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Each month, we explore a specific health and wellness subject. This month’s theme is “More than CBD.”

By now, the dew is off the bud when it comes to CBD. People recognize that when it comes to the healing they seek, they need a lot more herbs, more life and more… nature. So that’s what we’re here to talk about this month: the importance of bringing CBD into a larger, holistic plan for one’s well-being.

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How Medicine Box keeps it simple

How Medicine Box keeps it simple

Consider your life and your health right now: how much do you need in order to keep it going? What is the control panel to your life, the meters and measurements that allow you to maintain your existence on earth? Oftentimes, the more cluttered our existence is, the more we suffer from it. It’s something I take to heart, both as a business owner and a human being. For while I do own a company, and comply with many different, often contradictory rules to keep Medicine Box afloat, the only way I’ve been able to make it work is to keep it SIMPLE, and let nature speak for herself.
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Making the difference with mushrooms

Making the difference with mushrooms

Medicine Box has introduced me to a lot of plant allies early on, but mushrooms are a newer acquaintance — or discovery, if you will. While my maternal grandfather often went mushroom hunting with my father and uncle during visits, and I occasionally would look for mushrooms with a friend of mine in the northern hardwood forests of New Hampshire. In particular, we were fond of these hollow, bulbed mushrooms that we would call “bombs.” That’s because whenever you stepped upon them, they’d explode and emit these grey plumes of spores.
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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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