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How Cannabis Can Enhance Wellness and Mindfulness

Yoga has been in my life for as long as I can remember, but the relationship I’ve had with my practice has changed drastically over the last couple years. The biggest change was in my outlook. Yoga once was just a form of exercise for me, but has become an integral part of my self-care routine, and necessary for remaining sane among the craziness of life.

If one were to look at a timeline, they’d notice this change coincidentally occurred when I moved from DC to California, transitioning from a land with strict limitations surrounding cannabis to the new frontier in the industry – I said goodbye to the days of having to text an unreliable “dealer” to replenish my stash, and hello to the concept of a med card and plenty of dispensaries within a 2-mile vicinity.

I would be lying if I said the ease of acquiring cannabis didn’t impact the frequency with which I consumed it. Who’d blame me? But I found these moments becoming less about “indulging” and the East Coast guilt surrounding it (yeah, I’m making that a thing), and more about mental health and getting in tune with myself.

I initiated a little case study as I first started out in the land of legal cannabis. Some days I’d take a hit or two before my yoga class, and some days I’d go without. I noticed a stark difference between the two: on days I’d consume, I got far deeper into my practice, was more regulated with my breathing, and less inhibited to try poses, even if they were typically out of my comfort zone. I felt alive during my practice instead of counting down the minutes until my workout was over.

Experiencing yoga in this way, without the barriers of hyper awareness and self doubt, gave me such a different experience that it was worth noting – and repeating. And now that recreational cannabis is legalized in the state of California for adults, there are tons of product options to incorporate into your routine. One of the most interesting brands I’ve come across is Dosist, which I found at Blüm Dispensary.

 

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Dosist calls themselves “the first complete solution in cannabis,” and I agree that they’ve made a revolutionary product. The brand has created a vape of sorts that gives out consistent “doses” each time. To be specific, the user inhales for about 4-5 seconds and then will feel a vibration from the pen, noting the completion of a dose. They have six different pens, with each eliciting a different vibe or feeling: bliss, sleep, calm, relief, arouse, and passion.

Dosist uses varying ratios of THC to CBD, along with culinary grade terpenes to interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) inside each of us to achieve the “mood” associated with each pen. For example, the “Calm” pen is a 1:10 THC to CBD ratio, and contains terpenes like limonene, known to relieve stress and anxiety, and myrcene, known for its muscle relaxing properties. The “Relief” pen is a 10:1 THC to CBD ratio, and contains terpenes like terpinolene, known for its relaxing properties, and beta-caryophyllene, which is said to lower inflammation and reduce pain.

These effects are just a couple examples of the benefits cannabis has had on my yoga practice. Let’s be real – yoga is deeply rooted in flow and movement and some positions seem like part of a contortionist act, so it’s important for the body to be in a malleable state to achieve certain postures. Relieving the body of stress or inflammation can loosen your muscles, allowing you to get deeper into poses with less discomfort.

The usage of terpenes is also beneficial to us when in food, not just with cannabis. At a recent wellness event with Dosist at ESO Live Well, a nutritionist-curated menu featured build-your-own avocado toast, fresh berries, and egg frittatas. Avocados contain the terpene myrcene, and raspberries contain the terpene limonene, two terpenes also found in the Dosist “Calm” pen. Consuming terpene-rich foods can nourish the body and accentuate your practice, too, especially when in tandem with their counterparts found in cannabis.

Products like Dosist that blend together the plant medicine of cannabis with terpene “therapy” take the guesswork out of self care, and empower users seeking to control their mood and outlook. When trying a new product, consistency is key to understanding its effects and properly managing your dosing for next time. Keep track of how you feel in a journal to decide what the perfect dose for you might be and most importantly, have fun while doing it!

 

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Popular UK Restaurant Chain Trains Its Baristas In Martial Arts

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You may have heard that popular UK resultant chain Leon is coming to the United States soon. Known as “The Future of Fast Food,” the restaurant follows a unique model where they offer cuisines from around the world at a more affordable price point, but manages to maintain quality ingredients.

