Six interesting facts about the history of hemp that you may not have known.

While most of us have a very contemporary and modern view about cannabis, its actual origins date back to centuries ago. In the days of yore, marijuana was not only used for recreational purposes but for medicinal, spiritual, and even religious purposes. The history of marijuana/cannabis and the importance that it had in the lives of people, all over the world, is undeniable.   

But due to the lack of such knowledge and the absence of a comprehensive view of cannabis history, there continues to be a lot of stigma about it, despite legalization and normalization. 

So we’ve compiled a list of six interesting historical facts about marijuana, which will leave you surprised and give you a new perspective about this famous plant. 

Hemp: A part of life – 

During the 16th century, the cultivation of hemp was a commonplace activity. Hemp was used for making clothing, rope, and several other kinds of products. It was so important that the government ordered all the farmers in Jamestown, Virginia to grow hemp in their fields. Similar laws were enacted in Massachusetts, Connecticut as well as the Chesapeake colonies. It just goes to show how important marijuana and its corollary products were for the economy of that time. 

An Arabian Nights plot device – 

Believe it or not, it’s true. The Arabian Nights are a collection of fables that were told by the princess Scheherazade, to her spouse, the king of Persia, as a way to distract and prevent him from killing her. In these stories, the presence of marijuana is in the form of “bhang” which was used to intoxicate character in certain scenes. The prevalence of marijuana in her tales wasn’t out of place though, as it was frequently used by Persians, both peasants, and royalty, during that time.

Understanding the etymology – 

Despite being a widely used term to describe the substance, no one knows from where the word “marijuana” comes. Some speculate that it is derivative of the phrase “ma ren hua” which means hemp flowers in the Chinese language. However, the history behind the word “pot” is clear – it is a shortened version of the word “potiguaya”, an intoxicating drink made using the flowering buds of the cannabis plant.  

The invention of the Bong – 

The history of bongs is also foggy and unclear, as its presence can be seen in several cultures. Some speculate that it was devised by Asians, namely by the Chinese, as Chinese paintings and art often portray the use of water pipes. The word “bong” is also said to originate from the Thai term “baung” which described a bamboo pipe used for smoking. But devices similar to bongs can be traced back to Africa as well, where the inhabitants used objects called “earth pipes”.

Movies and marijuana – 

One of, if not the principal reason behind the negative sentiments that people have towards weed could be the movie “Reefer Madness.” Released in 1936, it portrayed marijuana as the cause of accidents, rape, murder, and almost every bad thing in the universe. Several people believe that this movie is perhaps a major contributing factor to the bad reputation that marijuana racked up. The plain ridiculousness of the film has now made it an inside joke amongst marijuana and cannabis advocates. 

Ancient medicine – 

The use of marijuana as medicine has been around for centuries, and not a new concept at all. It was a “fundamental” herb in Chinese medicine and was used for several purposes. Hemp flowers were used to cure menstrual issues, whereas the seeds were used as laxatives, diuretics, and more. Its oils and tincture were used to control shedding in women and mens hair, and cure sulfur poisoning as well 

 

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Attorney General Sessions Still Hesitant on Cannabis Reform

U.S. Attorney General and former Alabama senator Jeff Sessions has been a thorn in cannabis activists’ side for decades. The ostracised member of the Trump Administration has been strongly against cannabis legalization and research for years, but now seems to be viewing the topic with a more open mind.

When speaking to a Senate panel in late April, Sessions admitted that there may be a justification for more cannabis research, saying that it was “perfectly appropriate to study” the herb. Sessions even now says that medical marijuana may have “some benefits.”

Unfortunately, the encouraging murmurs that Sessions made to the Senate panel about CBD drinks were balanced out by a rejection of existing research into the herb and inaccuracies when discussing America’s treaty obligations – the US is signed up to the UN’s 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. Sessions is also reluctant to believe that Plain Jane CBD could have medical purposes, unsurprising after the decades he has put into opposing it.

