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Title: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on December 15, 2013, 04:31:26 pm
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Nasturmiums: The Prolific Edible Flower

Easy, Colorful Edible Nasturtiums

by guest author - Alice Formiga
 
Colorful, edible, butterfly-like nasturtium blossoms have delighted gardeners and cooks alike for centuries. At different times in their history, they’ve been considered a vegetable, an herb, a flower, and even a fruit! The name nasturtium comes from the Latin words for nose (nas), and tortum (twist), referring to a persons’ reaction upon tasting the spicy, bittersweet leaves. Renaissance botanists named it after watercress, (Nasturtium officinale in Latin) which tastes similar.

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The garden nasturtiums we grow today descend mainly from 2 species native to Peru. The first, brought to Europe by Spanish conquistadors in the late 15th to early 16th century, was Tropaeolum minus, a semi-trailing vine bearing spurred, lightly scented orange-yellow flowers with dark red spots on the petals and shield-shaped leaves.

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According to Jesuit missionaries, the Incas used nasturtiums as a salad vegetable and as a medicinal herb.

In the late 17th century, a Dutch botanist introduced the taller, more vigorous Tropaeolum majus, a trailing vine with darker orange flowers and more rounded leaves. Since Spanish and Dutch herbalists shared seeds with their counterparts, the pretty, fragrant and easy-to-grow plants quickly became widespread throughout around Europe and Britain.      

http://www.reneesgarden.com/articles/nasturtiums.html   

Nasturtiums were commonly known in Europe as Indian Cress or a translation of “Capucine cress”, in reference to the flower shape, which resembles Capucine monks’ hooded robes. Leaves of both species were eaten in salads; unripe seeds and flower buds were pickled and served as a substitute for capers.


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(We know now that these pickled flower buds are high in oxalic acid and therefore should not be eaten in large quantities.)

Their ornamental value was also appreciated: flowers were used in nosegays, and planted to adorn trellises or cascade down stone walls. They became especially popular after being displayed in the palace flowerbeds of French king Louis XIV. (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-object-060.gif)


Although it is sometimes reported that nasturtiums were introduced to the US by the Philadelphia seedsman Bernard McMahon in 1806, they were recorded here as early as 1759.


Thomas Jefferson planted them in his vegetable garden at Monticello from at least 1774 onward. Interestingly, in one entry in his garden book, he categorized it as a fruit amongst others such as the tomato, indicating that he ate the pickled seeds.


Most nasturtiums grown at this time were the tall, trailing orange variety. Over the course of the 19th century, breeders produced smaller, more compact types that mounded neatly into containers or formed a colorful, less sprawling edge to flower beds. Cultivars with cream and green variegated foliage appeared, as well as the vermilion-flowered Empress of India, with its strikingly contrasting blue-green leaves.


These developments paralleled the gradual shift in the perception of nasturtiums from edible and herbal garden mainstays to viewing them as ornamental landscape plants. 

Monet let large swaths ramble along a walk at Giverny. The flowers and long-lasting leaves were popular in Victorian bouquets and table arrangements.


Nasturtiums were still eaten, however, and were known to help prevent scurvy, since the leaves are rich in Vitamin C.

Later 20th century contributions to nasturtium breeding include the introduction of varieties with spurless, upward-facing blossoms and flowers that float higher above the leaves, perfect for bedding or containers. A full spectrum of flower colors is now available, including single colors—useful for landscape designs: pale yellow, golden, orange, brick-red, cherry pink, salmon, crimson, and dark mahogany. The recent interest in edible flowers, herbs, ornamental kitchen gardens and heirloom flowers has helped keep a full array of old and new cultivars available for every possible use. Here are my top 5 favorites:

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Whirlybird: When I plant flowers in my mostly green vegetable garden, I like a cheerful mix of rainbow colors. Whirlybird comes in some of the most interesting shades like cherry pink and mahogany among the usual red, orange and yellow—and it’s easier to clean any stray bugs out of the spurless blossoms! Whirlybirds also produce more flowers than some of the trailing types in richer soil, and their compact habit allows the vegetables enough space.

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Amazon Jewel: All nasturtiums illuminate and reflect light wherever they are planted but these variegated beauties in deep red, warm orange, gold, lemon and rose, are absolutely the most dramatic. I like these best to cover daffodil beds that have finished flowering, or in a place where they can ramble and beautify a neglected corner.

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Moonlight, with its buttery yellow blossoms, is ideal for those who prefer a more subtle color palette. It’s my favorite vining variety for growing up a trellis; one year, some pale blue morning glories intertwined through the pale yellow flowers and the effect was dreamy.

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Empress of India: A collector’s heirloom with unusual blue-green leaves and long-spurred, deep red flowers, Empress of India is beautiful underneath tall summer-flowering bulbs or dahlias. It also matches darker leaved vegetables such as kale or broccoli. Plant it in children’s gardens to attract hummingbirds!

Growing Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums are easy to grow, although the saying “Be nasty to nasturtiums” is somewhat harsh: choose a well-drained site with soil that is not too rich in nitrogen (since too much nitrogen results in lots of foliage, but fewer blooms). I like to add compost in very sandy soil, though, to help hold moisture. In areas with cool summers, nasturtiums grow well in full sun, but in hot summer areas, afternoon shade and plenty of moisture give best results.

Press the large seeds directly into the ground after no more frost is expected and the soil is warmed up. In short-season areas, you can start seeds indoors, but this usually isn’t worth the effort, since plants grow and flower quickly once the weather turns warm.    (http://www.smile-day.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Smiley-Thumbs-Up2.jpg)
If you grow trailing varieties on a trellis, help train and tie them up as needed, since they don’t produce clinging tendrils.

Much folklore exists involving nasturtiums’ supposed ability to repel pests due to their peppery taste and pungent scent. In my garden, however, slugs enjoy hiding beneath the shade of their broad leaves (you can collect them there!  ;D) and aphids adore them. For this reason, organic gardeners often sow them at the base of fruit trees as a trap crop. My neighbor, Dave, plants nasturtiums every season, swearing that they keep pests off his tomato vines. Given the wealth of contradictory information, I’ve concluded that planting nasturtiums will probably not significantly affect the pest populations on your other crops!  :o

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Eating Nasturtiums

For tastiest nasturtium leaves, keep the plants well watered, which helps to moderate the spiciness of the leaves and flowers. I prefer to toss them among sweeter greens like butterhead or crunchy Batavian lettuce, rather than with other bitter greens.


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They add a refreshing bite to a classic potato salad with hard-boiled eggs and a mayonnaise dressing, and pair well with seafood. A handful of the bright colored flower petals are delicious chopped into a shrimp or crab salad sandwich filling, and the whole flowers and leaves make a great garnish for a platter of grilled salmon.

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Nasturtium Ravioli


After picking nasturtium flowers for eating, make sure to double check that you’ve washed out any insects that might be hiding within the spurs! I prefer breaking the petals into salads rather than using them whole to keep the flavor less overwhelming, but whole flowers make beautiful and festive decorations.

Use the petals to decorate any savory open-faced sandwiches. Children are invariably delighted that the flowers are edible, too!

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However you use them, spicy-sweet nasturtium flowers are a wonderful way to introduce edible flowers from the garden to both children and uninitiated adults.

http://www.reneesgarden.com/articles/nasturtiums.html


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Nasturtium Leaves

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Nasturtium Leaves as nutritious food wrappers

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YUMMY! (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/128fs318181.gif)  Nasturtiums on cottage chees and crackers!




Link To view all Renee's Garden Nasturtiums below (Amazingly varied cultivar shapes and colors!):
http://www.reneesgarden.com/seeds/seeds-hm/flowersN.htm#nast

nasturtium

A Dictionary of Food and Nutrition | 2005 | DAVID A. BENDER

nasturtium Both the leaves and seeds of Tropaeolum officinalis can be eaten; they have a hot flavour. The seeds can be pickled as a substitute for capers, and the flowers can be used to decorate salads.


http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/nasturtium.aspx#3

Nasturtium officinale (Watercress, not ornamental nasturtium {Tropaeolum majus and T. minus})

Leaves (Fresh weight)

Water: 93.3
Calories: 19
Protein: 2.2
Fat: 0.3
Carbohydrate: 3
Fibre: 0.69999
Ash: 1.2
Calcium: 151
Phosphorus: 54
Iron: 1.7
Sodium: 52
Potassium: 282
Vitamin A: 2940
Thiamine: 0.07999
Riboflavin: 0.15999
 Niacin: 0.89999
Vitamin C: 79


http://www.anapsid.org/resources/ediblenutrients.html

nasturtium Tropaeolum majus (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/34y5mvr.gif)

Nasturtium produces benzyl isothiocyanate, a volatile mustard oil with an acrid, penetrant odor. This is hot to taste, and in highly concentrated, pure form irritates the mucosa. Benzyl isothiocyanate may be regarded as a thoroughly fiery, sulfurous compound.

The mustard oil is present throughout the plant but is not immediately perceptible. It only develops its characteristic odor and taste when the tissue is destroyed, e.g. by chewing a leaf or a flower.

The plant "hides" the sulfurous qualities of the oil by binding it to sulfate (a salt-like or saline form of sulfur) and sugar.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/8.gif) The intact plant thus contains a "benzyl isothiocyanate sulfate glycoside."

This, in fact, makes the lipophilic benzyl isothiocyanate water- soluble, so that it can be deposited in the vacuole. Metabolic end products are characteristically "excreted" to the inside in vacuoles. Volatile oil plants often let their material flow freely out into the atmosphere; nasturtium keeps its mustard oil hidden deep inside the cell.

When the plant tissue is damaged, the enzyme myrosinase comes in contact with and is able to act on the glycosides and "detonate the mustard oil bomb," as Zurich plant physiologist, Matile, once put it. Nasturtium is able to control a highly sulfurous compound such as benzyl isothiocyanate in saline form and store high concentrations of it in all its organs.

The morphology shows tension between lush vegetative growth and powerful flowering processes for the whole period of development. In the plant's constituents the opposite qualities of Sal and Sulfur encounter each other.

Medicinal actions

Since the early 1950's, nasturtium has proved widely effective in the treatment of respiratory and urinary infections. Benzyl isothiocyanate inhibits or kills Gram positive and negative bacteria and fungi. To date, resistance has hardly ever developed!  (http://www.clker.com/cliparts/c/8/f/8/11949865511933397169thumbs_up_nathan_eady_01.svg.hi.png)

It is interesting to note that the nasturtium action is exclusively on the lungs, kidneys and bladder, organs that deal intensively with the interplay of air and water.

Urinary tract infections frequently follow a chill, and this can be countered with this "northern" yet thoroughly sulfurous plant.

Compared to phytotherapy, where it is given only by the oral route, nasturtium plays a key role in the Wala acne preparations for topical use. Acne vulgaris presents a paradox in skin metabolism. On one hand hyperkeratosis produces blackheads. The masses of hardened keratin do not dissolve easily.

On the other hand sebaceous gland hyperactivity leads to seborrhea. The excess sebum provides a nutrient base for bacteria which break it down into fatty acids that cause skin irritation. Fatty acids are normally broken down with the help of endogenous lipases in the human food metabolism.

With acne, we have a pathological degradation of fats by foreign organ- isms on the skin, i.e. in the neurosensory system. Inflammatory efflorescences go hand in hand with this.

Nasturtium may be said to be able to overcome the two fundamental pathological processes in acne. It avoids all hardening processes and also has a superb ability to control its mustard oil metabolism, keeping it in its proper place (the vacuole).

http://www.anthromed.org/Article.aspx?artpk=248
 


Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on January 22, 2014, 03:46:21 pm
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There are four primary reasons Cannabis is illegal. And not just illegal, but the focus of our Government's war on drugs, a civil war, Americans against Americans.

I. There are as many as 200 different medical conditions that respond favorably to marijuana. There is no known plant or compound that is so widely beneficial, with so much potential for market share. Or rather, as it can be grown indoors or outdoors just about anywhere in the United States, it is a market share eliminator. Pharmaceutical companies are the second most powerful lobby in America, behind the Oil Industry. They will do whatever is necessary to maintain control of that market share.

II. Hemp, the unsmokeable variety of Cannabis, is without question the most useful plant on the planet. It is so useful, so flexible, it could be the raw material for a multi-trillion dollar tier of industries, from paper, to food, to clothing, to bio-fuel, to housing material, etc. It can grow just about anywhere, and it does not require herbicides. It would also compete with corn for room in the fields, which means all of corporate Agri-business and most industrial food producers align against hemp, as do logging interests.

III. There are, according to the DEA, 45,000 people in federal jails on marijuana convictions. That does not include state, county and private facilities. There are more than 500,000 marijuana arrests each year. Marijuana laws keep law enforcement and prosecutors busy, and jails full. In addition, treatment facilities benefit from an influx of "offenders", often under-age, who are given a choice between jail and treatment. An industry has sprung up around drug testing, though the only thing such tests are likely to find is marijuana, as nearly everything else (being more objectionable) leaves the body more quickly; and there is no evidence of any kind that shows a decrease in work-production among those who smoke marijuana.

IV. Smoking pot makes people peaceful. Ronald Reagan called it "the most dangerous drug in America," not because the plant is dangerous, but because it can help people stop, think and consider, which is dangerous for the State. Had we all puffed in 1979, we might have reconsidered the idea of turning American Democracy into Plutocratic Empire. It's hard to build and maintain Empire if the people desire peace. Felony marijuana convictions disenfranchise the poor and the peaceful, preventing them from voting. That, and simple marijuana possession, under the statutes of the State, is cause for the State to confiscate everything you own. A constant reminder to those who tend toward peace - we the State have established and maintain the power to destroy you.

Suppose I want to make hemp paper. I can import hemp from Canada, or the European Union, but I cannot buy it from a farmer in the United States? Why? This is a free enterprise system, yes?

The violence of the marijuana trade would decrease to non-existent within a year, if it was legal to grow. But that is not the point, if you are the State. It is instructive that the only people who want to keep marijuana illegal, more than the experts at the NIDA, or Law Enforcement, or big Ag or pharmaceutical peddlers, are big time drug dealers. The flower of Cannabis sativa, marijuana, which is the flower of a weed, is as much as $3000-4000 a pound, more if you sell it by the eighth ounce. It would be about $10 a pound if anyone could grow it, without fear of having their life destroyed by the State.

Hemp is so valuable in real terms that it may prove to be incredibly important to local economies in an age without abundant fossil fuels. American ingenuity loosed on that plant would transform the culture dramatically, in a healthy way. It may prove to be such a prolific plant, that when fully established as a commodity, it could help provide local sustainability and autonomy, even help put an end to the dominance of the centralized Nation-State.

Cannabis prohibition, top to bottom, is a lie. No Republic that rests so fundamentally upon a lie can stand. It is not a Republic when the State perpetuates such a lie. A government that practices such a lie is not fully legitimate. A democracy beholden to such a lie is not fully mature.

We can all agree, smoking marijuana under the age of 18 is not a good idea, at least not in daily abundance. Under observance, for understanding, in a sacred way, is something else entirely. This however, takes maturity to understand, accept and teach, maturity made criminal by the State. The cultural ninnie would rather demonize than understand in a mature fashion, which only makes a thing more attractive to young people who are not attracted to hypocrisy and self-righteousness.

The criminal status of marijuana, because it rests on a lie, makes the growing, selling and smoking of it an act of defiance against tyranny. Though all things in moderation, sayeth the wise sage. Growing, selling or smoking becomes less political the greater the profit, the greater the consumption. With exceptions, of course. Medicinally, I trust you to know what you need. For profit, are you out to feed your family, or are you after bling?

The criminal status of marijuana, because it rests on a lie, makes the prosecution of those laws subject to conscience. But what is conscience, to one whose livelihood depends upon the maintenance of a lie?

http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/forum/index.php/topic,2343.msg42361.html#msg42361

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Title: Celery: Don't forget to eat the LEAVES! They are laoded with health benefits!
Post by: AGelbert on April 26, 2014, 05:35:41 pm

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Research shows the ability of celery juice and celery extracts to lower the activity of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), as well as the activity of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB). Decreased levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin 1B (IL-1B) and interleukin 8 (IL-8) have also been seen in these studies. All of these four messaging molecules play a key role in the body's inflammatory responses, and keeping them in check is an important step in the prevention of unwanted inflammation.

