Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

Morzine is a great destination for a wild weekend to spend skiing all day and partying all night. If you and your friends have only a few days to get your winter flow, follow this itinerary to take advantage of your trip as well as possible. Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine
About Morzine

For a weekend get-away, Morzine is the perfect destination. As part of the Portes du Soleil resort, the hotel has 400 mile slopes and caters all the skills. Not only that, it’s quick and easy to get to! Just 75 minutes’ drive from Geneva airport, you can get transfer from Geneva to Morzine and be on the slopes in no time. Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

Your weekend schedule

Day One: Get the Nyon cable car then lift La Pointe to Pointe de Nyon. Pistes are wide and usually empty, so this is a great place to race your friends. After lunch, travel to Switzerland and tackle the Mossettes. Take the Prodains Express gondola to Avoriaz, then lift the Chavenette to Les Crosets and finally the Grand-Conche elevator to the Mossettes. It might sound like a bit of a trek, but it’s an easy journey worth the effort. There are brilliant blue and red stretches to slide down. Day Two: Travel from Champoussin to Les Morgins for the best skiing route in this area. The pistes are a bit narrow but are perfect for experienced skiers and beginners. In the afternoon, end your vacation with an explosion in the Les Stash snow park (accessible via Les Lindarets lift). You and your friends can train your bad acts in the mounds and rails of the park. The Après Ski Scene Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

• Pre-drinks

Morzine has a brilliant and vibrant nightlife. For pre-drinks, I would recommend Coyote Bar or Le Cavern. While the first has great beverage deals, as well as pool tables, air hockey and bowling lanes, Le Cavern regularly hosts live bands that will keep you hyped for the night ahead.

• Night club

Day One: Go to Le Paradis in the center of the old town. The atmosphere is unlike any other, with a naughty leopard print chair and dance floor themed ‘Saturday Night Fever’. They also have a great live DJ that will keep you dancing till dawn. Day Two: Make your second night more memorable at L’Opéra. Blasting home songs, techno and D & B, they host a variety of brilliant theme nights. What could be better than partying with your friends with cheap music with improvised costume costume until 5 am?

How to get there

The fastest way to Morzine is to fly to Geneva airport. Switzerland, easyJet and Flybe all offer direct one-and-a-half hour flights from London ranging from very tempting prices. Getting from Geneva to Morzine is then quick and easy with Shuttle Direct. Shared, group or personal transfer messages through their easy-to-use website and a friendly driver will meet you outside the terminal. The journey from Geneva to Morzine takes more than an hour, so you’ll enjoy the snow in no time!

Luke Johannes is the driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of private and shared airport transfers across Europe and North Africa. If you are looking for an affordable transfer from Geneva to Morzine, Luke and his colleagues can ensure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport quickly and safely. Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

It’s A Women’s World: The ‘Ladies’ Château’ of the Loire Valley

It’s A Women’s World: The ‘Ladies’ Château’ of the Loire Valley

A French barge cruise on one of European Waterways luxurious, fully-crewed barge hotels is an experience to remember. We firmly believe that there is no better way to explore the Continent than from the water.
The Nymphea hosts our French barge cruise in the Loire Valley, passing under the remarkable five-arch bridge of the Château de Chenonceau. Built in a pale grey stone, the bridge’s symmetrical curves are juxtaposed against the castle’s pointed turrets and enchant our guests time and time again

 

It’s not only architecture and engineering buffs who fall in love on the banks of the River Cher. The unique history of the Château – spanning from the early sixteenth century to the modern day – is well worth discovering.

Hidden Histories

Cruising beneath the repeated arches of the gallery aboard our French barge cruise, our guests often wonder who created them.

Today we are looking at some of the famous inhabitants of the ‘Ladies’ Château’ – the women who shaped both this beautiful building and France.

The Mistress: Diane de Poitiers

Intellectual, royal-favourite Diane de Poitiers lived in sixteenth-century France; no decorative wallflower, Diane was intelligent and politically savvy. She became so well-liked by King Henry II that she often wrote and signed official correspondence on his behalf using the portmanteau ‘HenriDiane’.

