Cannabis Ruderalis – What You Need To Know

Cannabis Ruderalis – What You Need To Know

While most of us are aware of Indica and Sativa, many of us are not familiar with Cannabis Ruderalis. This Cannabis, although beneficial, is not as popular as others. However, this group of Cannabis is well known for its unique features and medicinal benefits. It is the type of cannabis that can help a person who is already using some form of marijuana and is looking to use cannabis for therapeutic benefits. 

This article takes a look at Cannabis Ruderalis, thus exploring its beautiful characteristics and special benefits. 

Definition of Cannabis Ruderalis

In earlier times, Cannabis Ruderalis was considered one of the ancestors of different varieties of cannabis, but it is better known as its own species in the present day. This species is hardy and wild, and it is found mostly in Russia and Central Asia. Being a significant species of cannabis, it is loaded with unique benefits and features. 

Being smaller in size than Sativas and Indicas, this species is grown using the sea of green method. According to this method, harvesting can be done in huge quantities and within a limited time. This species grows up to 2.5 feet and has limited side branches and narrower shaped leaves. 

Due to its smaller size, Ruderalis cannot produce a large yield, and this can be seen when its yield is compared with others. For many, the smaller size might not be an advantage, however, the smaller sizes are incredible when it comes to patients who depend upon this plant due to the medicinal values and so they usually choose to grow it at home. Ruderalis can be quickly grown in houses as it does not have a lighting requirement, which allows the planters to grow this plant almost anywhere. 

Cannabis Ruderalis-Origin

Cannabis Ruderalis dates back to thousands of years ago in parts of Eastern and Central Europe, Asia, and Russia. It grew as a weed in these places. Ruderalis is derived from the word ‘ruderal’ which suggests that this species grows in the roadways. The discovery of this unique species happened in 1924, and D.E. Janischewsky identified it. This plant caught his attention because of its unique shape and size. 

What does Autoflowering mean?

Cannabis Ruderalis is known to be auto-flowering, which is not seen in other species. No matter what the lifecycle is, Cannabis Ruderalis transitions smoothly from the vegetative phase to the flowering phase, allowing the auto-flowering to occur. For those people who are dependent on Cannabis, the flowering phase is very significant, as, during this phase, the cannabis plants give rise to flowers containing cannabinoids in high quantities. 

With higher quantities of Cannabidiol, Cannabis Ruderalis is gaining popularity in recent times. Another significant fact about Cannabis is that it comprises higher quantities of CBD and an insignificant THC, making an excellent choice for people who are fond of the natural benefits.

Finally, it can be said that Cannabis Ruderalis is a unique species with special features, which is why it is becoming increasingly popular. 

Top 4 Best Truck Stops In The United States

Top 4 Best Truck Stops In The United States

If there’s one thing the country has plenty of, it’s truck stops. There are more than 500 Love’s Travel Stops in the USA — and that’s just one brand out of many, not even counting other franchises like Petro and The Flying J, or independent stops that are littered across the landscapes. The point being, truck stops are numerous, but only a few can hold the title of being among the very best. Now, there might be some debate over which are the cream of the crop (even trucking accident lawyers in Sacramento have their own opinions on the matter), but for our money, here are five worthy of your consideration.

Jubitz Travel Center

Located in Portland, the Jubitz Travel Center and Truck Stop has been in the game since 1952, offering up an essential spot for not only truck service and repair, but also a haven for truckers to rest up for the night and grab a hearty bite to eat. Their famous Jake Brake Deli is the place to go for delicious meats and quick bites you can take on the go. What’s more, they’ve got a long listing of amenities, which even includes a dog wash and access to Oregon’s thrilling lottery games.

Dysart’s Truck Stop

Bangor, Maine, isn’t just the setting for an abundance of popular Country & Western tunes. It’s also the home of Dysart’s Truck Stop, a virtual Mecca for truckers in the Northeastern US.What makes it such the attraction? The truck stop has all the essentials, including a service center, but the restaurant really is the icing on the proverbial cake, providing a wide variety of comfort food favorites in a setting that’s about as wholesome as they come.

Whiskey Pete’s

What might you expect from a truck stop just miles south of Las Vegas? If a quaint casino and relaxing hotel alongside a Flying J are about what you imagined, then you might be thinking of Whiskey Pete’s in Jean, Nevada. This stop pulls out all the stops when it comes to providing for truckers, so you won’t be disappointed.

