AlphaBay hosted hundreds of thousands of listings for drugs, guns, fake identity documents, and more.
Digital marketplace AlphaBay was, at its height, host to hundreds of thousands of listings for illegal drugs, making it 10 times the size of the infamous Silk Road marketplace.
Now, the largest darknet marketplace in history is no more.
The Department of Justice announced the shutdown and seizure of AlphaBay on Thursday, the culmination of a joint operation with a half dozen other nations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions called “one of the most important criminal investigations of this year.”
Hosted on the darknet — a hidden network of sites only accessible through software that anonymizes traffic — AlphaBay facilitated the sale, in addition to drugs, of fake IDs, malware, hacking tools, firearms, and toxic chemicals. These purchases were all made with cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ethereum. According to a DOJ press release, the site was also used to launder hundreds of millions of dollars in profits from sales made on AlphaBay.
AlphaBay creator Alexandre Cazes was indicted on June 1 in the Eastern District of California on racketeering, narcotics, money laundering, and other charges related to the creation and administration of the marketplace. A civil forfeiture filed against Cazes’ assets includes documentation which estimated his net worth at over $23 million dollars. Those assets included luxury cars, millions of dollars in cryptocurrency, and real estate in Cyprus and Thailand, where he was arrested by Thai authorities on behalf of the US government on July 5. Authorities were able to seize millions of dollars of Cazes’ cryptocurrency holdings, according to the DOJ.
On July 12, Cazes, who was Canadian, was found dead in the Bangkok prison where he was awaiting extradition, in an apparent suicide.
Cazes’ isn’t the only death linked to AlphaBay. Per DOJ materials, numerous overdose deaths around the country have been linked to opioids purchased on the marketplace.
“Transnational organized crime poses a serious threat to our national and economic security,” said FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe. “Whether they operate in broad daylight or on the dark net, we will never stop working to find and stop these criminal syndicates.”
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JULY 17, 2017…..Almost three weeks later than they had hoped, lawmakers on Monday struck an accord on marijuana policy that would tax retail pot sales at a maximum rate of 20 percent and paves the way for those sales to begin in just under a year.
House and Senate negotiators on Monday agreed after about three weeks of talks to a compromise bill that is expected to emerge for up-or-down votes in both branches on Wednesday. The bill, as with all conference committee reports, will not be subject to amendment.
In addition to hiking the tax rate and altering the composition of the panel that will oversee the budding marijuana industry here, the deal also calls for an unusual strategy – linking the mechanism for banning future marijuana shops to how communities voted on the marijuana ballot law last year. And despite being almost three weeks late, legislative leaders said, the bill keeps retail marijuana shops on track for a July 2018 opening.
“We have protected the right of adults to grow, possess, and use marijuana. To give them access to a safe, legal supply, the bill removes barriers to the development of a legal market,” Sen. Patricia Jehlen, the Marijuana Policy Committee co-chair and lead Senate negotiator, said in a statement. “It protects the rights of medical marijuana patients, and gives opportunity to farmers and to people who have been harmed by the War on Drugs. The tax rate remains among the lowest in the country, and the same as in Oregon, often seen as successful.”
The compromise legislation had not been filed with the House clerk’s office as of 5 p.m. Monday.
When they entered negotiations about three weeks ago, the House and Senate had passed bills with differences in the tax rate, local control rights and other aspects. The House had proposed a tax rate of 28 percent, while the Senate did not change the maximum 12 percent tax rate in the voter-approved law.
Under the deal, the tax will consist of a 10.75 percent excise on retail marijuana sales — about an 186 percent increase over the 3.75 percent excise contained in the ballot law — on top of the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax. Cities and towns would be able to tack up to 3 percent more on each sale within their borders. Medical marijuana will remain untaxed.
“If a city or town doesn’t want money, that’s up to them,” Braintree Rep. Mark Cusack, who co-chairs the Marijuana Policy Committee, said. He added, “They’re all screaming for money every day up here. We give it to them as an option. If they choose to get less money, that’s certainly within their purview, but I would be hard-pressed to see a community not wanting the 3 percent.”