Diane was also the King’s mistress for over two decades – perhaps the most powerful woman in the country. As Henry’s mistress she was given the Château de Chenonceau. Diane not only lovingly developed the gardens, she commissioned the stunning arched bridge spanning the river – one of the most iconic architectural features of the Loire Valley.

The Wife: Catherine de’Medici

Catherine de’Medici was the wife of Henry II and, understandably, was jealous Diane’s influential position in Henry’s court. After Henry’s death Catherine forced Diane de Poitiers, the legal owner of the property, to leave and triumphantly took possession herself. Determined to make the Château her own, Catherine installed a grand gallery running across Diane’s bridge – the strong-willed widow had successfully displaced the trusted mistress.

Under Catherine’s management, the castle became the site for many extravagant parties and, rumour has it, the first ever firework display in France lit up the sky over one of her night time revels.

The Saloniste: Louise Dupin

During the French Enlightenment, eighteenth-century French women were at the centre of literary, artistic and cultural advancements. Louise Dupin, who lived in the Château de Chenonceau with her husband, formed a literary salon there which drew in leaders of the Enlightenment movement such as Voltaire, Condillac, Buffon and Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle.

An intelligent woman herself, Louise saved the building during the widespread destruction of property prompted by the Revolution. Louise pointed out that the arched bridge provided a rare crossing place on the river essential for the movement of people and trade. As a result of her quick thinking and bravery we can enjoy the splendour of the Château de Chenonceau in the twenty-first century.

What to Expect When Cruising the River Moselle

What to Expect When Cruising the River Moselle

Renowned as one of the most picturesque rivers the world, the Moselle stretches for a languid 340 miles from the Vosges Mountains of France to flow into the Rhine in Germany. Various sections have become extremely popular with barge holiday operators, not just for the magnificent scenery encountered along the way, but also for the many historical attractions and, of course, the wine.
The Route of the Moselle

 

From its elevated source at Ballon d’Alsace, the river passes through the spectacularly beautiful and historically significant French landscape of Lorraine, before forming part of the border of Luxembourg and Germany. On its path it takes in countless small towns, Alpine villages and wine-growing regions. Some of the more industrialised sections of the Moselle Valley are also used for transporting goods on large cargo ships. The river joins the Rhine at Koblenz, as its longest tributary. Since it was made entirely navigable in 1964, the river has become a very busy waterway, encompassing 14 locks and a dedicated shipping channel. As well as barge holiday operators, the traffic comprises large numbers of private vessels and commercial and cargo ships.

Attractions en Route

For those on a barge holiday, whatever section of the Moselle makes up the itinerary there are countless attractions to see from the water and on shore excursions. One of the most enchanting is Burg Eltz, a real-life fairytale castle set in its own lush forest. The medieval castle is immaculately preserved, having been in one family for more than 850 years. The interiors are bedecked with original tapestries, furnishings and artworks that have been curated with such attention and care they look like the centuries have simply passed them by. Set upon the peak of a huge craggy rock, Burg Eltz epitomises the concept of a fairytale castle.

For those passing through Trier (close to Luxembourg), exploring the Roman ruins of the oldest city in Germany is a must. Founded in 16 BC by the infamous Augustus, Trier was a vital trade and financial hub for the Roman Empire for more than four centuries. Today one can walk around its many archaeological attractions and take in sites like the Porta Nigra, the Hauptmarkt and the city’s most iconic landmark, the magnificent UNESCO-listed Trierer Dom – the oldest cathedral in Germany. The city is also famous for a very different reason as the birthplace of philosopher Karl Marx.

Fine Wine

It’s not for nothing that wine is one of the most popular themes for barge holiday itineraries in this region of Germany and Luxembourg. The Moselle Valley is renowned for some of the world’s finest Rieslings, which make up around 60% of its total production. The region provides the perfect conditions for this famous grape, with records indicating that it has been grown there since 1435. The Riesling has a distinct colour and flavour that aficionados attribute to its high acidity, and it has the ability to age well up to 40 years.

