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The History of CBD

CBD products have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, but this compound has been around for much longer than you may have thought. After decades of prohibition, many places have changed their views. This new mindset has helped in the research and discovery of the therapeutic benefits of CBD.

The history of discovering medicinal cannabis and its positive effects could possibly date back to 2737 BC. Follow along below as we take you through the past of cannabis, how we are using it now in our daily lives, and how we’ll be using it in the future.

The Discovery of the Effects of Cannabis

Many people believe that the first documented use of medicine derived from cannabis dates back to when Chinese Emperor Sheng Neng used a cannabis-infused tea to help with symptoms of gout, malaria and arthritis in 2737 BC. It’s even rumoured that Queen Victoria used cannabis to ease menstrual cramps.

Cannabis wasn’t recognized world wide as a valuable therapeutic resource due to the lack of evidence until 1839, when an Irish doctor published a study that highlighted some of the positive effects. William B. O’Shaughnessy, a physician and medical researcher, became quite controversial after his study of using cannabis as an anesthesia. Thankfully, he opened the doors to investigating more about the potential of the plant. Due to continued research and change in policies over the decades, we discovered some of the top health benefits of CBD products.

How we use cannabis now

Today on the market, there are many different products containing CBD that are used for both medical and recreational use. Whether it’s cookies, brownies or delicious CBD gummies, there are so many different ways you can consume it through edibles. There are also beverages, topical creams, soft gels, oils and tinctures. The only real issues we have now with cannabis are legalization issues, policy changes and a market that could soon be oversaturated with low quality products. As this industry grows and as laws change, we will have to keep up with the demand in innovative and creative ways.

Cannabis in the future

There’s no real limit to the creativity that scientists and cannabis producers can produce  for their products. There are already so many innovative products on the market and the future of this industry is only growing. Holistic CBD beauty therapy and other personal products are on the rise to join the others. The future of the CBD industry is forecasted to hit $23 billion by 2025, so there doesn’t seem like there’s a chance of slowing down anytime soon.

The entire history of CBD likely has a lot more details to uncover as we begin to discuss it openly. Scientists have harnessed the power of this plant for not just decades, but centuries. It’s worth continuing to explore the other potential benefits it has to enhance our health and our happiness. The future of cannabis products is bright, and we can’t wait to see how it continues to grow!

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GOOD PHARMA TRAVEL PRODUCTS

IN YOUR POST-PANDEMIC TRAVELS YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER THIS HELPFUL TRAVELING COMPANION – GOOD PHARMA

As more and more people pull away from their pandemic pasts and step toward travel adventures for business and pleasure, they should consider bringing along products that can help them feel a bit cozier. Just like the comforts of home, these products can help people relax, rest and stay well during their travels. Wherever travelers roam once again, these products can make them feel like they’re having a spa-like experience in their hotels and on their planes.

We were recently introduced to Good Pharma’s line of products that would help these efforts quite a bit. Good Pharma Rest Assured has everything one needs to try to get a  good night’s sleep after a long journey. Good Pharma Resilience gives users a much-needed boost to immunity along the way. Good Pharma Brain Gain grants the ever-needed ability to perk up and focus after a flight and while on the go.

Good Pharma offers coffee and tea infusions with functional mushrooms and botanicals which help with sleep, the immune system and focus. Good Pharma Rest Assured is a caffeine-free, tasty tea infusion which supports the restorative sleep you thrive on. Good Pharma Resilience allows you to support your immune system daily. Good Pharma Resilience is a rich, fresh brew of Chaga Mushroom, green tea and supportive botanicals, all offering powerful antioxidants. Good Pharma Brain Gain is a fresh brew coffee infusion, enhanced with Lion’s Mane Mushroom extract, which supports the brain and offers a “jitter free” journey in getting your creative juices flowing.  The company’s mantra is that it deliciously revives old-world wellness practices from “Nature’s Pharma” with the power of modern science. A vibrant life thrives with proactive practices of self-care, liberating what’s possible from the inside out. Good Pharma’s Pour-Over Fresh Brews engage the senses in a satiating ritual, elevating you to the top of your game and helping you revel in a powerfully effective, yet craveable, path to a balanced, optimized life on the road!

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Brotherhood Crusade Hosts Juneteenth Event

The Brotherhood Crusade invites the community to join us as we celebrate Juneteenth on June 18, 10:30 am 1:30 pm at Crete Academy.

