Ice cream is a wonderful thing, whether you’re on cannabis or not.
Why not dedicate an entire month of appreciation to this cold, sweet, devilish concoction lurking in freezers or dripping from cones all over the world?
If you’re a cannabis lover, however, there are a few facts you’ll want to know about National Ice Cream Month.
Most cannabis enthusiasts who know their history despise Reagan (and many other American presidents) for good reason.
In 1984, President Reagan signed a proclamation declaring July National Ice Cream Month.
Later that year, Reagan signed the Comprehensive Crime Control Act.
This law significantly increased the penalties for the cultivation, possession and transfer of cannabis, introducing mandatory minimum sentences and civil forfeiture procedures for assets.
These mandatory minimum sentences played a key role in soaring prison populations, and it is a significant issue to this day in the “land of the free”.
When the US government declared July 1984 National Ice Cream Month, the official proclamation was only for that year.
Ice cream makers, however, had other ideas to keep the month of appreciation alive to boost sales.
From a business perspective this makes sense, however, don’t trust the sugar industry. Almost 60 years ago, the sugar people were paying the scientists, bury the research on how sugar is bad for you.
President Richard Nixon also buried about 4,000 pages of scientific research when he decided that cannabis should be a Schedule I controlled substance for political purposes.
Want to try a bacon ice cream? How about an oyster or beer flavor?
Maybe garlic would suit your palette better. Or how about crab flavor?
Let’s go “no” to the next section, shall we?
So cannabis ice cream is one thing, if you’re lucky enough to find it and don’t mind spending the extra money.
Some people also make their own cannabis ice cream, which sounds great.
Or if you’re too lazy, just consume cannabis before and after your ice cream session. Problem solved. Just pay attention to greening.
Most people have a general idea that sugar is unhealthy, and their knowledge stops there.
However, sugar is an inflammatory agent. In other words, it triggers inflammation in the body.
If you’re taking cannabis for chronic pain, you negate any anti-inflammatory effects by eating sugar, and that’s just the start of the bad sugar pathways.
“The impact of excess sugar on obesity and diabetes is well documented, but one area that may surprise many men is how their craving for sugar can seriously impact their heart health,” said Dr. Frank HuProfessor of Nutrition at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
“The effects of added sugar intake – increased blood pressure, inflammation, weight gain, diabetes and fatty liver disease – are all linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.”
Ice cream is one of life’s finest treats. With moderation.
If you’re the type of person who enjoys a bowl of ice cream after dinner, you might want to consider the health ramifications of frequent sugar bombs.
Sugar-free ice cream is one thing. And even stevia seems to be much less harmful than sugar.
The bottom line is this: if you use cannabis for medical purposes, monitoring what you eat will also help your body endocannabinoid system in shape.
Don’t let a corporate-driven marketing strategy launched by a group of prohibitionists tempt you to overdo it with the old ice cream quota.
Or eat as much ice cream as you want and enjoy.
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