LONG, DETAILED article here with excellent nutritional information and studies about Celery. It turns out that eating it chopped is DIFFERENT nutritionally from eating it whole!  :o And don't let the bitter taste of the leaves stop you from eating them. They are important for your health.  ;D

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Be sure to use the leaves—they contain the most vitamin C, calcium, and potassium—but use them within a day or two as they do not store very well.

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=14

MORE GOOD INFO: Many people assume that celery leaves are poisonous because they associate them as being a member of the same family as nightshade.
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Nightshade Vegetables

However, celery is actually not a member of the nightshade, but is an umbelliferae, whose brothers and sisters include carrots and fennel. In any event, nightshade is indeed described as "moderately poisonous," and it is indeed a Solanum, a member of the same family as potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant. But you can't extrapolate from one member to another and assume that all Solanums are poisonous just because one of them is, (although it pays to check: With some nightshade relations, such as the  potato, the leaves are indeed toxic).

Nightshade vegetables include those vegetables which come under the family Solanaceae. In the early years these vegetables were believed to be poisonous. The poisonous and evil effects of these vegetables gave them the name 'Nightshade Vegetables'. Some believe they grow in shade and are poisonous hence they got this name. Well, as there are controversies regarding its name, the same case is with its harmfulness. Some claim that they are harmful and some say they are not. Let's check out which all vegetables come under this category.


Nightshade Vegetables List
Tomato
Eggplant
Pepper (Except black and white pepper)
Potato
Garden Huckleberry
Ground Cherries
Tobacco
Previously tomato and other plants were used as show plants and were not eaten but later it was included in the daily diet.


Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: jdwheeler42 on May 04, 2014, 11:05:40 pm
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Phil: It's the same thing your whole life: "Clean up your room. Stand up straight. Pick up your feet. Take it like a man. Be nice to your sister. Don't mix beer and wine, ever." Oh yeah: "Don't drive on the railroad track."

Gus: Well, Phil, that's one I happen to agree with.

There's a good reason for those rules... some of the most deadly plants are in the Umbelliferae family -- like poison hemlock.  You definitely don't want to go messing with that family unless you absolutely know what you are doing.  Same goes for the Solanaceae family too -- every part of the tomato plant is poisonous, except the ripe fruit.  The poison is destroyed by cooking however, hence fried green tomatoes.  Cassava root has to be processed into tapioca to remove the toxins.  The legume family also has very toxic members; the edible jicama root has seeds with the organic insecticide rotenone.
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on May 05, 2014, 04:34:04 pm
Say what, JD?
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"Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so."  Bertrand Russell

So, does that mean you DON'T eat the celery leaves because of what you learned in college about the Solanaceae family? (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/290.gif)

Yeah, I have a very specific working knowledge of what alkaloids ARE and what they DO. Something you failed to mention is that low concentrations of the alkaloids in food products can detoxify your system and improve your immune function. It's all about concentration percentage, something you painted with a rather broad, unscientific "stroke" with the statement about rules being there for a reason. Of course HIGH concentrations can poison you. That's not the issue. We are homeostatic creatures where nutrition is NEVER, unless we are talking heavy metals, about NEVER eating something because it has some alkaloids in it. To advocate total avoidance is ideology, not CFS. Native Americans didn't avoid acorns because of the tannins, they just figured out a way to GET RID OF THE TANNINS before they ate them.  ;D

You've got a Masters Degree in Agriculture and DIDN'T KNOW that the nutritional value of celery changes whether chopped or not, YET you didn't say ANYTHING about THAT. ;)  Rather, you came out with that rather pedantic statement about "rules being made for a reason" (see no ****, Sherlock). I'm not a student in your class and my knowledge of biology is on a par with yours so don't play that high and mighty professor game with me. I expected more humility from a person of your erudition in plant biology.

What's the problem JD? Does your high degree of education inhibit you from admitting ignorance or learning new, valuable nutritional facts. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/237.gif) (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/nocomment.gif)

Do you want to learn a little about alkaloids that is BENEFICIAL to us or do you want to bask in your  Masters Degree and vast knowledge of organic agriculture? Pride cometh before, not just a fall, but a ****pot load of errors of judgement and lost opportunities.  ;)

"... biologically active secondary metabolites, which may have both adverse and beneficial effects in the diet. These include glycoalkaloids, calystegine alkaloids, protease inhibitors, lectins, phenolic compounds, and chlorophyll. Because glycoalkaloids are reported to be involved in host-plant resistance and to have a variety of adverse as well as beneficial effects in cells, animals, and humans, a need exists to develop a clearer understanding of their roles both in the plant and in the diet.

To contribute to this effort, this integrated review presents data on the

(a) history of glycoalkaloids;

(b) glycoalkaloid content in different parts of the potato plant, in processed potato products, and in wild, transgenic, and organic potatoes;

(c) biosynthesis, inheritance, plant molecular biology, and glycoalkaloid-plant phytopathogen relationships;

(d) dietary significance with special focus on the chemistry, analysis, and nutritional quality of low-glycoalkaloid potato protein;

(e) pharmacology and toxicology of the potato glycoalkaloids comprising alpha-chaconine and alpha-solanine and their hydrolysis products (metabolites);

(f) anticarcinogenic and other beneficial effects; and

(g) possible dietary consequences of concurrent consumption of glycoalkaloids and other biologically active compounds present in fresh and processed potatoes. An enhanced understanding of the multiple and overlapping aspects of glycoalkaloids in the plant and in the diet will benefit producers and consumers of potatoes."

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17090106


Here's some more:  ;D


"Generally, alkaloids are amalgams that do not have any scent and boast of a distinctive outcome on the animals' body mechanism or function. Owing to these properties, alkaloids have significant therapeutic value and form the ingredients of many important medicines. The alkaloids also comprise strong vegetable toxics and sedatives. Substances like caffeine and theobromine that are closely associated with natural purine (substance that can be converted to uric acid in the body) compounds are normally categorized as alkaloids.

Here are a few things to remember.

First and foremost, nearly all herbs enclose some or other kind of alkaloids in their structures. This includes even those plants that are considered to be perfectly safe. Here it is the case of the complete plant being more than simply the total of all its parts.

Second, medications that contain significant levels of alkaloids have a direct toxic impact and hence when anyone takes these drugs in excess they are bound to lead to symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea or affect the central nervous system. Since plant alkaloids are natural, they often produce menacing effects of the remedies. On the other hand, synthetic alkaloids are designed such that they do not prove harmful beyond a limit. However, many herbalists are of the opinion that the instant annoyance caused by the medications containing plant alkaloids are an important and necessary part of the stimulating action required for healing from any disorder."

Here's MORE PROOF that what you assume is not the be all, end all of chemical knowledge and mechanisms of alkaloids on human cells from the night shade or WHATEVER family.  8)

"Over the years, many people have tried to define alkaloid in different forms chemically, but none has been satisfactory. The word alkaloid has been initially drawn from the word ‘vegetable alkali' and was used to express the baseness or alkalinity of a number of initial alkaloidal segregations.

Generally speaking, alkaloids comprise almost all alkaline nitrogenous materials having distinct physiological consequences. All said and done, colchicine and ricinine are not alkaline in nature, while mescaline, ephedrine and muscarine do not enclose nitrogen.

This is despite the fact that alkaloids are conventionally known to be delivered from higher plants, and even animals as well as lower organisms are identified as alkaloid producers. Normally, the majority of the alkaloids are heterocyclic (a compound containing a closed ring of atoms of which at least one is not a carbon atom) in nature. But there are others like mescaline, ephedrine and hordenine that are non-cyclic and these are also often known as ‘protoalkaloids'.

Besides, being venomous - the primary function of the alkaloids in all vegetation appears to be to protect them from grazing animals and herbivorous insects - so far no one has taken the effort to recapitulate the exploits of alkaloids. In fact, each variety of alkaloid has its own distinct quality and this is yet to be summarized by the herbalists. While there is no brief account available of the alkaloids' actions, record regarding the variety and classification of the alkaloids is obtainable and one can have a fair idea concerning them.

There are numerous separate examples of alkaloids and their actions and they generally offer a picture of the substances being poisonous and significantly vigorous. However, these examples do not do justice to the alkaloids as more often than not they are an exaggerated description and paint the alkaloids as infamous substances."

http://www.herbs2000.com/h_menu/alkaloids.htm

Your broad stroke condemnation of alkaloids is  reductionist and unscientific, JDwheeler.  Shame on you.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/swear1.gif)

Now then, if you want to pursue the ardent sophistry of a 14 kt Gold example of an argumentative ARSE, GIANT PRIDE FILLED EGO that believes humility and/or admitting fault, regardless of the reality of the fault, is a "weakness"( like RE  (http://www.u.arizona.edu/~patricia/cute-collection/smileys/lying-smiley.gif) ), just go to the links and

A: Undermine the credentials of the article writers.  ::)

B: Question the validity of the claims and research as "unproven speculation" and "dangerously irresponsible". (http://www.smileyvault.com/albums/userpics/12962/noway.gif)

C: Label my response to your comment as "fringe" science, "not accepted by academia with rigorous peer review".   (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/tuzki-bunnys/tuzki-bunny-emoticon-026.gif)

D: Give me a "friendly" (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/gen152.gif) reminder that I am "embarrassing" myself with such "unscientific" claims.  (http://www.imgion.com/images/01/Angry-animated-smiley.jpg) 
 
E: OR ALL THE ABOVE.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/ugly004.gif)

But THIS is what a responsible scientist does when chastened for spreading erroneous assumptions:

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Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: jdwheeler42 on May 07, 2014, 06:07:00 am
So, does that mean you DON'T eat the celery leaves because of what you learned in college about the Solanaceae family?

Your broad stroke condemnation of alkaloids is  reductionist and unscientific, JDwheeler.  Shame on you. 

Now then, if you want to pursue the ardent sophistry of a 14 kt Gold example of an argumentative ARSE, GIANT PRIDE FILLED EGO that believes humility and/or admitting fault, regardless of the reality of the fault, is a "weakness"( like RE ), just go to the links and

A: Undermine the credentials of the article writers.
B: Question the validity of the claims and research as "unproven speculation" and "dangerously irresponsible".
C: Label my response to your comment as "fringe" science, "not accepted by academia with rigorous peer review". 
D: Give me a "friendly" reminder that I am "embarrassing" myself with such "unscientific" claims.
E: OR ALL THE ABOVE.

But THIS is what a responsible scientist does when chastened for spreading erroneous assumptions:
G: NONE OF THE ABOVE

I'm sorry, by no means did I mean to imply that you shouldn't eat celery leaves; indeed, there is a variety known as "cutting celery" that does not produce usable stalks at all and is just used for for the leaves.

Nor were my statements meant to be a blanket condemnation of alkaloids in general.  Rather, they were precautionary in nature, that certain things are better left alone IF you don't know what you are doing.  YOU obviously do, but I don't want someone thinking that stuff that looks celery or carrots are generally safe.

I am sorry if I ruffled your feathers, but I must admit I am glad I prodded you into providing the mini-lesson on alkaloids.
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on May 07, 2014, 10:59:26 pm
JD,
Prod away! I'm sure somebody might learn something from it.
;D
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on November 18, 2014, 03:46:01 pm
Top 10 Superfoods   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)Ranked by Experts

Cole Mellino | November 18, 2014 12:11 pm

In a first of its kind study, Jennifer Di Noia, PhD, an associate professor of sociology at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey ranked fruits and vegetables by their nutritional values. These “powerhouse fruits and vegetables” were ranked and scored by the amount of 17 critical nutrients they contain, including fiber, potassium, protein, calcium folate, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin D and other nutrients.


The study developed a definition for “powerhouse fruits and vegetables” as “foods providing, on average, 10 percent or more daily value per 100 kilocalories of the 17 qualifying nutrients.” The objective of the research was to help consumers choose more nutrient-packed foods. The following is a list of the top 10 powerhouse fruits and vegetables:

1. Watercress (score: 100)
This peppery flavored aquatic plant has been in cultivation since ancient times for its food and medicinal uses in East-Asia, Central Asia, Europe, and Americas.
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Watercress


2. Chinese Cabbage (score: 91.99)
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Chinese Cabbage
(http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/chinese-emoticon-22648577.jpg) Agelbert NOTE: RE likes the above with TOAST.  ;D


3. Chard (score: 89.27)
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Chard


4. Beet greens (score: 87.08)
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Beet greens


5. Spinach (score: 86.43)

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Spinach


6. Chicory (score 73.36)

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Chicory

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chicory
Chicory can be used in salads, or its root can be baked, ground or used as a coffee substitute. Photo credit: Shutterstock


7. Leaf lettuce (score: 70.73)

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Leaf lettuce


8. Parsley (score: 65.59)

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Parsley


9. Romaine lettuce (score: 63.48)
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Romaine lettuce


10. Collard greens (score: 62.49)
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Collard greens
Collard greens is the American English term for various loose-leafed cultivars of Brassica oleracea, part of the Acephala group which also contains cabbage and broccoli.

http://ecowatch.com/2014/11/18/real-superfoods-ranked-experts/ (http://ecowatch.com/2014/11/18/real-superfoods-ranked-experts/)
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on November 27, 2014, 12:12:34 am
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Green (unripe) Plantains are normally a third again as large as the species of banana eaten in the USA.  :o  ;D They can get QUITE LARGE (you would NOT BE ABLE to eat a banana as large as some plantains in one sitting). However, the ones shipped to the USA are usually just about the same or a bit larger than a large banana.
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The above is NOT photo-shopped. I have seen and held plantains this large in my hands. Yep. Plaintains get REALLY BIG sometimes!  :o It is a fact that, when tourist women see them for the first time, they have a hard time looking away from these specimens of the plant kingdom. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/4fvfcja.gif)

In the green form they are used as a starch like a potato (baked, fried chips, boiled, etc)  and are eaten this way far more often than in the yellow/black (ripe) manner (I.E. the OPPOSITE of how Americans eat bananas). When ripe and sweet they are cooked in many ways from a baked desert to a fried sweet treat to providing a baked sweet accent to seasoned ground meat (think of turkey stuffing) with olives and cheese. They are much sweeter than a sweet potato but less sweet than a ripe banana.


9 Ways To Add Plantains To Your Diet     (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/Banane21.gif)

by Chris Kresser

Plantains aren’t very popular in the U.S., but they’re one of the most delicious, nutrient-dense, and versatile “safe starches” you can find. Read on to learn nine great ways to incorporate plantains into your diet.

Plantains are a staple in Latin American cooking, but they’re relatively unknown in the US, Canada, and other western, industrialized countries. This is unfortunate, because they’re one of the most versatile starches available (as you will see below). They’re also rich in nutrients like potassium, beta carotene, vitamin B6, and vitamin C, and a good source of dietary fiber. (http://www.runemasterstudios.com/graemlins/images/2thumbs.gif)

While I’m a huge fan of plantains, I’ll admit they have a couple of disadvantages as a staple starch, at least in the U.S.: they’re difficult to find in some places (especially organic), and they are shipped from places like Mexico and Central America. I make a big effort to eat locally for many reasons, and that is simply not possible with plantains.

That said, if you live in a place where they are available (try Latin markets if your supermarket doesn’t stock them), they can make a great occasional addition to your diet.

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Some green (unripe) and some yellow/black (ripe) plantains

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These are NOT over ripe!  (http://www.coh2.org/images/Smileys/huhsign.gif)
 They are PERFECT for sweet fried plantains! The skin is ALWAYS removed prior to cooking plantains.


Plantains can be prepared in numerous ways, and their flavor ranges from savory to sweet, depending on ripeness. Green (unripe) plantains are savory, while yellow/black (ripe) plantains will be quite sweet. Make sure to use the correct type of plantains called for in each preparation method below.

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Fried Plantains

#1: Fried Plantains

This is the method that most people who’ve eaten plantains are probably familiar with, as it’s common in Latin American cuisine. If you’ve ever eaten at a Brazilian restaurant, or spent time in Costa Rica or Nicaragua, you’ve probably had fried plantains.   

