Circle K Cannabidiols

Marijuana laws are changing at a rapid pace across all 50 states, making many people a bit confused in these times.  Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, comes from the hemp plant, a cousin of the marijuana plant.  Selling CBD products is illegal, but buying them is legal sometimes.  Cannabis is a plant of the Cannabaceae family and contains more than eighty biologically active chemical compounds.  The most commonly known compounds are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).  Both THC and CBD are members of a chemical family called cannabinoids.  Cannabinoids are plants oils, and cannabis comes packed with more than 100 versions of them.  THC is known for its psychoactive effects when consumed with cannabis, or marijuana and it produces what many people consider a “high,” or an altered state characterized by euphoria, pleasure, or heightened sensory perception.  CBD is nonintoxicating, as it does not cause you to get high, but it does have some medical benefits that will help people with anxiety and depression.

The 2018 Farm Bill says that cannabis plants and derivatives that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis are no longer controlled substances under federal law, thus hemp and its derivatives are now treated as agricultural products rather than controlled substances, but the FDA still has the authority to regulate these products.  That means hemp-derived CBD is legal in the United States unless outlawed at the state level.  The FDA has approved Epidiolex, Marinol and Syndros and selling unapproved products with unsubstantiated therapeutic claims is not only a violation of the law, but also can put patients at risk, as these products have not been proven to be safe or effective.

In Florida, possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of one-year imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000.  Possession a stash of more than 20 grams of marijuana is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000.  Under the 2019 Senate Bill 182, medical marijuana is now permitted in Florida, if you have a prescription to use it for treating a condition.  The Florida Department of Agriculture has said it’s not legal to sell hemp or CBD in the state.  But Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is pushing legislation currently under consideration that would make state and federal law consistent in dealing with CBD’s.  Police have been mostly hands-off in the meantime.  The few examples of police cracking down have been against retailers, not consumers.   Since June 2015, a new trend has taken root across Florida where several cities and counties have passed similar ordinances that give officers the discretion to replace arrests for possession of under 20 grams of marijuana with citations.

Canada can hold their heads high up, stand proud and exult in their new freedom, as recreational use of Cannabis was legalized in 2018 and the owner of the Circle K chain of retail stores, Canada’s multinational convenience-store business has announced that it is investing in Fire & Flower Holdings Corp., owners of the Fire & Flower Inc. cannabis retailer in Canada.  Fire & Flower offers a curated selection of hand-picked strains, in addition to apparel and accessories such as dab gear, grinders, housewares, and more.  Two of the biggest drugstore chains in the United States, Walgreens and CVS, will start selling CBD products in select states, according to media reports.  It seems like CBD’s will soon be everywhere, but you should always consult a doctor before giving it to a young boy or girl.

CBDs are people pleasers, but they can cause side effects, such as dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness and fatigue.  If you are taking an oral CBD, the best way to make it work would be to hold it under your tongue or swish it around in your mouth before swallowing.  Listening to music while taking CBDs can make this a cathartic activity.  By taking CBD, you can get into the groove better as it is known to be an effective mood and focus enhancer, so it might be nice to take while you are playing Guitar Hero.  The chemical in CBD has the ability to affect our nervous system and it is becoming a magical, catch-all remedy that is being added to all sorts of products.  Some people are slathering CBD cream on their face as a moisturizer, because it has been found to reduce free radicals and help with the reduction of things like sun-induced aging.  Manufactures are producing an array of scented beard oils and balms, shave creams, and colognes that people can use for their personal grooming.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Exult, for the Daily Spur prompt – Hero, for FOWC with Fandango – Stash, for May Writing Prompts – People pleasers, for Ragtag Community – Fatigue, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Confused Boy Work, for GC The Main Aisle and Sue W Nan’s Farm Weekly Prompt – Personal grooming and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Cathartic.

