There is an undeniable power of the human spirit which can propel one through lifetimes of influence throughout the world. It is one that, no matter the trials, tribulations, or tragedy that it endures throughout life, it still perseveres, and grows as a result. From experiences of all sorts, we grow and change, rising all the while out of will and a desire to develop. But to overcome the trials of life, to become a brighter, bolder spirit, you must learn to change.
This lesson is not a new phrase. It is a means of life that has been internalized by the human race since as far as memory reaches: to live you must adapt and change. Within the confines of a safe, comfortable space, one is able to live contently, however cannot grow and surpass limits until the barrier is broken, and the outside is experienced. When the world changes dramatically, from a change of technology, age, or otherwise, one must change themselves in order to find enjoyment or happiness in the new world as a result.
But change is difficult, painful, and most of the time feels excruciatingly unfair or frustrating. Growing and changing as a person is necessary, but takes initiative and determination. There is much to be gained in the act of changing one’s own life, however a difficult first step is necessary. When making a change in your life, whether in your own routine, or a dramatic shift, the first step is to resolve yourself to make that change. Resolution is a fickle term, so allow me to explain how it pertains to this. Resolve in the face of change is an acknowledgment of the transition, and the taking of responsibility for the shift. It will be hard, it will be uncomfortable, but nevertheless it is your responsibility in order to undergo the growth necessary in order to move forward. Resolve yourself to finish the job, and you will eventually succeed; it is assured.
The most difficult part of change, however, comes with the maintenance of your resolution. It comes with the integrity of your change, the constancy of your decision. A change is only worth as much as you are willing to put forth the effort. There will come a time until it becomes second nature, however even then you must devote yourself to the thought, and to muster through the conflict that will arise from it. It is during this phase, in which you must remain steadfast, that change has the greatest chance of failure. Keep going, keep fighting, and you will succeed.
You will succeed in your efforts. Time may drag, and the troubles may only grow, however eventually the change will succeed depending on your resolve. Such is the essence of adaptation: time and effort. It can happen any time, anywhere, and the only one who can do it is you. You have the power to wake up one morning and totally change your life. You have the power to surpass being stuck in one place, in one job, in one time. You have the power to change.
How many of you guys have tried your hand at growing your own marijuana (legally, of course)?
How many of you have spent several hours designing a grow room, purchasing lights, fertilizers, pots, growing mediums, seeds?
Have you ever tried to sort through the wealth of marijuana growing information on the internet?
I must admit that one resource we are seriously lacking at Weed Smoker’s Guide is information about growing marijuana quickly and correctly.
The internet is full of so-called ‘grow guides’ that may teach you a thing or two about marijuana, but they don’t really go into the details and in-depth descriptions that one would need to have a successful marijuana harvest every time. I have scoured the internet for countless hours researching marijuana growing and all it is is a scavenger hunt to find the correct and non-conflicting information you need to grow marijuana well for your situation and the amount of space you have available. What is really ridiculous when how-to guides and books start telling you you can grow 20 pounds of marijuana in 5 foot by 5 foot closet in only a month.
Growing Elite Marijuana: The Complete Guide by Ryan Riley is a complete source for growing beautiful buds of medicinal marijuana. It is authored by Ryan Riley, a medical marijuana connoisseur, grower and teacher. He has spent several years learning how to grow potent medical marijuana plants from the best of the best in the medical marijuana industry.
When first cracking open Growing Elite Marijuana, I was immediately surprised by the amount of the information piled into this eBook. It has information for the absolute beginner marijuana grower and smoker as well as containing lots of advanced growing techniques and methods for the experienced marijuana grower. I must admit though, the book tops out at around 720 pages, which certainly isn’t something I had expected from a marijuana growing book, it is hands down the biggest, most comprehensive guide out there that has a lot of time put into it. Most of the books and guides I have seen for growing marijuana range from 10 pages to 300 pages. At first, it was troubling for me as I was trying to wrap my head around what exactly was in this book to make it be so long. Honestly, everything anyone would absolutely need to know is in Growing Elite Marijuana. It takes just about every concept related to the cultivation and growing of cannabis and explains it in an easy to read and easy to understand format so anyone can do it.
Growing Elite Marijuana is full of good, high quality content that anybody just starting out will appreciate as well as tons of advanced growing techniques for those marijuana growers that have been around the block and already have a few harvests under their belt. The book is divided into 12 specific chapters, each one covering a specific area of marijuana growing: Marijuana Basics, Cannabis, Lighting, Growing Marijuana, Growing With Soil, Cloning, Hydroponics, Your Grow Area, Growing Outdoors, Cannabis Maintenance, Harvest, and Advanced Growing. Each chapter is then sub divided into separate sections covering a specific topic. For example, Lighting has the follow sections: The Lighting System, Light Sources, High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lighting, Lighting Your Plants, Electricity, Electrical Safety, Lighting Schedule. As you can tell from the titles of the sections, Ryan Riley goes into great detail about all aspects of lighting for marijuana growing.