Iowa 80

Hailed as the world’s largest truck stop, Iowa 80 in Walcott, Iowa, has everything a trucker could ask for, and a more than a few things they didn’t even know they wanted out of a truck stop. This is hailed as “Trucker’s Disneyland” for good reason — you’ll come here, and might feel tempted to never leave!

The Perfect Revenge: The Next Hot Saga

The Perfect Revenge: The Next Hot Saga

Releasing October 20th, The Perfect Revenge has us counting down the days until its big reveal. This contemporary women’s fiction is part one of The Dragonfly Rises saga. The reader follows main character, Zoey. We see her grow from a scared child to a serious tough cookie as she takes matters into her own hands. This book is thrilling to read and is jammed packed with romance, street justice, drama and more. So, here’s the inside scoop about The Perfect Revenge.

What makes your book series un-put-down-able?

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The main character is highly relatable, and readers will be eager to find out how she’s overcome the tough challenges she’s faced—as well as discover ever-emerging secrets about her past.

What is something interesting/cool/unbelievable you discovered while researching your book?


I patterned most of the characters in this book after real people I’ve met down through the years. The book’s central villain is a textbook narcissist, as well as a complete obsessionist, alcoholic, and (sometimes) what’s known as a “dry drunk.” As I delved deeper into these particular textbooks, I also climbed into the mind, heart, and soul of this neurotic character, which was a frightening place to be.

If you could give your book to one singer/musician, who would it be and why?


I’d choose Pink. She’s powerful and ever-ready to take a stand for what she believes in—like Zoey. The lyrics to one of her newest songs, “Hurts 2B Human,” capture Zoey’s fierce bond with herself and with those she holds dear: “You know I’d have your back…”

If your book was turned into a film/TV show, who would you tap to play the lead(s)? Why?


Zoey:
Anna Kendrick, because she can be shy and hopeless but at the same time demonstrate incredible strength.
Amy Adams, or Karen Gillan, or Rachel McAdams—all have the ability to transform from the girl-next-door who’s completely unaware of her potential, to a badass who can defeat powerful enemies.
Max:
Ray Liotta, because he can act charming while completely slimy and vicious inside.
Bryan Cranston, because can deliver a dominating presence and be extreme in the characters weaknesses.

Tell us something about you that no one else knows.


I was once kicked out of a straight-laced writer’s group for my work being too “racy.”

What three books are on your To Be Read list this summer?


What Is a Girl Worth?: My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics by Rachel Denhollander

Devoted by Dean Koontz

The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins

Recommend a book that is similar to yours. If people like X, then they’ll love your book because…

The late Steig Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo shares heat and color with The Perfect Revenge, bothreplete with intrigue and power and violence and abuse and global finances and eroticism. The Perfect Revenge takes the reader further inside, however, as it’s told from the first-person viewpoint of the female lead. It’s Zoey’s story told by Zoey.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?


Research regarding Zoey’s biggest secret, to be revealed in Book 2.

What was the most rewarding part of writing your book?


The opportunity to inspire women to find empowerment and take control of their lives, and then to use their influence to drive society in a more positive direction.

What book made you cry and why?


The Color Purple—so many women throughout history have suffered in heinous situations against which they were powerless. That list includes my own mother, which is the driving force behind this project.

What is the second line on the 42nd page of your book?


But any time he was gone was precious to that scared eleven-year-old.”

What is the core message you want to deliver to the world through your writing/books/stories?


No matter how bad your situation, or traumatic your past, you can turn your life around and achieve self-fulfillment. I know this firsthand and have witnessed such transformation by women with much worse childhoods than my own.

Rapid Fire Questions

James Bond or Laura Croft?
Laura Croft, of course

Meat or Veggies?
Both

Skinny dipping or mountain climbing?
Skinny dipping

Formal attire or yoga pants and a hoodie?
Neither

Horseback riding or ATV?
Horseback

Kanye West or Taylor Swift?
Taylor Swift

Kittens or puppies?
Baby tigers

Ninja or pirates?
Ninja

Reading or writing?
Writing

Alice in Wonderland or Lord of the Flies?
Lord of the Flies

Coachella or Broadway?
Broadway

Chess or Fortnight?
Chess

Invisibility or mind reading?
Mind reading

London or Istanbul?
London

Miley or Selena?
I take the fifth

E.L. James or J.K. Rowling?
A potent combination

Make sure to pre-order your copy of The Perfect Revenge now!

