The Oz Effect: Will Talking Marijuana Health Benefits on Fox Energize Conservatives?

The Oz Effect: Will Talking Marijuana Health Benefits on Fox Energize Conservatives?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, the popular surgeon and television personality, brought cannabis under the spotlight recently on Fox & Friends. Dr. Oz suggested increasing cannabis use to fight the opioid crisis. How did his “Fox & Friends” hosts (and viewers) react, and could cannabis be the unifying force many Americans say they desperately want? If we as a nation are politically divided, we’re much less so when it comes to marijuana health benefits: a recent poll shows close to two-thirds of Americans support both recreational and medical cannabis. So what effect might Dr. Oz’s endorsement have? First, let’s look at his choice of audience for his strongly pro-cannabis remarks. Fox & (Cannabis-Unfriendly) Friends? The good doctor chose a controversial platform from which to talk about potential marijuana health benefits. In the past, Fox & Friends’ guests have skewed markedly anti-cannabis. In a clip from August 2017, Kathy Barnette—the host of Truth Exchange, a conservative radio show—came to comment on a CDC study indicating that middle-aged parents are more likely to use cannabis than their teenaged children. During her short interview, Barnette displayed a keen lack of understanding of cannabis’ potential to help curb the opioid crisis. She seemed to be assuming that cannabis users turn to the drug to enhance the experience of opioid intoxication: “We have an opiate as well as a mental-health disorder crisis in our nation right now, and many people are self-medicating and masking it.” Thus far, some data indicates that cannabis is much more likely to be an “exit drug” from opioids rather than a prelude to it. Barnette also seemed alarmed with cannabis’s growing popularity. In that...
Can Marijuana Improve Your Workout?

Can Marijuana Improve Your Workout?

Media often portrays cannabis consumers as being lazy and junk-food craving individuals. It’s about time that the narrative on marijuana begins to shift away from stereotypes and toward the facts. Regardless, even those who are educated on the benefits of cannabis may be surprised to find that it has something to offer everyone, from the average Joe looking to get fit to professional athletes. Here are some reasons that smoking weed and working out is just as realistic a combo as those other, more popular stereotypes. Pain Management If you dread working out because of the pain that inevitably ensues on a long run or during a heavy lifting session, you may want to try toking beforehand. Marijuana appears to manage pain by distracting you from it. A study conducted by the journal Pain found that though weed doesn’t appear to actually kill pain, it makes it more bearable. Cancer and AIDS patients have used marijuana as an alternative to opioids to treat chronic pain and this has been one of the leading arguments for its legalization. Federal hurdles still remain, however, making further research on cannabis incredibly difficult to conduct. Reduced Anxiety Some people may have the motivation to go to the gym but end up not going because of the anxiety of lifting weights or running in a room full of sweaty and athletic people. Studies have shown that cannabis strains that are high in cannabidiol (CBD) have powerful anxiety-reducing effects. CBD works by counteracting the adverse effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive component in cannabis. The sounds of other people’s thoughts could be drowned out by...
How Cannabidiol (CBD) Can Help Save Lives in the Opioid Epidemic

How Cannabidiol (CBD) Can Help Save Lives in the Opioid Epidemic

We don’t have to tell you that opioid overdoses have become a public health crisis. To put in perspective on how bad things are: three times as many people in the U.S. die each year from opioid overdoses than from gun-related homicides (according to the CDC, 33,000 opioid-related deaths vs. 11,000 gun-related homicides). In the last 12 years, deaths from opioid overdoses have skyrocketed over 400%. Last year alone nearly 19,000 Americans died from opioids. That works out to about 52 people per day– the equivalent of two 747s full of people crashing and burning every single week. Even President Trump has officially declared it a health emergency. Fortunately, there is a natural solution that can help break the power of opiate addiction and help restore people to their natural life. New studies show that cannabis may be our best answer to this crisis, and one solution looks particularly promising. Read on for more info on using the cannabinoid cannabidiol for opiate withdrawal. Cannabis, Opioids, and Chronic Pain Chronic pain lies at the source of the opioid crisis. Because the chronic pain is, well, chronic, it requires consistent medication. The problem of turning to opioids for chronic pain treatment is that they are extremely addictive. Opioids are a godsend for acute pain like recovering from surgery, but a small consistent dose over a long period of time gets the patient hooked. And when the prescription finally runs out, they can slam into a brick wall of withdrawal. If the doctor won’t continue to supply them, many people find other ways to procure them—and the addiction becomes more dangerous. Cannabis offers...
How to Choose a Medical Cannabis Dispensary

