Ask a Stoner: Strains for a Night Inside

Dear Stoner: I’m a night smoker. With days getting shorter and winter coming up, are there any strains that are good for warmth and relaxation?

Dear Laurie: Try not to get caught in the lull of shorter periods of sunlight. Calling it quits by 5 p.m. every day and then smoking weed is a quick way to become anti-social and lazy with your free time.

With that lecture out of the way, let’s talk cozy weed. Some of my personal favorites for a warm night in are Tiger’s MilkBubba Kush’s friendlier child — and Ingrid, a fruity, cheesy child of the night from Good Chemistry. Both strains are dessert on the tastebuds, set up for a calm night by the fire.

Ask a Stoner: Strains for a Night Inside

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Frankenberry, a spooky, berry-flavored hybrid from the Herbal Cure, and Hazelnut Cream, a nutty, buttery dream from Verde Natural, take me back to adolescent fall mornings, and their euphoric effects last for hours. Vanilla Kush, Cookies and Cream, Holy Grail Kush and Lilac Diesel are other popular strains that serve you better indoors than out this time of year.

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DHX Launches ‘In the Night Garden’ Exclusives at Home Bargains

DHX Brands has formed a direct-to-retail collaboration to launch a new range of In the Night Garden products, specially created for the brand’s audience of children aged 6 months to 2.5 years.

Launched as a direct-to-retail promotion with TJ Morris, the products will be introduced exclusively in Home Bargains and Quality Save stores throughout the U.K. this summer, with an initial 18 products available by the end of July, followed by two more in August and a further 12 in September.

The range – which retails from £0.69-£13.99 – includes a host of items which are currently unavailable from other In the Night Garden licensees, including infant wipes, toddler training items, wooden pull-along toys, slippers, towelling robes, gift bags and feeding products such as bibs and sipper cups. The range also includes greeting cards and gift wrap; tableware, such as cutlery and melamine sets; apparel, including pyjamas and onesies; and accessories such as socks and backpacks.

With Home Bargains also stocking toys from Golden Bear’s popular, award-winning In the Night Garden range, the store is now a must-visit destination for fans of the top-rated CBeebies preschool TV series.

“We are delighted to team up with DHX Brands to offer this fantastic new range of In the Night Garden products,” said Helen Lynch of TJ Morris. “Such an appealing choice of items, from such an evergreen brand which is beloved by millions of families nationwide, is sure to prove a big hit with our customers over the summer.”

Laura Brennan, DHX Brands, said, “TJ Morris have an excellent reputation with their burgeoning Home Bargains stores and we are excited to be teaming up with them to give In the Night Garden fans such a wonderful new range, which increases the variety of products available and provides even more ways for young children to get closer to their favourite characters.”

The agreement between In the Night Garden brand owner, DHX Media, and TJ Morris was negotiated by leading licensing agency CPLG.

In the Night Garden x Home Bargains

In the Night Garden x Home Bargains

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Bedroom Light at Night Might Boost Women’s Weight

MONDAY, June 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Women, beware: Sleeping with a light on or the TV going in your bedroom could make you put on weight.

That’s the finding of new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine. While the study doesn’t prove that sleeping with a light on causes weight gain, it suggests the two may be linked, the researchers said.

“Turning off the light while sleeping may be a useful tool for reducing a possibility of weight gain and becoming overweight or obese,” said lead author Dr. Yong-Moon Mark Park. He is a postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Park said that exposure to artificial light at night may suppress the sleep hormone melatonin and disrupt the natural sleep-wake cycle.

“It also may disturb day-to-day variations of stress hormones and affect other metabolic processes in ways that contribute to weight gain,” Park added.

Keeping a light on might also result in poorer sleep. Shorter sleep could prompt you to exercise less and eat more, he noted.

For the study, Park’s team relied on self-reported data from nearly 44,000 women, aged 35 to 74. They weren’t shift workers, daytime sleepers or pregnant when the study began.

Women who slept with a light on were 17% more likely to gain 11 pounds or more over five years, the study found. And the level of artificial light seemed to matter, Park said.

“For example, using a small nightlight was not associated with weight gain, whereas women who slept with a light or television on were,” he explained.