The last chapter in the book includes several advanced techniques that are quite important to an advanced or a commercial grower. It features sections relating to marijuana genetics, breeding, strain creation as well as providing CO2 for better yields and eliminating odors. One thing I particularly like about these advanced sections is that just because they are for advanced growing techniques they are not explained using advanced terminology and abstract ideas. Just about anybody can pick up this book and head over to the advanced growing section and understand what is being explained.
There was one downside that I think would be pretty easy to include in the eBook. You cannot navigate to the topics/chapters listed in the Table of Contents by simply clicking on them. Instead you have to actually navigate to that page number and there is no PDF built-in table of contents that would solve that problem also. I don’t know if this is for compatibility reasons or what, but it would be much easier to be able to navigate the book through the table of contents instead of having to search for the page number of the chapter you want to go to.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Growing Elite Marijuana: The Complete Guide by Ryan Riley is as in-depth as it needs to be in an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand format for learning how to grow your own weed. The sheer volume of pages in the book may scare some of you, but it includes everything you would need to know and would need on hand to start a marijuana grow from seed to harvest. It sure beats scouring forums on the internet for that little bit of information or any clarification you need. Head on over to grab your copy of Growing Elite Marijuana: The Complete Guide. If you’re unsure about purchasing this book and have any questions or concerns feel free to ask and we will be happy to answer them.
Human Design is a logical system that brings together principles of The I Ching, astrology, Kabbalah, Hindu-Brahmin chakra system, and quantum physics. Your Human Design Chart, also called a BodyGraph, is calculated using your birth date, time, and place, to reveal your genetic design.
Human Design is a synthesis of ancient wisdom and modern science– International Human Design School
Generally, Learning and Development (or L&D) professionals ask themselves the question when developing training for the cannabis industry: “How can I deliver services as quickly as possible in accordance with the wishes of the customer?” On the other hand, others ask a more fundamental question: “Does the service actually work?”
To determine the effectiveness of any service, the L&D professional looks for scientific evidence. Scientific evidence will help decision-making about learning services. The question is, is this evidence-based or evidence-informed?
For physicians, evidence-based medicine in the cannabis industry is the norm and can be described as striving to base diagnosis and treatment on scientific research. Guidelines and protocols for diagnosis and treatment exist on the basis of evidence-based medicine.
This increases the quality of diagnostics and treatment and supports the culture to improve existing practice, guidelines and protocols. It also helps to renew each of these based on new scientific research. Evidence-based research is also used by doctors to develop a better do-not-do list.
Under the motto: “if it does not help, it will harm,” for example, the university medical centers in the Netherlands are working together to build this list of 1,300 pointless medical procedures for the time being. Similar programs are running in the US and other countries.
The better do-not-do list supports physicians in making informed choices about implementation or omitting diagnostics and therapy. Doing nothing is certainly an option if it is scientifically proven that a certain treatment does not work or is even harmful.
The better do-not-do list is good for the patient and the doctors and is cost-effective. Nurses have developed similar initiatives. Yes, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Medicine has been working with evidence-based processes and work for more than 100 years.
There is much to learn for educational science for the cannabis industry from the approaches medical science has been taking for many years. For example, in medical science, despite the lively debate, the principle of evidence-based medicine is not under discussion.
There are, however, questions about how to improve scientific research for the cannabis industry, how to guarantee the autonomy of doctors, how to guarantee patient participation and so on. Moreover, there is still a lot of work to be done, because around half of current diagnosis and treatment is not (yet) evidence-based.
Evidence-Informed Educational Science
It is difficult to compare educational science with medicine in terms of the disciplines and possibilities for scientific research in the cannabis industry. Tougher scientific research is the norm in medical practice. An example of this is the randomized controlled trial method with quantitative outcomes.
Educational science is a social science and measuring effects are more difficult due to changing circumstances and studies that cannot be repeated (under comparable, controlled conditions). In evidence-based research, processes are more rigorous and outcomes more distinct. It is also possible to use treatment guidelines and protocols for better outcomes.
Restraint is important in educational sciences because the research is less rigorous. That is why the medical community talks about ‘evidence-informed’ research. This refers to scientific research in educational sciences as the basis for decision-making about the effectiveness of learning solutions.
‘Evidence-based’ provides fairly hard results so that doctors can use research to develop with guidelines for care provision. ‘Evidence-informed’ is less hard, but still very useful with a higher chance of success if applied, the importance of evidence-informed work as follows:
Use the evidence in the cannabis industry to increase your knowledge and expertise so that you can have conversations with clients or partners, parents and colleague teachers, directors or school principals/headmasters, and so further on WHY you recommend certain design decisions.
It will improve your expertise, our value in cannabis organizations, and, the most important our designs so that our learners can learn more effectively, efficiently, and enjoyable! In the cannabis industry learning world, there is a practice that leading professionals contribute and actively recommend evidence-informed work.
How To Promote Evidence-Informed Working?
Take, for example, the persistent myth about learning styles that have existed for many decades. Scientifically, there is no evidence that people learn better when the instruction is tailored to someone’s learning preference or style.
Nevertheless, in many countries, 80 – 95% of education professionals and people, in general, believe that learning styles matter to educators. It seems difficult for scientific evidence to penetrate into L&D practices. In this case, despite the many articles and tweets from scientists and L&D professionals that learning styles are not effective.
