PUBH 209 SALG available… What’s a SALG? Read on!

Hi group – In case you’re unfamiliar with it, I use a course-specific Student Assessment of their Learning Gains (SALG) tool to give students a more meaningful opportunity to reflect on the value of a course, see what’s changed for them over time in the class, and help me support your professional preparation and academic success better.

This quarter I’ve finally been able to put my SALGs into Qualtrics (yippee me!), which will make the data even more usable and allow YOU more freedom to participate at your leisure. (Before this, I had to ask students to quickly write on a sheet and hand it back during our final session or later that day, and it sometimes got rushed or lost, etc.)

So, here’s the link. It’s anonymous, and you may feel free to keep it that way. However, the SALG allows for a productive course input opportunity and I would value knowing who’s thinking what, if you choose to add your name anywhere such as in a comment, “It’s me, Jessica, saying this…” or another way.

I appreciate your work and commitment to learning, and I am looking forward to spending time in assessing your recent work and course performance against the grading rubric.

Thanks in advance for engaging in this aspect of the course with me, and let me know if you have questions!

–Dr. P

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Glossary part 1

Glossary Building post part

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In one of our first prompts, we had the opportunity to read slides and answer a prompt on what would interest us the most, and for me that was the slides on Babies and Small children Slides. I mentioned there that my friend has newborns (now 3 month old twins and a toddler), and it is very important for her and for all of us to look after all children. One small change that can benefit an infant or small child is the dishware that is used to feed them. Washington State is the 2nd state to ban BPA from baby bottles and other dishes used for babies. Another change that I personally didn’t think much about was the level of lead in baby toys. I go to the store and think, cute baby toys, and then I either pick it up for a loved one or grab something else. A regulation in 1977 banned high levels of lead being used on children toys, and many toys have since been recalled. So what about the health of a baby when the baby is not a baby anymore? Many parents, as I could only assume, experience a bittersweet moment when their small child goes off to school for the first time. They may ask themselves many questions, and one of them might be, are they being fed? One of the slides (Feeding Older Kids) mentions laws being passed for schools to use local and fresh foods. A quick Google search lead me to a website that compares different policies or parts of policies on foods that are/should be used in schools. It compares the Washington State policies, more specifically the 2010 Revised Code of Washington 28A.210.365 with USDA nutrition standards. This is a neatly organized chart that helps viewers understand where Washington school food falls in terms of health.

BPA- Bisphenol A (BPA) can be found in baby bottle due to the plastic that is used to harden plastics as well as a method of keeping bacteria from contaminating the milk/other foods.

Lead- A natural occurring element that can be found throughout our environment, including inside our homes, which is especially dangerous to children. Children are more likely than not exploring their surroundings, which may expose them to lead through toys (pain from the toys) and dishware.

2010 Revised Code of Washington 28A.210.365 (Food choice, minimum standard)- This policy states that it’s goal, or the goal for Washington State, is to ensure that schools work on changes that will bring healthier food choices to students grades K-12, by 2010. This code also specifies that it will also hope to control the amount of nutrients/fats that should be in the school lunches as well as designing engaging activities for physical education classes.

BPA. Healthy Chidren. Org. Retrieved from https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Baby-Bottles-And-Bisphenol-A-BPA.aspx

Learn about Lead. EPA.gov. Retrieved from:

https://www.epa.gov/lead/learn-about-lead

RCW 28A.210. 365. Leg.Wa.Gov retrieved from http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=28A.210.365

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As someone who makes several online purchases, especially at the cosmetic stores, I found the prompts on consumer protection and regulations very interesting. It wasn’t necessarily about cosmetics, but I did compare it to my consumption of all sorts of makeup. In this specific prompt I talked about how it is important to basically compare interest rate from different banks before taking out a loan or before buying a house. This made me think about how makeup companies also set their prices based on popularity. What I mean by this is that most companies carry the same makeup products for the most part, so if you don’t do your own comparing, you may end up with two of the exact same product but at different costs. For the protection of the consumer, companies are now adding the ingredient lists to most makeup products if not posting them on their websites. If they weren’t obligated to do so, how many makeup companies do you think could get away with giving us a “cheaply” made good for the price of a “luxurious” one?

