thanksgiving 2015

Lately I’ve been scanning different social media feeds and blog posts to get an idea of how people see Thanksgiving and their role in it. It’s easy to get used to business as usual around the holidays. I can get cynical and stress myself out. This year, I am trying to find ways to center myself, renew my focus and just basically chill out.

It can be hard to do. When I realize I’m heading down that pathway of busyness and over achieving, I have to force myself to stop, slow down and consider things from a different point of view.

I often let my mind wander into what it will look like around a Thanksgiving table in the future when we are all freed from cannabis prohibition and able to naturally calm ourselves and enjoy our moments and daily rituals, fear free.

I’m looking forward to getting together with the family and passing around the Fogpen while we cook turkey and laugh in the kitchen. After dinner, I’m sure I will be watching my master-mind joint rolling brother use the Stashtray and roll a joint with one hand. I realize people experience different things within their daily rituals, but one thing that has always impressed me about cannabis is its ability to help me slow down and appreciate things that I’ve missed daily. As busy as my life gets, as all of our lives get, I can easily long for those days and get impatient with where the legalization movement is today so everyone can enjoy this.

This year, I’ve decided to stop, slow down and take stock of where the movement is, and consider the strides that have been made, some of them surprising. When I consider the progress in Washington DC (we knew that was coming…no way anyone can work in the Congress of the United States and not need to light up daily). Or the progress in the Pacific Northwest, or the surprising support in some places in Texas, or Georgia. I read stories out of Colorado daily, and follow the news there constantly.

It’s taken a long time for us to get where we are. New people are joining the movement daily and letting their voices be heard. The flood of voices on social media outlets only grows week to week.

So, I guess I’ve started to realize that this year, I can be thankful for more than just the typical hallmark moments. Though it has had a frustrating history, I’m thankful for where the movement is today. I’m thankful for where it’s been and where it’s going. I’m thankful for the support I see in state houses nationwide and the growing support on Capitol Hill. I’m thankful that cannabis helps me to slow down and relax. I’m going to take these notions into our family thanksgiving feast this year, slow down, and dream toward the future.

Then, after the tryptophan has weaned its way through my system and I’m back to being stressed and over achieving, I’m going to quit my dreaming and get back to work. Because this isn’t over until we have our full freedom, rights restored, and we can move on the way that we were made to.

 

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Marijuana for Health

 

Is taking Marijuana and Adderall safe? 

The other day a patient of mine, lets call him Derek (names have been changed to protect the innocent), told me something concerning. People are consuming marijuana (legally), and then taking various versions of the prescription drug Adderall to facilitate daily work/life.

 First, mixing prescription substances is always bad.   Second, Adderall is not a medication that is not without harm in itself – in fact, Adderall has been associated with side effects such as paranoia, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and has been associated with life threatening cardiac dysrhythmias, convulsions, fevers, and potentially death. In short, despite being commonly prescribed, Adderall can truly be dangerous. Lets take a closer look at Adderall and what it can do to your body.

Since its initial release in 1996, prescriptions for Adderall have nearly tripled. It was initially prescribed for ADHD and narcolepsy, but is now being so commonly abused that a study conducted in 2012 found that nearly 75% of college seniors have been offered Adderall, with nearly half that group (31% overall) having tried or regularly use Adderall. 

Lets look at the Adderall and its central nervous system (CNS) effects. Some of the common effects associated with Adderall have been restlessness, headache, slurred speech, and potentially reduction in sexual drive and performance. More concern, regular use of Adderall, when stopped suddenly, can lead to depression, extreme fatigue, with potential withdrawal including hunger, moodiness, panic attacks, and nightmares.

 Adderall can have a slew of other effects; Adderall can increase your blood pressure, cause chest pain (potentially due to cardiac ischemia), diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, and simple but annoying rashes. That being said, the most dangerous and potentially life threatening complications of Adderall include cardiac arrhythmias that can lead to death.

 So to recap, while commonly prescribed, Adderall can be potentially dangerous and should never be mixed with any other substances. If you’re a frequent user of marijuana, there are a variety of other safe, herbal products that you can, and should use instead. Adderall is potentially dangerous and should be used only as directed by your physician.   For a safe alternative to adderall, look to try a safe and natural alternative like Lifted View.

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