Legend has it that wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns — which means wearing (and drinking… and smoking..) green things means you won’t get pinched on St Patrick’s Day!
We’re glad that there’s at least one patron saint in this world who doesn’t mind everybody getting absolutely plastered in their honour. And in honour of that, we’ve created these two green canna cocktails for you to mix up and sip on St Patrick’s Day.
Plus, aside from 4/20, St Patrick’s Day is the greenest day of the year. Cannabis, shamrocks, leprechauns, and green cocktails make up the majority of St Patrick’s Day. So get your friends together and celebrate the colour green with these two cannabis-infused green cocktails.
Disclaimer: Please remember that cannabis and alcohol potentiate each other! When you’re drinking and consuming cannabis at the same time, you should consume less of both. Consume responsibly!
1. Creamy Baileys Cannabis Grasshopper.
Following on from the disclaimer we just gave, this is a really strong cocktail. There’s no water or juice or anything happening in this cocktail, but the colour is divine. And it’s the perfect cannabis-infused beverage to enjoy with friends on St Patrick’s Day.
You’ll need to head to the liquor store for some very important ingredients:
Creme de menthe (green)
Creme de cacao (white)
Bailey’s Irish Creme
A piece of fresh mint to garnish
Creme de menthe is a mint liqueur that’s available in green and white; be sure to choose the green version so that your grasshopper is bright green.
Creme de cacao is a chocolate flavoured liqueur that’s available in brown or white; be sure to choose the white version so that the drink maintains its funky green colour.
Finally, Bailey’s makes the entire recipe all the more Irish. But we also understand if you want to bring the alcohol content down. You can replace Bailey’s with milk, cream, or half and half to reduce the alcohol content.
When it comes to cannabis, we recommend that you keep the dose very light, in the vicinity of 5-10mg. Given the alcohol content in this beverage, only a small amount of cannabis is necessary to get all the feels.
We recommend using Halley’s Comet 500mg 1:1 CBD:THC Tincture. It’s all together energizing, balanced, and euphoric, adding just the right touch to the Baileys Grasshopper.
You will need:
½ ml Halley’s Comet 500mg 1:1 CBD:THC Tincture
1 shot (30ml) creme de menthe (green)
1 shot (30ml) creme de cacao (white)
1 shot (30ml) Bailey’s Irish Creme
Put all the ingredients in a shaker with some ice. If you don’t have a shaker, you can mix it really vigorously in a glass.
Pour into a glass.
Top with a couple of fresh mint leaves
2. Stoned Leprechaun Cocktail.
The Stoned Leprechaun Cocktail is another brightly coloured cocktail for your St Patrick’s Day celebration. Unlike the Grasshopper recipe above, the Stoned Leprechaun is a little more chill as it’s diluted with orange and pineapple juice. It’s fruity and delicious, and easy to sip on throughout the party.
If you choose to add Blue Dream Hybrid Distillate as your cannabis component, be very careful not to add too much. Its flavour is delicious but it’s also a very potent cannabis product and you don’t want to accidentally take too much.
Making the Stoned Leprechaun is easy but it packs a serious punch, so be prepared! A way to tame down the cocktail is to use this recipe but prepare it for two people. Top up each glass with pineapple or orange juice to fill out the glass, but that way each glass contains half the dose of alcohol and cannabis!
You will need:
1-2ml of Twisted Extracts’ 300mg Sativa 1:1 Orange Flavoured Drops or a very small serve of Blue Dream Hybrid Distillate.
1 shot (30 ml) of blue curacao
1 shot (30ml) vodka
1 shot (30 ml) peach shnapps
1 shot (30 ml) orange juice
1 shot (30ml) pineapple juice
A slice of orange and a cherry to garnish
Add all the ingredients to a shaker with some ice except for the Blue Dream Distillate. This should be added at the end for precision. If you’re using the drops, you can add them at the beginning.
Shake and pour into a glass with fresh ice.
If you’re using Blue Dream Distillate, add it now.
Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry.
Remember — cannabis is for sharing! Enjoy a cocktail this St Patrick’s Day with friends, a lover, a family member, or someone close! And remember to enjoy cannabis and alcohol responsibly. Happy St Patrick’s Day!
On 8th March, 2021, the world will be celebrating International Women’s day — a day to celebrate the women’s rights movement. In 2021, women’s rights are about much more than simply being able to vote. The more we move along as a society, the more we understand some of the deep-seated sexism that goes on in our workplaces, relationships, and cultures.
There are women still fighting for the woman’s place in cannabis, a compassionate industry that so desperately requires the high emotional intelligence that women in leadership can bring to the table.
This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating 10 influential women in cannabis. Who are they, what have they done, and what is their advice to the budding women of the future?
1. Melinda Rombouts — winner of Canadian Women Entrepreneur honours.
Who: Melinda Rombouts, born in Forest, Ontario.
What does she do? Melinda Rombouts is the founder and CEO of Eve & Co, a Canada based cannabis company targeted towards women, women’s health and recreation. She focuses strongly on the many different ways that cannabis can empower a woman’s life, and in September 2019 she received a Ones to Watch Award. This award is given as part of the Canadian Women Entrepreneur awards for women who display outstanding potential and innovation in business and ideas.
Melinda Rombouts’ motto? The future of cannabis is female.
2. Antuanette Gomez — under 30; kicking goals.
Who: Antuanette Gomez, Toronto born and raised.
What does she do? Antuanette Gomez is the founder of Pleasure Peaks, a Toronto-based cannabis company that focuses on women’s sexual health. Antuanette Gomez is also a full-time consultant, public speaker and advocate within the cannabis community, and the cross section of cannabis with women’s health and sex.
Antuanette Gomez continues to mentor women who want to grow in the cannabis industry, and has a role at Women Grow.
Antuanette Gomez’s motto? She wants to create a cannabis industry more diverse than ever before by putting people of colour at the forefront.
3. Dr. Chanda Marcias — don’t accept NO for an answer.
Ilera Holistic is a medical cannabis clinic in Louisiana that Marcias established in 2015, and since then, it has gone on to partner with Southern University to launch a CBD brand. It is the first CBD brand launched by a historically black university.
Dr Chandas Marcias was also the first black woman to own a multi-state cannabis operation that included retail stores and grow operations.
Chanda Marcia’s motto? Learn to expect challenges, be persistent, and never take no for an answer.
4. Zoe Wilder PR — educate yourself, first and foremost.
Who: Zoe Wilder PR, born in Atlanta, Georgia.
What does she do? Zoe Wilder is a PR that works with some of the most influential cannabis startups and entrepreneurs. Alongside being a PR woman in cannabis, she’s also worked in psychedelics, tech, art, wine, and spirits. She champions the startups and big brands alike with the philosophy that these brands can really help people if they apply compassion and tact.
Zoe Wilder’s motto? First and foremost, educate yourself, then you can go on to educate others, and together we can build sustainable change.