Growing Cannabis at Home: The Beginner’s Checklist

Growing Cannabis at Home: The Beginner’s Checklist

Growing cannabis indoors can be a rewarding and enriching experience, but it is crucial to understand the requirements before making a start. Despite the enjoyable nature of growing cannabis indoors, not taking the right steps could mean that you fail to harvest a healthy crop. 

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A Dedicated Growing Space 

Depending on the amount of cannabis you want to grow, there will be a need to acquire space. Those only looking to grow a little will find that a dedicated area in the room is fine, whereas those looking to harvest a more significant amount may want to consider the use of a spare room. 

Those using a smaller space may want to consider the use of a grow tent to ensure that maximum darkness is at hand when needed. 

Source the Right Cannabis Seeds 

As with any aspect of growing cannabis at home, you need to ensure that you are only purchasing high-quality seeds. If you are new to growing cannabis and are looking for seeds best suited to beginners, then you should consider Northern Lights (Indica) or Blue Dream (Hybrid.)

Use the Right Kind of Lights 

One of the most critical factors that need to be considered when growing cannabis is the right kind of lighting. Fortunately, there is plenty of guidance available online for those growing weed indoors with a light. 

Have Plenty of Patience 

Depending on the environment and the kind of cannabis strain you are growing, the time to grow weed can take anything from eight weeks to seven months. Some people may be tempted to take some shortcuts, but this is ill-advised, as it will yield nothing more than an impotent crop. 

Needless to say, if you don’t have the time to set aside when it comes to maintaining and curing the harvest, then growing cannabis may not be for you. 

Space to Dry the Cannabis 

The time to dry cannabis can depend on the temperature and layout of the space being used. When growing cannabis at home, you should aim for an optimal temperature of 70°F (21°C). 

The drying of cannabis can take between three and seven days, but the aim is to eliminate the moisture contained within the cannabis, so there can be times when the process takes longer. In short, it is better to be safe than sorry, as it helps eliminate problems occurring in the future. 

The drying process is essential, as it helps eradicate the growth of mold during the curing process. Even though the curing can take care of small amounts of moisture, too much could ruin the cannabis. 

Jars for the Curing Process 

You may have read or heard that when curing cannabis, the use of sandwich bags is just as efficient as using glass jars, but this is not the case. The fact of the matter is that if you use sandwich bags, you are going to end up with cannabis that is of exceptionally low quality. 

Therefore, those hoping for a successful harvest will ensure that they are investing in high-quality glass jars that ensure the curing process is efficient. 

Some may argue that the curing process is not required, but those looking to grow potent cannabis that is of high quality will need to treat the growing of cannabis in the same way as producing wine. 

Growing cannabis at home allows cannabis enthusiasts to sample different strains, thus allowing them to find a cannabinoid that works best for them. However, cutting corners when curing cannabis can mean that these benefits are dampened if recognized at all. 

It is fair to say that growing cannabis at home won’t be for everyone, but those searching for a pastime that helps perfect their

When It Comes To School Reopening, “There’s An App For That”

When It Comes To School Reopening, “There’s An App For That”

With the incidence of new COVID-19 cases growing by the day, healthcare stakeholders are continuing to search for tools and medications to help stem the tide. We have seen the digital health community release a slew of new tools aiming to monitor the spread of the disease and facilitate better treatment. And it sounds as if there’s still more to come, as tech giants Facebook, Amazon and Google sat down with the World Health Organization (WHO) to talk about their role in combating the spread of disease, as well as misinformation. 

As of this morning there were over 4.8 million laboratory-confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S. The medical community has rushed to search for solutions to the spread of the disease with a big push for vaccine and medicine research. 

In lieu of a vaccine or therapy for COVID-19, the idea is to provide evidence-based guidance to businesses and schools that otherwise don’t know how to go about developing a return-to-work plan. In the absence of clear leadership here or clear guidance from the government, a lot of employers and educators feel like they’re having to play armchair epidemiologist — and very few employers or teachers are really positioned to do that.

Technology has a history of helping the medical industry track and treat viruses. Among more recent examples is flu tracking. In 2018 the US experienced a particularly severe flu season. During this time aggregated user data collected through Kinsa’s smart connected thermometers indicated illness spikes across the country.

Even more recently, a Scripps Research Translational Institute study published in The Lancet Digital Health found that resting-heart-rate and sleep-duration data collected from Fitbit devices could help inform timely and accurate models of population-level influenza trends.