The findings didn’t change when researchers accounted for women’s diet and physical activity, which suggests that light during sleep may be important in weight gain and obesity.

Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in New Haven, Conn., reviewed the findings. He said the link between exposure to artificial light at night and obesity may not indicate that one causes the other.

“As with any study of association, two findings are true — true, but not directly related,” he said.

The key takeaway relates to poor sleep, Katz suggested.

“Sleep deficiency and impairment is a known obesity risk factor, for reasons ranging from mood and reduced restraint, to changes in hormonal balance,” he said.

It’s also possible that reliance on artificial light at night and obesity are both linked to other factors, such as “loneliness, anxiety or some form of social insecurity,” Katz said.

The report was published online June 10.

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‘Saga of Tanya the Evil’ Is the Next Crunchyroll Movie Night with Fathom

Top anime brand Crunchyroll and Fathom Events have announced that the next Crunchyroll Movie Night screening shindig will be the U.S. theatrical premiere of Saga of Tanya the Evil – The Movie, released in Japan earlier this year. The event will also present fans with an exclusive interview with the film’s director, Yutaka Uemura, offering behind-the-scenes insights on this brand new story arc and its inspirations.

The Tanya premiere will take place across more than 500 participating cinemas nationwide on Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. local time. Tickets are available now through

The epic story is a direct sequel to the anime series Saga of Tanya the Evil, which in turn is based on the light novel of the same name.

Synopsis: The time is UC 1926. The Imperial Army’s 203rd Air Mage Battalion led by Major Tanya Degurechaff has won the battle to the south against the Republic’s stragglers. They expected to be given a vacation after returning victorious, but instead receive special orders from Staff HQ as soon as they get home. They are told that there were signs of a large-scale deployment near the Empire-Federation border. Faced with the prospect of a new major enemy, the desperate Empire fans the flames of war. Meanwhile, an international volunteer army spearheaded by the Commonwealth set foot in Federation territory. As they say, the enemy of an enemy is your friend. They suffer through misfortune purely out of national interest, and among them is a young girl. She is Warrant Officer Mary Sue, and she takes up arms hoping to bring the Empire, who killed her father, to justice.

Trailer: Saga of Tanya the Evil – the Movie – from Ellation on Vimeo.

Saga of Tanya the Evil

Saga of Tanya the Evil

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ Flies with Thursday Night Auds

This Friday marks the release of Tim Burton’s live-action version of Disney’s much-loved 1941 animated classic Dumbo. The film did very well in Thursday night previews in the U.S., scoring an impressive $ 2.6 million. The studio is anticipating a $ 50 plus million debut while other sources are suggesting a debut in the $ 60-65 million range.

Despite showcasing the usual stunning Burtonesque visuals, the new version of the flying-elephant tale is getting slammed by critics for its bloated storyline, over-the-top, cartoonish acting (courtesy of Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton), and hard-to-take scenes of animals, and the film’s new young characters going through a lot of horrible pain and misery for a few moments of happiness at the end of the movie. The two-hour movie does feature such stunning visual effects courtesy of vfx supervisor Richard Stammers and production vfx supervisor Hal Couzens, and the teams at MPC (Moving Picture Company), Framestore, RISE, Rising Sun Pictures and Rodeo FX.

The film currently has a low score of 52% on, which raises the question, ‘Do we really need these live-action versions of beloved animated Disney classics?” (Aladdin, The Lion King, Malificent 2, Mulan, Snow White, Pinocchio, Lady and the Tramp, The Sword in the Stone, Cruella, Prince Charming are in the pipeline.)