In honor of the historic Juneteenth event, Brotherhood Crusade will host fun and exciting health and wellness activities and provide families with food baskets, backpacks, school supplies, COVID testing and COVID vaccinations to continue our support for the most vulnerable in our community.

The event is free for the whole family. Guests are requested to wear masks and practice social distancing.

For more information on activities, see flyer below or contact Otesha Mosley Bremond at omosley-bremond@brotherhoodcrusade.org or Stacy Hill Williams at 323-846-1649.

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Health and Wellness Company Plexus Contributes Greatly to the Economy

A new independent study by the L. Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University shows Plexus Worldwide (Plexus®), a leading health and wellness company, had an estimated $128.5 million gross domestic product (GDP) economic impact in Arizona and more than $1.1 billion GDP impact on the U.S. economy in 2020. The study analyzed the scope and scale of Plexus’ economic impact and investment across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Mexico.

“The purpose of this study was to measure the economic impact of Plexus’ U.S. operations in the state of Arizona and in each market where the company does business including Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand in 2020,” said Dennis Hoffman, Director of the L. William Seidman Research Institute at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. “Our findings show the tremendous impact that Plexus has had, including a $1.15 billion economic impact on the global GDP and more than $128.5 million economic impact in the local Arizona community.”

Highlights of the 2020 economic impact study include:

  • $1.15 billion GDP impact on the global economy
  • $1.1 billion GDP impact on the U.S. economy
  • $128.5 million GDP impact on the state of Arizona
  • $791.6 million in U.S. labor income
  • 8,593 U.S. jobs supported
  • $26.8 million in sales tax revenues to state and local governments, responsible for $59.1 million GDP, 619 jobs, and $41.9 million labor income in the U.S. economy.

“Everyday Arizonans deserve opportunities to build better lives for themselves and their families. As Arizona’s senior senator, I’ll continue supporting economic opportunities helping Arizonans grow and thrive in their own direction. I look forward to working with our business leaders and independent business owners as we continue to expand jobs and fuel economic recovery,” said Senator Kyrsten Sinema.

Plexus is dedicated to changing lives and promoting health, wellness, and success. “Our products, team members, and Ambassadors are the foundation of these goals, which is why we are committed to the highest standards of quality,” said Tarl Robinson, CEO and Founder of Plexus. “Thanks to our hardworking leaders and employees, and in a year like no other, Plexus was able to grow and have a real impact on economies at the local, national, and global communities where we operate.”

This study demonstrates that Plexus is a major economic driver, contributing millions to the U.S. economy, including $95 million in labor income statewide. “In 2020 alone, Plexus supported more than 9,000 jobs worldwide, with a total of $821.6 million in total earnings for our employees and hundreds of thousands of Ambassadors, who serve as independent business owners,” said Kim Drabik, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs at Plexus.*

Plexus, a privately held company was established 13-years ago in Arizona, has more than 400 employees at its Scottsdale headquarters, which consists of a 73,000 square foot office building and 28,000 square foot warehouse. In 2020, Plexus welcomed more the 462,000 new Ambassadors and customers, growing the number of Ambassadors receiving monthly income by 23%. 

About Plexus Worldwide

Plexus Worldwide, LLC, is a leading health and happiness company featuring health and wellness products that enable people to improve their lives and well-being. With hundreds of thousands of independent business owners (“Ambassadors”) worldwide, Plexus is among the top 30 largest direct sales companies globally according to Direct Selling News. The combination of Plexus products and opportunities help individuals to meet their health-wellness and financial goals.

Rolls-Royce Makes Custom Car for Children’s Hospital

Every motor car that is meticulously handcrafted at the Home of Rolls-Royce is unique, with its own story and inspiration. But one Bespoke project has a special place in the affections of the marque’s 2,000-strong workforce – and it recently returned to the company’s Global Centre of Luxury Manufacturing Excellence, at Goodwood, for some much-needed TLC.

The Rolls-Royce SRH belongs to St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, where it performs a vitally important role: young patients on the paediatric day surgery unit use it to drive themselves to theatre when the time comes for their operation, rather than walking or being wheeled on a trolley. This simple yet ingenious idea transforms what would otherwise be an anxious, intimidating moment into a truly memorable and enjoyable experience for children, parents and staff alike.

