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Each month, we explore a specific health and wellness subject. This month’s theme: Mushrooms. From reviled fungus to versatile superfood, these fruiting bodies are now popping up in wellness products around the world – including ours.

This month, we’re speaking to the glory of mushrooms, speaking with specialists as well as our very own Glad Scientist, Dr. Refael Aharon, about their extraordinary ability to treat body, mind and spirit. And we’ll also reveal how the potent varieties — shiitake, chaga and maitake — we use for our products can aid you in your daily life.

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The mushrooms of Medicine Box

The mushrooms of Medicine Box

At Medicine Box we are all about introducing our community to our little friends — the terpenes, herbs and other active compounds in our products. This month, we’d like to introduce you to what Mexican curandera Maria Sabina called her “little children” — the brand-new mushrooms that we’re bringing into the formularies.
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The natural solution

The natural solution

While Medicine Box’s products contain a host of herbs, no one ingredient gains more attention or causes more controversy than cannabis. In particular, we’ve always been big proponents of whole-plant solutions, rather than isolates, which has always been a sticking point in bringing our products to a wider audience.
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Anxiety and lifestyle

Anxiety and lifestyle

Out of necessity, I embarked upon an entire redesign of my lifestyle a few years ago after embracing sobriety. At the time, it was like learning how to walk again after a difficult injury, because who was I, without my learned behaviors, my go-to coping mechanisms, all of these things which gave me identity, yet were no longer accessible to me? Now, suddenly, I see many around me asking those very same questions I was asking of myself a long time ago. Those answers will come, and difficult as it will be, the work is worth it — that I can assure you.
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Beyond the age of anxiety

Beyond the age of anxiety

For a crisis with seemingly no end in sight, there’s been no shortage of discussion on what we’re all gonna do once this is all behind us. That’s probably the wrong way to look at it. It’s kind of like looking across the expanse of a raging river at the banks just across from where you’re standing, telling yourself what you’re going to do once you’ve crossed the river. Gotta put in the work in order to get to the destination.
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Confronting Uncertainty

Confronting Uncertainty

By now, you’ve gotten used to a lot of worries that weren’t a part of your vocabulary at the beginning of the year. Some of those are related to the health-care crisis; others are related to ongoing struggles for liberation, justice and fairness disputed and fought for around the country and world in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.
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The trifecta and COVID–19

The trifecta and COVID–19

No matter who you’ve been, the ongoing COVID-19 saga has been a wild and bumpy ride — and by now you’ve probably used the term “silver linings” more frequently than you’d care to admit. It’s even possible that you’ve seen more extremely dark clouds than you’d care to reflect on as well, too.
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A budding interest: An interview with Medicine Box Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Refael Aharon

A budding interest: An interview with Medicine Box Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Refael Aharon

This week, we’re giving our readers a peek behind the medicine box with an interview with our Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Refael Aharon, or “Dr. Refael,” as we call him in our meetings. Born and raised in Israel, Dr. Refael gained his early science training at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in the ‘90s, where another Dr. Raphael Mechoulam did his pioneering work with cannabis, THC and CBD.
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Astrology and cannabis

Astrology and cannabis

If you’ve been turning to cannabis as a salve to get through these pandemic days, you may find that sometimes, it may hit a little different on some days than others. I’m pretty sure that’s because as the tides turn, so do our energies, and what may have worked for you yesterday won’t do the same today. That’s something to consider if you’re medicating — what sign was it born under?
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Herbalism, astrology, and equanimity

Herbalism, astrology, and equanimity

Once the plant is grown, it takes on a life of its own, and that goes for just about every plant you see in a forest or garden. For astrologers, those lives are governed, like ours, by the movement of the heavens and the planets. Therefore, those herbs taken on their traits, and complement the personalities of those who have consumed them.
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