For history, scenery and the opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the most acclaimed wine regions in the world, cruising along the beautiful River Moselle is invariably a most memorable and enjoyable experience for travellers of any age.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holiday itineraries. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

Ski in the New Year at These Top Resorts

Ski in the New Year at These Top Resorts

New Year’s Eve is supposed to be the biggest party of the year, but too often it is a let-down and no different to your average night out. This year, why not see out 2017 with a bang by jetting off for an exhilarating ski break? Ski resorts are superb places to see in the New Year as you can shred the slopes and then party till the early hours in the fresh snow under an endless blanket of stars. This certainly beats paying to go to the local pub back home!
There are plenty of great resorts around Europe that have wild New Year’s Eve parties and excellent skiing, but here are a few of the best:

 

Meribel

Meribel is always a cracking place for New Year and a favourite with Brits. The parties kick off with a cool torch-lit descent to the Chaudanne area where there is an enormous fireworks display. You are spoilt for choice for epic parties after this, and a lively atmos-phere sweeps across the entire resort. Le Rond Point is a popular spot if you want to see in 2018 by dancing until the early hours, whilst Le Poste de Secours is the place to be for cocktails. Jacks and Dicks Tea Bar are also worth checking out.

In terms of skiing, Meribel has lots of great runs and easy access to the 600km slopes across Le Trois Valleys – perfect!

Tignes

The NYE parties at Tignes are legendary and the best choice for raucous party animals. They host the biggest free outdoor party in all of Europe, as the resort is transformed into a mammoth open-air music festival that goes on well into January 1st. Thumping tunes, fireworks and fire displays in the snow under the stars is the perfect way to end the year! Tignes always pulls huge names too, such as David Guetta and Joachim Garraud.

What better way to cure your hangover than hitting the slopes? Tignes has excellent conditions, 150 km of local slopes and access to Val d’Isère if you wish.

Val d’Isère

Val d’Isère is, in my humble opinion, the prettiest town in the Alps and a great setting for a special New Year’s Eve. It is home to many excellent bars, pubs and clubs, so you should easily be able to find something that suits your taste for the big night. Places like the Doudoune Club pull big names and even rival some UK clubs! Additionally, the town centre is an amazing place to be when the clock strikes 12 as everyone comes together for a grand countdown and champagne showers.

As most of the slopes being above 2500m, there will be terrific skiing on offer here too.

Mayrhofen

Mayrhofen in Tyrol, Austria is another popular destination for NYE thanks to the variety of options on offer. It is home to lots of cool establishments, most notably the Ice Bar and Gasthof Bruecke which both have wild NYE parties with live music and dancing on tables deep into the new year. Another reason that I recommend Mayrhofen is the New Year’s Eve train, which is a party train from Jenbach to Mayrhofen which stops off for live music and drinks at each stop! There is also a horse-drawn carriage procession to the snowy racecourse on New Year’s Day (if you’re not too hungover!).

Mayrhofen also has 159 km of piste and features Austria’s steepest run – Harakiri.

Any of these resorts would be a superb choice for an unforgettable New Year filled with snow, skiing, partying and joy. Shuttle Direct can get you, your troops and all your ski gear to any of these resorts with ease, so you can sit back and start planning how to bring in 2018!

How Much Isolation Isolation Do You Really Need?

 

Is your house isolated properly?

Probably not, at least according to the North American Isolation Manufacturing Association or NAIMA. The organization found that by 2015, 90 percent of isolated homes are not isolated enough.

What does this mean? As a homeowner, your home may be too hot or cold. Moreover, your energy bill may be too expensive.

As you pass by your house and reevaluate your isolation situation, you may wonder how much of the loft insulation you really need?

