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10 Health Benefits Of Consuming Marijuana

4/20 is upon us. If you don’t know what four-twenty is then i'll educate you a little.

4/20 is the day that has been embraced by pot smokers over the past years as weed day. It is day where people who identify with the cannabis culture light one up – recovering addict or not.

With the decriminalization of marijuana and the legalization of weed for medicinal or recreational purpose in some parts of the world, lighting a blunt in public doesn’t seem to raise much alarm but with people being more open to consumption of marijuana, celebrating the annual 4/20 still remains a big deal to most pot consumers.

What’s the Origin?

4/20 gets its name from five High school friends collectively called the Waldos in San Rafael, California. The code first came about in the fall of 1971 because the Waldos planned to meet at a statue of Louis Pasteur at the school at 4:20 before they went on an expedition to score some free weed from a plot of marijuana plants abandoned by a Coast Guard service member.

In celebration of 4/20 this year, we run you down a list of things... good things... healthy things cannabis consumption could do to your body. You might be surprised to find out that amongst all the terrible things they say about marijuana consumption, it actually helps a lot if consumed sensibly.

 

It may help improve lung health and palliate or even reverse carcinogenic effects of tobacco

As published by the American Medical Association in January 2012, marijuana which is believed to be a lung killer actually improves lung capacity. Researchers looking into the risk factors of heart disease tested the lung function of 5,115 young adults over the course of 20 years. Tobacco smokers lost lung function over time, but pot users actually showed an increase in lung capacity.

These could easily be because of the inhalation of weed which requires a longer drag than tobacco.

 

It controls epileptic seizures

The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics published in 2003, showed how marijuana extracts helped in controlling seizures by using epileptic rats as test subjects and the results showed conclusively that marijuana does indeed cure epilepsy for about 10 hours depending on the amount taken.

 

A special chemical found in marijuana stops cancer from spreading

CBD may help prevent cancer from spreading, researchers at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco reported in 2007.

According to Business Insider, Cannabidiol stops cancer by turning off a gene called Id-1, the study, published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, found. Cancer cells make more copies of this gene than non-cancerous cells, and it helps them spread through the body.

The researchers studied breast cancer cells in the lab that had high expression levels of Id-1 and treated them with cannabidiol. After treatment the cells had decreased Id-1 expression and were less aggressive spreaders.

In "WEED," Gupta also mentioned a few studies in the U.S., Spain, and Israel that suggest the compounds in cannabis could even kill cancer cells.

 

Proper usage decreases anxiety

Weed when consumed sensibly reduces anxiety. Medical marijuana users claim the drug helps relieve pain and suppress nausea — the two main reasons it's often used to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy.

In 2010, researchers at Harvard Medical School suggested that some of the drug's benefits may actually be from reduced anxiety, which would improve the smoker's mood and act as a sedative in low doses.

 

THC slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease

Amyloid plaques are the main precursors of the Alzheimer’s disease. They are formed in the brain and kill off brain cells thus aggravating Alsheimer’s. THC, tetrahydrocannabinol an active component of weed slows down the formation of the amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme that makes them thus making Alzheimer spread less rapidly.

 

It improves your metabolism

A study published in the American Journal Of Medicine on April 15, 2013 suggested that pot smokers are skinnier than the average person and have healthier metabolism and reaction to sugars, even though they do end up eating more calories because of the munchies.

 

Marijuana brings out your creative side

Contrary to stoner stereotypes, marijuana usage has actually been shown to have some positive mental effects, particularly in terms of increasing creativity. Even though people's short-term memories tend to function worse when high, people get better at tests requiring them to come up with new ideas.

One study tested participants on their ability to come up with different words related to a concept, and found that using cannabis allowed people to come up with a greater range of related concepts, seeming "to make the brain better at detecting those remote associations that lead to radically new ideas," according to Wired.

Other researchers have found that some participants improve their "verbal fluency," their ability to come up with different words, while using marijuana.

