What is the power of jealousy?

What is jealousy, and how does it come about to affect us so harshly whenever we become plagued in it’s harsh throes? This emotion that drives us to become green with envy is something that is a common problem for a variety of relationships, even those not of romantic roots. It stirs resentment, stews with anger and greed, and brings about the worst within ourselves, hurting even the ones we care about. But, what is it?

Jealousy, in the secular definition, is the general feelings of insecurities, anxieties, and concerns over a lack of possession over something. This something changes depending on context. For instance one can be jealous of a friend for getting the job you wanted, or maybe jealous of someone else’s wealth compared to yours. In this context, however, it refers to the insecurity that wracks the mind when one’s ‘possession’ of a bond with another is threatened. This threatening can be from perhaps a distance created from conflict, or a sudden change that causes one to feel insecure. No matter the circumstance, the feeling is malignant and causes one to shut down from opening up, emotionally or otherwise.

When jealousy arises in a relationship, it can be expressed unconsciously through many mediums: anger, lashing out, overprotectiveness, unfair treatment, harshness, and more. When a partner begins to start lashing out with negative emotion, it is vitally important to identify it, and communicate the feeling. Being green with envy creates subconscious resentment, which is a spreading crack that can poison a bond, no matter how much effort is undergone to mend it completely once suffered. It is not unfair to feel jealousy in of itself. Emotion is emotion, and cannot be faulted, no matter the person, as we all share emotions and are made all the more human by it. However, it is important to remember that lashing out because of jealousy is unfair in a relationship, and should be addressed immediately when noticed.

Jealousy is a terrible emotion that acts as a scourge on a relationship, however it does not warrant complete rejection either. Each person has felt, or will feel jealousy alongside numerous other malicious emotions that come along with developing emotional experience. Emotions and life in general can be surmised in the infamous phrase of Charles Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. It is important to realize that it is a necessity, in order to have a healthy bond with someone, to acknowledge the existence of jealousy between the members in the relationship, and that it is a normal behavior. The point at which jealousy becomes unfair, and unkind, is when the person lashes out, acting on it harshly, out of fear.

One of the hardest things in order to do as part of a relationship of all is it learn to let go. When your partner is doing things that they enjoy, or have to do, you must learn to trust them and let them go in order to let them grow. No matter the jealousy you feel, no matter the feelings of anguish and anxiety, you must learn to trust and let them be. Jealousy will cause you to feel as if you’ve an entitlement to their undivided attention, but is unhealthy for anyone involved. Let them live as a person, and you can cherish them upon their return. That is the essence of overcoming the green plague of jealousy: learn to let go and trust.

CBD For Traumatic Brain Injury

Treating Brain Injury With CBD Becomes Reality

Traumatic Brain Injury (or TBI) is just what it sounds like neurological damage caused by an impact injury to the head. Those living with TBI often have a significantly reduced quality of life. The results can even be deadly.

As research into the benefits of Cannabidiol (or CBD) expands, so does the speculation into just how many conditions may be improved with its use. The evidence so far shows that CBD has neuroprotective effects. Could these effects include reducing the impact of damages caused by TBI?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a versatile and powerful anti-inflammatory cannabinoid with few to no side effects. The number of conditions it can be used to treat increases daily with the release of new scientific information. One severe condition CBD is beginning to be a treatment for TBI.

TBI can occur in any person who suffers from brain trauma and is often a debilitating and life-altering condition with no true cure.

 

What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?

Any blow to the head can be worrisome and for good reason. As with any bodily injury, a cascade of reactions occurs in the brain after a substantial blow. These include inflammation, swelling, and immune activation.

While this is a typical and helpful series of reactions for an injury such as a broken bone, that’s not the case within the brain. After a head injury, this series of events can cause additional neurological damage. Without room to expand, swelling within the brain can restrict blood flow to critical areas of the organ.

The death of brain cells can follow. Common TBI patients are military veterans, football players and car crash survivors. The effects of TBI can be long-lasting and debilitating and may involve physical, emotional, social, and behavioral symptoms.

These effects are often life changing. Depression and anxiety are common results, as well as cognitive decline and reduced motor function. Some TBI patients with severe symptoms experience seizures. Currently, conventional medicine is greatly lacking in effective methods to treat or reverse the symptoms of TBI.

