicy leaves, which is the source of the gooey and watery substance many topicals contain.

If you are a skincare enthusiast, the first thing that will come to mind is the skin moisturizing products containing aloe vera extract. With its watery sap full of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, there is no wonder this is a staple ingredient in skin care products. Aside from its potential for moisturization, this plant has proven to have immediate itch and pain relief on the skin, making it an ideal component for soothing creams.

Ginger

Ginger

This plant is a popular and delicious culinary ingredient, but did you know that it also has a wide variety of health benefits? This plant is rich in compounds and metabolites allowing it to be effective in aiding your health. You can use it to treat gastrointestinal irritation by increasing saliva and bile secretion, therefore calming down your tract.

Infusing this plant in tea is one of the most known uses. Drinking ginger tea is a great way to relieve nausea and sickness, as well as to help treat colds and flu. This is because of its diaphoretic properties that cause sweating and warmth.

We can address other conditions with the help of ginger including pain, inflammation, and cardiovascular health.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon Rolls

Another delicious ingredient on our list is cinnamon. Popular for being a tasty addition to coffee, baked goods, and even savory dishes, this spice is not only for cooking. You can also ingest this to lower your blood pressure and sugar, especially the cassia variety. In addition to a great way to care for your cardiovascular health, consuming cinnamon also aids in minimising brain degeneration illnesses, as well as fighting HIV and cancer. You can also eat cinnamon-infused food as a health aid making it a great ingredient to always have in your pantry.

When it comes to your health, it is always a good thing to have a lot of options. What better option to have than to be able to add natural products to your regimen? Aside from having cannabis as a choice, you can consider consuming more of these items and see for yourself how effective they can be.

 

 

 

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Cannabis: Its Contributions to Culture and Lifestyle

Stacey Wellington

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Cannabis Inspired Music

Millions of people around the world have been enjoying marijuana since the 50s, but for those of us who are new to the game, knowing more about cannabis living is a great first step. After all, nothing beats practice informed with knowledge. So, without further ado, here’s what you need to know about cannabis living and its contributions to culture and lifestyle:

A Brief Background on Cannabis Living

With marijuana becoming mainstream only in recent years, you might think that the beneficial uses of this plant are a new discovery. However, did you know that our ancestors used this plant for a wide variety of purposes? From farming and industrial to arts and recreation, humans valued the plant throughout our history. Processing fibers of hemp allowed our ancestors to create textiles, papers, ropes and plastics. Studies show that before the use of cannabidiol oil, some significant historical figures utilized this herb for spiritual and creative purposes.

From the hippies of the psychedelic 60s to the new generation’s hipsters, smoking marijuana has been a part of countercultures around the world. In fact, the term ‘420’ came to be because of a group of high school kids’ code for “let’s meet up at 4:20 to smoke weed.” The group of boys, known as The Waldos, were going against the grain by smoking this wonder plant. This was in 1971 and the term stuck until today, only containing a much more mainstream and inclusive meaning.

Now that marijuana is becoming accepted in many parts of the globe, the plant can cease being a counterculture element and start being part of the mainstream. Today, a whole lot of subcultures across the world throughout the years have some level of marijuana use integrated into their respective ways of life.

What’s more fascinating is even non-marijuana users are aware and acknowledge the celebration of Weed Day. Come April 20, you see thousands of people (enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike) greeting one another with a hearty “Happy 420!”

The Influence of Cannabis in Culture

Aside from creating their own personal holiday, enthusiasts have enjoyed a taste of marijuana in culture as well. A lot of creative works can thank marijuana for their existence. Studies show that this plant plays a role in the creative process, making it a viable source of inspiration for artists.

In Literature

A good number of literary works were written while the authors were under the influence of marijuana. This includes Les Miserable, a literary masterpiece writer Victor Hugo, who was a member of Club Des Hashinchins a group of enthusiasts who used the plant during some of their meetings. This club also includes other writers such as Alexandre Dumas, Charles Baudelaire and Honore de Balzac.

In Music

Perhaps one of the most popular parts of the cannabis culture is music. From Noble Prize awardee Bob Dylan to Panic! At the Disco’s Brendon Urie, there certainly is a lot of musicians who get their inspiration from this plant. In fact, Dylan has a song saying that “everyone must get stoned.” Meanwhile, Urie, who has ADHD, is a medical marijuana card carrier.

Aside from individual artists using this herb, there is an entire music genre that highlights marijuana. You guessed it: it’s Reggae. Originating from Jamaica, this genre is said to support the herb. Many Reggae musicians tackle this herb in their songs. Bob Marley even worked to develop a marijuana brand called Marley Natural.

Other cultural aspects that marijuana has penetrated include fashion and design, especially with the rise of cannabis-inspired fashion labels such as Sundae School. There are even retailers now that offer marijuana accessories like a marijuana ring and weed necklaces.