Since the car entered service in 2017, it has conveyed no fewer than 2,000 brave youngsters in true Rolls-Royce comfort and style. But inevitably, its singular working condition, the marque is unaware of any other Rolls-Royce being routinely driven along corridors by unlicensed children in a state of nervous excitement had exacted a toll on its beautiful Bespoke bodywork and paint. 

The car was therefore recalled to the Home of Rolls-Royce for its first 100,000m* service, lovingly carried out by specialists from the Bespoke Team and other technical and craft departments, to restore it to its original condition.

The car was built in 2017, when the hospital asked Rolls-Royce if it could repair the original theatre transport – an electric plastic Jeep – that had succumbed after suffering one too many traumatic injuries of its own. The marque respectfully declined, offering instead to create a new one, to Rolls-Royce standards.

A small team designed and constructed a Bespoke bodyshell in fibreglass reinforced with carbon-fibre, complete with the marque’s iconic Pantheon grille. The bonnet strips were ‘real’ ones cut to length; the two-tone finish was applied exactly as it would be on a full-size commission, with the wheel covers, seats and coachlines all perfectly color-matched.

The seat was hand-made from wood, with padding upholstered in medical-grade vinyl, hot‑welded to eliminate seams that could trap dirt. The team also designed a custom aluminium footwell that lifts out for cleaning.

In keeping with a Bespoke project, a number of components were individually created, including handcrafted treadplates, 3D-printed dash, wheel caps and spacers and trim pieces. As a true Rolls-Royce, it is completed with a laser-etched RR badge and its own Spirit of Ecstasy mascot.

Electric power provides the authentic noiseless Rolls-Royce driving experience; and like its road-going counterparts, its speed is limited, in this case to 4 mph. The project took around 400 hours to complete.

Following its service and repairs, the car has now returned to the Hospital to resume its humble but transformational duties.

Linda Collins, Day Surgery Unit Sister, said, “The servicing of our mini Rolls-Royce is perfect timing as we transition out of Covid restrictions and begin to restore our paediatric surgical services. Once again, our youngest patients can experience the full use of the car as part of their journey to surgery. This helps to take the emphasis away from the procedure they’re undergoing and focus on the unique experience of driving a genuine Rolls-Royce while being safely supervised through the hospital corridors. A huge thank you to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for helping to keep our beloved little car in tip top condition.”

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Seratopical Revolution

Nicole Kidman and Sera Labs Inc., a CURE Pharmaceutical Company, Launch Seratopical Revolution and New Ad Campaign

The plant based, alcohol-free, non-CBD, anti-aging beauty line is available Wednesday, June 9  

Sera Labs, a subsidiary of CURE Pharmaceutical Holding Corp. (OTC: CURR), announced today a new ad campaign and launch of Seratopical Revolution, a new clean, plant-based, technologically advanced, anti-aging, ‘revolutionary,’ beauty line.

The line touts 11 luxurious products which are all are made in the U.S., available at accessible pricing, and are designed to make you feel more youthful and hydrated from head to toe. Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman, Sera Labs’ strategic business partner and global brand ambassador, collaborated with Sera Labs to design the Loving Hands Essential Oil, Indulgence Brown Sugar Scrub, Harmony Face & Neck Toner, and Gleaming for the ultimate brightening glow. The full line of products can be seen at Seratopical Revolution

“I really wanted to create something that was meaningful to me and that I knew people would genuinely enjoy,” states Kidman, Seratopical strategic business partner and global brand ambassador. “These products are personal to me from the scent to the texture. I am so excited to share them with the world and hope everyone loves them as much as we do.”

Seratopical Revolution marries nature and science into one clean and nourishing line of beauty products. The line’s PꝫP complex, developed by CURE Pharmaceutical, drives natural, plant-based ingredients into the deeper layers of the skin by utilizing a proprietary tri-peptide delivery system. Unlike other companies that use alcohol as a delivery system, which is incredibly drying to the skin, Seratopical Revolution’s natural oil and surfactant delivery systems are efficacious and offer almost immediate results.

“It’s been an incredible ride creating this line with Nicole,” said Nancy Duitch, Sera Labs CEO and CURE Pharmaceutical Chief Strategic Officer. “There are a lot of beauty companies, but the problem is that most of them don’t understand that without an effective delivery system, the products are sitting on top of your skin and clogging your pores. Our proprietary formulators have developed a high-tech delivery system which allows the ingredients to go deep into the skin. Our loyal customers will benefit from scientifically backed ingredients that are designed to enhance hydration and rejuvenate collagen. Revolution offers a full-body line packed with natural plant extracts and peptide blends.”