Many protocols have been attempted, but none have proven to supply reliable, long term results.

 

Scientific Evidence Supports CBD May Treat

While there is yet no known cure for traumatic brain injury, there is some scientific evidence that suggests CBD may be able to reduce some of the damaging side effects of TBI including neuroinflammation and neurological impairments.

A study released by Frontiers in Pharmacology found that “As such, the endocannabinoid system possesses potential drugable receptor and enzyme targets for the treatment of diverse TBI pathology.” The Frontiers in Pharmacology study is promising in showing that the Endocannabinoid System (or ECS) is key in treating traumatic brain injury.

There also several studies that show CBD (in combination with THC) have neuroprotective qualities, meaning that regular consumption of cannabinoids can make the brain more likely to absorb the impact of brain trauma without the lasting effects of a traumatic brain injury.

The body of research available on TBI is increasing regularly. Many studies point to the ECS as an important player in the development of psychological, physical, and behavioral effects following TBI. Specifically, CBD use changes the balance of function within the ECS.

And research shows that in the case of TBI, that balance shifts towards the better. More research is needed to establish specific protocols that can be accessed and prescribed by mainstream medicine. In the meantime, though, individual cases are shining an upbeat light on the prognosis of the condition.

 

NFL May Consider CBD Treatments

The National Football League (or NFL) has been embroiled in controversy over their misdiagnosing and mishandling of concussions leading to life-harming side effects. The NFL recently agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit with former players who allege the NFL did not accurately diagnose or treat concussions.

The players also allege that teams allowed, or forced in some cases, players to remain in games after they had clearly suffered a concussion. The settlement became final and effective on January 7, 2017 and has already paid out claims worth $657,320,496 according to the official settlement website.

To combat concussions, which will always occur as a result of playing the game of football, the NFL has implemented several rule changes and has made valuable alterations to helmets. In addition, “The NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed for the first time to cooperate in studying the potential use of marijuana as a pain management tool for players,” according to the Washington Post.

This would be a huge step forward for the league, which has banned players for consuming cannabis for years. Though they won’t necessarily be studying cannabis to treat brain injury, the fact that the NFL and NFLPA are studying cannabis’ effectiveness at all is a positive development that will hopefully lead to more cannabis and CBD studies in the future.

 

Anecdotal Support Of CBD Brain Injury Treatments

Scientific evidence takes years to be studied and released. The substance being studied, CBD in this case, must be tested vigorously before a conclusion can be derived.

However, while studies take time, there is anecdotal evidence from people who believe cannabis has been helpful in treating brain injury.

CBD has the potential to make life worth living for some of the many whose lives have been permanently altered by traumatic brain injury. The scientific evidence is promising, and the anecdotal evidence is irrefutable.

It will take time to fully understand CBD’s brain healing properties, but it must be studied further.

Let us know what you think.

 

4 Scientifically-Based Benefits Of CBD

1. CBD Can Relieve Chronic Pain

Did you know that the use of marijuana for pain dates back as far as 3000 years ago? However, the exact components responsible for its pain-relieving effect have just been discovered a few years ago. CBD is one of these compounds.

Our body is composed of a specialized system known as the Endocannabinoid System (or ECS). This system regulates various body functions such as sleep, appetite, pain, and immune system response. The human body produces endocannabinoids (neurotransmitters) that naturally bind to cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system.

According to studies, CBD may help remedy chronic pain by either, interacting with neurotransmitters, reducing inflammation, or impacting the normal functioning of endocannabinoid receptors. Several studies have shown that a combination of THC and CBD can help treat pain in multiple sclerosis and arthritis patients.

In a study involving 47 multiple sclerosis patients, it was discovered that those who received Sativex (a combination of CBD and THC) experienced considerable improvement in walking, muscle spasms and pain as compared to those who received a placebo.

In another study involving people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, it was discovered that Sativex helped improve sleep quality, pain at rest, and in the movement for all the 58 participants.

 

2. CBD Helps Reduce Anxiety And Depression Symptoms

According to the World Health Organization (or WHO), more than 300 million people suffer from depression. According to WHO, more than 800,000 people die due to suicide every year. Further, WHO states that depression is the largest single contributor to disability across the globe. Anxiety disorders are the sixth-largest contributor to disability.

