The Health Effects of Cannabis

If you’re interested in a primer about the health benefits and risks of cannabis, this is a podcast not to be missed. Host Tanya Allen interviews Dr. Danial Schecter, MD, a practicing family physician and co-founder of the Canabo Medical Clinic, and Stephanie Karasick, Founder & Chief Creative Officer at Strainprint Technologies. To help you navigate this informative podcast, here’s a breakdown: -What’s the evidence? (0:03:30) -Stephanie’s personal journey (0:5:40) -Cannabis for the over 50 demographic (0:12:30) -What physicians can learn (0:14:15) -Alternatives to smoking cannabis (vaporizers, edibles, oils) & what is decarboxylation? (0:19:47) -Risks of edibles (0:26:12) -How to find the optimal dose and avoid unwanted side effects – “Start low, go slow” (28:00) -Different reasons people use cannabis (0:35:05) -About the cannabis plant, our endocannabinoid system and homeostasis (0:35:28) -The difference between THC and CBD (0:38:20) -Treatment resistant epilepsy in children and CBD oil (0:42:00) -The stigma (0:42:35) -Studies looking at cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain, anxiety, cancer symptoms, PTSD, multiple sclerosis (0:45:00) -Cannabis as an opioid replacement (0:49:00) -The high risk youth population (0:51:55) -Cannabis education (0:54:45) -More on the edibles market (1:00:00)

Top 10 Foods to Increase Sex Drive

Let’s cut to the chase – how’s your sex drive?

Have you been wondering, “How do I improve my sex life?” Science shows it’s very common for libido to decrease as one ages. Food has often been used to increase performance and sexual desire in both men and women and in this podcast, Dr. Audrey talks about ten aphrodisiac foods and why they are natural libido boosters.

Veggie Burger

Back by popular demand, JP has sent AFN another one of his recipe videos. If you’ve ever tried to make your own vegetarian burger, you might have found that they either fall apart when grilling or they end up too dry.

Here’s a high protein veggie burger recipe that stands up to the test whether you grill, fry or bake them.

Ingredients

  • 2 (16 ounces each) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup quinoa, cooked per package instructions
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce or bbq sauce or ketchup

Rinse and drain black beans. Mash beans with a masher or fork, leaving some beans whole. Add cooked quinoa, peppers, onion, spices and sauce and stir. Add eggs and bread crumbs and combine mixture by hand.

Take a ball size of mixture and form to make a patty. Place on grill for 3-5 minutes on each side. You can also cook the burgers in a large skillet in hot oil for 3 minutes per side, or bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, turning over after 8 minutes.

Top as desired.

Depending on size of burgers, this recipe makes 10-12 burgers.

Cannabis Legalization in Canada: Status Update

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As of October 17, 2018, Canadians will be able to legally purchase and consume recreational cannabis.

Currently, Canada is in the midst of the transition period before the Cannabis Act comes into full force, with provinces and cities across Canada preparing for this day. But what about edibles and infused beverages? Not so fast. Sale of these goods will be permitted within 12 months following the Cannabis Act coming into force which is sometime in 2019. The Government of Canada is taking more time to develop and implement regulations for these goods. Child safety, food safety and dosing standards are just some of the complex issues that need to be considered.  Not to mention public education. There is a lot of misinformation and lack of knowledge about cannabis.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) v. Cannabidiol (CBD)

The cannabis plant contains numerous chemical substances, over 100 of which are cannabinoids. The two most well-known cannabinoids are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). THC is known for its psychoactive properties and producing a “high”. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and does not produce a “high”.

FOR MORE, LISTEN TO ALTERNATIVE FOOD NETWORK’S PODCAST: Cannabis Legalization & Edibles.

Nutritious School & Camp Lunches

Are you struggling making lunches for your kids? What should kids have for lunch and snacks to have a well-balanced diet?

How do you get your picky eater to eat? How bad are sugar sweetened drinks for kids? What are alternatives to white sugar for baking? Tune in to find out some great information and tips from Alternative Food Network’s guest Dr. Audrey Sasson, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, to assist you with preparing school and camp lunches.

How Different Foods Affect Sleep

Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Achieving quality sleep is essential for your well-being.

This podcast discusses the importance of sleep for both adults and children, and how food can facilitate or hinder a good night’s sleep. Hear great tips from Dr. Audrey Sasson, ND, about what foods are more relaxing to the body and what foods should be avoided in the evening. Get your day off to a great start by sleeping well the night before.

Inflammation-Food Connection

What is inflammation and is there a really a connection between food and chronic inflammation in our body? Are there inflammation-fighting foods?

In this podcast, Dr. Audrey Sasson, ND, discusses what people can do about inflammation in the context of their diet. Some topics discussed are:

  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Crohn’s
  • Gut health
  • Nightshade vegetable sensitivities
  • Pre and probiotics
  • FODMAP
  • The Mediterranean diet

Plus, hear from a special drop-in guest, the founder of Alternative Food Network. Inflammation is a basis of a significant number of diseases so take the time to listen to this podcast.