An example of this was given in Sessions’ refusal to give credibility to studies showing that states with working medical cannabis programs have lower opioid overdose rates than those which don’t. The idea that cannabis could hold the key to ending, or at least controlling the opioid crisis was raised to Sessions by Senator Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii.

The Attorney General said that while he has instructed staff to assess this research, he threw in the caveat that he doesn’t think any reduction in opioid overdoses will be sustained. Sessions used the American Medical Association’s (AMA) opposition to marijuana as the foundation of his argument.

But it seems that the AMA is more open to medical cannabis than it once was, releasing a study in April which shows that pharmaceutical drug use has declined in legalized states. The study concluded, therefore, that medical cannabis legislation is linked to a reduction in opioid prescriptions among the “Medicare Part D” group. States where dispensaries are allowed experienced an even greater fall in prescription drug use, with morphine and hydrocodone prescriptions declining the most.

It is now AMA policy to support cannabis research. The policy states that cannabis is antispasmodic, can enhance appetite and reduce pain sensation. All three of these properties are thanks to the effects of cannabinoids in the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

CBD crystals activists and lawmakers did take something from Sessions’ comments though. Those who would simply like to see an increase in American cannabis research have grown frustrated at the unnecessary obstacles stopping these studies from taking place. These have stopped marijuana reform from progressing at the rate it could have and creates a vicious circle. Lawmakers say that they want to see more confirmation of cannabis’ medical potential before supporting it, yet without the studies, reaching that level of proof is difficult.

Reasons why you should install a water filter system

Everything to do with hygiene draws back to water. It is also ironic that we suffer water challenges, yet the entire earth’s surface comprises of 70% water bodies. Tapped water may not be hygienic and safe for drinking as you may think, and that is why you should try out a water ionizer for the drinking water. A high-quality water ionizer will help flash out possible toxins in the water to a safe cellular level. 

It is also important to note that safe water greatly impacts your health, and the average chlorinated water doesn’t guarantee that. Tap water travels through pipelines before it reaches your home, a delivery channel that you have no control over. Consequently, you can’t tell what happens in between the treatment facility and your tap. There is also a high possibility that pipe water picks a lot of contaminants along the way, which may include bacteria and other waste products. In brief, you have many reasons why you should install a water filter system at the office and, most importantly, in your home. 

Do you still need enough reasons? Well, they include but aren’t limited to the following:

 

  • Eco-friendly

 

How many bottles do you think your household will consume in a month? Well, that will be slightly over 100 maybe. If another 100 families also consume the same number, there will be a total of 1000 bottles that will contaminate the earth if not well recycled. An average plastic material takes about 1000 years before fully decomposing in landfills. The detrimental effect that such waste will have on earth will be felt for the next millennium!

On the contrary, water filters are eco-friendly because they are built for longevity, and you don’t have to dispose of them after a short while. 

 

  • Cost-effective

 

Installing an advanced water filter system in your home is cost-effective in many ways than buying bottled water. It is also cost-effective in that it can significantly help reduce the cost of plumbing repairs in your house, mainly if you depend on borehole water. The best thing about having a reliable water filter system is that you can also carry your water from home when traveling or when going for work. That way, you’ll save whatever you’ve been spending on drinking water while away. 

 

  • Improve the taste of water

 

Piped water has many elements that inhibit the natural taste of water. If you’ve been keen, drinking directly from tapped water leads to poor drinking habits because the water doesn’t appeal. In contrast, an advanced water filter system will eliminate contaminants such as Chlorine, foul smell, and bacteria to enhance the taste of water. A high-quality filter system will also lower the pH of water, which is good for stomach health. Improving the taste of water will likely change the drinking habits of everyone in that house. Drinking plenty of water is also healthy in terms of skin tone enhancement and maintaining a balanced pH in the body. 

 

  • Use less soap

 

There is no big difference between an advanced water filter and a water softener. Consequently, once you install a filter in the whole house, you’ll start experiencing the benefits of softened water, such as using less soap in laundry and dishes. 