These simple statistics show that anxiety and depression are common medical disorders. You should therefore not feel alone since, as you have seen, more than 300 million people have gone through the same or similar things that you are experiencing right now.

Although most people still rely on pharmaceutical drugs to deal with these conditions, some of these drugs are not only ineffective but may also have severe side effects or lead to substance abuse. It is for this reason that most people have opted to take relief in medical marijuana.

A group of 24 people suffering from social anxiety disorder was either given a placebo or 600 mg of CBD just before a public speaking test. It was discovered that the group that received CBD experienced less discomfort, cognitive impairment, and anxiety in their speech performance than their counterparts who received a placebo.

Several animal studies have also shown CBD to have antidepressant properties. Researchers credit these properties of CBD to its ability to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating social behavior and mood changes.

 

3. CBD May Help Reduce Acne

According to research, more than 9.4% of the global population suffers from acne. This is a skin condition that can be caused by several factors such as underlying inflammation, bacteria, genetics, and over secretion of sebum.

Researchers believe that due to its ability to reduce sebum secretion and its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD may help treat acne. According to a study on the effects of CBD on human sebocytes, it was discovered that the compound helped prevent the secretion of excessive sebum.

It was also discovered that the compound inhibited the activation of pro-acne agents such as inflammatory cytokines. Scientific research has highlighted the antifungal and antibacterial effects of the cannabis plant. It is believed that these properties may help reduce or prevent infections from pollutants or dirt on the skin.

Although the initial findings are promising, more study is still needed to verify the effectiveness of CBD as a natural remedy for acne.

 

4. CBD May Help Alleviate Cancer-Related Symptoms

We can never talk about the health benefits of CBD without mentioning its effects on cancer symptoms. It is still too early to make claims about CBD for cancer, but preliminary findings show that the compound can help alleviate the side effects of various treatments associated with cancer treatments.

Another way through which CBD can help cancer patients is through its pain-relieving properties. Both cancer and its treatment can lead to severe pain, mainly due to the inflammation, nerve injury, or pressure on internal organs. Too much pain can become resistant to powerful pain relievers such as opioids.

A study was conducted to find out the effect of both THC and CBD on cancer-patients who could not react to the standard pain-reducing techniques. It was discovered that those who received a combination of both THC and CBD experienced improved symptoms than those who were treated with THC only.

By indirectly acting on CB2 receptors, CBD may help reduce inflammation, hence reducing the pain. Another common effect of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy is nausea and vomiting. Although you can always use pharmaceutical drugs to treat these symptoms, some of these drugs are ineffective hence prompting people to seek alternatives such as CBD.

In a study involving 16 people undergoing chemo, it was discovered that a combination of both THC and CBD helped reduce chemo-related vomiting and nausea better than the standard treatments alone. Some animal and test-tube studies show that CBD may have anti-cancer properties.

In one of the test-tube studies, concentrated CBD helped castigate the death of cancerous breast cells in human. In another study, CBD was seen to inhibit the growth and spread of aggressive cancerous breast cells in mice. However, more studies and research are needed.

If you are a cancer patient and planning to use CBD for the symptoms, it is crucial that you talk with your doctor first as he will be able to advise you appropriately. Other health benefits of CBD include improved heart health, a remedy against arthritis, muscles spasms, Crohn’s disease, etc.

Indeed, CBD can benefit human health in different ways. Pet owners are also turning to CBD for the health and well-being of their dogs and other pets. Whatever you use CBD for, make sure to follow the right dosage instructions, this compound is, after all, a drug like any other.

Seek professional advice if you have concerns about side effects of adding CBD and finding the right dosage to your treatment plan.

Let us know what you think.