Preparation:
Use plantains that are somewhere between just starting to ripen (light yellow) to very ripe (yellow with black spots), depending on your preference. I happen to like them not as sweet, so I go with light yellow/green. Slice them into 1/2 inch rounds, and fry at medium heat with expeller-pressed coconut oil, ghee, lard, or other stable cooking fat.

#2: Plantain Chips

You’ll need a dehydrator (this is a good starter model) to make these, but they’re worth the effort. Plantain chips are not only delicious, they’re also a great source of resistant starch, which has many benefits. And they make an ideal travel snack and addition to your children’s lunch boxes.

(Note that plantain chips will only contain resistant starch when they’re made with a dehydrator, since cooking plantains at higher temperatures destroys most of the resistant starch they contain.)

Preparation:
Buy green plantains, slice into 1/4” rounds, add sea salt to taste, and place in a dehydrator. Dehydrate until crisp.

#3: Plantain Tortillas

This is one of my “secret” uses of plantains, but I can’t claim to have figured it out on my own. I learned the recipe from Simone Shifnadel, the author of The Zenbelly Cookbook (one of my top 3 favorite Paleo cookbooks).

I grew up eating a lot of Mexican food, so I like to have a “taco night” every now and then. When we do, we’ll make seasoned ground beef, prepare bunch of toppings (tomatoes, lettuce, avocados, fresh salsa, etc.) and wrap it all in these plantain tortillas. Yum!

Here’s the recipe, which Simone has graciously allowed me to post here. Check out her book for some other fantastic creations. She catered my book launch party last year, and the food was incredible.

*Make sure you have parchment paper for this recipe

Ingredients:
•3-4 yellow plantains (about 2 to 2 & 1/2 pounds)
•1/3 cup egg whites (2 to 3 large eggs)
•3 tablespoons lard or fat of your choice, melted, plus more for greasing the parchment paper
•1/2 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
•1 teaspoon lime juice

Preparation:
•Preheat oven to 350 F.
•Peel the plantains by cutting off the tops and bottoms and slicing through the skin along the length of the plantain.
•Roughly chop the plantains and place in the bowl of a food processor or high-speed blender.
•Add the egg whites, melted lard, salt, and lime juice. Blend until very smooth.
•Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (or work in batches if you only have one).
•Grease the parchment paper liberally.
•Using a small ladle or disher, drop four 1/4-cup portions of batter onto each pan, leaving plenty of room between each one.
•Using the ladle and/or a rubber spatula, smooth out the batter into thin circles. Get them as thin as you can while still keeping them intact.
•Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until they are dry to the touch and just starting to brown at the edges. If using two pans at once, switch halfway through.
•Repeat with the remaining batter, making sure to grease the parchment paper each time.

#4: Plantain Pancakes & Waffles

I’ve never been fully satisfied with the Paleo pancakes made from almond and coconut flours. They don’t get fluffy like pancakes should, and many people are sensitive to nuts or the insoluble fiber in coconut flour.

The great thing about these pancakes/waffles is they’re not only gluten- and grain-free, they’re also nut- and flour-free! They’re made with whole plantains and eggs, so eating these is really not that different than having scrambled eggs and sliced plantains for breakfast. Guilt-free pancakes!

And if you have kids, these will be an absolute hit. Sylvie loves them to death.

The recipe comes from Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, aka The Paleo Mom. You can find it here. She’s got a lot of other great recipes for people following an autoimmune Paleo diet on her blog, as well as an autoimmune Paleo cookbook. Check them out!

#5: Smashed Plantains

This one comes from Brendan & Megan Keatley over at Health-Bent, another fantastic blog for Paleo foodies.

This is a very simple—yet nourishing and hearty—recipe. You can use smashed plantains as a savory substitute for mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes.

Check out the recipe here (and make sure to poke around their site for other delicious recipes).

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Step ONE in making Tostones.  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_6869.gif)  ;D

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Garlic Tostones

#6: Garlic Tostones

Tostones—also known as patacones, chatinos (Cuba), fritos verdes (Dominican Republic), and banan peze (Haiti)—are fried slices of (usually) green plantains. They differ from the fried plantains in #1 in that they are often smashed after cooking, and sometimes twice-fried.

Here is a recipe for tostones that I found online. I would recommend using expeller-pressed coconut oil or ghee for frying, rather than the vegetable oil they suggest. If you are sensitive to FODMAPs, simply omit the garlic.

#7: Plantain Soup (Crema de Plátano Verde)

This is a simple, cheap, and delicious soup that can be enjoyed at any time of year, but is particularly nourishing during the winter months.

Here’s a traditional recipe that you can work from. We will typically add either bacon or shredded chicken—or sometimes both.

#8: Mofongo

Mofongo is essentially fried green plantains that are mashed and mixed with bacon and fat. They can be served as a side with any meat dish, formed into small balls and dropped into soups, or used to stuff meats and vegetables.

Here is a recipe that can get you started. Again, I’d suggest using expeller-pressed coconut oil or lard as the cooking fat rather than canola oil.

#9: Plantain Stuffing

I had to include this one with the holidays approaching. If you’re looking for an alternative to bread stuffing, and don’t want to use a meat-based Paleo stuffing, this is a good choice.

Here is a recipe that looks good. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, substitute a safer cooking fat like ghee or expeller-pressed coconut oil for vegetable oil. (Note: I haven’t tried it myself, but I’m planning on it for Thanksgiving this week.)

There are so many more dishes that I could have listed here, including deserts like Platanos al Amibar, stews like Sancocho, and holiday dishes like Pasteles en Hoja (time consuming, but worth it!). Plantains really are incredibly versatile.
http://chriskresser.com/9-ways-to-add-plantains-to-your-diet

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Seasoned ground meat in mashed baked Plantain (Pionono) YUMMY!  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/128fs318181.gif)
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on December 02, 2014, 06:57:30 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd3CzWDC6Ls&feature=player_embedded
Corianders seeds are SUPERFOOD! (http://www.runemasterstudios.com/graemlins/images/2thumbs.gif) They lower blood pressure, increase insulin production, increase good cholesterol and control skin inflammation diseases like psoriasis and other itching conditions.  ;D
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Control of Blood Sugar, Cholesterol and Free Radical Production


Recent research studies (though still on animals) have confirmed all three of these healing effects. When coriander was added to the diet of diabetic mice, it helped stimulate their secretion of insulin and lowered their blood sugar.

When given to rats, coriander reduced the amount of damaged fats (lipid peroxides) in their cell membranes.

And when given to rats fed a high-fat, high-cholesterol diet, coriander lowered levels of total and LDL (the "bad" cholesterol), while actually increasing levels of HDL (the "good" cholesterol).

Research also suggests that the volatile oils found in the leaves of the coriander plant, commonly known as cilantro, may have antimicrobial properties.

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=70
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on December 18, 2014, 09:09:58 pm
A Decade of Hard Work Turns into Historic Marijuana Victory in Congress (http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/decade-hard-work-turns-historic-marijuana-victory-congress)
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Wisdom from William Duncan Hunter from about a year ago:

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"There are four primary reasons Cannabis is illegal. And not just illegal, but the focus of our Government's war on drugs, a civil war, Americans against Americans.

I. There are as many as 200 different medical conditions that respond favorably to marijuana. There is no known plant or compound that is so widely beneficial, with so much potential for market share. Or rather, as it can be grown indoors or outdoors just about anywhere in the United States, it is a market share eliminator. Pharmaceutical companies are the second most powerful lobby in America, behind the Oil Industry. They will do whatever is necessary to maintain control of that market share.

II. Hemp, the unsmokeable variety of Cannabis, is without question the most useful plant on the planet. It is so useful, so flexible, it could be the raw material for a multi-trillion dollar tier of industries, from paper, to food, to clothing, to bio-fuel, to housing material, etc. It can grow just about anywhere, and it does not require herbicides. It would also compete with corn for room in the fields, which means all of corporate Agri-business and most industrial food producers align against hemp, as do logging interests.

III. There are, according to the DEA, 45,000 people in federal jails on marijuana convictions. That does not include state, county and private facilities. There are more than 500,000 marijuana arrests each year. Marijuana laws keep law enforcement and prosecutors busy, and jails full. In addition, treatment facilities benefit from an influx of "offenders", often under-age, who are given a choice between jail and treatment. An industry has sprung up around drug testing, though the only thing such tests are likely to find is marijuana, as nearly everything else (being more objectionable) leaves the body more quickly; and there is no evidence of any kind that shows a decrease in work-production among those who smoke marijuana.

IV. Smoking pot makes people peaceful. Ronald Reagan called it "the most dangerous drug in America," not because the plant is dangerous, but because it can help people stop, think and consider, which is dangerous for the State. Had we all puffed in 1979, we might have reconsidered the idea of turning American Democracy into Plutocratic Empire. It's hard to build and maintain Empire if the people desire peace. Felony marijuana convictions disenfranchise the poor and the peaceful, preventing them from voting. That, and simple marijuana possession, under the statutes of the State, is cause for the State to confiscate everything you own. A constant reminder to those who tend toward peace - we the State have established and maintain the power to destroy you.

Suppose I want to make hemp paper. I can import hemp from Canada, or the European Union, but I cannot buy it from a farmer in the United States? Why? This is a free enterprise system, yes?

The violence of the marijuana trade would decrease to non-existent within a year, if it was legal to grow. But that is not the point, if you are the State. It is instructive that the only people who want to keep marijuana illegal, more than the experts at the NIDA, or Law Enforcement, or big Ag or pharmaceutical peddlers, are big time drug dealers. The flower of Cannabis sativa, marijuana, which is the flower of a weed, is as much as $3000-4000 a pound, more if you sell it by the eighth ounce. It would be about $10 a pound if anyone could grow it, without fear of having their life destroyed by the State.

Hemp is so valuable in real terms that it may prove to be incredibly important to local economies in an age without abundant fossil fuels. American ingenuity loosed on that plant would transform the culture dramatically, in a healthy way. It may prove to be such a prolific plant, that when fully established as a commodity, it could help provide local sustainability and autonomy, even help put an end to the dominance of the centralized Nation-State.

Cannabis prohibition, top to bottom, is a lie. No Republic that rests so fundamentally upon a lie can stand. It is not a Republic when the State perpetuates such a lie. A government that practices such a lie is not fully legitimate. A democracy beholden to such a lie is not fully mature.

We can all agree, smoking marijuana under the age of 18 is not a good idea, at least not in daily abundance. Under observance, for understanding, in a sacred way, is something else entirely. This however, takes maturity to understand, accept and teach, maturity made criminal by the State. The cultural ninnie would rather demonize than understand in a mature fashion, which only makes a thing more attractive to young people who are not attracted to hypocrisy and self-righteousness.

The criminal status of marijuana, because it rests on a lie, makes the growing, selling and smoking of it an act of defiance against tyranny. Though all things in moderation, sayeth the wise sage. Growing, selling or smoking becomes less political the greater the profit, the greater the consumption. With exceptions, of course. Medicinally, I trust you to know what you need. For profit, are you out to feed your family, or are you after bling?

The criminal status of marijuana, because it rests on a lie, makes the prosecution of those laws subject to conscience. But what is conscience, to one whose livelihood depends upon the maintenance of a lie? "
5 Places to Sneak Hemp Into Your Diet (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/advances-in-health-care/strengthening-the-immune-system-to-more-effectively-fight-indection/msg390/#msg390")


Yes, I know Hemp doesn't have the THC content of Cannabis but the point is that Cannabis is every bit as medicinal and nutritional as hemp is!
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Our justice system is CRIMINAL:  >:(

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Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on January 28, 2015, 11:27:40 pm
Five Hemp Health Benefits You Didn’t Know About  ;D

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The protein and fiber in hemp combine to slow digestion, which prevents spikes in blood sugar and therefore sustains your body’s energy. A diet rich in hemp promotes digestive regularity.

When sprinkled on your cereal or fruit at breakfast, hemp protein and fiber also help aid in satiety, which will prevent you from snacking and keep you fuller longer.

The Omega-3 fatty acids in hemp reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure, and may even ward off Alzheimer’s disease. Hemp seeds are one of the few Omega-3 sources found in plants.

The Omega-6 fatty acids in hemp stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and help the brain function.

Hemp seeds contain essential amino acids, which improves muscle control, mental function, and normal body maintenance of cells, muscle, tissues, and organs.


Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-surprising-health-benefits-of-hemp-2.html#ixzz3QBIpAR65
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on February 09, 2015, 02:00:56 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DttdDOqQMuY&feature=player_embedded
Scientific Explanation for HOW and WHY Cannabis cures cancer.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/balloons.gif)
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on May 26, 2015, 12:08:59 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHXV6YUsPmE&feature=player_embedded

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Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on May 31, 2015, 06:28:16 pm
We’ve reduced the nutrients and increased the sugar and starch content of hundreds of other fruits and vegetables.  :( How can we begin to recoup the losses?  ??? ???

SNIPPET:

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EUROPEAN settlers were content with this colorful corn until the summer of 1779 when they found something more delectable — a yellow variety with sweeter and more tender kernels.

This unusual variety came to light that year after George Washington ordered a scorched-earth campaign  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-070814193155.png) against Iroquois tribes.  >:(

While the militia was destroying the food caches of the Iroquois and burning their crops
, soldiers came across a field of extra-sweet yellow corn. According to one account, a lieutenant named Richard Bagnal took home some seeds to share with others.

Our old-fashioned sweet corn is a direct descendant of these spoils of war.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png)

Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/gen152.gif)


By JO ROBINSON
 
Published: May 25, 2013

WE like the idea that food can be the answer to our ills, that if we eat nutritious foods we won’t need medicine or supplements. We have valued this notion for a long, long time. The Greek physician Hippocrates proclaimed nearly 2,500 years ago: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Today, medical experts concur. If we heap our plates with fresh fruits and vegetables, they tell us, we will come closer to optimum health.   (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2932.gif)

This health directive needs to be revised. (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0293.gif) If we want to get maximum health benefits from fruits and vegetables, we must choose the right varieties.

Studies published within the past 15 years show that much of our produce is relatively low in phytonutrients, which are the compounds with the potential to reduce the risk of four of our modern scourges: cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia. The loss of these beneficial nutrients did not begin 50 or 100 years ago, as many assume. Unwittingly, we have been stripping phytonutrients from our diet since we stopped foraging for wild plants some 10,000 years ago and became farmers.

These insights have been made possible by new technology that has allowed researchers to compare the phytonutrient content of wild plants with the produce in our supermarkets. The results are startling.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/opinion/sunday/breeding-the-nutrition-out-of-our-food.html


Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on June 06, 2015, 04:38:22 pm
5 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow In Your Backyard (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/128fs318181.gif)

Miles Schneiderman, YES! Magazine | June 4, 2015 8:42 am

At its core, most of medicine is still herbology  (http://cliparts.co/cliparts/Big/Egq/BigEgqBMT.png), according to Dr. Jenn Dazey, naturopathic physician at Bastyr University’s Department of Botanical Medicine. And growing your own medicinal garden is easier than it might seem. In fact, you might already have one. Many common culinary herbs have a long history as traditional medicines.

1. Common Sage: Salvia officinalis

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Use it for
: Cooling and drying body functions because of its phytosterols. This property makes sage useful in treating high fevers, diarrhea, and excessive sweating or phlegm, as well as throat inflammation, asthma, and bronchitis.

How: Dry and eat the leaves, or brew them fresh in a tea. For all medicinal infusions, make sure to cover the tea with a lid for at least ten minutes before drinking to avoid the evaporation of critical ingredients.

Grow it:
Sage is a perennial that thrives in hot, dry climates but will grow in some milder conditions. Plant it in sandy soil in a sunny spot.
Interesting to note: Some studies show sage tea is effective for treating diabetes patients.

2. Peppermint: Mentha piperita

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Photo credit: Shutterstock

Use it for: Relieving gastrointestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia, colonic spasms, and gastric emptying disorders. Peppermint calms intestinal muscles and improves bile flow.

How:
The best medical use of peppermint comes from extracting the essential oil. Crush the leaves, pack them into a lidded jar, and cover them with vodka. Leave the jar to steep, shaking occasionally; the longer it steeps, the stronger the extract. Strain out the leaves, leaving only the extract behind.

Grow it: Peppermint will grow almost anywhere, but thrives in partial shade and in rich, moist soils.