The answers vary. We will explain the conditions that determine the amount of attic insulation that is right for your home.

Age of home
How old is your house?

If you bought a house shortly after it was built, you may not need to add as much insulation as possible. The change is at home 10 years and over. This requires a heavier insulation layer.

If not, as mentioned, you waste precious money every month. By isolating, you can reduce the use of air conditioning and heating.

Location
In addition to the age of your home, your location is also important in determining how much insulation the attic you need.

Every state in the country (and some outside the United States) gets R.

According to International Energy Conservation Code or IECC and U.S. Department of Energy or DOE, this R value is divided into eight uninsulated loft zones:

Zone 1, which is R30 to R49 and covers the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Hawaii
Zone 2, which is R30 to R60 and covers Florida, parts of Georgia, parts of Louisiana, parts of Texas, parts of Arizona, and a small part of California
Zone 3, which is R30 to R60 and covers other parts of California, parts of Arizona, parts of New Mexico, parts of Texas, mostly Oklahoma and Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and parts of North Carolina
Zone 4, which is R38 to R60 and includes parts of Washington, parts of Oregon, parts of New Mexico, parts of Missouri, parts of Illinois, parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Zones 5 through 8, the R49 to R60 and cover all other states
Country of Isolation Your Attic is current
Walk through your attic and look for the following type of isolation. Each has an R value that determines the quality of the loft insulation.

Batts, made of fiberglass, have an R-3.2 x depth value
Granules, which may be made of pearlite or vermiculite, have an R value of 2.7 x depth
Gray gray or cellulose has a R value of 3.7 x depth
The stone wool fiber, which is black or gray, has an R value of 2.8 x depth
Loose fibers, which may be pink or slightly yellow, have a value of R 2.5 x depth
Now that you know more about the insulation requirements of the attic, it’s time to make a decision. Does your attic need to be re-insulated?

When choosing an isolation company, look for who has a long record of services in your area. It is also best if they provide different types of insulation, such as spraying spray insulation or spray foam insulation.

Do not let your attic spend more money. Get a grip on your isolation today!

Challenge Accepted: Issues Facing Legal Marketing Teams

Have you spent time in or around the legal profession? If so, you ‘ve probably heard your fair share of lawyer jokes.

Unfortunately, most jokes about lawyers do not paint attorneys in a great light. The underlying assumption is that lawyers are, at best, boring and, at worst, crooks.

So, when it comes to developing a marketing campaign for a law office, marketers have their work cut out for them. Prospective customers already have preconceived notions about lawyers.

A good marketer’s job will be to undermine those assumptions and show the value of sound legal advice.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the challenges facing marketers for legal teams. Once we identify the challenges, we can develop a strategy for overcoming them.

The Legal Marketing Industry is Fairly New
For most consumer products, marketing and advertising have been around for a long time. This is not the case with the legal profession.

State bar associations once considered it unethical for attorneys to promote their services. This standard stayed in place until the 1976 Supreme Court case Bates vs. State Bar of Arizona. In this case, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of lawyers’ rights to advertise their services in a truthful manner.

Since that ruling, lawyers have had the same liberty to advertise as any other business. While this created new opportunities for lawyers, it also means that there is a history of legal marketing strategies to draw on.

This foundation challenge presents different difficulties for legal marketers.

Clients Lack Knowledge of the Legal Industry
Every marketer struggles with customer education to some extent. But this is especially challenging for marketers in the legal industry.

Usually, when a person needs a lawyer, they are in a vulnerable position. Perhaps they’re getting divorced or making a personal injury claim.

To reach clients in these situations, marketers must communicate the value of an attorney. Additionally, they must set the clients at ease, and help them develop trust in the legal team.

A great way for lawyers to meet this challenge. Strategies like blogging and social media engagement can be effective. These approaches make knowledge of the legal industry accessible to customers.

Technology has Shifted Marketing Strategies
Another challenge facing legal marketers is adapting to evolving marketing practices.