Seratopical Revolution products can be purchased online at Seratopical Revolution.  

For more information visit: Seratopical, Sera labs health and follow us on Instagram at @seratopical, as well as Twitter, and Facebook.

About Sera Labs

Sera Labs is a trusted leader in the health, wellness, and beauty sectors of innovative products with cutting edge technology and superior ingredients such as CBD and clean plant-based products. Sera Labs creates high quality products that use science-backed, proprietary formulations. Its more than 20 products are sold under the brand names Seratopical, SeraLabs, and Gordon’s Herbals. Sera Labs sells its products at affordable prices, making them easily accessible on a global scale. Strategically positioned in the growth market categories of beauty, health & wellness.  Sera Labs products are sold in major national drug, grocery chains and mass retailers. The company also sells products under private label to major retailers and multi-level marketers, as well as direct-to-consumer (DTC), via online website orders, including opt-in subscriptions. For more information visit: Seratopical, Seralabshealth and follow us on Instagram at @seratopical, as well as Twitter, and Facebook.

About CURE Pharmaceutical Holding Corp.

CURE Pharmaceutical is the pioneering developer of CUREform, a patented drug delivery platform that offers a number of unique immediate- and controlled-release drug delivery vehicles designed to improve drug efficacy, safety, and patient experience for a wide range of active ingredients. As a vertically integrated company, CURE’s 25,000 square foot, FDA-registered, NSF cGMP-certified manufacturing facility enables it to partner with pharmaceutical and wellness companies worldwide for private and white-labeled production. CURE has partnerships in the U.S., China, Mexico, Canada, Israel, and other markets in Europe.

Forward Looking Statement

Statements CURE makes in this press release may include statements which are not historical facts and are considered forward-looking within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“Exchange Act”), which are usually identified by the use of words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “projects,” “seeks,” “should,” “will,” and variations of such words or similar expressions. CURE intends these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act and is making this statement for purposes of complying with those safe harbor provisions.

These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the ability to successfully market the partnered products, the difficulty in predicting the timing or outcome of related research and development efforts, partnered product characteristics and indications, marketing approvals and launches of other products, the impact of pharmaceutical industry regulation, the impact of competitive products and pricing, the acceptance and demand of new pharmaceutical products, the impact of patents and other proprietary rights held by competitors and other third parties and the ability to obtain financing on favorable terms. The forward-looking statements in this press release reflect CURE’s judgment as of the date of this press release. CURE disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of our securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

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Fertility Technology

The future of home-diagnostic tests

By Aayush Rai, CEO, Inito

During the pandemic, many of us worry about our own health and of our families. And recently, a conversation with a close friend turned to this topic. She has Hypothyroidism and needs to be on lifelong medication to manage the condition.

While managing this ailment in regular times wouldn’t be an issue, doctor visits and trips to the hospital for regular check-ups have either been put on hold or become dangerous and stressful during the pandemic. That led her to use an online service to get her thyroid medication delivered home. The convenience of an online consultation with a doctor and medicine delivery to her doorstep was great; she still had to go to the lab to get a blood test.

Clinicians and patients alike do not want to spend time traveling to labs and incur the expense, pain, and delays associated with traditional testing. And now, there is no need in many cases since there are alternatives such as home blood pressure monitoring, urine pregnancy, ovulation test kits, glucose monitoring, and more.  

Besides being cost-effective, quick, and confidential, home use tests can help:

  • Detect health conditions even before symptoms arise so that you can get early treatment and lower your chance of developing later complications such as cholesterol, hepatitis, and other STI testing. Home EKG tests can pick up atrial fibrillation long before symptoms arise. 
  • Detect specific conditions when there are no symptoms or signs to take immediate action, such as pregnancy testing so that you avoid alcohol intake and start prenatal vitamins.
  • Monitor conditions to allow frequent changes in treatment, such as to monitor blood sugar levels in diabetes and making insulin adjustments or adjusting blood pressure medications in the case of hypertension.

