Launched in 2016, High Gorgeous is the first ever mainstream cannabis beauty line created by the makers of Yummi Karma--pretty sweet, huh? Since August is Health & Beauty Month here at The Higher Path, we reached out to High Gorgeous to find out what inspired them to create this line & the benefits of incorporating cannabis into your beauty regimen!
You’re walking down the beauty aisle at Whole Foods when to your surprise, you spy a bottle of lotion that appears to have a cannabis leaf on it. Is this for real? Can you actually purchase cannabis beauty products from your local grocery or drug store? Sort of.
Throughout the past two decades the above title has caused quite the controversy, raised many different questions and has created a ripple effect throughout the medical and cannabis industries. Since its opening in 2013, The Higher Path has been hit by a beautiful wave of pride that is washing away the stigma and shame of using cannabis to help kids. Many of our patients come in proudly now, looking to help their children with the many different products we carry. The questions are always where to start, what to use and how to dose.
Imagine that you are home, getting your beautiful, perfectly healthy 3 month old child out of the bath when out of nowhere their eyes begin to flicker—they’re having a seizure. This nightmarish scenario became a reality for the parents of Charlotte Figi, a little girl who began having seizures at the tender age of 3 months old. At first, doctors didn’t want to call Charlotte’s condition epilepsy & told her parents that she would likely outgrow the seizures. Unfortunately, Charlotte’s seizures didn’t go away…they increased in frequency.
With the recent trend of medical marijuana legalization going on across the country, there has been an increase in the awareness of cannabinoids other than the infamous THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). While many people now acknowledge that marijuana has medicinal benefits, they still do not fully understand why or how it helps with certain ailments. While THC may get a lot of the publicity for its euphoric and pain relieving effects, CBD (Cannabidiol) is just starting to be recognized for its amazing medicinal properties as well. In fact, many of the medicinal properties of cannabis are directly related to CBD and how it interacts with its fellow cannabinoid THC.
All living vertebrates have an endocannabinoid system that regulates and maintains homeostasis. We even have endogenous cannabinoids, or cannabinoids that are naturally produced in our bodies, such as anandamide and adenosine, that are almost identical to the phytocannabinoids, or plant cannabinoids tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These phytocannabinoids fit into the same receptors in our endocannabinoid (EC) systems.
Anxiety is a common emotion. Everyone feels anxious now and again: before a big test, facing a tough problem at work, or before making a big decision. However, anxiety disorders are not the same thing as just experiencing the emotion of anxiety. If someone has an anxiety disorder, the fear, worry, and stress they feel is so excessive, constant, and uncontrollable that it can interfere with that person’s ability to live.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a collection of disorders that impact brain development characterized by communication difficulties, social interaction problems and repetitive, sometimes injurious behaviors. Its caused by a combination of genetic mutations and environmental factors.
Schizophrenia is a severe, lifelong mental disorder marked by impaired thinking, emotions and behaviors. It is found in one percent of the general population and in ten percent of people who have a first-degree relative with it. Schizophrenic patients are typically unable to filter outside stimuli and may have enhanced perceptions of sounds, colors and other affects of the environment. If untreated, most schizophrenics withdrawal from interactions with other people, and lose their ability to take care of personal needs such as grooming and eating.
In this day and age, mental health care is expensive and difficult to attain for many people—some health insurance plans don’t even cover seeing a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist. For those that do cover it, you’ll still end up paying over $100 an hour, on average, as your co-pay depending on the doctor. Even for those of us with a full time job and health insurance, getting proper mental health care can feel overwhelming and overpriced. Now imagine that you don’t have a job, health insurance…or even a place to call home. Approximately 254,000 men, women and children experience homelessness in Los Angeles County during some portion of the year, according to the Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty at the Weingart Center and an estimated 25% of these homeless individuals in Los Angeles County suffer from some form of mental illness. That means that on average, there are around 63,500 homeless individuals in Los Angeles each year struggling with mental illness who are not in a position to consistently pay to see someone or be on medication.