Years ago only a small clique of degenerates smoked marijuana. Now smoke rises from all segments of society. Once the exclusive delight of musicians and lower criminal classes, marijuana is now enjoyed by everyone and their mother. Seriously, ask your mother if she smokes weed, you might be surprised.
I remain keenly skeptical about claims that people have communed with geraniums, passionflowers, and Dracaena Massangeana let alone weed. Even that fascinating book The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird has failed to persuade me that vegetables are sensitive to threats, affectionate words, or recordings of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Though I am persuaded that certain cannabis responds to Bob Marley and Coldplay. Without appropriate receptors for receiving and processing sound, it is hard to believe that plants are capable of such feats. But there are two avenues of respectable research that should trouble anyone adopting this orthodox stance.
Choosing the right seed is probably the most important decision that a grower makes. The seed, actually the fruit of the cannabis plant, properly known as an achene, contains, among other things, the germ plasma, or genetic material.
Uber changed the lives of stoners. As marijuana becomes more accepted as a lifestyle drug, so does driving stoned. The precedent for the driving stoned experiment was set in 1978 by Car and Driver . They staged the Great Carry Nation Memorial Drunk Off, which was an attempt to test objectively the effects of alcohol on driving ability. That test broke new journalistic ground. Real live people familiar to millions of readers, drank real booze, had their blood-alcohol levels checked on a breath tester, and then performed a simple slalom test. The results were dramatic. Not unexpected, but very dramatic, and the original drunk-off story has been one of the most frequently requested articles from the archives of Car and Driver. First forays into the world of scientific research on the subject of driving stoned quickly revealed some problems. The biggest problem would be quantifying the high. In other words, how high is high, and when is a driver there? With booze, a blow into a breath meter and the degree of drunkenness, as determined by law, flashes on an app you can purchase online. The amount of alcohol in the blood is instantly determined. Not so with marijuana. The amount of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the stuff in pot that makes you high, can only be determined by sophisticated blood tests, and even then there is no legal determination of what constitutes a “legally drunk” toker.
Peyote, known botanically as Lophophora Williamaii, is the great American high. For the past almost 5,500 years, Native American tribes of the Plains such as the Navajo, Comanche, Sioux and Kiowa, have used the spineless, tufted, blue-green, button-shaped cactus as the centerpiece of enhancing their religious rituals. It is known for its psychoactive properties when ingested.
Stropharia cubensis can be found in appropriate habitats throughout the Southern US, all through the coastal regions of Mexico, and throughout coastal and equatorial regions of South America. In the US, it has been reported from Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia. Its distribution would probably be even greater were it not for the fact that its environmental requirements limit it to regions of mild temperatures and high humidity.