The Many Benefits of Cannabis in Boston

2018 was a pretty big year for legal marijuana, both nationally and in Massachusetts, Boston
After a two-year wait, the Bay State witnessed the opening of the first few recreational marijuana dispensaries in the entire eastern half of the United States. By the end of the year, there were five stores across the state selling weed to anyone who had an ID showing they were over 21 — and maybe a little patience.

2019 is poised to be the year that a full-fledged marijuana industry begins to really take shape.

“People will get to see, over the course of the year, what a real market looks like,” Kris Krane, a prominent cannabis industry consultant, told Boston.com.

The Health Benefits of Cannabis

1. It Could Help You Lose Weight

If you’re an avid Green Flower reader, then you’re already aware that cannabis users have been shown to be slimmer, on average, than non-users. That’s because cannabis helps the body regulate insulin production, and manage caloric intake more efficiently.

2. It Appears to Help Regulate and Prevent Diabetes

Because cannabis helps regulate body weight, it only makes sense that it would help prevent and regulate Diabetes. Again, you can thank the herb’s ability to regulate insulin production for this medical breakthrough.

3. It Fights Cancer

This is the big one that everybody’s been talking about. Both scientists and the federal government have released a good amount of evidence showing that cannabinoids fight certain types of cancer. It doesn’t get much more substantial than that.

4. It Can Help Depression

Depression is one of the more widespread, yet least talked about medical conditions in America. And research is showing that cannabis can help relieve people.

“Using compounds derived from cannabis — marijuana — to restore normal endocannabinoid function could potentially help stabilize moods and ease depression,” said Samir Haj-Dahmane, who is spearheading the research at Buffalo University – research that is only just now beginning to ramp up.

5. It’s Showing Promise in Treating Autism

Like many other high-profile disorders, autism may be a prime target for cannabis-based treatments. Science is digging into it, but in the meantime, some parents are using it to help manage violent mood swings in autistic children.

6. It Provides a Safer Alternative to Other Drugs and Alcohol

Cannabis can be harmful if you use it irresponsibly, but it’s nowhere near as destructive as alcohol for example. With wider availability, cannabis can and will become a substance of choice – and likely save a lot of lives (and livers) in the process.

7. It Helps Regulate Seizures for a lot of People

Using medical cannabis to regulate seizures is another one of the more high-profile findings coming out of medical science. For folks with disorders like Epilepsy, cannabis is showing immense promise.

8. CBD Can Apparently Help Broken Bones Heal Faster

Science shows us how CBD can help broken bones grow back faster and stronger.

Can you believe that cannabis can actually mend broken bones? It’s true, as CBD evidently reacts chemically with collagen, spurring along the healing process. Another very exciting find.

9. It’s Helping People with ADHD

For those with serious trouble concentrating, or who have children suffering from ADD or ADHD, cannabis might be the treatment you’ve been waiting for. It’s safer and more effective than medications like Ritalin or Adderall.

10. It Can Help Treat Serious Addictions

We already mentioned that cannabis can be a viable, safer alternative to substances like alcohol and tobacco, but did you know that it can also be used as a treatment for addictions to these substances, and more? Individuals addicted to serious drugs like heroin, opiates, and cocaine, are showing promise in ridding themselves of their addictions through cannabis therapy.

Of course, it’s entirely possible to develop a dependency to marijuana, also – so responsible and mindful use is key.

11. It Treats Glaucoma

 

One of the first big medical issue that cannabis was shown to effectively treat is glaucoma. Ingesting cannabis helps lower the pressure in the eyeball, giving patients at least temporary relief.

12. It Can Improve Lung Health

You probably never saw this one coming – especially since pot is commonly associated with smoking, and smoking with chronic lung problems. But some conditions, including lung cancer and Emphysema, have been shown to regress when cannabis is thrown into the mix.

13. It Helps Anxiety in Correct Doses

Be careful. Too much cannabis can make your anxiety worse.

Fact: cannabis can actually cause anxiety but there are ways to potentially avoid that. And it’s also true that for many people, cannabis can help alleviate anxiety disorders.

14. It Appears to Slow the Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

Cognitive degeneration is pretty much unavoidable as we age, and Alzheimer’s disease falls under that umbrella. The good news is that studies are showing cannabis can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s, which may lead to longer, richer lives for millions.Read more about medical use of marijuana here.…

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Men’s Health & Fitness – Nutrition, Cardio Exercises, Strength, Flexibility And Speed

If you are reading this article then you are probably looking for men’s fitness tips. Being fit is important to many people and it can bring many other physical and psychological benefits such as increasing your self-confidence and self-esteem. Being fit both physically and mentally can help to make you appear more attractive, it also means that you will be less likely to suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Men’s Fitness And Nutrition

Nutrition plays an important role in men’s fitness, you should, therefore, make sure that you include a balanced diet as part of your fitness routine. You should eat foods which are high in protein and low in fat, always make sure that you eat breakfast as this is the most important meal of the day.

Before training to get yourself fit you will need to develop some sort of plan with regard to the fitness activities that you will undertake. You should make realistic goals for yourself as this will help you to stay motivated.

Men’s Fitness And Cardio Exercises

You will need to do plenty of cardio exercises, you can use an exercise bike or a rowing machine which can are great forms of cardiovascular exercise and they can also help to strengthen the muscle in your legs, arms, chest and abs. Other excellent forms of cardio exercises are swimming and walking, swimming can help you to burn off a large number of calories in a short amount of time as well as help to stimulate and strengthen a range of different muscles in your body.

Walking just a short distance every day has also been found to improve your cardiovascular health.

Men’s Fitness and Strength

In addition to cardio exercises, you will also need to improve strength in your muscles. The best way to do this is to develop a weight training routine. It has been found that weight training helps to increase your lean muscle mass and increase your metabolism.

You should always start by using small weights and carry out a low amount of reps. You can then gradually increase both the weight and the number of reps as you become more experienced. You should give your body plenty of time to rest and recover in order to avoid injury.

Men’s Fitness and Flexibility

Flexibility exercises which include stretching are also important when it comes to men’s fitness. It is important to stretch soft tissues in order to prepare them for more rigorous forms of exercise. Flexibility exercises also enable us to avoid injury, move smoothly and avoid tension in your muscles. Therefore stretching before and after any form of exercise is an important part of men’s fitness.

Men’s Fitness and Speed

Finally, you will also need to focus on exercises that will increase your speed. Exercises which are designed to increase your speed focus on stimulating your muscle fibers. Plyometric exercises are a popular choice for many athletes who want to increase their speed. However, it is important that these exercises are performed correctly in order to prevent injury. In order to increase your speed, you will also need to undertake contrast training which basically involves doing a plyometric exercise followed by a weight training activity. Other simple exercises you can perform to increase your speed include squats, heel raises, and lunges.

Therefore it is clear that nutrition, cardio exercises, strength training, flexibility exercises, and speed training are all vital parts of men’s fitness.…

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Having Problems Achieving Your Weight Loss Goals?

First let me say that if you are having problems achieving your weight loss goals, check with your doctor to verify that there is not an underlying condition preventing you from achieving your goal. Provided there is nothing physically preventing you from attaining your goal the next step would be to look at the mental side of your weight loss efforts.

What do I mean? I mean the mental pictures you have of your physical body, do you see yourself as fat and out of shape? Do you get frustrated and angry when you slip up on your weight loss efforts?

Why You Maybe Having Problems Losing Weight

Well, let me say that part of successfully achieving your weight loss goal is to create the mental pictures of what you want your new body to look like. Next, you will want to put pictures around your home of people you would like to look like. What this does is remind you of your goal, next you will want to set out a plan for achieving your goal.

Now I understand that as someone who is overweight finding your way back to a more slimmed down healthier you maybe a take some outside help. I am not talking here about just losing weight which you have a good chance of remaining in a couple months or years, I am referring to adopting a healthier lifestyle which will require exercise, a change in nutrition and possible a change in living conditions.

One of the reasons you may be having problems achieving your weight loss goals could be due to one of the above reasons or a combination of all of them, only you can examine your life and with the help of a coach or adviser or personal trainer can suss out the way out of your overweight dilemma.

The key to achieving your goal is in the mental pictures your carry around in your mind, not just your conscious mind by also your subconscious mind. Without both working in harmony to attain your goal one will sabotage the other, the question now is, how do you get the conscious and subconscious minds to work in harmony?

How To Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

One of the best programs for getting the two minds to work together to attain your goals is Cybernetic Transposition it is detailed in a book titled, “How To Get Lots Of Money For Anything Fast ” by Stuart A. Lichtman and Joe Vitale.

In this book, you will learn specific techniques to not only your financial goals but your targets whether they be health, success, love or any target you set your sights on. I know, it may sound a bit weird and hooky but it is based on sound principles of the mind. Strangely enough, Wallace D. Wattles book The Science of Getting Rich is based on similar principles.…

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Lose Butt Fat – How I Lost My Fat Butt

Maybe you have the same experience as I did, you know, sitting on your butt too much. A couple of years ago I was starting out building another of my businesses and I got into the habit of sitting on my butt trying to get the business going. I was working 12 to 14 hours per day, most of this was sitting repairing laser printer parts, in addition to that I was eating fast food, things like pizza, fried chicken and other assorted unhealthy foods.

Well, I don’t have to tell you, before long I had developed this huge fat butt. My waist size when from a healthy 32 to 36 inches and my butt went with it. As someone who was always into running, healthy living and eating properly that was unacceptable, I had to get back to living healthy again. Look, the money was good, no complaints there, but my body was bearing the brunt of this success.

So I got back into the gym, with the help of a personal trainer who gave me a few pointers I had a new exercise routine. One subset of this new exercise routine was to lose butt fat and lose it quickly. Before I give you the exercises to lose the fat of my butt I want you to take a look at some exercise experts who have their own take on losing butt fat.

The exercises in this article are great for losing butt fat, I tried using a number of them when I was trying to lose butt fat, the lunge in particular with slight modification was excellent for me to lose the extra butt fat. Keep reading I will reveal all shortly. However, you and I know that video demonstrations are excellent for exercise routines and with that in mind take a look at the following video showing butt exercises.

As you can see the lunge is featured in most exercise routines aimed at firming up the butt, as stated earlier I used the modified lunge primarily to lose my fat butt. I used varying weighted dumbells when doing the lunges, I started out with two 20 lbs dumbells, then move it up to 25 lbs, then 35 lbs in each hand.

I did ten repetitions for each lunge. In addition, I did the walking lunge, ie instead of standing in one place and lunge I walked and lunge with the weights in hand. The following Dr. Mercola video demonstrates a walking lunge with dumbells in hands, rake a look.

As you can see from the above video the walking dumbell video is not for the faint of heart. Those are the lunges I used to lose butt fat when I developed my fat butt back a couple of years ago while building up my laser printer repair business. If you want to lose extra fat off your body take a look at this fat loss program…

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How Sleep Affects Weight Loss

As I was working 12 – 14 hours a day, it dealth with the overeating during those long work days, what was left unsaid was the lack of sleep I was getting, today post will focus more on how sleep affects weight loss.

We have been subjected to the saying “you snooze you lose” in reference to being on the ball regarding competing in business. To stay ahead of the competition you need to put in the hours, you need to burn the midnight oil, our society is bombarded with these mantras. I am not going to debate the truth or lack of truth to these statements; however, I want to address the issue of sleep as it applies to weight loss.

How sleep affects weight loss is rather interesting from the aspect that several studies have shown that lack of sleep hinders weight loss. On first blush, this makes lots of sense because if you are asleep you can’t eat, unless you sleepwalk, but that’s another topic.

During my long worked days which I mentioned above sleep deprivation was replaced by taking risk-taking to keep me stimulated, things like fast driving to stay alert, making rash business decisions which, by the way, came back to haunt me, similar things are done by those of us who lack the proper amount of sleep. Next let us take a look at a video explaining the science behind weight gain and the lack of sleep, take a look.

With the current record temperatures and high humidity working out can cause an increasing drain on our energy, to compensate for this more sleep is required; however, the longer summer days works against that. More sunshine causes us to stay up later, depriving us of much-needed sleep. The scientific proof in the video above is backed up by other sources such as the following article, an excerpt from the article written by Amy Korn-Reavis is below, take a look.

As someone living in the northern hemisphere and you go on vacation in the tropics where there are high humidity and high temperatures, you probably find that you are drained of energy because of the weather. Yes, I empathize with you because I experienced the same thing when I was on vacation in Barbados after living in Canada for over 20 years.

As a result, you need more sleep while in those conditions, however, to see all the sights and sounds in these strange countries we sleep less stay up later and gain weight while on vacation. How sleep affects weight loss comes down to one thing, being awake leads to eating, whatever the reason and the science behind it.…

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Should you Exercise when you are Sick?

I am often amazed that such a small thing can have such a devastating effect on the human body, something so small that it can’t be seen with the naked eye, it requires a microscope to see it, I am referring to the cold and flu virus. No matter how big and strong you are it can lay you out like a fallen log.

For the last two days, yesterday being the worse, I was laid up in bed with the flu, for me exercising was not an option, I was so weak I stayed in bed all day, venturing out for twenty minutes to get some over the counter medication and a few groceries. Normally I am energetic and spry yesterday I was doing the old man shuffle, my stride was cut to half its normal length and my feet were closer to the ground when I lifted them than they normally are, my fear was that a good gust of wind would blow me over.

This brings me to the issue of, should you exercise when sick. On this issue there are three camps, one camp says yes, one camp says no, and the third camp says yes under certain conditions. I will present all there camp points of view in the following two articles and video.

Clearly his position has some merit to it, however, your doctor should be the final decision when it comes to your health, I know, some of us hear what the doctor says and go out and do what we want to do.

Should You Exercise When Sick?

My opinion on this is that being sick is the body’s way of telling you things are out of sort and its time to slow down and assess your situation. I could be that the illness, in my case the flu, could have been brought on by too much stress in your life. The immune system is stimulated by stress; however, too much stress and you begin to get sick. With not enough rest, the immune system becomes compromised making us susceptible to illnesses such as the flu and colds.

In my case, I didn’t follow my routine of getting extra rest last weekend so the flu virus that was floating around in my environment seen to latch onto me. Should you exercise when sick? I would say, if you go to the gym, no, you can spread your germs around if you are in the infectious stage Since few of us know when that stage has passed then we should do our best in preventing it being transmitted to others.

If you exercise at home, if you can manage it light exercise maybe ok, provided your doctor thinks it’s ok, if you can manage it. For me exercise was not an option, I was too weak and lacking in energy.

Clearly, there is no clear cut answer to this question, because the nature of the illness determines is you should exercise, example, if you had major surgery exercising, could make your illness worse, if you are too weak to exercise no, in the end should you exercise when sick, depends on you and your doctor.…

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