Thursday, August 31, 2017

"The highest decoration we can have is our friendliness towards one another."

- Martinus (The Structure of Co-operation chp. 8.2) 


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Can Marijuana Help Treat Asthma?

While smoking marijuana may seem bad for your lungs, studies show it can actually be helpful for treating asthma. In this article, we will take a look at the science of marijuana and asthma.

For those unfamiliar with the effects of marijuana on the body, using it to treat asthma may seem counterintuitive. But evidence suggests that compounds in marijuana can actually help asthma sufferers.

The anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and anti-anxiety properties of marijuana make it a good candidate for treating asthma. Marijuana may also address some of the problems with conventional treatments like puffers.

What is Asthma? Asthma is a chronic condition causing inflammation of the airways in the lungs. Inflammation of these airways (bronchioles) results in breathing difficulties. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing.

The breathing troubles experienced during an asthma attack are caused by two main factors. First, the muscles that surround the bronchioles tighten. And secondly, the bronchioles produce more mucus. The condition is often triggered by environmental exposures to irritants that enter the lungs. This can include allergens such as pollen and mold. Other factors such as stress and anxiety can contribute to an increase in symptoms. This is due to the physiological changes that take place during a stressful event. In particular, the increased release of histamines and leukotrienes narrow the airways in the lungs. Asthma usually does not go away or remit completely, but remission is possible in milder forms of the disease.

Problems with Conventional Treatment
Asthma puffers and medications:


Asthma sufferers are often prescribed inhalers or puffers to treat their condition. These inhalers typically contain steroids. Steroids act to reduce inflammation in the lungs as well as mucous production. Both of these actions reduce the likelihood of an asthma attack when exposed to triggers. While these inhalers help many patients living with asthma, they aren’t a perfect solution.

To start, they are slow to take effect, sometimes requiring several hours. Several hours is too long to wait during an asthma attack. This is why the inhalers must be used regularly as a preventative measure.

Inhaled steroids also carry side effects, such as voice hoarseness and thrush (a yeast infection of the mouth).

Other Medications:

Systemic Steroids — Some patients also take steroids by mouth, known as systemic steroids. These can have even more severe side effects. Because they pass through the digestive system, they affect the whole body, not just the lungs. Side effects include slowed growth, bone loss, upset stomach, weight gain, and mood changes.

Leukotriene Modifiers — Asthma patients may also take a medication to target the compounds causing inflammation. These compounds, called leukotrienes, increase mucus production in lungs and tighten muscles surrounding the airways. “Leukotriene modifying medications” reduce symptoms by targeting these compounds. Leukotriene modifying medications also carry side effects. These include insomnia, headache, irritability, nausea and vomiting.

Immunomodulators — Another type of asthma medication is known as immunomodulators. This drug also targets inflammatory chemicals involved in asthma, known as cytokines. Immunomodulators block certain cytokines from binding to white blood cells. This prevents the inflammatory response that produces asthma attacks. Immunomodulators are only used in cases of asthma where steroids failed to help. Their side effects can include dizziness, headache, difficulty breathing and hives.

Can Marijuana Help Treat Asthma?

Marijuana acts as a bronchodilator, anti-spasmodic and anti-anxiety medication, all of which contribute to improving asthma.

Researchers first discovered marijuana’s ability to act as a bronchodilator in 1973. This study, which was conducted on healthy volunteers, sparked interest in marijuana’s potential to treat asthma. Further research was conducted in 1974 to investigate marijuana’s effects on asthma sufferers. The study found that smoked marijuana also acts as a bronchodilator in people with asthma. A 1975 study published in the American Review of Respiratory Disease used an induced model of asthma. They induced airway contractions (bronchospasms) in healthy volunteers to replicate asthma.

The scientists found that marijuana (containing 2% THC) relieved symptoms of bronchospasms. After smoking 0.5 grams of the 2% THC marijuana, the participants recovered immediately from the bronchospasms and overinflation of the lungs.

Other studies from 1976 and 1978 provide further support for these findings. The studies found that very small doses of THC, when applied through an inhaled aerosol, worked as a bronchodilator in patients with asthma.

These early studies suggest that smoked marijuana is effective against asthma. It helps open up the airways of the lungs through bronchodilation, and also reduces muscle spasms in the airways, allowing air to be exhaled more readily.

Compounds in marijuana, such as CBD, are also known to reduce anxiety at appropriate doses. This makes marijuana effective at not only relieving the inflammation and muscular contractions associated with asthma, but also at relieving the anxiety and stress that contributes to asthma attacks.

