Recently, public hearings were held to discuss rules for the growth and distribution of medical marijuana in Florida were held. According to an article recently completed by the Tallahassee Democrat, the hearings are now over, although a decision has not been reached. For the hearings, one hundred growers, patient advocates and industry lobbyists appeared to comment on the current rules and expectations set to move into place with the approval of medical marijuana by the Compassionate Care Act, which was passed by lawmakers in spring to allow patients who suffer from seizures, ALS and other various muscular diseases to access marijuana extract that has proven to be an effective treatment. According to the stipulations of the Act, doctors can start prescribing the extract as early as January.
However, some issues have arisen over the way the product will be grown and distributed. The current suggested program involves separating the state in to separate sections and growing and providing the extract by these specified areas. However, many who oppose this method think this could cause confusion and issues with regulation in distribution.
There are also some strict stipulations in terms of who is eligible to apply to be a grower and provider of the extract. Floridian and out of state nurseries will be chosen by a lottery system from those who apply and are eligible. To be eligible, a nursery must be registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Eligible nurseries must also be able to produce over four hundred thousand plants, and have been in business continuously for thirty years. Finally, dispensaries must have experience in safely manufacturing medical marijuana, limited applicants to only those who operate in the twenty one states that have legalized the extraction of medicinal properties of marijuana. Many have complained that these regulations are too strict and should be relaxed to provide a better supply of medical marijuana.
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Imagine your mind turning on you, creating a deep, painful throbbing sensation on the left side of your brain. Your vision blurs as the pain increases. Light and sound serve only to intensify the rhythm and depth of the ache. The pain crescendos and decrescendos in a seemingly endless cycle, like a symphony playing the William Tell Overture on repeat (the tiphany player positioning his mallets squarely on your temples with each swing).
How do you feel? What you just experienced was a migraine.
If you are anything like the millions of people across the world who suffer from migraines (in the US alone the number of people who suffer from migraines sits at 37 million) you are looking for a cure, or at the very least a way to lessen the pain and duration of these terrible headaches. So far, there is no cure. There are medicines that are purported to help but the results tend to vary from one person to the next. What is one to do?
According to a recent study done by a group of researchers and published in the scientific journal “Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain” there is a way to reduce the pain. It’s something I have been advocating for years and many of you who are reading can probably guess would help: meditation.
The researchers found that meditating (they called the meditation “mindfulness-based stress reduction” and it is based on the mindfulness mediation style that has been taking the world by storm recently) for a little over 30 minutes a day reduced the duration of the migraines by 3 full hours. The patients who meditated also showed a marked difference in the intensity of the headaches but, because, perhaps, of the small size of the group they studied, those results couldn’t be firmly backed up with the data.
I have always known about the healing power of meditation, the power of silence and peace, the control that comes with time spent growing inside one’s own mind; I for one am pleased to see that the scientific community is finally giving meditation the attention and credit it deserves. I hope many read this and begin their own meditation practice, whether they suffer from migraines or not. For if it can help with migraines, imagine what else it can do.