Here is a quick sampler of what the major critics had to say about the new Dumbo:

“I was psyched for the teaming of Keaton and Burton, but the chemistry, sad to say, produces no magical brew. Something else nags at this movie: We no longer conceive of old-fashioned circuses and the schooling for animals to be props and comic attractions as harmless fun…Whether you view such projects as a flourish of digital legerdemain, or as a dead weight and an insult to Uncle Walt, is no consequence. What matters is that they rub the lamp and rack up the gold!”
– Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

“It’s astounding that Tim Burton and his colleagues could have created such a downer from a long-beloved source of delight.”
-Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“I was expecting a surplus of cute close-ups, but Burton does surprisingly little to win us over. He’s never been big on treacle, but a bit more warmth in this chilly movie, which barely follows the outline of the 1941 original, would have gone a long way.”
-Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

“That the plot involves having DeVito’s modest family-run circus being swallowed up by a mogul with his own theme park is almost too obvious a metaphor for the back half of Burton’s 35-year career.”
-Chris Klimek, NPR

“It has some undeniably magical moments, but how many of these there are depends on the eyes and age of the beholder.”
-Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“This live-action re-imagining of Disney’s 1941 animated classic may be the sweetest film Tim Burton has ever made. It’s also the safest.”
-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“The character of Dumbo is still touching, but the tale of entrapment and rescue that surrounds him is not. It’s arduous and forgettable, done in busy italicized strokes.”
-Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“Burton has merrily turned what could have been another remake into something genuinely different and surprising. What exactly it is will partly depend on your view toward Disney. So it’s worth noting that for all the tumult and fury, this can also feel a bit like a bittersweet origin story: 1919 was the same year that the teenage Walt returned from war and was hired by a commercial art shop where he met Ub Iwerks who helped create Mickey Mouse.”
-Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Here is the trailer for the movie:

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Pregnant Women Who Work at Night Face Miscarriage Risk

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 — Pregnant women who work at least two night shifts in a week may increase their risk of miscarriage in the next seven days, a new European study finds.

Danish researchers led by Dr. Luise Moelenberg Begtrup, from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital in Kobenhavn, analyzed data on nearly 23,000 pregnant women to learn how night work might affect the odds of miscarriage between the fourth and 22nd week of pregnancy.

After the eighth week, women who had worked two or more night shifts in the previous week had a 32 percent higher risk of miscarriage than those who had not worked any nights, the study found.

And the risk rose with the number of night shifts worked in a week and also by the number of consecutive ones, according to the study published online March 25 in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

The researchers said it’s possible that exposure to light at night disrupts a woman’s body clock and reduces the release of melatonin.

Melatonin has been shown to play an important role in a successful pregnancy, possibly by maintaining function of the placenta.

The study has limitations, the authors added. Because it was an observational study, it can’t prove working night shifts caused an increased risk of miscarriage. In addition, data on miscarriages, especially early ones, were incomplete.

But 14 percent of women in Europe work at night at least once a month, so the findings are important for working mothers-to-be, their employers, physicians and midwives, according to the authors.

“Moreover, the results could have implications for national occupational health regulations,” they said.

More information

The March of Dimes has more on miscarriage.

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Stress Keeps 1 in 3 Americans Up at Night

By Steven Reinberg

HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Millions of Americans are losing sleep as economic and political stress keeps them tossing and turning at night, a new study finds.

In 2013, about 30 percent of Americans said they slept six hours or less at night, but that number rose to 33 percent by 2017, researchers found.

Lead study author Jennifer Ailshire, an assistant professor of gerontology and sociology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, said that many factors could account for this trend.

“If you talk to people, the things you hear most often are economic insecurity and economic anxiety,” she said. “People are staying up worrying about things.”

Even people who are working feel they are working longer and harder for less or that their jobs aren’t secure, Ailshire said.

“There is also a growing stress level connected to our increasingly connected world,” she added.

People are glued to their cellphones, reading news and Twitter and Facebook, and seeing things fall apart around the world delivered right to devices in their hands, Ailshire noted.

Sleep experts recommend that most adults get 7 to 8 hours of good quality sleep each night.

Hispanic and black Americans showed the largest increases in inadequate sleep, the researchers found. The number of black study participants who said they slept less than six hours rose from 35 percent in 2004 to 42 percent in 2016, then went down slightly. Among Hispanics, it went from 26 percent to 33 percent during that time period.

Among white people, those reporting short sleep increased from 29 percent to 31 percent over the same time. By 2017, a 10 percent difference existed between blacks and whites, the findings showed.

The increases in poor sleep among blacks and Hispanics may mean their lives are getting worse, Ailshire said.

“Those communities have been experiencing violent events, like deportations among Hispanics and violence among blacks,” she said.

In addition, people are staying up binge watching TV or movies on their tablets or phones, Ailshire said.