Interesting to note: Like all mints, the primary active ingredient of peppermint is menthol, which is why peppermint tea is an effective decongestant and expectorant. It can also soothe coughing and sore throats.

3. Catnip: Nepeta cataria   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)

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Use it for: Treating common psychological problems such as insomnia, anxiety, and addiction. It’s also a natural sedative for children, particularly when they are sick, as it helps soothe the stomach and relax the body.

How: Dry leaves and mix with honey for eating, or brew in a tea.

Grow it: Catnip is a perennial that prefers rich, well-drained soil or loam and will grow in full sun or partial shade.

Interesting to note:  Catnip can also be used as an insect repellant, although Dr. Dazey recommends avoiding it if you are planning to enter forests or jungles populated by large cats.

Agelbert NOTE: Catnip grows in a flower pot just fine. Catnip is GREAT for lowering your blood pressure. Also, I eat the leaves off the plant and they taste great. It is also known as lemon catnip. It is good in salads too!  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/balloons.gif)

4. Rosemary: Rosmarinus officinalis


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Use it for: Increasing capillary circulation and antioxidant levels. Its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases of the heart and blood.

How:
The most effective way of using it as a medicinal herb is brewing it in a tea.

Grow it: Somewhere warm and humid. Rosemary thrives in dry, well-drained soil and fails in extreme cold. In climates with heavy winters, plant it in a container that can be moved indoors.

Interesting to note:  The carn osic acid active in rosemary helps protect against cellular and brain damage inflicted by free radicals. This makes it an effective preventative for headaches, memory loss, strokes, and neurological degeneration. Research is being conducted on rosemary’s potential use in the treatment of conditions like Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

5. Hyssop: Hyssopus officinalis


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Use it for:
Treating cuts, scra pes, and bruises. With its natural antiseptic properties, hyssop is effective for skin abrasions.

How: Dice the leaves by hand or in a food processor to use in a poultice. Alternatively, boil the leaves and soak bandages in the strained mixture.
Grow it: Hyssop is a perennial, drought-resistant plant. It grows best in warm, dry climates with well-drained soil and full sun exposure.

Interesting to note:  Hyssop has many other medical uses that date back to ancient times, though accounts differ on whether the hyssop we use today is the same plant referenced in the Bible’s Psalm 51.  (http://dl3.glitter-graphics.net/pub/465/465823jzy0y15obs.gif)


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Post by: AGelbert on August 01, 2015, 04:32:21 pm
https://youtu.be/xc6FR02jkTE

Herb Can Treat Over a Dozen Conditions

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Marijuana can be added to all sorts of treats, from lollipops to muffins to candy bars — even sodas. Adults tend to overdose on edibles due to the delay in their effect, which has made some individuals fairly ill. Symptoms of THC overdose typically include anxiety, sweating, rapid heart rate, nausea, and dilated pupils. If you purchase marijuana edibles, please make sure to keep them out of the reach of children and pets, as well as adhering to the recommended dose.

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The list of conditions this plant can treat continues to grow. One of the newest entries, mental disorders, includes PTSD as well as seizure disorders. All added to the astonishing list that includes cancer, obesity, pain, insomnia, MS, and even arthritis


Booming New Cannabis Industry Faces an Abundance of Hurdles

August 01, 2015 | 124,036 views

https://youtu.be/xoUr9ET52zg

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Post by: AGelbert on August 18, 2015, 07:27:04 pm
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Florida officials are predicting that a strain of low-potency (i.e. low THC) marijuana should finally be available for medical purposes later this year. Legislators in 2014 voted to legalize a strain of marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web (low THC, but HIGH CBD) to treat epilepsy.  (http://politicsofpot.com/archives/date/2015/05/28)

Agelbert NOTE: There is a LOT more to CBD than treatment for epilepsy. It's anti-inflammatory properties alone have a potential to eliminate the knee jerk (immune system suppressing), over use of steroids in the treatment of inflammation.  ;D


5 Must-Know Facts About Cannabidiol (CBD)


Health  Tech

CBD, or cannabidiol, is quickly changing the debate surrounding the use of marijuana as a medicine.

Most people have heard of a chemical called THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana that gets users high. But recently, attention has shifted to another compound in marijuana called CBD — and for good reason.

Because while doctors  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183312.bmp) can’t seem to look past certain side effects of THC, CBD doesn’t appear to present that problem. On the other hand, evidence of CBD’s medical benefits continues to grow.

Here are five facts that you should know about this unique compound:


1. CBD is a key ingredient in cannabis

CBD is one of over 60 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. Of these compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied.

CBD and THC levels tend to vary among different plants. Marijuana grown for recreational purposes often contains more THC than CBD.

However, by using selective breeding techniques, cannabis breeders have managed to create varieties with high levels of CBD and next to zero levels of THC. These strains are rare but have become more popular in recent years (Charlotte's Web is one of them).

2. CBD is non-psychoactive


Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. While this makes CBD a poor choice for recreational users, it gives the chemical a significant advantage as a medicine, since health professionals prefer treatments with minimal side effects.

CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways as THC. These pathways, called CB1 receptors, are highly concentrated in the brain and are responsible for the mind-altering effects of THC.

A 2011 review published in Current Drug Safety concludes that CBD “does not interfere with several psychomotor and psychological functions.” The authors add that several studies suggest that CBD is “well tolerated and safe” even at high doses.

3. CBD has a wide range of medical benefits


Although CBD and THC act on different pathways of the body, they seem to have many of the same medical benefits. According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, studies have found CBD to possess the following medical properties:

Medical Properties of CBD

Effects

Antiemetic: Reduces nausea and vomiting
Anticonvulsant: Suppresses seizure activity
Antipsychotic: Combats psychosis disorders
Anti-inflammatory: Combats inflammatory disorders
Anti-oxidant: Combats neurodegenerative disorders
Anti-tumoral/Anti-cancer: Combats tumor and cancer cells
Anxiolytic/Anti-depressant: Combats anxiety and depression disorders

Unfortunately, most of this evidence comes from animals, since very few studies on CBD have been carried out in human patients.  ::)

But a pharmaceutical version of CBD was recently developed by a drug company based in the UK. The company, GW Pharmaceuticals, is now funding clinical trials on CBD as a treatment for schizophrenia and certain types of epilepsy.

Likewise, a team of researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center, led by Dr. Sean McAllister, has stated that they hope to begin trials on CBD as a breast cancer therapy.

4. CBD reduces the negative effects of THC

CBD seems to offer natural protection against the marijuana high. Numerous studies suggest that CBD acts to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC, such as memory impairment and paranoia.

CBD also appears to counteract the sleep-inducing effects of THC, which may explain why some strains of cannabis are known to increase alertness.

Both CBD and THC have been found to present no risk of lethal overdose. However, to reduce potential side effects, medical users may be better off using cannabis with higher levels of CBD.

5. CBD is still illegal

Even though CBD shows much promise as a medicine, it remains illegal in many parts of the world. CBD is classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States and a Schedule II drug in Canada.

On the other hand, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a request to trial a pharmaceutical version of CBD in children with rare forms of epilepsy. The drug is made by GW Pharmaceuticals and is called Epidiolex.

According to the company, the drug consists of “more than 98 percent CBD, trace quantities of some other cannabinoids, and zero THC.” GW Pharmaceuticals makes another cannabis-based drug called Sativex, which has been approved in over 24 countries for treating multiple sclerosis.

A patent awarded to the U.S. Health and Human Services in 2003 (US6630507) also covers the use of CBD as a treatment for various neurodegenerative and inflammatory disorders.


http://www.leafscience.com/2014/02/23/5-must-know-facts-cannabidiol-cbd/

Agelbert NOTE: I think Charlotte's Web is a better deal than some FDA patent, don't you? Even the Floridian Government, not exactly known for logical thinking, agrees!  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png)


A St. Johns County nursery could be home to the state-sanctioned strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web, which lawmakers approved last year to help children with epileptic seizures and people suffering from severe muscle spasms or cancer.  (http://politicsofpot.com/archives/3231)


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Post by: AGelbert on September 03, 2015, 12:28:12 am
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State looks to grow hemp at medical marijuana dispensaries

Sarah Olsen Aug. 27 2015, 7:07 pm 6 Comments

State officials are asking lawmakers to allow marijuana dispensaries to grow hemp plants and produce and sell therapeutic hemp oil.

The dispensaries want to sell the oil as a treatment for children who suffer from seizures and other neurological symptoms, according to Lindsay Wells, marijuana program administrator at the Department of Public Safety.

Wells and Jeffrey Wallin, director of the Vermont Crime Information Center, are asking lawmakers to change existing state statutes to allow dispensaries to grow hemp.

At a hearing Thursday, members of the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules learned the difference between hemp, marijuana and cannabis. Cannabis refers to the three different varieties of plants that produce marijuana and hemp.

Hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol at dry weight, while marijuana has more than 0.3 percent THC, Wells said. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that produces its euphoric effect. Hemp contains more of the compound cannabidiol (CBD), which helps with certain medical treatments.

Medical marijuana grown by the dispensaries to treat pain, nausea and other conditions contains a higher level of THC than hemp.

Hemp for this purpose must be grown outside, unlike medical marijuana, Wallin said, and farm production of the plant for hemp oil requires a lot of acreage, he said.

State officials want lawmakers to consider allowing dispensaries to grow hemp behind fences to deter people from stealing the plants.

Despite the lower THC levels in hemp, it is still listed as an illegal drug under the controlled substance act of 1970. Jonathan Page, a University of British Columbia botanist, said in a statement Wednesday that knowledge about hemp is lacking because of its status as a controlled substance.

A person cannot get high from smoking hemp because the THC levels are too low to produce an altered state of consciousness, according to a 1998 report for the North American Industrial Hemp Council.

The proposed rule was submitted to LCAR on May 10 and a hearing was held June 19. The public comment period for the proposed rule ended July 26.

The LCAR board members voted to postpone their decision on the rule until their next meeting, Sept. 10.

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William Hays
August 28, 2015 at 8:47 pm
Let them grow hemp on arable land. Better than covering the fields with “black billboards”.
 
John Cisar
August 29, 2015 at 9:22 pm
Smacks of cronyism. Vermont State officials want to bless medical marijuana company owners with a privilege of a politically-sanctioned monopoly backed by a threat of prison for unlicensed competitors. It’s very nice when the state threatens to toss the competition into a cage for you eh? When hemp legalization does come (n0t if), these businessmen will have a first-to-market advantage over every other farmer, and will be quick to lobby the legislature to hyper regulate the hemp industry, so as to raise the cost of entering the hemp cultivation market and discourage competition.

Joel Bedard
August 30, 2015 at 11:00 am
Actually, it smacks of ignorance. CBD derived from hemp is not in their jurisdiction. It is already legally available in all 50 states and does not fall under the purview of the Medical Marijuana Registry. Hemp research, cultivation and processing belongs to the Agency of Agriculture, and there it shall remain.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png)

 
Fred Woogmaster
August 30, 2015 at 6:06 am
Hemp – a controlled substance, how absurd!

It could be kale, I suppose – or Brussels sprouts, depending on who wished to stifle what competition.

Let’s (Vermont) challenge that classification. A robust hemp crop could fund our entire public safety operation. Hemp is an amazingly strong fiber with multiple uses and purposes.

Smoking hemp does not get one “high” –
it gets one a major headache. Lift the veil of ignorance. Legalize and control cannabis; make use of its valuable qualities.  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0293.gif)


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Post by: AGelbert on November 07, 2015, 01:09:13 am
This is the BEST video on Cannabis that I have ever seen because it so thorough, informative and eye opening in regard to the amazing amount of phytochemicals in this plant species. This is a keeper!    (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)

https://youtu.be/jxgg782ZQxE

Dr. James Duke on the potential of cannabis medicine

Posted on October 16, 2015 by wordpress   

Jim Duke – “Better Living Through Phytochemistry” – with Potentilla recta, Cinquefoil – The Green Farmacy Garden’s legal representative of Cannabis sativa as displayed in the Glaucoma plot of his garden.

If this is your first exposure to Dr. Duke, we strongly recommend you take some time to dig deeper into his work and career.

More more information:


 A short bio of Dr. Duke (http://p://www.amazon.com/James-A.-Duke/e/B000APSJ7G/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1445002328&sr=8-1)

Dr. Duke’s most popular book: The Green Pharmacy (http://www.amazon.com/Green-Pharmacy-Ultimate-Compendium-Authority/dp/0312966482/ref=la_B000APSJ7G_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445002332&sr=1-2)

Other books by Dr. Duke (short list)

Dr. Duke’s web site

A recent article on the medical potential of cannabis by Dr. Duke

Dr. Duke’s Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases


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Post by: AGelbert on November 09, 2015, 03:18:11 am
Mexico’s Supreme Court Rules That Smoking Pot Is a Fundamental Human Right   ;D  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/za4.gif)

Posted on Nov 6, 2015

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I had the pleasure of working with Matt Birmingham as an assistant U.S. attorney when he was in the trenches with the drug task force as an investigator. Together with other officers, we put together many different drug cases and obtained many convictions of those involved in serious distribution and trafficking matters.

At the same time, as with Keith Flynn, I came from a law enforcement background, serving as a Vermont State Police patrol commander and know full well the conflicts he and others in the ranks are experiencing. Since leaving government service a few years ago, I then became involved in researching and writing on historical matters from a legal perspective and it has shined a lot of light on these particular conflicts that so many of us are experiencing.

In working on Vermont’s 19th century opium epidemic project (see past VtDigger articles) it became clear to me that that was a product of the alcohol prohibition movement that began in 1852 (Vermont was the second state to do so, and the only one maintaining it as law for the next fifty years). People not inclined to break the law during those decades by consuming alcohol then moved over to opium and morphine, resulting in a huge addiction problem by 1900; much of which was brought about by the medical profession enabling so many patients to consume the drugs in an unregulated atmosphere.

Bottom line, prohibition does not work. It did not in the 1800s and it did not in the 1900s and there is no reason to think that it will work now. As much as it might force those in the law enforcement field to swallow hard, legalization, or decriminalization as some call it, is simply inevitable. The issue then will be the strict regulation of these substances and that is where we need to put our focus. I respect Matt’s and other officers’ position, but this is something that is simply going to happen and he needs to push hard for the tools that will allow for effective enforcement, not trying to stop the approaching flood. Otherwise, they will be swallowed up and their effectiveness impaired. 



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While I am one of those, who in my many years in law enforcement aggressively pursued marijuana growers and users not only because of the department goals, but because it was actually fun. Trying to catch the “bad” guys, turning informants, executing search warrants, that’s what police work is all about. These cases were a learning tool for officers and troopers that wanted to refine their investigative skills. We were all aware of the target rich environment and in some cases the environment was too rich with targets. Several instances where VSP were providing security for concerts, directives came out to the troops to tone down or eliminate marijuana enforcement at the event. I noticed a marked decrease in problems at those events. I think everyone knows the effects marijuana has on the human body and that there are many legal substances out there that are much more harmful and problematic than marijuana. For instance most domestic violence incidents typically involve alcohol, prescription drug abuse, stimulant abuse but almost never marijuana use alone.

Impaired operation of a motor vehicle is another story. While alcohol may be the most widely seen culprit in impaired operation of motor vehicles, studies indicate a large percentage of DUI operation involves more than one substance causing impairment. It is difficult to determine since the investigating officer usually only needs the breath alcohol test for prosecution and therefore no additional tests (blood, saliva, urine) are taken. Even in cases where blood is taken the tests are usually limited to the likely impairing substances or class of drugs due to costs of testing. Impaired operation is a public risk that not only needs enforcement but much more training of officers, in order to recognize and legally request testing. Some years ago, I recommended mandatory training in “Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)” as part of a career development model for the Vermont State Police. This training provides tools (dexterity and observations) for the officer to help determine the cause of impaired operation and document information needed by the drug recognition experts (DREs).

I consider alcohol a much greater threat to public safety than marijuana. I also think that the true gateway drugs are prescription drugs, especially the opiate class.

When legislators make decisions that involve money, they are often biased by the promise of big revenue to put toward new programs that are seen as beneficial to many. There are serious concerns with the burden of regulating marijuana use if it is legalized but the real question is, “does it really need regulation?”, ”will that regulation cost more than the revenue?”, and “will regulation overwhelm the resources of the regulating agency?”.