Let’s look at an example. In the past, if someone wanted to find a Charlotte criminal lawyer, they would probably start with the yellow pages. Or, they would talk to folks in their personal network, and look for recommendations.

Times have changed. These days, most folks would use a search engine as their first approach to finding an attorney.

So, in order for lawyers to get clients, they need to make sure that clients can find them. This means building a robust online presence that will find and connect with.

Are you ready to start working on a marketing campaign for your legal team? Then sign up today for a free account with ArticleCity. You’ll get access to marketing tools and resources used by successful marketers across the country.

5 Ideas for Fun Custom Bobbleheads

 

A doll with a head that bobbles: that is the classic bobblehead doll. And that could very well be the end of the story.

But it’s not.

The fun begins when bobblehead dolls are customized to represent something or someone in particular. A custom bobblehead doll is the perfect blend of art and laughter.

But before the fun begins, you have to decide what or who your custom bobblehead doll is supposed to represent. You will never run out of ideas for custom bobbleheads.

Here are 5 to get you started:

1. Your Favorite Pet
Who says bobbleheads have to be modeled after humans. Pets are people too. If not, at least they are great subjects for custom bobbleheads.

Make this gift card out to yourself.

You might not take your favorite pet with you to the office. But you could put a bobblehead of her on your desk.

It will be like you are the one with the barking, territory marking, and … You get the idea.

2. Bobblehead Selfie
All of the power, science, chemistry and engineering that goes into the masses, taking selfies.

If you are going to take selfies, why not take them to the next level?

A custom bobblehead selfie is a great gift that reminds friends, family, spouses and other domestic partners that you are always there for them. So do not hesitate to give the gift of yourself.

3. Confidence Boosters
If you think self-esteem is tough for adults, try being a kid again. It is harder than ever to navigate the grade school social highway with your ego intact.

Parents can give the gift of self-confidence by presenting a child with a bobblehead of themselves as their favorite superhero. It can be a reward for good grades on an exam, or politeness, or neatness, or any good thing that can be called out in a special way.

Because it is a custom bobblehead, your child’s likeness could be them ripping open their shirt to reveal a superhero emblem underneath.

Just know that some places charge extra to customize the body. There will also be a charge for glasses, masks, and head gear. When pricing your custom bobblehead, be very specific about what you want.

4. Sales Incentives
Sales rooms are powered by egos and incentives. Custom Bobbleheads of your sales team can help you tap into both.

The winner of your weekly contests can be represented by their triumphant bobblehead prominently displayed.

5. Bobblehead Family
As the old saying goes, the family that bobbles together … Well, you get the idea.

Next time, instead of a family portrait, why not try something a little different?

Why not do family bobbleheads every few years. The kids will love them, the grandkids will adore them. And for the first time, the Joneses will want to keep up with you.

There is no end to the creative ways to customize and utilize bobblehead dolls. If you are an out of the box thinker, give one firm bobble for “yes!”

Road Trip Round Route Ring Road Iceland

Road Trip Round Route Ring Road Iceland

For travel zealots or first timers, this will be a lifelong experience. Just you, your best friend, your favorite classic game, and the open road. Route 66 may be a well-known option, but for the adventurous souls longing to go off the beaten track: Iceland Ring Road calls you! Road Trip Round Route Ring Road Iceland
Be sure to see this exciting sight

Just like a road trip, you have to do a bit of advanced planning to be able to see the scenery in all their glory. Ice crystal ice caves The Karnataka glacier must be booked prior to arrival to avoid disappointment, for example. The stunning natural caves can only be reached during the winter, and are very dangerous. Hire a guide to get the most out of your visit, and discover their depth.

The Crash Site of Sólheimasandur Plane may be hard to find, but it is even better for the challenges it faces in finding it. Wander through the simultaneous remnants of a US Navy aircraft of the 1970s for an interesting diversion on your journey.