The Role of Cannabis in Lifestyle

Aside from its prevalence in culture, marijuana also plays a great role in lifestyle. It has created a niche in many markets including medicine, beauty and health aids. Many people have incorporated this herb in their everyday routine, proving its potential as a lifestyle plant.

As an Addition to Medical Treatments

When it comes to medicine, cannabidiol is the cannabinoid that comes to mind. This compound is known for its properties that help alleviate pain, inflammations and spasms. Moreover, it is also found to be valuable in addressing tumors and treating cancer patients. Patients who suffer from cachexia, nausea and vomiting due to cancer t­­reatments are given CBD for relief.

As a Sleep Aid

For individuals without debilitating conditions, but who suffer from difficulty in sleeping, this plant is also a viable treatment. Insomnia sufferers who have trouble sleeping but can only get a disturbed sleep can take CBD oil to induce a restful slumber. Moreover, this compound is great for boosting energy, so it gives a more energized feeling upon waking up.

For Stress Relief

Whilst CBD is great for helping people with sleep problems, THC is known for its psychoactive effects. This makes it a great stress reliever at the end of a long work week. Moreover, it can also help treat mental and mood disorders including depression, PTSD, anxiety and other similar conditions.

Cannabis Beauty

Lastly, with the herb’s various medicinal benefits, more and more cosmetic products now have the plant as an ingredient. This is a brilliant idea, especially as this plant has regulating properties, making it perfect for moisturizing dry skin and controlling oily ones. Moreover, its anti-itch, -pain, and -inflammation properties help cannabinoid-infused beauty products treat skin conditions such as acne, eczema and even psoriasis.

How You Can Live the Cannabis Life

As the plant becomes more mainstream, especially in light of the legalization in various parts of the world, many people are now free to pursue the cannabis life. In fact, hundreds of dispensaries have popped up to make marijuana products more accessible to more people. So, if you are eager to join this culture and lifestyle, here’s the best way to do so:

Start with Tinctures

Not everyone is comfortable with straight up consuming dried buds. For those wanting a milder and less adventurous entry to the cannabis world, tinctures are your best bet. Basically, these are hemp oil packaged in bottles with droppers for an easier and controlled use. You can consume this sublingually or by placing a few drops under your tongue and wait for it to take effect.

Tinctures are great for various medicinal and recreational purposes because you can get pure CBD oil or one infused with THC oil. This gives you the option to take advantage of CBD’s medical properties or to use THC for its psychoactive effects. With these products, you can easily use cannabinoids for pain relief, anxiety treatment and sleep aids.

You might be thinking, “How is this a more beginner-friendly product?” Aside from its simple use, cannabinoid oils can be mixed with various food and drinks. You can simply infuse your dishes or beverages with this oil. From savory food such as pasta to baked goods such as cookies, infusing your recipes with this is surely a great way to start.

Get a Taste of the Real Thing

Once your taste buds get accustomed to the weedy taste the oils can give, you might be more comfortable with giving dried buds a try. However, don’t be too overwhelmed by the sheer number of strains you can choose from. There are hundreds of varieties available in dispensaries, each having their own unique properties. Some have high CBD contents, while others have more THC. Some have the usually weedy smell, while others have more pleasant aromas. So, if you ever get overwhelmed, just get help from the budtender present at your local dispensary.

If smoking is not your thing, you can certainly make use of your dried buds in many other ways. Those who liked the ease tinctures brings, might want to make their own cannabis oil, especially as cannabinoids bind to fat pretty well. You can also use your leaves to make pesto sauce or incorporate these into baked goods.

Explore Your Options

One of the best things about marijuana legalization is that companies now have the liberty to develop cannabis-infused products. This escalated the number of products to hundreds of options. From CBD vape oil to gummies, you now have the option to ingest this herb in many innovative and fun ways.

You can blend in with vapers by grabbing a vape pen and loading it up with cannabis juice. Moreover, you can grab a non-alcoholic hemp wine and beers to enjoy the beverages without the effects of alcohol but with the goodness of marijuana. If you want to get a fix of this herb without getting suspicious looks, you can simply pop a cannabis-infused gummy in your mouth and get a delicious dose.

Cannabis has made its way into culture and lifestyle, making it a more prevalent option in the mainstream market. With thousands of marijuana products you can choose from, you can start living the pot life right now. Who knows, you might even get to give your own contributions to culture and lifestyle. Now, that would be a great way to live a fulfilling and enjoyable cannabis life!

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Can Kratom Boost My Energy Levels?

Jordan Webber

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Everyone has their daily list of tasks that they need to complete by the time the day is over. But when you’ve had a terrible night’s sleep prior, it makes waking up and getting all the things you need to do done very hard to do. Coffee and caffeine can only do so much. You may be wondering, is there another alternative? If you find yourself desperate for a solution then you came to the right place! Today we’re going to be talking about a plant called Kratom, what it is and how it affects your energy. We’ll also be discussing other potential benefits this herb may possess.

