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10 Medical Treatments Seniors Should Avoid (Or Question)

  It’s crucial to ask questions, get second opinions if necessary and stay informed, as advocates for our parents and senior loved ones. The Consumer Reports and the “Choosing Wisely” initiative created resources for caregivers and physicians to engage in important conversations about the overuse of medical procedures that provide little benefit and in some cases harm, to seniors. Recently, the “Choosing Wisely” campaign released an additional 18 procedures to question, highlighting potentially unnecessary treatments provided to seniors in the United States. Learn more about these tests. Medical Treatments Seniors Should Avoid (Or Question) The “Choosing Wisely” campaign compiled a list of the top treatments that may do seniors more harm than good, which includes: 1. Benzodiazepines f...

5 Tips For Talking To Your Doctor About Marijuana

Are you one of nearly 200 million Americans living in one of the 29 states (plus the District of Columbia) that have a medical marijuana program? As more states climb aboard the cannabis treatment train, more Americans are starting to have the conversation with their doctors about marijuana and whether it is right for them. Here are five tips to consider when discussing marijuana with your doctor: 1. Honesty Is The Best Policy Don’t be coy. Don’t underestimate your use. Just shoot straight and provide the most accurate information you can. Remember, 29 state governments say cannabis is LEGAL. You are certainly allowed to have a frank chat with your doctor about your body and what you want to put in it. The conversation may become uncomfortable, but be clear and direct. A good doctor is an ...

Best Places to Celebrate 4th of July with Cannabis

  Cannabis and the 4th of July are a great combination. Lighting up on our nation’s Independence Day is certainly symbolic, but it’s also great when combined with lounging, enjoying the outdoors, hanging out with friends or just watching some fireworks. Adding cannabis to this mix can be done with ease in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. This list takes into account not only if cannabis is legal in the area, but how entrenched cannabis is in the local scene. Nevada recently legalized cannabis, and enjoying it in that state is legal, but dispensaries are thin on the ground and local law enforcement is still playing catch-up with the new legislation. For folks hoping to fly into Las Vegas and expect the cannabis scene to be as entrenched as San Francisco’s, they should...

Top 10 CBD Strains to Look Out for in 2018

Most of the press is preoccupied with the advance of recreational use. It appears that’s where the economy will find its big bucks. But, medical marijuana may be the place to put your money. It’s available in more than half the states, and it has the support of more people. Medical marijuana also offers the “high road,” so to speak, because who can dismiss its felt health benefits. So, remembering those support the calming, soothing, and palliative care attributed to CBD, you might look at the top 10 CBD strains making news. Top 10 CBD strains to look out for in 2018 #1 — Dinamed CBD by Dinafem is the first purely therapeutic strains. They claim little or no measurable THC. So, without psychoactive pleasure, it might serve better as an oil than a smoke. Its heritage belongs to CBD-rich Dan...

Older Americans Use Marijuana 20 Times More Often Than 30 Years Ago

Older Americans use marijuana 20 times more often than 30 years ago A new study showed that older Americans use far more cannabis than 30 years ago. This is especially true compared to other, younger age groups, some of whom have even seen a decline in marijuana use.   The study was conducted by researchers William Kerr, Camilla Lui and Yu Ye, who conducted research using data from thirty years of surveys from more than 40,000 respondents who revealed whether they used cannabis in the last year.   The increase in cannabis consumption among the oldest photo by WashingtonPost   Researchers have found a significant increase in marijuana consumption among people aged 50 to 59 and 60+. Americans in these two age groups were 20 times more likely to consume marijuana than 30 years ...

How To Use CBD Oil For Psoriasis, Eczema, and Other Skin Conditions

New trials are underway at the University of Colorado investigating CBD oil for psoriasis and eczema. CBD Oil is already gaining popularity among patients with these skin conditions, especially among those who find steroids ineffective. Let’s dive into the research to see what we know so far. What is Eczema? Eczema can refer to many skin conditions, all of which are characterized by dry and itchy skin. About 10 percent of Americans have some form of eczema, which is over 30 million people. Itchy, inflamed, and irritated skin accompanied by a red rash is common on the face, behind the knees, inside the elbows, and on the hands and feet, especially in children. Scratching makes skin worse, it becomes raw, sensitive, and swollen. Doctors believe eczema is caused by an overreaction of immune c...