Effects of Marijuana on Asthma & Marijuana treatments for Asthma:

Bronchodilator:

A 1976 study showed that THC acts as an effective and immediate bronchodilator in patients with asthma. Researchers administered THC as an aerosol spray at doses of only 200 μm (1/5th of a milligram). Even at this tiny dose, THC was found to have a similar effect to salbutamol, a common anti-asthma medication.

Stress and Anxiety:

Marijuana is known to be effective at regulating stress and anxiety. Since stress is a contributing factor to asthma, this benefit of marijuana makes it unique among other asthma treatments. Using marijuana to relieve stress may reduce asthma in sufferers, especially during periods of heightened stress and anxiety.

Anti-inflammatory:

The cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) has strong anti-inflammatory effects. Specifically, it has been found to reduce inflammation in lung tissues. CBD has also been found to reduce the production of inflammatory compounds in the lungs, known as cytokines.

Anti-mucosal:

In a 2015 study conducted in Brazil, CBD was found to reduce the mucosal production that is common in asthma.CBD decreased the production of cytokines, which are responsible for producing mucus in the lungs.

Anti-spasmodic:

In a 2014 study, scientists showed that THC and other cannabinoids can reduce contractions in the lungs. Lung contractions (or spasms) can contribute to asthma attacks. THC acts on CB1 receptors to reduce these contractions. The effect is dose-dependent, meaning it increases with larger doses. In the study, the maximum reduction of symptoms observed was 39%.

How To Use Marijuana For Asthma:

Edibles

Marijuana edibles may be useful for treating symptoms of asthma, but only under certain circumstances. Since edibles must be processed by the digestive system, it takes longer for them to take effect. This makes edibles an impractical solution during an asthma attack. But when used on a regular basis, oral consumption of cannabis may be helpful as a supplement or replacement for systemic steroids.

Vaporizing

Rather than inhaling smoke, asthma sufferers can vaporize their marijuana instead. At the same time, it effectively delivers the beneficial compounds in marijuana. Much like smoking marijuana, vaporizing is a rapid method of administering cannabinoids. In other words, the effects can be felt instantly.
Vaporizing is similar to the inhalation of THC aerosols used in studies, which were found to provide immediate relief from symptoms of asthma.

Summary:

Marijuana may offer a number of benefits to asthma sufferers. Marijuana can act as an effective and fast-acting bronchodilator. It also has anti-spasmodic, anti-mucosal, and anti-anxiety properties. All of these can help ease breathing and improve symptoms of asthma. Although research on marijuana and asthma is sparse, there is evidence suggesting that it could be useful as an alternative treatment.

http://www.leafscience.com/2017/08/28/can-marijuana-help-treat-asthma/

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

I work with my anger, transforming it into constructive energy.

Monday, August 28, 2017

(Cass River - Frankenmuth, MI)


When we reconnect to nature, 
we become conscious of our true source of strength and peace. 

The Earth that nourishes us, the stillness that calms us,  
and the water that cleanses us, 

We must remember if we are to experience
 wholeness and balance in our lives.



Sunday, August 27, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

"Until you decide that you are in control of the way you feel, 
 then you are powerless to change anything in your experience."

- Esther Hicks

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

17 – The Star

Upright: Hope, spirituality, renewal, inspiration, serenity

                            Reversed: Lack of faith, despair, discouragement


Star Tarot Card Description:


The Star card shows a naked woman kneeling at the edge of a small pool. The woman holds two containers of water. She pours the water out to nourish the earth and to continue the cycle of fertility, represented by the lush greenery around her. The other container pours the water onto dry land in five streams, representing the five senses. The woman has one foot on the ground, representing her practical abilities and good common sense, and the other foot in the water, representing her intuition and inner resources, and listening to her inner voice. Behind her, shines one large star and seven smaller stars, representing the chakras. This represents a need to open your chakras and cleanse your aura. Notice all the stars have eight points. The Star is associated with the number 17, which equals 8 (1+7=8). Eight is Strength, the quality needed to accept your faults and love yourself in spite of them. The bird in the tree in the background represents the sacred thought, roosting in the tree of the mind. The astrological sign of the Star is Aquarius.


Upright Star Tarot Card Meanings:


The Star Tarot card brings renewed hope and faith and a sense that you are truly blessed by the Universe at this time. Courage, fulfillment, and inspiration are in your life. You are entering a loving phase in your life, filled with calm energy, mental stability and deeper understanding of both yourself and others around you. This card is saying to you that, over the long-term, you should have faith and trust in the Universe. A better future is waiting for you but in order to reach it you must trust that it is indeed possible.