Back to School

Not the Rodney Dangerfield movie, this post concerns what it will be like for students going back after the Covid-19 outbreak.  Since the coronavirus is transmitted through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person (generated through coughing and sneezing) and individuals can also be infected from touching surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching their face (e.g., eyes, nose, mouth), precautions must be taken to protect everyone.  9 out of 10 children are out of school worldwide and a school shutdown on this scale has never been seen before.  Distance learning is only an option for those students that have computers and Internet access.  Normally schoolchildren commonly experience learning setbacks every year over their summer vacation which tends to wipe out one or two months of their academic growth, but this virus is unprecedented and it is likely to have major and long-lasting implications on the K-12 education system.

When schools eventually reopen it will be in a different place with respect to where and how kids will learn.  All of the schools were shutdown without a plan being in place for students to keep up with their coursework at home, so will they all have to repeat a grade?  This will probably only happen to the low-income, low-performing elementary students whose parents are not involved with their studies, but every student will be missing something.  Not every teacher has the knowledge, ability and qualifications to effectively teach online courses and some of the veterans that are more set in their ways may feel ambivalent about this type of setting.

A number of public health officials have indicated that they expect schools will likely be able to reopen this fall.  Schools connect students with peers and mentors, channel youthful energy into productive pursuits, teach essential academic skills and knowledge, and give overwhelmed parents room to breathe and work.  I am sure that somebody has already developed an App so that teachers can take roll call for students in a virtual classroom setting, but they may need many more tools to get their job done properly.  The importance of temperature checks cannot be understated and PPE requirements must be put in place, but I imagine that scenarios will need to be developed for every time a child is coughing in class.

The school nurse will need to be wired for more children being sent to them.  The school cafeteria may be a thing of the past as students might be eating their lunches inside of the classrooms.  I guess that more teachers will be required, especially is class size is going to be reduced, so that students can maintain proper distancing.  We are in uncharted waters, so some type of maneuver will have to be put in place to protect the students that go to school by bus.  We still don’t know enough about this pandemic to predict what will happen when the schools reopen and who will be at fault if a student get ill while in school.  We will all cherish the days before this virus changed everything and the frequent handwashing and sanitation procedures that will require us to wipe down all of the glass, metal, plastic and wood surfaces on a daily basis.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Maneuver, for the Daily Spur prompt – Fault, for Eugi’s Weekly Prompt – Cherish, for FOWC with Fandango – Ambivalent, for May Writing Prompts – Wired for more, for Ragtag Community – Call, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Tools Wood Job and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Understated.

Behind the Green Door

I was swimming in a cove that was well hidden by the majestic mangroves and I was very happy, because I got this great deal on a travel package to this tropical island.  It was 80% off the normal price, since nobody was traveling due to the coronavirus.  It was too good to pass up, as it was a lavish resort, far away from the beaten path, hidden in the mangroves and it was given a high rank from Island Magazine.  The resort workers were fun, friendly, outgoing, hardworking, and pedantic about everyone having a good time and enjoying themselves.  I told the recreation manager that I had never been to a nude beach before and I wanted to know if he could inform me of any rules that I should follow.  He said that as long as I was not leering at everyone, that I should be fine.  He said it would be best for me to try and control my eye-contact with anyone who I get into a conversation with, as when someone is totally exposed, they still need to be able to keep their dignity.

I asked the recreation manager how long he has been working here and he said that he has been here ever since he got out of prison.  I asked him if he was a guard in the prison and he told me that he was a prisoner. He said that he was convicted for being in the sex trade business, but all he did was work as the doorman.  People would come into the establishment and tell him what they were looking for and he would take their money and tell them what door to go through to get what they wanted and that was his only involvement with the clients.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Lavish, for the Daily Spur prompt – Swimming, for FOWC with Fandango – Rank, for May Writing Prompts – Hidden in the mangroves, for Ragtag Community – Pedantic, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Prisoner Travel Deal, for GC and Sue W Weekly Prompts – The door where we are asked to write about a door, determine if there is there a mystery lurking or say where it leads and what could be hiding beyond it and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Contact.