 

  • Get rid of Chlorine

 

It is so ironic that Chlorine is acceptable in swimming pools, yet no one wants to consume much of it. The main reason is probably that Chlorine has a lower pH, making it acidic, hence dangerous for the body. When Chlorine is ingested, it reacts with your body water to form acid, which corrodes the cells. An advanced water filter system will get rid of Chlorine to safe levels (if not the whole of it) and save you from such a nightmare. 

 

  • Improve Gastrointestinal Health

 

Lastly, you might also want to consider improving your Gastrointestinal Health. The human digestive tract requires plenty of water to flush out waste and reduce the chances of blotting. High-quality water filters remove 99.99% of germs and bacteria hence eliminating micro-parasites that reside in water, which can compromise stomach health when ingested.

Generally, drinking safe water isn’t only healthy but also helps reduce stress knowing that your family is well-taken care of. Moreover, it gives you an upper edge when it comes to disaster preparedness, say a sewer line bursts.

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What Is Cannabidiol?

It seems that Cannabidiol (CBD) has gained immense popularity lately. Everywhere you turn, there’s a new CBD product on the shelf. With so many options, it’s important to understand the basics. What is CBD? Is it legal where you live? What are the benefits? Keep reading to learn more! 

What is CBD?

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis. CBD is one of over 80 cannabinoids that can be extracted from the hemp plant. Two of the most well-known compounds of the Cannabis plant are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). It is important to note that CBD is often associated with marijuana, but it is actually much different. Although marijuana and hemp are close relatives, they have one major difference. 

THC and CBD act on different receptors in your brain and your body. THC is well known for it’s “high” you experience while using, but CBD is non-psychoactive — meaning you will not feel a “high” or any feelings of intoxication when using CBD. 

Both CBD and THC have attributes that can aid in therapeutic effects. CBD however, tends to be wildly popular because it is therapeutically potent as well as non-intoxicating, making it easy to consume and more appealing to those who are beginning to dabble in the world of CBD. Most commonly, CBD is used either topically or through ingestion (though, they can be used in conjunction with one another). Typically, those that reach for topical products are searching for quick relief in their joints, muscles, or skin hydration. While users that chose to ingest CBD are looking for ways to alleviate feelings of anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. 

For years, CBD has had to fight the stigma in relation to marijuana. Now, people are beginning to see the benefits and healing nature, and demand for research has continued to grow. The health and science communities have continued to lead the way in research and awareness, encouraging others to consider CBD as a safe and natural alternative to modern medicine. 

Is CBD Legal?

Up until recently, this topic was quite controversial. Luckily, the passing of the 2014 Farm Bill helped to define the legality of CBD more than ever before. The passing of the bill enabled state governments the legal right to grow and research industrial hemp under state-regulated pilot programs. Additionally, hemp and hemp-derived products with less than .3% THC were officially classified separately from marijuana. 

Then, the 2018 Farm Bill legalized the growth, production, consumption, and sale of hemp-based products throughout all 50 states. This guaranteed the legality of CBD that is extracted from industrial hemp and contains less than .3% THC, per Congress’ decision. Keep in mind, this passing did not legalize CBD products that are derived from marijuana. The legalities of those products vary from state to state. 

The federal legalization of hemp-derived products with less than 0.3% THC enabled the legality of traveling with Cannabidiol oil. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), “Marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products remain illegal under federal law except for products that contain no more than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by the FDA.” 

What are the Benefits of CBD?

Many people are seeking alternatives to modern medicinal products, and are being led to CBD. CBD has been praised for it’s believed ability to relieve ailments that would normally require traditional pharmaceutical products. By using CBD in its place, you can skip out on the harsh side effects and tap into “medicine” that is much more in sync with your body’s natural processes. 