5. Maha Haq — inspiring science and education.
Who: Maha Haq, UCLA, Los Angeles
What does she do? Maha Haq is the founder and president of Cannaclub University at UCLA, Los Angeles. Cannaclub University was created to inspire students to study cannabis science, especially in the post-graduation space. Haq is a driver of cannabis research and cannabis education, continually inspiring other women into the cannabis science sector.
Maha Haq’s motto? Realise how powerful you can be in the cannabis industry. Study the past, impact the present and plan for the future.
6. Rosy Mondin — pioneering cannabis extraction.
Who: Rosy Mondin, born Vancouver.
What does she do? Rosy Mondin was previously a lawyer and left her legal career to start World-Class Extractions, a Vancouver based cannabis extraction company. Rosy Mondin’s company doesn’t manufacture cannabis products though — they pioneer technology for cannabis extraction.
In 2016, Rosy Mondin founded Soma Labs Scientific which merged with Quadron Cannatech Corporation, and Quadron listed for CSE in 2017. This made Rosy Mondin the world’s first female founder CEO of a publicly traded cannabis company.
Rosy Mondin’s motto? Cannabis is now so much more than dry flowers.
7. Trina Fraser — laying down the law.
Who: Trina Fraser, born in Ottowa.
What does she do? Trina Fraser is the arguably the most badass women in cannabis. She is a bonafide cannabis lawyer whose expertise has authority almost everywhere in the world. She knows pretty much everything there is to know about cannabis law, and in 2019, was named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as the top 25 most influential lawyers in Canada.
Trina Fraser is a partner at Brazeau Seller; you can follow her on Twitter for her knowledge about the “grand experiment” that is cannabis legalization.
Trina’s advice? Know that you can’t be everything. Be honest about your personal skills and fill in the gaps with your dream team.
8. Casey Georgeson — putting CBD in mainstream beauty.
Who: Casey Georgeson, born Northern California
What does she do? She is the founder of Saint Jane Beauty, the cosmetics company that brought CBD into mainstream beauty and cosmetics. Casey started her company as a mother of three and introduced CBD into cosmetics years before it was ever on shelves. She worked with the likes of Marc Jacobs and Kat Von D.
Casey Georgeson’s motto? Patience, agility, and integrity.
9. Kristi Knoblich Palmer — exceptional people and products will always take you far.
Who: Kristi Knoblich Palmer
What does she do? Kristi Knoblish Palmer is the co-founder of Kiva Confections, a wildly popular and innovative cannabis edibles brand. Kristi and her husband came into the edibles space during a time when there were issues with consistency, dosage, and testing, and they brought precise dosing and consistent quality to the edibles market. Kiva Confections started in their home kitchen but are now some of the most sold cannabis edibles across the USA.
Kristi Knoblich Palmer’s motto? Customer’s don’t have relationships with other companies — they have relationships with people. Make stellar relationships and stellar products.
10. Mimi Lam — a voice for equality in Canadian cannabis.
Who: Mimi Lam, born and raised in Ottowa.
What does she do? She is the founder and owner of Suprette, a cannabis and lifestyle brand. On top of her business, she is a huge advocate for women and women of colour in the cannabis space. She talks openly about the discriminatory cultures in the cannabis industry and how important it is for women to overcome those hurdles.
Mimi Lam’s motto? Help and empower others, especially those who don’t have the resources to do it for themselves.
It’s been an honour to honour women this International Women’s Day by recognising women in cannabis. Do you have any favourite women in cannabis that we left off this list? Let us know in the comments.
What are the My Supply Co.’s staff picks for Golden Globe nominees?
At the top of the list there’s Palm Springs, Wolkfwaker, and One Night in Miami, and we’ve also included Borat Subsequent Moviefilm and Schitt’s Creek.
Best strains to pair with the golden globe nominees?
Violator Kush, Gorilla GLue #4, and LSD!
The Golden Globe awards are quickly approaching. In just a few days we’ll find out which of our favourite stars managed to shine through the pandemic and earn their Golden Globe award. But anyway — pandemic or not — we all spend a lot of time enjoying film and music entertainment. And there’s probably a lot of us who like to do that with a joint in their hand. In honour of that, we’ve got our favourite Golden Globe nominees worth smoking a joint to.
To keep things fun, we won’t just share the Golden Globe nominees themselves. We’ll pair each of them with the perfect strain. It’s still cold enough for whole weekends spent with a joint or a vape and a kickass movie. Put your slippers on, roll that joint, and enjoy this list of Golden Globe nominees worth smoking a joint to, put together by the staff at the My Supply Co. HQ.
1. Palm Springs — romantic hilarity.
Palm Springs is kind of like 50 First Dates meets The Hangover meets Hot Tub Time Machine. A pair meet at a wedding and find themselves in an endless time loop together, struggling to find their way out of it.
Their romance grows as they literally relive the same day, over and over again, constantly searching for a way out of their bizarre situation. The film follows them through fearless endeavours, blowing themselves up to see if they’ll still wake up the next day in the exact same situation.
This cosy, romantic film deserves its nomination for its creativity in romantic comedy. Exciting from beginning to end, Palm Springs is even somewhat philosophical, making you wonder what’s meaningful and what’s not.
Pair with Violator Kush Indica from the pantry.
Like the lovers in Palm Strings, Violator Kush is a strain for lovers, talkers, cuddlers and lovers of indulgence. It’s the perfect strain before a night on the couch with friends or a lover, a cup of tea, and Palm Springs. Giggles and fuzzy feelings are guaranteed.
2. Wolfwalkers — a burst of inspiration.
Wolfwalkers is an Apple Original animation released in 2020; the story of a young girl who finds herself trying to fit in with a pack of wolves and become a wolfwalker. She takes her place and every night when she sleeps, she turns into a wolf.
But she lives in a time where wolves are seen as the source of all evil, and the people of the town vow to eradicate the wolves.
The movie is her brave and inspirational journey to protect the wolves and the wolf walkers. A beautiful animation supports the brave storyline — as does an epic soundtrack. Apple really nailed this animation that both children and adults can love.
Pair with THC Vegan Cherry Bombs from the pantry.
Because nothing else can get your heart jumping and in the mood for Wolfwalkers than a Cherry Bomb. Each candy contains a generous 30mg THC to get you in touch with all the feels of this movie. Best enjoyed with the kids, with friends, or even alone with a glass of wine.
3. One Night in Miami… — for history, passion, and leadership.
One Night in Miami… is based on the stageplay and real life events of a single night; February 25, 1964. Malcolm X, Muhammed Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke come together to discuss their responsibilities as successful black men during the civil rights movement.
Themes of love, leadership, and betrayal all tie into the wonderfully fictionized story of a single night. Directed by Regiina King, One Night in Miami… is a great piece of history about an important moment in the history of the motion towards equal rights.
Inspirational, creative, and engaging the whole way through, this film isn’t necessarily “easy watching”. It’s best savoured for a moment where you can put your whole heart into a journey into history.
Pair with LSD Hybrid from the pantry.