Walking Down the Red Carpet

Ringlets and roses are a few of my favorite things, but since not all curls are made alike, one has to be trenchant by wrapping their hair in opposite directions, which will give them that much sought after withershins look.  This is the latest craze and it created a brouhaha on the red carpet this year with many starlets adopting this vogue statement.  It takes practice to get this right and no novice can do it, but the importance of being in style is the only way to reach the ceiling, especially in an industry that is known to cause so much grief.  Sure, you also need the right shoes that match your outfit, as that is the only way to achieve harmony, so you can remain composed.

Having the right jewelry will become the feather in your cap, as the competition never ends and it is better to have this done yesterday than having to scurry out like the engine that could, at the last minute to find something.  Everyone who is nominated should put some thought into what they will say at their acceptance speech.  Always remember that the term red carpet is not a thingamajig, as this dates back to Ancient Greece, where it was immortalized in the play Agamemnon, that was written by Aeschylus the Father of Greek Tragedy, when Clytemnestra, Agamemnon’s wife, speaks of a floor of crimson broideries to spread for the King’s path.  Clytemnestra is not a happy camper when her husband finally arrives home from the Trojan War, bringing his concubine Cassandra with him.  She rolls out the crimson carpet to convince King Agamemnon to walk into his death, feeling that he was evil and deserved to die.  She used heavy robes to trap him in his bath which held him like the tentacle of an octopus and then she hacked him up with an axe.  She also kills Cassandra and then she sits down to enjoy some tea.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Trenchant, for the Daily Spur prompt – Composed, for Eugi’s Weekly Prompt – Harmony, for FOWC with Fandango – Practice, for May Writing Prompts – Ringlets and roses, for Ragtag Community – Thingamajig, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Speech Importance Thought, for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Novice and for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Wordle 189, hosted by Yves where the prompts are – Withershins Brouhaha Competition Yesterday Ceiling Shoes Feather Scurry Tentacle Grief Tea Engine.

Total Bliss

I gave up on feeling brave a long time ago.  I am going to wear a mask when I go outside from now on, as it may not look very presidential, but I don’t want to risk getting sick again.  Did you know that the Beatles song ‘Ticket to Ride’ is a reference to the medical card that German prostitutes carried around to prove they were clean?

My only interest lies in the warm, fuzzy feeling that engulfs me post-coitus, when I get the afterglow effect, which lingers on to provide me enduring romantic satisfaction that is both attractive and infectious.  Excuse me for not being more timid about my feelings, but the fact is that orgasms are beneficial for health and stress relief.  God commanded me to love my neighbor and I felt an intensely pleasurable response to the sexual stimulation that we engaged in, as it allowed me to experience a pleasurable release of built-up tensions, and as this explosion of sensation took over my body, bordering on the ecstatic, I finally felt a wave of warmth, peace, and relaxation set in.  That was when I heard His voice saying, “Behold, as your king, I want to restore all the love and life and joy and glory and power that sex is meant to have, and although sex should be reserved for a man and a woman in a committed, monogamous marriage for a lifetime, however it never hurts to get in some practice.”

Formal sex education and instruction about birth control and other aspects of sexual health in the U.S. is on the decline.  Sex should be about two bodies being joined together, but many people who are looking to add some sparkle to their sex life are turning to crystal sex toys, because they think that since they come from the Earth, that they are connecting them back to something that is natural, and this is going to help them get in touch with their bodies.  Love can be messy and if you have ever eaten a ripe peach in summer, and felt the sticky juice drip on your fingers and wrists, you can understand why this fruit has long represented female genitalia, because of the explosion of juices which makes it an outlet for desire.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Behold, for the Daily Spur prompt – Voice, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan Hughes, for FOWC with Fandango – Fact, for May Writing Prompts – The afterglow effect, for Ragtag Community – Relief, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Excuse Timid More, for Rachel Poli Time To Write: Random Words 18 – Formal Crystal Peach and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – King.

