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Only in America - Free Pot for a Shot
If anyone had told me as a teenager in the early '80s, that in 2021 marijuana would be legal for recreational use in 16 states (plus DC), I would have choked on my bong hit.
420 After 40
What better day to celebrate my return to the 'Cannabis Culture' than on National Weed Day or otherwise just known as 420; which can also designate the time of the day 'pot-smokers' toke up daily. Today I'll be using 420 as the term used to identify with the culture I once belonged to in my youth but left behind for a career as a diver in the United States Navy. Not that returning to the use is anything exciting or any earth-shattering news around here. Especially since I'm just an average middle-aged man that you'll find at any cannabis dispensary in California. There is nothing abnormal or deviant about what I'm doing now. That always hasn't been the case in my lifetime. What follows is my personal story of how my relationship with cannabis has changed over the years, as I aged and it's use has become quasi-legal and socially acceptable here in the United States.
Me, A Cannabis User
I wanted to start by clarifying that this article wasn't going to be about cannabis. The more I think about that, I would probably be lying if I started things out that way, so I'm just going to not do that. It's kind of difficult to pin down exactly what this is about from the outset, actually. Even with a handy outline at the ready, it is far easier to let this become something more like a stream of consciousness than a rigid essay on the merits and risks of cannabis use. The thing is, I just want to start writing about pot, really. I already write about comic books as a day job, and the writing challenges on this platform have been a great way to get the creative juices flowing towards working on my own fiction again, but I could write so much more.
Cannabis had an amazing evolution in America
If you are like me, you have probably at some point in time wondered how the Cannabis plant which grows naturally in the earth ended up being illegal in the United States. There is a long and dark path to how we got to where we are today. The hemp plant first arrived in this nation in 1545 after it was introduced to Chile. It was basically used for making ropes and came to North America at Port Royal, Acadia in 1606. By 1619, the demand for hemp had increased to the point that the Virginia Assembly passed legislation requiring colonists to grow the crop.
Best Cannabis Drinks and Why They’re Better than Edibles
Instead of waiting for the edibles to kick in or spending hours to prepare pot brownies, make your next party less stressful by stocking up on cannabis drinks. This subtle way to consume weed makes your habit even easier. Since the herb entered the culinary scene, it gotten turned into many things, but now we have landed on infused sodas, teas and juices, and we couldn’t be happier. However, if you never tried cannabis drinks, you might be wondering whether they are any different than edibles. Here’s everything you need to know about this new way of consuming cannabis, so you can make an educated choice when choosing your perfect drink for morning, afternoon or evening relaxation.
10 Unique Pipes That Double as Home Decor
There's no gentle way to say this: the majority of mainstream cannabis pipes are absolute eyesores. You know exactly what I'm talking about. Nearly every corner store has a case packed full of gaudy glass pieces, their surfaces swirled with neon colors and embossed with 420 emblems. No big deal if you're a twenty two year old still fueled mostly by Four Loko and 7-11 snacks, but - especially in the era of Alexa family drop-ins and Zoom live classes - some of us would prefer a bit more... subtlety.
CBD is a Game Changer
I live in a state where cannabis is illegal. That leaves me reaching for the next best thing: CBD. I can’t help but be envious when I read about places where cannabis is legal, both recreational and medicinal. Unfortunately, I live in one of the handful of states where cannabis is illegal across the board. Medicinal cannabis is not even legal here, which seems particularly cruel.
- Second place in (Un)Common Knowledge Challenge
Was Shakespeare High This Whole Time?
William Shakespeare, also known as the 'immortal bard'. Heard of him? I'll consider you crazy if you haven't. He was (and still is) an extremely well-known English poet and playwright with his art dating back to the late 1500s. Some of his most famous and well-known plays include Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, The Tempest and, Othello but he had written 39 plays and 154 sonnets in total.
How To Properly Introduce Psychedelics Into American Society
Quick Facts -If we make the effort to carefully integrate psychedelics into our country, we’ll have a much healthier, grateful, and loving society.
I Use Medical Marijuana To Treat My PTSD
Decades ago I suffered a lightning strike that left me afraid of turning on a clothes dryer for years. At the time, I didn’t have any of the mental health problems that I do now, like depression and anxiety, so it was hard for me to put into words to my family and friends how I felt about my experience.
What Dabs are Like
If you haven’t tried dabs before and are curious to find out what it’s like before you indulge, you’ve come to the right place. It’s definitely a smart decision to educate yourself before you try a mind-altering substance you aren’t familiar with. If we recall back when edibles were gaining more mainstream popularity, we had to give the PSA that this is actually a different experience, because it’s a different chemical reaction, and not the same-ol’ Mary Jane you know and love. I find myself doing a similar spiel with dabs when I talk to people about them nowadays.
Your Friends That Smoke Weed Aren't Lazy
Please note: this is a repost from my Medium page. In 2012, Colorado residents voted to legalize marijuana in a ground-breaking political victory. I was twenty at the time, and even though I was an adamant control freak and had never smoked cannabis myself, I knew enough about it to believe that people deserved a choice. When it was officially legal, I gave it a try and was surprised by the experience, but not as surprised as I was to meet an army of corporate 'stoners' a few years later who changed the way I looked at pot forever.