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I encourage people not to smoke, but it’s their decision – Chris Fearne

I encourage people not to smoke, but it’s their decision - Chris Fearne
Dec 10 2021 Share

‘As a person and as a doctor, I always encourage people not to drink or smoke. But at the end of the day, it is their decision to make, and the same applies to cannabis’ said Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne. 

Speaking at the launch of a mental health initiative to create a home treatment crisis team, the health minister opened up about his opinion when sharing concerns of other doctors on the reform. 

He said that the public needs the right material to mark informed decisions within the law’s parameters. 

The reform will allow people to possess up to 7g of the drug without criminal sanction. The reform will also allow people to grow up to 4 cannabis plants at home and buy it from regulated clubs. The bill awaits a final vote in parliament on Tuesday. 

This follows an urgent request submitted by the Opposition Party to discuss an anti-cannabis petition which proposes several changes to the current Bill. 

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Fatigue, chest pain or shortness of breath? Here are 5 ways to deal with cholesterol

Fatigue, chest pain or shortness of breath? Here are 5 ways to deal with cholesterol
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Cholesterol is the leading cause of heart disease and high blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke since it builds up in the walls of arteries causing atherosclerosis.

If you fear dealing with such problems, take care of yourself beforehand! Here are 5 ways of dealing with cholesterol.

1. Know your Cholesterol levels

High cholesterol typically does not cause any symptoms that is why it is important for all people to know their cholesterol levels.

All individuals over the age of 20 should have regular cholesterol screenings. The Brown’s Cholesterol Package incorporates a number of diagnostic tests to assess the full cholesterol profile, the health status and patient’s cardiac risk this can be measured by a simple test finger-prick test with results issued in 5 minutes.

2. Eat healthy foods

Reduce saturated fats found in red meat and full fat dairy products, eliminate trans fats often found in oils and butter and increase intake of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and almonds.

Developing a healthy diet and eating foods to lower cholesterol will not only fortify your system but make you feel better in the long run.

3. Increase your physical activity and lose weight

Amongst the many other benefits which come with increasing physical activity such as maintaining mental health, regular exercise and achieving the ideal weight also reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

The FitVit health and fitness program ensures that you are sorted with personalised training plans, nutritional guidance and expert advice to achieve weight loss and feel good doing it!

4. Stop Smoking

Difficult as it may be, stopping smoking comes with a long list of benefits. Beyond the irreparable damage smoking does to your lungs, it also increases the risk of developing heart disease.

Not only will you look better, feel better and move better, your good cholesterol levels (otherwise known as high-density lipoprotein) improve once you stop smoking.

5. Regular Health Check-Ups

Regular health check ups, blood pressure monitoring, glucose testing and cholesterol tests ensure that undiagnosed patients with long term conditions are diagnosed, referred and monitored. As they say, prevention is better than cure and knowing how you stand health-wise is always a benefit.

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This 850 pound edible could be the world’s largest weed brownie

This 850 pound edible could be the world’s largest weed brownie
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Celebrating National Brownie Day on Wednesday, a Massachusetts-based company unveiled what it claims to be the largest THC-infused brownie ever made. Promoting the launch of its new brand Bubby’s Baked, MariMed.inc took to Twitter to reveal the massive brownie which weighs 850 pounds, measures 3’ x 3’ and contains a whopping 20,000 milligrams of THC. 

It was baked by a team of five people in a large commercial oven at their manufacturing facility in New Bedford. The company is also seeking a medical cannabis patient to purchase what is set to be the final result. ‘What’s big, delicious and filled with cannabis?’ the post was captioned. USA Today notes that this concoction destroyed the previous largest brownie‘s record (at 243 pounds). 

However, MariMed’s Chief Product Officer Ryan Crandall revealed that Guiness does not accept cannabis records. ‘That was a disappointment, but we’re still very proud of what we accomplished!’ 

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Malta’s favourite beer Cisk takes home multiple international awards

Malta’s favourite beer Cisk takes home multiple international awards
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No less than four brews from Farson’s portfolio were awarded in the International Beer Challenge (IBC) 2021. The latest competition was judged last September in the UK, winning the local brewery even more fame and recognition to add to their growing acclaim. 

A silver prize was awarded to Cisk Export – the excellent quality 5% ABV premium lager and made especially for the export market. Farsons Green Hop IPA followed suit with another Silver award, having been the latest addition to the Carson’s Classic Brews portfolio. This also marks the first award for the newly launched beer. 

Cisk Excel was awarded Bronze, the famous first low-carbohydrate beer with original Cisk Lager taste. Considering how the IBC rewards and promotes excellent beers from around the globe, these awards acknowledge the skill of the brewer to compete on an international level. 

But there’s more… Cisk Excel was also awarded a Silver medal in this year’s edition of the Brussels Beer Competition. These awards follow the announcement last week of the Gold metal awarded to Cisk 0.0 in the Non and Low Alcohol Beer – Class 1 category at the International Brewing and Cider Awards 2021. 

Last but not least, Cisk Strong, a 9% ABV Premium Lager, was awarded a Bronze medal in the Strong Beer – Class 1 – lager category. Eugenio Caruana, Chief Operations Officer, commented on how his year’s awards come after a particularly challenging year for the industry globally. 

‘They are a tribute to a skilled and experienced team whose dedication to the craft of brewing is unrivalled. We are extremely proud of these results, our beers and their rich heritage and tradition.’

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