Alice Wondering

Alice had run out of toilet paper, so she went down to the gully to take care of her business, as here she could leave a stink and the jasmine would cover it up.  Alice blamed China for the toilet paper shortage, as this was their plan from the start, to destroy the American way of life.  China mishandled the outbreak, they delayed their initial response and they withheld information from the rest of the world.  Alice saw her president as a man who she would always worship, and since he was pointing his fingers at China, they must be guilty.  Eight weeks ago, Alice had 10 rolls of toilet paper and she figured that was fine, but times got bad and it started flying off store shelves and now all she can do is wonder when the store shelves will be restocked again.

Alice understood that demand was outpacing supply, but nobody seemed to know when it would be available again.  Toilet paper doesn’t kill the coronavirus, as the COVID-19 disease is a respiratory infection, not a stomach bug that necessitates frequent trips to the bathroom.  Alice was in a rage after being in lockdown and now having to take a dump without any toilet paper to wipe with was becoming the final indignity.  She never thought this shortage would still be going on and she wondered why her president had not solved this yet.  Was this cypher so complex, that nobody would ever unmask what is behind it, or would this all disappear like a miracle as her president promised that it would?

Alice frequently experienced bowel control problems, so she stretched out in the gully with her legs spread apart to slowly tighten and pull up her sphincter muscles to take some of the pressure off the area around her anus.  She was ready to squat now and she brought an old sock to wipe herself off with.  The days of Alice having feelings like life would return to normal were becoming far and few between and she wondered if she could ever be able to buy toilet paper again, and if she could, would that would be enough for her to feel normal again.  Alice could still remember when she had a normal life, but that memory was slowly fading.  She continued with her business as she thought silently to herself reflecting, “What does a return to “normal” look like for you?”

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Cypher, for the Daily Spur prompt – Sock, for FOWC with Fandango – Rage, for the Devereaux Frazier and Beth Amanda’s Go Dog Go Café Tuesday Writing Prompt – What does a return to “normal” look like for you?, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Nekneeraj’s Photo Challenge #314, for May Writing Prompts – The days of Alice, for Ragtag Community – Unmask, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Worship Remember Bad and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Jasmine.

Complete Bullshit

According to a recent study published in the journal of Comprehensive Psychology, our date of birth may actually influence our personality traits, such as being introverted or extroverted.  Astrology supposedly uses scientific knowledge about heavenly bodies, including scientific-sounding tools like star charts.  In the West, astrology most often consists of a system of horoscopes purporting to explain aspects of a person’s personality and predict future events in their life based on the positions of the sun, moon, and other celestial objects at the time of their birth.  I am skeptical, and I will never believe that the stars have a message in store for me.

Astrology is a pseudoscience because it claims to be using facts, such as the movement of the planets, to predict human behavior.  But in reality, there is no factual evidence that supports the idea that the position of the stars and planets affects or predicts how humans behave or how this could affect someone’s personality traits.  Astrological horoscopes are no different than fortune cookies.  The people who write these things out make the fortune or horoscope as vague as possible so that it can apply to virtually anyone.

The stars are giant flaming orbs of gas, floating in a vacuum.  They dictate nothing.  They determine nothing in your life.  They do not care about you, or your girlfriend, or your job, or if your sister was jilted and left at the chapel, or whether or not your car not started up this morning, or why the dough that you put in the oven is not rising.  The position of the stars and how they align with the planets does not get to decide whether you get along with Libras, or can’t stand Cancers, and they are not concerned with your image and if you are having a bad hair day.  They don’t care about anything, because they are just giant orbs floating in the vacuum of space.  You can’t blame the stars for your problems, it’s most likely your own fault, not the galaxy’s and maybe you should have eaten more grain or oats for breakfast.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Astrology, for the Daily Spur prompt – Personality, for FOWC with Fandango – Dough, for Ragtag Community – Image, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Grain Oats Chapel and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Message.