Part of this increased creative ability may come from the release of dopamine in the brain, lessening inhibitions and allowing people to feel more relaxed, giving the brain the ability to perceive things differently.

 

Weed helps the brain recover from a stroke

Research from the University of Nottingham shows that marijuana may help protect the brain from damage caused by stroke, by reducing the size of the area affected by the stroke — at least in rats, mice, and monkeys.

This isn't the only research that has shown neuro-protective effects from cannabis. Some research shows that the plant may help protect the brain after other traumatic events, like concussions. 

 

Marijuana helps in fighting alcoholism

Marijuana is safer than alcohol. That's not to say it's completely risk free, but it's much less addictive and doesn't cause nearly as much physical damage. 

Disorders like alcoholism involve disruptions in the endocannabinoid system. Because of that, some people think cannabis might help patients struggling with those disorders.

According to Business Insider, research in Harm Reduction Journal shows that some people use marijuana as a less harmful substitute for alcohol, prescription drugs, and other illegal drugs. Some of the most common reasons for patients to make that substitution are the less adverse side effects from marijuana and the fact that it is less likely to cause withdrawal problems.

Some people do become psychologically dependent on marijuana, and this doesn't mean that it's a cure for substance abuse problems. But, from a harm-reduction standpoint, it can help.

 

Weed helps relieve pain caused from chemotherapy and stimulates appetite

One of the most well-known medical uses of marijuana is for people going through chemotherapy.

Cancer patients being treated with chemo suffer from painful nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. This can cause additional health complications.

Marijuana can help reduce these side effects, alleviating pain, decreasing nausea, and stimulating the appetite. There are also multiple FDA-approved cannabinoid drugs that use THC, the main active chemical in marijuana, for the same purposes.

 

With all these said, i wish you a happy 4/20. Have fun and light one up.....or two.

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Hello iPhone 4: Apple Is Returning To An All-Glass Back In 2017

This year’s iPhone will most likely not be called iPhone 7.

That is because the 10th year anniversary of the original iPhone is this year thus making apple push their huge rumoured redesign to 2017. In a new report by KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, the reliable Apple analyst claims that the iPhone will be seeing a major redesign in 2017, dropping the iconic aluminum casing for an all-glass enclosure with AMOLED screen.

Kuo believes that Apple will be moving to an all-glass enclosure, dropping aluminum completely as it will no longer appear modern or fresh in 2017. Apple’s smartphone competitors are also adopting aluminum designs in droves, making it more likely Apple will want to differentiate with entirely new materials.

Kuo does not elaborate on how Apple will make the next iPhone entirely out of glass, so currently the specifics of the drastic redesign will have to be left to the imagination. Apple used glass for the iPhone 4/4s front and back, but this was sandwiched together with a stainless steel band. It’s currently unclear how an iPhone could be constructed primarily out of glass.

The new glass phone will also feature a new AMOLED display panel, which will be thinner and lighter to compensate for the slight weight increase of glass compared with metal exteriors. Kuo does not believe that drop test issues will be a roadblock in Apple’s decision making, given the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s already relied heavily on glass front and back. Last week, Apple reportedly reached a $2.6 billion agreement with Samsung to supply OLED panels for iPhone displays.

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People Are Eating Their Placentas Now And It's Actually Healthy...Weird But Healthy

The placenta is that flattened circular organ in the uterus of pregnant mammals nourishing and maintaining the fetus through the umbilical cord. The placenta does more than just connect the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, it also provides thermo-regulation to the fetus, waste elimination, and gas exchange via the mother's blood supply, fight against internal infection and produce hormones to support pregnancy.

Now although in most parts of the world, people dispose of the placenta after childbirth but there’s a new and emerging trend called Placentopaghy and it involves eating the placenta of your young after childbirth. It’s easy to discard this as another “white” nonsense but it actually has its benefits which experts are still struggling to confirm.