As it follows the Tower, the meaning of the Star Tarot card suggests that you have endured life’s challenges and have been through a difficult time but you are now open to healing and transformation. Your ability to let go of damaging memories has been strengthened by contact with your true self through these difficult times. Hatred, envy, bitterness, and revenge have burned themselves out and no longer shadow your life or get in the way of your potential for future happiness. You are now also able to forgive and forget so that you can embrace new opportunities.

The Star card is therefore an important card for personal transformation. When the Star appears in a Tarot reading, be open to new ideas and growth. Listen to the still small voice within. You have a strong desire now to find or rediscover a sense of meaning, inspiration, or purpose in your life. You are making some significant changes in your life, transforming yourself, and in doing this you are bringing about a fresh perspective on life. You may also be feeling that you are finally honoring the person who you truly are or want to be. There is a deeper spiritual journey that you are going through which is all about bringing greater meaning and purpose into your life and renewing your inner energy. You hope your future will be better than your past. This card is the call of destiny that motivates you or compels you to go on. Your desire is not in vain as you will ultimately find what you are yearning for.

In a Tarot reading, the Star brings renewed self-esteem and increased trust in yourself. You will become aware of how successful and respected you are. You may attain a goal that brings lasting happiness and your reputation may be enhanced. The Star Tarot card is particularly encouraging when you have come through a period of opposition, negative feedback or setbacks that have previously damaged your self-esteem. The Star encourages you to have faith in yourself and to believe in yourself.

The Star Tarot card also indicates a generous spirit. You want to give or share your wealth with others to help transform their own lives. You have an open heart and you now want to give back the blessings you have already received so that others may benefit also.


Reversed Star Tarot Card Meanings:


When the Star is reversed, it suggests that your spiritual mission is distorted. Instead of hope, you are feeling despair or discouragement. Instead of being filled with positive possibilities, you find yourself dwelling on negative issues. Negative thoughts will wear away at you to the point where you may give up control of the situation and concede defeat. To remedy this, the reversed Star suggests you identify what is making you feel discouraged or overwhelmed and work on moving past these issues. They can take on an importance far greater than they deserve and can hold you back.

In a Tarot reading, the reversed Star card also indicates that you are beginning to feel disengaged and uninspired with life or components of your life (for example, work, hobbies, relationships, personal projects, etc.). Perhaps you started out with great vision and enthusiasm but you are now finding yourself overwhelmed by day-to-day routines that are boring and dreary. You may find life a chore now, when it used to be such a pleasant experience. This Tarot card is particularly relevant for career readings, when you are feeling that you are no longer connected to the work you do and you feel that you need to move on or make a significant change to your career.

The Star reversed may reflect a loss of faith in a particular situation, resulting in you waiting for a sign or a calling to proceed further. You may need reassurance that you are still on the right path, particularly if you have been experiencing setbacks or challenges along the journey. Remember the advice of the Tower, which is to see these setbacks as opportunities to change and grow. Know that even if you are feeling uncertain about whether you will ever achieve your goal, this is just a momentary setback and you will soon see that it was an important part of your journey forward. Oftentimes, the reversed Star card is more about a test of faith than it is an indication of a negative outcome. Sometimes you need to go through an incredibly trying time in order to come to a point of personal transformation and awakening. You need to keep believing in the Universe and know that it will do what is best for all. This is a test of your faith and you will no doubt come out of this a stronger person.

biddytarot.com

Saturday, August 19, 2017

I welcome the future with a joyful heart and a hope-filled mind.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"For God sees not as man sees,
 for man looks at the outward appearance,
 but the Lord looks at the heart."

1 Samuel 16:7

Monday, August 14, 2017

I feel God's unconditional love for me and I pass it on to others.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

I will choose my perspective and begin to notice 
the angels in the beautiful scenery of life.

Monday, August 07, 2017

True abundance is the ability to see the abundance that is already ours.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Broken Halos by Chris Stapleton

Seen my share of broken halos
Folded wings that used to fly
They've all gone wherever they go
Broken halos that used to shine

Angels come down from the heavens
Just to help us on our way
Come to teach us, then they leave us
And they find some other soul to save

Seen my share of broken halos
Folded wings that used to fly
They've all gone wherever they go
Broken halos that used to shine
Broken halos that used to shine

Don't go looking for the reasons
Don't go asking Jesus why
We're not meant to know the answers
They belong to the by and by
They belong to the by and by

Seen my share of broken halos
Folded wings that used to fly
They've all gone wherever they go
Broken halos that used to shine
Broken halos that used to shine
Broken halos that used to shine
Broken halos that used to shine 
 

Tuesday, August 01, 2017