In cities and towns that supported the ballot initiative, stores could only be banned if a majority of voters approve, which reflects existing law. The House-Senate conference committee also recommended a major change in law that would let local governing boards ban marijuana shops in cities and towns that voted against Question 4.
In a blog post, conferee Sen. William Brownsberger said the compromise bill allows cities or towns that voted against the ballot initiative to impose a ban on marijuana establishments without a townwide referendum “between now and 2019,” a provision he said would apply to 91 communities comprising 28 percent of state’s population.
The bill also allows for communities to enter into host community agreements with marijuana licensees but stipulates that those agreements cannot run for more than five years and that the community impact fee paid to the municipality by the licensee cannot exceed 3 percent of the establishment’s gross sales, Jehlen’s office said.
Cusack said under the bill marijuana will be regulated by a five-person Cannabis Control Commission with one member appointed by the governor, one by the attorney general, one by the treasurer, with the majority of those three selecting the other two members. The chair will be appointed by the treasurer and all of them will be paid, Cusack said.
The compromise legislation also eliminates the possibility of criminal charges for someone at least 18 years old, but not yet 21, who grows 12 marijuana plants or fewer in their home. Growing as many as 12 plants in a residence is legal for people 21 or older, and the penalty for under-21 homegrowing would be a civil fine rather than criminal charges.
When voters decriminalized adult possession of marijuana in 2008, it allowed people 18 or older to possess an ounce or less of cannabis in public without fear of criminal charges. The deal unveiled Monday increases that possession limit for people at least 18 years old to two ounces and makes possession of between one and two ounces by an adult at least 21 years old a civil infraction. Possession of more than two ounces of marijuana remains a crime for anyone of any age outside their primary residence.
The Department of Public Health’s regulation of medical marijuana will be merged into the Cannabis Control Commission under the bill, according to lawmakers. Cusack said the bill includes a major safety enhancement by requiring independent lab testing of products.
Asked his thoughts on the compromise Monday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker said he and his team had not had a chance to review any of the bill text. But of the local control compromise, the former Swampscott selectman said, “conceptually, that’s not an unreasonable place to go.”
Jim Borghesani, spokesman for the Yes on 4 Coalition and the Marijuana Policy Project, said he was “relieved” that an agreement is in place to allow state officials to construct a regulated marijuana market.
“We’re relieved that the legislative process seems to have reached a conclusion and we can move forward with setting up the regulatory body for the industry,” Borghesani said. He said he saw the tax rate as a “starting point” and he is glad it is “not as high as the House wanted.”
Despite widespread support in both branches for altering the law put in place by nearly 1.8 million voters last year, the House and Senate took starkly different approaches to those alterations and reconciling those bills was a tougher task than some anticipated.
House Majority Leader Ron Mariano, a Quincy Democrat, said there were “many times” when he thought negotiations would break down “especially in the first week.”
“We were diametrically opposed when we came into this. We viewed it completely different than the Senate did and the Senate wasn’t completely in line with the ballot question. So you were balancing three distinct positions and trying to come up with a solution,” Mariano said. He said, “I’ve done a lot of these and this was one of the most difficult ones that I’ve participated in.”
All six conference committee members signed off on the compromise and they all met with reporters as a group outside the House Members Lounge where they have regularly met for secret negotiations. One reporter asked if the idea of respecting the will of the voters came up during negotiations.
“Too much,” Mariano replied.
“Just about the right amount,” Jehlen said.
The conference committee recommendation, which is not subject to amendment, is expected surface for votes in the House and Senate when both branches convene in full formal sessions Wednesday. Both branches must take two votes on the report — one to accept it and another to officially enact it. The Senate plans to take up acceptance of the report Wednesday and then send it to Baker’s desk on Thursday. Lawmakers had hoped to get a bill to Baker’s desk by June 30.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the conferees announced they had reached a deal, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg both said they believed the state would have enough time to meet the deadlines set under the ballot law, which calls for retail sales to begin in July 2018.