What a beautiful film to enjoy with a potent, creative, and psychedelic strain of cannabis. LSD all together gets your cerebrals deeply engaged with whatever is consuming your attention. It’s the perfect strain to have you hanging off the edge of your seat instead of sinking back into it.
4. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm — laugh and question everything.
Not everyone thinks Borat Subsequent Movifilm is Borat’s best work — but the delivery and the messaging is oh-so-timely. The movie is a blatant example of how much Sasha Baren Cohen uses politics to drive his creativity and his comedy.
Borat appears with his daughter in this second film, travelling to give her to the American president to restore Kazakhstan’s reputation. But as she arrives in America and sees the freedoms of the modern woman, she runs away from her father and pursues life as a journalist.
Intertwined with this father-daughter family drama is the ongoing COVID-19 saga. And of course, there’s the famous scene of Rudi Giuliani sticking his hand in his pants during an interview with Borat’s daughter. But we’ll leave the interpretation of that up to each viewer!
Comedy, politics, and boundary pushing — everything Borat is good at and famous for. A must watch for any Borat fans or anybody wanting a giggle at the less than ideal global landscape.
Pair with Gorilla Glue #4 Hybrid from the pantry.
Because giggles are the segway into all of life’s unanswerable questions — just like the kinds that Borat makes his whole career out of. If a night of giggles and Borat sounds perfect to you, be sure to pick up a Gorilla Glue #4 Hybrid Vape Cart from the My Supply Co. pantry before tuning in.
5. Schitt’s Creek — irony and comedy, all wrapped up in one.
Schitt’s Creek stars Eugene and Daniel Levy for a TV series packed with irony, family drama, and tongue-in-cheek comedy. Schitt’s Creek is all about a very wealthy family that loses everything and is forced back into working-class life.
It’s funny watching the journey a rich family faces when all of a sudden, they have to fix their own taps, apply for jobs, and sell some of their fancy clothes to get money. There are a total of 6 seasons in Schitt’s Creek, with the final season premiering this year. It’s now nominated for 5 Golden Globe awards, with a bunch of actor/actress nominations and a nomination for Musical or TV Comedy Series.
It’s just fun to see a show that’s a little different from what we’re used to seeing by now in sitcoms. The family drama aspect touches on so many of the nuances that modern families experience, but still expresses the importance of family — even if you’re up Schitt’s Creek!
Pair with Tom Ford Indica Live Resin from the pantry.
A strong indica, a comfortable horizontal position, and as many episodes of Schitt’s Creek as you can possible handle. It’s altogether an antidepressant, relaxant, antianxiety prescription if you ask us! There’s no better way to curl up on a cold night than to watch a good comedy and enjoy some fine Tom Ford Live Resin.
Don’t forget to tune in.
After you spend the weekend binging great films and TV series, don’t forget to check in on 1st march for the Golden Globe Awards. The Awards will be broadcast at 5pm PST on March 1st. Tune in and don’t forget to raise your drink — or your joint — to your favourite film or TV series!
Which nominations were your favourite? Are there any you loved that we didn’t mention? Drop your favourites in the comments!
Our top picks for anime shows to watch while high?
Avatar – The Last Airbender, One Piece, and Princess Mononoke are our top three picks.
And strains to match them?
Black Diamond Hybrid, the Honey Rose Vape Cart and delicious THC Fizzy Colas can be found in the pantry.
Get your blankets out. Turn on the fire. Brew that CBD hot chocolate or pick up your favourite vape. It’s time to enjoy our list of the best anime shows to watch while high. Even if anime isn’t really your thing, there’s a show in here for all tastes. Plus, when there’s good cannabis on hand, anime can be for anybody.
We’re all spending more time indoors. And while it can be tempting to keep your eyes glued to the news in this day and age, but we urge you to leave it alone, at least for a couple of hours a day. And when you’re not watching the news, you can be delighting your imagination with some good old anime.
Here are our favourites!
1. Avatar – The Last Airbender.
Not the Avatar film. Avatar – The Last Airbender is arguably the greatest anime series ever to have graced this planet. The world of Avatar encompasses four great groups — the airbenders, firebenders, waterbenders and earthbenders. And everybody thought that all the airbenders had been wiped off the planet a long time ago.
Avatar — The Last Airbender begins when two innocent waterbenders discover that there is, in fact, one last living airbender.
This anime series is heart melting, adventurous, and magical all at the same time. It’s one of those anime series that isn’t just a delight to watch, but is genuinely full of so much profound wisdom. A perfect watch with the family or alone.
Pair with 180mg THC Fizzy Colas by Faded Cannabis Co.
The THC Fizzy Colas by Faded Cannabis Co. are deliciously reminiscent of childhood and walking into the candy store. They’re the perfect mood-enhancing treat to go with an anime series as uplifting as Avatar.
2. One Piece.
Now we’re talking hardcore anime. One Piece is a Japanese manga anime series based on the comic book. A lot like Dragon Ball Z, One Piece is one of those anime series with quite literally, thousands of episodes. Yes, it’s been running for a very long time.
Don’t expect any romance from One Piece. It’s got episode-long fight scenes and it’s more about one kid’s plight to be the king of pirates than it is an inner journey into existence. One Piece is an adventure through thousands of 20 minute episodes.
It’s the perfect show to binge on or it’s perfect for a quick anime fix before bed.
Pair with Black Diamond Hybrid.
Black Diamond Hybrid is considered one of the best social strains to have graced the cannabis industry. It’s a balanced physical and cerebral high that makes it ideal for hours-on-end anime watching. It’s a light, fun strain to keep you viscerally engaged with the epic character building of One Piece.
3. Princess Mononoke.
Princess Mononoke is a lot like Avatar – The Last Airbender in the sense that it touches on fundamental principles of human existence. Princess Mononoke is a film, starting in a time where the harmony between humans, animals, and the earth has been lost.
The main character, Ashitaka, attempts to make peace between Princess Mononoke and her wolf God companion, Moro. But it just leads to more conflict. The beautiful message of Princess Mononoke isn’t one of triumph, but of finding the good things even in the middle of turmoil.
Princess Mononoke is an adventure into what it means to be harmonious with the earth and the gods. The colourscapes and delicate style of animation in Princess Mononoke are a treat for the discerning anime film lover.
Pair with Honey Rose Vape Cart.
Something about Princess Mononoke makes it such a sweet film, so we think pairing a sweet vape cart is the perfect way to go. There are some dark themes in Princess Mononoke that end in realisation, so keep your mood uplifted and romantic with the Honey Rose Vape cart so that you, too, can find the good things even in the chaos.
4. Porco Rosso.
OK – finally. Something a little funny and weird. There are lots of weird anime films out there, but this one ought to bring out the little child who wanted to be a pilot inside of all of us.
Porco Rosso is the story of an ex-pilot who somehow was turned into a pig during the first world war. It’s now the 1930s, and it’s up to Porco Rosso to save the skies from aeronautical pirates who are terrorizing cruise ships in the Adriatic Sea.
What’s funny is the misplacement of Italian culture, World War 1 setting, and a pig for a pilot. None of it seems quite fitting for anime, but somehow it fits perfectly into a light, funny film about what’s possible when you enlist the help of your best friends.
