Cannabidiol is just one of the many active ingredients in marijuana. THC may be the chemical compound that gets all the attention, but researchers are finding some interesting properties of cannabidiol, too. In addition to having anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, cannabidiol may be beneficial to the brain in certain cases.
About a month after marijuana was legalized in Washington and Colorado, many people are still leery of starting up the production side. In Washington, the state has announced plans to create three different licenses: for growing, processing, and selling pot. Of the three, the "growing" license may turn out to be the most complicated.
Welcome to sunny North Korea, where the Auspicious Leader cares for everyone equally, and there is no poverty or starvation! Just marijuana aplenty!
I have to admit, when I clicked through this article and learned that Hawaii is showing strong support for marijuana legalization, I snickered. Because of course Hawaii! Right or wrong, our country's 50th state has earned a reputation for being, shall we say, extremely pot-friendly.
CNN has a big opinion piece up from David Frum, a CNN contributor who recently joined "a new organization to oppose marijuana legalization." Frum trots out the same tired old arguments: marijuana "damages brain development in young people." Heavy users "become socially isolated." The smoke is bad for your lungs. And the evidence "suggests" that it can trigger psychotic episodes.
The new year is bringing innovation everywhere, even to Colorado's pot scene. In the wake of Amendment 64 in Colorado, an enterprising businessman has started a roving monthly club for smoking pot. Colorado's rules say that you cannot sell pot, nor can you smoke it in public. And Colorado's anti-smoking laws may prevent you from smoking indoors in a public establishment.
Until I-502 passed, the Seattle Police Department required that recruits be clean of marijuana usage for the last three years. The SPD is still beholden to federal laws, so they can't drop the requirement altogether. However, they are going to drop it to one year.
Times have been tough for small businesses all across Washington State. In Olympia, Frank Schnarr, owner of Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill, used to lie in bed awake at nights wondering how much longer he would be able to keep his bar open. On the verge of losing his business, Schnarr now sees a new opportunity in the wake of I-502.
There’s always controversy, and I’m tired of it. Why don’t we keep the conversation surrounding pot meaningful? Especially with the recent legalizations in Colorado and Washington, I’m loving the increasing amounts of thoughtful, mindful, and intellectual discussions about marijuana within cannabis culture.
Since more and more of us regularly light up the ganja while maintaining functional, “normal” lives as students, office workers, artists, etc., an increasing diversity of stories will emerge since everyone has their own experience with it. Some grew up around weed, with their parents letting them discover it for themselves when appropriate. Others started smoking during a devious phase surrounding adolescence. Those that started smoking during the 60s might have kept up the habit, or decided to revisit it in retirement.
I was not exposed to weed until college really. It was not a rebellious thing, or an abusive thing. My best girlfriend offered it to me, and I never looked back. In hindsight, I think college might have really beat me up without it. I found quiet when I smoked marijuana. Before I first lit up, I was going in all directions at a thousand miles per hour all the time and had not yet stopped to reconsider what I was doing, reevaluate my routine, or remind myself of my priorities.
And smoking weed did that for me. It forced me to slow down and reprioritize. Take care of yourself. Get enough sleep. Eat good meals regularly. Go play outside. It was all so obvious, but I needed to get high to remember what my body needs, and I still do sometimes. Smoking weed is not just a recreational habit or a medicinal habit for me though. It is also very social. Sharing the love of weed in a group helped me find the other people who also took the time to slow down for a second and smell the roses, which can be harder than it should be when you live or work in a very past-paced context. Meeting a new friend in a smoking circle, or finally connecting with a new acquaintance after sharing a bowl together, is one of my favorite things.
So when the only media I see about marijuana is a political controversy, I lament the fact that hardly anyone acknowledges the way it connects people, or gives them peace of mind, or is really really meaningful to some of us.
To the day when a toast can be given over a joint just as easily as it can be given over a glass of wine or champagne—here here.