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I truly feel blessed and extremely fortunate to be alive today, and I attribute a great deal of this good fortune to cannabis. I wasn’t always the well behaved, friendly, and positive person I am today. I spent the majority of my life in a very dark place, especially as a child, and I’m lucky to have turned my life around. There was a time when I was on a road only leading to prison, death, or both. It was at this time I came to a crossroads, and I decided to change my life for the better.
My journey through life with health concerns, epilepsy, depression, anxiety, PTSD, abuse, tobacco use and alcoholism and how I changed my life using marijuana, fitness and nutrition.
... I knew I needed to make drastic changes in my life, or I wouldn’t survive another 5 years. At just 40 years old I was exhausted, overweight, unhealthy, and slowly killing myself through over-consumption of alcohol, nutrition-less food, and too many pharmaceuticals.
As a reminder -- the inspiration for this three-part series is to see how a smoke break following semi-regular smoking affects dreams. Below are four takeaways from this experiment.
1. Dreams are vivid.
My dreams, almost immediately, have become vivid and rememberable, with crystal clear images and scenes. I wake up in the morning or from a nap and have to recalibrate myself to the real world because the images in my dreams are so real. Sometimes I find myself wishing I didn't wake up because I'm so interested in the reel playing through my mind. On the same note, I find myself looking forward to
... the people I meet through freelancing all have a story to tell about how cannabis has improved their health, their wellness, and their lives. Telling our stories is critical to the industry.
In completing the entire 420 Games 2017 National Tour, we got the chance to meet a lot of incredible people and businesses. One of which was Katina Morales, also known as Betty Khronic, which is the name of her company. Betty Khronic offers a selection of CBD and THC infused energy bars, made with raw, locally sourced, vegan ingredients. We had the pleasure of sampling the CBD bars at The 420 Games in LA. They were Cuban Coffee flavored, and
I see a lot of people follow lifting schedules like this – they lift to work one muscle group each day of the week. I used to follow this type of schedule too. You will maybe get some results doing this, but there’s an incredibly more efficient way to get better results in the weight room.
The cannabis market is changing. As cannabis starts to merge into the health and wellness category, slowly losing the stereotypical images and stigmas, women and seniors are becoming a growing demographic. This shift in clientele is putting new demands on the cannabis industry.
When Heather and I flew out to Portland, OR for The 420 Games we had the experience of a lifetime. Heather took 2nd place in Oregon, and being our first time in Portland, we had a great adventure. As much fun as we had, the highlight of our trip was the ride to and from the airport with High End Transportation.
I beat myself up physically, by challenging myself in training so I can be stronger, faster, and better than the day before. Training isn’t just the work you put in at the gym, or on the track, it’s also a lot about recovery. I consume cannabis in many different ways, for different reasons, as detailed in last week’s article, Consuming Cannabis as an Athlete. This week we’re going to take a closer look at topicals, how they play a role in training and recovery, and what you can do to start using topicals into your everyday wellness routines.
If you're reading this blog chances are you don't fit the “Lazy-Stoner” profile. People drawn to this site tend to be like-minded, active, and share a love of cannabis. I'm thankful for it too, a community out there fighting the stigma. Yet, I can't shake the idea of the lazy-stoner. Its a thing for a reason, and outside of our lovely community of active/pro-active stoners there are many people that fit the definition of couch-locked. If you've ever been to a 420 rally in Denver you've seen them first hand, I actually stopped going to these events because of the type of people that show up.
After a couple of days of not smoking, I started to have unbelievably vivid, clear, detailed dreams that I remembered. I’d wake up in the morning and think to myself that if I didn’t know any better, I would not be hard-pressed to believe my dreams had actually happened. Sometimes I wouldn’t remember my dream until later in the day. Other times I’d recall it right as I woke up. There is absolutely a difference in my dreams when I stopped smoking.
I try think of it like nutrition for my endocannabinoid system, and just like food, I don’t want to over-do it. Instead of seeking the instant, and short-term, euphoria of being high, I started to appreciate the long-term benefit of healthfulness instead.