Whale audiences should be at the top of your list, and the fjord near Akureyri is an ideal location to see minke whales, humps and bottles. There is something very miraculous when seeing these great beings in the flesh, and this is an experience you will never forget. Road Trip Round Route Ring Road Iceland

Top Tips for Making Your Trip Tick Again Without Exams or Tribulation

There are many places to stop admiring the natural wonders of this special country on this journey. The route itself can, in fact, be driven in a tight 24-hour non-stop circle, but why do you do that and skip all that fun ?! Better take your time and get it all done. A week would be a good time to see all the best pieces, but much longer would be even better. It is also a good idea to leave a little time at the end of your trip if your flight is affected by bad winter weather.

Rent a van, collect the crew and go there with all your winter wool, playlists and cameras with plenty of space on your memory card … Wherever you look is a photo opportunity.

On the practical side you might want to practice your night driving so you can enjoy spending some of your trip in the dark when the Northern Lights are visible. Road Trip Round Route Ring Road Iceland

Do not forget the GPS, the right tires for winter weather, and adequate insurance. You can combine your insurance needs in a trip like this and get travel and rent a car excess insurance one-fold.

Ethan Bailey is an experienced adventure traveler and insurance expert with Let’s Go Insure team. Ethan’s spirit is to inspire his clients to go further, deeper and higher on their journey and his expertise in providing ideal insurance allows them to do just that. If you’re looking for the best travel policy, including overpaid car insurance, Let’s Go works with the most experienced underwriters, intermediaries and insurers to offer competitive insurance without sacrificing protection. Road Trip Round Route Ring Road Iceland

How To Know When It’s Time To Change Your Ban

Tire kick is not a beautiful sight. If you’re lucky, you’ll just spew the rubber everywhere and fight safely to the curb.

If you are not lucky, you can end up in a bad situation. It’s probably best to know how to handle your car in case of a tire explosion.

But we at Tire Busters to help you avoid this situation by telling you when to change your tires. Because nothing is everlasting. Especially your tires, sad.

What is Tire?
Although tires do not last forever, they are usually made to last long enough.

Depending on how long you have the tires and how many miles you wear, you should tire at least a few years before having to replace them.

But what makes the tires so sturdy? Is not that just rubber and metal? How does your car tire really keep your car floating comfortably over the road?

Your tires are made of several layers.

The inner layer

The first layer on the inside is “Inner Layer.” Before the contemporary tires come, we all use innertubes to inflate our tires. This is the actual rubber tube that is placed around the wheel and then inflated.

Currently, innertubes are used for bicycles or up and down from snowy slopes.

But the inner layer of your tire is there to seal the incoming air.

Karkas Ply

This is your tire bone. They give your tire the power it needs to hold the hard bumps on the road without splitting.

Beads

Your tire beads are there to make a tight seal on your steering wheel. They are stiff and tightly clamped your wheels.

Sidewall

The side wall is your tire shock system. They keep the tires from losing shape.

Crown Plies

Crown plies are the foundation for your footprint. They keep the treads serrated so they can grip the highway as you grind the gears.

Footprint

This is the part of the tire that really keeps you on the road. If this is worn out, you slide it around and spin your wheels.

What Indications Should I Replace My Ban?
You may not always get rid of your tire damage or know when to change your tires. But some of the damage can be very obvious and there are some metrics that can be used when assessing your tires.

Damage

As we pointed out in the section above, your side wall is important in keeping your tires rigid. If there is damage to your side wall, you may need to change your tires.

If you see a bubble on the sidewall of your tire, do not drive your vehicle. Change with backup and take it to your tire specialist. (Ban Busters is a good bet.)

Bubble on your tire means there is serious internal damage to the tire. Its integrity has been compromised. We can not stress enough how important you are not to drive a tire with this kind of damage.

If you see a cut on your side wall, see if it’s deep. If so, bring it in to see. This may not be a problem, but it’s safer than sorry when to tire. Tires can be a matter of life and death by car.

The puncture wound on the tire sometimes penetrates all the way. The biggest offender is usually a screw. If you notice something stuck to your tire, leave it there and go up to your nearest tire mechanic.

