Monthly Archives: January 2014

Home Brewing Basics

Home Brewing Basics

PHOTO: Cambridge Brewing Company If you are a fan of good beer – not the mass-produced mega-corporation style swill that is forced on us through endless streams of commercials – then you have no doubt witnessed the explosion of craft beer over the past few years.  Hundreds of microbrews now pack the shelves at your […]

How New Jersey Treats Patients: A Tragedy, in One Act, and One Scene

How New Jersey Treats Patients: A Tragedy, in One Act, and One Scene

PHOTO: Andrew Jackson . . SCENE: A small prison cell, with just a bunk bed, a toilet and a sink.  A prisoner, dressed in ill-fitting khaki shirt and pants, sits on the bed. He speaks: PRISONER:  Damn, here I am, locked up. And it’s all for using my medicine: marijuana. I flunked out of Drug Court and […]

Famous Inspirational Poems for Freedom Fighters

Famous Inspirational Poems for Freedom Fighters

Fighting for freedom is definitely invigorating. We learn about our country, the world and especially ourselves — what we thought we knew, what we nothing about and what we can learn to help our varied and passionate journeys. Throughout the time we’ve been active we have likely seen people arrested or been the person arrested […]

Cannabis for Bipolar

Cannabis for Bipolar

PHOTO: Ben Reynal, Creative Commons Trigger Warning: This article discusses depression, violence, & Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). What could possibly cause a mother to give a bong filled with marijuana to her 10-year-old daughter?  Simply put, to save the lives of all her children. Cannabis has been proven to be an effective treatment for many physical and […]

RECIPE: Winter Pear Salad with Creamy Hemp Vinaigrette

RECIPE: Winter Pear Salad with Creamy Hemp Vinaigrette

You can create an amazingly delicious salad dressing by simply combining hemp oil and balsamic vinegar. But if you’re looking for something a little fancier, check out this surprisingly easy recipe for a creamy hemp vinaigrette.  High in Omega-3 and essential fatty acids, this dressing will add a nutritious zing to any salad, and adds […]

Cannabis Activists Above the Fray: Don’t Mind or Feed the Trolls in Comment Sections

Cannabis Activists Above the Fray: Don’t Mind or Feed the Trolls in Comment Sections

PHOTO: Simon Steiner, Creative Commons Congratulations, cannabis activists: weed is now legal in two states. We’re witnessing historic change, not only in our country’s laws, but in our culture. Contrast Gallup’s first marijuana legalization poll in 1969 (12% in favor) with 2013’s poll (58% in favor). Yes, the tide has turned and we are now […]

RECIPE: Ultimate Butternut Squash Mac-n-Cheese

RECIPE: Ultimate Butternut Squash Mac-n-Cheese

PHOTO: Scott Clark, Creative Commons This year, we are feeling the bitter winter blues more than any year in recent history. Many of us are finding ourselves eating at home rather than going out, simply because it’s too darn cold outside to even THINK about leaving to get something to eat – and I live […]

Operation Normalize: Ruining Marijuana’s Bad Reputation

Operation Normalize: Ruining Marijuana’s Bad Reputation

By Karen Livreri  Cannabis has been given a pretty bad rap over the years, and wrongfully so. Cannabis, marijuana, weed, pot, or as I prefer to call it, ‘Peace Bloom’ has been run through the mud. There are many theories and some facts as to why, but regardless of the cause, it’s an undeniable fact that […]

Infighting in the Cannabis Community: Lessons from Marital Therapy

Infighting in the Cannabis Community: Lessons from Marital Therapy

Now that we’re in the majority, we might be tempted to descend to infighting. Blogs can grow snarkier and comments on Ladybud columns could lose their healing, supportive tone. We might take a page from the marital therapist’s book to make sure that we all stay on track with our big goals. I’d hate to […]

REVIEW: Lake Champlain Fruit and Nut Five Star Bar

REVIEW: Lake Champlain Fruit and Nut Five Star Bar

Lake Champlain’s Fruit and Nut Five Star Bar is the kind of chocolate that will make you break that New Year’s resolution. We totally agree with Vogue magazine’s assessment that this is “the ultimate chocolate bar.” You may have seen Five Star Bars in the checkout line at Whole Foods or other gourmet grocers, and like […]