Category Archives: Awareness

Stand Up for Cannabis – Stand Up for Freedom!

By Wes Annac, Wake Up World


Marijuana legalization is long overdue.

It’s time to stop prosecuting innocent people for the possession of a plant that was clearly put here to help us; it’s basically the same as prosecuting someone for possessing tomatoes. Full of medicinal benefits and spiritual potential, cannabis is a crop that’s meant to be utilized and shared, and we have to stand up for it – and our freedom – if we want the law to change.

Legalization and decriminalization are happening at a decent pace, but we can’t wait around for the government to do it when they’re finally ready, or to do it on their corporate-serving terms. Until politicians know they can profit from it without exposing their hypocrisy in keeping it illegal, they’ll stall its legalization and tell us it’s because of their religious beliefs, the funding of terrorist organizations, or our children’s safety — all while imprisoning the innocent and making loads of money for the private prison industry. Continue reading Stand Up for Cannabis – Stand Up for Freedom!


Cannabis: Religious Reverence Throughout History

By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness


If you still think cannabis is a dangerous drug with no medicinal or spiritual benefits, read ahead and try to keep an open mind toward a misunderstood plant that’s been revered throughout history and was only outlawed in the past century.

Millions of people who’ve been healed by the cannabis plant are taking a stand for it, igniting a revolution more powerful than its suppressors can handle.

We know it can heal the mind, body and spirit if used with proper intention, and we’re willing to defend it against those who know little about it beyond what the government and biased media outlets tell them. Continue reading Cannabis: Religious Reverence Throughout History

8 Cannabis Facts That Defy Traditional Stereotypes

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel


What comes to mind when you hear the word “marijuana”? Do you envision a drug that makes people lazy, or a medicinal herb that could potentially save lives?

Although the Marihuana Tax Act effectively outlawed the plant in the 30s, a campaign to taint its image began in the U.S long before it was outlawed. It was a slow and steady process, beginning with individual states outlawing it and leading to a nationwide ban. (1)

Despite its slow progress, the criminalization of marijuana didn’t take much effort. The public was mostly indifferent to it until a flood of propaganda from the media, much of which was racist, convinced them it was dangerous and led to crime, violence, and hedonism. (1) Continue reading 8 Cannabis Facts That Defy Traditional Stereotypes

Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: 25 Facts

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel



Hated by prohibitionists and loved by its consumers and advocates, marijuana is considered taboo despite that it’s one of the least harmful drugs you can find.

Death by caffeine or Tylenol is more likely than death by marijuana, as the herb has never claimed a single life. Nevertheless, it remains a target of politicians and “ordinary” people who think, misguidedly might I add, that it represents society’s worst problems.

There was plenty of fear to go around when Colorado legalized cannabis, with wild claims ranging from “it’ll bring in more crime!” to “children will start using it!”, none of which has happened. Instead, it’s helped the state in countless ways that make legalization look viable. Continue reading Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: 25 Facts

Vaporizing: A Healthier Way to Use Cannabis

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel


When it comes to cannabis, smoking has been the norm for a long time. Although people have used the plant in various forms for centuries, the first thing you probably think of when you hear the word “marijuana” is somebody smoking it. But these days, modern technology is helping us get more out of the plant than ever.

Here, we’ll explore the health benefits of vaporizing cannabis and the downsides of smoking it.

I should give a disclaimer that this article is not intended to provide medical advice or encourage the use of a drug that’s still illegal in many places. I just enjoy researching interesting topics, and the purpose of this article is only to shed light on a healthier way people are using cannabis. Continue reading Vaporizing: A Healthier Way to Use Cannabis

Vipassana – A Brutal but Enlightening 10 Days of Silence

By Christina Sarich, Waking Times

“Learn this from water: loud splashes the brook, but the ocean’s depths are calm.” ~Buddha

How would you handle no phone, no television, no reading, no books or magazines, no writing in a journal, no distractions, and no contact with the people who normally keep you engaged with the world outside your head for ten straight days?

How about no sex, no masturbation, and no killing even a mosquito that buzzes around your head after it happily sucks blood from your armpit? Continue reading Vipassana – A Brutal but Enlightening 10 Days of Silence

A Flourishing Hemp Industry Is Growing in Colorado

By Michael Maharrey, via Natural Blaze

Colorado’s industrial hemp industry continues to grow despite ongoing federal prohibition. The early successes in creating a viable hemp marketplace hinged on the state’s willingness to ignore federal law, along with the actions of farmers and entrepreneurs who have taken advantage of the relaxed state legal structure.

The Centennial State legalized industrial hemp production for commercial purposes in 2012. This was before the federal government loosened laws to allow hemp cultivation within pilot programs for research purposes. At the time, the federal government maintained almost complete prohibition of the plant. People could legally grow hemp, but they had to get a permit from the FDA, a nearly impossible feat. Continue reading A Flourishing Hemp Industry Is Growing in Colorado

Cedella Marley: Break Through Boundaries

e93f3c_06f0b35deb1b47b89dada75418e7f0e9~mv2_d_1354_1354_s_2Positive Vibrations by Cedella Marley, A Nice Time

The future is a blank slate, we have the choice to write it any way we want. Break through self imposed boundaries to understand that there’s nothing you can’t do. Expand your ambition and awareness of the limitlessness of your life. When you realize that your possibilities are endless, you’ll feel a sense of freedom like never before!

One Love… Cedella

Aspartame: The Silent Killer

By Ron Harder, thanks to Body Mind Soul Spirit

There is an epidemic across North America today of Multiple Sclerosis and Lupus. Most people do not understand why this epidemic is happening, and they do not know why these diseases are so rampant. I would like to share with you the main reason we are having this very serious problem.

Many people today use artificial sweeteners in their tea or coffee. They do this because the ads they see on TV tell them that sugar is bad for their health. This is absolutely true. Sugar is toxic to us, but, what most people use as a replacement for sugar is much more deadly. Continue reading Aspartame: The Silent Killer

Electricity-Free, Foot-Powered Washing Machine To Go On Sale This Summer

By Amanda Froelich, Truth Theory

When you live off-grid, are on a budget, or just seek to reduce your water usage, washing clothes can be a task. But with the Drumi, an electricity-free, foot-powered washing machine, the chore is bound to become much, much easier.

The innovative washer was initially introduced in 2015. This summer, it will finally hit the market. As Inhabitat reports, the manufacturer, Yirego, devoted more than 10,000 hours to perfect the product.

The compact invention can wash 6 or 7 individual garments (or about 5 lbs of clothing) at a time. According to Yirego, it is ideal for delicate items or baby clothes. Continue reading Electricity-Free, Foot-Powered Washing Machine To Go On Sale This Summer