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Remembering Charlotte Figi: 2006-2020

By Connor Yearsley
Charlotte Figi, who was diagnosed with a debilitating form of epilepsy and became a symbol of the potential of medical cannabis, died in April 2020 at age 13. After Charlotte’s mother began giving her a cannabis extract as a last hope, her quality of life improved dramatically. Charlotte’s story helped inspire new medical cannabis legislation and a migration of “medical cannabis refugees” to Colorado. Realm of Caring, a nonprofit co-founded by Charlotte's mother, is working to continue her legacy. Read more >>




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The Rising and Falling Fortunes of Vanuatu Kava

By Chris Kilham
“Medicine Hunter” Chris Kilham traveled to the Republic of Vanuatu, an island country in the South Pacific, in February 2020 to gain a better understanding of the kava trade there. Kava, whose root has prized anxiolytic and sedative properties, is the source of a traditional beverage that has enjoyed great popularity in the South Pacific and, more recently, has gained international attention. Kilham has monitored the kava trade in Vanuatu since 1995, but recent events, including Cyclone Harold and the coronavirus outbreak, have created a unique situation and unprecedented hardships for kava farmers, producers, and exporters. Read more >>



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Human Health and Its Maintenance with the Aid of Medicinal Plants was written by Julian Barker and published in 2020 by AEON Books. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, preface, and sections 19-21 from Part Three: Plants.

Barker, a practicing herbalist and instructor with decades of experience, generates an in-depth discussion on integrative and holistic health in this text, focusing on wellness of the whole person instead of disease states. The book is divided into three parts. Part One, Poise, describes the broad outline of terms used, the limitations of current health models, and theories of wellness, biology, and ecology. Part Two, People: Within and Without the Clinic, deals more specifically with various medicine practices, the social aspects of being a practitioner, and clinical theory. Part Three, Plants, becomes even more detail-oriented on the subject of medicinal plants and includes a lengthy list of complaints followed by an equally in-depth materia medica. This text primarily is aimed at beginner practitioners or those that wish to increase their knowledge base.

Human Health and Its Maintenance with the Aid of Medicinal Plants can be purchased from the publisher in the United States and Canada or in the United Kingdom and Europe.
©2020 AEON Books. This material is reprinted with permission from the publisher and may not be used for any other purpose.
Media Watch
Carrot Extract Modulates Microbiome and Protects against Leaky Gut, Study Suggests. NutraIngredients-USA. June 29, 2020. A carrot-derived polysaccharide could be a potentially effective prebiotic ingredient, according to a new in vitro study.

Ancient Pipe Found to Contain Smooth Sumac and Was Smoked 1,400 Years Ago. Nature World News. June 29, 2020. New evidence suggests that ancient people in the Pacific Northwest smoked Rhus glabra, possibly in a medicinal capacity.

AHPA Updates Prop 65 Guidance for Hemp and Cannabis. Nutritional Outlook. June 29, 2020. The revised guidance reflects the addition of cannabis smoke and delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol to the list of chemicals known to cause reproductive toxicity.

How Nature Helps Body and Soul. Scientific American. June 27, 2020. Journalist and author Florence Williams talks about her book The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative with Scientific American’s Steve Mirsky.

Untapped Market Potential Found in ‘Big Gap’ between Consumers Seeking, Using Functional Foods. FoodNavigator-USA. June 23, 2020. Consumer interest in immunity products is rising steadily, but data reveal a substantial gap between consumers who use foods and supplements to manage their health and boost their immunity and those who say they want to.

Scientists Unlock Secrets of Ethiopia’s Superfood in Race to Save It from Climate Change. EurekAlert! June 18, 2020. Scientists have mapped thousands of varieties of teff, Ethiopia’s native staple grain, in order to create more resilient cultivars.

Plants Are Marvelous Chemists, the Gardenia’s DNA Shows. National Science Foundation. June 22, 2020. Researchers sequenced the genome of the gardenia, identifying genes involved in the production of the compound crocin.

NOSM Announces First Research Chair in Indigenous Health, Traditional Medicine. June 15, 2020. Darryl Manitowabi, PhD, will lead research into understanding how the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people were affected by colonialism.

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supplysidewest-17 (2).pngSupplySide West. October 27-30, 2020. Las Vegas, Nevada. More information.

Plant Medicine Summit. Dates TBA. Online.

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Virtual Convention 2020. July 9-11, 2020. Online.

NBJ Summit Digital Days. July 28-30, 2020. Online.

Institute of Cannabis Research Conference 2020. August 11-13, 2020. Online.

VitaFoods Europe. September 1-3, 2020. Geneva, Switzerland.

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