The World Was Moving

“It’ll be here before we know it.”  “What the hell are you talking about?”, asked Joe’s wife.  “The masks that I ordered from Amazon silly, then we can go out again and be protected, as the world will start moving again”, said Joe.  Judy said, “Oh yes, I remember, but didn’t you order them over a month ago, I guess the company must have been inundated with orders coming in.  These are the ones with that ergonomic design, a tight fit, and supposedly can filter out almost 90% of particulate pollution and viruses when used, making them about 20 times more effective than traditional cloth masks.”  Joe replied, “I ordered both of us a five-pack of reusable masks and these should work out much better than those thick weave cotton masks that were making you twitch.”

Judy said, “What about that designer mask that came with Galaxy girl on it, did you order one of those for me also, like I asked you to?”  “I didn’t see the point in that, as they did not have the stretchable ear loop, so they would not provide you the comfort you want when you were wearing them”, Joe replied.  Judy said, “You are probably right, as I have very sensitive ear lobes, but there is one more thing that I do need.  My face seems to be drying out and I need that Overtime exfoliating mask that has natural fruit enzymes including pumpkin and apricot seed along with the Bewitch mask that delivers firming, anti-wrinkle and has nourishing properties.”  Judy started taking off her dress and she was moving very slowly.  The world was moving, she was proud about it, she had no doubt about it, about what she’s done and no time to think about what to tell him. Judy knew that she was pregnant, but she was not sure how Joe would take the news.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Bewitch, for the Daily Spur prompt – Comfort, for FOWC with Fandango – Inundated, for May Writing Prompts – Galaxy girl, for Ragtag Community – Overtime, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Twitch Thick Point, for Rachel Poli I Read I Write I Create – Time To Write – Sentence Starter 53 and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Yes.

Life During Wartime

Most things that I took as normal, have stopped making sense now.  I am usually an upbeat person although I often remain aloof, however I avoid complaining and the last thing that I want are disappointing disasters that are part of a dystopian future.  I would like to think that we will all eventually recover from this pandemic, if we learn how to navigate with caution.  I am certain that everyone has heard enough advice on what they should be doing to protect themselves through these rough times, but it will be hard for all of us to retain our sangfroid while the grocery store shelves are empty and all of the events that are representative of a normal life are being cancelled.

I have always been a big fan of the elbow bump, mostly because I don’t really enjoy touching other people, but if contact must be made, this is the way to go.  My hope is that we will invent a vaccine that will cure all of the infected people, and also become a remedy for all of the jilted nerves and worried minds that need to be cured.  There is a lot of misinformation out there and myths about the coronavirus and people are so confused at this time, so any thread of information has the chance of going viral.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Aloof, for the Daily Spur prompt – Recover, for FOWC with Fandango – Jilted, for March Writing Prompts – Disappointing disasters, for Ragtag Community – Sangfroid, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Cancelled Rough Thread, for GC and Sue W Weekly Prompt – The elbow bump and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Advice.

Blue Heaven

I live in an Eden prairie, which is like having a slice of heaven here on earth.  What I like best about my home town is that it is meticulously clean and it is also known for having the best authentic Italian pasta.  Spaghetti?  Really?  We do have the coronavirus, but people here are good at practicing social distancing and we smile at others while we try to maintain a safe distance staying at least 5 feet apart, especially since we just heard about the 54 new cases of coronavirus in Limerick, Ireland.  Grace is a real joker and she is the owner of my favorite Italian restaurant and she is keeping her place open, but only for small gatherings.  She placed a bucket on a table near the entrance, which she insists that everyone put their cell phones into, or otherwise they will not be served.

Written for the Daily Spur prompt – Owner, for Maggie’s Innovation Challenge – Number #2 Spaghetti? Really? and Number #3 A rock, a bucket or a broken watch, for March Writing Prompts – Eden prairie, for Ragtag Community – Clean, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Smile Grace Joker, and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Limerick.