And now, as schools grapple with how to safely reopen this fall, DrOwl is offering their groundbreaking new platform to schools for free. Neither students nor teachers are likely to return to school if they fear infection, so there needs to be some way to separate the sick from the. DrOwl’s technology is helping schools make their activities safer for staff, students, and guests, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Health screening and contact tracing are a large part of reducing the potential spread of COVID-19 in schools. DrOwl does both of these things.

As a technology company, we are thrilled to use our skills and expertise to help during this crisis.  We understand the importance of a solid screening process and that it is one of the things that is helping get us get back to school in a safe, well-thought manner,” said Arvind Raichur, CEO, and Co-Founder of DrOwl. “Our screening tool is a game-changer for schools, businesses, and so many other organizations throughout the world.”

The digital tools go far beyond the infrared thermometers and temperature checks that have dominated the conversation around safely reopening. The new wave of software products allows employers and schools to direct their workers and students to get a Covid-19 test, clear them to return to work or school, track their symptoms, and trace the contacts of anyone who tests positive for the coronavirus.

The rollouts are forcing digital health vendors and their customers to navigate a range of unprecedented legal, cultural, and financial questions. Among them: What kinds of surveillance can employers require their workers to submit to — and will employees actually use these tools? Just as 9/11 led to more invasive security in airports and other vulnerable spaces, most indications are the pandemic will lead to more pervasive health surveillance abetted by new digital tools.

Civil liberties experts say it is important for any virus-tracking of employees or students to be voluntary. Otherwise, by linking identification technologies like facial recognition to employees’ or students’ health status, businesses and schools could usher in an authoritarian, China-like system of surveillance and social control at workplaces and schools.

We are accepting encroachments on privacy here that we would not normally accept,” said Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union. “We need to be vigilant to make sure that they don’t outlast this crisis.” Four Republican senators said in May they would introduce a Covid-19 privacy bill to hold businesses accountable when they use people’s health information to fight the pandemic. Some of the reopening tools may raise questions about whether employers or schools are invading their workers’ or students’ privacy — and so digital health vendors pitching pandemic-related services are taking steps to try to steer clear of such concerns. As least for now, increased tracking and screening seem poised to become a fact of daily life for workers, students, and consumers.

Author Ryan Southwick tells us ALL about his Fantasy Book

Author Ryan Southwick tells us ALL about his Fantasy Book

Angels in the Mist by author Ryan Southwick is unlike any Sci-Fi book you’ve read before. Southwick created a world of androids, cyborgs and ancient evil hellbent on distruction. We were captivated by this pageturner and wanted to learn more. Southwick gave us some insight into his personal thoughts:  

Q What makes your book series a must-read?

It provides a unique spin on several fantasy / science fiction concepts, and blends them in a seamless, realistic manner, with unforgettable characters, lots of action, and a protagonist worth rooting for. 

Q What is something interesting/cool/unbelievable you discovered while researching your book? 

When researching the PTSD portion, the thing that surprised me the most was how many people stepped forward and told me they’d had similar experiences to the protagonist—some frighteningly so. It’s forged bonds I wouldn’t have had otherwise. 

Q If you could give your book to one singer/musician, who would it be and why? 

Weezer. Love his music, and he seems quirky enough to dig it (assuming he likes reading…) 

Q Tell us something about you that no one else knows. 

I love quiche. (There, I said it. I’m a quiche eater!) 

Q Recommend a book that is similar to yours. If people like X, then they’ll love your book because… 

That’s tough; I wrote this book because I couldn’t find one like it. =] I just asked my wife the same question, who’s a voracious reader. She just shrugged and told me, “That’s what you get for writing something unique.” 

Q What advice do you have for other writers? 

Don’t be afraid of small publishers. They can fill in a lot of the blanks that may otherwise take a long time to do yourself, especially if you’re not technical. But definitely do your research before signing the contract (mine is great). 

Q Your genre of book is popular right now, why do you think that is? 

Urban fantasy is easy to absorb and identify with because it happens in today’s world. It takes concepts and settings familiar to everyone, which makes it accessible, then adds a splash of something extraordinary to spice it up. 

Q What book made you cry and why? 

Ryan Southwick

Leah Braun’s Sex on Fire. She tells her tale without pulling many punches. Not only did I feel terrible for her, imagining my daughters in that same situation was enough to bring tears to my eyes. Wonderful book, can’t recommend it enough. 