Pair with Tom Ford Live Resin.
Tom Ford Live Resin, a heavy indica, is the perfect night time strain, so enjoy it with Porco Rosso for a night-time anime bender. Strong floral and sweet flavours amalgamate into a giggling sensation, a perfect mood for watching an air-fighter-turned-pig save the world from air pirates.
5. Fullmetal Alchemist.
Two alchemist brothers, Edward and Alphons Elric, search for the philosopher’s stone in this huge, award-winning anime series. In the world of Fullmetal Alchemist, alchemy is the underlying principle of nature. All creation, all conflict, and all resolution are subject to the laws of alchemy.
Before each fight, the two have to consult the transmutation circle and use it to draw on the powers they need to win battles and proceed with their mission.
With 51 episodes in total, Fullmetal Alchemist will keep your anime cravings satisfied for at least a week.
Pair with Blue God Indica.
Blue God is the ultimate tranquilizing indica strain for sitting on the couch, munchies close, for hours watching Fullmetal Alchemist. Since Fullmetal Alchemist is best watched as a binge, we think it deserves a potent, couch-locking indica strain that won’t let you walk away from it. And it will feel so good to not walk away from it.
What’s your favourite anime show to watch high? Let the community know so there can be more, endless anime watching while high. Drop your favourite show in the comments!
When should you tell your colleagues or family you use cannabis?
You can’t keep it a secret from work if you get drug tested. But you don’t have to reveal it in a workplace or family environment that isn’t supportive of your choices!
Should you keep it from your partner?
If you’ve just started dating someone, you don’t have to tell them you use cannabis right away. But if you plan on dating them for longer, it’s better sooner than later.
What’s the rule of thumb?
When you’re talking about cannabis with judgemental people, try to be as educational as possible but don’t open yourself up to ridicule over your own free choices.
The judgemental, propagandist days of cannabis are over — or are they? On the one hand, cannabis users worldwide are jumping for joy at the turn of events that cannabis law has taken in the last decade. On the other hand, it’s not like we are ignorant to the fact that a lot of the mentality of pre-legalisation remains in the undergrowth.
That undergrowth is your boss’s idea of cannabis — or your parent’s idea of cannabis. A law changes overnight, but an entire culture’s attitude towards something doesn’t change overnight. So how private should you keep your weed consumption?
We know this is a pertinent question because cannabis enthusiasts are of all varieties; the entrepreneur, the weekend smoker, the video-game variety, the social user and the medicinal user. And we know that all of these different types of cannabis users are subject to different “etiquettes” when it comes to their cannabis consumption.
If you’re a professional, is it appropriate to tell your colleagues you smoke? If you’re a weekend smoker, do you really have to tell your cannabis-loathing parents that you smoke? That’s what this article is all about. We’re getting into some of the issues surrounding privacy of cannabis use and how this affects our lives.
There’s no privacy about your cannabis consumption if you get drug tested for work.
Before we talk about some of the social implications of revealing the fact that you use cannabis, let’s talk about some of the logistical and legal implications.
To start with, if you have to get drug tested for work or any other reason, it’s pretty much impossible to keep your cannabis use from the authorities. Obviously there are ways around this, but they’re even more illegal than using cannabis, and we can’t condone trying to lie on a drug test.
This is a really big caveat, isn’t it? For the handful of people out there who undergo mandatory drug screening, there’s unfortunately very little scope for privacy about your cannabis use. You could theoretically keep it a secret from your friends and family, but it wouldn’t be a secret from the authorities. And in most scenarios, they’re the ones you want to be keeping it from.
Professionals and white collars; the etiquette of the cannabis conversation.
The scenario: You’re a professional who works in an office for a successful company. You spend most of your day dealing with clients, in meetings, signing contracts and making deals. When your work day is over, your favourite thing to do is go home and smoke a joint. After-work drinks are annoying because you care less about drinking than you do about using cannabis. Plus, you never get to take clients out to the best local dispensary — it’s always the finest bar or restaurant. So it’s not like you get to enjoy cannabis with clients.
What’s amazing is that this scenario is more common than you think. Since the legalization of cannabis, it has become clear that the demographics who like cannabis are varied. Whereas once, we thought only Dorito-munching, WOW-playing teenagers smoked weed, we now know that weed users often fit profiles completely different to the couch stoner.
As a rule of thumb, if you’re even questioning whether or not your boss or colleagues might be into weed, you’re better off leaving it off the table unless you want to defend it to the death.
It also depends who you are. How high up are you? How at-risk is your job and workplace happiness if you tell your colleagues that you use cannabis? Are you willing to lose some workplace friends for being open about your cannabis use? How far out of the box are you willing to go with your work colleagues?
It’s important to recognize that in this scenario, a big player in the decision making is how much you keep your personal life separate from your work life. We know this is different from person to person. While some people’s social lives are heavily intertwined with their work lives, there are others who prefer to keep it completely separate.
In the event that your work and personal life are completely separate, this conundrum is less applicable. You don’t talk about your personal leisures with your colleagues. But in the event that you spend quite a lot of time socialising with your work crew, then the decision making is more nuanced.
At a company event, keep your joints out of sight unless you know the odd few people who love to use cannabis. When it happens that you find out that there are one or two other colleagues who also like to secretly get on the green, they become your partners in crime. Don’t smoke without them — and there’s always strength in numbers.
The daters and lovers; when to break the news about your love for cannabis.
The scenario: You’re single and you’re ready to mingle. You’re open to meeting new people even if they don’t smoke weed, which means you sometimes end up going on dates with people who aren’t into cannabis. When you’re feeling nervous or anxious before a date, you take a small dose of cannabis to calm yourself down and start feeling sexy.
This scenario is so common since cannabis legalisation that we put together a whole article on cannabis and dating. For those who only smoke cannabis socially or on the weekend, this issue seems less important because the vast majority of people don’t have a major issue with infrequent cannabis use. But what about for those of us using it therapeutically? Those of us who need it to get to sleep or who suffer from anxiety?
The double-standard is that if you told someone on a first date that you take Zoloft for anxiety, it wouldn’t be treated like a big deal. But if you admitted that you used cannabis everyday for anxiety, it might be. That is exactly the kind of judgemental undergrowth that still occurs in the 21st century.
As a rule of thumb, if you really, really like the person you’re on a date with, the sooner you tell them the better. This gets the whole situation out of the way at the beginning and you don’t have to feel awkward about your cannabis use. If you’re still unsure about how involved you want to be with this person, then you don’t have to disclose any super personal information too quickly.
Given that the dating situation is more personal than the professional situation we mentioned earlier, there’s a lot more wiggle room for communication. If you’re a bonafide cannabis advocate then you could use it as an opportunity to educate. It doesn’t mean it’ll be received well, but it’s your feelings that will take the brunt of the impact — not your career, social life, or legal standing.