Modern medicine is a wonderful thing. All of the uncomfortable sensations you can name, we have a pill for. For many of us, a quick-fix solution like popping a Xanax, reaching for the Alive, or whatever other magic pills the doctor recommended us is a great way to get through the day. Whether it be escaping the stress of the moment, getting over a cold, or managing pain there's always a pill to get you through it. Many don't ask much, and what could we ask? The majority of us aren't doctors, so we trust the person who is supposed to know what is best for our health. Knowledge can be scary, and if you dig in and do a bit of research chances are you'll find that whatever you've been prescribed, or have started taking over the counter, actually tends to have some pretty adverse health effects. Even the ones that won't kill you take a toll on the brain and the body.
Cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. While it cannot get you high, the benefits of CBD have far-reaching potential.
Part of living an active and healthy lifestyle is flexing the creative muscle as well as your actual muscles. When I mention the creative muscle I am referring to the brain. In the year 2017 taking care of yourself and being fit is almost trendy. For years gyms were reserved for bodybuilders, but these days people from all walks of life go out of their way to take care of themselves. However many of us forget to take care of our brains. After a good workout, we go home, flip on Netflix and tune out. That's not bad every now and then but we spend so much time turning our brains off and tuning out these days that many of us live lives with some level of displeasure, and some level of dulled thinking.
So, I’ve decided to create a two-part series.
From now until the next time I post (Wednesday the 18th), I’m going to not smoke and document my dreams.
Today's world we live in is overwhelmed with to many tasks to be accomplished. There is so many projects that one could invest time into yet not nearly enough time in a day....
Judgements and biases are created out of fear and ignorance. Yet, medical marijuana patients are frequently singled-out and judged based on their method of medicating...
When people think of Marijuana they usually imagine sticky-green buds, or possibly even people eating brownies. Topical marijuana is far from the mind, and most don't even know it exists. Topicals are marijuana-infused lotions, balms, and oils.
I, just like anyone else, go through ups and downs. At times, I'm sad. I think more often than not, I'm happy. I can't be happy all the time though - the sad times are inevitable. I've started to learn that what is important is how you deal with those situations - the ones where you're sad, depressed, down - how you deal with them is crucial to get back to your positive, happy state.
It's important to recognize when you don't feel like yourself. I'm someone who loves to have a positive outlook - I want to interact and smile and laugh. I want to enjoy day to day activities and smile when I see other happy people. When I see myself approaching things differently than this, I know something is up. You need to recognize you're feeling off because it's the first step to feeling like your normal self again.
Everyone is different. Even what we eat may affect each other differently. When it comes to diet I don't want anyone to get hurt by eating something they shouldn't . I'm not a scientist or claim to have any PhDs in any particular medicine. All I can do is recommend what I think is best. So try this. Its one of my favorite snacks....
Ask any doctor what they learned about marijuana in med school and they’ll likely tell you stories of addiction, abuse, and a gateway drug which will lead you into the perils of society. I encourage you to ask your doctor what he or she knows about the endocannabinoid system...
Before moving to Colorado, I only had access to smoking flower as a form of consumption, unless I wanted to attempt my own edibles. Now, I have the freedom to choose from all sorts of consumption methods, and I’ve had time to experiment with them all, in order to find out what works best for my body. As mentioned in Training with Cannabis, we all need to determine what works best for us, when fitting cannabis into our wellness routines.
2017 is an interesting time to be alive. We have technology that is nearly physically attached to us most of our waking hours, cars have begun to drive themselves and if you work hard enough at it, anybody can be famous. The wave of information that crashes over us on a daily basis can be exhausting even when you don't realize it. The constant input of what is happening in every part of the world, the non-stop notifications that let you know how valuable you are, it all can become a bit much to handle.
When we moved to Colorado and discovered responsible cannabis therapy in 2016 for my husband’s chronic pain and legal opiate addiction, we had no idea the other benefits we would see. Who knew adding a daily regimen of marijuana to our routine would offer such a radical change?
Starting the day off on the right foot is essential to living a healthy and active lifestyle. The beginning of every productive day is started always by intention, never by accident.