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...
Creatives on the Coast – Art in Ocean Shores

Creatives on the Coast – Art in Ocean Shores

It’s no secret that artists are drawn to the coast and really, is it any surprise? The windscaped dunes stitched together with beach grass, the droning roar of the surf as your constant companion and oh, only the best bud store on the coast; Have a Heart Ocean Shores! A weed supply close by is a definite plus when it comes to getting in touch with one’s creative core, take it from me! When you’re in Ocean Shores, you know who’s got your back for all your beach buds, prerolls, edibles and more. Have a Heart! Ocean Shores is home to a number of local art galleries and a whole lot of artists. One thing is for sure, creativity on the coast is alive and well. Here’s are a couple of my local favorite galleries: The Gallery of Ocean Shores is a fixture of the local art community. Artworks of all kinds from local crafts people and artisans can be found here for your perusing pleasure. In addition, the Gallery of Ocean Shores also offers workshops. Check out their site to see how you can “art up” your next creative coastal escape: http://www.thegalleryofoceanshores.com/ Fusions Art Gallery is a favorite among local artists and art tourists alike. They’ve been serving and supporting the art community in Ocean Shores since 2004. No coastal art crawl would be complete without sauntering through it’s doors: http://dooceanshores.com/listing/fusions-gallery-4e6e617aa5aff.html It seems like more and more people are getting hip to artistic coastal getaways these days; maybe painting a seascape while standing just a stone’s throw from the crashing surf, perhaps making a creative writing getaway in...
Pot for Pirates: The 7th Annual ‘A Pirate’s Life For Us’

Pot for Pirates: The 7th Annual ‘A Pirate’s Life For Us’

Calling all Buccaneers! If you’re looking for a unique and fun activity for this weekend, take a trip to beautiful Ocean Shores for the 7th Annual “A Pirate’s Life For Us” Festival! With plenty of events planned, including a potluck, “gear and garb swap meet” and a pub crawl, you will soon forget you’re a land-dweller and may even find your pirate alterego. Ocean Shores has a nice small town feel with over 6 miles of beautiful shoreline and offers many boutique shops, galleries, great restaurants and comfortable accommodations available at several hotels and inns. A 2.5 hour drive from Seattle, this town is a wonderful getaway for this upcoming three day weekend. You’ll leave the concrete jungle behind you and arrive in a magical beach town. The beautiful scenery is complemented by the existence of the very best pot shop in town, Have a Heart Ocean Shores. WIth our expansive selection of edibles, concentrates, flower and more, you won’t have to “walk the plank” without an amazing high! We recommend trying the strain “Fucking Incredible.” It’s an indica strain, so the high will be more relaxing and chill. With a name like that, how can you lose? If you’re looking for a more energetic sensation, pick up a pre-rolled joint loaded with sativa dominant strain “Permafrost.” Don’t let the name fool you, a few hits of this will melt away all your worries. If you’re not a smoker but still want to experience the fun that cannabis has to offer, try out the “Hot Sugar Strawberry Kiwi Flavor Panda Candies” from Phat Panda. The uplift is gradual and...
Top Five Ways to Be a Better Stoner in the New Year

Top Five Ways to Be a Better Stoner in the New Year

With 2017 just around the corner, are you finding yourself with a long list of pledges and promises you resolve to keep, not just one month into the New Year, but the whole year through? Well if so, and since we’re on the topic, why not look for your top five ways to be a better stoner in the new year as well? It you worship the weed, it’s only natural you’ll want to give it and the stoner lifestyle a chance to mature and improve. We had fun with this list and had a hard time limiting it to just five ways to be a better stoner, but nevertheless, we did it and so it begins: 1. Focus on pot quality not quantity. With so much happening in the world of weed right now  and as numerous killer strains that can do miraculous things like take away pain and anxiety, give us clarity, focus and ambition, as well as let us finally sleep the sleep we’ve dreamed of, it only makes sense to purchase quality product. Do this by never settling for less and visiting Have a Heart Ocean Shores. It’s bar none the best weed in Ocean Shores you’ll find. 2. Give yourself permission to take “me time.” Let yourself have an allotted window of time every day to meditate and find peace. Just chill or get creative and exercise your mental muscles by doing an activity that some would consider an indulgence. Like smoking a sativa with creative effects and coloring in an adult coloring book or smoking an indica and putting a puzzle together. These...