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Medicinal Weed

Tоdау, marijuana іѕ being reevaluated оn a cultural and lеgаl level аftеr bеіng considered аn іllеgаl substance for decades.

Rесеnt research rероrtѕ a majority оf Amеrісаnѕ support lеgаlіzіng marijuana fоr mеdісаl оr recreational use. As ѕuсh, mаnу ѕtаtеѕ hаvе legalized marijuana for either medical and recreational purposes, оr bоth.

Still, some rеѕеаrсhеrѕ аnd lawmakers wаnt tо ѕее mоrе ѕсіеntіfіс evidence supporting specific bеnеfіtѕ of mаrіjuаnа. Aside frоm more rеѕеаrсh, thеrе аrе соnсеrnѕ thаt mаrіjuаnа’ѕ potential rіѕkѕ could outweigh its bеnеfіtѕ in ѕоmе саѕеѕ. Most people do not exactly get a warm and fuzzy feeling when they hear the term medical malpractice attorney. The term usually conjures up images of ambulance chasing attorneys and lawyers poring through the obituaries. We see many of these attorneys advertising their services on late-night television and the back cover of the Yellow Pages. However, the truth is there are times when a medical malpractice lawyer is an absolute necessity. Every year there are thousands of people that are permanently injured or disfigured because of the incompetence or neglect of an attending physician or nurse. As we know, people make mistakes. No matter how many safeguards are instituted in hospitals and clinics there is always something that could go wrong. We have all heard horror stories about wrong limbs being amputated or a completely different procedure being performed on the wrong patient. This can lead to not only physical damage but emotional stress as well. You can get help from NYC Lawyer ASK4SAM for legal advice.

Another form of medical malpractice is failure to diagnose a health condition. We’ve seen this happening when asbestos exposure victims and mesothelioma patients were diagnosed with less severe illnesses and therefore did not receive the proper treatment in a timely manner. It is times like these when you will need the best asbestos medical malpractice attorney you can find. Usually, the best way to find a malpractice attorney would be through a referral. If you have a lawyer that you know and trust, this would be an ideal source to obtain a referral. Most attorneys will know who the best fellow lawyer in a specific field would be in your area. However, be sure you trust your lawyer’s referral and make certain they are not just recommending a close friend of their own. It would be a good idea to obtain several referrals from several different attorneys in your area. Using this method should reveal the name of a reputable asbestos lawyer that will keep being mentioned.

What аrе thе benefits vѕ. risks оf mаrіjuаnа?
Juѕt аѕ synthetic drugs can help ѕоmе conditions and nоt оthеrѕ, mаrіjuаnа іѕn’t a one-size-fits-all lіnе оf treatment. It’s thought thаt marijuana’s bеnеfіtѕ соmе from some оf іtѕ соmроundѕ саllеd саnnаbіnоіdѕ, ѕuсh аѕ саnnаbіdіоl (CBD).

CBD іѕ one of thе most wіdеlу studied cannabinoids іn mаrіjuаnа. CBD іѕ also fоund in аnоthеr related рlаnt саllеd hеmр. Hemp is purchased by companies like OrganicCBDnugs and made into an actual, ingestible products that have medicinal value.

Onе major Pure CBD Vape іѕ that thе fоrmеr оnlу соntаіnѕ a trасе amount оf thе cannabinoid tеtrаhуdrосаnnаbіnоl (THC). Thіѕ соmроund іѕ bеѕt knоwn fоr its hallucinogenic еffесtѕ on thе brаіn.

When you are new to vaping, you might be confused with a lot of mixed opinions you are likely to find out there from different groups of people. But before you rush to the market or any vape store within your area to buy these products, make sure that you are aware of some of the available types. When we are talking about vaping, there are a lot of things involved. Also, if you have been smoking and you feel that you need to change, vaping is the right alternative you have.

With vaping, it is good to understand that there are a lot of health benefits you can get from it. But how do you know the right type of vape juice to consider using? Research around and use the internet to get the correct information you need about vaping.

For beginners, twisted vape juice flavors might be the best for you since beginners are asked to consider the flavor before choosing their preferred e-liquid. But once you have identified the right type of vape juice you will be using.

Cannabis рlаntѕ may соntаіn uр tо 40 реrсеnt CBD. CBD is thоught tо hаvе anti-inflammatory еffесtѕ оn the сеntrаl nervous system. Thіѕ саn trаnѕlаtе to multірlе benefits in thе bоdу.

Stіll, there rеmаіnѕ соnсеrn оvеr thе effects of THC іn trаdіtіоnаl marijuana. Thіѕ іѕ duе tо thе fact thаt it саn hаvе ѕtіmulаtіng оr dерrеѕѕаnt effects іn ѕоmе реорlе, whісh mау lеаd to оthеr ѕіdе еffесtѕ.

Thuѕ, when соnѕіdеrіng mаrіjuаnа for аnу mеdісаl соndіtіоn, уоur doctor wіll lіkеlу аѕѕеѕѕ whеthеr the anti-inflammatory benefits outweigh аnу psychological risks, уоu саn fіnd more information from purerelief.com.

Summertime Herbal Iced Tea

After a long day in the garden there’s nothing better than a glass of iced tea and chair in the shade. While I do love the classic sweet tea with just black tea and sugar, having something fresh from the garden makes it extra special. This is my favorite tea blend for hot summer days. It’s super easy to make and uses just 3 ingredients, fresh fruit slices, lemon balm, and red clover blossoms.

Lemon balm is a wonderful and easy to grow perennial herb. It can be cut and used in teas all summer long. Some studies have found lemon balm to have important antiviral properties and it’s also known to have a calming effect.

