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Can Medical Cannabis Fuel Brain Cell Growth? How?

 

Medical marijuana is now legally used to treat a host of different medical conditions, ranging from mild anxiety to full-blown Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD.) However, new research points to yet another benefit of medical cannabis.

Yes, here’s another reason to find a fast and reliable medical marijuana delivery service, and one more way nature has made marijuana the world’s most perfect plant.

The cannabinoids in marijuana promote new brain cell growth, and it has been confirmed in study after study. Ironically, the finding is just the opposite of what people believe about marijuana – that it kills your brain cells. Surprise! Medical marijuana has been found to cause neurogenesis, the stimulation of new brain cell growth; the fact that most prescription and street drugs suppress neurogenesis, is no surprise.

We’ve known since 2005 that a concentrated form of the synthetic cannabinoid HU-210 promotes the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus, the region of the brain that processes learning and memory, as well as anxiety and depression. Now, other studies are pointing to these same neurogenic effects in both CBD and CBC, two important healing cannabinoids of marijuana.

Here at Green Door West, the premiere medical marijuana delivery service in Los Angeles, we have always known that brain cell growth encouraged by medical marijuana balances the ill-effects of smoking it, and that smoking is the only method of ingestion that kills brain cells.

When you’re looking for Beverly Hills marijuana delivery, or Santa Monica marijuana delivery, you’ll find the finest top-shelf flower strains, as well as potent edibles, topical creams, and marijuana concentrates – which are discretely delivered right to your door.

The laws surrounding California’s recent recreational marijuana proposition will not go into effect until early 2018, and you still need a medical marijuana card to buy, grow, or possess weed in California until then. So the next time someone tells you to “grow a brain,” have your trusty medical marijuana delivery service bring over some brain cell fuel immediately.

 

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The Power and Psychology of Colour that Influences Buying

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Colours are extremely powerful in provoking emotions deep within the person seeing them and this is something that is completely natural and has been a common theme in the animal kingdom since the existence of life, for example the male peacock uses its bright colours to attract a mate and impress potential mates. The modern day equivalent to this in the human world is using colours to sell products and this is something that companies take very seriously. Read on to find out a little bit more about the psychology of colours and the impact that they have on purchasing.

Colours convey messages

Brands choose their colours very carefully, because they know that they are important because they need to be clear, bold, beautiful and of course, recognisable. Companies use colours in ultra strict and consistent ways to build their brands, because it doesn’t matter if your company sells stylus pens or balloons, consist use of colour is of the utmost importance in influencing customers and potential customers to buy. If they get this wrong they risk losing customers by not being memorable or by putting them off.

Do colours actually sell

In the infographic I have included above it would seem that colours actually play a huge part in our purchasing decisions, particularly given that 90% of people subconsciously judge based on colour alone and also that people judge products within the first 90 seconds. Therefore colour plays a huge role in pushing the customer to buy a product, particularly because the colour is something must immediately attract and please the customer, particularly given the very short 90 seconds for the customer to make their ultimate decision.

Colours have different meanings

It is well know that colours have different meanings around the world, and this ties into the way that things are branded and marketed in various places. Good examples of this are red in Germany (bad luck), yellow in France (infidelity) and blue in Sweden (masculinity). Let’s look at Sweden, which is the home of the world famous brand Ikea. The colour of the Ikea logo is naturally yellow and blue (the national colours of Sweden and its flag), which presents a very strong contrast that is visually pleasing. This bold contrast can also be tied into the fact that blue is a strongly masculine in Sweden and can be seen to be very attractive.

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Getting back on your wheels and back on the road  

Are you planning on embarking on an extended cycling trip or tour; have you prepared yourself for all the possible problems you may face; what if you are injured while you are cycling; would you simply turn around and go home? Here are a few basic tips to help ensure you are fully prepared before you leave, ways to adequately deal with an injury whilst cycling and possible ways to seek compensation if someone else was at fault. Whatever happens, don’t let an injury hinder your ability to have a memorable cycling tour.

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Pre-trip preparation tips

Pain, which can ultimately lead to injury, is usually caused by a poor bike fit or improper riding technique. Make sure before you leave that you have your bicycle adjusted specifically for you and that you have a bike helmet. Helmets prevent one of the most common and most serious injuries that can be sustained on a bicycle. Make sure you take all of your paperwork for your medical/health insurance, passport (if necessary) and any other documents essential for your healthcare. If travelling abroad, make sure you read up on the rules of the road and what is expected of you as a cyclist in the areas you will be riding through.

