Portfolio Category: Portfolio: Health

These 4 Women Are Addressing Social Equity In The Cannabis Industry Now

The number of ancillary businesses in the cannabis industry in the United States is unknown because new ventures form daily. From drones and point-of-sale systems to clean rooms, seed-to-sale technology, dehumidification technology and more, it’s no wonder cannabis is a $24-billion industry in the U.S. However, as with many industries, the cannabis industry is severely…
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Angie Franklin and the Afro Yoga Movement

About a year ago, I took up yoga. Although I’d been curious about it for decades, I hadn’t dared try it for two reasons: I have a version of ataxia, and I feared the standing poses in particular could prove dangerous for me with the seven degenerative discs in my lower back. But my dear…
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3 Sustainable Ways to Combat Covid-19 Stress And Weight Gain

Over the last week, several media outlets in both Canada and the United States have reported some unsurprising news: the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t been very kind to our waistlines.  On average, one-third of Canadians gained five or more pounds since this time a year ago when sheltering-in-place began. By contrast, 61 percent of Americans gained…
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the benefits of black pepper oil

When you think about black pepper, you probably think of the seasoning you have sitting in your spice rack, not an essential oil. However, black pepper essential oil has been used for several centuries for its medicinal benefits. Black pepper essential oil has a spicy, woodsy scent and a number of health benefits. Here are some…
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The Face of Cannabis: Treating a Disfiguring Bone Disease

For a parent, few things are scarier than when their child is diagnosed with a serious illness: the fear, the anxiety, questions that begin with “what if” and “why us?”  For Sean and Janie Maedler, of Rehoboth, Delaware, their nightmare began in 2013, when their daughter, Rylie, was just 7 years old. Her face began…
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Growing Your Own Food is a Revolutionary Act

Despite the pandemic, the ongoing #JusticeforGeorge protests, casual murders of Black men by police, white supremacists inciting race wars and lynchings in southern California, I continue to preach that one of the most empowering and revolutionary actions we can take is to return to our roots and what we've done for thousands of years: take…
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The Unabridged History of CBD (Cannabidiol)

If you’re new to hemp-derived CBD—whether as a flower, oil, non-combustible, edible, tincture or cream—given how far it’s come in a relatively short period of time, it may seem like CBD is the greatest thing since sliced bread. In truth, Cannabis Sativa L., a.k.a. Hemp, is neither new nor a fad that, when forgotten, will…
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Are All Essential Oils the Same? How to Determine Quality Essential Oils

At the start of the 21st century, American perception of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries was somewhat favorable. We went to a doctor who listened to our health concerns and suggested ways to help reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure, cholesterol and excess weight. Believe it or not, pills weren’t the first line of defense…
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Can Psychedelics Reverse Neurological Damage Associated with Mental Health Conditions?

Two recent studies from Denmark and Spain have found evidence suggesting that psychedelics may cause lasting and positive changes in the brain, specifically in the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus. Researchers say the findings are significant as  deterioration of neurological functioning in these areas is strongly associated with mental and behavioral health issues including depression,…
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