"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong, because some day you will have been all of these."
The use of medical marijuana dates back thousands of years.
the debate over legalizing marijuana heats up, many continue to dispute
the value of marijuana as a treatment for various ailments. But, as the
following facts show, history tells a much clearer story.
1. The earliest record of medical marijuana comes from ancient China.
In 2737 BC, Chinese Emperor Shennong wrote a book on medicine that included cannabis as a treatment for many conditions. According to ancient Chinese texts, cannabis was thought to be helpful for constipation, gout, rheumatism and absent-mindedness. Interestingly,
Shennong was not only an emperor but a pharmacologist as well. He was
said to have tried hundreds of herbs on himself in order to test their
2. Ancient Egyptians were the first to use cannabis as a treatment for tumors.
The Fayyum Medical Papyrus (Photo: Antique Cannabis Book)
The 2nd century Fayyum Medical Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian text, is believed to contain the earliest record of cannabis as an ingredient in cancer medicine. Cannabis continues to receive significant interest as a cancer therapy today.
3. Cannabis was used as a veterinary medicine in ancient Greece.
The ancient Greeks used cannabis
to dress wounds and sores on their horses after battle. The plant was
also given to humans for a variety of ailments, including ear pain and
inflammation. Interestingly, the practice of medical cannabis is believed to have spread to Arabic countries from ancient Greece.
4. Medical marijuana was introduced to Western medicine in the mid-1800s.
Label of 19th century cannabis extract made by Eli Lilly (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
In the 1830s, an Irish physician by the name of William Brooke O’Shaughnessy observed the use of medical marijuana during a trip to India. After studying its effects, he introduced
cannabis to physicians in England as a treatment for a wide range of
conditions, including muscle spasms, rheumatism, epilepsy and pain. As
early reports of its effectiveness were published, the popularity of
cannabis-based medicines quickly spread across Europe and North America.
5. The name ‘indica’ refers to Indian cannabis.
The name Cannabis indica
was originally thought up by a French biologist in 1785. Jean-Baptiste
Lamarck was also visiting India when he observed a difference between
locally-grown cannabis and its European cousin, the hemp plant. European
hemp was mostly used for agricultural purposes and was known at the
time as Cannabis sativa. Lamarck decided to classify the Indian species
separately, giving it the name Cannabis Indica.
6. Cannabis was listed in the United States Pharmacopeia from 1851 until 1941.
The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) provides a list of acceptable medical products each year, and cannabis was recognized
in many of its earliest editions. But while cannabis preparations were
widely prescribed in the late 1800s, they began to be replaced by
synthetic drugs during the 20th century. Leading up to and
following the passage of the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act, prescribing
cannabis became increasingly difficult and its once-prominent role in
Western medicine was soon forgotten. Cannabis was removed from the USP
in 1942. Medical Marijuana has been making its comeback today as a natural and safe remedy for many ailments. http://www.leafscience.com/2014/08/05/6-historical-facts-medical-marijuana/
Just as your thumb makes a print, unique and individual - that type of thumb has never existed before and never will again. It belongs to you; there will never be another like it. The same is the case with your Being. You are a Being who is unique and individual, incomparable, and only you have it.
We've all gotten greeting cards before. But have you ever received a card
that was hand made from the person who was giving it? I bet most people would realize that a hand made card is a lot more special than any store bought choice. Making a card yourself takes time and effort. And you actually have to write the words! Anyone can do it, but rarely does anyone take the time. In today's world it is easier to pick one up while at the grocery store, and pay a few bucks for convenience. Sure, store bought cards are still very nice and thoughtful, but I encourage, if you have the time, make one yourself.
Its easy! And fun! And you will feel a sense of accomplishment when
it's done. It is good for the soul to be creative and encouraging to others, so what better way than to say "Thank You, I Love You, or Happy Birthday"
to someone you care about? Being creative is also a great way to rid stress from our lives. Take some time out and tell others just how much
you really appreciate and care about them.
Reuse/Recycle past greeting cards.
Use old magazines for clipping pictures and words.
While there are many health products that make claim to having
antioxidant and anti-aging properties, none come close to the benefits
As studies have shown, cannabinoids – the active chemicals in
marijuana – possess a unique ability to counteract the brain’s aging
process as well as a variety of diseases that may arise during later
stages of life.
What is Aging?
Aging is influenced by the balance between the generation and
clearance of toxic molecules that tend to build up as one gets older. Brain cells (also known as neurons) are especially sensitive to this,
since they are fully developed once an individual reaches adulthood and
do not divide past this point. Neurological diseases are an inevitable
result of an imbalance of toxic molecules within your brain.
Marijuana: A Powerful Antioxidant
We’ve all heard of an essential aspect of our diet known as
antioxidants, but not many truly understand why they are necessary for
good health. As it turns out, the term “anti-oxidant” itself provides a
pretty thorough explanation of its biological role.
Antioxidants interact with free radicals to prevent cellular damage.
Antioxidants are compounds that counteract the damaging effects of a
biological phenomenon known as oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is the
build-up of natural by-products called free radical molecules, which
can only be cleared by a healthy intake of antioxidants.
Brain cells are particularly sensitive to oxidative stress. In fact,
studies have linked the build-up of free radicals to the progression of
neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Cannabinoids found in marijuana – specifically THC and CBD – have
been shown to possess potent antioxidant properties. Interestingly, the
antioxidant action of marijuana is believed to occur independently of
cannabinoid receptors, meaning that you don’t need to get high in order
to reap the antioxidant benefits of cannabinoids.