 

How to Get a Florida Medical Marijuana

Tomorrow is here, and it bears a green future. A green future of vitality and health. One of the most recent medical revolutions in Florida has most undoubtedly been the legalization of medical marijuana. Though surrounded in controversy, the benefits of medicinal cannabis is irrefutable.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, within the marijuana plant there are two main components of which have been seen to exhibit a multitude of medical applications: THC and CBD. Currently, the substances have been seen in studies to reduce the spread and growth of cancer cells, increasing appetite, reducing nausea, relieving seizures and inflammation, and even more.
But the question remains, what process must you undergo in order to obtain one of the cards that allow you to purchase medicinal marijuana? It is a process that many wish to undergo, however do not know where to start. Here are some simple steps to get you on your way to obtain the Florida Marijuana Card:

The first step in this process is to Find a Doctor or Physician to Diagnose You. In order to acquire your medical marijuana card, you are legally required to have a physician diagnose you with a qualifying symptom or disease, as well as be able to prescribe you with THC as treatment.
The second is to Consult your Physician. This may seem an innocuous step, however it is vitally important to legally obtain your card. This consultation will discuss your medical history, dosage options, and treatment plans. This step will determine if you have a qualifying condition in order to be prescribed THC. The qualifying conditions in order to be prescribed THC or other medical cannabis product, according to the Florida Medical Cannabis Clinic, include: Cancer, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, HIV+, AIDS, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, Parkinsons’ Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic nonmalignant pain, Terminal Illness, or another disease comparable or as severe as the listed. This is quite a mouthful, but it is all the more important to clarify with your physician that you have a qualifying condition.
Once you’ve received your doctor’s approval for the medicinal card, as well as the doctor’s Patient ID number, you can now Make an Online Application for your medical marijuana card! As of 2019, the online application fee is $75, according to the Miami New Times. The application is pretty straightforward, and will take about five days in order to process (business days, of course).
And Bob’s your uncle! Once you receive your card in the mail, you will have approval in order to proceed into any local dispensary of your choice, with ID and card of course, and purchase your dosage of THC.

Here are some companies and websites to follow for more information on medical marijuana and medical marijuana cards:
420potdoc.com

St. Pete Pride 2019

Confetti streaming in all directions, whistles blowing in the ear. The triumphant roars of “Happy Pride” shake the foundations of the Dali Museum. The Pride March and Festival of St. Pete and Tampa Bay of June 22nd – 23rd proved a remarkable display of unity and solidarity.

The festivities were held in spectacular fashion. Between the metallic armored drag queens and the abundance of music and beads, it is extremely difficult to resist the throes of the passionate crowd. Even the surrounding locale seemed moved with spirit with the festivities, as rainbows and flags seem to sprinkle the city in a cascading spectrum of prideful colors. With aide of various businesses and companies, the event seemed able to fulfill it’s wildest dreams. I reiterate, it is difficult to avoid dancing along with a pirate ship of activists blasting “People Like Us” by Kelly Klarkson.

Overall, the event seemed a wondrous success. A true display of a united front of people from all histories, personalities, genders, and groups, under a common goal of ending discrimination and promoting the general wellbeing for all. It concluded, leaving a sense of understanding and celebration within all who participated.

Constructing the scene for one of the Parade exhibits proved to be an interesting affair. Meeting upon the lawn of a gracious landlord, it began quietly. However excitement proved to grow with each arriving member of the section, as people frantically adorned in designs that would cause Roy G. Biv envy, there was a sense of urgency to be found in the desire to ‘make the mark’. Of course, a singular float was not alone. Stretching between dozens and dozens of floats, each participant in the affair desired to make their stance with pride with grace and fiery passion. The atmosphere of dance, community, and collaboration was infectious, and spread to the locals passing by and leaving smiles in their wake.

The hard part, of course, would be the next section. The waiting. For some time, each member awaited for their chance to reveal their effort and emotion in the name of Pride with anticipation, undeterred by the suns rays. But once emerged into the open, with a sea of laughter, screams, and cheering, the wait became a dream come true for most. Suddenly, the march had put it’s supporters into the grand spotlight, and was received with flair. Songs rang through the night air, beads soared, and the words “Happy Pride” and other cheers could be heard from miles around.

As for the Festival, the sweltering summer sun of the sunshine state would not stop the rainbow fever. Food, games, arts, crafts, and a healthy plenty of flags stirred up the area, prompting a wonderful reception from the city. With teamwork of the individuals involved, the city became a celebratory sanctuary for all people. 

The Pride of St. Pete and Tampa Bay is rich and powerful, it’s inspiring effect seen across seas and flatlands abound. With this display, we can see that the two cities have a powerful community, and will not stand for anything less than equality and understanding of all peoples.