The thing about intimate relationships is that the further you go along, the deeper skeletons get buried in the closet. It would be pretty embarrassing if 3 months down the track into an intimate relationship your partner discovers that you use cannabis and is totally appalled by it. When it comes to dating, earlier is better.
At a social event, you should take full advantage of the fact that there are lots of people around and all of them are potential mates. Just start smoking a joint (so long as the social event allows it), and watch all of the cannabis loving people come flocking towards you. At a social event, it’s much easier to weed out the ones who aren’t interested in your cannabis use.
The family people; does your family have to know that you smoke weed?
The question of family and privacy of cannabis use is a multifaceted issue. There are so many scenarios that apply here:
You’re a parent with children who are old enough to understand that you use cannabis and you don’t know whether you need to talk to them about it or not
You’re a cannabis user whose parents don’t know, and you’re not sure how they’ll receive it
You’re an aunt or uncle or extended family member and there are other extended family members who may or may not want to participate in your love for cannabis
It’s always going to be the most complicated with family because this is also where most of our cultural traditions manifest. For example, if you come from an ethnic family who prohibits cannabis use then it’s going to be a different conversation and thought process than a parent raising children in a self-sustainable community.
Why might you want to have this conversation with your family in the first place?
Depending on how much cannabis has become a part of your life, it might just feel necessary to tell them. The people it’s hardest to keep a secret from is family. They know us the best, they know our personality traits, and they can tell when we’re high!
You might want to have the conversation so that there’s no more elephant in the room. Or so that you can actually stop keeping a secret because it’s exhausting. Or because you don’t feel like it’s necessary to keep something so magical and effective for you a secret from the people you are the closest to.
The many ways to open the cannabis conversation with family.
There is so much tact in having sensitive conversations with family members. It’s important to think of who you’re talking to. Are you explaining it to a child or to an elderly person? Is it a sibling or is it a parent or older relative? What’s the best way you can communicate with them to help them understand your position in all of it?
If explaining to a child, it can be helpful to begin the process of education. You can explain that cannabis is a plant a lot like mint or sunflowers. It can be used as food and medicine etc., and you can help your child to understand some of the reasons you use it and what it helps you for.
If you’re explaining to a parent or elderly person, it’s important to be patient. Understand that it takes a long time to undo an entire generation of cannabis propaganda. Do it in small doses. Show them some of the scientific research and help them understand that we know much more about cannabis than we did during Reefer Madness.
If you’re talking to a sibling, keep it short and sweet. The thing about our siblings is that they usually feel less obliged to us than our parents or children do. They are more like friends who we didn’t get to choose and this means that they are sometimes the most vocal about their disapproval. If you know that they will never understand your cannabis use, maybe it’s just about breaking the news but not elaborating at all. Maybe it’s about short bursts of information that aren’t overwhelming.
You don’t have to open yourself up to ridicule and harassment.
All of the information we’ve given is awesome if the people on the receiving end of the conversation are actually open, understanding, and reasonable people. But there isn’t that much you can do if your boss or parent or sibling simply thinks cannabis comes from the devil. When people are stubborn, it can be impossible to bring their minds around into a more open place.
If that’s the case, know that you don’t have to open yourself up for ridicule or harassment. Part of cannabis etiquette is also knowing that your choices are your choices. Cannabis legalisation is all about free choice and you don’t have to be ridiculed because of a free choice you made to use or experiment with cannabis.
If not telling authorities or family figures in your life makes you feel the safest, that’s okay too. Sometimes, that’s the only way to keep the peace.
Who knows about your cannabis consumption? Do you keep it private, is it fully out in the open, or do you only share it with a select few? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Creative writer and herbalist, Sera Ghaly, based in Melbourne Australia. She is a lover of all things plant-related, and her passions lie in the ethnobotanical use of plants. Having travelled to South America, India, and the Middle East, she has encountered a number of ethnobotanical plants in their natural habitats and traditions, both psychedelic and non-psychedelic. Her mission: to encourage and educate on the power of herbal medicine and ethnobotanical use of plants — to remind us that everything we seek exists in its whole, complete form in nature.
I came to the world of magic mushrooms pretty deep into my “substance” experimentation, so I’d already had a lot of experience being intoxicated on things other than alcohol. I’m not saying that having a prolific substance-using background prepares you for taking mushrooms. I’m just saying that I wasn’t altogether unfamiliar with what it feels like to trip. I don’t know exactly what that means for those of you reading — it’s just a disclaimer about the many strange and wonderful feelings that accompany a magic mushroom journey.
Buddha in the sky.
I had taken magic mushrooms before in the cosiness of my home with friends and enjoyed lots of giggles and trippy visuals. But this experience felt like the first real psychedelic journey I’d ever had. You know, those cerebral expansion psychedelic stories everybody talks about where suddenly, the answer to all life’s questions comes exploding out of the void.
I wasn’t in the habit of counting grams at that stage in my experimentation, but I probably took somewhere between 2 and 4 grams of psilocybin mushrooms. In Melbourne, Australia, we usually find Psilocybe cubensis or Psilocybe subaeruginosa. Subaeruginosa is the wood-loving species and it’s more common, so I’m going to hazard a guess that Psilocybe subaeruginosa is the mushroom variety I consumed that day.
A handful of friends and I were heading to the beach to enjoy a summer afternoon. Just me and one other person committed to the magic mushroom extravaganza while the rest decided to sit at a beachside bar.
I was actually there with them at the beachside bar until Buddha appeared in the sky and I realised I was tripping. From that point onwards, I had to leave my friends at the bar and go consult the ocean because I had absolutely no idea what was going on.
The come-up on these mushrooms was so strong, I was feeling extremely nauseous. It wasn’t like the poisoning sensation that alcohol gives you — it felt like I had sea sickness. Everything was moving way too fast — and being surrounded by hordes of people at a busy Melbourne beach bar wasn’t helping the situation.
You know when you smoke too much weed and the concept of standing or even sitting feels like way too much for your body to deal with? It was just like that. So I took to a horizontal position on the sand, staring at the sky.
So there I was; lying on a beach because my legs felt like jelly, feeling nauseous, a little anxious, and my visual field had well-and-truly become the psilocybin visual landscape.
To explain what I meant when I mentioned Buddha appearing in the sky; it was as though I could see thousands of different beams of light intersecting in the sky to create a hologram of Buddha. The way I saw it, he was made out of photons.
Now, if you were lying on a beach feeling wobbly as hell and Buddha was right in front of you, you’d probably use that moment to ask some questions. It felt like the only reasonable thing to do, even though I was fully aware that there was nothing reasonable about a Buddha hallucination.
I can’t remember the exact conversation between Buddha and I. I just remember that it didn’t take long for the giggle fit to arrive. It all felt very absurd. And that absurdity very quickly became humorous. Then it felt like Buddha was just a bro, hanging out, laughing together and forgetting about our apparent wobbliness or the fact that one of us might actually just be made out of light rays.
I felt totally safe and comfortable. My heart was exploding with love for my new found friend (Buddha), and I had for all intents and purposes, forgotten that I had an entire group of friends at a bar just a hundred metres away.