Looking back on my career, responding to incidents I would prefer to deal with someone under the influence of marijuana than alcohol or any number of narcotics, prescription or illegal.

 Joel Davidson
 Retired S.Sgt, VSP


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Inside the Golden Bubble: Police and the Politics of Pot
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Post by: AGelbert on April 16, 2016, 04:12:51 pm
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Charles Schatz of Bel Air, Md., holds a sign demanding the use of marijuana for medical cases as he joins dozens of protesters on April 2 in front of the White House.

A group of more than 50 physicians, including a former surgeon general and faculty members at some of the nation's leading medical schools, has formed the first national organization of doctors to call on states and the federal government to legalize and regulate the use of marijuana in the interest of public health.

The group — which is announcing its formation Monday, under the name Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR) — is endorsing the legalization of marijuana for adult recreational use, a break from the position of the American Medical Association, the largest organization of doctors in the country. DFCR argues that the prohibition and criminalization of marijuana use does more harm to the public than good. Citing hundreds of thousands of annual marijuana arrests, racial and economic disparities in marijuana enforcement, and the role of prohibition in keeping marijuana prices high and lucrative to violent drug dealers, the physicians say that creating a legal and regulated marijuana market is the best way to ensure public safety, combat the illicit drug trade and roll back the negative consequences of strict enforcement policies on disadvantaged communities.

The emergence of the group comes at a crucial moment in the national debate over marijuana legalization. More than 60 percent of the public now says that it supports marijuana legalization. Support for allowing medical use of marijuana with doctors' supervision is closer to 90 percent. Over 35 million Americans use marijuana recreationally each year, according to the latest federal statistics. Research organizations, medical groups and even many national lawmakers have called on federal authorities to revisit policies toward marijuana that have remained essentially unchanged for nearly 50 years.

"You don't have to be pro-marijuana to be opposed to its prohibition," DFCR founder and board president David L. Nathan said in an interview. Nathan is an associate professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University and a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He's quick to point out that his group does not advocate for the use of marijuana: While researchers generally agree that marijuana use is less harmful to individuals and society than the use of other common drugs, like alcohol and tobacco, about 9 percent of people who begin using as adults become dependent on the drug, and heavy use can be especially harmful to the developing brains of adolescents.

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Rather, Nathan says, the best way to manage those risks is to bring use of the drug, as well as the associated commerce in it, out into the open via regulation. "Doctors should affirmatively support this," he said. "If you’re going to make something against the law, the health consequences of that use have to be so bad to make it worth creating criminal consequences. That was never true of marijuana. It was banned in 1937 over the objections of the American Medical Association (AMA)."

Indeed, in 1937, the AMA objected to the overly strict regulation of marijuana, as it was then used as a treatment for a number of medical conditions. The Association was worried that prohibition of marijuana would "deprive the public of the benefits of a drug that on further research may prove to be of substantial value."

After the passage of the "Marihuana Tax Act," marijuana "just wasn't that well-known among doctors," Nathan said. Many doctors were unaware that the drug essentially outlawed by the Marihuana Tax Act was the same substance they knew as "cannabis," which they used to treat a variety of ailments from corns to poor appetite. In subsequent years, physicians were just as susceptible to lurid media reports about the supposed dangers of marijuana use and the "Reefer Madness" era as anyone else.

Like most mainstream medical groups, the AMA is now opposed to the outright legalization of marijuana, calling it a "dangerous drug" and "a public health concern." But the group's stance has evolved in recent years. It recently added language to its position statements calling for "the modification of state and federal laws to emphasize public health based strategies," rather than punitive, incarceration-based measures. The group now encourages research into the drug, and has called on federal authorities to make it easier to do so.

Doctors often find themselves acting as mediators between patients who want access to marijuana for medical purposes, and a federal bureaucracy that still considers the drug illegal for all purposes.

"Physicians are put in the awkward position with respect to individuals who ask for a marijuana recommendation, but otherwise would be perfectly happy purchasing the drug in a retail environment," Nathan said. "We believe that the best way to improve the situation is to enact full legalization with smart regulation. That would more clearly separate medical from personal use."
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Products made with marijuana are displayed for sale at a licensed medical cannabis dispensary in Canton, Ill.

Not all medical professionals are happy about relaxing attitudes toward what they see as a dangerous, addictive drug. The notion of doctors advocating for marijuana legalization is "totally idiotic," said Robert DuPont, who served as the first director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and as the second White House drug czar, in an interview. "The idea that we cannot manage the health problems related to marijuana because it's illegal, that doctors are somehow inhibited from dealing with marijuana use and marijuana problems, is completely wrong."

"The idea that legalizing is going to stop the illegal market is equally stupid," he added.

DuPont thinks that the current legal status of marijuana is sufficient to address the risks associated with marijuana use, and that punitive measures for drug sellers and users can be a powerful tool for helping at-risk people get treatment. "The criminal justice system is a wonderful vehicle for getting people into treatment and recovery," he said.

Other physicians would like to see marijuana use decriminalized, but would not go so far as to make the drug completely legal for adult recreational use. Peter Friedmann, an addiction-medicine physician at University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate Health, notes that we already have two legal psychoactive drugs — alcohol and tobacco. "What is the problem for which having a third class of legal drug is the answer?" he questioned.

Still, he points out that there's a lot of diversity in the medical field. "People are of their time and of their culture and doctors are no different," he said. "There are physicians who are Republicans, Democrats, Independents — they pretty much they reflect the population. There are all kinds. The fact that there's a group of physicians now coming out in favor of cannabis legalization as the only effective way to regulate, it is no surprise."

Much of the discussion around marijuana legalization, among doctors and the general public alike, hinges on different assessments of the same data showing the risks and benefits of changing marijuana laws. Groups like the AMA are concerned that legalization would lead to more widespread use of the drug, which would invariably mean greater prevalence of the negative health consequences associated with its use, like dependency and some mental illnesses that may be exacerbated by the drug's use.

But groups who favor legalization, like DFCR, point out that negative outcomes arise from the current system of prohibition, too. They say that the presence of a large black market, the stigmatization of individual users, and the potentially life-ruining effects of a marijuana conviction, are steep prices to pay for the nominal reduction in overall use that comes with prohibition.

In 2011, the California Medical Association, which represents 40,000 doctors in the state, became the first doctors' group to call for the full legalization of marijuana. They recently went a step further, explicitly endorsing a measure to appear on the ballot this November that would legalize marijuana and create a commercial market for it in the state.

"Medical marijuana should be strictly regulated like medicine to ensure safe and appropriate use by patients with legitimate health conditions and adult-use marijuana should be regulated like alcohol," the group's president said in a February statement.

DFCR hopes to make a similar case among doctors at the national level, and to win over skeptics like DuPont and Friedmann. "We want to build a group of physicians who are going to be out in the public making the case for marijuana legalization to physicians, medical associations and the public at large," Nathan said.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/04/15/more-and-more-doctors-want-to-make-marijuana-legal/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/04/15/more-and-more-doctors-want-to-make-marijuana-legal/)

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Agelbert NOTE: The above is not to be confused with fossil fuel products, although Texans (in Athens, Texas) have been known to use fossil fuels to "heal" chigger bites.  :P Texans have never met a fossil fuel they couldn't love. They are very creative about finding ways to convince rational humans that fossil fuels are "good" for us. Their ancestors began that trend centuries ago.
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Monastic medicine: medieval herbalism meets modern science

July 29, 2016 By Medievalists.net

Monastic medicine: medieval herbalism meets modern science

By Susan Watt and Eleanor Hayes

Science in School, Issue 27 (2013)



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Introduction: Most people think of herbal medicine as a distinctly ‘alternative’ option – something that you might try for a cough or cold that won’t budge, but not for life-threatening illnesses.

Medical historian Dr Johannes Mayer, however, takes it all much more seriously: he believes that the herbal remedies described in medieval texts can provide excellent starting points for highly effective modern treatments, even for diseases such as cancer  :o.

And he is not alone, as his work has already attracted the attention (and funding!) of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.

Read it all for your health AND your pocketbook.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-051113192052.png) (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/reading.gif)

http://www.medievalists.net/2016/07/29/monastic-medicine-medieval-herbalism-meets-modern-science/

Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on August 01, 2016, 06:09:31 pm
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Monastic medicine: medieval herbalism meets modern science

July 29, 2016 By Medievalists.net

Monastic medicine: medieval herbalism meets modern science

By Susan Watt and Eleanor Hayes

Science in School, Issue 27 (2013)



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Introduction: Most people think of herbal medicine as a distinctly ‘alternative’ option – something that you might try for a cough or cold that won’t budge, but not for life-threatening illnesses.

Medical historian Dr Johannes Mayer, however, takes it all much more seriously: he believes that the herbal remedies described in medieval texts can provide excellent starting points for highly effective modern treatments, even for diseases such as cancer  :o.

And he is not alone, as his work has already attracted the attention (and funding!) of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.

Read it all for your health AND your pocketbook.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-051113192052.png) (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/reading.gif)

http://www.medievalists.net/2016/07/29/monastic-medicine-medieval-herbalism-meets-modern-science/ (http://www.medievalists.net/2016/07/29/monastic-medicine-medieval-herbalism-meets-modern-science/)


AG,
Way to go. Thanks for the link.
I'll be all over this one like a cheap suit.      (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191456.bmp)

You are very welcome. Glad to be of service.    (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-260116191529.png)   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-280416145345.jpeg)
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on August 01, 2016, 06:35:42 pm
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A strain of low-potency (i.e. low THC) marijuana should NOW be available for medical purposes in Florida. Legislators in 2014 voted to legalize a strain of marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web (low THC, but HIGH CBD) to treat epilepsy.

Agelbert NOTE: There is a LOT more to CBD than treatment for epilepsy. It's anti-inflammatory properties alone have a potential to eliminate the knee jerk (immune system suppressing), over use of steroids in the treatment of inflammation.  ;D


5 Must-Know Facts About Cannabidiol (CBD)


Health  Tech

CBD, or cannabidiol, is quickly changing the debate surrounding the use of marijuana as a medicine.

Most people have heard of a chemical called THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana that gets users high. But recently, attention has shifted to another compound in marijuana called CBD — and for good reason.

Because while doctors  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183312.bmp) can’t seem to look past certain side effects of THC, CBD doesn’t appear to present that problem. On the other hand, evidence of CBD’s medical benefits continues to grow.

Here are five facts that you should know about this unique compound:


1. CBD is a key ingredient in cannabis

CBD is one of over 60 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. Of these compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied.

CBD and THC levels tend to vary among different plants. Marijuana grown for recreational purposes often contains more THC than CBD.

However, by using selective breeding techniques, cannabis breeders have managed to create varieties with high levels of CBD and next to zero levels of THC. These strains are rare but have become more popular in recent years (Charlotte's Web is one of them).

2. CBD is non-psychoactive


Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. While this makes CBD a poor choice for recreational users, it gives the chemical a significant advantage as a medicine, since health professionals prefer treatments with minimal side effects.

CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways as THC. These pathways, called CB1 receptors, are highly concentrated in the brain and are responsible for the mind-altering effects of THC.

A 2011 review published in Current Drug Safety concludes that CBD “does not interfere with several psychomotor and psychological functions.” The authors add that several studies suggest that CBD is “well tolerated and safe” even at high doses.

3. CBD has a wide range of medical benefits


Although CBD and THC act on different pathways of the body, they seem to have many of the same medical benefits. According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, studies have found CBD to possess the following medical properties:

Medical Properties of CBD

Effects

Antiemetic: Reduces nausea and vomiting
Anticonvulsant: Suppresses seizure activity
Antipsychotic: Combats psychosis disorders
Anti-inflammatory: Combats inflammatory disorders
Anti-oxidant: Combats neurodegenerative disorders
Anti-tumoral/Anti-cancer: Combats tumor and cancer cells
Anxiolytic/Anti-depressant: Combats anxiety and depression disorders

Unfortunately, most of this evidence comes from animals, since very few studies on CBD have been carried out in human patients.  ::)

But a pharmaceutical version of CBD was recently developed by a drug company based in the UK. The company, GW Pharmaceuticals, is now funding clinical trials on CBD as a treatment for schizophrenia and certain types of epilepsy.

Likewise, a team of researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center, led by Dr. Sean McAllister, has stated that they hope to begin trials on CBD as a breast cancer therapy.

4. CBD reduces the negative effects of THC

CBD seems to offer natural protection against the marijuana high. Numerous studies suggest that CBD acts to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC, such as memory impairment and paranoia.

CBD also appears to counteract the sleep-inducing effects of THC, which may explain why some strains of cannabis are known to increase alertness.

Both CBD and THC have been found to present no risk of lethal overdose. However, to reduce potential side effects, medical users may be better off using cannabis with higher levels of CBD.

5. CBD is still illegal

Even though CBD shows much promise as a medicine, it remains illegal in many parts of the world. CBD is classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States and a Schedule II drug in Canada.

On the other hand, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a request to trial a pharmaceutical version of CBD in children with rare forms of epilepsy. The drug is made by GW Pharmaceuticals and is called Epidiolex.

According to the company, the drug consists of “more than 98 percent CBD, trace quantities of some other cannabinoids, and zero THC.” GW Pharmaceuticals makes another cannabis-based drug called Sativex, which has been approved in over 24 countries for treating multiple sclerosis.

A patent awarded to the U.S. Health and Human Services in 2003 (US6630507) also covers the use of CBD as a treatment for various neurodegenerative and inflammatory disorders.


http://www.leafscience.com/2014/02/23/5-must-know-facts-cannabidiol-cbd/ (http://www.leafscience.com/2014/02/23/5-must-know-facts-cannabidiol-cbd/)
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Charlotte's Web (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/treeswing.gif)

Agelbert NOTE: I think Charlotte's Web is a better deal than some FDA patent, don't you? Even the Floridian Government, not exactly known for logical thinking,  agrees! (http://politicsofpot.com/archives/date/2015/05/28)  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png)


A St. Johns County nursery could be home to the state-sanctioned strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web, which lawmakers approved last year to help children with epileptic seizures and people suffering from severe muscle spasms or cancer.  (http://politicsofpot.com/archives/3231)
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on August 02, 2016, 08:03:43 pm
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Cluster of coconuts on a coconut palm

Agelbert NOTE: In the following excellent article and video, one amazing life saving quality of coconuts, that I learned about during my time in the military, is not mentioned. That is, that the only natural fluid than can be placed directly into the human blood stream without deleterious effects is raw coconut milk. During WWII, it often saved the lives of wounded soldiers on a tropical beach because medics would run an IV from a coconut to the soldier to keep his electrolytes balanced and sufficiently hydrated with coconut "milk" (it's really more like flavored water) until more suitable care could be obtained while not under enemy fire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aSa67Wg8NfM


If You Ever Wind Up On A Desert Island, You Won't Have To Bring Any Medicines
   


With millions of Americans unable to maintain insurance payments, there has been a tremendous surge in interest in natural healing. Even those who are fairly well versed in alternative healing modalities are stunned to learn the latest on a very affordable oil that was used for thousands of years, before the anti-saturated fat campaigns wiped it from our consciousness: Coconut Oil.

Coconut oil has so many health benefits it's hard to know where to begin. This video features Bruce Fife, doctor of neuropathy and author of Coconut Oil Miracle, speaking about the staggering results of cancer research conducted over many decades, showing that mice exposed to cancer via carcinogens ALL got cancer, EXCEPT the ones who had been given coconut oil. It is a very potent anti-cancer remedy that every single person can take for pennies a day.

What is in coconut oil and why is it so powerful? ??? (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_1730.gif)  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-301014182447.gif)

Coconut oil contains three medium chain fatty acids, lauric, caprylic, and myristic acid. The dominant one is lauric acid, which has potent anti-viral activity, and is in human breast milk. The human body converts lauric acid to a derivative called monolaurin (which can be purchased as a supplement) which is THE substance that protects infants from viral, bacterial, protozoal and other infections. Research done in the early 1980s showed that monolaurin also had a virucidal effects on RNA and DNA viruses, as well as bacteria, yeast and fungi.

Many emerging schools of research today posit that cancer and many other illnesses are fungal based, so maybe that is why coconut oil protects against cancer.