 

Consumer protection regulation: regulations designed to protect the interests of the consumer

 

Safety and soundness regulation: ensures that banks operate safely without harming those who use banks.

 

Regulatroy changes– they are made in response to the consumers, but mostly as a response to new developments in the economy and consumer market.

 

Schmidt, J. WIllardson, N. (2004). Banking Regulation: The Focus Returns to the Consumer. Retrieved from https://www.minneapolisfed.org/publications/the-region/banking-regulation-the-focus-returns-to-the-consumer

 

 

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My cousin’s wife is expecting, and she will hopefully be giving birth to my little nephew this upcoming year. After reading the slides on child birth, I found it interesting how new mothers take information and what they buy as new time parents versus parents that have already experienced the birth and care for a child. My cousin and his wife have purchased just about everything imaginable for their baby, and they are sharing baby posts on Facebook left and right. My friend, on the other hand, likes to share anything baby and toddler related, because she has a toddler and newborn twins. I remember that my friend was just like my cousin and his wife when she had her first child, because she didn’t know what to expect. Now my friend has the opportunity to buy products that she absolutely loves like a certain type of baby bottle that does I don’t know what kind of magic, because she has tried several kinds before finding the “right one”. Now I think about all the research that my cousin does and I can only imagine that they are thinking about every little detail including labor, products to buy, and child care after the baby comes home.

 

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome– There is a great possibility that mothers who drink while pregnant can give birth to babies with alcohol spectrum disorders such as neurological disorders, vision, hearing, and short attention span.

Healthline.com. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Retrieved from: https://www.healthline.com/health/fetal-alcohol-syndrome

 

Midwife– A health care professional that provides care during labor, delivery and after birth as well. They can provide care from a birthing center or from the mother’s home, whichever makes her the most comfortable during labor.

American Pregnancy.Org. Midwives: Benefits of Having a Midwife. Retrieved from http://americanpregnancy.org/labor-and-birth/midwives/

 

Epidural– anesthesia that blocks pain from a certain part of the body, but does not block out total feeling making it the easiest anesthetic for women during childbirth.

American Pregnancy.Org. Epidural Anesthesia. Using Epidural Anesthesia During Labor: Benefits and Risks. Retrieved from http://americanpregnancy.org/labor-and-birth/epidural/

 

Weekly posts

Consumer Protection & Regulation Oct 13/15

As a big consumer of online everything, I thought it was interesting to learn about the Consumer protection regulations that exist for us shoppers. These regulations can be helpful to those who have deposits in their bank, because it can protect them with their confidential information that may be seen by private firms, from taking out a loan with an unknown interest rate, and again, from being a victim of credit card hacking. The regulations are actually very helpful to consumers, because imagine trying to buy something that says it has no interests at all, and then finding out it has a 30% interest rate. I would honestly not be too happy about having to pay a 30% for a loan when I could have searched with a different bank for a smaller interest rate. One of the flaws that is mentioned is that having access to this information will do no good, when most of us are not understanding how to evaluate the financial information given to us. That is why it would be recommended to have a financial advisor that knows a thing or two about buying houses, so that you are able to make the best financial and personal decision on your dream home.

 

Early life and Childhood/Youth Prompt 1: Oct 20/22

 

