CANNABIS CULTURE – Julia Lake taught high school in Los Angeles for more than 30 years. When she retired in 2017, she knew exactly how she wanted to spend her days. An avid gardener, she dreamed of filling her yard with massive flower beds filled with towering rhizomes and brightly colored irises. Unfortunately, the arthritic pain in her joints was making it increasingly difficult for her to even put on the gardening gloves. That’s when her daughter Alexis suggested CBD cream combined with yoga.

Like many older Americans, Julia was initially appalled at the suggestion of using a cannabis extract for pain relief, even after Alexis explained to her that cannabidiol is non-psychoactive. Julia agreed to try the yoga but adamantly refused to explore CBD in any form. Much to her delight, three weeks of yoga did result in some pain relief. Research has shown yoga to be an effective tool for pain management in older women, and Julia seemed to be a living testament to these findings.

But it wasn’t enough.

Though Julia’s inflammation was becoming less noticeable and her mental well-being was improving significantly, her pain still hadn’t improved to the point where she could stop taking the

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