Today’s podcast is all about weed

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We’ve got cannabis specialist Dr June Chin on Everything is Fine this week, and we’re talking all things marijuana in midlife—how it can help support sexual health, and alleviate symptoms of perimenopause, for starters. We’ll also get to the bottom of the whole CBD thing, learn the truth about vaping and dosing, and so much more. If you are a dedicated stoner or haven’t tried it in years but are getting kind of curious, this is the episode for you. Listen in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

 

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    cw
    15 Mar 2021
    10:47am

    Such a good podcast. I learned so much! One to listen to again just to help absorb all the information. Particularly good information about sleep and using edibles as opposed to smoking.

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    Rae
    15 Mar 2021
    11:29am

    Kim, you mentioned last week that you have set up a FB group for podcast discussion and to make requests / ask questions. I am not on FB so I hope you don’t mind me posing a request here.
    I would love to hear some guests discuss engaging in athletic pursuits and fitness as we age – especially if you can find athletes over 50. My dream guest would be Lynn Hill or Chris Everett. I am someone who, while never a professional athlete, have gotten a lot of satisfaction, sense of self, and drive from being an athlete. I found lots of support during and post pregnancy but now in my 40’s have a harder time finding narratives of how to deal with diminishing strength and adjusting goals. I loved your episode with Diane Cardwell who discussed surfing in her 40’s and would love more along those lines.
    Thanks for considering!

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    Joannawnyc
    15 Mar 2021
    11:41am

    I was JUST thinking you should do this! I dislike being stoned but I like the effects of CBD/THC tinctures (SLEEP).

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    Mae
    16 Mar 2021
    12:33pm

    Peer pressure to get high without getting caught, geez, it never stops…

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    KR
    15 Mar 2021
    12:13pm

    Let me start by saying I’m not some alarmist, right-wing nutcase. I’ve watched almost every season of “Weeds.” I support decriminalization of cannabis. But I’m also the mother of a 21-year-old recovering from years of cannabis addiction. Commercially produced cannabis can have extremely high THC levels and is shockingly easy for young people to obtain. If you’re of a certain age and choose to indulge, fine. (Please just don’t get behind the wheel.) But the teenaged brain and its developing frontal lobe can’t take it. That message is not getting out, and all the easy-breezy media about how weed is natural and good for whatever ails you just makes parenting adolescents–already no picnic–more difficult. I’ve never ranted in comments before, but my family and so many others have been through hell. And it all started with what society tells us is “just pot, so chill out.” So thank you for letting me vent. I am finished.

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      Jenny
      15 Mar 2021
      1:27pm

      Thanks, Rae, for speaking up. My son (late teens) is a regular user, and I have no idea how to parent him through this, particularly since he doesn’t live with me (he’s either at college or mostly at his dad’s).

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      HickfromStyx
      15 Mar 2021
      1:38pm

      Dr. Gabor Maté had something to say as bout marijuana and adolescents here: https://openparliament.ca/committees/health/42-1/66/dr-gabor-mate-1/

      “Long-term studies show that over time marijuana users just don’t suffer significant consequences, with one significant exception, and I hope the committee takes this into account, which is that there’s a very persuasive study out of Britain that showed that if adolescents use marijuana extensively during the period of brain development, that can actually have deleterious effects on their long-term psychosocial and cognitive functioning. In other words, while it’s true that marijuana is not as harmful as the already-legal substances of tobacco and alcohol, it’s also true that if it’s used extensively during the stage of brain development in adolescents, it can have negative long-term effects.”

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      Kim France
      15 Mar 2021
      3:01pm

      Just to reiterate, this is an episode about marijuana in midlife. And we actually talk about dependency issues in the episode.

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        Jenny
        15 Mar 2021
        8:01pm

        Oh yes, that was clear. I almost sent this link to my son in hopes of convincing him that pot was entirely uncool and the province of middle-aged moms.