“We may never be able to pinpoint the exact causes of why Americans are losing sleep, but the trends are clear,” she explained.

Not getting enough sleep is tied to increased risk for obesity, decreased mental functioning, dementia, heart disease and diabetes. In addition, getting too little sleep can increase the risk for car crashes, accidents at work and troubled social relationships, Ailshire noted.

For the study, the researchers collected data on nearly 400,000 adults, aged 18 to 84, who took part in the U.S. National Health Interview Survey. Participants were asked how many hours they slept each night.

The findings were published online recently in the journal Sleep.

Dr. James Rowley is division chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at Harper University Hospital in Detroit. He said, “It’s alarming that the trends for short sleep duration were worse for blacks and Hispanics.”

These groups are already at increased risk of adverse health outcomes, he noted. Shorter sleep durations in these populations will only compound their problems.

More Americans are not sleeping the recommended seven hours, and this will lead to decreased productivity at school and work, impaired relationships and adverse health effects, Rowley warned.

“Physicians and other health professionals need to be aware of these findings and ask their patients how much sleep they are getting, and then counsel them how to get more sleep,” he suggested.

The National Sleep Foundation offers the following tips for getting a good night’s sleep:

  • Make your bedroom comfortable.
  • Set a regular sleep time.
  • Keep the bedroom dark and cool.
  • Keep smartphones, tablets, TVs out of the bedroom.
  • Exercise daily.

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SOURCES: Jennifer Ailshire, Ph.D., assistant professor, gerontology and sociology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; James Rowley, M.D., professor, medicine, division chief, pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, Harper University Hospital, Detroit; Nov. 17, 2018,Sleep, online

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Sleepless Night Could Make Pastries Hard to Resist

By Maureen Salamon

HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s a reason that glazed donut might seem even more enticing if you’re sleep-deprived: A new study suggests that even one night of lost slumber increases the desirability of junk foods.

But the culprit doesn’t appear to be an increase in ghrelin — the so-called “hunger hormone” — which has been implicated in prior research focusing on sleep deprivation and poor food choices.

“Our results show that the idea that sleep deprivation leads to poor food choices because of a hormonal dysregulation is probably too simple,” said study author Jan Peters. He’s a professor of biological psychology at University of Cologne in Germany.

“We know from many previous studies that reduced sleep increases obesity risk and also that people tend to get less and less sleep,” Peters added. “Our results now show a neural mechanism that might contribute to the association between reduced sleep and weight gain.”

One in 3 American adults doesn’t get enough sleep on a regular basis, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Getting less than the recommended seven hours each night is linked to increased risks for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, the CDC says.

For the study, Peters and his team analyzed 32 healthy, young, nonsmoking men of normal weight. They took blood samples and performed functional MRIs after the participants had a normal night of sleep at home and also a night where they were kept awake in a laboratory. On both nights, the men ate a standardized dinner.

The next morning, participants chose between snack food and trinkets (non-food items) during a decision-making task. It showed they were willing to spend more money on food items only after a night of sleep deprivation. The men’s self-rated hunger levels were similar after both nights.

After a night of lost sleep, the participants’ brain images showed increased activity in a circuit between the amygdala and hypothalamus, which is involved in food intake. This suggests sleep loss increased the desirability of food compared to non-food rewards, Peters said.


Connie Diekman is director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis and wasn’t involved in the new research. She said she was somewhat surprised changing hormone levels weren’t shown to be linked to participants’ poor food choices, but that the study wasn’t able to determine cause and effect.

Despite the study’s limitations, Diekman said, it did provide an important message: “It might help people realize that quantity and quality of sleep is key to your health and the behaviors you choose related to


“The benefit of the outcome of the study is it does put some of the responsibility in people’s laps, as opposed to a metabolic trigger that allows people to say, ‘Oh, it’s not my fault,'” she said.

The study was published Dec. 17 in the Journal of Neuroscience.

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SOURCES: Jan Peters, Ph.D., professor, biological psychology, University of Cologne, Germany; Connie Diekman, M.Ed., R.D., director, university nutrition, Washington University in St. Louis; Dec. 17, 2018,Journal of Neuroscience

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