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Can Cannabis Help Addicts Recover from Drug Use?

Could weed really help you kick a meth habit, or is it just a matter of replacing one vice with another?   Photo via Flickr user pransa420 Weed is having something of a moment. It seems all of my friends who used to spend their weekends drowning themselves at the bar have given up the bottle for the kush. And although the renaissance may have started out west, it's rapidly spreading to the east coast. Jersey already has a medical marijuana program, and New York just released regulations for its own slated to start next year. With pot's rising popularity, many people are wondering if we will see a corresponding decline in binge drinking and hard drug use. A study published last fall in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that states with legal medical marijuana...


Veterans Push for Medical Cannabis to Treat PTSD

Marijuana being trimmed at a farm in California. The American Legion asked Congress to remove the drug from the list of Schedule 1 narcotics. CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times 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...


Recreational Cannabis Use Is Coming to Canada

John Fowler, the chief executive of Supreme Pharmaceuticals, inside the greenhouse complex where the company grows legal marijuana. CreditCole Burston for The New York Times TIVERTON, Ontario — Behind a forbidding high-security fence topped with razor wire, Supreme Pharmaceuticals is busy preparing for the legal marijuana trade, with workers expanding a greenhouse complex where the lucrative crop grows. But while Supreme looks like it will be ready for the day when prohibition ends, Canada’s governments still have a lot of work to do. Proposing legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana was the easy part for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. With about eight months to go before Canada becomes the second nation after Uruguay to take this step, the federal government and the provinces are staring at a formidable to-do list. Ottawa still...


End the Stigma of Cannabis Consumption

We as a community have come a very long way since the days of stone cold cannabis prohibition. As activists and advocates push forward to help bring change to our outdated laws, we move closer to ending the stigma surrounding cannabis consumption. Yet this culture of stigma is still very alive and well within our society. It doesn’t take looking very far to see that, even in legal states, cannabis use is still heavily stigmatized by many. How can we as a community contribute to ending this stigma. Here are 4 ways that you can start: 1. Educate Yourself: Nothing is more important than learning the facts about cannabis use. For decades, information about the efficacy and usefulness of cannabis was suppressed. Today, thanks to the tireless effort...


Cannabis and Spirituality: A Smoking Exercise!

Everyone explores Consciousness and Reality in their own way. For those who like to use Cannabis to expand their consciousness, this is an article you will probably find interesting. If you’re a usual smoker, then I’m sure you probably already know that Cannabis works by intention. You need to consciously decide what effect you want it to have before you smoke, otherwise your subconscious will choose for you. If you want to have it increase your appetite, that is what it will do. If you smoke a joint before a hike because you want to make the hike more enjoyable, that is what it will do. If you smoke it because you want to ease your pain, relax and/or de-stress yourself, it will help you do...


Powerful benefits of CBD

More people in the wellness world are turning to CBD for its powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects, but just as many are confused about the nature of the compound. The basics are simple enough: CBD is derived from hemp and marijuana plants, but unlike THC, it's completely non-psychoactive (meaning it won't make you high). Years ago, the therapeutic properties of CBD were brought to light when a little girl, Charlotte, went from having hundreds of seizures a week to virtually none after dosing with the substance. It's since gained a cult following, with thousands of parents taking medical tourism trips to Colorado to experiment with the plant's healing powers. Recently, though, CBD has exploded onto the scene, transcending the world of the seriously ill to the...


Find Your Inner ‘Ganja Goddess’

Deidra Bagdasarian refers to cannabis as both a “healing herb” and a “therapeutic aid” – or, in other words, an arguably essential ingredient absent from conventional wellness retreats. “Cannabis allows you to feel safe. It allows you to get real vulnerable real quick, by letting you take off your mask and bring down all those walls we put up around strangers – especially other women,” Bagdasarian, the founder of Bliss Edibles, tells Civilized. “When we talk about progress and empathy and equality and deepening our values as a society, cannabis is a tool in the toolbox to help promote all of that.” It was with this idea in mind in 2016 that Bagdasarian founded Ganja Goddess Getaways (GGG), a series of overnight retreats for women who are interested in using cannabis...


Marijuana’s Surprising Effects On Athletic Performance

When Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati tested positive for a small amount of marijuana in his blood at the 1998 Japan games, his first-place finish was temporarily called into question. But THC, the main mind-altering chemical in marijuana, wasn't even included in the International Olympic Committee's banned-substances list at the time (it is now, but at a much higher level than the one he tested at). Rebagliati was allowed to keep his victory and medal. (He is now in the medical-marijuana business.) Even though it's on the banned list now, does anyone really think of marijuana as a performance-enhancing drug in the first place? After all, as Robin Williams later joked, "the only way it's a performance-enhancing drug is if there's a big f---ing Hershey bar at the end of the run," right? Maybe...


Marijuana and Meditation: How to Combine Your Two Favorite Things

Meditation has been part of human civilization for thousands of years, yet in our modern day it seems reserved for those who eat kale and buy ten dollar coffees. However, meditation is good for the mind, body and soul, and according to various health professionals, it should be regularly practiced to reduce stress and improve overall health. And according to history, it should also be practiced alongside a more familiar companion—marijuana. On their own, both mediation and marijuana have similar effects. Together, however, meditation is amplified. This has been evident in South Asia, where several religious groups including Buddhists, Naths and Shaivites have introduced it into their meditation practices. Many believe it helps to slow the mind and enter a state of “profound stillness” with heightened awareness. Turns out they’re...