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Each month, we explore a specific health and wellness subject. This month, we’re exploring the voice of cannabis.

During Prohibition, only a handful of people chose to speak for the plant. Now the plant is in everyone’s hands, EVERYBODY’S got something to say about it. And so do we.
 

For February, Medicine Box will share some of our favorite spokespeople, talk trash about stuff we can’t stand and explore the most exciting development, the merging of cannabis with a larger cultural and spiritual agenda targeting wellness and social benefit.

Featured This Week

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Listening to cannabis

Listening to cannabis

Back in the ‘90s, a book called Listening to Prozac came out at the height of the SSRI prescription boom, and it got everyone to thinking how this nifty little pill would change our society. Well, as longtime readers of this blog know, I had to stop Prozac’s miserable, mood-flattening drone for my own good.
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The value of cannabis

The value of cannabis

If cannabis was a person, what would it be like? Would it be agreeable or difficult, moody or predictable? Judging from my time within communities that live its life around the plant, cannabis is pretty much everyone’s friend, and has something to give to everybody.
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The stories of cannabis

The stories of cannabis

One of the most enjoyable things about living amongst OG cannabis growers are the stories they tell. The cannabis tradition has amassed an extraordinary collection of legends, tall tales and folklore along the way, from high tragedy to low comedy and everything in between.
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Happy Belly and cannabis

Happy Belly and cannabis

Of course, if it’s Medicine Box, you know it’s going to come back to cannabis sooner or later. That’s where it started for Happy Belly, our gut health tincture. However, it’s simply not enough to restrict gut health to the California dispensaries alone.
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Gut Health and herbalism

Gut Health and herbalism

You know the drill: just like with Equanimity, Happy Belly derives as much of its strength from the carefully sourced and selected herbs it contains as much as it does its cannabis. As above, so below, because the health of our gut depends on the quality of both our mental lives and our diets.
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Gut Health and mindfulness

Gut Health and mindfulness

Most likely you’re coming off the holiday highs with a string of New Year’s Resolutions, many of them related to food and diet. Whether you’ve been thinking about losing weight or just being healthier, eating right lies at the core of it. We at Medicine Box urge you to go with your gut — literally!
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Mental Health and the Holidays

Mental Health and the Holidays

If you’ve lived in the United States, you’ve seen a lot of subtle changes around the Winter holiday season. While some still embrace the sentiment and pageantry surrounding the celebrations, others deal with often suppressed feelings of stress, bad memories and loss.
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Exercise for mental health

Exercise for mental health

For most of my life, mental health was an afterthought. Only after I hit rock bottom did I recognize the damage I was doing to myself and others. Even now, no matter how stable I may seem to be, I know it can always come back if I let myself grow weak.
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Beating the mental health stigma

Beating the mental health stigma

No one has to fear the repercussions of someone discovering whether she’s just come down with a case of the flu. Yet for far too long, around the world, persecution against those with mental health challenges have caused far too many to deny their need for help and treatment.
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Mental health and plant medicine

Mental health and plant medicine

Wellness may reside in the body, but it begins in the mind. Like many before us, Medicine Box has noted the salutary effects plants can have on one’s well-being, whether taken as supplements or tended to in a garden. However, only now are we seeing a movement to fully reintegrate previously stigmatized natural tools into the pharmacopoeia.
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