Coconut oil has been credited with the following:

Broad spectrum virucidal that debilitates viruses associated with flu, herpes, and more.

Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.

Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.

Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.

Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.

Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.

Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.

Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.

Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.

Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.

Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.

Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.

Helps protect against osteoporosis.

Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.

Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.

Improves digestion and bowel function.

Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.

Reduces inflammation.

Supports tissue healing and repair.

Supports and aids immune system function.

Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.

Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.

Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.

Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Functions as a protective antioxidant.

Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.

Does not deplete the body's antioxidant reserves like other oils do.

Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.

Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).

Reduces epileptic seizures.

Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.

Dissolves kidney stones.

Helps prevent liver disease.

Is lower in calories than all other fats.

Supports thyroid function.

Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.

Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.

Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.

Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.

Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.

Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.

Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.

Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.

Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.

Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

Helps control dandruff.

Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.

Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.

Is completely non-toxic to humans.

--Celia Farber   



Celia Farber is an investigative science reporter and cultural journalist who has written for several magazines including Harper’s, Esquire, Rolling Stone, SPIN and more. She is the author of “Serious Adverse Events: An Uncensored History of AIDS” (Melville House Press/ Random House). Known for bold exposes of the pharmaceutical industry and related media cover ups, Celia Farber shines a spotlight on the very subjects that have been taboo for too long: What is Cancer? Does HIV cause AIDS? Do Vaccinations Cause Brain Damage? And many more...




 Visit her website at www.truthbarrier.com

 This video was produced by Ihealthtube.com

http://www.nextworldtv.com/videos/celia-farbers-healing-highlights/the-miracle-of-coconut-oil.html

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Agelbert NOTE: Note the thickness of the coconut 'white meat' above. As a coconut ripens, the 'milk' inside gradually is absorbed into the meat. So, if you want a lot of liquid, you knock them off a coconut palm after they are full size, but still fairly 'green'. The ideally full coconut has very thin meat that is quite pliable and very tasty (it's only about 1/4 inch thick and is easily spooned out  ;D), unlike the one above that is ideal for making coconut oil (most of the liquid is gone and the meat is about 3/4 to an inch thick and fairly tough - it's REALLY stuck to the wall and you need a strong spoon to work it off).


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Coconut palm trees are amazingly salt water tolerant.  (http://us.cdn2.123rf.com/168nwm/lenm/lenm1201/lenm120100200/12107060-illustration-of-a-smiley-giving-a-thumbs-up.jpg)

 
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on September 24, 2016, 05:16:46 pm
Not all herbs are created equal.

Some are safe to use every day.

Some should be used in limited ways - for very specific needs only.

Others should only be taken on the advice and under the direction of an experienced practitioner.

More herb basics you may never have heard about before...  8)


Details:

http://plantwisdom.org/herb-basics-101-all-herbs-are-not-created-equal/

 - PlantWisdom.org

Plants are the foundation of human survival...

How much do we really know about them? (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_1730.gif)  ???

Please share this site with friends and colleagues.

 Thanks!

http://www.PlantWisdom.org

https://youtu.be/Uzb7IxX5fL0
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on October 15, 2016, 05:43:56 pm
PlantWisdom.org


Herbology and herb growing
went into major decline in the US during the first several decades of the 20th century. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201604.png)


Doctors (https://smileyshack.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/stupid-im-with-arrow-left.gif) stopped using plant-based medicines, makers went out of business, farmers stopped growing medicinal herbs and the public had it drilled into its head that only the products of Big Pharma were worthwhile.   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183337.bmp)

 Who is going to rebuild all this lost infrastructure and develop the next generation of farmers and informed practitioners? ???

Here's one of the bright beacons for the future. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-040716230142.jpeg)

https://youtu.be/O_Iu6sgJ5is

http://plantwisdom.org/herbal-farming-and-medicine-internship/
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on November 09, 2016, 05:59:25 pm
Marijuana wins big! (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/za4.gif)

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November 9, 2016

While the outcome of the presidential election may be contentious, one thing is certain: marijuana is a big winner!   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/128fs318181.gif)


In the most momentous Election Day in history for the marijuana policy reform movement, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada voted to end marijuana prohibition, and Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota adopted medical marijuana laws. In Montana, voters approved an initiative to re-establish patients’ access to medical marijuana providers and improve its existing medical marijuana law.

The only dim spot is in Arizona, where the legalization initiative is currently losing 48% to 52%, albeit with tens of thousands of additional ballots to be counted. (Sadly, the measure is likely to lose when the counting concludes in nine days.)

The number of states where marijuana is legal for adults doubled last night — from four to eight — and the first TWO states in the South made medical marijuana legal.

We’re proud of the voters in these states and want to thank all the donors, citizens, elected officials, organizations, and businesses that came together to bring about these victories.

Rob Kampia
 Executive Director
 Marijuana Policy Project
 Washington, D.C.
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on January 02, 2017, 02:06:07 pm
Reporter’s notebook from Colorado: Health or a high

Jan. 1, 2017, 7:19 pm by Elizabeth Hewitt  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/reading.gif)

https://vtdigger.org/2017/01/01/reporters-notebook-colorado-health-high/

Agelbert NOTE: It's a great article, being both informative and educational about how it works in Colorado with Cannabis (nice pictures too!).

Of course, there is the obligatory, and thoroughly inaccurate, view of a medical doctor about "not having a sufficient body of knowledge about the health benefits of Cannabis". THAT is a bold faced lie. These Quacks that dispense prescription CRAP by the pharmaceutical industry, directly causing over hundred thousand deaths A YEAR, want to get all huffy about "studies" when they are bad mouthing Cannabis. Will the REAL "snake oil" (i.e. the A.M.A.) salesmen ever admit the insidious conflict of interest that makes them favor profit over patient? NOPE.   

HYPOCRITES! The biggest impediment to the FULL legalization of Cannabis is the mens rea duplicity and mendacity practiced by the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry with regard to Cannabis biochemistry. 

Anyway, outside of the silly comments by the Medical Doctor, the article is a good read. Since it was posted on a Vermont webs site, expect a lot of back and forth from Vermonters on the issue. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/2mo5pow.gif)  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/swear1.gif)

There are some enemies of Cannabis here in Vermont that never fail to spout disinformation for the purpose of demonizing Cannabis. But some very well educated Vermonters are always there to politely correct the record, so to speak.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on April 02, 2017, 09:00:16 pm
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New ginger species discovered in African mountains

Alexandra Gerea March 28, 2017

Scientists working in the rugged Kabobo Massif in Congo have identified a new species of ginger, bringing the number of unique species in the area to eight, with five more being currently under study. This highlights the importance of preserving the site, which is one of the most diverse in Africa.

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African landscapes have numerous biodiversity hotspots. Though they are not as famous as their counterparts in South America for instance, conservation is just as important. Who knows what valuable plants and medicines await discovery? Depicted here, the Rwenzori Mountains (not a part of this study).

Fifty shades of ginger

You might have thought ginger is a single plant, but there are actually fifty species of ginger spread throughout Africa and Madagascar. Both people and wildlife eat the fruits of many such plans, and the roots are also consumed, though to a lesser extent.

This particular plant has been called Aframomum ngamikkense, after one of the peaks in the Kabobo Massif. Its habitat is confined to 1,500 – 2,500 meters, occurring only in some isolated patches. However, in these patches, it’s very abundant. The plant was discovered during an expedition conducted by researchers from Trento Science Museum and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), with subsequent genetic analysis revealing that it’s a new species. Several frog species and a pangolin are being currently analyzed to confirm whether they too are previously undiscovered species. While scientists are aware of the special biodiversity in the area, it was surprising even to them to see just how rich their findings were. Andrew Plumptre, WCS Senior Scientist, commented:
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Journal Reference: A new species of Aframomum (Zingiberaceae) from D.R. Congo.


“While mountains are known to encourage speciation, it is uncommon to find so many unique species at one site, particularly when we have only made biodiversity surveys over a period of about four months.”

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Scientists from WCS have discovered a new species of wild ginger, spicing up a wave of recent wildlife discoveries in the Kabobo Massif. Image credits: A.J. Plumptre/WCS.

They hope that this boon of biodiversity will help conservation efforts in the massif. So far, a total of 558 terrestrial vertebrates and 1,410 plant species have been documented in the area since the 1950s, but civil war and an overall lack of security prevented virtually any conservation effort. The Kabobo Natural Reserve had its boundaries formally approved in December 2016 by the Provincial Governor of Tanganyika Province and while this is a laudable first step, it is still only a first step.

Now, a conservation plan has been devised for the Kobobo Massif, combined with the nearby Ngandja Reserves and Luama Katanga Reserve, which together cover 2,683 square miles (6,951 square kilometers). Deo Kujirakwinja, WCS Project manager in Kabobo, believes both internal and external efforts are vital to the sustainable management of the reserve, and identifying new species can go a long way to that objective — drawing international attention to the importance of the area and harboring a sense of pride in nearby communities.

http://www.zmescience.com/science/biology/ginger-species-congo-28032017/


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Three New Ginger Species (Zingiberaceae) from Laos.  (http://novataxa.blogspot.com/2014/10/ginger-from-laos.html)


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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ginger family

Zingiberaceae  or the ginger family is a family of flowering plants made up of about 50 genera with a total of about 1600 known species[2] of aromatic perennial herbs with creeping horizontal or tuberous rhizomes distributed throughout tropical Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zingiberaceae
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on July 01, 2017, 08:01:45 pm
Nevada became the fifth state in the U.S. with stores selling marijuana for recreational purposes, opening a market early Saturday that is eventually expected to outpace any other in the nation thanks to the millions of tourists who flock to Las Vegas.

People began purchasing marijuana shortly after midnight, just months after voters approved legalization in November and marking the fastest turnaround from the ballot box to retail sales in the country.

Hundreds of people lined up at Essence Cannabis Dispensary on the Las Vegas Strip. People were excited and well-behaved as a lone security guard looked on. A valet was available to park the cars of customers.

A cheer erupted when the doors opened.

Those 21 and older with a valid ID can buy up to an ounce of pot. Tourists are expected to make nearly two of every three recreational pot purchases in Nevada, but people can only use the drug in a private home.

It remains illegal to light up in public areas, including the Las Vegas Strip, casinos, bars, restaurants, parks, convention centers and concert halls — places frequently visited by tourists. Violators face a $600 fine.

And driving under the influence of marijuana is still illegal.

Despite the limits on where people can get high and restrictions on where the industry can advertise, dispensaries worked furiously to prepare for the launch. They stamped labels on pot products, stocked up their shelves, added security and checkout stations, and announced specials.

Desert Grown Farms hired about 60 additional employees. Workers in scrubs, hair nets and surgical masks slapped stickers on sealed jars this week as others checked on marijuana plants or carefully weighed buds.

“It would be a good problem to have if I couldn’t meet my demand,” said CEO Armen Yemenidjian, whose Desert Grown Farms owns the only dispensary that is selling recreational pot on the Las Vegas Strip, across the street from the Stratosphere hotel.

Some dispensaries took to social media to spread the word or tried to draw in buyers with special events. Some planned to give away free marijuana to their first 100 customers or throw parties with barbecues and food trucks later in the afternoon.

Some facilities are in strip malls, while others, in stereotypical Las Vegas fashion, are in neighborhoods shared by strip clubs.

Nevada joins Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska in allowing adults to buy the drug that’s still banned by the federal government.

https://apnews.com/babe24d2ed15476c81e0398882973eb5/Nevada-launches-sales-of-legal-recreational-marijuana (https://apnews.com/babe24d2ed15476c81e0398882973eb5/Nevada-launches-sales-of-legal-recreational-marijuana)

Can I legally grow my own cannabis?

If you’re a Nevada resident, yes, you may! An adult may grow up to six plants in an enclosed, secure space, with up to 12 plants per household.

We don't need no stinkin potfolio.

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Well friends, I told ya we could figure out a way to git more folks to bet in Nevada! Please Pass the Acapulco Gold, Miss Poodle.  ;D




Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on October 25, 2017, 02:17:33 pm
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Food for Forage: Dandelion, It’s Not Just a Weed
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SNIPPET:

For decades now, dandelions have been a source of disdain for gardeners. Down on their knees, galoshes in a bunch, they have ripped them up with reckless abandon, fearful that the flowers will bloom and send seeds whirling around the well-manicured rows of the garden. Or else, they have done such violent things as mowed down dandelions in their youth, dumped boiling water on them, and doused them in vinegar.

But, times have changed, and the new-age gardener is reaching further back into the days of old. Dandelions have long been used medicinally, and a century or more ago, they were a respected source of food for many cultures, including Native Americans. Though suburbia put a temporary hold on that, the dandelion is making a comeback. Nowadays, it’s finding its way back into our cuisine.

It only makes sense to make use of the apparent “noxious weed”, as it is super nutritious, medicinal, and abundant.(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817121424.gif) We don’t even have to cultivate dandelions, as we do most of the vegetables we eat because just one flower head can provide up to 200 new plants, with no tilling, fertilizing, or “weeding” required.

Full informative and educational article:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/forage-for-dandelion/

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Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on November 28, 2017, 04:39:48 pm
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Bromelain Can Help Abate Inflammation

Story at-a-glance

֍ Bromelain, or pineapple extract, is a compound made up of proteases normally found in pineapples.

֍ To learn more about the various benefits and uses bromelain offers, read this article.
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https://articles.mercola.com/vitamins-supplements/bromelain.aspx
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on December 11, 2017, 02:22:33 pm
I have removed the disinformation posted here by K-Dog questioning the serious scientific studies (there are MANY studies confirming CO2 will continue to grievously heat the atmosphere for centuries even if we stopped burning fossl fuels today) predicting increased atmospheric heating for centuries after we stop burning fossil fuels.

This is just one of them:
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Even if carbon dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in Earth’s atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years, according to Princeton University-led research (http://www.nature.com/articles/nclimate2060) published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

If he has no interest in objective scientific inquiry, he has no business posting here on that issue. K-Dog is in denial of the grievous harm fossil fuels do to our planet. He will not even acknowledge the empirical data from the following web site (available 24/7) that shows how much pollutants are in our atmosphere.

For example, because of the fires in the Los Angelos Area, parts of the atmosphere there have over 469 PPM of CO2.  :(  :P
https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/chem/surface/level/overlay=co2sc/orthographic=-120.04,34.85,3000/loc=-119.558,33.721

While you are there, don't miss the CO levels. They are OFF THE CHARTS! (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-150715183719.png)
https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/chem/surface/level/overlay=cosc/orthographic=-120.04,34.85,3000/loc=-119.558,33.721

If K-Dog wants to wallow in la la land, that's his business. I am done trying to get him to think logically and objectively in regard to Catastrophic Climate Change causes.

All that said, K-Dog can be quite objective and logical when it comes to Cannabis. He and I are on the same page in that area. ;D

Big Pharma Tries to Monopolize CBD Oil Market

December 11, 2017 • 129,805 views

Story at-a-glance

֍ The cannabinoids in cannabis — cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — work by way of naturally-occurring cannabinoid receptors embedded in cell membranes throughout your body

֍ The fact that your body is replete with cannabinoid receptors, key to so many biological functions, is why there's such enormous medical potential for cannabis

֍ South Dakota has rescheduled CBD from a Schedule I to a Schedule IV substance by excluding it from the definition of marijuana

֍ GW Pharmaceuticals failed in its efforts to restrict Schedule IV classification to FDA approved CBD products only, which prevented the company from creating a monopoly in South Dakota

֍ The legal status of CBD oil as a nutritional supplement is now threatened by drug companies (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-241013183046.jpeg) seeking FDA approval for CBD-containing drugs

Full article: (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/reading.gif)

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/12/11/big-pharma-tries-to-monopolize-cbd.aspx
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on January 04, 2018, 08:21:29 pm
   
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January 4, 2018 6:25 PM (2 hours ago)

(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/balloons.gif) Vermont House passes marijuana legalization bill! (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/za4.gif)

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Thanks for all your calls and emails to representatives!

Dear Anthony,

We did it! (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/47b20s0.gif)  Today, the House passed H. 511 in a 81-63 vote. Gov. Phil Scott has already pledged that he will sign the bill after it passes one more procedural vote in the Senate.

Thanks to all of you who contacted your representatives and helped build support for this historic reform!