 

Early warning signs

It is important to be aware of early warning signs that may indicate you are on the road to injury. These commonly include tenderness or soreness of the muscles or joints, swelling, numbness or limited degrees of motion. It is important to treat these issues seriously so they do not lead to larger more serious problems.

 

If an injury occurs 

If you sustain an injury, it may be one that is most commonly associated with cycling, such as problems with the knees, road rash, muscle cramps or back/hip problems. There are also a variety of injuries that you may sustain if you are thrown from your bicycle due to a collision. If you are on a tour, don’t panic, there are steps to take to ensure that you can continue your trip, even if it means taking a day or two off. If the injury feels serious, be sure to seek professional medical help. If it is a reoccurring injury, you may know steps to take in hopes of reducing the pain.

 

No matter what type of injury you sustain, the same basic steps should be followed to ensure that the problem is remediated.

 

  • Take a break and seek professional help (file a police report if a collision has taken place)
  • Double check your bike fit and your equipment to ensure there are no problems
  • Treat the injury accordingly (i.e. stretch, ice, bandages, strengthening exercises, taping or using a brace)
  • Take a few days off from cycling, if necessary and rest up at a hotel
  • Listen to your body, if it is too painful to continue don’t push yourself too hard

 

If the injury is caused by a collision of some kind, make sure you report the incident to the police immediately and visit a doctor. Make sure you get contact information from all the parties involved, including any witnesses to the collision. There are many legal professionals who specialize in these types of accidents, such as auto accident attorney Gary Martin Hays. Seeking their advice will save you a lot of heartache in the long-term.

 

Compensation for your injury 

There are a variety of hotlines you can contact after being injured in a cycling accident. Many of them offer a free consultation regarding what steps to take when filing claims and pursuing compensation. Your best bet is to call one of these hotlines or seek the help of a professional auto accident attorney. Make sure that whatever you decide you do not put it off, file a claim immediately. Don’t be hesitant about making that call; you deserve to be compensated for your injury.

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SPINNING AROUND LONDON

What is a spin class and where can you find one? Saddle up and read on to find out about some of the many spin classes London has to offer, and the background to this hugely popular form of exercise.

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Spinning – the more popular name for indoor cycling – focuses on endurance, strength, intervals, high intensity and recovery. The practice does not involve regular exercise bikes, but specialised cycles with a weighted flywheel – spin bike frames tend to be more similar in appearance to those of actual bicycles than the standard exercise bike too.

While use of an exercise bike tends to be a solo experience, spinning takes place in classes – where the instructor will lead the room through a routine, often accompanied by music. It has been stated that spinning can burn 400-500 kcal in 40 minutes, and other benefits include the strengthening and toning of lower body muscles.

As an indoor activity with a positive track record and a sociable element, spinning has become understandably popular around the world. It should therefore come as no surprise that in a city the size of London there are plenty of spin classes to choose from. Here is a round-up of just some of the classes to be found in the capital…

BOOM CYCLE – 2-8 Scrutton Street EC2A 4RT: Boom Cycle’s introductory blurb on its website is as dynamic as its name… “The go to place for a healthy balance of hedonistic endorphins and high intensity workouts to nightclub quality music”.

FITNESS FIRST – Unit A East Stand, Avenell Road N5 1FE: One of the many health club chains to have premises in London features a unique twist on spinning. Alongside its more conventional spin classes it offers Victoria Pendelton Pro-Cycling classes, developed with the Olympic gold medallist.

GOOD VIBES – 14-16 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BU and 11 Tottenham Street, Fitzrovia W1T 2AG: The club that offers Glow Yoga also runs classes in Glow Cycle – a workout that is fun but also effective in burning calories.

H2 BIKE RUN – Dufours Place W1F 7SP: Offering 72 classes per week and a variety of perks including a free towel and morning coffee, H2 advertises structured rides and freerides on 33 state of the art Star Trac bikes.

MY FITNESS BOUTIQUE – West Heath Yard, 174 Mill Lane NW6 1TB: My Fitness Boutique sells itself on having no memberships and no contracts. It can add no shortage of fitness classes to its pitch too, with spinning well represented.

PARAMOUNT HEALTH & FITNESS – 316-322 Green Lanes, Palmers Green N13 5TT: Spin classes with Julio are among the classes scheduled by this health club promising excellent service and state of the art equipment.

PEDAL STUDIO – 4 Token Yard, Putney High Street SW15 1SR and 7 Elm Grove, Wimbledon SW19 4HE: London’s first pay as you go dedicated spinning only studio, promising a warm welcome, an enjoyable experience and one of the most effective mind, body and soul workouts.