Research continues on as scientists seek to find more definitive examples of how CBD can potentially treat a wide range of issues, which includes (but, is not limited to): 

  • Autoimmune diseases (inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Neurological conditions (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Epilepsy, Traumatic Brain Injury)
  • Metabolic syndromes (Diabetes, Obesity)
  • Neuropsychiatric illnesses (Autism, ADHD, PTSD)
  • Gut disorders (Colitis, Crohn’s)
  • Skin diseases (Acne, Dermatitis, Psoriasis)

One of the strongest scientific evidence of CBD’s effectiveness is in treating childhood epilepsy syndromes such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically do not respond to anti-seizure medications. After numerous studies, CBD proved to reduce the number of seizures and in some cases, prevent them from happening altogether. The evidence was so compelling that the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the first-ever cannabis-derived medicine for these two conditions, called Epidiolex. Amongst the ingredients — cannabidiol. 

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Can Probiotics Supplements Help Your Cat?

The rising popularity of probiotics in the past two decades has raised a question, can your cat or other pets get benefits from it? You may have seen so many varieties of probiotic supplement jars in the mart stacked one over the other in the mart shelves. That clearly indicates there are so many people across the world that use probiotics for better health and well-being. 

 

We always want to think about our cats perceiving human habits. That being said, it is rational to think cats being mammals also might be benefitted from probiotics. The short answer is, yes, probiotics can help cats. But probiotics for cats are different than that for humans. I’ll tell you everything you will need to know about cat probiotic supplements. 

What Are Cat Probiotics?

Like humans, cats have a bacterial environment in intestines, also known as, flora. This environment has a good balance between good bacteria and bad bacteria. This balance is crucial for your cat to remain healthy. 

 

When there’s an imbalance, your cat might suffer from diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues and also alleviate the immunity. That said, it is important to maintain the balance of flora. 

 

Probiotics are a combination of one or more strains of bacteria present in the guts which when ingested creates a favorable environment for good bacteria and benefits the host. This microorganism can treat a variety of diseases, especially gastrointestinal ones.

 

Generally, choosing the right supplement for your cat is important while there are too many available. Well, scientists suggest that the probiotics containing the strain of the bacteria that reside in a cat’s intestine are good ones. You can always check the label of the product and check the strains present in the supplement. In any case of confusion, you can seek your vet’s help.

Benefits of Probiotics

There’s been some research done on human probiotics that proves the benefits of probiotics. But for cats, there are some studies which suggest, probiotics also work for cats.

 

Probiotics improve digestive health which often eases up some clinical signs like low appetite, stomach upset, diarrhea, vomiting, and it makes bowel movements consistent. As we all know, better gut health keeps away many other diseases, probiotics, in general, give your cat’s immune system a boost. All in all, probiotics contribute massively to your cat’s health and well-being.

 

One of the diseases, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), is caused if the balance of flora is thrown out. Probiotics can maintain a healthy balance of bacteria and can save your kitty form IBD. The disease is common in cats and can be seen in adult and senior cats often.

 

However, sometimes the cause of IBD becomes a mystery for us. We feed kibbles to our cats and in fact, kibbles are the form of food that’s unnatural. Eating kibbles for a long period of time may cause certain gastrointestinal problems, including IBD. That said, probiotics also may help to keep away some other GI diseases. 

 

One veterinarian has also claimed that probiotics can reduce the duration or shorten the reoccurrence of gastroenteritis.

Can You Give Your Cat Human Probiotics?

Veterinarians and feline nutritional experts suggest going with probiotics specially tailored for cats. As I said, good probiotics for cats contain the strains of bacteria present in the guts of a cat. So when you consider human probiotics, that won’t contain those strains. 

 

Moreover, there is no research available that proves how human probiotics can affect a cat. It may be beneficial but also can be dangerous. In a nutshell, only use probiotics available for cats. 

Risks Associated With Cat Probiotics

There are no evident side effects of probiotics in cats. Also, it’s rare to see any adverse effects in felines. But you should always be selective when choosing the right probiotic supplement for cats. Most supplements or food industries work on meager regulations. So it is important that you know how to read the label of the product.

 

Moreover, there are no institutions that require manufacturers to prove the presence of the amount of CFUs (Colony Forming Units) of bacteria and their strain as mentioned on the label. Considering this, there is one institution that has oversight on cat probiotics, National Animal Supplement Council. So always prefer to buy the product which has the NASC label.