Protection from the Federal Government for Medical Marijuana Extended Through September

Protection from the Federal Government for Medical Marijuana Extended Through September   By: Julia Granowicz Twitter: All Things Cannabis (@allthingscanna) | Twitter or @allthingscanna Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allthingscanna   The medical marijuana industries across the country can rest easy for now as last Friday President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 which includes the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment (formerly known as the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment). The amendment prevents Department of Justice funds to be used to prosecute or pursue businesses or consumers who are in legal compliance with state laws pertaining to medical marijuana. Since 2014 this spending bill has remained the only legislation that protects the medical marijuana industry...

Your Pet Can Use CBD, Too

Your Pet Can Use CBD, Too   For many in their golden years, pets become like best friends, or a second set of children. With family all grown up and moved away, or spouses that have passed on, loneliness can be a real threat, but one that is easily taken care of with the companionship of a furry friend.   And if you’re like most seniors who love their pets, you will want to be sure that your buddy has the best care possible, especially in his or her very own set of golden years.   Did you know that you can use CBD to treat your pet in cases of discomfort or illness?   According to Dogs Naturally magazine, there a lot of good reasons to give CBD to your dog. It is non psychoactive, meaning there is no way your dog can feel high or confused just from taking CBD, but it do...

Edible Christmas Cookie Recipes To Get Santa Stoned

Edible Christmas Cookie Recipes To Get Santa Stoned   Christmas means baking cookies, and if you’re a cannabis enthusiast, there’s no better way to celebrate than making some edibles. They make the perfect late-night snack to help you sleep on Christmas Eve, and they’re an added bonus for Santa Claus. Safety note: don’t actually leave these out and unmarked; you want to make sure Santa knows it if he’s getting dosed!   Infused Sugar Cookies This recipe from Leafly tells you how to make everyone’s favorite Holiday cookie, the sugar cookie, without the lingering cannabis flavor. To make this one fun, come up with cool patterns, buy cookie cutters, and use sprinkles. Pot leaf cookies, anyone?   Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Cookie You don’t have to be stoned to get instantly hungry whe...

UNITED NATIONS RECOMMENDS TO NOT SCHEDULE CBD INTERNATIONALLY

United Nations Recommends to Not Schedule CBD Internationally Via Culture Magazine  by Benjamin M. Adams | December 15, 2017 The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared that cannabidiol (CBD) is nontoxic and non-addictive in a new report. WHO released official recommendations on CBD and carfentanil based on the report on December 13. The organization recommended that world nations no longer need to schedule CBD as an illegal substance. WHO’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) studied CBD for months and found no evidence of adverse health problems linked to the chemical in its 27-page report. “Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions,” WHO stated ...

The Senate’s tax bill is a sweeping change to every part of federal health care

The Senate tax bill is really a health care bill with major implications for more than 100 million Americans who rely on the federal government for their health insurance. The bill reaches into every major American health care program: Medicaid, Medicare, and the Obamacare marketplaces. These are expected outcomes based on two key policy changes in the bill. First, the bill repeals the individual mandate, a key piece of Obamacare that requires most Americans get covered. Economists expect its elimination to reduce enrollment in both the Affordable Care Act’s private marketplaces and Medicaid by millions. The money saved will be pumped into tax cuts for the very wealthy. The bill also includes tax cuts so large that they would trigger across-the-board spending cuts — including b...

Pilot program seeks to improve seniors’ health by connecting them with community

Pauline Thomas, 76, was stressed to the point of tears. The retired floral designer had just gotten a new pacemaker; her husband was fighting cancer; she needed a knee operation; and she was struggling to live on Social Security in Palo Alto, Calif., where the cost of living has skyrocketed. “People would look at me and say, ‘How’s your husband doing?’ and I’d become a big crybaby.” But instead of prescribing medication to alleviate her anxiety, her doctor directed her to a program that is seeking to improve people’s health by connecting them with community. LinkAges, a pilot program launched four years ago by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, is an intergenerational network of people helping each other. It works as a time-bank system: if you spend...

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