POWERVIBE FITNESS STUDIO – 1 All Saints Road W11 1HA: Powervibe offers a more intimate spinning experience, with classes for up to just four clients at a time. 30 and 60 minute sessions are available.

SOUTHBANK CLUB – 124-130 Wandsworth Road SW8 2LD: The city’s largest squash and fitness club features Spin/Circuit and Spin 2 Thin on its extensive list of available classes.

SPINADDIKTS – LA Fitness, 63/81 Pelham Street SW7 2NJ: Founded by Frances H Mikuriya (Johnny G Star Level 3 lifetime qualified Spinning Instructor), this is the first private indoor cycling group in London.

Now you know where to look, visit your nearest club and try out spinning classes London style!

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5 Ways to Reduce Bacteria In The Office

Slide on those silicon gloves and prepare to get dirty. Your place of employment is harbouring more germy nasties than you would care to know. Don’t spend a large portion of your week in a cess pool of sickness. Follow these few tips and you will be on the highway to hygiene!

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Clean your desk regularly

Cleaning your desk doesn’t mean just tidying your pen collection. You think of your workspace as a pristine environment, but when you knock over your morning coffee, and warm brown liquid creates rivers along your desk, you are already doomed. Wage war on bacteria, armed with soap and hot water. A quick wipe down at the end of each day will ensure milky residue isn’t festering for an entire week.

Create a cleaning roster

I’m really excited to empty the slimy bins, says no one ever. You are going to suspect everyone has severe sight problems if you continue to employ the clean-up-as-you-see-it policy for mess. If everyone has a small job they complete regularly, it will feel like no one is burdened, but your office stays squeaky clean and germ free. Place your roster in a public place to avoid confusion, and so nobody can play the blame game after three weeks of dirty toilets.

Ban the all-purpose cloth

There is no such thing as an all-purpose cloth. The sponge used for wiping slimy spaghetti off the kitchen sink, should not be used to clean the scum off the windows. Even rinsing it under hot water won’t completely remove the breeding bacteria. Throw out any cloths that could be vessels of contamination, and replace them with job specific implements. Get creative and have a bit of fun with this ordinarily mundane task. Colour code your cloths, buckets and mops, even go so far as to name and draw faces on them. Who knew cleaning could be so fun and friendly?

Make the kitchen sink sparkle

Kitchen sinks turn into cauldrons of bacteria. Yesterday’s leftover fish curry makes friends with the chunky remnants of the health freak’s protein shake. Together they birth a putrid smelling spawn that leaves you on the floor like you just inhaled chloroform. Enforce a regular cleaning regime, ensuring no dishes are left in the sink at the end of the day. Don’t let your sink become a breeding ground.

Keep carpets fresh

Give the floor some love. It’s a hard gig being consistently trodden on, soaking in spills and having dust mites settle in. The carpet can be easily ignored because it isn’t at eye level, but just a little attention can make all the difference in the cleanliness and aesthetics departments. It’s a simple as cleaning as you go. If Heather from sales drops her red lipstick, don’t let it get scuffed into the carpet for eternity. Take a couple of minutes to spot clean and keep the floor fresh. A little maintenance in between the weekly cleaners visit might just save you from a hay fever episode.

Say goodbye to bacteria, sickness and strange smells around the office. For more tricks, consult a professional cleaner, such as AMC Commercial Cleaning.

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3 Reasons why reading is important

We all know that reading is very important, it is one of the essential skills that we need to be able to study and to learn more. Without being able to read there is no way that we could have learned much at school or even after our school years had come to an end. Learning to read is important, but what is equally as important is that you continue to read for as long as you possibly can, hopefully for your entire life. Getting children reading is one of the most important things that parents can do, inspiring your kid to read at a young age will help them no end at school and in life in general. To see how seriously reading is you only need to look at the amazing book tour that was launched by Scottish Friendly back in 2013. The tour is going from the North of the United Kingdom to the south, calling in at thousands of schools. The tour brings together leading authors and school children, the author will read their story with the kids and then talk to them afterwards. This is a sure fire way to get kids interested in reading and also to get them inspired to read more. The tour has been a huge success so far and has influenced the lives of many school kids in their reading. We think that the most important reasons for reading are as follows:

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It allows an escape and a chance to de-stress

When a child picks up a book or has one read to them it allows them to lose themselves in a story, they can turn off and escape to an imaginary place that is created by the book. This is fantastic for kids, with so much pressure being put on them to perform at a young age a chance to escape is always welcome. The more interested they are the more they will lose themselves in the story and want to read more.