“Nevada was able to do it in about six or seven months, and remember, we already have a medical marijuana program in the state, so we’re not starting from scratch,” Rosenberg said. “So we lost about three weeks of the 12 months, but the treasurer’s also done a ton of work getting things organized and set up in terms of the research, administrative structures, et cetera, so we’ll work with her in helping make sure this gets a good start.”
DeLeo called the agreement “good news” and said he feels “very confident that we’ll have more than sufficient time to get it up and operating in accordance with the will of the voters.”
After recreational sales kicked off on July 1, dispensaries are so dry on pot Nevada’s government issued a “statement of emergency” to get them new supply pronto.
It’s been about a week since Nevada became the fifth state to legally start selling recreational marijuana, and its stoners have already almost exhausted the supply of legal weed, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.
A total of 47 dispensaries amassed as much flower and oil as they could before July 1, when recreational sales kicked off in the state. But because the government requires those dispensaries to purchase their product from a select number of licensed suppliers, many aren’t ready to resupply after the initial rush.
On Friday, the state government gave potheads a cause for hope, with Governor Brian Sandoval announcing he had thrown his support behind the Nevada Department of Taxation’s “statement of emergency,” which could clear a path for more greenery to make its way into the market.
The tax authority’s “statement of emergency” calls for allowing more distributors to apply for licenses to sell weed, ideally getting new shipments of cannabis to distributors within the next couple days before they run dry. On Thursday, the Nevada Tax Commission votes on whether or not they’ll green-light more applicants for the pool.
“Based on reports of adult-use marijuana sales already far exceeding the industry’s expectations at the state’s 47 licensed retail marijuana stores, and the reality that many stores are running out of inventory, the Department must address the lack of distributors immediately,” Department of Taxation spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein told the Journal. “A halt in this market will lead to a hole in the state’s school budget.”
Nevada’s already brought in about $3 million in sales from recreational weed, and an estimated $1 million in tax dollars, according to the Las Vegas Sun. If the state can manage to capitalize on the rapidly growing number of Americans who like getting stoned, it stands to make a whole lot more. Colorado’s already managed to turn legal pot into a billion-dollar industry.
MODESTO (CBS13) — A Modesto marijuana dispensary owner whose store was targeted by armed robbers, is now facing charges himself.
Cops say he was running an illegal dispensary, out of a store advertised as a bike shop.
His pot shop was robbed, and now he’s under arrest. Modesto Police say Paul Canto can’t sell marijuana here, or anywhere within the Modesto city limits where dispensaries are banned.
Canto’s Coffee Road dispensary is empty now after police closed it down and seized $40,000 of medical marijuana Canto was carrying in a traffic stop.
Canto said he was moving his store when he was stopped and that he was carrying a California medical marijuana license.
“I had all my proper paperwork to transport all that medicine,” Canto said. “It was all documented, everything was all documented, all inventoried.”
Cops call Canto’s storefront deceptive. Signs advertising bicycle repair actually belonged to the business previously occupying the shop.
Police were alerted to the dispensary location when a parent walking children outside reported the armed robbery.
“And that’s pretty scary, especially when someone is running around the streets wielding a gun, and their children are nearby,” Modesto Police Department spokeswoman Heather Graves said.
The illegal pot shop shared a retail mall with children’s martial arts and gymnastics
Elisa Branch says the pot shop odor reached into her studio where she has classes for children as young as 5.
“Our air conditioning system all links together, so it actually came through my building,” Branch said. “And my building was stinking like pot. What are you supposed to do when the people downstairs are selling it out of their place.”
Medical marijuana as a system under Prop. 215 is actually terminated by AUMA itself, no need for the Legislature to vote on it.
