Everyone knows about THC, and everyone is getting to know CBD. These are cannabinoids—phytochemicals within the Cannabis sativa plant with bioactive benefits. Specifically, cannabinoids are 21-carbon molecules that influence the body’s endocannabinoid receptors. Everything from brain function to the immune system to mental health is influenced by the endocannabinoid system. This system was teased out only in 1988, by Israeli researcher Raphael Mechoulam. But guess what? There are actually 150 cannabinoids all told that are unique within cannabis. Whoa. There’s much we still don’t know about Nature’s Most Nearly Perfect Plant. On CBD itself, here’s what we DO know. There [...]
Our bodies work hard every day to keep us healthy, and the immune system is part of our first line of defense against viruses and bacteria that cause diseases. Keeping a strong immune system means better protection against sickness. Here are 7 ways to give your immune system some much needed TLC during cold & flu season. 1. Sleep! There’s no compensating for the time you allow your body to rest and regenerate. Dare to give yourself a couple of “free days.” What you think is unproductive (chilling out and sleeping) are highly productive times for your body to refresh. Set that refresh and restart button [...]
Did you know that 80% of our food is genetically modified? The average American will eat about 30,000 GMO’s today alone. Yes, you read that correctly! October is National Non-GMO month, and it is my mission to inform you about the environmental dangers, health side effects, and future considerations of GMO’s in our food supply. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a lab through engineering. This organism is created by using a combination of plants, animals, bacteria, and virus genes that don’t occur naturally through traditional development. This basically means that our food [...]
With new forms of genetic engineering like synthetic biology and gene editing now entering the marketplace, keeping GMOs out of your shopping basket is trickier than ever. To keep it simple, look for the Non-GMO Project Verified Butterfly—that’s your best assurance that a product has been produced according to the most rigorous standards for GMO avoidance.
Just as poor land-management practices are contributors to climate change, use of good on-farm practices can actually lead to climate change mitigation. The Q&A with Tracy Misiewicz of The Organic Center sheds light on how it’s being done. The food system is in an interesting predicament—it's a significant contributor to one of its own biggest threats—climate change. But fortunately, just as poor land-management practices are contributors to climate change, use of good on-farm practices can actually lead to climate change mitigation, says Tracy Misiewicz, the associate director of science programs for The Organic Center. Misiewicz leads The Organic Center’s creation [...]