Helps for educational purposes

The number one way to learn things is to read books. Books can teach children any number of things, it can teach them about the world, history or even teach them to use their imagination when they are reading a fictional text.

It opens and expands the mind

When you read a book it allows you to walk through a door to an imaginary world. Your creative juices start flowing the second you read a book, you create the scenes, you create how the characters look and talk. Essentially you are teaching your mind to be more vivid and creative, this is such a useful skill for kids to learn.

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The benefits of contact lenses

Millions of people all over the UK wear contact lenses, finding them a more comfortable and practical alternative to glasses. All the time, manufacturers are innovating new lenses and designing them so they offer wearers maximum comfort – read on to hear more about the benefits you could enjoy with contacts.

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Sport

Anyone who loves playing sports regularly will know how much of a hindrance wearing glasses can be.

Depending on how physical the activity is, your spectacles can easily be knocked off and possibly broken, meaning you’ll be out of action for the rest of the game and you’ll have to splash out on a new pair of frames.

What’s more, when it rains, your glasses can become steamed up and sweaty and this could affect how well you perform – it may even result in you having to pull out of a match.

With contact lenses however, your eyesight is just as good as if you were wearing your frames, while you can enjoy a full field of view without worrying about damaging your glasses or the rain spoiling your vision. The same goes for when you’re at the gym or going for a run – glasses can be a nuisance and feel quite constricting.
Social events

Don’t let your old spectacles ruin the photographs at an important social event – smarten your appearance with contact lenses and enjoy uninterrupted peripheral vision for the duration of the occasion. You’ll feel much more confident and your friends will love your new look.

Even if you just want to wear contact lenses now and then, they can still make you feel more glamorous at a big do, like a wedding or work dinner. What’s more, you won’t have to worry about your glasses falling down your nose or sliding clean off – you can enjoy being with your friends and family worry-free.

Are you fed up with getting dodgy tan lines around your eyes when you go on holiday? Then contact lenses would be the perfect purchase, as they eliminate the chances of this happen and mean you can wear your favourite designer sunglasses out and about.
Comfortable

It’s only natural for people to feel apprehensive about putting contact lenses in for the first time, as the thought of inserting something into your eyes isn’t a pleasant one. But, once you get used to the lenses, you’re guaranteed to find they’re actually extremely comfortable and make day-to-day activities – such as driving and reading the paper – much easier.

Some contacts can be worn for up to 15 hours at a time and are made especially to prevent your eyes from drying out throughout the day. As long as you look after them properly – monthly ones need to be placed in a pot of solution overnight – then you should be able to enjoy all-round corrected vision at all times.

Once you’ve got the knack of putting lenses in, you won’t even notice they’re there and this feeling will last right up until the moment you take them out at night.

 

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Does a full moon really affect sleep?

There are many things that can help you get a good night’s sleep: a comfortable bed, a glass of warm milk, a good book. But does any of that matter if our sleeping patterns are ultimately dictated by the moon?

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In short, yes. Planning your night and getting a decent amount of rest is essential if you want to avoid feeling grumpy, unfocused and sluggish. Limiting your exposure to computer screens, eating properly and sticking to a routine are all excellent ways to improve your night-time routine. If you’re still having problems, online pharmacists like Medicines2u supply a wide variety of sleeping tablets to aid you. There are also a number of fantastic apps and alarm clocks that will analyse your sleeping patterns, and wake you only when you feel rested.

 

So where does the moon come into this? We can all accept that our daily body cycle is affected by the sun: as it sets we inherently start winding down, and as it rises we start to awake.

 

Dr Silvia Frey, of the University of Basel in Switzerland, found compelling evidence that our sleep is affected by a full moon. In an experiment published by Current Biology, participants had their sleep patterns monitored while being shut away from moonlight. Both the volunteers and organisers had no idea the research was going to be used to observe the effects of the moon. The results showed that during a full moon, participants slept around 20 minutes less than normal. Observers also discovered that participants had a lighter sleep and, on average, took longer to nod off. The research deducted that human sleeping patterns are indeed affect by the moon.

 

This begs the question – why? Scientists theorise that it’s less to do with knowledge of the tides and more attributable to an inherited ancestral body clock. They believe that centuries ago, it was survival instinct to sleep less during a full moon. The lighter nights meant that we would have been in more potential danger from predators. We would sleep lightly, so it would be easier to wake up and react to danger promptly.

