Sun, Jul 5, 2020
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PLANT A GARDEN
Max Early
@lifted_stardust

With an additional amount of downtime lately, these dull moments are a great opportunity to brighten up our world by going outside and getting your hands dirty in the garden. Whether that means pulling those ever daunting weeds, planting some new ornamentals or building a few raised soil beds, now is the time. Utilizing all of the countless resources we constantly have at our fingertips these days, we can absolutely become the master farmers we all dreamed of growing to be. Visit nwleaf.com and click on this story to find links for your respective state’s best times to plant certain vegetables!

TAKE A MEDICATED BATH
AMANDA DAY
@TERPODACTYL_MEDIA

Life’s a little too full of leisure for some these days. For others, it’s a stressful time of ‘essential’ work and uncertainty. Whether you’re lazing-around in lockdown or home after a long day dealing with the perils of the public, you might just benefit from a medicated bath.

The process of cannabinoid absorption during a soak is something special. A bath provides several physical pathways for cannabinoids that, in turn, boost bioavailability. For those with a generally high tolerance, a bath bomb or salt soak offers a new way to decompress when dabs just won’t do it.

According to studies presented in the Oxford University Press’ Handbook of Cannabis, (stick around for a second while it gets technical), evidence points to maximized uptake in rectal administration from a reduced “first-pass hepatic THC metabolism.”

This means that, unless you’re bathing bottoms-up, the compounds will be free to enter your body through a route that skips some of the damage of digestion and inhalation. Cannabinoids are spared from the liver’s breakdown process, resulting in a higher peak concentration of THC in the blood.

Research in the peer-reviewed journal Molecules acknowledges this theory and adds that similarly, transdermal absorption offers uptake directly into the bloodstream, “eliminating first-pass metabolism.”

Right now, the world is going through a tough transition trying to find the new normal, and a medicated bath is the perfect way to loosen up those stress-stiffened muscles or melt away anything on your mind. So, set aside that digital device, grab a good book, and drown your worries in the warm water of a Cannabis-infused bath knowing that science has your back – quite literally.

PLAY SOME CROQUET
MIKE RICKER
@RICKERDJ

When Princess Di was once photographed amid a friendly display of mellow mallet marksmanship, she was clearly missing the fun factor. Truth is that this backyard amalgamation of goofy golf, bumper cars and Mouse Trap can be your stay-at-home version of Wipeout! The key is to utilize every nook of your lot by creating a course that will employ skill and strategery.

By mindfully placing the wickets in areas of different levels of difficulty, you can turn the feng shui into feng swing. Then once you’ve got the course designed, it’s the rules that make it fun. You can even set mines around the area, and one touch with your ball, mallet or person equates to a loss of turn.

Go balls out for the take no prisoners approach that will have you dreaming up strategies for your next round. The best part is when you hit another player’s ball and then send them into oblivion.

Note: Be prepared to sleep on the couch.

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