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      LJIS
      15 Mar 2021
      8:57pm

      I hear you and I send love. Addiction is addiction. Luck of the draw who is prone to it. My observation is this. Weed (or other drugs) might not cause immediate deleterious effects for users. But I think of it like a meandering stream. If a person is headed from point A to point B, slowly, over years of decision making prioritizing the drug will lead to the river going very off track. And often people will point to all other kinds of things, but it’s the drugs, whatever kind they might be.

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      Kim
      16 Mar 2021
      12:01pm

      Agree! It’s important to keep in mind that impact of use is different for adolescents/the developing brain. As a pediatric emergency medicine provider, I also want to add that it’s important to keep in mind that these products can be really attractive for young children and really dangerous if ingested. If you have kids in your home (as residents or visitors), the products need to be stored locked and inaccessible.

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    DeeSea
    15 Mar 2021
    12:29pm

    I loved this episode so much! Thank you!! I became a “Welcome Back Potter” the minute my state legalized weed, and I haven’t looked back. Legalization and labels have changed the game. I love knowing exactly what I’m ingesting (as opposed to my college days, when we would just blaze up and hope that it wouldn’t end in a sativa-induced panic attack). I now prefer the slow buildup of edibles. I’m a lightweight so a little goes a long way for me. Everyone’s tolerance and response is incredibly individual. Newbies, please learn from my early mistakes with edibles: It’s important to start veeeeery low-dose and then go from there.

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    Stephanie
    15 Mar 2021
    4:53pm

    Looking forward to listening, as the whole CBD thing is mysterious and confusing to me. A real pothead in the 80s and early 90s (during the period of brain development — I have no doubt there are, for me, lasting and deleterious effects), my one or two experiments with modern weed have gone badly. It’s just so potent! And an edible taken one night at 9 pm made me call into work sick the next day, as I woke up in the morning just high as a kite. I have much to learn about the newfangled thing they’re calling pot. Thanks for taking on the topic.

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    kimbersam
    15 Mar 2021
    7:07pm

    This thread has really harshed my mellow. Weed’s been better for my anxiety attacks and night terrors (and less addictive) than anything my PCP has ever prescribed.

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    LJIS
    15 Mar 2021
    9:02pm

    I smoked a lot of weed in college. It was fine, straight As, up on time for dance class. Largely this was because I was dating a heavy smoker. I graduated, we broke up, and marijuana naturally fell out of my life. But it worked for a while, and, now perimenopausal, I tried it for sleep. It was fun, but didn’t help at all and not worth the cotton mouth and downtime. I tried CBD too, but it made me feel wired. 🙁 I’ve read that this can happen to some people with CBD unless they take very large doses of it. Anyone else have this experience? I’ll check out the podcast.

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    Carrie
    15 Mar 2021
    9:56pm

    I am really looking forward to this podcast! I love to get high on the weekends and cook, garden or get creative in my workshop. We use the PAX vaporizer which I believe was designed by a couple of Apple techies. I am scared to try edibles because of all the horror stories I hear. My husband carefully selects various strains of weed and I have never had a bad experience. I do find the high varies quite a bit which is why I only start with one hit and go from there. I also find CBD confusing so hopefully the podcast will inspire me to do some more research.

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    Liz
    15 Mar 2021
    6:27pm

    I was excited when my state legalized weed, but after a couple of years of always having it in the house, I stopped for two reasons. First, I just could not stop snacking. All it did was make me a very poor conversationalist who said dumb things and ate everything in the house without ever getting full. The other is that it made me super phlegmy, so I always had this disgusting, wet cough. It’s too bad, because I thought it would be a healthier way to relax at night than alcohol, but it really didn’t turn out that way for me.

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    Jax
    16 Mar 2021
    9:51pm

    Kim, I’d love it if the podcast ever features organizational designer, Laura Cattano (@laura.cattano, https://lauracattano.com/). Misty Copeland and Laura Dunham have been her clients, but she’s helped New Yorkers with a variety of sized spaces and projects. You’re both notable New Yorker women and I think could intersect in interesting ways — she speaks insightfully about curating a wardrobe and designing one’s space. She’s been great on another couple podcasts recently — 2 Girls 1 Closet and Women Power.

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