As of 2017, Florida
legalized the use of medical marijuana via registration with the
compassionate care registry. Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products
are available by prescription to patients meeting the diagnostic requirements
for illness and disorders that have clinically demonstrated alleviation of
symptoms under treatment protocols that include medical marijuana. A wide range
of conditions may benefit from medical marijuana treatment (FMD.green) because the symptoms of these
diseases share commonalities – muscle tension/spasms, anxiety, neuropathic and
migraine pain, nausea, appetite suppression, and agitation.
Medical CBD resulted in a significant improvement in my
quality of life. In previous blog posts starting in October of last year I
disclosed a severe decompensation into PTSD symptoms related to my experience
both during the election cycle and a lack of support from my home department at
the University of Florida. I worked diligently using the traditi…
In 2002 Maurice Elphick of Queen Mary University in London presented his research at the annual meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology. Elphick had previously demonstrated that the cannabinoid system in mammals "is a fundamental signalling system in the central nervous system of vertebrates, where it plays a role in movement, pain, and learning and memory.” The 2002 presentation built on his previous work. He had discovered cannabinoid receptors outside of the nervous system among invertebrates, specifically sea squirts. This means that the receptor for cannabinoids existed much earlier in the evolutionary line than previously estimated. Cannabinoids have served a biological function in animals since invertebrates evolved (Genomeweb, 2002).
The Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system is the largest neurotransmitter system in the brain. This system can be affected either by cannabinoids from outside of the body (exogenous), or those…
The idea for this post came to me suddenly, while I was applying makeup for no reason at mid morning. I have always thought of makeup as a kind of "war paint" - adding flesh colored layers on top of my true face, to create a mask that stimulates different kinds of reactions depending on emphasis on eyes or lips, the color scheme, the number of layers, etc.
Makeup is without a doubt artistry, you can peruse Instagram for some exquisitely shining and also exquisitely horrific examples of this art, with the array of gender identities becoming the socially acceptable canvas for expression, with the makeup artist using their own face, the faces of others, or a combination of both. Makeup artists can make a healthy living these days, and the use of makeup for movies, TV, special effects, and even for the more mundane events of life, that are cause of celebration but as commonplace as grass, like bridal parties and prom and Quinceañeras and Bat Mitzvahs. We humans love our makeup.