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Category: Wellness

Study: Marijuana Users Are Happier And More Successful In Life

Shattering the stereotype of the lazy pothead, new research suggests cannabis users are actually more satisfied, more successful, and even more likely to volunteer in their communities than their nonsmoking counterparts.

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Gum additives in food: What you need to know and watch out for

If you’ve ever looked at food packaging, you may have seen “xanthan gum” or “guar gum” listed as an ingredient. The latter half of their names should clue you in on what these unusually-named ingredients are: they’re gum additives, or substances commonly used by food manufacturers to enhance their products. Gum additives are typically utilized to extend shelf life, add texture, increase viscosity, and stabilize the pH levels of foods. There are many varieties of gum additives out there, but all of them are known to influence our gut bacteria — sometimes in negative ways.

Acupuncture found to be a safe and effective alternative to dangerous painkiller drugs in hospitals

A recent study published in MJA.com.au revealed that acupuncture may serve as a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for patients arriving at a hospital’s emergency room. As part of the study, a team of researchers led by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia that examined 528 patients with acute low back pain, migraine, or ankle sprains who were rushed to emergency rooms of various hospitals between January 2010 and December 2011.

Cannabinoids can successfully kill leukemia cells, reveals groundbreaking new study

A recent study published in International Journal of Oncology revealed that cannabinoids, the active chemical in cannabis, can destroy leukemia cells either alone or in combination with other cancer treatments. The scientific community has long-established that cannabinoids may show potential in cancer treatment, with certain varieties known to promote cell death, curb cell growth, and inhibit tumor-inducing blood vessel development. In order to evaluate the compound’s efficacy against leukemia, a team of researchers at the St George’s, University of London studied cancer cells in a laboratory and tested various combinations of cannabinoids and chemotherapy drugs such as cytarabine and vincristine.

Is the secret to “beast mode” as simple as fasting?

What happens to the brain (and body) when you abstain from all kinds of food or drink over a specific period of time is quite interesting. You’d think that being hungry would make you grumpy, weak, and unable to even lift a finger. It’s possible especially if you’ve conditioned your mind to feel that way in the absence of food but what really happens is that your body will go on survival mode.

CBD: Everything You Need To Know About Cannabidiol

Cannabidiol (CBD) came out to the world in a big way after this simple plant chemical stopped an epileptic seizure in its tracks on U.S. national television. In the time since, many enthusiasts have realized that this miracle compound can stop spasms, calm anxiety, and soothe those in chronic pain. But, what is CBD and how does it work? How is it different from THC? To help you become more familiar with the cannabinoid here is everything you need to know about CBD.

Islamic burqas make women vitamin D deficient, achieving yet another way that Islam demeans and harms women

The strict religious doctrine that many Muslims live by is physically unhealthy and abusive toward women. Research now shows that Islamic burqas are restricting Muslim women from getting adequate vitamin D from the sun, which suppresses their immune system. Lack of vitamin D in children causes rickets and severe bone pain in adults. This makes Vitamin D supplementation very important for Muslim women who are restricted from exposing their body and face to natural sunlight.

Cannabidiol (CBD) found to cut seizures in HALF among severe epilepsy patients, scientists find

Taking cannabis-based medicine may significantly reduce the number of seizures by half in children and adults with a severe form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), according to a recent study. Researchers said Lennox-Gastaut syndrome starts in childhood, and that patients with LGS experience multiple kinds of seizures: drop seizures and tonic-clonic seizures.

FDA bans natural substance manufactured by the body itself

The FDA recently went after picamilon, a natural combination of Vitamin B3 and a substance made in the body that crosses the blood-brain barrier known as GABA. This natural substance has been so useful as a neuroprotector in boosting brain functioning that Eli Lilly decided to use it as the basis for an Alzheimer’s drug called Solanezumab. At that point, longstanding natural supplements that contain picamilon became a threat to the $7.6 billion the drug company was expected to pull in from its Alzheimer’s drug by 2024. As the drug trials entered their final rounds, supplement firms started getting letters from the FDA about not promoting its natural alternative.

Olive oil nutrient found to HALT brain cancer cells in their tracks

Brain and other nervous system cancers are the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, killing over 16,000 people each year. The five-year survival rate for this type of cancer is only 34 percent for men and 36 percent for women. Depending on the size, type and grade of the tumor, as well as other factors, like where the tumor is located, conventional treatment usually involves surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. The success rate for these treatments is low, however, and the side effects of both the tumors themselves and their treatment can be devastating. A new study by researchers from the University of Edinburgh, published in the Journal of Molecular Biology, provides new hope in the fight against brain cancer.

Famous MMA fighter Bas Rutten reveals how CBD oil helps professional fighters stay off addictive opioids

CBD oil has been in the spotlight recently due to its myriad of health and medicinal uses. Cannabidiol, which is what CBD is short for, is a cannabis compound that produces no psychoactive effects but offers a wide variety of other benefits, such as treating people with seizure disorders. It’s become clear that the benefits of CBD do not end there, however, and renowned MMA fighter Bas Rutten has even spoken out about how valuable this plant medicine is for professional fighters.

University professors now abusing ADHD drugs just like their students

Like their students, one in five university professors are seemingly hooked on using medications for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to keep up with the demands of their jobs, Cambridge University academic and neuroscientist Dr. Hannah Critchlow discussed at The Hay Festival. According to Dr. Critchlow, an increasing number of university professors were found to use these drugs, known as nootropics, to bolster memory, concentration and mental stamina.

The Law of Responsibility: Put good in – Get good out, programming your mind

“Like a general in an army, the conscious mind is the general, and you can plant seeds in your subconscious mind consciously, and then the subconscious mind goes to work on making those things materialize,” he said. “And it’s kind of an interesting process, because if you lay your goals out properly as is described in the book, then all of a sudden you have those visualized, you have those very well understood, and if you kind of place them properly, the subconscious mind is going to go to work.”

Georgia representative takes law into his own hands by delivering cannabis oil to hundreds of sick patients

A representative from Georgia has been distributing cannabis oil to hundreds of people, relying on narrow provisions in the state’s medical marijuana law to evade felony charges for drug trafficking. Every month, Rep. Allen Peake receives a box of cannabis oil, which he hands out to hundreds of people who are part of the state’s medical marijuana program, WJBF.com reported.