Since I already used the Babies_Etc_ Slides for my first prompt, I decided to take on the first prompt on the Birth Slides. The first slide starts off the question, who are the consumers? In this case, mothers and father to be and the fetus. Parents to be are especially vulnerable to fall in the trap of thinking they need every single baby item that hits the market. They are also vulnerable to being pushed by other consumers or producers into which birth methods to use. It is very common to have babies at a hospital, since they will have people that can look after them from the moment they find out they are pregnant. There is, however, another popular method to giving birth and that is by having a midwife. Midwifes are to be licensed before practicing, as required by Washington state. Insurance companies cover this method, and Medicaid is one of them. On another note, I always hear mothers ask if they are getting epidural. You know, the big needle placed on the mother’s back prior to giving birth to help ease the intense pains. This needle process is known as an epidural and it is quite common for many mothers that give birth in hospitals. As common as epidurals are, it is also common to ask mothers that question, and it almost seems as if it done to see which mothers are NOT taking the epidural. Why is it so common to hear about epidurals? I would say it is, because many women are scared to have one during their labor due to the scary risks that they hear about. Finally, one of the most important slides that were mentioned (at least to me based on what I read because I have no children to actually know how these things are practiced) was the slide on maternity care. In terms of the baby’s health, it all starts off with the fetus. Babies can be born at full term, but may experience Fetal Alcohol Syndrome if the mother consumed alcohol while pregnant. One of the slides mentions that evidence shows that there is not enough resources for maternity care. It mentions smoking cessation support, which would be fitting for Fetal Alcohol cessation support. It is hard for many mothers to stop the bad habits that can affect their babies before they are even born like smoking, alcohol and drugs, which is why it would be helpful if mothers could find many resources to help them cease these habits (minimum throughout their pregnancy).

 

Financial Health Prompt 1: Oct 27/29

Financial health is just as important as physical and mental health, when it comes to taking care of oneself. I really can’t say what is important about financial health decisions, since I don’t make wise choices when it comes to that either. I can say that speaking for myself and for things that I feel I should always strive to improve on is making sure that I think about what I buy. Regardless of what is it, I tend to buy things without realizing (more like thinking about or acknowledging) that it can harm the environment or even myself. I am big fan of anything makeup, and I realize that I do have to work on buying less of it, especially since I have yet to go through my first eyeshadow palettes that I got years ago (which by the way they just had to be tossed out without being close to it being empty). My point is that we should all work towards consuming just a tiny bit less to help out our wallets, our health, and our mental wellness. My hope is that we can work every day, even if it is in small steps, towards simplicity. I guess that could be a challenge in today’s world of consumerism, but I do think that it is possible to maximize our health status. Policy makers, I think, should focus on the way that products are sold to us, by making sure that no label has even more “hidden” labels. It would make us as consumers really think about what is going into the products that we buy. Though it is a team effort (from policymakers and us as consumers), it is ultimately up to the person that is affected by the product directly and their friends and family to help them make wise choices as consumers. By consuming less, we can avoid financial problems with our credit cards, our housing situation, and even helping out those that may need a boost financially.

 

Prompt 1: Foods in Moderations does work? Nov 10/12

 

Okay, Okay, right off the bat I’d have to agree with the description that the article gives on what most of us consider “moderation”. That one doughnut, or that one pizza night will add up in the long run if that is the way that I eat every single day. “When you are eating something from the same category of non-health foods once a day, it’s not a treat- it’s a habit” (Greatest.com). I definitely see myself as “justified” “moderator”, because I justify all the moderation that I do with my eating, and wow is that a big part of my diet. I tend to justify my eating habits by the amount of exercise that I do at my place of work. I walk at a fast pace all day and only sit to enjoy my breaks, which make me justify the way I eat when I get home, because I must have burned off all those calories right? It is true, that perhaps eating this way may at some point increase all probabilities of getting some sort of diet-related disease, and I should especially consider this because my dad and his family have hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and other health problems that could be controlled better with a healthier lifestyle.

Retrieved from:https://consuminghealthmatters.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/whyeverythinginmoderationdoesntworkarticle.pdf

Prompt Two Oct6/8

Have you ever read a CBO report, or even a summary of one? Do you know what the CBO is? Consumers really should know about this important piece of our federal government.  CBO stands for Congressional Budget Office, and it provides nonpartisan (meaning not slanted toward either party) information and analyses surrounding bills and laws. Take a look at this agency’s take on the proposed American Health Care Act, that, if signed into law, would replace the ACA. Once you’ve read at least a bit of it, respond to the questions below. What did you learn reading this resource that you think many consumers probably don’t know? What do you want to know now? Where might you find out more?