While home-use tests are a necessity during the pandemic, the change in user behavior will be permanent. In older days, couples trying to conceive could only track when they are fertile at home using Ovulation Tests. Ovulation tests can be done at home, measuring the presence of L.H., which shows up in the urine after ovulation occurs. Modern ovulation tests like Inito have advanced such testing by measuring the actual value of three essential fertility hormones, two of which predict, in advance, the time of ovulation and one that confirms that it did actually occur.

The user can simply send the chart of their hormones to the doctor rather than going through the anxiety and stress of lab tests. Once users and doctors experience the ease of use of these, they will not want to back to traditional methods.

People want to live healthy lives autonomously without excessive medical intervention. Even after the pandemic, consumers will continue to adopt home diagnostics.  As technology sufficiently matures, every house will have a single connected device capable of conducting these tests – becoming as much a part of the household as a thermometer is today. This is especially critical in the U.S., given the high incidence of chronic diseases.

About 45% of the U.S. population – close to 133 million Americans have at least one chronic disease.  The total costs for direct treatment for chronic conditions totalled $1.1 trillion —equivalent to nearly six percent of the U.S. GDP. Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and osteoarthritis are the most expensive conditions in direct healthcare costs.

For people with diabetes, the HbA1c test (also known as the hemoglobin A1c or glycated hemoglobin test) is an essential indicator of their average glucose levels. It indicates how well their disease is controlled and must be taken every three months. Not testing regularly can lead to the condition spiralling out of control, risking life, and increased costs of care. Many other conditions, like Hypothyroidism, require constant monitoring and lifelong medication.

The ability to conduct home testing dovetails perfectly with online consultation and medicine delivery. With modern connected devices, patients can directly share test reports with their doctors, consult with them online, have their prescriptions renewed, and await the arrival of medicines at their doorstep. A complete ecosystem.

Managing conditions at home will gradually become a norm, as we build out this complete ecosystem. By taking travel and waiting times out and delivering care faster, home diagnostics can save us millions of years, spent in the pursuit of our health at an equivalent or even lower cost.

Inito is the world’s first home device that tests for fertility hormones on a single device connected to a smartphone. This groundbreaking device is the only ovulation test to perform lab-grade fertility diagnostic tests at home. 

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Can Medical Marijuana Relieve Menstrual Cramps? 

Menstrual cramps can be debilitating, and those who face this problem know how painful it is. Some women suffer so much pain that they dread even the mention of menstruation.

Over the years, there have been discoveries of many different treatments for menstrual cramps. Primarily, the treatment options have been limited to various types of painkillers, and this is where medical marijuana is being touted as an effective solution for menstrual cramps.

Medical marijuana is attaining a growing preference to manage severe pain as well as chronic pain. Anyone with a legit marijuana med card can procure medical marijuana, provided it is legal in their place of residence.

What do studies suggest?

Statistical data and research have shown that pain caused by various conditions, including endometriosis, can be managed using medical marijuana. It gives confidence that the treatment can also be beneficial for cramps and pelvic pain associated with menstruation. The first thing that needs to be kept in mind is that marijuana is a complex mixture of more than 100 different types of compounds that are known as cannabinoids. These are absorbed by the body when either they are eaten or inhaled. These go directly to the brain and produce different kinds of reactions within the body. The body has got cannabinoid receptors to which naturally occurring compounds called endocannabinoids attach. Cannabinoids can attach to these receptors. The endocannabinoid system has shown significant involvement in the role of regulating pain and inflammation. Among these 100 different types of compounds, the two most well-known are THC and CBD. THC or Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol produces the typical high feeling associated with cannabis whereas, CBD or Cannabidiol doesn’t. 

The most important thing about the efficacy of any treatment is research data. Modern medical science dwells on the premises of research data. It further validates the use and effectiveness of any treatment on the same. Needless to say, marijuana was not considered as a forerunner in the case of medicinal use, and thus proper research data is not widely available. Having said this, it is worth considering that marijuana has been used for a long time in gynecology. Sir John Russel Reynolds, who was the personal physician of Queen Victoria, used to prescribe hemp tincture to the queen to alleviate her menstrual cramps back in the late-19th century. The process by which medical marijuana may be able to control menstrual cramps is ill-understood. The pain and cramps during menstruation are caused by the release of certain inflammatory compounds called prostaglandins. When excessive amounts of prostaglandins are produced it causes severe pain. The usual treatment for menstrual cramps is the prescription of NSAIDs or Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The NSAIDs work by blocking the production of prostaglandins. They do it by binding with COX receptors in the brain and other tissues. In the case of cannabinoids like THC and CBD, there is no such interaction with COX receptors. So, they do not have any effect on the production of prostaglandins. They are known to stimulate the production of the hormone dopamine. Dopamine hormone is also known as the “feel-good” hormone. They also reduce the inflammation in nerves and the joints.

