I’m stoked about getting in the water celebrating my birthday this year. This Saturday marks 34 times I’ve orbited around the sun. For this special occasion I want to explore new ideas we’ve had brewing here @Paradigm for some time- I would love the opportunity to introduce a new, possible option for your wellness routine. Whether you’ve had apprehension before or just not the accessibility or space, kayaking and paddle boarding is just a couple of outdoor recreational sports that we’ve got you covered on!
As a result of a rapidly spreading virus and a mother with three children in Michigan, where closure of my business, schools, restaurants, and all large public gatherings have been issued in the state for the next two weeks, I feel like I should speak to this pandemic.
My thoughts – – What we know.
We have had the mildest temperature across the board, worldwide. This in itself, could very well be the causation of such influx in a rapid virus. Cold temperatures were not able to kill off germs supporting dormancy including; viruses, pollen (probably the worst we will see in years), bugs, including insects that carry diseases.
Fear breeds uncertainty. Uncertainty fuels anxiety. Anxiety is that pit in your stomach that tells you we must act in Fight or Flight— What does fight or flight do ?? It raises cortisol level. Cortisol depletes our immune system. The immune system helps to support the defending said virus. Let’s start with some proactive decisions rather than reactive choices.
Rules of Engagement
We’ve heard it since we were old enough to walk. “Wash your hands”. Viruses are everywhere—at any given point we are susceptible to pathogens – Many that will taxes our immune system DAILY.
Best practices: Stop touching sh*!. Face. People. Hands. Objects. If you want to make an impact on the spreading of germs, avoid crowds. We live in a world where susceptibility to illness and diseases run high for those with compromised immune systems, we need to do our part in preventing the spread of any such illnesses, by avoiding blatant unnecessary congregation where you may be at risk to any individuals. Being mindful of what you yourself may be “carrying”.
Support one another. Don’t be greedy, only take what you need. Take time for your needs we are in this together, check on your potential compromised friends elderly single moms etc. Small businesses are going to take the biggest hit with the least amount of support. Please consider your favorites during this time. This WILL have an evolving effect, that could end detrimentally. We need to vigilant and calm. Nothing good comes from chaos.
It’s time to take control, this is where you have the power to be proactive. Diet – What are you eating? Is it processed foods? How much is your sugar intake? Is it nutrient dense? Does it have valuable minerals and vitamins to help support your immune system through these times of stress.? Good starters to help impact immune cells – Vitamin D (get in the sun), Vitamin C, B12, Zinc, perhaps throw some Elderberry in the mix along with some high quality H20.
Movement- We are moving beings, and as such, proper movement helps promotes efficient blood circulation, which keeps the cells of the immune system moving so that they can effectively do their job- – – – Get you and those kids outdoors! Spring is around the corner, it’s a perfect time to make your introduction to the Spring of 2020! Embracing our natural habitat being by outside has considerable research supporting the idea that nature is essential to the physical, psychological and social well-being of humans. The grounding effects from being outdoors provides electrical conductivity that functions as an immune system defense, similar to antioxidants. Hiking, kayaking, etc and avoiding the unnecessary general population—spending intimate family time, is the perfect way to use the next three weeks.
Spring cleaning has a whole new meaning this year; with 3-4 weeks to spare I feel this is no better time then now to purge and deep clean.
My last words for this particular blog is simple- Stay healthy and safe, my friends. We are all going to need each other’s support.
Recap + Reflections
A Paradigm Series | Conscious Cannabis Consumers – had its first meeting of 2020 on the introductory use of Cannabis as Medicine.
This month our topic will be surrounding March being Brain Injury Awareness Month: “Brain Health and Cannabis.” With a special focus on the developing research for Cannabis relating to the brain and neurological disorders such as MS, Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Autism, Parkinson’s, and more. Join us Wednesday March 25th @5:30 as we dive into another conversation on intentional cannabis use!
Medical Marijuana Ordinance Adoption in Grand Haven
As some of you may know, I have voiced my strong opinion on the legalization and ultimately access to safe cannabis medication for those wishing to use it over the last 4 years. We presented these concerns in most every municipality on the Lakeshore, with very little considerations. The lack of community awareness of those laws produced a lot of fear and ultimately ended in lost and irrelevant persuasion.
