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There are many different conditions, ailments, and diseases in which cannabis looks like a promising medicine or treatment. For some of these conditions, smoking or vaporizing medical marijuana may be more appropriate. For instance if the effect needed by the patient is urgent or immediate, smoking or vaporizing the prescription works almost instantly. For many others though, the effects of cooking cannabis – and a patient eating a medical, edible item (a “medible”) instead of smoking the medicine – can be more beneficial. Here are just a few reasons why you might want to considereating cannabis rather than smoking it. [You must always first talk to your doctor before making a decision, as he or she will know which method will work best for your particular ailment, and whether medical-marijuana is appropriate for achieving your desired results.]

Because you are not drawing smoke into your lungs, there is no risk of tar or other toxins getting into them. Marijuana is virtually non-toxic, so as long as the cannabis is cooked properly (to kill pathogens) – there is very little negative impact on your body’s health.

Cooking marijuana for pain relief also has a few advantages over smoking or vaporizing. Although it may take up to an hour or even longer for an oral dose of marijuana edibles to take effect, ingesting a Medible item prolongs the drug’s effects for several hours longer than if you were to smoke the comparable amount. This is great for people using medical marijuana for arthritis. The medicated state from ingested cannabis can last up to 5 hours and sometimes longer. This “prolonged release” can also lessen the impact on the lungs because it eliminates the need to smoke every couple of hours or so to help relieve pain.

There are many methods that may be used to cook with cannabis. These methods include using an edible fat-based solvent such as butter or oil to absorb the active compounds in marijuana. Alcohol is also used in some applications. Tinctures may also be made for topical medication if needed. These methods do require some learning on the part of the patient or caregiver; however given time it will be an enjoyable process that becomes second nature.

There are different ways to use the various products relating these methods. For example, cannabutter (or preferably, my special Medible Butter™ – specially-formulated with denser “sweet butter” molecules for maximum extraction of cookable herbs, supplements and medicines, ghee, and cooking oils may be used in some recipes in place of the real thing. It is important to not use a medical marijuana extraction in any recipe that requires a cooking temperature of higher than 400 degrees Fahrenheit. High temperatures like this can cause the THC, the main active compound in cannabis, to vaporize . . . and disappear. This means you lose it to the air! Not good, so keep it below 400!

The benefits of cooking with cannabis, in many cases, far outweigh what you would get out of smoking it. If you are using medical marijuana, I highly advise you to ask your doctor if cooking with cannabis is an option for you. If you decide to pursue a Medible made with cannabis, it is important you learn the various methods of cooking with cannabis before experimenting. Ask your doctor for information and possibly even recipes. If your doctor cannot provide you with this information or you would like additional information, please go to Compassion Associates where I will post my regular, expert commentaries on cooking with medical marijuana, my Medible Mix™ recipes, ways to prepare my Medible Butter™ and also an “Ask Cheffy a Question” tab to ask questions about cooking with medical marijuana directly of me. IF you decide to look elsewhere on the internet — PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS — as there is a lot of false information about this topic. Use your judgment, and always speak to your doctor and do your on research, to determine the best options for you.

Good Healthy Lifestyle

A good healthy lifestyle is one where you make conscious decisions throughout the day that benefit your emotional and physical well being. When you talk about a lifestyle, you are talking about a way of living and not just doing periodic activities such as a particular exercise or eating one healthy meal a day. A true healthy lifestyle requires making good choices in all the areas of your life.Click here for more information

Making the Small Decisions

You hear women claiming they have no time to take of themselves, because they are so busy taking care of everyone else. If you think about this statement though, it doesn’t really make sense. If you are caring for children or other family members, the chances are you make healthy choices for them out of love and concern.

If you are asking your family to live healthy, why not yourself? There is a sacrificing side to many women’s natures that lead them to put their own needs last. Yet living a good healthy lifestyle is important for longevity and the quality of life.

A healthy lifestyle begins with making small decisions throughout the day. For example, when you park at the grocery store, do you park as close to the door as possible? By parking in a further spot you can add walking steps that promote good health.

These kinds of small decisions add up throughout the day. You can take the stairs, walk during lunch, eat low fat meals, take vitamins and supplements, spend 30 minutes a day doing a stress reducing activity and so on. One by one the small decisions create an overall healthy lifestyle when coupled with regular exercise.

Getting Big Results
Once you begin thinking in terms of living a good healthy lifestyle, the next step is to add regular exercise to your life. Without exercise you cannot achieve the benefits that exercise offers. For example, there is no substitute for aerobic exercise which strengthens the circulatory system.

The big decisions that are part of a good healthy lifestyle include making those choices which create long term benefits. The small daily decisions are health maintenance decisions. The large decisions are designed to create a focused and goal driven program that promotes excellent health.

Add aerobic exercise to an exercise program at least 3 times a week
Do strength training exercises to tone the body while developing strong muscles
Design a nutritional plan that supplies minimum required nutrients
Add exercises and dietary choices that address special needs such as preventing osteoporosis or reducing chances of developing anemia
Include your family in the healthy lifestyle plan
Teach children how to make healthy decisions
Get regular doctor’s care including age recommended mammograms and Pap smears
Incorporate recreational activities in your life that are stress reducing

A good healthy lifestyle is a comprehensive plan that impacts every area from what you eat for breakfast to how well you sleep. By taking care of your health, you are also better able to take care of your family.

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