Even though Leon is taking strides to cement themselves in the future, we discovered that the restaurant chain draws tutelage from the past as well: Baristas at Leon are schooled in the ancient martial art of Wing Tsun, also referred to as Wing Chun, as a free elective during off hours.

It looks a little something like this.

The idea behind Leon offering their baristas courses in Wing Tsun is to help promote well-being among employees. Leon holds Wing Tsun sessions for restaurant managers and often begins meetings practicing the exercises.

Shīfu Julian Hitch, Leon’s Director of Wellness and Wing Tsun Master explains the core philosophies the Leon team learns during these lessons.

“Wing Tsun is focused on improving the quality of your life,” Hitch says. “It gives both practical tools for physically improving your everyday movements and guidance for personal development. Importantly for us, it is also grounded in well-being, helping us all to achieve physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual harmony.”

He adds that the training also provides a platform for his employees to connect socially.

Everyone at Leon is taught specific breathing techniques to enhance personal calmness and increase their ability to handle stress.

“In the classes and the manuals, we teach how movements such as the Wing Tsun punch help us look after our body and increase the speed and efficiency of how we move,” Hitch says. “In particular this involves the use of low elbow positions for stability and strength, reducing the strain on the shoulders.”

The aspects of Wing Tsun taught to baristas include:

  • Relaxation: the ability to find personal calm despite whatever is going on around us.
  • Flow: the ability to create ‘effortless focus’.
  • Mastery: the ability to constantly improve on everything we do.

Three physical principles Hitch teaches his students are:

  • Posture: the ability to stand upright and minimize the stresses on the body
  • Natural body movements: the ability to move our body in the most natural way
  • Shortest Line: the ability to move in the shortest line between different objects
  • Mini-Max: the ability to always look for the minimum effort for maximum results when moving.
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With those physical foundations instilled, Hitch mentions that productivity has noticeably grown among the baristas.

“In one notable example, we evaluated our baristas in three areas: number of coffee made in six minutes, their heart rate, and the overall quality of the coffee,” Hitch says. “After studying Wing Tsun, Leon baristas were reevaluated, and we found that they had significantly improved in all three areas: They increased their average speed by 30 seconds, thus making more coffee in the six-minute time span.”

The positive results weren’t just noticeble on the professional side, but also the personal.

“Their average heart rate went down by 18 beats per minute (the highest was 40 bpm), and the quality of coffee improved,” Hitch continues. “The baristas felt far more relaxed after the training – feeling it set them up for the week ahead. There was hugely positive feedback from both the managers and the baristas in the personal and professional changes that had happened.”

With this success, Leon plans to apply Wing Tsun to other areas of the restaurant including the kitchen staff.

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Health Hit-Or-Miss Tastemade/Snapchat

Why Eating Turmeric Should Be A Part Of Your Diet

You’d probably be able to place turmeric if we told you it was the stuff in curry powder that makes it yellow, but turmeric in its raw form is a root that looks fairly similar to ginger. The root has a ton of health benefits and deserves to be incorporated in your life way more than solely in the form of a miscellaneous golden powder. Here are just some of the reasons you should be eating more turmeric.

Turmeric is so good for reducing inflammation that it can be just as effective as actual anti-inflammatory medicine.

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You read that right. The root is very high in a chemical called “curcumin,” which is a natural anti-inflammatory. While certain low and short-term levels of inflammation are natural for the body, long-term inflammation is really bad for your body tissue. Studies have shown that turmeric can sometimes be just as effective as your run-of-the-mill anti-inflammatory, so it’s time to throw away the Ibuprofen and stock up on turmeric. Try this tea on for size. .

turmeric is loaded with antioxidants


If you’ve ever fallen victim to the many trendy beverages on the shelves marketed as having tons of antioxidants (we’re looking at you, Bai), then you know antioxidants protect the body from free radicals. These little buggers can be pretty harmful to the body. Luckily, turmeric is a pretty potent antioxidant. Try incorporating it into your next snack. We promise it’s not that hard. Just take a look at this turmeric popcorn.