If you still have to travel long distances, switch to backup.

If it’s structural damage, sometimes the puncture on the side can cause structural damage, you have to change your tires. But if not, the puncture can be a direct tire repair.

Performance

Another indication you may need to change is performance degradation.

One performance problem could be air loss. If you find yourself spending tires once a week or more, you may have something wrong with your tires.

You should always check the tire routine of your car. But if you and you find them low on regular, then you should bring them in for review by a tire specialist.

Do you feel a slight vibration in the wheel while driving? Do your tires hum more than usual on the highway?

Your wheels may be out of balance, or maybe something more serious happens. Get a competent mechanic to check your wheels and tires.

Tread Wear

If your tires wear too thin, you can risk the explosion. Step on your tires there to protect you and keep you on the road. It is important to monitor your tire footprint and your tires rotate every 5,000 miles to stay healthy.

But what are the treads that are too faded on the tires?

Tires can be worn uneven if not rotated properly. You can use your tires on one side if mounted on the front end of the rear-wheel drive vehicle.

To overcome this, a few mek

Can Marijuana Slow Your Brain’s Aging Process?

Less than 10 years ago, marijuana was illegal everywhere in the United States. Yet, today more and more states are recognizing the medicinal benefits of marijuana. And legalizing it.

As marijuana becomes more acceptable, more studies have been done and the news is astounding. Why? Because new studies show that medical marijuana can actually slow down your brain’s aging process.

Excited? Read on.

How Does Medical Marijuana Slow Aging?
As everyone knows, with the increase of age, our memory performance decreases. It’s just a natural side effect of getting older. Or is it? Do humans have to accept getting older or is there something to be done?

This latest research, by scientists from University of Bonn and Hebrew University, shows that humans may be able to help prevent brain function from slowing as they grow older.

How?

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana has been shown to boost memory, learning, and cognitive function in older mice.

It is important to note that the dosage of THC administered to the mice was so small that there was no intoxicating effect on them.

How Was the Experiment Performed?
There were three testing groups of mice used while conducting this scientific experiment. Each group represented mice at a certain age. The experiment lasted approached four weeks.

The three groups used were 2 months, one year, and 18 months. Some mice were given a placebo while other mice were given small doses of THC.

Each group of mice solved a water maze.

The mice were tested for:

Learning Capacity
Memory Performance
Orientation Skills
Recognition of Other Mice
What Were the Results of THC with the Test Groups?
After four weeks of conducting this experiment, the results were astonishing.

Researchers found that:

18 Months With No THC: Older mice who were not given THC during this experiment showed difficulty recognizing familiar objects. They also experienced difficulty navigating the maze.
18 Months With THC: Those very mice who were given THC actually scored very similarly to the younger, more vibrant mice. And they did so for an entire month after the dosing stopped.
However, the youngest group of mice who were administered the THC appeared to decline in their cognitive abilities.

Why? Because both under stimulation and over stimulate is harmful. Meaning that in young mice, the endogenous cannabinoid system is already pretty active so adding THC simply overstimulated the mice until their cognitive function declined. The same is true for young people.

One wonders what impact is going to be on current cannabis stocks.

What Do These Findings Mean?
“The treatment completely reversed the loss of performance in the old animals,” Prof. Andreas Zimmer from the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn and member of the Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation.

Great, THC reverses loss of performance in old animals, but what does that mean for humans?

It means that THC is stimulating the brain’s endocannabinoid system.

What is an Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system is a biochemical pathway that slows down with aging. It’s located within the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system. Its receptors help regulate memory, mood, appetite, and pain.

The human body actually makes its own cannabinoids. They help regulate what is being neurotransmitted. When THC is inhaled or ingested into the system, it competes with the body’s own cannabinoids for the receptors.

This is what leads to changes in which signals are released.

This study is sure to lead to more studies on the myriad health benefits of medical marijuana.