At this time, this is all theoretical and the moon continues to shrouded in mystery. If you need more advice on how to get a good night’s sleep, Help Guide has a very informative set of tips you can follow.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying An Existing Business

As it has in many areas of modern life, the Internet has been a game-changer for entrepreneurs looking to buy existing businesses. Portal websites such as Commercialview.com.au offer one-stop commercial property shopping, with all the prices and locations of businesses up for sale. Although due diligence is still needed before buying someone else’s enterprise and making it your own, these portal sites make the beginning of the process easier than it has ever been before.

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It’s easy to take the good…
Only you know how much you’re willing to invest in an existing business. Other than the asking price, however, there are other important factors that you will need to know about any place you are interested in buying and owning for yourself. Are there skilled existing employees that you might like to keep on? Keep an eye out for those individuals who can significantly reduce your hiring and training costs. Remember that experienced employees may be able to show you the ropes on some of the more common pitfalls and opportunities presented at their level.

Unless the business you’re looking to purchase is becoming insolvent due to lack of customers, another nice aspect of buying an existing commercial venture is that many people will already know about your business, meaning that a lot of the work of introducing yourself to a community doesn’t need to be done.

Finally, since there is already a customer base, you will most likely have immediate cash coming into the business. This means that less capital has to be squirreled away before opening shop. It also means that some of the capital you do have saved up may be used to expand that customer base.

But can you take the bad?
Unfortunately, there is a down side to almost every advantage in buying an existing business. For example, although inheriting existing employees may be helpful in important ways, in other ways, it may work counter to your plans. It’s easy for long-time staff to become jaded, bored or otherwise uninterested in your business now, except as a supplier of a pay-check. You will have to expend effort to weed out negative employees and cultivate positive ones.

As far as not needing to introduce yourself to customers, think about whether that’s really a positive thing. Did the former owner have a bad reputation in the community? It could be that location was the only thing that kept the business afloat, and that advantage can be lost in the time it takes a competitor to put out their shingle. Starting a good reputation from scratch may be easier than erasing customers’ memories of a bad reputation.

Not needing a lot of capital to open shop is a definite relief, but the fact that the space has been in use may mean heavier maintenance costs down the line. Depending on the type of operation you’ve purchased, machinery may need to be refurbished or replaced. For example, a bakery without its industrial-strength mixers isn’t going to be able to operate for very long. This is one area in which is it vitally important for prospective buyers of an existing commercial space to do some research, even if it means calling in an expert in the field to examine the physical plant before making an offer.

A leap of faith
No existing business is going to be perfect. Some time spent on a website portal such as Commercialview.com.au, however, can alert you to the prices and locations of commercial spaces for sale that may prove too good to ignore. That said, once you have your list of potential businesses to buy, you might want to stop in first as a customer. You may be able to get the shopkeeper talking in ways he wouldn’t talk to a possible buyer. There’s no need to be dishonest – just let the owner do most of the talking.

Ultimately, no matter how much information you gather and analyse, buying an existing commercial enterprise does take a leap of faith. How big that leap might be, however, does depend on what you’ve taken the time to learn.

 

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How to Stay in Shape on a Ship

It’s often the case that a good holiday will leave you with three things: a tan, hundreds of photographs and a few extra inches on your waistline. But you don’t need to pile on the pounds on a holiday. Even for those lucky enough to enjoy all-inclusive cruises, while the temptation to overindulge might crop up, there are plenty of ways to stay active and healthy.

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Choose your food wisely

On all-inclusive cruises, which are becoming more common, there is always a very wide variety of food on offer with some dishes being more indulgent than others. A good way to avoid gaining weight unnecessarily during your cruise is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t enjoy the food; the standard of cuisine on board is likely to be high, so whether you are enjoying your food grilled rather than fried, or served with a crunchy side-salad, rather than with mounds of chips, it will still be tasty. On those occasions when you want to treat yourself with a high-calorie pudding, just be sensible about the portion size and don’t ask for a second helping.

Make the most of on-board activities

Cruise liners are like floating luxury resorts, with all the amenities you would expect to find at a good hotel. This, of course, will include swimming pools, sports halls for tennis, badminton or squash as well as gyms and organised exercise sessions. A cruise might provide you with the perfect opportunity to take up Zumba or go to a spinning class or, if they don’t appeal to you, investigate what other activities are available. You might be able to burn off any cake calories in the nightclub or simply by running or walking on deck.

With a combination of sensible eating and a regular dose of exercise, you may find you return from your holiday weighing less, toned more and relaxed and ready to face the daily routine.

 

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