How does it work?

The ability of THC or CBD in increasing the production of dopamine and reducing inflammation in nerves and joints shows efficacy in the reduction of chronic pain conditions like neuropathic pain and rheumatoid arthritis. The inability of medical marijuana to affect the production of prostaglandins has clouded the minds of researchers and doctors as to how they may be beneficial in the management of menstrual cramps. There is one concept that the euphoria or high of THC may affect nullifying the sensation of pain to some extent. However, the effect of CBD is unknown.

The safety of using medical marijuana is something that is debated quite often. The reason behind this is long-term researches are yet to provide any decisive conclusion on this. Most people assume that the use of marijuana for a long time is safe. However, the National Institute of Drug Abuse advises against arriving at any such conclusions because such consequences of using marijuana over a long period are still unknown. It is a fact that medical marijuana products like CBD oils, extracts, and tinctures are still sold as a form of alternative medicine. Thus they sometimes do contain unknown ingredients. The dosage list on the product may also not be accurate many times, owing to the product being sold as an alternative therapy. Considering all these factors, medical marijuana in its inhaled form should not be used by the following people as per the advisory from NIDA or the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

  • People who are not yet 25 years old.
  • People who have a history of psychosis or strong evidence of others in the family suffering from the ailment.
  • If there is a history of cannabis use disorder. This may be a current issue or may have happened in the past as well.
  • If the person is known for engaging in substance abuse.
  • Any person who suffers from either cardiac diseases or pulmonary disorders.
  • Any woman who is either pregnant or is planning pregnancy.

One more thing that women need to keep in mind is there is no conclusive research done on the effect of cannabis as far as pregnancy is concerned. Thus it is in the best interest of women who are of reproductive age to avoid cannabis altogether. There is no proven impact of cannabis on the fetus. But, the fetal brain does possess cannabinoid receptors. Hence, the use of cannabis by the mother may impact the child’s mental development in later years. The last thing that pregnant women must remember is that overuse of cannabis when they are pregnant may increase chances of pregnancy loss through the overstimulation of cannabinoid receptors in the lining of the uterus.

Through the discussion, it is evident that the use of medical marijuana may have helped in the reduction of menstrual cramps and pain. However, the risk associated must be considered carefully. Overall, marijuana has been known to be relatively low risk and thus may be consumed in moderation. Effects should be monitored carefully to understand how helpful it is in reducing the problems.

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Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte Sets New Personal Records with X1-PRO Device

Despite his age and setbacks due to the pandemic, 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte is setting new personal records as he prepares to solidify his legacy in the water at Summer Olympics in Tokyo this year.

To gain a competitive edge, Lochte teamed up with David McCagg, a 7-time gold medalist and former world record holding swimmer, who was working on a revolutionary training device for swimmers. McCagg developed the world’s first resistance trainer that travels the entire pool length with the swimmer. It is called the X1-PRO by GMX7, and Lochte, who holds the current world records in the short and long course individual medley, began training with it in 2019.

“The gains I have been seeing by using the X1-PRO are absolutely unbelievable,” said Lochte. “It’s undoubtedly helping me achieve the best times in my career, which at my age, are rather unprecedented.

The X1-PRO is a small, 6-inch-long, resistance training device that weighs less than 4 pounds and clips into the end-point connections for a pool’s lane lines. It can then be connected to the swimmer via a leash and travels on a line back and forth up to 50 meters in length at the adjustable resistance the swimmer desires.

“The versatility and functionality of the X1-PRO has proven to be the difference maker,” said Lochte. “It really has helped our entire team prepare for the global stage in Tokyo.”

Lochte, who is now married and a proud father of two, has been training near their home in Gainesville. This is where he met McCagg in 2018 and where the X1-PRO was originally tested. 

“Ryan approached me, asked what it was and offered to give it a try,” said McCagg, co-founder of GMX7. “Since then, we can’t keep him away from it. Between his work ethic, and mental fortitude, it’s really no surprise that Ryan is the second-most decorated swimmer in Olympic history. There is no doubt in my mind that he’s going to do something special at trials and in the games this summer.” 

