By Steven Maxwell
I’m a recreational cannabis refugee. I moved to the Pacific Northwest to avoid the potential of being thrown in a cage for smoking a flower that makes my life better.
I’m old enough to remember when good marijuana was rare and called “kine buds.” Kine comes from Hawaiian pigeon speak for “the good kind.” Since Hawaii has had a long love affair with potent pakalolo (crazy smoke), with strains like Maui Waui becoming world famous, kine became universal slang for “the good weed” even for a teenager like me in the 1990s in Connecticut.
Brick weed of unknown origin was much more common in those days. As the legalization of cannabis expands, so does the knowledge of the best strains and their effects. Today brick weed is all but extinct in the United States while genetic strains of cannabis are becoming very sophisticated.
Crowd sourcing experiences may prove more accurate than clinical studies could ever be. Sites like Leafly and others have curated thousands of experiences about how different strains and doses of cannabis affect people. Although marijuana effects seem to be unique for each individual, much like various alcohol drinks are, some common traits are identifiable.
In a previous article, I described the general differences between sativa and indica strains. Sativa has a more energetic, heady and creative effect, while indica is more pain-relieving and sleep-inducing.
I cannot believe that with all the evidence that we STILL allow our water to be poisoned by our Government. I don’t drink tap water and won’t until this poison is removed from our water supply. I don’t use fluoridated toothpaste either because it is common sense at this point that this stuff isn’t good for you.
The science that fluoride is a health risk is overwhelming and one must ask WHY does the Government insist on putting this in our water? It certainly isn’t for our good health.
Fluoride is commonly found in tap water thanks to a process called fluoridation – which the U.S. government has been repeatedly telling us is a safe and effective way to protect teeth from decay, according to Global Research.
But a recent study published in The Lancet, the world’s most renowned medical journal, has actually classified fluoride as a neurotoxin – something which has a negative impact on brain development – alongside other extremely toxic compounds such asarsenic, lead and mercury.
A large number of cities within the U.S. are pumping their drinking water systems full of fluoride, and the government is claiming that there are no health risks to this unnecessary practice.
WHY IS FLUORIDE ADDED TO WATER?
Fluoride is added to water because of an outdated notion that it prevents dental decay, according to Scientific American. If applied frequently in low concentrations, the U.S. is being led to believe that it increases the rate of growth and size of tooth enamel – which helps to reverse the formation of small cavities.
But, modern studies show that dental decay rates are so low in the U.S. that the effects of water fluoridation cannot actually be measured. This means that the benefit of water fluoridation is not clinically relevant, according to Fluoride Alert.
There are many safer ways to provide fluoride for your teeth if they are deficient. In fact, there is a very easy one time gel treatment that takes only 15 minutes and lasts a lifetime, according to Ye Olde Journalist. Teenagers and young adults that have dental fluoride deficiency can easily be tested – although it is likely that their dentist will have noticed the problem and already suggested ways to improve the condition.
What little benefit fluoridated water might actually provide comes entirely through its topical application – meaning that fluoride does not need to be swallowed to benefit teeth, as reported by Fluoride Alert.
LED lights are an environmentally friendly lighting solution that is rapidly gaining ground all over the world. Many countries have recognized the need to cut down on energy use to help protect the environment. One example is India, which has recently launched its Domestic Efficient Lighting Program. This initiative involves distributing a total of 770 million LED light bulbs to homes around the nation in an effort to cut down on the amount of energy used for domestic lighting purposes.
All around the world, individuals and businesses are starting to switch to LEDs in order to take advantage of their lower energy consumption and the reduced electricity costs that come with it. In 2011, 40% of domestic lights sold were LEDs. Governments around the world are also choosing to make the switch. 2 million LED luminaires were installed to provide lighting for tunnels and roadways in 2012. Municipal governments in many countries are working together with businesses in the lighting industry to make cities greener with the help of LED lighting solutions for public spaces.
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