If you are available next Tuesday, January 9, that would be a great day to visit the State House. Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman and allied reform organizations will participate in “a full day of press, advocacy and education” beginning at 10 a.m. in Room 10 of the State House. For more details, and to RSVP, check out the Facebook event page.

Tuesday may also be the day the Senate passes H. 511.

Please share this great news with your friends and family! Now that this hurdle has been crossed, we can now turn our attention to advocating for a reasonably regulated and taxed system.
 

Sincerely,

Matt Simon
New England Political Director
Marijuana Policy Project
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on January 04, 2018, 09:09:48 pm
 January 4, 2018

Jeff Sessions (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png) Memo Makes Marijuana Future Uncertain

Grant Smith of the Drug Policy Alliance explains what rescinding the Cole memo means for the future of pot

https://youtu.be/S8qZg8AvftI

Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on January 12, 2018, 05:48:40 pm
Agelbert NOTE: Within the next few days, Vermont will fully decriminalize small portions of Cannabis. That will move Vermont to the far left of the info graphic n the following article.  8)

The Priceline of Pot and a Game Changer for the Marijuana Industry: How Smart Investors Are Seeing Green (http://wallst-news.com/priceline-pot-game-changer-marijuana-industry-smart-investors-seeing-green-2/)


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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there’s a good chance you’ve heard that the Marijuana Industry is undergoing explosive growth across the United States.

While support for federal legalization of marijuana continues to grow, a small group of legal marijuana companies are strategically positioning themselves to cash in on this fast-growing trend in a really big way.

“The Priceline of Pot” and a “Game Changer” for the Marijuana Industry: How Smart Investors Are Seeing Green

Many experts agree that Legalized Marijuana is quickly becoming the next big gold rush as it continues to spread like wildfire across the United States.

Needless to day, smart entrepreneurs are rushing to stake their claim in this promising new industry. The “Green Gold Rush” is quickly spawning numerous opportunities for growers, retailers, wholesalers, shippers, fertilizers, accessories, and of course the edibles. In other words, this is just the beginning!

Unfortunately, most investors know very little about legalized marijuana and because of this, they’re simply not prepared to capitalize on the opportunity to start a new business in this emerging industry. 

Luckily, there are a number of relatively easy ways the average investor can make impressive returns investing in the public markets. One good example is Leafbuyer Technologies, Inc. (OTC: LBUY).  This Denver, Colorado based company is a well-established industry leader, and is currently poised to profit from several, if not all areas of the booming legalized marijuana space.

Many people who got rich during the California Gold Rush of 1849, were not gold miners. Many savvy entrepreneurs became millionaires by building successful companies that provided prospectors and miners with important services and supplies.

In fact, California’s first millionaire was Sam Brannan, an ex-Mormon who hyped the Gold Rush in his newspaper, The California Star. He then profited from the Gold Rush by supplying miners—at extravagant prices—through his general stores in San Francisco and Sacramento. For a time, Brannan’s sales topped $5,000 a day. That’s the equivalent of $125,000 in today’s dollars.

Keep reading, and you’ll find more information on a savvy technology company may be uniquely positioned to profit from the marijuana boom, just like the entrepreneurs who got rich selling supplies during the Gold Rush back in the 1800s.

This company could very well be the best investment opportunity we’ve come across in years.

Not only has Leafbuyer Technologies, Inc. (OTC: LBUY) been called a “game-changer” by NBC, but it has also been referred to as the “The Priceline of Pot” by thestreet.com.

Why? Well, because LBUY has become the definitive online resource for finding legal cannabis deals and specials. The company’s website, Leafbuyer.com, helps connect millions of consumers with dispensaries and suppliers all over the USA.

Remember what Priceline.com did for the global travel industry? Well that’s what Leafbuyer.com could soon do for the thriving legal marijuana industry.

This is great news for investors, because LBUY is currently being traded on US stock exchanges, making it one of the very few, publicly-listed companies with solid growth and fundamentals available in the public markets.

Look at it this way. In a few years, the fast-growing legal cannabis arena could leave many investors reminiscing sadly over the ground-floor companies that got away, or it could leave them basking in the rewards of the lucrative opportunities they took advantage of.

Leafbuyer.com (OTC: LBUY)  is on the verge of being recognized by “The Street” which could blast the company’s stock into the stratosphere, in the near future!

In other words, smart investors may soon be embracing the ground-floor appeal of this new publicly traded company that’s being dubbed The “Priceline” of the legal cannabis industry.

How Leafbuyer.com is Disrupting the Marijuana Industry (OTC:LBUY)

In case you didn’t know, Leafbuyer.com has already grown into the largest cannabis deals network in the entire country, with 5 million users monthly. First launched in Colorado, LBUY is poised at the epicenter of the projected expansion of America’s legal marijuana industry. It has already saved active pot consumers over $5 million, and that number is growing exponentially. Following the 2016 election, the company is expanding into California, Florida, Nevada, Massachusetts, Arkansas, and North Dakota.

LBUY currently services over 250 of the 600 dispensaries in the Denver area and based on its 1st quarter numbers, LeafBuyer.com is fast approaching a one million dollar run rate. And that’s after targeting just one potential market.

Obviously,the company’s growth rate will accelerate as it expands into 28 new markets. Assuming LBUY can duplicate its proven business model in each state, it’s easy to see how this up and coming company could quickly become one of the marijuana industry’s the biggest, and most influential players.

Chances are, you are familiar with Groupon, a company that connects its subscribers with local merchants who offer a variety of deals. Well, during 2016 Groupon raked in a whopping $3.1 billion.

Groupon has done for the consumer coupon industry, what Priceline.com has done for the global travel industry. And that’s exactly what LBUY has the potential to do for the legal marijuana industry!

LeafBuyer’s national network of cannabis deals and information already reaches millions of consumers every month. It is also the official cannabis deals platform of TheCannabist.com (owned by The Denver Post) and WestWord.com.

The company is working with partners in each state, and plans to launch nationwide marketing initiative in the coming months. It goes without saying, as it opens new markets, Leafbuyer will scale operations as it offers an ever-growing selection of cannabis deals to more, and more consumers.

Cayla Shortley, Director of Sales at LeafBuyer is quoted as saying:

    “We are excited to expand our platform to new and growing markets across the country. We are now beyond the tipping point. Our success in Colorado can be attributed to a customer-centric focus and intense grassroots marketing.”

    “We have witnessed a strong demand for our online platform stemming from Colorado,” said Andre Leonard, Marketing Manager of Leafbuyer.com. “With the success we have had in the hub of the cannabis gold rush, it was an easy decision that our next step would be to scale operations nationally to these new markets.”

When you consider how big the legal marijuana market is projected to grow in the near future, it’s easy to see how LBUY is on its way to becoming a monster Cash Cow!

Yes, we’re currently witnessing the first stage of a cannabis GOLD RUSH!

The only question is… will you get in on the ground floor? Or will wait until everybody knows that cannabis stocks are a great investment?

There’s an old saying that goes like this, “when everybody knows it’s a good investment, it’s no longer a good investment”.

And that holds true now, more than ever. Smart investors know that timing is a critical factor when it comes to profit hunting. Everybody knows what they say about the early bird. That’s right. He’s the one who gets the worm, or in this case, the massive returns.

The dot.com era in the ’90s was responsible for turning Yahoo and eBay into the giant, multi-billion dollar companies they are today.Well, there’s another company that’s considered by far one of the most successful stories to come out of the ’90s dot.com boom. That company is Amazon.

All you have to do is watch the news to see that Amazon is on an absolute tear this year. Jeff Bezos and company recently acquired WholeFoods for 13.7 billion, and they’re fast on their way to becoming a $1 trillion-dollar juggernaut.

So How Big is the Legalized Marijuana Opportunity?

According to Forbes magazine, North American Marijuana sales grew by 30% to an astonishing 6.7 BILLION dollars.  They also estimate North American sales are projected to exceed 20 Billion dollars by 2021. That’s an annual compounded growth rate of 25%. In case you didn’t know, this growth rate is larger and faster than the dot-com era growth rate of 22%.

In other words, this represents one of the most exciting industries for investors that we have seen in more than a decade.

And if that’s not enough to grab your attention, you’ll be excited to know that in Canada, recently legalized recreational marijuana, promises to spark a brand new $22.6-billion industry. A new study also suggests that the Canadian pot industry will easily eclipse the sale of beer, wine, and spirits… all combined.

A soon-to-be-released Deloitte report entitled “Recreational Marijuana: Insights and Opportunities”, concluded that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s legalization of cannabis next year could add much needed fuel to Canada’s lagging economy.

Mark Whitmore, vice-chair of Deloitte, said in an interview on Wednesday (2).

    “There hasn’t been anything like this — and granted it wasn’t legislated — but you think of the dot-com … flurry,”

The November 2016 election in the United States was a turning point, when we saw four more states vote to legalize recreational marijuana. This brought the total number of recreational use states to eight.

At the time of this writing, there are a total of 29 states, along with the District of Columbia that allow legal use of medicinal marijuana. And a number of states have pending medical and recreational marijuana legislation in the works.

One of the biggest markets that will continue to have a huge impact on the legal recreational cannabis industry was the state of California, which boasts the 6th largest economy in the world.

Billions and billions of dollars could potentially be made from legal marijuana sales, in California alone.  That, in conjunction with the passage of marijuana laws in states like Florida, means that more than half of the American population will have legal access to medical or recreational cannabis.

In fact, Nevada is shooting to be the first state in the nation to legalize cannabis social clubs. Imagine watching dozens of social clubs for pot users popping up along on the Vegas Strip. Of course, other states will follow Nevada’s lead, especially if the clubs offer states another stream of tax revenue from the sale of legalized marijuana.

We can all agree that it doesn’t take a genius to see that cannabis is already on its way to becoming a huge industry serving a massive consumer market!

Millions of marijuana users across America could rely on Leafbuyer.com (OTC: LBUY) to get connected to the best deals at dispensaries in their local areas. Plus, a variety of businesses using the company’s website are already thriving, and watching their sales increase exponentially.

Widespread acceptance of marijuana has become a huge part of pop culture with celebrities like Morgan Freeman, Patrick Stewart, Snoop Dogg, and Rihanna to name a few, being openly candid about their love affair with weed.

On top of that, a recent CBS News poll from 2017 shows that support for legalizing marijuana is higher now than ever. It concluded that a whopping 61% of Americans think cannabis should be legalized. This is a 5% increase from last year, and the highest percentage that has ever been recorded in the poll. (5)

The bottom line? A staggering 88% of Americans are openly in favor of marijuana use for medical or recreational purposes. That’s almost 9 out of 1o adults!

Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, and while the naysayers said the initiative would never be a success, the numbers have proven them wrong, year after year. In just 10 months, the state saw 1 billion dollars in legal cannabis sales during 2016. (7)

According to the Tax Foundation, nationwide legalization of marijuana could generate up to $28 billion in additional tax revenues for federal, state, and local governments. (8). Needless to say, this is a great reason for bureaucrats to lend their support to the legalization of pot in their respective states.

Analysts at Cowen and Co. estimate the cannabis sector could be worth $50 billion by 2026 if you include black market sales entering the legal market. (9)

The fast-growing cannabis industry has helped many reluctant state legislators recognize the economic benefit of legalizing marijuana, and the taxes could reel in significant revenue for their state.

It’s simple logic. As more and more states legalize marijuana, more and more marijuana users will use Leafbuyer.com to find the best deals! (OTC: LBUY)

Below you’ll see the market cap on some marijuana stocks dominating the market right now, and how they’ve performed in the past year. (Figures are as of March 17th, 2017)

GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: GWPH): $3.0 billion, up 64%

Canopy Growth Corp. (NASDAQOTH: TWMJF): $904 million, up 259%

Aphria (NASDAQOTH: APHQF) $440 million, up 381%

Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH: ACBFF): $482 million, up 299%

AXIM Biotechnologies (NASDAQOTH: AXIM): $562 million, up 1,720%

Corbus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CRBP): $450 million, up 431%

Medical Marijuana (NASDAQOTH: MJNA): $221 million, up 254%

While many of these stocks look maxed out, LBUY is just getting warmed up. And with the nationwide expansion of legalized Marijuana, Leafbuyer is perfectly poised to profit from an inevitable growth in revenue.

Although the legal cannabis boom is still in its infancy, it’s quickly becoming mainstream. Shares of LBUY could be ready to take off as more traders uncover what could be the first “Green Gold Rush” in American stock market history!

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Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on January 12, 2018, 06:57:31 pm
New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill  ;D

 Jan 09, 2018  Chris Sununu, cultivation, Gilford, Glen Aldrich, HB 656, New Hampshire, NH, possession

The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a bill to make marijuana legal for adults on Tuesday by a vote of 207-139. The bill will now move to the House Ways and Means Committee before moving on to the Senate.

HB 656, which was introduced last session by Rep. Glen Aldrich (R-Gilford), would make possession of three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana legal for adults aged 21 and older. Home cultivation of up to three mature and three immature plants would be legal for adults as well.

Last year, the New Hampshire Legislature voted overwhelmingly to replace criminal penalties for simple marijuana possession with civil penalties. Gov. Chris Sununu (R) signed the bill into law.

https://blog.mpp.org/prohibition/new-hampshire-house-approved-marijuana-legalization-bill/ (https://blog.mpp.org/prohibition/new-hampshire-house-approved-marijuana-legalization-bill/)


Agelbert NOTE: With Vermont, that makes two more states moving to the deep green color on the infograhic below very shortly.  8)

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Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on January 12, 2018, 07:16:06 pm
Eddie, Have you linked up with these people? They are doing some good work!  (http://us.cdn2.123rf.com/168nwm/lenm/lenm1201/lenm120100200/12107060-illustration-of-a-smiley-giving-a-thumbs-up.jpg)


Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy

https://youtu.be/0U7ayNiXrr4

https://www.texasmarijuanapolicy.org/

Texas Advocates to Host Training Workshops in Early 2018

 Dec 12, 2017  advocates, events, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, Texas, training, TX

Marijuana policy reform is on the move in Texas thanks to advocates throughout the state. Trained individuals sharing their experiences with lawmakers have brought about unprecedented progress at the Texas Capitol. Let’s keep up the momentum! (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)


Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy and MPP are hosting a series of events throughout the state to empower individuals who want to effectively advocate for sensible marijuana policies in Texas. We’ll be visiting a city near you — register now to secure your seat. (at article link)

These hands-on workshops will provide an opportunity to:

– review the political process and learn how you fit in;

– identify effective arguments for discussing marijuana law reform; and

– craft your personal message to lawmakers.

Once you’ve registered, please share this email with others who are interested in advancing liberty by reforming Texas’ unreasonable marijuana laws. You can also follow the workshop series’ live updates on our event page.

https://blog.mpp.org/general/texas-advocates-host-training-workshops-early-2018/
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on January 12, 2018, 07:54:45 pm
Eddie, Have you linked up with these people? They are doing some good work!  :emthup:  :icon_sunny:

Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy

https://youtu.be/0U7ayNiXrr4

https://www.texasmarijuanapolicy.org/ (https://www.texasmarijuanapolicy.org/)

Texas Advocates to Host Training Workshops in Early 2018

 Dec 12, 2017  advocates, events, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, Texas, training, TX

Marijuana policy reform is on the move in Texas thanks to advocates throughout the state. Trained individuals sharing their experiences with lawmakers have brought about unprecedented progress at the Texas Capitol. Let’s keep up the momentum! (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)


Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy and MPP are hosting a series of events throughout the state to empower individuals who want to effectively advocate for sensible marijuana policies in Texas. We’ll be visiting a city near you — register now to secure your seat. (at article link)

These hands-on workshops will provide an opportunity to:

– review the political process and learn how you fit in;

– identify effective arguments for discussing marijuana law reform; and

– craft your personal message to lawmakers.

Once you’ve registered, please share this email with others who are interested in advancing liberty by reforming Texas’ unreasonable marijuana laws. You can also follow the workshop series’ live updates on our event page.

https://blog.mpp.org/general/texas-advocates-host-training-workshops-early-2018/ (https://blog.mpp.org/general/texas-advocates-host-training-workshops-early-2018/)

Not on my radar. Thanks for making me aware.

