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Medical Marijuana Popularity is Booming

Okay. That’s not new information, but what was not expected is that the medical cannabis would continue going this far, especially with recreational marijuana being legalized in various U.S. states.

Seeing that even though there is an adult market for people who are into using cannabis recreationally, there are still thousands of U.S. residents who opt for medical marijuana. This debunks the myth that medical marijuana patients are actually stone heads who are just looking for a legal way to consume cannabis.

Medical marijuana industry keeps growing and more and more people want in. In 2019, the hemp industry is going to receive billions in subsidy to operate. Yes, as it seems, president Trump recently legalized hemp-derived products to be cultivated and transferred all over the country.

By signing the $867 billion farm bill, CBD products automatically became legal for purchase and sales in the U.S. The non-psychoactive marijuana compound is widely used for treating many conditions such as anxiety, pain, epilepsy, and many others.

Having CBD legalized is going to make things easier for all medical marijuana patients who use CBD as a treatment. This will be especially good for the parents of children who suffer from epilepsy and needed to cross borders to purchase CBD-based products.

In fact, you can purchase CBD online without worrying any federal retaliation. Not to mention that last year FDA approved a CBD-based medication called Epidiolex that’s used to treat two of the rarest epilepsy syndromes.

Now that CBD is legalized in the entire country, it makes it easier for the pharmaceutical industry to start making more cannabis-based products as well. Not that all of them want in, of course. It’s not a big secret that pharmaceutical lobbyists have tried to stop marijuana legalization.

It seems that we are just some steps away from having cannabis fully legalized federally. Not that the federal law actually stopped the states from legalizing marijuana though. It is expected that independently if the government legalize cannabis, we will have about half of the U.S. states with legal cannabis by 2022.

Getting a medical marijuana treatment is becoming more accessible and the states medical marijuana programs keep expanding and improving in order to accept more patients on their program.

NY medical marijuana program was a program that initially struggled with the lack of patients applying for the program. But the governor Andrew Cuomo easily discovered he would need to expand the program to fit more patients, and so he did. After legislators added chronic pain and PTSD to the state’s program, thousands of residents applied for the program.

Nowadays, the NY medical marijuana program that initially struggled with the small number of residents applying, has almost 100 thousand patients.

And this is a trend not only in New York, but many other state’s programs have had some problems with lack of applicants, which they all solved making the medical marijuana less restrictive.

In fact, according to a study published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the mentality of the adults in the U.S. about marijuana seems to be changing. More than 17,600 adults who were 50 years old or over were examined for this study.

Results of this study have shown that 9% of adults from 50 to 64 years old have consumed marijuana in 2017, and 55% of adults over 50 having tried cannabis once in their lives. Maybe it was because they were familiar with the drug back in the days, maybe it’s because they’re changing their minds.

It seems that the stigma around medical marijuana is finally changing. All there’s left to do is sit and wait while more states legalize cannabis nationwide.…

What is the Best Home Workout Equipment?

What is the best home workout equipment? The equipment that helps you achieve your health and fitness goals!

The best home workout equipment for you depends on 3 factors:

1)Most importantly, your fitness goals
2)Your budget
3)The practicality of owning such equipment (availability of room and floor space)

Ideally, you want to make sure to include several types of equipment that have features for all the important muscle groups – arms, shoulders, chest, back, abs, hips, buttocks, thighs, calves and hamstrings. Here are tips to help you narrow down your choices:

#1 Cardio Equipment

Fitness Goals: Regardless of your fitness goals, you need cardio equipment. Cardio exercises will help you burn fat, lose weight and improve your overall health and fitness level – endurance, strength and flexibility.

Low Budget:

Anything that gets your heart rate up, makes you feel sweaty and gets more oxygen pumping through your blood qualifies as cardiovascular exercise. You can use DVDs, a jump rope, exercise band, kettleballs or dumbbells (for circuit training), mini trampoline, or you can find great quality used exercise equipment at a discount price.

$400 and Over: Treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike (or road bike with trainer), stairclimber, rowing machine, etc. See more fitness equipment here.

Space: Machines typically require about 30 square feet per unit.

#2 Strength Equipment Fitness Goals:

Strength training will help you get fit and toned, decreasing fat mass while simultaneously increasing muscle mass. The big question here is whether to use free weights or resistance machines. Both will help you build strength, but arguably, free weights increase muscle mass faster. Keep in mind there are definite disadvantages to each:

Machines:

Machines are not as efficient as free weights. They target only one or two muscle groups at a time.

If the price is a factor, machines are typically more expensive and less versatile (unless you purchase used exercise equipment).

Machines require a larger amount of space, especially if you purchase multiple units.

Free Weights:

The heavy free weights come with safety concerns. If you prefer to workout with heavy bench lifting, chest presses, or squats it is best to have a spotter (which may not always be available while you’re working out at home).

There is more room for error as opposed to controlled movements on a machine. Therefore, heavy free weight lifting is not recommended for beginners. Make sure you choose lighter free weights initially, and then gradually build your strength. If you push too hard too soon, you can end up sacrificing form and there is greater possibility for injury.

Low Budget:

Free weights (dumbbells, bars, plates, etc.), weight bench, resistance bands, kettleballs, medicine balls, or you can find a great quality used exercise equipment at a discount price.

$400 and Over:

All-in-one multi-gym (such as a Bowflex), adjustable weight training bench, squat stand, power rack and weights, or a combination of various resistance machines to target specific muscle groups.

Space:

A multi-station gym necessitates anywhere between 50 to 200 square feet. The amount of space required for resistance machines will depend on the type and size of the equipment purchased. On average, 30 square feet is recommended per machine.

#3 Core Equipment Fitness Goals:

Also termed “abdominal conditioning”, core exercises help improve balance, posture and stability, training the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony. Low Budget: DVDs, stability balls, wobble boards, or decline bench. $400 and Over: Abdominal machine, back machine, or hip machine. Space: Ab machines require the same amount of space as any other resistance machine, approximately 30 square feet. The other ab equipment can be stored in a small space.

#4 Flexibility Equipment

Fitness Goals:

Flexibility tends to deteriorate with age, and accelerates with a sedentary lifestyle. Without good flexibility, performing normal daily activities can become difficult (getting out of bed, cleaning, etc.). From improving overall health to enhancing athletic performance and muscular conditioning, flexibility training is a must.

Low Budget:

Stretching bands, foam rollers, slant board or stretch machine. $400 and Over: Stretch station, inversion table.

Space: A stretch machine or stretch station requires 30 to 50 square feet of space. The other flexibility equipment can be stored in a small space.…