Healed

Healed

A doTERRA Wellness Advocate’s Story The push for plant-based medicines has many looking for holistic healing, leading many to essential oils. These oils have found their way into households across the U.S. and around the world. DōTERRA is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable brands of oils on the market. I had the chance to meet with a doTERRA wellness advocate, Amber Adames, about her journey to healing with essential oil.   Emerald Magazine:…

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The Healing Blessings of Near-Death Experiences

The Healing Blessings of Near-Death Experiences

In the wide world of healing, nothing is more powerfully transformative than the Near-Death Experience.   Have you ever had or been curious about Near-Death Experiences (NDEs)? If so, you might want to know about the recently released book, “The Transformative Power of Near-Death Experiences: How the Messages of NDEs Positively Impact the World.” Author/editors Dr. Penny Sartori and Kelly Walsh have compiled a powerful collection of NDE testimonials from individuals who have gone on…

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Moxie Meds

Moxie Meds

Put Your Action Where Your Passion Is How Moxie Meds’ Founder Built the Brand and Team Behind one of California’s Most Successful Medical Tinctures   Jessica Peters just wrapped up a long session shooting with Green Flower Media where she shared her cannabis research and her story before she hopped on the phone for this interview. Though she’s tired, her energy hardly seems diminished; she speaks as passionately about medicinal cannabis at the tail end…

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Cannabis

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Cannabis

A Case for Symptomological Relief Among the most commonly cited uses for cannabis in the U.S. are for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Cannabis is finding its place in mainstream medicine. However, the role of the plant in the treatment of PTSD remains a controversial topic. What is PTSD and who is at Risk? According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), PTSD is defined as a disorder that stems from…

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Lessons in Herbal Remedies

Lessons in Herbal Remedies

In Redcrest, California, the view of the sky is wide open in nearly all directions; a hard sight to find in the Emerald Triangle. As one of the flatter areas of Humboldt County, this distinctive microclimate is ideal for farmland in a county known for its mountainous roads and sloping hills. On a late August day, the sun gently rose above Chrystal Ortiz’s farm as she prepared for an afternoon of medicine making.   Chrystal…

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Cannabis Can be a Mood Stabilizer, but Does it Affect Serotonin Levels?

Cannabis Can be a Mood Stabilizer, but Does it Affect Serotonin Levels?

Cannabis and serotonin have distinct effects on the body, and mapping out what these substances are may be helpful in understanding “self-medication.” Serotonin is a chemical neurotransmitter which acts as a natural mood stabilizer. When these neurotransmitters become imbalanced, they have been correlated with depression. To help regulate the neurotransmitters, some take certain antidepressants, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, better known as SSRIs. Our bodies synthesize serotonin from tryptophan, an amino acid found in…

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Alpenglow Farms

Alpenglow Farms

“Plants will talk to you. Start looking at the signs. It’s like when you go to the beach. You show up, and you’re facing the sun. Before you know it, you’re looking away from the sun. Then, you’re covering yourself from the sun, and finally walking away, retreating. Plants do the same thing.” Craig Johnson’s words filter through the phone and echo in the sun. I commit them to memory. My house plants are dying,…

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CBD Tea Latte

CBD Tea Latte

by Regan Crisp   Part of releasing cannabis’ old-school stigmas is accepting the myriad ways it can make you feel. Sure, if you load up your bong with some high THC indica, you might fall into a TV trance, couch-locked by marijuana’s sleepy side. But cannabis can be energizing, too, and increasingly users are realizing that it doesn’t even have to get them stoned: it may just make the day go more smoothly.   I…

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Chronically Creative

Chronically Creative

Patient Profile: Jennie Jane Rogers   Jennie Jane Rogers was born and raised in Eureka, California. She married a friend from high school, Juston Rogers, also an area native, and together they are raising two children. Though Humboldt County is known for its cash crop of cannabis, Jennie said she was a D.A.R.E. kid through and through, winning a D.A.R.E. sponsored contest in the sixth grade. While attending Eureka High School she lectured friends and…

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My Bud Vase

My Bud Vase

Written by Mackenzie Brotzman Deep in the heart of South Carolina, a state not often associated with progressive cannabis policies, Doreen Sullivan creates one-of-a-kind lifestyle pieces with two purposes. Her antique floral vases also double as water pipes. My Bud Vase, a passion project of Doreen’s, launched April 2016 in Folly Beach, South Carolina, what she describes as a “hippie bohemian beach community,” about nine miles outside of downtown Charleston. Originally, however, Doreen grew up…

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