Are humans born to smoke cannabis? Yes, according to Allyn Howlett, a researcher at the St. Louis University Medical School, who in 1988 discovered a brain receptor for the chemical THC. And yes again according to author Michael Pollan who, in his popular book The Botany of Desire, explains how the human brain has evolved to the point where it can experience a marijuana high. According to Pollan, in a similar fashion that the brain is “pre-wired” to receive endorphins and serotonin it is also pre-wired to receive cannabinoids. In fact, the brain produces its own endogenous cannabinoid, “anandamide,” its name derived from the Sanskrit word for “inner bliss.”
Why does the brain need to create a mood-altering chemical? Life can be painful, physically and emotionally. A joyful experience, childbirth is also an excruciating one. Thanks to anandamide this pain and the fear associated with it are forgotten, and second and/or more babies are born. In many instances forgetting is good, if not necessary, for our mental health.
Throughout man’s existence his brain has increasingly evolved to produce its own high when needed. In answer to the question: What does man want? Freud answered, “He wants to become happy and remain so.” For some of us a natural euphoria is enough. For others, and for a variety of reasons, there is an increased need for bliss. In answer to the question: How does the brain find happiness and remain there? Well, the answer just might be spelled P-O-T.
“Women Need To Be Able To Choose. They want to control women. They want to control how we dress, they want to control how we act, they even want to control the decisions we make about our own health and bodies.”
The #SweetTweetoftheWeek goes to @Joshva … “When people ask me ‘Plz’ because it’s shorter than ‘Please,’ I tell them ‘No’ because it’s shorter than ‘Yes.’”
Lots of people talk to animals…. Not very many listen, though…. That’s the problem. ~Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh
This heartbreaking video shows the result of what can happen when negligent humans do not properly care for their pets. Who owns these dogs? Why is one dead in the street and the other in grave danger?
This is my #Moan of the day, the week, the month, the year…. A dog’s love is unconditional…. Love them back!
#FunDay Fact …A Happy Feat for Penguin Science…Antarctica has twice as many emperor penguins as scientists thought, according to a study using satellite imagery in the first comprehensive study of the world’s most iconic bird…WSJ April 14-15, 2012
Politics needs to stay out of women’s personals lives. Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen is in the political hot seat because of her “She’s never worked a day in her life!” criticism of Ann Romney. Perhaps the Republican and the Democratic parties should be in their own seats for capitalizing and posturing on Ms. Rosen’s misstatement.
Taken out of context, her gaffe received an immediate response from Ann who fired back that she chose to stay home, and it was hard work. In an election year Hilary’s was an unfortunate statement that created an unexpected opening for the GOP to get into the hearts of women voters. That it has created a heated issue within the media and between GOP and Democratic camps comes as no surprise to women who have been living this discussion for decades.
What does come as a surprise is the political misunderstanding involved in this discussion. At the core is not whether stay at home moms, single and/or working moms have a better understanding of women’s issues. Once again the crux of the matter is: this is a woman’s decision, sometimes made from personal choice and more and more often out of financial necessity. There are many reasons why women choose to pursue a career while raising a family, and women have come to understand and respect each other’s choices. Mothers know raising children is hard work…many think that staying at home is harder than going to work. A working mother herself, Hilary wasn’t criticizing stay-at-home moms; she was criticizing Mitt’s reference to Ann as his expert on women’s needs. Ann wasn’t criticizing working moms but defending the career path she has chosen.
Both parties and the media have missed their mark however. Hearts of women voters will not be won by candidates’ Three Stooges antics trying to turn our decisions into political platforms. Haven’t they learned from Santorum’s failed efforts to politicize all-things female? Political camp time would be better spent in addressing the needs of working, stay-at-home, and single moms, especially those burdened with financial hardships in today’s floundering economy. Many women worry about making ends meet while raising a family and holding a job. In the powerful words of another Democratic strategist, James Carville, “It’s the economy, stupid!”
It’s [old age] not a surprise, we knew it was coming – make the most of it. So you may not be as fast on your feet, and the image in your mirror may be a little disappointing, but if you are still functioning and not in pain, gratitude should be the name of the game.
― Betty White, If You Ask Me
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