How to Choose a Medical Cannabis Dispensary

With the wave of legalization taking place across America, many new cannabis businesses are popping up wherever the sale of the plant has been unrestricted. For inexperienced consumers, it can be difficult to choose a reliable dispensary — especially when so many of the available options attempt to cheat customers by lying about things like the quality and quantity of their bud. Here are a few tips to help you decide where to go the next time you Google medical dispensary near me. Reviews Typically, it’s a good idea to do some research on any dispensary you want to visit before actually making the trip. This will save you the hassle of several bad experiences and allow you to quickly identify the “best medical dispensary near me.” A simple Google search will reveal all you need to know: for example, if you live in Seattle, Washington, you should search “medical dispensary near Seattle” or “medical dispensary near me” with their location detected by Google. Browsing through the results, you will be able to find several dispensaries with copious amounts of reviews from other customers. The more positive reviews, the better. Dispensaries with few or negative reviews are probably not worth your time, especially if they’ve left customers so dissatisfied that they took the time to write a review. Sometimes dispensaries will impersonate real customers to make themselves look better in their search results, so always remember to be thorough in learning about a dispensary you’re interested in before deciding to spend your money. Cannabis Deals A new customer to a dispensary should always ask about their cannabis deals, as the...
Fun Things to do in Greenwood!

Fun Things to do in Greenwood!

You’ve been nesting. Munching on edibles and organizing junk drawers. So get creative, and check out some of these fun things to do in Greenwood. Of course, the Have a Heart community has a fantastic network of resources to root your talent. Conveniently, your premier Greenwood pot shop offers some super encouraging strains to help you realize that full creative potential, one bowl at a time. “Escape the winter isolation, the bar scene, the chores, the boredom and cheer on your creativity. Your doodles are now your treasures. Have a Heart weed shop truly believes there is an artist in all of us, and our huge inventory of quality Greenwood cannabis is here to for you. Uncensored and un-juried.” Promoting the arts while saving the planet, Seattle Recreative is a fun, friendly space for art and family. The non-profit offers classes, workshops, camps, skill-sharing events, a play space, and even a maker-space to get that project done. You can even donate your unwanted clutter to their retail store for reuse. Is that your grandmother’s scarf weaved into local art?  Mind blown! Tip: Organize and energize with creative genius Green Crack, available at our top Greenwood weed store in flower or cartridge. The Fiber Gallery has fabulous hands-on classes in a variety of textiles, and hosts some pretty cool, often free, groups for socializing, informal help and sometimes, charity. We’ll knit to that. A gentle Blue Dream Shatter will keep you focused for all those rows and pearls to keep track of, as you unwind at the big table.  Ahhh, the wild and colorful selection of yarn is a hug...
Put the “Green” in Greenwood Art Walk

Put the “Green” in Greenwood Art Walk

Greenwood is a very lucky neighborhood. Not only does it have the Greenwood Art Walk, one of the best curated Art Walks in Seattle, it has restaurants from higher-end, elegant french cuisine at Gainsbourg to the hard pouring, greasing spoon and bar, the legendary Baranof. It also hosts Seattle’s finest marijuana at Have a Heart’s Greenwood locale. On the second Friday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m., you can take advantage of the amazing Greenwood Art Walk. Fortunately, you can partake in great Northside weed right on the corner of 85th and 3rd seven days a week (from 8a.m. to 11:45 p.m.). This month’s featured artists include Patrice Tullai a triple graduate of the University of Washington, with B.F.A.’s in Painting, Sculpture, and Fine Art.  Her work has been featured at Bumbershoot, COCA, and the Seattle Fencing Project.  Her work has included pop art, endangered animals, and most currently, abstract minimalism. You might also know her as an accomplished recording artist who has released albums like Pretty Mary Sunshine, Frownland, and Alicedean. Her work was featured in the major motion picture SFW along with Radiohead, Hole, Soundgarden, and Marilyn Manson. You can view Patrice’s work on display at Abram’s Chiropractic: 7815 Greenwood Ave N. For Patrice’s show we recommend the following: Cinderella’s Dream Preroll from Mary Jane Cannabis, Viscro Holdings with a nice 19.5% THC level for only $12 for a 1 gram joint. Dark Shadow Haze from Subx, Subdued Excitement with a 20.2% THC level for $15 per gram $50 for 3.5 grams. Hawaiian Sugar Cookie from Forbidden Farms with a 17.8% THC level and the very affordable price of $8...