Lochte isn’t the only Olympian training on the X1-PRO. Currently, more than 75 anticipated Olympians from 15 countries across the world are training on the X1-PRO in hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics with more to come.

The X1-PRO is assembled in the USA by GMX7, and has quickly become a necessity for all levels of competitive swim, especially those collegiate swimmers working so hard to get to the very top of their sport.

Development of the X1-PRO began in 2018, and it was tested extensively at the University of Florida prior to becoming available to the general public earlier last year.

About GMX7

Founded in 2018, GMX7 is based in St. Petersburg, Florida and is dedicated to changing the world of swimming by empowering competitive swimmers with the best aquatic resistance training devices ever created. GMX7 was founded by David McCagg, a 7-time gold medalist, former world record holder and winner of multiple national championships. The first device on the market by GMX7 is the X1-PRO. 

Designed by ROBRADY Engineering, the X1-PRO has already been the recipient of five international awards including the 2020 International Design Excellence Award, 2020 Red Dot Award, the 2020 Good Design Award, IDA Design Award and most recently the MUSE Design award in 2021.

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7 Ways to Stay Positive When You Have a Difficult Health Condition

When you’re living with a chronic illness, a setback or interruption can be incredibly frustrating. It can be hard to focus on the good when you have a flare-up, you’re too tired to do your daily activities, or you feel like you’re back to square one. You’re allowed to feel frustrated, but it’s essential that you get right back on that horse and keep staying positive with these tips.

1. Count Your Blessings

When you have a difficult to manage health condition, it can be hard to see the positives. However, people with chronic illnesses are more able to cherish the small things in life, are typically more motivated to achieve their goals, and are more understanding people. Plus, people with chronic illnesses tend to make better friends that really care about your well-being.

2. You’re a Superhero, If You Really Think About It

Whether you have a chronic illness with prominent flare-ups or you have an embarrassing health condition that causes excessive sweating, you’re managing your illness despite it. For example, people with hyperhidrosis are still looking out for the best deodorants for excessive sweating, and Fibromyalgia patients are still staying active despite their pain. Your resilience is admirable.

While you may not feel like a superhero at your worst, most people could handle what you’re going through at your best. You’re strong, so give yourself some credit for your hard work!

3. Remember: You’re Not Failing

Sometimes an unexpected flare-up of your complex health condition will cause you to take a step back, cancel plans, or take time off school. It can be challenging to take a break while you’re trying to reach your goals, and you may become self-critical when you have to. However, setbacks do not equal failure. You’re human, and sometimes humans just need to survive the day.

4. Find Something The Makes you Happy

It’s important to find something you enjoy that can keep you busy while you wait out the flare-up. Sometimes, there isn’t anything you can do at this moment, but waiting around for the difficult time to stop won’t make it any easier. So instead, start up that hobby that you always wanted to try, but couldn’t, or put your frustration and anger into music, exercising, or creating art.

If you’re in pain or your illness prevents you from doing the thing you love, try something else. This blog post that centers on helping people with chronic illnesses find hobbies can help.

5. Do Something Small for a Loved One or Stranger

When we feel down, it can help to give to someone that needs our help to put our own pain into perspective. That doesn’t mean you should go to a volunteer shelter and compare yourself to someone else because that won’t make you feel any better. However, simply helping a person who needs you can help you feel more positive and give you the strength to tackle tomorrow.

6. Break Down Tasks Into Manageable Steps

After a setback, you may start to get overwhelmed by tasks that now feel out of your grasp, even if they were perfectly manageable in the past. Don’t beat yourself up for this change because you can adjust how you tackle these tasks. While you’re recovering, you don’t have to keep the same busy pace as you used to, but that doesn’t always mean you can’t do anything.

Break your to-do list down into smaller steps and take frequent breaks to maintain your pace. It’s a lot easier to cross off “wash the dishes, wipe the counters” than “clean the house.”

7. Know That the Best is Yet to Come

When managing a chronic illness, it can be hard to see what’s on the other side of a flare-up, but just like the last time this happened, you were able to recover. Even if you didn’t recover fully, you still were able to make your situation more manageable. Keep on believing you can conquer your worst moments because you can, and you will. After this, better moments await you.