AUMA’s text eliminates medical marijuana under Prop. 215 from state law. People just can’t believe this, because of AUMA’s deceitful wording, but it’s true. AUMA will tax and control and regulate ALL marijuana, and whatever you want to use marijuana for is your business. Use it s medicine, use it recreationally, it’s all marijuana.
So under AUMA, marijuana is all the same, gets taxed the same, and you can’t use it unless you are an adult. So people who are using it to treat kids with autism, or epilepsy or whatever will be breaking the law. Giving herbal marijuana or its extracts to children will be a crime. And that is exactly what its proponent, Dr. Donald Lyman, wants. Big Pharma is just waiting to get us all back as consumers.
FYI, AUMA’s Section 10, “AMENDMENT,” is what allows the Legislature to take away EVERYONE’s privilege to cultivate.
What AUMA does do, that seems related to your question, is that it provides that:
“11362.85. Upon a determination by the California Attorney General that the federal schedule of
controlled substances has been amended to reclassify or declassify marijuana, the Legislature may
amend or repeal the provisions of the Health and Safety Code, as necessary, to conform state law to
such changes in federal law.”
WARNING! This provision seriously endangers people‘s right to use marijuana as a herbal medicine, and puts them at risk of being forced to use prescription drugs instead! Remember, one of the problems with AUMA is that what you see now is not what you get in the future, because it allows the State to change its provisions!
If marijuana is merely RE-scheduled, as Hillary Clinton wants to do, then it can be “prescribed” as medicine instead of merely “recommended.” But pharmaceutical companies are coming out with compounded cannabinoid-based prescription drugs, like Sativex, and have already come out with synthetic cannabinoids drugs, like Marinol.
So the State Legislature, which gets lots of campaign contributions from Big Pharma, could change the Health & Safety Code, and the Medical Board can change its Guidelines, so that doctors must prescribe compounded prescription drugs instead of whole herbal cannabis. This would be part of what‘s gone on in other states, like Washington, in which the medical aspects of marijuana have been turned into a recreational use, and patients are being pushed back into prescription drugs.
Feel free to ask me some more questions whenever you like. I am hoping to have a “ask an attorney for free about MMRSA and AUMA” event at some cannabis events this summer.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is quickly changing the debate surrounding the use of marijuana as a medicine.
Most people have heard of a chemical called THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana that gets users high. But recently, attention has shifted to another compound in marijuana called CBD — and for good reason.
Because while doctors can’t seem to look past certain side effects of THC, CBD doesn’t appear to present that problem. On the other hand, evidence of CBD’s medical benefits continues to grow.
Here are five facts that you should know about this unique compound:
1. CBD is a key ingredient in cannabis
CBD is one of over 60 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. Of these compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied.
CBD and THC levels tend to vary among different plants. Marijuana grown for recreational purposes often contains more THC than CBD.
However, by using selective breeding techniques, cannabis breeders have managed to create varieties with high levels of CBD and next to zero levels of THC. These strains are rare but have become more popular in recent years.
2. CBD is non-psychoactive
Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. While this makes CBD a poor choice for recreational users, it gives the chemical a significant advantage as a medicine, since health professionals prefer treatments with minimal side effects.
CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways as THC. These pathways, called CB1 receptors, are highly concentrated in the brain and are responsible for the mind-altering effects of THC.
A 2011 review published in Current Drug Safety concludes that CBD “does not interfere with several psychomotor and psychological functions.” The authors add that several studies suggest that CBD is “well tolerated and safe” even at high doses.
3. CBD has a wide range of medical benefits
Although CBD and THC act on different pathways of the body, they seem to have many of the same medical benefits. According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, studies have found CBD to possess the following medical properties:
Medical Properties of CBD
Reduces nausea and vomiting
Suppresses seizure activity
Combats psychosis disorders
Combats inflammatory disorders
Combats neurodegenerative disorders
Combats tumor and cancer cells
Combats anxiety and depression disorders
Unfortunately, most of this evidence comes from animals, since very few studies on CBD have been carried out in human patients.