Those who believe in placentophagy say it raises breast milk quantity, energy and could level off your hormones, lowering your chances of postpartum depression and insomnia after childbirth.

A lot of popular celebrities have flirted with the idea of placenta eating. Zim Zolciak, Holly Madison, Gaby Hoffman, Mayim Bialik, Tamera Mowery, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian have all tried placentophagy...

 

doesn’t sound so crazy now huhn?

 

How do i eat my Placenta?

 

 

There’s a lot of ways to do this which ranges from baking to frying to boiling... Hell, some even make smoothies out of it but the most common and least disgusting way of consuming the placenta is by having it made into pills, yes, placenta pills is a thing too.

Apparently, the placenta provides you with mineral, vitamin and protein supplement which helps your postnatal self recover painlessly... ian't that something you could do with proper diet and a good hobby?

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D'banj Set To Have His Own Reality Tv Show

Yeah, we are talking about the same D’banj... D’banj has just recently revealed he is going to be featuring in a couple of Hollywood movies – not Nollywood, Hollywood. Now, you might ask why D’banj isn’t venturing into our local movie industry. I’ll answer you by simply reminding you that D’banj has always loved the finer things in life.

D’banj joins a list of other notable Nigerian musicians who act (Davido, Falz, Tiwa Savage e.t.c.)

D’banj who currently hosts the MTV-produced show -LipSync Battle Africa told South African radio host, Anele Mdoda that he’ll be trying his hands in movies in coming years.

“Once you say you’re an entertainer‚ you don’t want to limit yourself‚” D’banj said.

“So yes‚ I’m going into Hollywood. It might be here in South Africa where I’ll be having a reality show about me.I told you I might be on Isidingo soon.”

Make of this whatever you want but I’m eager to see what Banga Lee has for us.

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How To Shave Like A Boss

For those of you who always end up on the wrong side of the blade after shaving (you know with razor bumps and irritations) here’s a few steps and tips on how to shave without those side effects. And for the beardgang faithful, trust me there will come a day in a man’s life where you have to pick up the razor and go bare… you definitely would want to do it write when that day eventually comes. Before we teach you how to shave like a real badass there are few things you would need to successfully complete this feat which are;

  • Badger Brush and bowl: That little brush you kinda never needed at the barber shop.. It’s actually quite important as it is used to apply shaving foam/cream.. yup it’s called a badger brush who knew?!

 

                        

 

 

  • Shaving Foam/Cream: Shaving foam acts as a lubricant for the cutting process and desensitizes skin. There are various brands of shaving cream no particular brand is above the other but I’m quite partial to Gillette.

 

                   

 

  • Shaving Stick: Well there are different types of shaving sticks.. There’s the straight razor, the double-edged shaving stick,  the electric shaver, the multiple blade shaving stick with removable blades and then there’s the disposable shaving stick. Depending on your budget and shaving style options could vary.


             

  • Aftershave: These are products that are applied immediately after shaving to provide some combination of irritation relief, skin moisturizing, and protection from the elements.  Select an aftershave based on how that combination addresses the needs of your skin. Avoid all alcohol-based aftershaves as they tend to damage your skin.

With all these things in hand you’re well on your way to having an epic shave

Here are the steps to shave like a real badass;

 

STEP 1

Choose the shaver that best fits your needs

Consult a grooming specialist, like a barber who specializes in facial shaves, to understand how your facial hair grows and the correct technique to approach the contours of your face. Everyone’s hair grows at a different rate and has a different texture so be aware of what features benefit you most.

STEP 2

Wash your face with warm water

Washing removes excess oil and dead skin cells, which can interfere with the razor or irritate your gently-scraped skin while simultaneously reducing bacteria that could cause infection. Washing also moisturizes the hair about to be shaved, softening it and making the shave easier. Warm water is the best option when washing your hair pre-shave as it helps soften your follicles and encourage your pores to open, making for a closer shave. Dry-shaving is a sure-fire way to incur razor burn and skin irritation. Always make sure there's at least some lubrication between your skin and razor, even if it's just a splash of water.

