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‘Cannabis Saved My Life’: Veterans Share Stories of Healing and Recovery

Once a week, a handful of military veterans gather at the Seattle Vet Center to practice the art of writing and the process of healing. Some write fiction. Others reveal themselves in memoir. 'This is easily the most rewarding work I've ever done.' Warren Etheredge, Writer and teacher, the Red Badge Project “We help people find tools to tell their own stories,” says Warren Etheredge, who teaches and leads the sessions. “I’ve been a teacher at every grade level for 30 years, and this is easily the most rewarding work I’ve ever done.” Etheredge, a nationally known film critic, curator, and founder of The Warren Report, is one of eight writers who work with dozens of veterans in The Red Badge Project, a nonprofit group that helps wounded warriors “rebuild their individual sense of purpose and unique individuality” through the creative process of storytelling. The group was created six years ago by Tom Skerritt, the actor, director, and Air Force veteran; and Evan Bail…
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The Science Behind Giving CBD & Cannabis to Cats and Dogs

Agrowing number of pet owners are using cannabis-derived products containing high doses of cannabidiol (CBD) and low or negligible doses of THC to alleviate pain, seizures, and other conditions. But what’s known about the science of cannabinoid medicine and pets? There isn’t a lot of peer-reviewed research, but a recent Cornell University study found extremely promising results. Unfortunately, not a lot. But there are a few things to be learned from the science of cannabis and dogs and cats, even as the field emerges from decades of neglect. As with humans, the question of using medical cannabis to improve the health of a dog or cat is a complicated one. There isn’t a lot of solid, peer-reviewed research examining its safety or effectiveness. That’s slowly changing, though, and the science of cannabis and pets recently took a big leap forward. In July 2018, the first clinical study examining the effects of hemp-based cannabidiol on arthritic dogs was published in Fro…
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Fighting Perceptions: CBD, THC, and Recovery in Combat Sports

Frank Mir and Forrest Griffin, former UFC champions in different weight classes, never faced each other in the Octagon. But on a mild October evening inside a North Las Vegas warehouse, they’re circling each other, breathing hard, pacing every step, grappling to gain the upper hand in an attraction billed as a jiu-jitsu “superfight.” RELATED STORY These Pro MMA Fighters Don’t Just Use Cannabis, They Embrace It “It’s not a normal mindset in our society to want to combat another human being,” says Mir, still sweaty after his decision victory. “In the big picture, I’m not fighting another person. I’m fighting myself. It scares the shit out of me when I step on that mat and I’m going to see what I’m made of.” Their friendly yet competitive encounter was a special attraction at the inaugural Black Belt CBD Invitational, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament for both male and female competitors. The event was streamed on Facebook—earning more than 125,000 views—and inclu…
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