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I like many others have experienced smoking cannabis, in my youth of course and purely for recreational reasons. Those days are long gone but here are my views on it. For recreational use I think that it does much less harm than drinking, how many fights have you seen break out outside a pub due to smoking pot? Depending on how it is smoked however does yield the same health issues as smoking cigarettes. If people are using resin there could be all sorts of substances added to it. Home grown I feel is safer, but of course I am NOT condoning it at all, it is after all illegal. Now for medicinal use, cannabis oil and juice has be scientifically stated to benefit and even cure many diseases including cancer. I cannot of course corroborate these findings but I would certainly not dismiss them. You only have to do a little google research to see the studies that have been done. There are also many videos on youtube. Comparing it to the amount of drugs on the market that actually do more harm than good while causing more symptoms needing more drugs, it could as a medicinal *herb* have a place in medicine. The issue here however is that we are talking about a 6000 year old plant, not something that you could put a patent on so of no use to the pharmaceutical companies. If its properties were harnessed and put into a nice little pill then in my opinion it would also contain other substances that would perhaps damage its effect to cure or benefit, in other words some things should be left as natural as possible. For my personal health if I were to get cancer I would try hemp oil before subjecting myself to chemotherapy and radiation even if I had to go to a country where it is legal to do so. At this point in my life I am facing possible MS, I am in pain most of the time as well has dizzy, feeling sick, muscle cramps and a host of other symptoms. I have read that cannabis helps with MS symptoms, if I do have MS then it is a shame that I would not be able to alleviate some of those symptoms without breaking the law. Should it be legal? In my opinion yes. Will it ever be? Probably not
I have tried pretty much every meat free mince on the market, I now have my choices limited to those that are vegan. Here is my review of this one. First the nutritional information; Allergy advice Contains: Gluten, Soya and Barley Nutritional information Typical values per 100g Energy kj 453kj Energy kcal 107kcal Protein 13.5g Carbohydrate 7.0g (of which Sugars) 2.4g Fat 2.8g (of which Saturates) 0.25g Fibre 4.3g Salt 0.45g (of which sodium) 0.18g Allergy advice Contains: Gluten, Soya and Barley Suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The price depends on where you buy it but on average it is around the £2.20 mark. The whole bag would easily feed a family of 4 or 5 depending on what you are doing with it. What can you do with it? Anything that you would do with meat mince, cottage pie, chilli, bolognese, just use it in the same way. When I first opened the bag I noticed that the mince pieces were a lot bigger than others that I had tried. I decided to use it to make a chilli. The secret with this and other alternative meat minces is to make something that has a sauce or strong flavours for the *mince* to absorb. I usually make the meal in the morning and leave it all day to take in the flavours then re heat. If you fry it first then you will need more oil than you would normally use, keep it moving in the pan or it will stick. If you were feeling really lazy you could just chuck it in a pan with a sauce and just heat it through. Upon tasting I was not overly keen on the size, texture and taste of the mince pieces, it was harder for the sauce to fully penetrate the mince and give it a decent taste. It was not unpalatable though just not the best that I had tasted which I am putting down to the size of the pieces. That said peoples tastes vary and others I am sure would rave about it, this is just my personal opinion. I am very fussy with my meat alternatives especially if I am cooking for meat eaters. Would I recommend it? Probably not to be honest. Would meat eaters know the difference? Yes they would, not that it is about convincing people that it tastes the same but anyone wishing to replace a meat meal with a meat alternative would probably be disappointed with this product.
Vegetarian shoes is a medium sized shop in Brighton, the address is 12 Gardner Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UP, UK. Tel: 01273 685685 Opening Times: Monday - Tuesday 10am - 6pm Wednesday 1pm - 6pm Thursday - Saturday 10am - 6pm Sunday Closed Bank Holidays Closed Online at http://www.vegetarian-shoes.co.uk/ Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Veg.Shoes?fref=ts Vegetarian Shoes has been trading for 22 years, providing quality cruelty free footwear. The term Vegetarian could be a little misleading and dome may be forgiven for thinking that they are not suitable for vegans for one reason or another, this is not the case, all of their products are 100% cruelty free, animal product free. Ok now for my review, I have bought many pairs of shoes and boots over the years both for myself and as gifts for my family. They have a large collection of men and women's shoes and boots as well as other items, belts and satchels. The quality of their products is brilliant, I am waiting on my limited edition Dr Martin type boots which Vegetarian Shoes were not happy about the quality so they have gone back. I like that they take such pride in their products to accept only the highest standards. A lot of their boots come in a variety of colours, pink, red, blue, green as well as the usual brown and black. Prices are a little higher than leather shoes and boots, just a little for example my Dr Martin type boots were £104.95 with postage at £6.95 Now any shoes or boots from Vegetarian shoes will last for years, they do not look cheap, far from it, in fact if my boots did not have a Vegetarian Shoes tag on them I doubt that I would convince anyone that they were not made of leather. The material used depends on the product and they are described in detail including care instructions. When I have been in the shop the assistants have all be very helpful without being in my face, they know every detail about all of their products and will answer any questions or concerns with confidence. My online experiences have all been very positive, emails answered within a few hours. My items have been delivered in a reasonable time scale and if there have been any delays I have been informed of them with an option to cancel my order should I wish to. Money is not taken from cards until the item is dispatched. Vegetarian Shoes won the Best Vegan Footwear Award 2012 To end this review I want to show you their funky little video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efy7DEtGkBk&feature=share&list=PLCD10DD3AFE9588A9
Cost around £8.70 After many years of being totally bored with my hair I decided to do something funky with it. Many of my friends had recommended Manic Panic to me so I decided to give it a go. One of the main reasons that I chose it was because it is vegan, so no animal ingredients and not tested. The other reason was the huge selection of colours. These are semi permanent hair colours. I went for my two favourite colours pink and purple. Purple Haze and Hot Hot Pink were the shades that I chose. The ordering process was very simple and the website has lots of photos, you can pick the colours you have chosen to see photos of people that have used them and if they bleached their hair first which is very helpful. I decided to bleach mine first and this only took about ten minutes. Then it was time for the colour which I had my partner do because I was using two different ones. Easy to apply with a brush, but be sure to wear gloves and wear clothing that you won't mind getting stained. I left mine on for around 20 minutes and the colours came out exactly as I hoped they would. (see photo) There was no irritation to my scalp at all, it was a little messy but isn't all hair dyeing? When we rinsed it off the colour seemed to be running purple forever and this was the same after every shampoo. If like me you like to wash your hair while in the bath I suggest you do it last and use a jug or shower or you will be sat in a purple bath. Also watch your clothes because the colours will stain it. I did use the recommended shampoo and conditioner on my hair and tried not to wash it too often, however after a week I had lost somet of the purple, within two weeks it had all gone. The pink however still there 2 months later and has not faded at all. Not sure if this was due to my hair condition or the dye itself, so plan to try different shades. (I want rainbow hair) I would recommend Manic Panic, just remember that they will only last a few weeks, they are not permanent. The good thing about that is that you can play around with the colours as often as you like. Can turn into an addictive hobby though :)