Conversation gets tough.
It could have been a minute. It could have been two hours. There will never be a way of knowing. At some point, my friends joined me on the beach after finishing their beers at the bar. I remember being a little confused at their arrival seeing as I had forgotten that we all came here together.
I was still very deep in physical sensations, emotions, thoughts, and visual effects. But most of my friends were kind of tipsy, so everyone was really in the mood for talking. I wasn’t and that bothered me a little bit. I was so wrapped up in my conversation with Buddha and the universe that verbal conversation seemed… well… boring.
I felt uncomfortable by the pressure to engage socially. I didn’t want to talk, especially about mundane things like gossip. I secretly wished I could be on the beach alone so that I didn’t feel any pressure to be socially involved with anyone around me.
You can imagine how long this mental loop went on for (another thing about taking magic mushrooms). After a while, I realised that my friends didn’t seem to care if I was “in another world” — it was me that was uncomfortable with the fact that I wasn’t in their world.
In any case, it just seemed impossible to string a sentence together. It also seemed like a waste of time seeing as a sentence couldn’t possibly describe what was happening to me. I let the entire concept of conversation evaporate — gladly.
Walking didn’t come back until the next day.
The mushroom experience on the beach was more esoteric than I was bargaining for. At that point in my experience with psychedelics, no such religious phenomena had ever occurred to me. Brand new creativity in the way I could understand different abstract concepts seemed to emerge from… myself? You could say that for the first time I could see the potential in drugs other than just having fun.
When it was time to go (I was not operating the vehicle, by the way), I physically couldn’t get up. It wasn’t the loose drunkenness that makes you flop about and trip over things. I literally could not generate a neuronal connection between my brain and my legs. While my mind was saying “walk”, my legs just weren’t responding.
Whatever — my friends found it funny so I didn’t feel the need to try and explain my sudden paralysis. I remember getting dropped off at my door, taking one step in and completely face planting into my carpet. It was all super strange and a little bit scary. Any connection between my brain and body had completely fried out. I crawled into my bed and had a very long sleep.
The next day, I hadn’t regained full control over my muscles yet. I got online to see if anybody else in the world had suddenly become paraplegic while on psilocybin. I came to learn that Psilocybe subaeruginosa, the wood loving species, for unknown reasons, can cause short-term paralysis. I’ll admit that I was definitely less scared after hearing that it had happened to others before… and that it was short term.
But nonetheless, it was pretty frightening not being able to properly coordinate any movements for at least 12 hours. I remember catching up with my dad the day after this mushroom trip and he asked me to roll him a cigarette. I literally couldn’t and I had no logical way of explaining that to him. I could only answer with “I literally can’t do that.”
The end of chemical drugs for me…
I didn’t go into this mushroom journey expecting any revelations or life-changing events. As I mentioned, I had experimented with a lot of substances before magic mushrooms and for me, it was just all about the fun of getting high. I was experimental, I used a lot of drugs, and my body was definitely paying the price.
But something happened after this journey. After understanding the potency and power of using psychedelic substances, I suddenly decided that chemical drugs were boring to me. I’d had a lot of fun using ecstasy and speed and party drugs, but I’d never had an experience like what mushrooms had given me. The urge to use lots of drugs just seemed to melt off me without me having to give it much conscious thought.
I entered a whole new world of curiosity for psychedelic substances. I somehow thought and believed that there was more potential in them for what I, Sera, was personally looking for in drugs. All the “experiences” I had been waiting to have with other drugs all of a sudden manifested in one magic mushroom experience. At the risk of sounding cheesy, I found what I was looking for.
Me since then.
This sparked the beginning of a 6-year-long journey that I took around the world seeking out the world’s traditional peoples and their practises of using psychedelic and non-psychedelic substances as entheogens. I travelled to South America, India, and Egypt, and grew, harvested, helped prepare, and used entheogenic plants native to their traditions in their traditional settings. Throughout my journey, I encountered and participated in traditional entheogenic uses of Ayahuasca (the Caapi vine), tobacco, San Pedro, peyote, magic mushrooms, cannabis, tulsi, coca, and so many more.
Now, I’m an herbalist. I’m free from chemical drugs. I love to use cannabis regularly and I use psychedelics 2 or 3 times each year as bonafide, self-guided psychotherapy.
If I could describe the mushroom experience in a handful of words…
Presuming you could only fit about 7.5 words in a handful, these are the words I would choose:
LOL (is that technically three words?)
We want to hear who from our audience has tried magic mushrooms and what it felt like for them. We know it’s different for everybody, and that’s why we thought it would be nice to share a personal account. We would love to hear yours! Share your mushroom experience with us in the comments.
Get Me Roger Stone, The Social Dilemma, and The Great Hack.
Our top strains to pair them with?
Greek Crack Sativa, Blue Dream Sativa and LSD.
Okay — so what? The world has gone a little mad with conspiracy theories lately. What used to exist on the fringe of society is now becoming more integrated. And whether you’re with it or you’re not, there’s always a lot of juicy story-telling going on.
The thing is there’s something extremely entertaining about smoking a potent sativa and diving into a rabbit hole even you know is going to get weird. We think weird and entertaining go hand in hand. So why not go on a little adventure?
We’ve paired up the 5 best conspiracy shows to watch while stoned along with the best strains to pair them with. We’ve got your next lazy weekend spent inside covered.
1. Get Me Roger Stone (2017).
Given the current state of affairs in the world, you’d think this is a pretty relevant conspiracy documentary to be watching. As the name suggests, this flick is about Roger Stone, the right wing, dirty trickster who’s thought to be the brains behind Donald Trump’s election in 2016.
The subject of the Get Me Roger Stone himself, Roger Stone, is as entertaining as anyone else in the film. He describes himself as an “agent provocateur” without the slightest of modesty.
It’s basically the story of the 2016 election — and the climax of Roger Stone’s involvement in the conspiracy of that election. The documentary includes Roger Stone, Donald Trump, a bunch of other high profile Americans and American journalists. On Rotten Tomatoes, it’s got the review “An important film that will change nothing”. You decide?
Pairs with Green Crack Sativa from the pantry.
Green Crack is the perfect wake and bake. Which means it’s Saturday morning. Make your breakfast, top it off with a joint, and spend the morning on the couch getting your cerebrals jizzed at the thought of Roger Stone.
Just exactly what it’s called. Conspiracies is a 12 part documentary series that’s basically just a stack of people talking about all kinds of conspiracy theories. If you’re the kind of person who often wonders — did Hitler ever escape the bunker? What was behind Jim Morrison’s death? Aliens, what of them?
Ahh, this is a feast of conspiracies for the kind of people who can’t look away from a trainwreck. Obscure, sometimes a bit dark, but nonetheless perpetually entertaining, this series belongs on the to-do list of every psychedelic THC lover.
Pairs with LSD from the pantry.
Yes. You read the name of this strain correctly. And this is exactly what makes it perfect for Conspiracies. Psychedelic confusion pervades this strain so imagine what happens when you pair it with a 12-part docu-conspira-series? LSD’s high is long lasting and psychedelic enough to make this an immersive conspiracy experience.
