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Floyd Landis Is Now a CBD Mogul

BY BILL GIFFORD | PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRYAN BANDUCCI | VIDEO BY DEREK CALL Nov 13, 2019 Floyd Landis is up to his eyebrows in cannabis. Actually, higher than that: Most of the plants in this one-acre patch, rich and lushly green, stand a good foot or two taller than the former pro cyclist and disqualified Tour de France winner. On this warm Thursday in mid-September, Floyd and two colleagues are making the rounds of Amish farms in southern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, checking on their crops. The plants are the same species—Cannabis sativa—that produces the marijuana that people smoke to get high, only they are technically hemp, special strains bred for low THC content (the chemical responsible for the “high”) and high concentrations of CBD or cannabidiol, the substance used in the creams, e...

Michigan recreational marijuana retail sales to begin Dec. 1

By Gus Burns | [email protected] LANSING, MI — Michigan residents will be able to legally purchase marijuana from stores beginning Dec. 1, the state Marijuana Regulatory Agency announced Wednesday, Nov. 13. Any businesses seeking a recreational license to grow more than 1,000 plants, process or sell recreational marijuana must currently be licensed under the state’s medical marijuana licensing rules. The state announced existing medically licensed businesses that are pursuing equivalent recreational licenses may transfer up to half their inventory, which is already deemed legal and has been tested for the medical marijuana market, to the recreational side for general sales. Any finished products currently for sale in medical dispensaries must have been in the business inventory for 30...

How Seniors Can Help with Thanksgiving Dinner

Seniors should never be left out of the equation, especially when it comes to the holidays. There are a few ways that they can help in the kitchen without getting in the way. They’ll be thrilled to contribute, and you get some assistance at the same time. Here’s how your aging loved ones can help this Thanksgiving. 1. Picking the Menu Seniors have a lot of experience with Thanksgiving. Include your aging loved ones when planning the menu. Seniors may have special dietary restrictions or may have trouble eating certain foods. Involve your senior when building your menu and select foods that everyone will love. 2. No-Bake Side Dishes There are all sorts of side dishes that don’t involve any cooking at all. Set the ingredients out on the counter along with the recipe. Let th...

6 Signs of Caregiver Burnout

The tasks of caring for an elderly loved one can add up quickly, leaving you exhausted and stressed out. Chances are, if you’ve been a caregiver for more than a few weeks you’ve experienced a certain degree of caregiver burnout. Be on the lookout for these six common signs of burnout. If you find yourself thinking or saying these things, you may want to seek help from your doctor and consider finding some respite care. 6 Signs of Caregiver Burnout I just don’t feel like talking to or seeing anyone today—even my friends and family. If you discover that you consistently don’t want to interact with people, especially close family and friends, it could be a sign that caring for your elderly loved one is becoming too draining. I used to really enjoy reading mystery novel...

Turmeric and Dementia

via Alzheimer's Society. Org Curcumin is an extract of turmeric that has been shown to break down amyloid-beta plaques (a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease) in lab-based (in vitro) studies. Turmeric is not easily absorbed and there is no real evidence that supports turmeric being used as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, but the specific effects by curcumin on amyloid-beta plaques could be a useful target for future investigations into potential treatments. Can curcumin break up amyloid-beta plaques? There is a lot of research into the potential role of turmeric as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, along with some anecdotal evidence about its benefits. Much research is centred around curcumin, a chemical found in turmeric, which has been shown to have anti-oxidant, an...

Seniors Everywhere Turning to CBD for Pain Relief

Nancy Giacobbe has been a medical marijuana cardholder since the legalization of medicinal use of the plant in California in 2008. But in 2014, her husband Chris had trouble sleeping due to painful spasms and tremors caused by treatments for a rare form of cancer. While Giacobbe, 61, had used the plant for its psychoactive properties (i.e., the high produced by tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC) she soon saw the medicinal benefits of the plant’s other, lesser-known compound — cannabidiol, or CBD — when Chris began to use it for his pain. Giacobbe realized Chris could just use CBD without psychoactive effects. “When he would sleep, his face would just be at peace,” Giacobbe says. CBD, which comes in a wide variety of forms including salves, edibles and oils, does not produce th...

Louisiana Permits Hundreds of Businesses to Sell CBD Products

Louisiana has awarded business licenses to 775 companies that want to sell CBD products. The state’s Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) received more than 1,000 permit applications after passage of a law outlining how retailers can sell products containing CBD. The ATC started the process in June. Sellers must meet a lengthy list of requirements to receive licenses. The CBD products must carry scannable bar codes, QR codes or other information to verify the product’s certificate of analysis.Liquor stores, gas stations and CBD-specific shops were among the first businesses cleared to sell CBD. Smokable hemp products are banned in Louisiana. Sales of beverages or food containing CBD are prohibited nationwide until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves cannabinoids as ...

Four Takeaways From the Latest Round of Federal CBD Warning Letters

The young CBD industry is growing accustomed to federal health authorities warning companies not to make medical claims about the cannabinoid. But a round of warning letters this week from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the consumer-protection agency that safeguards against unfair and deceptive advertising – served as a reminder that as CBD goes mainstream, more federal agencies are giving the industry a critical look. This week’s FTC warnings went to three unidentified CBD companies. Among other complaints, the FTC criticized the businesses for: The companies were given 15 days to review all claims and product testimonials and ensure they are backed by scientific research.Posting on a website that CBD “works like magic.” Advertising CBD as a “miracle pain remedy.” Touting a CBD...

Over 50 and Freelancing to Fill the Gaps in Retirement Funds

In 2006, after 41 years of teaching business management, Charlotte Bishop decided to retire from her job at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. She was in her early 60s, had raised two sons as a single mother in the Bronx and wanted to spend more time with her grandchildren. Just a few months later, however, she realized she had to get back to work. “Part of it was boredom,” she said. Another factor was money. “Financially, I wanted to prepare better in case I’m around for quite a few more years.” She had also spotted a business opportunity: Many of her aging neighbors kept asking her to help them sort through their papers and belongings, and they were willing to pay for it. “I’ve always been good at filing and organizing, and a lot of people, especially senior citizens, struggle w...

Genetic Testing Scam Preys On Seniors’ Cancer Fears, May Be Costing Taxpayers Millions

The trouble began for Ken and Judy Johnson – a pair of retirees from Austin, Texas – at a Fort Lauderdale arts festival. “There was a couple of people in their saying ‘come get your DNA tested,'” Judy recalled. The company, Genexe Health, billed itself as a genetic testing “one-stop shop.” With a quick cheek swab, the Johnson’s could learn if they carried any genes that made a cancer diagnosis more likely. “I’ve had cancer. I had cancer six years ago. They indicated that they could give us some results that if it’s genetic, that it could be passed on to my children. We’ve got four daughters,” Judy said. They were also told the tests wouldn’t cost them anything – Medicare would foot the bill – and that they would get th...

9 Best Vacation Destinations for Retirees

Retirement is the ideal time to get out and see the world, visiting places you’ve always dreamed of seeing in person. The only question is, where to go? These destinations are sure to spark your motivation to get packing. Alaska Cruise If you don’t have a passport yet, but want to a totally unique experience, consider an Alaskan cruise. It can be as relaxing, or as active, as you’d like. If you want to get out on an adventure, most lines offer excursions on land where you can hike as bald eagles soar above or on water, where you can paddle among the whales and the sea otters. Of course, if you just want to kick back, you can do that too, enjoying a meal while passing magnificent waterfalls and grand glaciers from the comfort of the cozy, warm ship. Trips to charming Alaskan towns are on mo...

Fall Activities for Seniors That Boost Wellbeing

Days are shorter. Nights are chillier. Fall is in full swing! With autumn’s arrival comes an opportunity for senior living community managers to enrich life for residents with these 14 wellness-focused fall activities for seniors. The Great Indoors When the weather isn’t cooperating, host fall activities for seniors indoors. In fact, this is where fall activities for seniors can have the greatest impact on their wellbeing. Depression is a risk factor for any adult, but seniors are especially susceptible. Launching fall activities for seniors that help them socialize and feel connected to others can make a big difference in their quality of life. Here’s how: Create a Close-knit Group Knitting is one of the best fall activities for many reasons. Not only is knitting proven to boost happiness...