But a pharmaceutical version of CBD was recently developed by a drug company based in the UK. The company, GW Pharmaceuticals, is now funding clinical trials on CBD as a treatment for schizophrenia and certain types of epilepsy.
Likewise, a team of researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center, led by Dr. Sean McAllister, has stated that they hope to begin trials on CBD as a breast cancer therapy.
4. CBD reduces the negative effects of THC
CBD seems to offer natural protection against the marijuana high. Numerous studies suggest that CBD acts to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC, such as memory impairment and paranoia.
CBD also appears to counteract the sleep-inducing effects of THC, which may explain why some strains of cannabis are known to increase alertness.
Both CBD and THC have been found to present no risk of lethal overdose. However, to reduce potential side effects, medical users may be better off using cannabis with higher levels of CBD.
Trichomes, those little tiny crystal-like hairs that cover the buds, hold all the good stuff. The different methods of hashmaking focus on isolating these sticky little parts of the cannabis plant because they house the majority of its resin.
Every part of the cannabis plant has at least a little THC in it. Leaves have around 4%, while buds have up to 25% or 30% of dry weight. The trichomes cover all parts of the buds, from the interior stems to the surrounding leaves.
Scientists used to think that THC and other cannabinoids were made in the green plant tissue and transported out to the trichomes during flowering, but after intensive research, they realized that the trichomes themselves make the cannabinoids and terpenes.
Trichomes might grow off a leaf around the flower of a female plant, or a bract (pictured above). A bract houses the seeds in a fertilized plant, and has a high density of trichomes. Looking closely, you’ll see six different types of these glands are all oozing resin during flowering, but the biggest ones with the most juice are the capitate stalked trichomes.
At about 50 to 100 micrometers wide, trichomes are very small. Zoom in close enough and you can see the individual cells that make up the structure.
Capitate stalked trichomes have two main parts: the stalk and the gland head.
The epidermal cells hold up the mature trichome forming the outside of the stalk, and a continuous layer extends over the entire bract surface. The hypodermal cells on the inside of the stalk constantly transport nutrients (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phloem) to the gland head. The basal cell at the top of the stalk holds on to the gland head. As the flower matures, and as mature flowers dry, this connection weakens and gland heads tend to fall off.
At the base of the gland head are stipe cells, which hold up the secretory cells. Secretory cells take the nutrients from the phloem and turn them into precursors for cannabinoid and terpenoid metabolism. The theory is that these precursors get transported to the secretory vesicles above, and are converted into cannabinoids and terpenoids once they’re there.
As the gland head churns out its product, the resin gets deposited, and up close to the cuticle, the outer layers of trichome surface. The cuticle, thickens getting richer and richer in oil as flowering progresses.
The essential oils, including THC, mostly accumulate on the outer layer of the gland head, but also on the outer layer of the epidermal cells that cover the entire bract, or any trichome-dense area. Resinous THC also accumulates in the fibrillar matrices (pardon the jargon) of the secretory vesicles. Inside these vesicles there is some THC, but also high amounts of terpenoids, which are less viscous.
The presence of THC mostly on the outside of the plant is great news, but no surprise; butane extractions on unadulterated bud work spectacularly well because of this fact. While grinding up flowers makes them easier to work with for cooking or small-scale extractions, it’s not necessary for getting a high yield, as long as you get it all in contact with the solvent.
The problem with the history of the word “marijuana” begins with its etymology. No one is really sure where the word came from, though it’s considered to be Mexican-Spanish in origin. It may come from the Aztec word for “prisoner” according to the Oxford English Dictionary – that’s why it has been historically used to villainize the cannabis plant.
It has been theorized that it was used and altered to describe the cannabis plant as Mexican origin to spark racial tensions.
Thanks to Harry Anslinger, the first director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. In the 1930s, the propaganda flourished! Anslinger had only negative things to say about cannabis. He told congress, “Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind… Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage.”
