I’ve been banned from crossing into the USA since May 2016. So instead, my friend Dixie and I went on a different trip, to BC’s Sunshine Coast. It may not have been the trip we had planned but we still got to have our getaway — and some really rare one-on-one time — doused in a cloud of pot smoke.
In 2015 I wrote about the Kush Cup and the boat cruise with the Trailer Park Boys. This year I had plans to attend other events that weekend, so I was surprised when our editor asked me to write about the 2016 Kush Cup. But surprise quickly faded to a grin when she explained she only wanted me to write about judging Kush Cup 2016 weed. This was something I could do.
Twelve High Chicks welcomes and thanks new contributor Miss J Green for this article.
It isn’t news for cannabis consumers but it might be for mainstream professionals: your colleagues are getting baked. Not at lunchtime in their cars like a bunch of teenagers — they are professionals — but after a long week in the office, the modern professional is turning to cannabis. Executives are toking up on Friday evenings instead of suffering through whiskey hangovers on Saturday mornings. Younger professionals are coming together for BBQs and breaking out the cannabis-infused edibles for dessert.
With the 2015 Smith ruling and the Allard decision that lead to the ACMPR, qualified Canadians can now legally grow their own bud and alter it to their purposes, include dabbing. And it’s increasing in popularity in legal states and other countries too. It’s not as simple as packing a bowl or rolling a joint, though — what’s the deal with doing it right?
As we move toward the legalization of marijuana the government now has a place on its website, under Consultations in Health Services and Systems, allowing you to have your two cents worth until August 29th. It’s a five-part discussion paper and legalization questionnaire where you can add scientific documents, give your personal (expert) opinion, and answer a number of multiple choice questions.
Given the immense amount of misinformation and propaganda out there on the subject of recreational marijuana and intelligence — from both sides — it’s necessary to give one’s head a good shake and really sift through the facts if choosing not to go completely on personal experience. But when it comes to intelligence we could all use a little more, couldn’t we? And we don’t want to give up smoking weed, right? So why not educate ourselves on how to make it work for us rather than against us?
I’ve done a lot of research on the topic and paired that with my own personal experiences to compile these “dos and don’ts” for those who use weed recreationally. Of course, people who need weed medically are best following the advice of their doctors, so this guideline is not necessarily for them.
So I’m sure we have all known a “brain-dead stoner” or two, but for as many of those types out there, there are also the opposite: the highly conscious, freakishly intelligent, enlightened pot smokers. So why the difference? How do some people seem to make the plant work for them — to have both marijuana and intelligence — while others don’t? I thought this would be an interesting dichotomy to look into.
I have been known to attempt to self-medicate my problems away. I have done ever since I was able to find someone old enough to hit the liquor store for me and I discovered that smoking pot helped me forget my problems. Now, before you shut down this article because that sentence put booze and marijuana in the same category, hear me out: when it comes to mental health, self-medicating with marijuana and alcohol are comparable.
What is the future for personal recreational growing? For obvious reasons, patients’ advocates fought hard for the right to grow one’s own medical marijuana. Now that the Liberal government has accepted the Supreme Court decision it’s natural for activists and advocates to start wondering and asking about home growing for non-patients. After all, if it’s going to be legalized, why wouldn’t the government make all the medical options available to recreational users too?
It was only six short months ago when good feelings were in abundance after the Conservatives’ sound trouncing at the hands of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. Thoughts were turned to what a legal cannabis market might look like. Yet here we are six months later and it’s starting to feel like the Liberal days of old.
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