STEP 3

Apply the shaving cream to your wet face

Apply the shaving cream liberally over your entire face. Shaving cream softens the hair and moisturizes the skin, but if you're in a pinch, you can also shave with conditioner or even with soap (only if you're really in a pinch). If you are able to buy the mixing bowl, you first wet your badger brush with cold water. Whip the shaving brush around your bowl in a circular motion, agitating the shaving cream. Adding more cool water as much as necessary, whip the shaving cream into a light lather with soft peaks. This should take around 2-3 minutes. Use the shaving brush to work the cream onto your face in a circular motion, going over your entire face multiple times. Let the shaving cream set on your face for 2 minutes as the longer it stands the more moisturised you skin gets.

STEP 4

Hold the razor correctly

If you're using a multi-blade razor, which seems to be the most popular kind, hold the razor with your index finger extended near the top of the shaft, resting the head flat of the razor against the skin. The handle should be raised at an angle of 30 degrees or so.

  • If the cartridge is assisted by a spring to hold flat against skin curves, start shaving with the handle raised enough to compress this spring just a little into its range.
  • Drag the razor handle-first across the skin to shave. Applying pressure is not necessary; pressure or sideways movement can cause cuts. Try to bring the razor as lightly as possible across the surface of your skin.
  • As you practice, you'll be able to set down the razor, pull it across the skin, and raise it up at the end of a stroke in a smooth motion. A rolling razor like a "Headblade" can maintain the proper angle in hard-to-reach areas.

STEP 5

Shave in the proper direction and taut your skin where possible

On the first pass, always shave with the grain. This usually means shaving downward, but not always. Going against the grain (shaving the opposite direction that the hair grows) makes for a closer shave, but it also produces the most irritation and cuts. If you have a tendency to get bumps or rashes, or if you often get ingrown hairs, or if you simply consider your face too pretty to abuse, start shaving with the grain. If your skin is loose in any way, it helps to create a flat, firm surface for the razor to cut across. Right beneath the jawline is a problem-area for many men because it is contoured. When you shave this area, lift the skin on your cheek up so that the skin that was right below your jawline is now right above it. Shave with the grain.

 

 

STEP 6

Periodically dip your razor in warm water to free any hairs that have stuck between the blades

You want your blades as clean and uncluttered as possible. Whenever you think there's possible buildup between or underneath your blades, dip and swirl your blades under water. It's usually a good idea to soften the water by adding soap (this will make the water go scummy, but will help protect the blade from the scratchy minerals that tend to dry on after use).

STEP 7

Rinse off the shaving cream with cold water

After you’re done shaving rinse off your face with cold water as cold water closes your pores and makes it more difficult for bacteria to get inside thereby reducing the possibility of irritation. You can also press a cold, wet cloth against your face for five minutes to really seal the deal. Really, the more time you take the better.

STEP 8

Pat dry and moisturize

Don't rub with a towel, as that can irritate the freshly shaved skin. Use a generous amount of moisturizer that is free of perfumes and other potential irritants. Shaving balms based in aloe and tea tree oil can help prevent dry skin and razor burn. Use all-natural products to keep your skin moisturized and healthy, applying a small amount and working it thoroughly around your beard area.

STEP 9

Clean your shaving supplies

Rinse and dry your equipment thoroughly, and store in a dry place. Clean equipment is less likely to introduce bacteria and infection to your open, freshly shaved pores. Change the blades as needed. A dull blade will leave your face feeling raw and sore, and is much more likely to cause razor burn.

So those are the steps needed to be taken if you want to shave like a badass unless you’re a legend like Chuck Norris who tells his beard to fall off.. its advised you follow these few steps.

