The human brain possesses incredible potential to influence our experience of pain. Though often overlooked, techniques leveraging the mind-body connection can significantly minimize pain’s burden. From altering thought patterns to controlling physiology, mental skills provide patients with tools to take an active role in managing discomfort. Integrating mind-body modalities into treatment plans equips patients to thrive despite persistent pain.
Understanding Pain Processing
To harness mental approaches, it helps first to understand how pain works. Acute pain signals real or potential injury, activating the body’s protective responses. However, chronic pain persists long after tissues have healed, often with no ongoing cause identifiable. Imaging reveals the brain itself driving chronic pain, not damage in the back, nerves, or joints.
The brain controls our pain experience based on the interplay between sensory pathways, thoughts, emotions, memories, and stress response. This malleability means we can dial pain up or down by changing how the … Read the rest
States with medical cannabis programs on the books tend to be at least somewhat restrictive. They put a variety of restrictions in place in order to control the market. Some restrictions are intended to prevent corporate interests from running roughshod over smaller, local businesses. Unfortunately, it is not working all that well.
To be blunt, state restrictions are not slowing down big cannabis. The poster child for big cannabis is Curaleaf, a company that operates some 150 dispensaries and pharmacies in 19 states. Curaleaf employs 5,500 people.
Four Pharmacies in Utah
Utah’s medical cannabis program is one of the most restrictive in the country. The state has only licensed 15 pharmacies within its borders. State law also requires that all medical cannabis consumed in the state must originate there. The plants must be grown in Utah, processed in Utah, and sold only to Utah pharmacies.
The restrictions were no impediment … Read the rest
New York governor Cathy Hochul recently announced a brand new campaign to encourage marijuana users to purchase only from licensed dispensaries. As is normally the case with such campaigns, this one is ostensibly aimed at ensuring consumer safety and funding expansion of the state’s legal marijuana program. Don’t expect it to succeed.
Government efforts to promote the legal pot industry fall flat more often than not. Such has been the story in California for years. It has been the story in state after state that has attempted to throw open the doors of recreational marijuana consumption without restriction.
The question is why. Once a state legalizes recreational marijuana, why does the legal market struggle to keep pace with the illicit market? There are a number of reasons. All of them go back to government.
Too Few Dispensaries in New York
In New York’s case, government ineptitude seems to prevail. The … Read the rest