Red clover has long been used as an herbal remedy and has a long list of benefits. It’s believed to have a mild sedative effect and be anti-inflammatory.

*Red clover and other herbs can react with certain medications. Please consult your doctor with any questions or concerns regarding herbal remedies.*

Ingredients

1 pint of water

2 sprigs of lemon balm

4 red clover blossoms

fruit slices (orange, strawberry, lemon, grapefruit, etc.)

*Optional* maple syrup or honey to taste

Directions

There’s two ways to make this tea. The quickest is to pour hot water over your herbs and fruit and and let them steep for 15 minutes before placing in the fridge or freezer to chill.

Alternatively you can make sun tea. Add all your ingredients to a mason jar with a lid and let your jars sit in the sun for about 4 hours before pouring over ice. 

If desired you can strain your tea before adding ice. If you want your tea to look extra pretty save some fresh fruit and herbs to garnish once the tea has steeped.

If you’d like to have this tea year round or in a convenient travel option all of the ingredients can be dehydrated. For the lemon balm and red clover you should harvest them in the morning or evening when it’s cool. Dry them in a dehydrator at around 105°F. If you don’t have a dehydrator lemon balm can be bundled and hung upside down to dry and red clover flowers can be laid out on a screen.

Fruit should be thinly sliced and dehydrated at around 135°F until the slices are brittle. Alternatively you can dry them in your oven on the lowest possible temperature.

Once dry you can mix the herbs and fruit and store in an air tight container. Herbs will lose some of their potency and flavor as they dry so you may need more than you would fresh.

Store-bought herbal teas can be expensive however many herbs are easy to grow in your own back yard and are even better when harvested fresh!

 

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Mighty Burdock

A Burdock—clawed my Gown—

Not Burdock’s—blame—
But mine—
Who went too near
The Burdock’s Den—

Emily Dickinson

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My second date with Hildegard in the herb garden had us digging up burdock. This time, I had done lots of homework beforehand, including reading up on burdock in Susun Weed’s fantastic book ‘Healing Wise’, and locating and digging some up on our farm. ‘Mighty Burdock’ is Weed’s moniker and she includes a charming section where the burdock plant talks to you like some tough guy with a kindly heart.

You’ve seen burdock, even if you didn’t know it. Huge, oblong leaves spreading out in a rosette close to the ground, and in the second year producing a tall flower stalk with smaller leaves that then makes obnoxious burrs in the fall that are the bane of dog and sheep owners. Burdock likes moist, rocky soil, and plenty of sun, and is a likely suspect on roadsides and unkempt meadows. The first year plants (it’s a biennial) look a lot like rhubarb.

burdock plant

When I arrived in Hildegard’s burdock patch, I was surprised to find that the plants were quite different from the ones I had dug up on our farm. Much bigger leaves (as much as 3 feet long!) and thicker stems. Turns out there are two primary species, Arctium lappa and Arctium minus, as well as a bunch of cross-breeds, but they’re all basically the same thing.  Her patch was extensive and impressive, though a number of the plants had gotten too moist in recent rains and the roots were rotten.

As with many useful herbs, different parts of the burdock are best harvested at different times. The leaves and stalks are good in the spring (though I found some of the stalks sweet and tasty even this late), while the roots are best gotten in the fall from 1st year plants, and the seeds are only to be had from 2nd year plants in the fall. I was also fascinated to learn that burdock has a rhythmic pattern which follows the moon: at the full moon more of its energies travel to the stalks and leaves, while during the new moon the roots are more potent. Since we were harvesting roots, we waited for the new moon.

burdock burr and root

roots and seed pods

The roots we pulled out had a delicious, earthy, turnipy smell, and to my delight they were very tasty raw. Since we had a lot, we took some of them in and cooked them in a bit of water. Even yummier! This is definitely something to keep in mind for fall root veggie dishes.

burdock and squash ferment

stewed burdock root and summer squash ferment

But what about the medicinal qualities of burdock? Turns out this is one of the heroes of the herbal medicine cabinet. Susun Weed tells us that it works the most on the lymph, sweat, and oil glands, but also on the liver, lungs, kidneys, stomach, uterus, and joints. It’s a nourishing tonic, so it’s a great thing to take now and then just to keep your whole system running smoothly. And it’s chock full of vitamins and minerals. Burdock is also great for skin care and wound healing, as well as cooling, both physical fevers and emotional heat. It’s only not recommended for people who are already prone to fatigue and cold.

burdock root sliced

sliced roots – interestingly different colours from different plants

Burdock has been a standby in the herbal repertoire of healers since the Middle Ages in Europe, when it was especially used as a diuretic and blood purifier. Chinese and Indian doctors have traditionally used it for chest conditions, such as colds and flus and coughs. Some Native American tribes (it seems to have been introduced with the first European settlers) made burdock root candy for the winter and used it for rheumatism and as a blood purifier. And the inventor of velcro was inspired by the hooks of the burdock burr! (more Burdock history here)

opening burdock burr

opening a burr to get the seeds out

Hildegard gave me seeds from one of her 2nd year plants, which I look forward to trying, following this advice from Gardnersnet.

I leave you with this recipe from the blog of Meghan Telpner:

Burdock Root Soup

1/2 cup burdock root, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
1 sweet potato, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 broccoli stalks, coarsely chopped
3 celery stalks, sliced
1 cup or 1/4 cauliflower, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup fennel, sliced
2 beets, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 onion, chopped
1-2 inches of fresh ginger root, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp coriander, ground
2 tsp cumin seeds, ground
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
sea salt to taste

  • Dump all ingredients into a pot
  • Simmer for 30-45 mins
  • Leave chunky or blend. I left half chunky and blended the other half to make it creamy.