 

I had never heard of what a CBO report consisted of or what it really meant in terms of a budget report. After doing a bit a research on the topic, I came to the conclusion that the CBO provides as the name states, the budget information to Congress. It is a nonpartisan agency that works with the staff from the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) in providing an estimate of what is spent from the ACA and how reductions in the budget for that program could affect the people and the government. It would reduce the spending of the program by 26% in 2026, yet it would also affect those who benefit from this policy if they became uninsured. One of the things that I learned about this report and this Act specifically is that the reports are very detailed with unbiased information on how the budget is used and how it can be improved. I would want to know about the CBO itself and what it is that is suggested for people to do if the budget is cut and they find themselves uninsured. I know that it is an informative website on budget, but it could also be helpful if they set up links where they could read more about how it affects them and where they can find resources where it’s in their area or online. In this case, I could probably find out more about it by searching other websites, or perhaps even by asking with local health insurance workers (clinics and hospitals).

 

 

 Prompt 1: Illness and Mortality Prompt Nov 17/19

Basic consumer help for illness, long-term care, and death and dying

I decided to type in long term care in the search bar, and the first website that popped up was LongTermCare. Gov. As soon as I clicked on this website, It gave me several links to topics like The Basics, Medicare & Medicaid, Where you Live Matters, How to Decide, Cost & Pay, as well as care according to age. I wouldn’t really say that there is anything that is less helpful, because the website also has links to help you find services and health studies, like Alzheimer’s. If this website didn’t work out, I would suggest for people to look at websites that might specifically cater to their needs or the needs of their loved ones. For example, if someone was only looking for illness care, then I would start off with that search, and if that didn’t work out, I would also try calling my local health care offices.

Retrieved from: https://longtermcare.acl.gov/

 

Pharmaceutical Industry – Prompt 1

DTC ads are used in New Zealand and the United States. Direct-to-consumer advertising is used to inform patients who are already suffering from disease and raises awareness of treatment options. While DTC ads intend to serve a great purpose, the reliability and credibility of these ads is questionable. These ads are driven to influence choice rather than inform patients. Therefore, these ads relay information that pushes patients to favor the use of these drugs. For example, patients see advertisements on television regarding psoriasis and a treatable medicine for it. A suffering patient may then go to their doctor and deliberately ask for that medicine by name. When this happens these patients aren’t considering the risk factors that may come with the drug because of the claims suggested by the DTC ad. All of which is something I think needs to change. When I sometimes hear these ads I do engage, as I am a patient suffering from psoriasis. However, I am not influenced by my decision to medicate in order to “cure” it. DTC ads target the vulnerable and ill informed. I feel that this practice should be modified because it is false advertising. As for coming up with an acceptable public health solution I think we all play a part. Doctors should further inform these suffering patients, patients should acquire information about the drug before jumping the gun, drug or pharmaceutical companies should be focused on helping suffering individuals not profiting on them and society as a whole needs to be better about producing advertisements that don’t speak to its individuals as vulnerable consumers.

Illness & Mortality – Prompt 1

After visiting the Washington state’s agency website I was a bit overwhelmed with how much information and resources are available. As an uninformed consumer I found that the Latest News regarding Aging and Long-Term Support Administration helpful because it is important to know current news in order to make the best and informed decisions for their loved ones. The navigation through the website is also very helpful because if you have particular questions regarding something in specific you can find a direct link to it. After the Latest News it jumps right into What We Do, which I think is a great way to elude into the next information most important to consumers to make informed decisions. Though I think the Latest News section is helpful, it could very well be less helpful and lead to more questions. However, there are hyperlinks attached to everything that one may wonder. I would suggest people to look further at these links.11

Food – Prompt 1

 

After reading Americans’ love of snacks has spread far beyond that bag of chips the definition of snacking is more than just a term used for food. According to this article the term snacking refers to not only our consumption of light eating, but also our consumption of light breaking of social media, reading, or distracting us from necessary things to be done. The information is not so much concerning, but it is definitely an eye-opening concept that expands our understanding of snacking. If people were less well informed than me they would probably argue that snacking is better than eating large meals, which happens to be a misconception of snacking. Though this argument is obviously not valid as snacking leads us to intake less calories in small intervals and metabolize it quickly.

