Cannabis Myth #3: Marijuana Users are Lazy

This myth grew more from racism than any observable fact. Americans were looking for a way to slow immigration from the south, because they believed that the manual labourers who worked for less money than local people demanded were a drain on society. They needed a way to sway public opinion to be more anti-Mexican, and marijuana was their tool of choice. In early anti-weed propaganda, governments promoted the image of a lazy, drunken Mexican as the typical cannabis user. The stereotype was that marijuana, not systemic racism, was the reason why Mexican immigrants were unable to become productive members […]

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The Opioid and the Cannabinoid

The opioid was easy to get from an emergency room, family doctor, or pain specialist. The cannabinoid was only available by mail from a handful of licensed producers. The opioid promised me freedom and convenience. The cannabinoid promised me complicated social mores. The opioid broadcasted “Trust me, I’m safe!” The cannabinoid murmured “I work”. The opioid was synthesized in a lab into something that looks nothing like a red flower. The cannabinoid grows at my home and is still a green flower when I use it. The opioid caused jitters, made me drowsy, and interfered with my concentration. The cannabinoid […]

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The Tooth about Cannabis Smoke

As if there weren’t already enough reasons to eat your cannabis instead of smoking it, here is another… After a candid conversation with my dental hygienist at my last cleaning, she asked me to share some information with my followers. I told her it was exactly the type of information I wanted to share – in part because I hadn’t heard it before. It seems that the higher burning temperature of cannabis compared to tobacco can give the smoke a higher risk for dental health problems. The higher temperature hardens gums, as if they were acting in self-defense from the […]

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Perfect Starter for all Your Edibles

Let’s face it: eating your cannabis is the best option for maximizing the benefits. Your lungs aren’t very good at extracting cannabis, so you exhale up to 40% of the THC you inhale. Your liver, on the other hand, is excellent at extracting cannabinoids and making them available to the rest of your body–it’s like getting a 50% bonus on every dose. So what is the best way to make those edibles?   There are a lot of ways to add cannabis to your food, all of which depend on decarb’ing it at some stage. I usually start by roasting […]

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Terpenes: Nature’s Secret Weapon for Well-Being

We all know that there are hundreds of compounds in cannabis, but people generally only talk about two: THC and CBD. Sometimes CBN makes a brief cameo, but beyond acknowledging their existence, nobody really talks about the importance of terpenes. So what is the big deal?

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