Since then, those conversations turned into statewide efforts issuing the movement of Proposition 1 for Adult Use.. The 12 year and counting medical laws became topic in Grand Haven after several individuals and myself presented their concern for progressive drug laws allowing for the accessibility of that medication. I urged the council to consider the wrongful classification of Cannabis as a harmful drug. I reiterated the need for research and how progressive laws can influence change on a plant that shows relevant use in medicine.
After a year of discussion, the city, given those concerns, drafted a resolution to allow for the ordinance to exist and was given the approval by the city council this past Monday, March 2nd, to finalize the adoption of that ordinance that would allow for Medical Marijuana Facilities to exist in the city limits of Grand Haven.
I want to take this time to personally thank our City Mayor, Bob Monetza, City Council, Planning Commissioners, Staff and Constituents of Grand Haven for their involvement of the progressive decision as two of the only existing cities in Ottawa County to adopt these laws. I truly believe their efforts will set precedence on the outdated drug laws and genuinely take part in the overall wellbeing of there community.
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Cannabis has certainly made a positive headway in growing acceptance for both medical and adult use means. As the consumption of cannabis makes it’s way back culturally into society, we have a lot of work ahead of us regarding the narrative we want to have concerning what that responsible use will look like.
Plant medicine is a passion of mine, it’s what makes this conversation so fun! This beautiful planet of ours has provided us with botanical medicine at our fingertips on the daily. From garlic to turmeric, chamomile and echinacea, the list of pharmacological beneficial plants as medicine is robust and profound.
After nearly a century in prohibition, and nearly 83 years of being in the US Pharmacopoeia of Medicine, exile- Cannabis has been given rightful way back into the hands of scientists to explore the uses and the medicinal benefits it has. With that growing acceptance and continued research, we will be able to make change is Federal Legislation that will allow and continue to influence the research it needs.
Tonight’s meeting, Wednesday’s ( Feb. 26th 5:30pm), will consist of a beginning dialog on the use of cannabis as medicine. Starting with the very system that is regulated by using this plant medicine, to understanding forms of consumption and touch on learning the very plant properties and cultivars with a brief understanding on legal use in Michigan.
If you are not able to make tonights meeting, don’t worry – we plan to offer this monthly, with varying topics every meeting. Next meeting is: March 25, 2020 at 5:30 pm where we will discuss the topic “Brain Health and Cannabis.”
I look forward to educating you!
Welcome to part 1 of our Conscious Cannabis Consumers intro blog!
This will be apart of our ongoing Paradigm Series with a special focus on intentional medication of your plant medicine.
My name is Rebecca Neil, and although my interest in Cannabis started many years ago. I only became a Medical Marijuana consumer legally within the last 18 months. Previous to that, my occasional use of cannabis had me genuinely questioning our drug laws, specifically, those governing the consumption of what I’ve and many people believe to have therapeutic qualities.
With the growing acceptance and recent approvals of laws state wide, the only logical step for me is to ensure as we introduce a substance back into society, we are also doing our due diligence as responsible consumers to make sure everyone knows the risk associate with that use. Since little efforts have been made to establish said information, I feel given my interest that I should continue to provide this resource to the best of my ability.
It wasn’t until a meeting 4 years ago led to the development of my involvement professionally, that I really had accessibility to Cannabis. So began my journey of intentional cannabis consumption – at this point, whatever products I’d consumed was what was offered to me in social settings or with individuals who were medical consumers. The very first thing I noticed with more intentional use, was my quality of sleep. While before I never considered myself a person that was neglected of sleep I couldn’t deny the feeling of grogginess I had most day as opposed to that of when I didn’t consume and ultimately noticed benefits that it had that I could not deny with my occasional use. The immediate sense of calmness I would feel following consumption – My thought patterns changed from worriment to gratitude, ideas flew at me as creative thinking became a default process, but this feeling couldn’t possibly be good for us, right?
The Endocannabinoid System (ESC) discovered by a professor in medical chemistry Dr. Raphael Mechoulam in 1993, is a regulatory system within the body that helps to create homeostasis. This would be considered one 12 most important systems next to circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, nervous and endocrine, immune, integumentary, skeletal, muscle and reproductive. Growing research shows that the ECS functions all other systems through receptor sites and this the main reason why many people like myself thinks that with intentional use of this substance, it could aid in relevancy in the field of medicine.
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