Anslinger’s collection of racist, fear-driven propaganda (including the memorable film Reefer Madness) shaped the public’s understanding of the cannabis plant as a bad habit of society’s worst degenerates. All funded and fueled by Hearst and DuPont due to fear of Hemp overtaking all industries with a more cost effective environmentally safe alternative.
No matter how you look at it, Marijuana has some negative association and propaganda attached. It’s for these reasons FUCR recommends using the word Cannabis to focus on the plants positive history and scientific association.
Let’s take a look at the word Cannabis.
Cannabis has a linguistically traceable origin, coming from Latin roots that mean “common hemp.”
In fact, the word is even older than that, going back to Greece’s kánnabis. Greek historian Herodotus (c. 440 BCE) wrote about cannabis: “The Scythians, as I said, take some of this hemp-seed [presumably, flowers], and, creeping under the felt coverings, throw it upon the red-hot stones; immediately it smokes, and gives out such a vapour as no Grecian vapour-bath can exceed; the Scyths, delighted, shout for joy.”
At least one health organization has taken a strong stance against using the word marijuana in favor of its more scientific counterpart. Oakland’s Harborside Heath Center wrote in a statement:
We prefer to use the word cannabis, because it is a respectful, scientific term that encompasses all the many different uses of the plant. The word “marijuana” or “marihuana” is an emotional, pejorative term that has played a key role in creating the negative stigma that still tragically clings to this holistic, herbal medicine. Most cannabis users recognize the “M word” as offensive, once they learn its history.
As the cannabis industry continues to evolve, it’s important to correctly communicate the value of a plant that can improve well-being, and it begins with word choice. Let’s all agree to call it cannabis.
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Most disease states can’t exist when the body’s pH is alkaline. Bacteria, viruses and fungi can’t reproduce. So what’s a body full of fast foods, drugs, GMOs, and non-organic food to do? START ALKALIZING YOUR BODY!
Most individuals don’t eat diets that are alkalizing, instead they eat deadly diets high in conventional produced animal products, grains, refined foods, processed foods, carbohydrates, and sugars. Diets containing these foods can produce about 100mEq of acid per day. This amount of acid is nearly twice what the body can handle. Without alkalizing the body needs to take vital minerals in order to neutralize the acid.
Having acidic conditions and not alkalizing can cause negative effects such as: acne, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, low immune system, weak hair and nails, trouble losing weight, trouble gaining weight, and allergies. It has also been known to cause, if not support, other more serious issues and illnesses like Cancer and bacteria infections.
START ALKALIZING YOUR BODY!
To learn more about alkalizing you have to look at the two extremes of the spectrum. On one end you have alkalizing and the other is acidic. There are also substances which are neither alkalizing or acidic which are called neutral. The pH scale measures how acidic or alkalizing a substance is. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of higher than 7 is alkalizing (also called basic). A pH less than 7 is acidic and a pH of 7 is considered neutral.
pH stands for “potential hydrogen”. pH is defined as “the measurement of electrical resistance between negative and positive ions in the body”. Positive ions are acid forming and negative ions are alkalizing. The pH measurement looks at how the ions push against one another.
In order for our bodies to maintain the best living environment , the optimal level is close to 7.4. This is at a slightly alkalizing state. Although, 7.36 to 7.44 is also an acceptable range.
In order for blood to effectively, act as a medium for oxygen and other vital nutrients, the pH needs to be close to this specific range. Deviations too far in either over direction of alkalizing or being too acidic can be harmful. However, typically due to the average American diet most individuals are overly acidic and are not concerned or aware of the importance of alkalizing. Really, a balance of these two ends of spectrum (alkalizing and acidic) is key!
Our bodies contain alkaline reserves and will fight to re-balance any deviations of fluctuating levels. However, the reserves are limited and in order to keep them intact it is important to eat the right kinds of foods which are alkalizing. The excess of the alkali from the alkalizing foods can be stored to neutralize acids in the future.
Here’s a list of the top foods to help!