After reading Obesity and Other Health Concerns Lead Food Companies to Step Up Health and Nutrient Claims it is shocking to only now know how and why a “healthy lifestyle” is marketed. As a consumer this information is important to know and consider because we make choices every day that are influenced by labels and marketing. As the article explains there are numerous regulations to food labeling and what comes with those regulations. Since these regulations are implemented more and more companies are capitalizing on the regulations by mentioning things like organic, vegan, etc. regardless of the amount that product truly contains. We live in a health craze society and things like this make it easy for us to simply select certain foods by just labels. For the less well informed they may argue that companies have to include everything on labels, which is absolutely true. Though the danger in this argument is that companies are required to include all a products contents even the slightest amount. So when you see “organic” or “less calories” or any other labels plastered on the front of a product, how much that product adheres to this label could be a tiniest amount.

After reading Poll says majority of Americans support menu labeling it is quite surprising that more than 50% of people want to have their meals or food labeled in restaurants. I find this more surprising for fast food restaurants than other types of restaurants because fast food is just that, FAST FOOD. The expectation of their food is obviously greater in calories than others. However, it is good to allow consumers to make informed choices of which meal is better off for them than others by disclosing all information. For the less informed I would expect the argument that we are better off having menu labels than not having them. I would expect that some consumers would be surprised with the amount of people who prefer labels to not.

PhotoVoice Part 2

Diabetes is often misunderstood by the common consumer. Often times diabetics are stereotyped as being extremely overweight, inactive, unhealthy eaters. Many do not realize that this common visual is in fact false. Diabetes is not limited to those who struggle with controlling their weight. It can effect anyone, skinny, fat, healthy, or unhealthy in their habits. Chances of contracting this condition are mainly effected by family history and chronic stress, as well as daily living habits. Diabetes is classified as a disease that impairs the body’s ability to absorb sugars in the blood. It can be broken into two types: Type One and Type Two diabetes. Type One diabetic’s have difficulty producing insulin, causing blood sugar levels to rise or fall drastically. Type Two diabetic’s process sugars differently causing their blood sugar levels to fluctuate dangerously. Consumers should not limit their viewpoints of this disease to the stereotype. The photos shown below exemplify common everyday aspects of a diabetic’s life.

The two questions that I chose to address in this photovoice project are:

  • What choices do I have?
  • Why is it so difficult to be healthy/easy to be unhealthy?

What choices do I have?

Consumers should be aware that diabetics have same choices as them. The difference is that diabetics have to be more aware of their choices and how it may affect their bodies in the long run. A person suffering from diabetes can eat anything that a non-diabetic can, as long as they are aware of the nutritional content of the food and the portion sizes. Being a diabetic does not mean that a consumer is limited in any way. Some people look at diabetes as being a limit upon their lives, but that is very far from the truth. Diabetic consumer have all the same choices that any other consumer has.

Why is it so difficult to be healthy/easy to be unhealthy?

Diabetics must be much more careful in their choices than non-diabetics. Diabetics must keep careful track of calories, carbs, sugars, and fiber. Foods that are higher in calories, carbs, and sugars run the risk of being unhealthy and could negatively affect blood sugar levels. If the levels become erratic or out of control it could pose serious short-term and long-term health risks to the diabetic. It is both easy and difficult to be healthy as a diabetic. On one hand, it is difficult to be healthy as junk food is easy, cheap, and fast to get ahold of. It is an easy go to for many people as a food choice. This choice though, could potentially harm a diabetic and put them at risk for higher blood sugar levels. On the other hand, it is easy to be a healthy diabetic. To be healthy, a diabetic must control portions and eat plenty of healthy fibers to slow the absorption of sugars into the blood stream. Consumers often classify diabetics as being unhealthy when in actuality there are diabetics out there that are healthier than the majority of others. It all boils down to the individuals choices and how they care for themselves.

 

Peer Review

In review of bcwu’s post on Thinking and Discourse:

I learned from this post that nutrition for your child shouldn’t stop being a top priority once they are able to make their own decisions in grade school. It would be good for a new parent to read this because they should be aware of all their choices as a consumer that should tailor specifically to their child. The strongest part of this post would be the emphasis on how children aren’t able to look after their own health (something some parents seem to not understand) I understood this post loud and clear, and didn’t find any typos or spelling errors. I would like to read more on this topic about the harmful chemicals that may be found in dishware for kids. I rate this contribution a 4, because babies are our future!!