Given how much most of the world has spent using social media this year thanks to pandemics and lockdowns, how could we not include this? Although The Social Dilemma just teeters on the definition of a “conspiracy”, it’s a fun one for lovers of the internet.
The infamous quote from this film is “If you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product.” The documentary is built around this concept and what fuels the bank accounts of social media giants. At the centre of that is the “user”, a word only ever used to describe those on drugs and those on social media.
The documentary features a number of figures that were key in the development of things like the Facebook like button. They talk about the inner workings of small mechanisms such as the like button and how it’s being weaponised against the user.
Pairs with Blue Dream Sativa vape cart from the pantry.
The dreamy cerebral high of Blue Dream is the perfect kind of pensive effect to have while watching The Social Dilemma. Imaginative thoughts and ideas pair perfectly with this intricate documentary about the inner workings of social media. Then it ends with a deeply relaxing physical stone — the perfect entrance into the afternoon.
While The Great Hack has pretty much become common knowledge rather than conspiracy, (or has it?), it’s a perfect documentary to watch with a good old fashion blunt. A documentary that’s one part The Social Dilemma, one part Get Me Roger Stone, this film highlights the alleged corruption behind the election of Donald Trump. The tool? Social media, of course.
The Great Hack was the first documentary that highlighted the potential outcome of fake news. In that way, this film was somewhat revolutionary.
Most people say there was no outcome to the investigation into whether there was foul play in the 2016 election, but there was an outcome and it’s highlighted in this movie. The outcome was that “there will never be a free and fair election ever again” thanks to the influence that social media has, that is now almost beyond control.
Pairs with Rainbow Sherbert Gummies from the pantry.
These gummies are the perfect way to start a morning filled with conspiracy documentaries like The Great Hack. With a hybrid strain, they’re neither too cerebral nor too physical, but a chill mix of the two. And with 30mg THC in each one, they’re going to get you sufficiently baked and in the mood for a documentary like this. But be mindful to keep them as far away as possible while experiencing the munchies!
Not a new conspiracy theory by any means, but definitely still an appropriate one. Brave New World was originally published as a book by Aldous Huxley in 1932. It’s a dystopian novel inspired by Stalin’s regime in Russia.
The dystopian Brave New World describes a place where science and efficiency are important above all else, and where creativity and emotions are seen as qualities to be trained out of the human. A heavy theme in this book is that intimate relationships are entirely compromised as “every one belongs to every one else” — a dictum commonly said in the story.
The story follows the lives of Bernard Marx, his lover Lenina, and another woman, Lina and her son, John, through the strange workings of the brave new world.
Pairs with Sour Lemon OG Sativa from the pantry.
If there was ever a strain that made your neurons fire into parts of your brain you didn’t even know existed, it’s Sour Lemon OG. That sounds like the perfect thing to pair with Brave New World as you explore the abstract concepts of control and how a scenario created in 1932 might mimic what’s happening in the world today. A perfect opportunity to smoke and conspire.
It’s been fun remembering and sharing our favourite conspiracy theory flicks to watch while stoned. Which ones have you seen? What are your favourites that are missing from this list? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!
What risks do consumers face in the wellness industry?
Because lots of health and wellness products are unregulated, consumers face misleading health claims by certain manufacturers. The essential oils industry is a great example, where incorrect use can actually be very dangerous.
How can consumers safely navigate the cannabis industry?
Ask the dispensary or the store you’re buying from some questions about the origins of the product — where they were made, how the plants were grown, and whether products have been independently tested.
How else can customers of the wellness industry support themselves?
Don’t be afraid to consult the appropriate professionals. For example, if you’re unsure how to use essential oils you can consult a professional aromatherapist, or you can meet with a cannabis friendly doctor to discuss cannabis treatment options and receive product recommendations.
You’re at your friend Gina’s house. It quickly turned from a nice, afternoon brunch into a full-blown Tupperware party only it’s not Tupperware — it’s essential oils. And she’s not just telling you how nice they smell in lotions, but she’s telling you they cure cancer and rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and stuff. And she’s not just trying to sell them to you, but she’s trying to get you onboard to sell them, too. So you politely break the news to Gina that she’s been wooed by some kind of essential oil pyramid scheme.
Everyone has one friend who went there. Into the strange world of multi-level marketing that also taps into the human being’s most sensitive spot — their health. Netflix’s new series, Unwell, touches on this dark side of the wellness industry. Netflix’s Goop, released earlier in the year (with Gwenyth Paltrow) explored the same kind of topic but from more of a curious perspective. Unwell, on the other hand, is more about what happens when things don’t go as the wellness company told you they would.
The first episode of Unwell is all about essential oils. Without going into too much detail, Netflix covers it from a lot of different angles. In one story, a woman has great success getting her autistic daughter to sleep better after seeing an aromatherapist and choosing some essential oils for smelling and inhalation. In another story, a young family becomes very wealthy selling courses on essential oils and incorporating them into everyday life. And in another story, a woman uses essential oils as they were advertised to her, develops a horrible rash all over her body, and actually ends up becoming allergic to them from excessive use.
If anything, in Unwell, Netflix errs on the side of caution. We’re not going to blabber on too much about essential oils, but on the underlying message of the show. What in the wellness industry keeps us well, and what makes us unwell? We all know there’s good research on the therapeutic uses of essential oils, but how can there be people out there advocating their use in a way that would be harmful? As consumers, who do we trust and how do we keep ourselves from getting swept up in the world of wellness marketing?
The wellness industry is an industry.
Before we throw our hands up in the air and beg to know, how could they do this to us, we have to remember something. Industry is industry. We can talk about the difference between life saving drugs and the pharmaceutical industry. We can talk about the difference between oil and the oil industry. And just the same, we can talk about the difference between wellness products and the wellness industry.
For example, essential oils have been used therapeutically for millennia, long before DoTerra and Young Living were around. The aromatic properties of plants have been captured and used as sleep inducers, to calm anxiety, to manage pain, and even to deal with psychological disorders or bad juju.
As Netflix points out in Unwell, there’s a lot of discrepancies between what Young Living and their representatives tell you to do with essential oils and what an aromatherapist might tell you to do with the exact same product. The aromatherapist who appears on the first episode of Unwell says she never recommends the internal consumption of essential oils.
Those who represent Young Living and other essential oil brands are not typically qualified to give medical advice about how to use essential oils. And because of the structure of a multilevel marketing company like Young Living, it’s not really in their best interest to disclose some of the potential safety concerns of using essential oils. On the other hand, medical professionals like aromatherapists don’t represent the essential oil companies themselves, but represent their own medical practise. It’s almost always in their best interest to disclose safety information to their patients.
In unregulated industries, the onus is on the consumer.
Like we just pointed out, there’s nothing wrong with essential oils. When used correctly, they are safe and can improve and enhance health. But if you use essential oils the wrong way, you confront toxicity issues. Every single therapeutic in the world has side effects, even plant therapy. So it’s important to know those before you use any wellness product. It’s equally as important to know what you’re using it for.