In addition to learning styles, there are more myths in education that are relevant to L&D professionals. Two (2) more examples are:
- Self-discovery learning (insufficient evidence) versus direct instruction (lots of evidence).
- People remember 10% of what they read (no evidence of the percentages and misuse of experience).
More information about myths is available to promote evidence-informed working within L&D. As is often the case in evidence-informed work, it is clear that being accepted practice is not the same as being right. Below are four recommendations to promote evidence-informed L&D practice.
1. Unlocking Research And Identifying Myths
The proceeds of scientific research in the cannabis industry are not always accessible to L&D professionals in practice. This has to do with pressure, focus (work in progress), background knowledge and the often-inaccessible nature of research studies.
That is why it is to be welcomed that more and more books, articles and blogs are being published to make the academic knowledge of educational sciences accessible to a larger audience. People put a lot of effort into making academic knowledge available for L&D practice.
Signaling of myths often goes on through social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) The nature of the messages varies greatly. Signaling can easily be done by pointing out to people that, for example, learning styles are not effective or that direct instruction works better than self-discovery learning.
In fact, the signaling function is intended to support people to work in a more evidence-informed way. This is not always reflected in the tone of social media expressions. Tweets and other messages are occasionally characterized by frustration, cynicism, irritation or personal attacks.
This is dysfunctional and does not fit with the principles of educational sciences, where development is core business – and this applies not least to the development of evidence-informed L&D practice.
2. Integrate Into Education
The L&D function in organizations can be found throughout the world. As a result, there are different systems of cannabis industry training in every country and continent that qualify people to work as a trainer, coach, educationalist, educational technologist, learning data analyst and so on.
The field of study of training is broad and diverse. Moreover, the large multinationals particularly employ not only people professionally qualified in L&D roles to develop formal educational services. This makes the challenge of working in evidence-informed ways even greater.
Nevertheless, it is crucial to integrate evidence-informed work into educational qualifications for L&D professionals. This is an important task and responsibility at the national level.
3. Implement And De-Implement In Practice
Collaboration is required to bring evidence-informed educational sciences to L&D practice. This can be done by giving scientists, professional associations, policymakers, managers and L&D professionals their own role and responsibility in initiatives such as the following:
- Policy and practical promotion that evidence-informed working is the new standard for L&D practice.
- Developing a database (copy from the doctors) with an overview of the evidence-informed learning solutions to support L&D professionals in practice.
- Give L&D professionals access to online databases of scientific publications.
- Pay attention to de-implementation through a better do-not-do list drawn up to reduce inappropriate learning solutions. Work smarter by copying by doctors and nurses.
4. Work Together With Other Scientific Disciplines
Learning is also not limited to individuals. Organizations (teams and individuals) also learn and that affects disciplines such as knowledge management, economics, and organizational development.
Evidence-informed working can benefit from the output of scientific research in other disciplines. The proponents of evidence-informed educational science form the basis for the further professionalization of our cannabis industry. That is also necessary because there is still a world to be gained with regard to the quality of designing, implementing and evaluating learning solutions.
To this end, it is necessary to join forces and to support L&D practice through a coherent set of measures to make evidence-informed working the new standard. This goes further than merely signaling that L&D is not yet working well, or not sufficiently evidence-informed.
This is a responsibility for everyone who wants to contribute to a golden future for L&D in organizations.
Let us know what you think.
The brain works on an electrical and chemical process. The chemical process comprises only 2% of the brain’s activity, leaving 98% as electrical activity. Alpha-Stim treatments are safe and effective therapy to treat anxiety, insomnia, depression, and pain. Cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) device delivers a natural level of microcurrent, using small clips worn on the earlobes, through the brain to stimulate and modulate specific groups of nerve cells. The microcurrent so gentle and small, just millionths of an ampere, most people don’t even feel it.
Alpha-Stim treats patients with microcurrent technology using two protocols: Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) and Microcurrent Electrical Therapy (MET). CES process uses a microcurrent of less than one-half milliampere, delivered directly into the brain with ear clip electrodes for 20 to 60-minute sessions and treats anxiety, insomnia and depression. MET used the Alpha-Stim Smart Probes or self-adhesive AS-Trodes to deliver a microcurrent of less than one milliampere through the body with a two to five minute protocol for peripheral pain.
Research shows that the Alpha-Stim waveform activates certain groups of nerve cells located in the brainstem. The nerve cells produce the chemicals serotonin and acetylcholine, which in turn can affect the chemical activity of nerve cells located nearby and at distant sites in the nervous system. These cells control the activity of afferent nerve pathways into the brain and efferent nerves that course down the spinal cord. The Alpha-Stim appears to strengthen activity in some neurological systems and neutralize activity in others, creating an increase in Alpha rhythms. These alpha rhythms are accompanied by feelings of calm, relaxation and increased mental focus. While in an alpha state, the neurological mechanisms appear to decrease stress effects, reduce agitation, stabilize mood and regulate both sensations and perceptions of specific types of pain.