Q What is something you’ve always wanted to try but are afraid to. 

Hang gliding. Some of the best hang gliding in the entire country is in Pacifica—like 2 miles from my house—but jumping off a cliff with just a flimsy piece of cloth and at the mercy of the wind… *shudder* 

Rapid Fire Questions and Answers

Guardians of the Galaxy or XMen? 

Guardians of the Galaxy 

The beach or the mountains? 

Mountains 

Formal attire or yoga pants and a hoodie? 

Formal attire 

Kanye West or Taylor Swift? 

Taylor Swift 

Ninja or pirates? 

Ninja 

Marvel or DC?

 Marvel 

Zombies or aliens? 

Aliens 

Bugs Bunny or Micky Mouse? 

Bugs! 

The 1920s or the 2020s? 

1920s 

Chess or Candy Crush? 

Chess 

Invisibility or flying? 

Flying 

Hawaii or the Alps? 

Hawaii 

New York or Tokyo? 

Tokyo 

Hippies or hipsters? 

Hippies 

Thor or Hulk? 

Thor 

Stephen King or Shakespeare? 

Stephen King 

E.L. James or J.K. Rowling? 

J.K. Rowling 

Sparkling vampires or non-sparkling vampires? 

Non-sparkling. 

Saving the world or watching it burn? 

Saving the world 

Molekule Review: Celebrities Are Adding These Devices to Purify Air

Molekule, an air purification system, is changing the way people breathe. The products designed are a new type of air purifier that doesn’t just collect, but destroys pollutants in the air. This includes viruses and VOCs. While it is easy to see the benefits of a product like this, concern for clean air in the home affects a wide range of people – including notable celebrities who are using them. Some of them offered a Molekule review about their experiences with the device

What Is Molekule?

Molekule Air and Molekule Air Mini are designed to help purify the air in any given room. Choose one based on the size of the room – with Molekule Air being the ideal for rooms up to 600 square feet and Air Mini working well for up to 250 square feet. The key benefit of these products is just how much they pull out of the air, including pollutants such as tobacco smoke, RNA viruses, dust mites, black mold, and pet dander – as well as much more. This is a scientifically proven device, and perhaps that’s why so many celebrities are offering a Molekule review. Here are a few of them.

Princess Marie-Chantal

Well-respected children’s clothing line designer and author, Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, says that the Molekule Air is one of her favorite new additions to her home. She’s known for her affluent taste and careful curation of high-quality products.

Bobby Berk

You may have heard of Bobby Berk from his role on “Queer Eye,” but this self-proclaimed clean freak hates dirt and spends a lot of his time cleaning. One product he notes helps him is the Molekule air purifiers. He notes, “Not only do they clean the air really well, but they’re so beautiful. They’re this stainless-steel cylinder with a nice leather handle, and you can turn them on and off via an app.”

Kate Upton

Whether you know her as a supermodel or a passionate new mom, Kate Upton has some high demands when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. She’s the co-founder of Strong4Me Fitness, too. She writes of the Molekule, “Instagram ads get me every time—I found the Molekule Air Purifier that way, and I really love it. It has dual filtration, and it’s made for big rooms, but it’s also super quiet, so you can watch TV with it on. It’s sleek looking, too, and since I have pets, it’s so nice to have it clear the air.”

Beck Bennett

For those who love his comedy or charm, Beck Bennett parodied an Architectural Digest home tour in an SNL skit last year, now viewable on YouTube. This actor and writer has a Molekule Air in his home (a 100-year old historical property).

Kenyan Drake

Known for his power plays on the turf as an NFL player, Kenyan Drake may not seem like the ideal person to offer a review of the Molekule Air, but he loves it. He shared an Instagram post about it, positioned right next to his signed collector’s footballs. He stated, “From pet dander to mold and bacteria, @molekuleair destroys pollutants.”

Savannah Guthrie

For many Americans, waking up to Savannah Guthrie’s appearances on the “Today” show is just routine. She’s also a mom and dedicated to keeping her family healthy and safe. She uses a Molekule Air in her home, too.

Derek Hough

In an article by The Strategist, Derek Hough, known for his heart-stopping performances on “Dancing with the Stars,” shares that he uses a Molekule Air Mini for his home. He has a pet dog and two cats, which shed allergens and dander.. He writes, “So, when I came across the Molekule, it was fantastic, because it cleans up the air in my house tremendously — I noticed a difference right away.My pets sleep in my room. No problems. And the Air Mini is great because I’m able to travel with it.”