Essential oils are not regulated by any specific world or national authority. Health Canada doesn’t regulate the sale of essential oils, and this is typically because they’re not considered to be therapeutic. Essential oils are usually only regulated when used in food or pharmaceutical products. But outside of that, anybody can buy essential oils off the shelf.
Without this kind of oversight, the onus is entirely on the consumer to make safe decisions about what they consume. This is a good thing too, because the government shouldn’t regulate every single aspect of our lives. But where does that leave consumers? How should consumers know how and when to consume a wellness product?
Cannabis and CBD — knowing how to navigate the cannabis industry
Surprise surprise, it happens in cannabis too. It’s because wherever there’s an inch and a human, the human will magically transform that inch into a mile. If you’re reading this, it’s highly likely that you advocate CBD and cannabis use. We obviously advocate it, too. But the way some individuals or companies leverage off the spread of misinformation about cannabis actually undermines the breakthrough scientific research going in about cannabis in the world.
Does cannabis have the potential to dramatically alter someone’s quality of life or treat a range of medical conditions? Absolutely! At the same time, touting cannabis as a way to cure everything is just another way to capitalise on a portion of the population that is insecure about their health.
In taking it to the next level, there are even cannabis product manufacturers that manufacture a sub-par or contaminated product and sell it as the real deal. These low-quality products are sold with the same premise of therapy that other high-quality products are sold.
You absolutely should be skeptical when shopping for cannabis products. There are a lot of questions you should ask a product manufacturer or stockist to know the quality of your product. This includes asking about ingredients, the source of the cannabis, and any analytical documents that show cannabinoid content and the presence of contaminants.
Discrediting alternative wellness practices is part of the problem
Part of the problem of ongoing misinformation in the wellness industry is that many wellness practices are discredited entirely as being ineffective. Take essential oils, for example, which by the medical industry in general, are discredited as not having much therapeutic potential. This attitude also leans people into the idea that they are also notpowerful. Which couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to essential oils.
The same is also true of herbal medicine. There are many stories of botched self-medicating with herbs. They come as a result of some general consensus that because they are herbs, they are all safe and have minimal impact on the body. It’s simply not true.
If alternative wellness practices were treated with the same integrity and respect as modern medicine, we likely wouldn’t be in this dilemma with the wellness industry. We often don’t recognise simple herbal extracts like essential oils as having extremely powerful pharmacological actions because they are never presented to us that way. They are presented as gentle gifts from nature — take as much as you want! In fact, they are potently antimicrobial, and can even disrupt the microbial balance of skin if used excessively or undiluted.
But pharmaceutical drugs are treated just the opposite. They are considered so powerful, you have to qualify with certain pathophysiology to take it. That’s not to say essential oils should be regulated the same way, but some credit given to their power, and therefore, their potential to do harm if not used correctly. This can be extended to any product that can be used with the intention of producing a therapeutic or pharmacological effect in the body.
Learn about what you’re taking and consult the appropriate professional
Maybe you’re sitting on the couch scrolling through channels and you see an ad for a multivitamin. The way they’re talking about, it looks like something you should take. Before pouring your trust into a television commercial, you can do a little research yourself about the active ingredients and whether they are useful for you. You can also easily find safety information about many wellness products and how to use them without danger.
You might even consider seeing a nutritionist to see if you really need to take any vitamins. You can consult an aromatherapist before consuming essential oils, or ask for more guidance on how you can use them in your life. Go see a cannabis-friendly doctor if you want a professional opinion on how cannabis might be able to help you with your affliction.
Yes, the onus is on you, which is not something humans are used to when it comes to their health. Humans are accustomed to being told what to do about their health by a doctor, which in most circumstances, is okay, because the medical industry is heavily regulated. But in the world of herbal medicine and aromatherapy, there is no such regulation. Which means doing your own research and consulting a professional you trust are imperative to you getting the best experience out of your wellness products — and without getting ripped off.
The moral of the story is: treat herbs and essential oils and other wellness products like they are powerful medical agents. Treat them as if they will have a dramatic impact on your body. Wouldn’t you do a bit of research and enquiry about anything that would have a dramatic impact on your body?
This guest post is brought to you by Sera Ghaly, herbalist, naturopath and cannabis writer. She explores the concept of creativity and the effects cannabis has on our creative imaginations.
What is creativity?
The most accepted definition for creativity is the outward expression of novel ideas. But there’s also a lot more complexity than our scientific definitions allow.
How does cannabis affect creativity?
Cannabis may affect creativity by increasing divergent thinking. However, because a dancer on a stage and a writer at his desk have vastly different experiences with creativity, cannabis might not affect every creative person positively.
How do strains play a role?
Again — because of the nature of different creative endeavours, strains also play a role. For example, a sleepy indica strain might put a dancer off their game entirely, impairing their creative flow.
To talk about creativity alone in any kind of methodical or scientific way is difficult enough. Adding cannabis to that conversation takes subjectivity to a whole new level — which necessarily means that the only way to really discuss cannabis, creativity, and imagination is through delicious philosophical meanderings.
It’s not all that much investigated by science, and for the most part, it seems, isn’t questioned. Of the few studies that have taken place, their results are wildly inconsistent — likely because there’s no solid way of measuring creativity.
At the same time, there has been some research on how cannabis affects certain brain regions and psychological behaviours. That knowledge, coupled with what we know about how creativity is implicated in those behaviours, gives us an idea of the wildly complex mechanisms that might be at play.
Philosophy and science aside, on the basis of empiricism, cannabis does something to the creative gene. I know from experience, not just in my own creative endeavours with cannabis, but as a matter of observation. Some of my favourite writers, comedians, musicians and artists have had some connection with cannabis. For many, cannabis is even the subject of their artistic musings (much like me, in this very context). In that way, cannabis itself has been the inspiration for art repeatedly throughout history.
Before I go on to divulge on the potential of cannabis and creativity, it’s necessary to mention that the cannabis experience is subjective. And so is creativity. The way humans express creativity varies from individual to individual. Think about the subjective experience of a writer at his desk, composing poetry, who has the time and space to experiment with words before committing. How vastly different that is from the experience of a dancer on stage, whose flow depends on fine motor control and movement, where everything is delivered in live-action. It’s safe to say then, that not all creativity is “boosted” by cannabis, and everybody’s context for unleashing that potential is different.
Defining and measuring creativity.
Given that we have no good way to define creativity, we certainly have no good way to measure it. The only thing researchers seem to agree on is that we’ve been extremely unsuccessful in developing ways to measure creativity. But that’s a reasonable outcome for something which when we try to define, the best we can do is fumble.
Creativity is the outward? – or physical? – expression of novel ideas. But that expression could be music or poetry or architecture or sculpting or dancing or acting or singing or something like that. We all know creativity when we see it, but to pinpoint it is difficult. People seem to go through bouts of creativity, and then times when they don’t feel creative at all. