Public relations whiz Rosie Mattio rises at 5:30am most days of the week. It's a little window of peace before her four daughters wake up and she's off and running. When she's not getting the kids ready for school, preparing meals or shuttling them to activities, she's representing some of the biggest brands in legal marijuana.
"Everyone knows I'm the 'cannabis mom' at school," boasts Mattio, who lives in suburban New Jersey just outside New York City, of working with a brand new market for a product that is still federally illegal in the U.S.
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Relaxation, clarity of mind, stress relief: these benefits are closely associated with both marijuana use and meditation.
It’s no surprise, then, that many people believe meditation and marijuana is a brilliant combination when it comes to managing mental health, aiding relaxation and enhancing general well-being.
Marissa, a yoga teacher and trauma counselor, says that a lot of her clients swear by the combination. “Many of my clients use weed to meditate, as do I. They find that weed can help them reach a deeper meditative state,” she says, adding that many of her clients use meditation and weed to help them manage anxiety and stress.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. —South Carolina is a step closer to becoming the latest state to allow the legalization of marijuana for treatment of critically ill patients.
The Senate Medical Affairs Committee on Thursday approved a measure approving the use of medical marijuana. It now goes to the full Senate, although its chances of passage before the end of this year’s session are unlikely.
Currently, 29 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico allow some type of medical cannabis program. If South Carolina’s measure becomes law, it would be among the most restrictive medical marijuana laws in the country.
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Several of the U.S.’s most prominent veterans advocacy organizations are stepping up the push for medical marijuana.
During two hearings on Capitol Hill this week, leaders of veterans service groups called on Congress to force the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to do more to provide access to and conduct research on medical cannabis.
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Archaeologists say they may have discovered one of the earliest examples of a 'crayon' -- possibly used by our ancestors 10,000 years ago for applying color to their animal skins or for artwork.
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Scientists in Finland have shown that sauna bathing is associated with a variety of health benefits. Using an experimental setting this time, the research group now investigated the physiological mechanisms through which the heat exposure of sauna may influence a person’s health. Their latest study with 100 test subjects shows that taking a sauna bath of 30 minutes reduces blood pressure and increases vascular compliance, while also increasing heart rate similarly to medium-intensity exercise.
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This week, Vermont and New Hampshire moved to legalize cannabis for adult use, signifying a major step in states’ acceptance of the plant along the East Coast, and in their opposition to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ tenacious stance.
In New York, where legislators have largely left drug laws unchanged since the ’70s, and where marijuana arrest rates continue to lead the nation, a panel of lawmakers will now hear testimony from some of the state’s most experienced–and patient–advocates for reform.
On Thursday morning, the New York State Assembly Standing Committees on Codes, Health, and Alcohol and Drug Abuse will convene a public hearing to discuss the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act(MRTA), aimed to legalize the use, distribution, and production of cannabis for adults aged 21 and over.
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Among critics of the federal prohibition of marijuana — a diverse and bipartisan group that includes both criminal justice reform advocates and Big Alcohol — the American Legion and its allies stand out.
For more than a year, the stalwart veterans group has been working to reframe the debate as a question of not only moral and economic imperatives, but also patriotic ones, arguing that access to medical marijuana could ease suffering and reduce suicide rates among soldiers who return from the horrors of war.
“We’ve got young men and women with PTSD and traumatic brain injuriescoming to us and saying that cannabis works,” Joe Plenzler, a spokesman for the group, which was established after World War I and has over two million members, said by telephone Wednesday.
Mr. Plenzler said that veterans had turned to medical marijuana as an alternative to so-called “zombie drugs,” including opioids and antidepressants, that they said adversely affected their mood and personality, up to and including thoughts of suicide. In studies, cannabis has been shown to help alleviate chronic pain and reduce muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis patients.
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Are poinsettias really poisonous? Are snowflakes really pure as the driven snow? Does feasting really put on the pounds? Sure as sugarplums, myths and misconceptions pop up every holiday season. Here’s what science says about some of them:
Poinsettias, those showy holiday plants with red and green foliage, are not nearly as harmful as a persistent myth says. Mild rashes from touching the plants or nausea from chewing or eating the leaves may occur but they aren’t deadly, for humans or their pets. Poinsettias belong to the same botanical family as rubber plants that produce latex, so some skin rashes occur in people allergic to latex. According to a Western Journal of Emergency Medicine research review, the plants’ toxic reputation “stems from a single unconfirmed death of a 2-year-old in Hawaii in 1919.”
Dr. Rachel Vreeman, an Indiana University pediatrician who has researched holiday myths, cited a study on more than 20,000 poison control center reports involving contact with poinsettias.
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For the past five years, Chris Grady has been drawing his experiences as a dad and sharing them in a web comic called Lunarbaboon.
Grady has a 7-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. His comic offers a humorous take on classic parenting struggles, from noisy toys to toddler tantrums.
Many of his drawings, however, also feature more earnest messages about tolerance, empathy and being a force for good in an often dark world.
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