There’s no doubt it is a must-have for these celebrities, but even aside from their Molekule reviews, this device is a must-have for all it can do for you.

Ways of Using Cannabis

Ways of Using Cannabis

When you’re thinking about whether to take cannabis, you should consider what methods are available for you. You’ll find that there are many methods you can use and that all of them are not that difficult to become familiar with. However, it can be challenging to find out all the information you need if you don’t know where to look. We’ve gathered some details about the main methods of ingesting cannabis so that you can get an overview without having to spend lots of time researching. That way, you can make your choice faster than you otherwise would have done. 

  • Vaping

Vaporizing your cannabis has become a popular alternative to traditional cigarettes because there is less smoke,  and it does not smell as bad. Vape pens are also easier to use and can be refilled with an e-liquid, whereas cigarettes aren’t reusable. Vaping concentrates does have some negative health consequences, but if you vape the flowers of the cannabis plant then the risks are lower. Vaping can also give you a more intense flavor and hit than other methods, although this depends on the particular type of e-liquid that you use. 

  • Bongs 

Another approach that you can use is a bong. There are many types of bong and not all of them are equal to each other. They feature a filtration system that involves water, which allows the vapor you breathe to feel smoother and easier to inhale. The smoke is also cooler when it’s passed through water, which is helpful if you smoke a lot of cannabis or like to heat it to high temperatures. If you want to know more, you can find out all about cool bongs on the Internet. 

  • Edibles 

If you’d like to make your cannabis consumption less obvious but more interesting, then one way of doing this is to use edibles. This method involves mixing cannabis into your meals or buying standalone cannabis-infused snacks. When you do this, you will notice a different experience compared to directly smoking it through your mouth. It can take longer for the effects to be observed, and the digestion process can sometimes result in your hits being less intense. However, if you’re not fond of the taste of cannabis, then this method is ideal. You can cook a range of meals that cannabis can be infused in, and there are many ways of adding cannabis. You can sprinkle it, bake it with chunks inside, or blend it inside a smoothie or similar drink. 

  • Creams 

If smoking and eating cannabis don’t appeal to you, then you can also rub it onto your skin in the form of a cream. These are great if you’d like to use cannabis for smaller areas of your body and not have it affect your whole body. You can also apply them rapidly and not have to be concerned about anybody noticing, so creams are a great idea if you need something that doesn’t reveal your use of cannabis. 

  • Conclusion 

As you can see, cannabis can be used in many ways, and you don’t have to restrict yourself to a single one. If you like more than one of these methods, then there is no reason why you can’t combine them. If you’re suffering from pain, you can use a cannabis cream. If you’d like to spice up your meals, you can use edibles. Or, if you want to use cannabis more intensely, you can vaporize it or use a bong. The choice is entirely up to you, and you should feel free to experiment until you find a combination that works for you.

Kenyon Student Council Approves Use of Talkspace for Mental Health Services

Kenyon Student Council Approves Use of Talkspace for Mental Health Services

Talkspace is one of the most rapidly growing mental health apps in the country. As the United States continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, Talkspace has been instrumental in helping users cope during these difficult times. Recently, Kenyon College announced approval for the use of Talkspace by its students. During a student council meeting the benefits of mobile therapy apps were discussed, and the student officers voted in favor of making Talkspace a treatment option for students who need help with mental health issues.

According to the Kenyon student council, this is a great opportunity for students to access mental health resources while they are away from campus and practicing social distancing. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly every university across the country has had to send students home. Because of the close quartered-nature of universities, they can quickly become breeding grounds for contagious diseases. While this is usually limited to colds and the seasonal flu, the threat of COVID-19 is more dangerous. Therefore, universities have opted to send their students home, having them conduct virtual classes with professors instead. Even though college comes with its stresses, having to attend college virtually during a time of crisis can bring a whole new level of anxiety.

Talkspace is one of the leaders in the world of telehealth. The app has more than one million users.  Talkspace connects users with licensed therapists and mental health professionals through multiple channels, including on a mobile device. Users start by answering questions about themselves and their history. After which, Talkspace will connect them with multiple therapists who can provide assistance. Then, the user can select which therapist they would like to work with, enter a Talkspace “room” with their therapist, and send messages 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

The service is the perfect opportunity for Kenyon to help connect students with mental healthcare opportunities, because of licensing regulations in Ohio.  Due to local laws, non-Ohio residents are not allowed to access tele-health services that would normally be available at Kenyon College. In an effort to ensure that the same types of counseling services would be available to students in need, the University sought out telehealth companies like Talkspace to find a reasonable alternative. 

