How to get the health benefits of cannabis without getting high

The good news is that it takes very … “Microdosing involves using cannabis at a dose below that which would cause impairment, either to relieve symptoms or simply as a tonic, to promote health and …

The good news is that it takes very … “Microdosing involves using cannabis at a dose below that which would cause impairment, either to relieve symptoms or simply as a tonic, to promote health and …

Rwanda Must Pick a Side in its GMO Debate

Like a phoenix, Rwanda is fast rising towards a future that is inclusive, innovative and self-reliant. It is in this vein that last year, the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) began drafting a law seeking to regulate the country’s use of genetically modified organisms if and when it adopts their use. This policy framework would guide the import, distribution, and cultivation of genetically modified crops in the country. Not many Rwandans are excited about the prospects of GMOs, even as a measure to ensure food security in the region, as the Ministry of Agriculture says.

While some groups’ sentiments are around the long-term effects of consuming genetically modified foods, many are more concerned, and legitimately so, about the politics of this industry given that only a handful of multinationals control the production of genetically modified seeds across the globe. With its current clean slate – no GM crop has been introduced into the country yet – the government must take a critical look at both sides of this passionate debate before deciding which side it will fare on.

Agriculture biotechnology is a broad term used to describe techniques such as genetic engineering, tissue culture, and molecular markers, employed to impart resistance (pests, drought or flood resistance) to plants, animals, and organisms; or sometimes to improve nutrient quality as is the case with genetically modified sorghum and golden rice, which are enhanced with high content of vitamin A, iron and zinc. Around the world, GM crops are grown by approximately 18 million farmers and imported or researched in more than 75 countries.

The world population is projected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, with Africa accounting for more than half of this population. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) says the world will need 60% more food than it currently produces to feed its new entrants. Yet, arguments that the growing of genetically modified crops will help solve its food security challenge isn’t rooted in reality.

“GMOs aren’t silver bullets to tackling food security; it is only one tool in a breeder’s toolbox,” says Modesta Abugu, a Programme Assistant at the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), a pro-GMO organization with chapters across Africa. Nonetheless, GM crops have been credited with increased food production and reduced losses from pest attacks and adverse weather conditions.

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5 Home Remedies for a Dry Cough

Many may not know that cough­ing can help clear ir­ri­tants and in­fec­tions from the body, but when it per­sists, a dry cough can de­vel­op and be­come quite an­noy­ing. Some of you are prob­a­bly try­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal drugs for your cough, while some may be in­ter­est­ed in a more nat­ur­al rem­e­dy. If you’re plan­ning on us­ing nat­ur­al reme­dies, it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that herbs and sup­ple­ments can af­fect med­ica­tions and cause un­want­ed side ef­fects. If a cough per­sists for a few weeks then you should seek med­ical ad­vice.

Here are a few nat­ur­al reme­dies that you can try to kick that stub­born cough.

Hon­ey and lemon

This com­bi­na­tion has been a time-ho­n­oured way to soothe a sore throat. If Granny ever heard you were ill, she’d pull out the tea­spoon and give you a dose. Re­cent re­search has shown that hon­ey is the main star of the show for this nat­ur­al rem­e­dy, as this sim­ple in­gre­di­ent is enough to soothe a stub­born cough. Stud­ies have shown that hon­ey can be just as ef­fec­tive as the com­mon cough sup­pres­sant dex­tromethor­phan, giv­ing us a nat­ur­al way to get rid of flu symp­toms.

Ze­bapique

Be­fore there was mod­ern med­i­cine, there were Grannies, and bet your bot­tom dol­lar, they had a go-to rem­e­dy for every­thing. Ze­bapique, com­mon­ly used in Trinidad and To­ba­go, is ex­treme­ly bit­ter (and gross) but is said to have a num­ber of health ben­e­fits. To help with your cough, it is sug­gest­ed that you boil a few dried leaves and sip it slow­ly to en­sure there are no side ef­fects. An­oth­er way to use it is to soak the ze­bapique in pun­cheon for a few days. Trinida­di­ans say that this rem­e­dy can bring up mu­cus and get the cold out in­stant­ly.

Gin­ger

Gin­ger is an ef­fec­tive rem­e­dy for in­fec­tion and ir­ri­ta­tion. Con­ven­tion­al cough med­i­cines can make you feel drowsy, lethar­gic and may be too strong for some peo­ple, so gin­ger tea may be a lighter al­ter­na­tive.

Conitnue Reading at Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

What is kratom? ‘Controversial’ herbal supplement leads to overdoses in the U.S.

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According to Health Canada, kratom is an herbal supplement that could … substitute for opioids,” Walsh previously told Global News. “It doesn’t appear to be anywhere near as potent …

Herbal supplement kratom is tied to more US deaths

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. health officials say overdose deaths involving the herbal supplement kratom are more common than previously reported. A government report released Thursday said kratom was a cause …

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. health officials say overdose deaths involving the herbal supplement kratom are more common than previously reported. A government report released Thursday said kratom was a cause …

When pregnant women take kratom, their babies may suffer

Widely available in health food stores, drugstores and even vending machines without a prescription, the effects of kratom on people who take it are poorly understood. Few studies have been done …

Widely available in health food stores, drugstores and even vending machines without a prescription, the effects of kratom on people who take it are poorly understood. Few studies have been done …

Bad Ass Cannabis Showcases CBD Oil Elixirs at Health and Wellness Event in Orlando

Recent research suggests that CBD oil can relieve pain, reduce anxiety, alleviate cancer-related symptoms, reduce acne, help ease neurological disorders and benefit cardiovascular health. Bad Ass …

Recent research suggests that CBD oil can relieve pain, reduce anxiety, alleviate cancer-related symptoms, reduce acne, help ease neurological disorders and benefit cardiovascular health. Bad Ass …

UB warns pregnant women about the dangers of kratom

Kratom has been growing in popularity among expecting mothers to ease pain, but could result in serious health effects. Doctors at UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine say they usually see pregnant women …

Kratom has been growing in popularity among expecting mothers to ease pain, but could result in serious health effects. Doctors at UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine say they usually see pregnant women …

Alabama Health Officials Report Spike in Synthetic Cannabis Overdoses

As reported by local news source Al.com, multiple public agencies are warning the public to watch out for and avoid synthetic cannabis. The warnings come as health officials and law enforcement in …

As reported by local news source Al.com, multiple public agencies are warning the public to watch out for and avoid synthetic cannabis. The warnings come as health officials and law enforcement in …

Kratom: Castle Rock Deciding What to Do About Controversial Substance

and Eduardo Brambila of the Kratom Trade Association, as well as assorted retailers, Douglas County coroner Jill Romann, the Tri-County Health Department’s Bernadette Albanese and Castle Rock Police …

and Eduardo Brambila of the Kratom Trade Association, as well as assorted retailers, Douglas County coroner Jill Romann, the Tri-County Health Department’s Bernadette Albanese and Castle Rock Police …