Oxidative stress is believed to contribute to a variety of
inflammatory and degenerative diseases, both in the brain and elsewhere
in the human body. Likewise, pre-clinical trials have highlighted the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids
in diseases such as collagen-induced arthritis, infarction, Alzheimer’s
disease, diabetes, myocardial ischemia and atherosclerosis.
Another notable anti-aging aspect of cannabis is its role in
inflammation. Along with oxidative stress, inflammation is another
biological phenomenon that contributes to the progression of many
Imagine the possibilities if Cannabis was as mainstream
as harmful prescription pills and over-the-counters.
Cannabinoid receptors have been identified on immune cells and, when
activated, these receptors work to suppress inflammatory responses. Immune cells of the brain (also known as glial cells) are involved
with inflammation of the brain, which has also been linked to the
progression of various neurodegenerative diseases including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Activity of the cannabinoid system has been shown to decrease
inflammation, both in the brain as well as other parts of the body.
Role in Neurogenesis
The hippocampus plays a role in memory, learning and spatial orientation.
Contrary to historical findings, recent studies have identified a
growth of new brain cells that occurs throughout adulthood – a process
known as neurogenesis. Indeed, while it was once thought that the brain stopped developing
after a certain point, scientists now believe that the hippocampus – a
specific part of the brain – is capable of producing over 5,000 new
brain cells each day. Scientists also believe that marijuana can promote neurogenesis, while the regular use of alcohol, nicotine and opiates are known to suppress neurogenesis.
This is an important consideration for older individuals, as the process of neurogenesis has been found to slow as you age. Furthermore, increased neurogenesis has been linked to improvements
in aspects of memory and learning, while decreased neurogenesis has been
linked to anxiety and depression disorders.
Even if you don’t buy into
astrology, recent research suggests that the time of year you were born
does actually play a big role in who you become. Specifically, your
season of birth may be linked to your moods later on in life, according
to a new study presented at the European College of CNP Congress in Berlin.
The scientists’ interest was
sparked by a body of research suggesting a link between birth season and
something more stable than mood: personality. In a British study,
for example, young and middle-aged adults born from October to March
tended to seek new, intense experiences more than those born in the
other half of the year. Another study, published in Neuroscience Letters, suggests that people born in the winter may be less agreeable.
the effects of your arrival date aren’t just psychological — there’s
also evidence that your birth season can affect everything from your
bedtime (spring- and summer-born folks go to bed later) to your risk of developing cancer. According to a 2014 International Journal of Cancer
study, a spring or summer birthday is associated with a significantly
higher risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in childhood and young adulthood.
And an Italian study found that women born in March may begin menopause earlier, while those born in October experience the change later.
can your season of birth affect daily fluctuations in mood? To answer
this, the Hungarian researchers evaluated the temperaments of more than
400 people then matched their moods with their birth months. Here are
the most significant trends:
People born in the summer are more likely to experience rapid,
frequent swings between feeling sad and cheerful, compared to folks born
in the winter.
Individuals with spring or summer birthdays tend to be excessively positive. In a previous study in the Journal of Affective Disorders, the same researchers observed this quality in people born between April and June.
Winter babies grow up to be more irritable adults than people born in any other season.
People born in the fall are less prone to bouts of the blues than
people who arrived in the winter. In the Journal of Affective Disorders
study, October emerged as the birth month least associated with
depression, although this finding wasn’t statistically significant.
If your inner skeptic
isn’t convinced, consider this: Your birth season reflects differences
in several environmental influences during gestation and after birth —
nutrients available, your mother’s level of physical activity, outdoor
temperature, types of pathogens, light exposure; all of these factors
play a role in nervous-system development, study author Xenia Gonda, a
psychologist at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary, told Yahoo
Health in an email.
There’s also evidence that
the time of year you were born affects levels of various
neurotransmitters, like dopamine and serotonin, which play a clear role
in mood, she added.
A simpler explanation: Certain
times of year may be more conducive to babymaking. “Season influences
how likely parents are to procreate,” said Gonda. People with seasonal
affective disorder, for example, may be less likely to get busy during
the colder months, when they’re feeling down. The result? “Kids
inheriting a risk for this illness are less likely to be born during
autumn,” she said. “So there may be both environmental and genetic
Scientists at The Institute of Hartmath in California has shown that feeling love, gratitude, and appreciation in your heart boosts your immune system, increases vital chemical production, increases physical vitality and vigor, reduces stress hormone levels, high blood pressure, anxiety, guilt, burnout, and improves glucose regulation in diabetics.
You must match the pictures that you paint with your imagination. Your environment and the conditions of your life at any given time are the direct results of your own inner expectations. You form physical materialization of these realities within your own mind.
What creates/created the world? Is it God? Energy? Describe energy or god. It can never be created or destroyed. Always was, and always has been. Moves in and out of form. Whatever source you choose to believe, it is all the same.
Whenever you are feeling negative emotion, it is always telling you that whatever you are thinking about is very important, but more importantly that you are thinking about the opposite of what you desire.
Everything you think about you want. Everything to talk about you want. The Law of Attraction does not differentiate. Its all about the energies, frequencies, and emotion that attracts similar circumstances in our lives.