Peer-Review

For this peer-review, I read a post about Direct to Consumer ads by @thejenetic that was published on November 28. From reading this contribution, I learned how this person feels about DTC ads. This person is against DTC ads. Also, I learned how the pharmaceutical industry is increasing its advertisement over the past 4 years; they’re spending millions, billions of dollars for this DTC ads. From what I understand, DTC ads affect consumers because they buy drugs that probably aren’t effective not to mention with a lot of bad side effects. It would be good for an older adult or a teenager to read this contribution because it will help these people understand and learn about the Direct to Consumer ads; it is important for people to know the truth. An older adult would benefit from reading this because I’ve noticed that there are a lot of DTC advertisement directed toward older adults. For example, some ads would say something like “Are you having back problems?, are you having a hard time walking?, etc.” For teenagers, they may benefit from reading this because most of them aren’t aware of the issues related with DTC ads. DTC ads target everybody but especially people who aren’t aware, I think. Direct to Consumer ads may say something “Are you having trouble sleeping?” I mean who isn’t having trouble sleeping sometimes?

The strongest (or most credible) part of this contribution is when this person actually read a lot of articles to back up what they said in this prompt. There are links to click on to take you to those articles just in case you want to know where they got the information. The weakest part (or something that someone might question) about this contribution is probably not citing all the information at the end. One part that I had to read more than once in order to understand it is ” The AMA also listed a study found that when medications were marketed directly to the consumer they saw an increase in the price of 34.2%.” The sentence structure got me confused. I found one error where this person said “To make things worse the pharmaceutical industry is pushing for more freedom in their advertisement practices so they can market drugs for off-label uses.” I believe this person may be missing a comma at the start of this sentence after the word “worse”. One part that made me want to read more on this topic is in general all the issues about direct to consumers ads. I am a curious person so it made me want to read more even though I also did read and watched videos about this DTC ads practice. On a 1 to 4 scale where 1 is the lowest possible and 4 is the highest possible, I rate this contribution a 3.5 overall because it contained informative information. But because, in addition, it had two sentences that were confusing and didn’t provide a citation at the end of the work.

Photovoice Final

The photos I took for my project are simple, but I intend for them to have a deeper meaning to readers. I have provided a photo of an ambulance, and a photo of a personal vehicle. This is the decision many Americans make in their own healthcare when they have a medical emergency. Americans will sacrifice their own health to save money instead of paying for ambulance transportation. In a personal experience, while outside an emergency room entry, a personal vehicle pulled into the bay next to our ambulance. A citizen stepped out and stated that their friend was going to need medical attention. Upon inspection, this was in fact the case and the friends of the victim had driven the person to the hospital via a regular car. This can be viewed as a consumer decision, because it is likely that they did not want to call 911 to pay for the ambulance ride. A large portion of the population in the United States has basic Medicare/Medicaid insurance. There also some individuals that have no insurance, especially in some areas of the country with high numbers of immigrants. No person should feel as though they cannot call for help and be treated by professionals due to their insurance or lack thereof. This class has discussed the choices we can make as consumers regarding our health. However, in my own opinion as a provider, this should not be a choice we are concerned with. Unfortunately, that is not the reality that consumers can exist in.

 

For two questions, I chose “What choice(s) do I have?” and “What is the usual discourse regarding this and similar services?” The choices for pre-hospital and hospital care are relatively simple. You can either take yourself to the hospital, or you can call an ambulance. Now, what most consumers are probably not aware of is that when paramedics show up, you do not have to take the ambulance. You are legally allowed to refuse treatment and transport, or you can be evaluated and choose to refuse transport. Regarding visiting the hospital, you can choose to be seen at emergency department for an illness or you may not. People have hundreds of varying insurance plans, and it is possible that it could be more affordable to be seen by an urgent care clinic or your primary physician. It is important as consumers that we be very aware of what our insurance does cover, so that we are not left with a hefty bill after we receive treatment or visit a healthcare site. Also, we must recognize how Medicare/aid differs from state to state in the event of using an ambulance or visiting the ER. A person may benefit from completing a project such as this, especially with this subject, because we do not consider disasters until they strike. It is rare that a young person in college (or any demographic) would plan ahead for an ambulance ride or ER visit. When the emergency is happening is not the time to stop and think how you will pay for the services.

