GSI Outdoors has come out with a new line of bottles that will add value to any adventure. Where I’ve often struggled at finding reliable drink ware that I like, and that adds to my adventure rather than taking from it and becoming a burden, GSI has succeeded. A lot of the entry-level bottles and market prevalent bottles that I’ve tried often seem to be cheaply made, or are overpriced with no extra features. Sadly, I’ve found that many simply fail at their most basic feature, while being poor at retaining heat or cold, or they tend to leak around the lid and will spill down my front and get in my beard every time I take a swig. It’s a small thing, but it can be rather annoying.
For years, the US had outlawed and looked down on anything to do with cannabis, or marijuana, and while many thought even the briefest mention of this healing plant was criminal, times have changed. Since the advent of the internet, the truth about cannabis has come out, and the masses are realizing its healing properties*. With new knowledge comes new thinking, and with new minds comes a new vision for the future. And CBD is the start of that future, especially considering it’s now legal in all 50 states… Finally.
For those who are new to the subject… The cannabis plant is made up of male and female plants, with each offering their own attributes. The female, and most notorious, is the one that produces the flowers, which are known as marijuana. The female flowers are the ones that produce THC, the compound or cannabinol that makes you feel ‘high.’ The male plant does not produce flowers, but is responsible for creating seeds and is the producer of hemp. Within the male plant is a range of cannabinoids that have been proven to assist in a myriad of medicinal applications, like for sleep, eating disorders, seizures and more, which I will get into further in the next paragraph. Of these cannabinoids, CBD is extracted and can be used as a topical treatment, ingested as an oil or a tincture, and can be made in food or vaped, depending on one’s personal preference.
For years, anything to do with cannabis (or marijuana), had been outlawed, looked down on, and thought to be criminal by many, even the very mention of the plant was shunned. Thankfully, since the invention of the internet, saner heads have prevailed, clearing up the truth and laying waste to the propaganda and smear campaigns that have misinformed millions around the world. And perhaps no country has been affected more so than in the USA. Where it was once thought that cannabis was a harmful, perhaps even deadly drug, reported to cause brain damage, bad decisions and other obscure defects, it’s now becoming common knowledge that the plant is indeed useful for a range of medical applications*.
Essential oils are among the world’s most powerful alternative medicines, because they can be used to improve so many ailments and issues and yet they’re entirely natural. Basically, an essential oil is a super concentrated oil derived from plants, flowers, herbs, trees, roots, and other organic living matter, which then can be applied in a variety of ways like topically in a salve, inhaled via aromatherapy, among other uses. Where almost every hair care product and body wash is loaded with harmful toxins and additives and other chemicals, natural products can be made with the help of essential oils and other things like carrier oils (like coconut oil, avocado, vitamin e, argan, jojoba, etc.), butters (mango, shea butter for example) and waxes (typically beeswax). But in aromatherapy, you don’t need additional items to take advantage of its healing* effects.
The natural world is an amazing place to see, to explore, and to feel deep in ones soul, but even the most beautiful vista can be jam-packed full of a myriad of difficulties, so it’s imperative to plan for anything. Because anything just might catch up to you, especially when you’re least expecting it. Proper preparations can make all the difference when you’re out in the wilderness, which goes beyond packing the right tool or upgrading to a more ergonomic pack. Preparing as well as one can while working within ones means is a chore, but a necessary lesson that every explorer and outdoorsman must learn.
In a time where many prescription drugs have been shown to cause as many side effects as they claim to cure, if not more, some natural medicines have shown promise in the replacement of harmful and addictive pharmaceuticals. One of the most exciting and versatile of these medicines is that of CBD, a once outlawed substance that is now proving to be changing lives*. CBD is one of many cannabinoids or compounds found in cannabis (also known as marijuana), each with their own healing, soothing or therapeutic effect. You may be thinking: "yikes, this article is about illegal drugs…" And I’d have to say that you’re wrong. But let me explain…
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