 

Nevertheless, there is not enough research available to see how exactly probiotics can improve the flora environment. So it is better to go with ‘common sense’. Not all probiotics work for all cats. If you see significant improvement in your cat’s overall health, that’s the right probiotic for your kitty.

The EndNote

Like human probiotics, there’s a rise in popularity and trend to provide your cat with probiotic supplements. As we have discussed, probiotics in humans are different than those for cats. There are many benefits of probiotics but in a nutshell, they boost immunity and make health better. Studies have shown that probiotics are helping your cat but there is a lot of research yet to be done that can say how exactly it works.

How to Revamp Your Bedroom for Better Sleep

After a long and busy day, we all love nothing more than to open our bedroom door and shut out the world behind us. No matter how much space you have to play around with, your bedroom should be a place where you get a great quality of sleep. Whether you’ve recently moved into a new home, or you’re a long-term owner, it may be time to revamp your bedroom to help aid sleep. To help, here are 5 strategies that you can take.

Create a Serene Space

The more satisfying your bedroom environment is, the better your sleep will be. If you don’t have the time or money to commit to a full-scale revamp, there are lots of small measures that you can take to create a more serene space. Adding a few photos of naturalistic scenes by your bed, purchasing new bedding, and putting up fairy lights can transform your bedroom for the better, helping you to relax and unwind before hitting the hay.

Ban Reminders of Work

With many of us working longer hours than ever, the last thing we want is to be reminded of work when we go to sleep. The main purpose of a bedroom is to get a good quality of sleep, not to work in, so it’s advised not to put an office in your bedroom. If you don’t have enough room in your home to create an office space, using your kitchen worktop to catch up with work is advised. Any reminders of work in your bedroom can hinder your sleep and stop you from relaxing.

Get Rid of Clutter

If you have more clutter than you care to imagine in your bedroom, it may be time to get rid of unwanted junk. Your bedroom should be spacious and inviting, not full to the brim of clutter. To create a relaxing environment, there are several things you can do, such as investing in trays that can slide underneath your bed. Trays can be used for storage and mean that any items you want to keep hold of can be out of sight, and out of mind. A messy room can have an impact on your mindset, so although it may be difficult to get rid of clutter at first, you will be thankful in the long run.

Invest in a New Mattress

We all want to wake up feeling well-rested and ready for anything, so if you’re struggling to get enough sleep per night, your mattress could be to blame. It’s recommended that you change your mattress every 8 – 10 years, so investing in a new one can help support sleep and provide maximum comfort. There are lots of mattresses under $1,000 which can last for many years, giving you great value for money. If you suffer from lower back pain, a new mattress may be able to ease symptoms and help you get a better quality of sleep.

Add a Relaxing Scent

There are scents like lavender which may contribute towards bettering your sleep. Lavender may help decrease skin temperature, lower blood pressure, and decrease your heart rate, helping to put you in a more relaxed frame of mind. Lavender can also improve your mood and help you feel drowsy. The aroma of your bedroom can play a part in improving sleep, so try and light up a lavender candle before hitting the hay, or washing your sheets using a lavender-scented detergent. 

Missing a night or two of sleep is natural, especially if there are external distractions bothering you. However, if you’ve been losing sleep for several nights, there may be something wrong with your health. Lack of good-quality nighttime slumber can be due to a sleeping disorder.

If you suspect that your sleeping problem goes beyond what’s normal, it’s time to consult your doctor or see a sleep specialist. An expert can help you find out what the problem is and recommend treatments to help you sleep better. One of these treatments may involve the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, which is usually prescribed to patients with sleep apnea.

With that said, don’t wait until your lack of sleep starts harming your health and the quality of your life. Take care of your health, and see a doctor as soon as you notice warning signs that something is wrong.

Whether you’re on a tight budget or have money to spare, there are lots of inexpensive ways to help create a more peaceful and relaxing bedroom environment. If you’re struggling to get enough shuteye each night, all the tips above can contribute towards improving your quality of sleep.