PhotoVoice Project Part 2

When marijuana was legalized in 2012 in the State of Washington, it was not much longer before recreational stores started popping up everywhere. Even in Ellensburg there are 3 recreational marijuana stores. Cle Elum and Roslyn also have 3 stores in the area. The growing popularity of the cannabis industry can not be ignored and because of its contents, consumers should be aware of what they are being sold and what their choices are.

What are my choices and who’s selling me what?
I took a trip down to Ellensburg’s very own Cannabis Central where I took pictures of a few of the products they had for sale. I asked for a sample of marijuana flower, oil,  edibles, and body balm to take pictures of.

They provided me with a 2 gram package of “DDAWG QUIN-N-TONIC”. This is an indica dominant hybrid strain with a total THC percentage of 21.26% that costs $20. When it comes to marijuana there are 3 types you can get. Indicas, sativas, and hybrids indicas tend to have a sedating, full-body effect on people. The physical leaves are short and bushy and when consumed it is said to help with anxiety, insomnia, pain, and muscle spasms (Leafly, 2017). Sativas, on the other hand, are said to give you a “head high”, as well as make you more focused, uplifting and spark your creativity. It is said to relieve symptoms of depression, ADD, fatigue, and mood disorders (Leafly, 2017). Hybrids are a mix of indicas and sativas. They can be a 50/50 mix of the two, or they can be dominant towards one or the other. This appeals to people who do not want the full effects of either strain.

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Next, they provided me with 1 gram of oil, with a total THC percentage of 75%. Oil is a more concentrated form of marijuana. It is much higher in percentage compared to other forms therefore the effects are felt much stronger. Depending on the strain and THC percentage, the price usually ranges from $20-$40. CBC is a component that is THC free and is very helpful with pain. With this, you do not feel like you are “high” and do not feel the effects that you would with indicas and sativas. Instead, the CBC affects only the sight of pain. CBC oil is said to be very helpful with individuals who suffer from frequent seizures. (Epilepsy, 2017).

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Edibles can come in tons of different forms. Cookies, brownies, candies, tablets, just to name a few. They gave me a package of blue raspberry candy pebbles that contained 10 candies, each with 10 mg of THC in them, totaling 100 mg THC per package. Edibles appeal to the crowd who are intending to feel the effects of marijuana but do not want to smoke it either due to health or personal reasons.

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Lastly, the body balm they provided me with 350 total mg of THC in it. Interestingly, it also contained Kava kava, which is notorious for its sedating and pain relieving effects on the body (WEBMD, 2017). Body balms, as well as lip balms, and moisturizers, are used on people who have muscle, skin, and joint pains in certain areas. After direct contact with the balm, the effects are supposed to relieve the pain temporarily.

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Experience taking the photos
At first, I thought it might be awkward to go into a store that sells drugs and ask to take pictures. After I got over the idea, I went in at a decently slow time of the day so I wouldn’t be disrupting their flow of business. Fortunately, there was a friendly girl working there who helped me out without hesitation. I informed her I was doing a school project and needed to photograph a few items and she recommended a few to her liking that I should photograph. This project helped my thinking in consumer health because it made me realize that especially when it comes to drugs, we should know what we are consuming and who is selling it to us. The great thing about marijuana being legalized now is that when you buy it, it tells you who it is from, when it was harvested, what is in it, and what kind it is. As opposed to buying it off the streets and not knowing anything about what kind it is and what is in it. I think as college students we tend to trust our friends a lot when it comes to drugs and alcohol and if I hadn’t completed this course or project I may not have realized the impact that we as consumers have on our own health.

If someone had never been exposed to discussions of consumer health issues and approaches, completing a project like this may be beneficial because it could inspire somebody to educate themselves not only about this topic but every topic. When people are more aware and educated there is more chance for change to happen and progress to be made. My project provides the general public with a basic standard of what you should expect to see when you walk into a recreational marijuana store.

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