What Is Kratom?

Kratom, or Mitragyna Speciosa, is an evergreen tree that is a part of the coffee family. It is native throughout Southeast Asia, and it is commonly found in countries such as Thailand, Myanmar, and Indonesia. Kratom is known for its euphoric like effects and the health benefits it possesses. Although Kratom is legal in the United States and sold in many alternative medicine stores, it is illegal in numerous parts of Southeast Asia due to a lack of testing and knowledge about this plant.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has not yet approved Kratom for medical use because there have been few clinical trials to fully understand the herb. People take Kratom for a variety of reasons. Some use it for purely recreational purposes, whereas other people use it for pain relief or try to substitute it for opioids or to treat withdrawal symptoms. Kratom is a highly controversial substance that hasn’t been researched enough to know the long term effects.

Kratom For Energy

There are three main strains of Kratom. These strains include red, green, and white variations. The best strain for energy or motivation is white Kratom. Some people state that when taken in small doses, white Kratom makes them feel energized, focused, and sociable when they otherwise won’t be. But when taken in higher doses, people have reported feeling calmness, euphoria, and even sedation, which isn’t good when you are trying to be focused and energized. It is advised if you do plan on taking Kratom of energy, motivation, and focus, that you choose white Bali Kratom. It is one of the milder types of Kratom but will give you the boost that you need. There is also white Maeng Da Kratom or white Borneo which are more potent but they are also good for boosting your energy if taken in small doses.

Other Benefits Of Kratom

Along with Kratom having great energizing properties, it also some other benefits. First of all, many people say that Kratom is a great relief for chronic muscle pain because it works like a sedative in relaxing your muscles. Another thing that people use Kratom for is treatment for anxiety and depression as it can energize you and make you crave more social interaction. Of course, none of these are scientifically proven, but people that actively use Kratom have stated these benefits.

In conclusion, although the Kratom plant is quite a controversial herb, it can have amazing benefits and qualities and may be a useful source for chronic pain, anxiety, depression, treatment for drug addicts, and an energizer. Many people in today’s age are opting for natural path options instead of modern-day medicine, and this could be the new up and coming natural medication. With further research and clinical trials, this plant may one day be approved by the FDA and become as common as THC and CBD are becoming.

The effects are said to usually start within 10 minutes after ingesting the plant and can last up to one and half hour.

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Why Cannabis Stocks Could Take the World by Storm in 2021

Jordan Webber

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Marijuana Stocks, Cannabis Industry

It’s been quite a turbulent year so far, and the world is not entirely out of the woods yet. 2020 was “supposed” to be the dawn of a new decade meant to uplift and inspire all; what a let down it has been for the vast majority of us. As the year closes out, we are all hoping for a more prosperous future ahead. It shouldn’t be too far fetched given just how low of a low we all experienced throughout 2020.

Since the days of marijuana prohibition, marijuana was thought to be this harsh, addicting substance that was a gateway to other “harder” drugs. Adults have kept it away from their children and anyone who used it could easily be deemed a “drug addict,” a “washout,” or a “lush”. All of these were based on falsehoods and the truth is now coming to come to light.

Marijuana and Hemp CBD have definitive medical benefits and many studies are emerging to justify these claims. There are far more harmful substances out there that are currently legal in most of the world such as tobacco and alcohol. It’s looking like the world is starting to understanding the truth about “weed” and that it’s not the horribly addictive and destructive substance that it was hyped up to be in the past. As we ascend into 2021, will cannabis stocks be the next big investment craze? Only time will tell. 

As the new year rolls around, you may be looking for ways to diversify your financial investments and cannabis stocks could very well be the vehicle to do so in 2021. If you’ve been paying attention at all this year, you may have seen marijuana stocks all over the news and expectations of it being legalized on a federal level this year. Whether you are a cannabis enthusiast or just someone who is looking to take on the future in a progressive way, there is no way to overlook marijuana stocks in 2021.

2020 was a year of many firsts, such as the football team located in the nation’s capital losing their name (Formerly known as the Washington Redskins), the Pope endorsing same-sex civil unions, and Kamala Harris becoming the first female vice president. Speaking of the vice president-elect, the world flooded into cannabis stocks just after Mrs. Harris mentioned her endorsement of the MORE Act, which would expunge weed convictions and make marijuana legal on the federal level in the United States of America. Stocks like Tilray ($TLRY), Aurora ($ACB), Aphria ($APHA), and Canopy Growth Group ($CGC) skyrocketed shortly after the name drops.

Conclusion

There is no doubt that the buzz around cannabis this year is one of the significant “high” lights that will trend into the new year. Cannabis are on a tear, and there are even Special Purpose Acquisition Company’s (SPAC’s) being created to harvest the growth in the cannabis industries.  It is quite possible that cannabis could be the next real global revolution in health and it’s definitely something to keep in mind in terms of your financial portfolio.

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