Choose only organic foods that are GMO-free to avoid pesticides, chemicals and other contaminants
Eat alkaline foods like most fruits and vegetables. They sustain the body’s pH on a daily basis.
Lemons – Lemons are one of the most alkalizing, a great way to start the day is with a glass of lukewarm water with a fresh squeezed lemon or lime.
Leafy greens– Greens such as: kale, swiss chard, spinach, and turnip greens are very alkalizing for your body and also are packed with rich vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals.
Root vegetables such as radishes (black, red or white), beets, rutabaga, horseradish, carrots, and turnips are all highly alkalizing.
Cucumbers and Celery – These are some of the most alkalizing foods you can eat. They quickly neutralize acids and aid in digestion.
Garlic – Garlic is not only highly alkalizing it is also very important for overall health as it boosts the immune system, is antibacterial and anti-fungal.
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and cabbage.
Avocados – Are also at the top of the list of alkalizing foods. Avocados contain high amounts of essential vitamins, fatty acids, and amino acids.
Here’s some recipes!
Apple cider vinegar, coined ACV, is nature’s most alkaline, probiotic-rich beverage that can relieve so many ailments in a small serving. Muscle pain, headaches, sluggish digestion, and just a general acidic feeling can all disappear in mere seconds after you have some ACV. To make a shot, combine 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar with 2-4 ounces of water (depending on how much you want), add a few ice cubes and drink. Or, just toss back 1 tsp. straight and call it a day. Your choice—you’ll benefit no matter how hard you take your ACV!
Green juice might sound like a trend you’re tired of hearing about, but it’s a very efficient, natural way to alkalize the body and improve your mood too. Rich in magnesium, vitamin C, and micronutrients that feed the body on a cellular level, green juice is an excellent remedy for achy muscles, digestion, and general inflammation. Be sure you keep your green juice simple and free of lots of sugar for the most benefits and efficiency. No one wants to clean the juicer in the morning or drink the amount of sugar equivalent in a glass of processed OJ. Make a lean, green juice with: 1 head romaine, 1 lemon, 1/2 inch ginger, and 1/2 a cucumber. Done!
Green smoothies can serve as a breakfast option, or can just be simple and served before you even eat. If you’re looking to use this as a simple anti-inflammatory, alkalizing drink, just keep things simple, but add a boost with the amazing spirulina—a superfood algae that some call nature’s multivitamin. Blend 2 cups spinach with 1/4 cup frozen berries, 1 slice ginger, and a little stevia if you need some sweetness. This is filled with 10 grams of protein from the spinach, vitamin C, B vitamins, iron, and potassium to make you feel amazing first thing in the day. It’s also low-glycemic and would make the perfect breakfast if you’d like to add some plant-based protein like hemp seeds or a protein powder on the market.
Lemon, cayenne, and ACV are combined to create a top alkalizing shot that will make you feel incredible! Cayenne is a metabolism booster, inflammatory reducing spice that also aids in digestion, reduces pain, and can give you a similar buzz to caffeine without the crash. Lemon is a top alkalizing and cleansing food that adds sweetness and vitamin C to the already slightly sweet and tart ACV. The end result is a tonic that’s powerfully cleansing and rejuvenating. Combine the juice of a lemon, 1 tiny pinch (1/8 tsp.) cayenne, and 1 tsp. ACV in a small cup with 2 ounces of water. Add crushed ice, blend, and serve as an icy tonic that wakes you up and gets you going!
For a tummy-helping beverage first thing in the day, go with ginger, lemon, and ACV. These three all have digestive boosting properties, but when combined are much more effective. Ginger relieves nausea, indigestion, bloating, and constipation, reduces pain in the body, and can provide natural energy. Combined with the benefits of ACV and lemon, this will settle the stomach, energize you, and provide clarity you need to start the day. A happy gut means a happier mind, and a happier you!
Drink lots of water daily to flush the system of waste. Consume in ounces, 50 percent of your weight in water every day. In other words, if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water daily.