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Each month, we explore a specific health and wellness subject. This month, we’re exploring astrology.

Our planting seasons track astral cycles of light and darkness, and many attribute their moods and personalities to the positions of the zodiac. As Crowley once wrote, “Every man and woman is a star,” so in the month of Aries and Taurus, we cast our eyes heavenwards.

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How Medicine Box aligns with astrology

How Medicine Box aligns with astrology

While not as old as the stars themselves, astrology has captivated human beings for at least as long as we’ve had civilizations. And it’s been part of every civilization, from India to China to the Middle East. At one point, it was studied as a science in its own right, but in our super-materialistic world, its influence is by and large more cultural. But cultures often create their own truth, and those truths contribute greatly to the wellness community Medicine Box belongs to.
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The role of psychedelics and wellness

The role of psychedelics and wellness

It was inevitable, really, that as our civilization began rediscovering new ways to heal in this century, psychedelics would come back to make our collective picture truly BIG. Of course, some big mistakes were made in the past, but also some foundational realizations. One of the biggest is how to utilize them with wellness tools to accomplish truly deep healing.
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Psychedelics and mental health

Psychedelics and mental health

While the past 60 years have certainly obscured it, psychedelics were once explored for a plethora of mental health disorders, including a few that would shock people. Childhood schizophrenia, autism, addiction — considering the excesses and the resulting stigmas attached to them now, it’s hard for many to imagine ethically treating these illnesses with them today.
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The rebirth of psychedelics

The rebirth of psychedelics

The ascendance of wellness has uncovered many different healing modalities previously and prematurely buried by fearful and unheeding authority figures. But as any cultivator will tell you, a lot of growth can happen while things are germinating underground. Now that cannabis has exploded — and in some cases, imploded — psychedelics are now getting a second look.
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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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