Glad to be of service. I am sure your voice there would help.  (http://www.clker.com/cliparts/c/8/f/8/11949865511933397169thumbs_up_nathan_eady_01.svg.hi.png)
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on January 22, 2018, 02:31:37 pm
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January 22, 2018


💫 Vermont makes history by becoming the first state to legislatively legalize marijuana 🕊

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Until today, all eight of the states that have made marijuana legal for adults did so through ballot initiatives. Over the past three elections in 2012, 2014, and 2016, voters in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada (and Washington, D.C.) approved ballot questions to legalize marijuana.

Today, we reached an important milestone in Vermont: a state legislature has enacted a law, signed by the governor, that legalizes possession and home cultivation of marijuana for adults aged 21 and older. 🌞

MPP has been working in the Green Mountain State for 15 years, and we want to thank you, our donors large and small, for sustaining our reform efforts. We’re proud to be working alongside dedicated in-state allies, without whom this success would not be possible. There is still more to do in Vermont. Our coalition’s goal, this year or next, is to enact a law that regulates marijuana and allows for its legal sale (the newly enacted law only allows possession and home cultivation).

Now that Vermont has taken action legislatively, we hope that other states will follow that lead. In Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, lawmakers are considering legalization bills this year. Please consider making a donation to MPP to support our state-level reform efforts.

And at the national level, we are pushing Congress to protect state marijuana laws from any federal interference. A reminder: please call your members of Congress and tell them that states should be allowed to decide their own marijuana laws.

Thank you! 🌿

Matt Schweich
Executive Director
Marijuana Policy Project
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on March 14, 2018, 05:12:43 pm
N.H. House Committee 🦍 Tries to Crush Legalization Hopes

 Mar 13, 2018  HB 656, New Hampshire, NH, regulation, Ways and Means Committee

The New Hampshire House Ways and Means Committee is attempting to abuse its power by recommending that the House kill the marijuana legalization bill. If the House agrees to the committee’s motion of “interim study” when HB 656 reaches the floor next week, the bill will be dead for the year.

As a reminder, the New Hampshire House has already voted 207-139 to pass HB 656. Instead of legalizing retail sales — which is something a study commission is considering — the bill as amended would simply allow adults to cultivate six plants, three of which could be mature. It would also legalize possession of three-quarters of an ounce or less, and marijuana in excess of that amount would be legal as long as it is stored along with the plants that produced it. You can read a summary of the bill here.

HB 656 should have gone directly to the Senate after it passed the House, but instead it was sent to the Ways and Means Committee, which only deals with issues related to revenue. Some legislators are trying to make this issue complicated, but HB 656 is actually very simple and there is no good reason not to move the bill forward.

If you are a New Hampshire resident, please email your representatives right now and urge them to oppose this outrageous action by the committee.

https://blog.mpp.org/tax-and-regulate/n-h-house-committee-tries-to-crush-legalization-hopes/
Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on April 10, 2018, 06:28:45 pm
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 :) Hey Surly and RE,

My wife discovered a great (real 😋) banana 🍌 treat from Vitacost. It's a way to get all that good potassium from bananas without frequent trips to the grocery store. They aren't cheap, but I think they are worth it.

This guy in Brazil started dehydrating bananas that were blemished or too ripe for marketing some decades ago. Vitacost sells them now. They taste great and have the same nutritive value as fresh bananas due to the clever dehydration process (partial, they can be chewed and are not rock hard like other dehydrated products out there - to prevent further ripening, even though dehydration is partial, they use some banana dust over the bite sized portions). (http://us.cdn2.123rf.com/168nwm/lenm/lenm1201/lenm120100200/12107060-illustration-of-a-smiley-giving-a-thumbs-up.jpg)

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😋

This is a great way to make use of food that would have been thrown out previously due to the ridiculous fruit marketing practices that force markets to only sell fruit with no blemishes. Also, this guarantees a higher marketable yield (and profit  :icon_mrgreen:) for growers, as well as saving a lot of energy, because these products require no refrigeration whatsoever. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311017193926.png)

RE could stock up on these to guarantee he has enough potassium if he is homebound due to health problems. We all need potassium. Without enough, we begin to feel fatigued and listless. We can lose muscle tone from lack of potassium. This is not limited to our large muscles. Lack of K can adversly affect peristaltic esophageal movement needed to send food down to the stomach and also intestinal movement needed for proper digestion.

Potassium: 10 Symptoms of Potassium Deficiency 🚩

By: Dr. Helen Okoye, MD on 28 Mar, 2018

SNIPPET:

Potassium Deficiency Symptom #1: Muscle Weakness

Muscle weakness is the most common symptom associated with a potassium deficiency. Potassium plays a key role in promoting muscle strength and the overall wellbeing of muscle tissue. The muscle weakness can make it more difficult for an affected person to properly move their legs and arms.

Potassium Deficiency Symptom #2: Muscle Cramps
In addition to muscle weakness, many individuals who suffer from a lack of potassium in their body also experience muscle cramps. Muscle cramps may be mild or severe, and can affect a number of different muscle groups in the body.

full article:

http://10faq.com/health/potassium-deficiency-symptoms/ (http://10faq.com/health/potassium-deficiency-symptoms/)

NOTE:
There are other foods out there besides bananas that have more potassium, but I like the taste of bananas.  ;D

13 Foods That Have More Potassium Than a Banana
FoodNutritionPublished on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 @ 7:59 pm

Health Team

By Trista

SNIPPET:

If you need potassium, your go-to source is usually bananas. Peel a medium one and you will get about 422 milligrams of potassium, which is around nine percent of your 4,700 milligrams recommended daily intake. Well, what if you don’t like bananas, or just want something new? There are a plethora of foods that can give you potassium and other essential vitamins and minerals. In fact, some of them might surprise you! Check out these 13 foods that have more potassium than a banana.

Full article:

http://health.facty.com/food/nutrition/13-foods-that-have-more-potassium-than-a-banana/ (http://health.facty.com/food/nutrition/13-foods-that-have-more-potassium-than-a-banana/)





Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on April 10, 2018, 08:21:53 pm
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Hey Surly and RE,  My wife discovered a great (real 😋) banana 🍌 treat from Vitacost. It's a way to get all that good potassium from bananas without frequent trips to the grocery store. They aren't cheap, but I think they are worth it.

Another good example of hw you can learn something new every day around here. I had no idea.

Thanks, AG.


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Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on July 17, 2018, 07:11:12 pm
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What Effect Does Catnip Have On Humans?
By: Tracy Hall

Have you ever watched a cat playing with a catnip toy and wondered what the experience was like? An estimated 70-90% of domestic cats have some reaction to this member of the mint family, and it's hard not to be curious. After all, who wouldn't want to share in the giddy frenzy or blissful relaxation of a playtime session with their feline friend? Throughout history many cultures have experimented with Nepeta cataria, commonly known as catnip, the extent of which might surprise you.

For felines, the main attractant in catnip is a chemical called nepetalactone. This oil is metabolized in the cat's body and passes harmlessly through urine. How humans discovered the effect that the herb had on animals is unclear. It is also unclear when humans began using it for themselves. However, there are countless records of humans using catnip for medicinal purposes. Its use in the treatment of illnesses was prominent enough for catnip to be included in the United States Pharmacopeia from 1840-1890. Catnip has been used to treat nervousness, menstrual cramps, digestive tract irritation, colds, and the flu. It was only a matter of time before curiosity got the best of people and they decided to explore even more applications. Eventually there surfaced yet another potential use of catnip: as an intoxicant.

The intoxicating effect of catnip has long since been the stuff of urban legends. According to one paper on catnip, it was used as a "filler" in (or even in place of) marijuana in the 1960's. Today, an Internet search for "catnip human intoxicant" yields more than 10,000 results. Despite this number, the vast majority of published experiences have come from individuals, not research groups. Most indicate the ingestion of catnip via drinking tea or smoking, either by itself or mixed with tobacco. And the effects are...reportedly, nothing like Fluffy's.

Most people indicate mild feelings of relaxation or drowsiness, coupled with complaints of foul taste or smell. At higher doses, some users feel nauseous. Some have suggested that the lightheaded feeling sometimes caused by smoking catnip is due to simple lack of oxygen in the body. Notably lacking are the euphoric or hallucinogenic experiences suggested by feline reactions to the herb.

In short, catnip has a long history of human use and is still included today in many natural remedy compendiums. Although it might help quell a stomachache or calm frazzled nerves, humans experience few, if any, intoxicating effects from catnip. So when it comes to "feelin' groovy", it's best to leave the toy mice to the cats.

Resources:

http://www.herbcompanion.com/herb-profiles/herb-basics-catnip-not-just-for-felines-anymore.aspx (http://www.herbcompanion.com/herb-profiles/herb-basics-catnip-not-just-for-felines-anymore.aspx)
http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/summary/208/7/1190-a (http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/summary/208/7/1190-a)
http://www.springerlink.com/content/f613756573257t02/ (http://www.springerlink.com/content/f613756573257t02/)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1480656/?page=2 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1480656/?page=2)

Title: Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
Post by: AGelbert on July 17, 2018, 07:28:02 pm
7 Herbs that Grow in Shade

By Leda Meredith

Wondering what to plant in those shady areas of your landscape? There’s no need to resign yourself to standard shade-fillers, like pachysandra and ivy, when you could be growing useful herbs that thrive in low-light conditions. While many culinary herbs do require lots of direct sunlight (like basil and oregano, which originated in the sunny Mediterranean), other herbs usually listed as full-sun plants will do just fine in partial shade. Parsley, anise hyssop, lemon balm and shiso are among the best herbs for dappled light or areas that receive only a couple of hours of direct sun daily.

Other, less-familiar herbs actually prefer shade. In nature, these plants can be found growing in the dappled light below trees, or at the edges of forests, where the sun shines directly on them for only a short time each day. These plants—which include wild ginger, spicebush and sweet woodruff—will do beautifully in a shady garden site, and will add enticing new flavors and aromas to your cooking.

For beds and borders shaded by trees, fences or buildings, try one or more of these seven stars for shade.

1. Sweet woodruff

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Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum; Zones 5-8).


A wonderful groundcover, this European native bears lacy, white flowers in late spring. A naturally moist or irrigated site is best. Both leaves and flowers have a fresh scent and make a delicately sweet tea. In Germany, the flowering tops are traditionally used to make May wine. To make your own May wine, steep flowers in Riesling wine overnight, strain out the woodruff, and add strawberries. Serve chilled.

Avoid consuming sweet woodruff if you have circulatory problems or if you are pregnant


2. Anise hyssop
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Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum; Zones 4-10).

Many culinary and medicinal herbs thrive in partial or full shade. Although gardening guides continue to list anise hyssop (shown this page) as suitable for “full sun only,” this native American perennial will bloom and thrive in partial shade. Both the flowers and leaves have an intense licorice aroma and flavor. Fresh or dried, the herb makes a delicious tea that pairs well with baked goods like scones, muffins and biscotti. Dried anise hyssop leaves also can be used in place of anise seeds to flavor cookies.

Anise hyssop has a long history of medicinal use by Native Americans. The Cheyenne used anise hyssop tea to relieve depression, while the Cree and Chippewa included it in protective medicine bundles.

3. Wild ginger

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Wild ginger (Asarum canadense; Zones 2-8) is native to the woodlands of North America. An attractive groundcover with heart-shaped leaves, wild ginger also can be used to flavor both sweet and savory dishes. To harvest wild ginger without destroying the perennial, dig about 2 inches into the soil between the plants. Snip off a few inches of the rhizomes, then pat down the soil. You can harvest in this fashion several times a year without decimating your beautiful patch of wild ginger.

4. Parsley

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Parsley (Petroselinum spp.; Zones 5-9).

This Mediterranean biennial has been cultivated since at least the 3rd century b.c. Choose flat-leaf parsley (Petroselinum crispum var. neapolitanum; shown at right) for flavor and curly parsley (P. crispum) for garnishes. In addition to using the leaves in almost any savory dish, you can use the chopped roots—which taste like a cross between parsnips and carrots—in soups and stews.

The plant is quite cold-hardy and can be harvested even when temperatures hover around freezing.

5. Shiso

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Shiso (Perilla frutescens; annual), also called beefsteak plant, has three leaf color variations (purple, green and a bicolor), all of which are as ornamental as they are tasty. Shiso self-seeds readily in the garden, but because of its shallow root system, it’s easy to weed out.

In Japan, purple shiso (shown above) is used to color the pickled ginger served with sashimi. Shiso’s versatile flavor, a combination of cilantro and mint with spicy overtones, is as good with fresh fruit as it is with savory seafood and rice dishes.

Shiso Salad

Serves 4
• 2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced
• 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
• 1 large peach, peeled and chopped
• ¼ cup green or purple shiso, chopped
• Pinch of salt
1. Combine cucumbers and vinegar; let stand at room temperature 10 minutes.

2. Add peach, shiso and salt. Toss to combine.

6. Lemon balm

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Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis; Zones 3-7) is a European perennial that does as well in shade as it does in full sun. Its delightful lemon scent comes from its high essential oil content. The leaves are best harvested in mid-spring. As a culinary herb, lemon balm makes a delicious tea and the minced leaves are a nice addition to fruit salads. Essential oil of lemon balm is used in aromatherapy as an antidepressant. The herb loses its potency when dried, but the fresh herb can be tinctured to preserve its medicinal properties.

In the garden, lemon balm can be invasive. Prune off the flowering tops before they go to seed.

Lemon Balm Butter Sauce

Serves 4 to 6
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon balm leaves, minced
• 1⁄4 cup butter, melted
• Salt, to taste
1. Add lemon balm to melted butter.

2. Wait 30 seconds, then toss with cooked vegetables.

7. Spicebush
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Spicebush (Lindera benzoin; Zones 4-9), sometimes called northern spicebush, is a lovely, native American woodland shrub that thrives in partial shade, such as it would have at the edge of a forest clearing. Spicebush grows to 10 feet tall, with pretty, teardrop-shaped leaves 2 to 5 inches long.

The entire plant is aromatic. The female plants produce fragrant yellow flowers in early spring, followed by small, bright-red oval fruit in autumn. (Because spicebush is dioecious, both male and female plants are needed for fruit production; check with your supplier to be sure you are getting both if you wish to obtain the berries.)

Use the fresh leaves in hot or iced tea; they do not retain their flavor well when dried. The twigs can be simmered in water for a warming tea any time of year.

In the fall, collect the red berries and dry them to use as a spice that has both sweet and savory uses. Sometimes sold as “Appalachian allspice,” spicebush can be used like allspice and makes a scrumptious ice cream and spice cake. The berries have a peppery note that makes them an excellent addition to meat rubs and marinades, as well.

The Ojibwa and Iroquois tribes treated spicebush berries as two different seasonings. They separated the seeds from the surrounding pulp and red skins. The pulp and skins were used for their sweet, allspice-like taste and the seeds for their peppery bite. If you want to separate the berries into two different spices, do so before drying or freezing as they are almost impossible to separate after preserving. Separated or whole, the berries have a high fatty oil content and can go rancid if stored at room temperature. Store both fresh and dried spicebush in the freezer. To use, grind in an electric coffee grinder. Note: Take care not to confuse Lindera benzoin with another native American shrub, Calycanthus floridus, commonly called “Carolina allspice” and also sometimes called “spicebush.”

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To Buy: Spicebush, sweet woodruff and wild ginger are available from Forestfarm, (541) 846-7269, www.forestfarm.com; (http://www.forestfarm.com;) Lazy S’S Farm Nursery, www.lazyssfarm.com; (http://www.lazyssfarm.com;) and Companion Plants, (740) 592-4643, www.companionplants.com (http://www.companionplants.com). Anise hyssop, lemon balm, parsley and shiso are widely available; mail-order suppliers include Companion Plants; Johnny’s Selected Seeds, (877) 564-6697, www.johnnyseeds.com; (http://www.johnnyseeds.com;) and Richters, (905) 640-6677, www.richters.com (http://www.richters.com).

Leda Meredith is a botanist, writer and instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, specializing in edible and medicinal plants. She is the author of Botany, Ballet, & Dinner from Scratch: A Memoir with Recipes (Heliotrope Books, 2008).

Source: http://www.motherearthliving.com/ (http://www.motherearthliving.com/)