Monthly Archives: October 2018

Food as Medicine: Cherry (Prunus avium and P. cerasus, Rosaceae)

Take advantage of the fleeting cherry season to explore the fruit’s sweet side, sour side, and beneficial side. Due to their anti-inflammatory properties, cherry fruit and cherry bark have been used to treat and support a wide variety of chronic inflammatory conditions. In addition, the fruit’s rich phenolic compound content has been studied for their potential benefits for sleep disorders,

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A Review of the Physiological and Toxicological Effects of Peppermint Oil in Gastrointestinal Disorders

A centuries-old remedy for a variety of gastrointestinal complaints, data indicate that peppermint (Mentha × piperita, Lamiaceae) may be beneficial in clinical treatment.  Peppermint is a generally sterile hybrid between water mint (M. aquatica) and spearmint (M. spicata) thought to have occurred naturally. Peppermint essential oil (PEO), obtained by distillation from fresh leaves, has been used for centuries for gastrointestinal (GI) ailments.

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Cannabis: Answer to The Opioid Crisis?

Opioid drugs* like oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, and heroin caused over 28,000 deaths in the United States in 2014, more than any earlier year on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It was estimated in 2012 that about 2.1 million Americans suffered substance abuse disorders related to prescribed opioids and another half million were addicted to

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