But it’s more than just providing resources that comply with state and federal regulations. One of the major benefits of Talkspace is the availability of therapists. Students can send messages in the moment of stress, rather than waiting until a weekly appointment. Regardless of whether they are struggling with depression, anxiety, or something else entirely, there are therapists ready to take the call. Talkspace is also able to address issues related to diversity. Diversity is important because students need to be able to relate to the therapist who is providing them with mental health assistance. Kenyon has stated that one of the barriers is that it is hard to recruit people who want to live in the local area. Through Talkspace, students can access therapists who come from all backgrounds and identities. Therefore, students can connect with a therapist who they feel understands them a little bit better.

Right now, the relationship between Kenyon and Talkspace is going to run through this academic year.

Talkspace has seen numerous advances in its services and, thanks to the increased traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic, Talkspace has also expanded the services it provides. This includes free services to new users and new social media channels through Facebook and Instagram. With the increase in demand for its services, Talkspace has also been providing discounts for services related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The novel app has acknowledged that this is a time for companies to step up and help those in need. Without a doubt, Talkspace sees this moment as a tremendous opportunity to change the way the United States addresses mental health issues. This is a tremendous benefit to college students not only at Kenyon but across the country.

For now, the administration at Kenyon is hard at work helping the app go live for students. If Kenyon has a positive relationship with Talkspace, this might encourage wider adoption of telehealth services.

There is a severe lack of mental health resources across the country. University students face unique challenges as they transition from childhood to adulthood. There are numerous trials and tribulations that they are going to face. While it is nice to have access to mental health resources and counseling on campus, some students are going to feel more comfortable if they have control over who provides therapy. They might also like the idea of confidentiality, not having to worry about someone seeing them walking into campus health. This is where Talkspace can be helpful. It will be exciting to see how Talkspace provides benefits to students at Kenyon.

Alexis Kennedy Is a Video Game Developer

Video games are a multi-billion dollar industry. However, the very large video game studios are not the only companies that are making money. There are a large number of independent video game studios that are much smaller. There are many games that have sold millions of copies around the world that were made by a small group of people on a shoestring budget. Millions of dollars do not need to be invested in a video game in order for it to be successful. Nobody knows that better than Alexis Kennedy. He is the founder of a pair of independent video game development studios that have generated large amounts of profit.

Alexis originally taught English for a living. However, he did not think that career was very fulfilling. Therefore, he started a job as a software developer. There was a natural transition from software development to designing video games. He had always enjoyed video games from a very early age. He had a few ideas for games. He decided to turn those video game ideas into reality. He created a video game development company called Failbetter Games. It was during this time that he created a game called Fallen London. This was a browser game that became enormously successful. It has been played by more than two million people over the past decade. He also created a game called Sunless Sea. He was able to get the money he needed to make this game through an online crowdfunding campaign.

Alexis Kennedy decided to quit working for Failbetter Games after he had worked there for a period of seven years. He spent the next year working as a freelance video game writer for many of the very big studios. He wanted to do this because he felt it would make him a better writer if he was able to expose himself to the very different styles of the larger studios. He worked on some very big video game projects during this time. He is pleased with the work that he accomplished. However, he decided that he would much rather be the person in charge. Therefore, he decided to create another studio to develop more video games.

Alexis Kennedy has founded another independent video game development studio called Weather Factory with a friend named Lottie Bevan. The studio has focused on developing games that have very complex narratives. Cultist Simulator was the initial release from Weather Factory. It was yet another hit for Alexis. It has received widespread acclaim from both critics and fans alike. He has been asked about his process for designing games. He says that he tries to create worlds that are complex so that the person playing the game becomes totally immersed. He believes the goal of a video game writer and developer is to create a game that people do not want to stop playing. This is much easier said than done. However, Alexis Kennedy has been able to do it on more than one occasion during his career.

Alexis Kennedy believes that the video games that he creates become so popular because he does not rush them. He takes the time to craft a compelling narrative. He feels that many of the independent video game developers are in a rush to get their games on the market. Therefore, they cut corners and end up making an inferior product. Fans of his games know what Alexis is going to bring to the table. He has a great reputation for creating games that have many hours of entertainment value. This is why he has become one of the most successful independent video game developers.