HAPPY SHAVING

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11 Cooking Hacks That Will Change Your Life

Put your ice cream container inside a ziplock bag before refrigerating to avoid it getting rock hard.

 

 

Use Ovens to quickly ripen bananas.

 

 

Empty tic tac containers make the best spice containers.

 

 

Use a thumb tac for a perfectly boiled egg.

 

 

Slice small food items with ease.

 

 

Shake your eggs 2-3 minutes before boiling to get gold colored eggs.

 

 

Wrap paper towels round soda bottles to cool faster.

 

 

Grain to water ratio... not like you're going to count rice but you get.

 

 

Quickly remove eggshells.

 

 

Use cupcake liners to prevent bugs from entering your drinks.

 

 

Cake sizes and how many people they serve.

 

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Apparently, Closing Apps To Save Your Battery Only Makes Things Worse

For many smartphone users, closing apps has become a subconscious action even while your battery is on a 100%. You double-tap your home button on your iPhone or click the multitasking key on your android and remove the apps you aren’t making use of but what we don’t know is that this single line of action could be doing us more harm than good.

In the last week or so, both Apple and Google have confirmed that closing your apps does absolutely nothing to improve your battery life. In fact, says Hiroshi Lockheimer, the VP of Engineering for Android, it might make things worse.

Stop closing your apps to save battery lie. There’s really nothing more to it, if you’re a tech noob, maybe i need to share to you David Pierce’s explanation of how multitasking works.

On iOS, for instance, there are five different states an app can be in at any given time. (Android’s setup is similar enough that we don’t need to go over both.) Not running is obvious: You haven’t launched it, it’s not running. Active is up on the screen and doing stuff. Inactive is a transitional phase, where it’s on the screen but not doing anything as you switch to something else. Background is when the app isn’t in front of your face but is working, refreshing your emails or bringing in the latest fire tweets. Last, there’s Suspended, which is when an app is in the background and doing absolutely nothing. It just sits in memory like a bump on a log.

On both Android and iOS, algorithms run memory management. They’ll close apps that need to be closed, typically ones that have been dormant for a while or are using more power or memory than they should. And they’re very good at knowing when you’re going to need data, or want a refresh, or open an app again. Apps that are already in memory open quickly, rather than having to fully start again; it’s like waking your computer from sleep rather than rebooting it completely. You’re far, far better off letting the system work for you rather than forcing it to re-open and re-start everything every time. Battery questions aside, it makes your phone slower and less coherent.

If you’re hell bent on saving your battery, there’s a lot of things you can do which ranges from turning down your brightness to enable low power mode on your iPhone or doze on your droid. Turn off location sharing for apps that don’t need it (which is a good idea regardless). Put the whole thing in Airplane Mode, if you’re feeling really crazy. But stop swiping your apps out of view, because it’s not helping. If anything, it’s making it worse.

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The New Android Emojis Are Going To Be A Little Less Ridiculous

The difference between Android and iOS emojis has been a cause for concern over recent years. So much so it makes communication difficult at times particularly on the android side which most people believe have it worse in the emoji wars... But all that is set to change.

Google has announced a series of updates as part of its latest Android N preview, but we can skip past the new 3D rendering API and launcher shortcuts and head straight to the real news, which is that Android will finally deploy emoji that look like actual people. Did i hear you say yay?

If you own an iPhone, you might look at me mad thinking “what else do emojis look like?” well, while you see a bald, yellow, blob-like figure on your phone,  your Android friend sees a rather unappealing figure: It’s like a parade of minimalist Minions to be clear.

Henceforth, Android emoji will ditch the melting yellow Buddhas in favour of emoji that look like actual humans. Imagine! It will also allow for skin tone variations just like the iOS.

For what it’s worth, right now this only applies to Android N, which means Android smartphone owners won’t actually see it for some time still, even if they have a Nexus device. If they have something slower to receive updates—which is basically anything else—it could be years.

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