Turmeric is known to improve brain function


If you’re feeling a little sluggish mentally and all those Lumosity games aren’t working for you, turn to turmeric. Curcumin, which we mentioned earlier, has been found to increase levels of this thing in your brain called BDNF, which stands for Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor. Basically, BDNF is a type of growth hormone that lives in the brain and contributes to healthy brain function. Some people even think this aspect of turmeric can improve your memory, or even combat several genetic or age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s. Adding turmeric to your diet is much easier than you think. Just throw some turmeric in the pot the next time you make rice. Your brain will thank you.

Turmeric is a natural way to keep your brain happy


Certain studies have shown that turmeric can even improve your mood, and protect against depression. This has to do with that BDNF stuff we mentioned earlier. Depression is oftentimes linked to a shortage of BDNF, which as you know affects brain health. Since turmeric boosts BDNF, it can contribute to a healthy, happy brain.

Some people think turmeric can even help prevent cancer


Obviously, cancer is it’s own demon and there isn’t 100% proof that turmeric can cure it at all, but integrating turmeric into your diet definitely can’t hurt. There are a few reasons scientists think this way. First of all, the antioxidant boost found in turmeric protects the cells in your body from free radicals. These free radicals can be pretty harmful to the point where they have the ability to attack your DNA. So by boosting the antioxidants and nipping those free radicals in the bud, ideally there will be less room for that DNA to be mutated into cancer cells. Next time you’re fixing up a midnight milkshake, throw in some turmeric. We promise your milkshake will still taste like a milkshake.

Turmeric can help you undo the damage you did to your liver last weekend


Don’t tell PETA, but we have rats to thank for this discovery. There is a study that had one set of rats consuming turmeric, and the other was exposed to the control drug. The rats that were fed turmeric had increased levels of two essential liver detox enzymes. Honestly we’re not entirely sure how to pronounce these so we’ll leave it to the scientists, but we do know this is good. If you had a particularly exciting weekend, whip up a batch of this turmeric drank. You’ll be good as new by Monday.

Turmeric can lower your risk of heart disease


Alright, we’re about to get scientific with you again. So that curcumin stuff is really good, can’t you tell? In this case, we’re talking about it because curcumin is known to positively affect the endothelium, which is a fancy term for the lining of your blood vessels. Heart disease is highly driven by a dysfunctional endothelium, therefore, by making it better suited to do it’s thang like regulate your blood pressure and help with clotting, your risk of heart disease can be significantly decreased. If you have a sweet tooth, you really need to whip up this turmeric-filled dessert. Just look at it.

Turmeric can tame heartburn and an upset stomach


Similar to it’s cousin ginger, turmeric works wonders against heartburn. It’s also pretty good at relieving any distress you might be feeling in your tum tum. Next time you eat Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, boil some hot water and throw in some chopped turmeric. The hot water will release the flavors of turmeric and you’ll have yourself a nice, makeshift tea. You’ll be pain-free before you know it.

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Woman Mistakenly Eats Poisonous Plant On Livestream

A recent practice in China encourages consuming raw aloe vera for a multitude of health benefits. These include aiding in digestion, immune boost, soothing irritations, and providing antioxidants.

One wellness vlogger did a livestream where she ate, what she thought was raw aloe vera on camera. Unfortunately, she grabbed the wrong plant.

Mashable reports the 26-year-old woman actually bit into Agave americana, a poisonous plant that can cause your throat to burn and swell up. At first everything seemed to go well during the woman’s vlog, until she noticed the plant tasted bitter. Fortunately, she caught the mistake almost immediately and went to the hospital before the toxic plant could do more damage.

Now we’re not ones to judge about eating things we don’t know much about on camera, but this was definitely a hard life lesson for the young health personality. Hopefully she’s more careful on her next livestream.