Is Medical Marijuana Replacing Over-the-Counter Meds?

Kelsey Clark

Happy Wednesday! Welcome back to our Take 5 column, where we invite you to take a hump-day break with the week’s most revitalizing lifestyle stories. Ready for a breather?


Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

Take 1: If you're weary of over-the-counter prescription drugs

Good news: The medical marijuana industry has decreased America's reliance on prescription drugs, according to an interesting new report from the University of Georgia. These findings come as our country's abuse of prescription painkillers has reached dangerous new heights, suggesting there may be a safer alternative to potentially addictive over-the-counter substances.

Take 2: If you're still watching Laguna Beach reruns

Mark your calendars: Lauren Conrad is staging a one-night TV special to commemorate the 10th anniversary of The Hills, set to air on Sunday, August 7. Watch the juicy new trailer over at Who What Wear

Take 3: If you're in desperate need of summer book recommendations

Our nation's presidents—past, present, and future—have got you covered. Elle Decor's Devin Alessio recently scoured the bookshelves of our nation's fearless leaders, compiling a list of must-reads to round out your summer. We suggest starting out with Fate and Furies by Lauren Groff.

Take 4: If the recent heat wave has you chained to your AC

Head over to Verily and learn how to creatively—and safely—embrace this summer's scorching hot weather. Its innovative suggestions basically turn 2016's epic heat wave into a mini cleanse for your body and brain.

Take 5: If you can't find the time to go to the grocery store

Take notes from Huffington Post's Landess Kearns and turn your single Costco trip into the gift that keeps on giving. Considering that around 40% of America's food goes uneaten, it would behoove us all to shop a bit more strategically.

Your afternoon pick-me-up:

Bypass that 3 p.m. slump with this uplifting Spotify playlist curated by psychologist David M. Greenberg. Its melodic beats and moody tunes are carefully selected to transition you from morning to afternoon or afternoon to evening. You're welcome.

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