Monthly Archives: February 2019

Legal Kratom Canada-An Overview

For centuries the coffee bean has been the stimulant of choice for countless individuals around the globe. The virtual ubiquity of products caffeinated using some derivative of the coffee beans has made coffee the most widely known stimulant of its kind, but despite that there are many others out there with a similarly long history of use by man. One of these alternatives to the coffee bean that is gaining widespread attention in the Western world is kratom, and the variety of products that can be made using kratom extract. Checkout click to read more for more info. Like coffee kratom has been used for centuries in certain cultures, and actually has a much more versatile range of applications.

The History of Kratom

 Kratom refers to the leaf of the Mitragyna speciosa, which is a deciduous evergreen indigenous to Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia. The stimulant has been used for hundreds of years by individuals of that region, with mastication of the leaves being the most traditional means of consumption. Acting as an opioid receptor and possessing psychoactive properties, kratom leaves have long been used for medicinal and recreational purposes. In certain regions of Thailand, especially regions on the southern peninsula of the country, kratom usage is estimated at above 70% of the male population, who chew an average of 10-60 leaves (and in some cases more) per day.

Despite the historic and widespread use of the leaf in Thailand, the government banned the plant in the 1940s. Given that Mitragyna speciosa is native to Thailand, the ban was only partially effective in limiting access to the stimulant. Studies over the years have not linked the chewing of kratom leaves or the use of kratom extract with any negative health effects, and the original motivation for the ban has been identified as economic rather than medical or social. Because it functions as an opioid receptor, the Thai government was worried that the widespread use of kratom would lead to a decrease in opium consumption in the country, which was a commodity that they collected a substantial tax on. Recent studies into the history, health risks, and use of the leaf in Thailand have started talks about lifting the long-standing prohibition.

Tourism Businesses

What’s the greatest threat to most tourism businesses?

You, the business owner and especially you – and me – the small business owner (and small business – as we all know – is the backbone of tourism).

Think about it: there’s nothing more dangerous to a business than an indispensable member of staff. I was reminded of this recently when I was hit by a long period of illness – which explains why you haven’t received my e-mails for a couple of months: I, the indispensable (read ‘only’) member of staff was man-down so the business was closed.

I’m lucky, though – I don’t have anybody relying on me for their income, I had some resources to fall back on and my clients stuck by me (“Don’t worry,” they said. “You’ll get better and then you can catch up with our work.” If only they knew how I’d be worrying when I DID get better – and when I discovered, once again, that the day is STILL just 24 hours long).helpful site

I’ve been through this before, though, and I’m learning both how to handle the illness better (it recurs) and how to handle the business of staying out of trouble better (you need planning and resources)

But this time the experience got me thinking about other people.

Tourism is the darling of governments all over the world – especially in emerging economies where it’s expected to create jobs by the gazillion (and where they talk about things like ‘sustainable tourism.’ And I worry about that, too, because I don’t see the transport industry – which props up the tourism industry – as being particularly sustainable, what with the oil reserves running out and all. But that’s a discussion for another day).

How many of the jobs which tourism creates are effectively one-person businesses? And what protection is there for them against their greatest enemy – their own indispensability? Especially in emerging economies?

Do you see why I’m spinning here? How do you even begin to address a question like that?

I trawled the net for answers – and in the process found (of course) some fascinating and useful sites (try for a mind-boggling array of research reports and case studies. And in case you didn’t know, the site tells us that “Pro-Poor Tourism is tourism that results in increased net benefits for poor people.” It’s a worthwhile resource for South Africans – who need to be sensitive to the rights and feelings of the poor and how ‘tourism development’ can impact positively or negatively on peoples’ lives. And on that note, you might also like to download the report Facilitating pro-poor tourism with the private sector: Lessons learned from ‘Pro-Poor Tourism Pilots in Southern Africa).

But I didn’t come up with any answers.

I think it’s in the nature of tourism that it’ll always be driven by small enterprise – micro enterprises, even. In that way it’s very similar to the Internet, which has its giants (which, like Google, “Do No Harm”), but where the real meat is in the stuff that talks to the individual.

And like the net, the exciting thing about tourism is that it’s about people talking to people – one on one.

So I guess the fact of our being our own greatest threat is something we all just have to live with. But it’s thinking about things like this that sharpen the mind, wouldn’t you say?

About Steel Pan

Traditional pans were made of copper and cast iron, of course there were problems with this two materials and as technology advances so are our pans improve. Porcelain enamel is an example of a modern material used in manufacturing the most exquisite pans. It’s applied on pans to create a protective coating against rusting or direct contact of food and metal.

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Unlike copper or cast iron, stainless steel does not rust and neither does it have chemical reactions on alkaline or acidic foods. Its cost friendly and definitely worth the cost. One would actually consider it the right material for this purpose. It’s problem on the other side is that it doesn’t conduct heat well. However, an aluminum or copper core is put inside the pan to solve this and ensure heat is conducted evenly. is an excellent resource for this.

It’s important to clean your steel pans after use and store it dry. However, some few measures should be observed when cleaning. I.e. you should use hot soapy water and scrub only with nylon scrapers. At all times you should never use metal scrappers since they scratch the steel. On the other hand when you use a dishwasher, the high temperature in the drying process subjects them to formation of water spots.

Glassware is also amazing when it comes to cooking on top of the stove or in the oven. They are costly but on the other hand their practicability justifies it. They’re incapable of conducting heat evenly which often leads to creating hot spots and thus not the popular type of cook ware around.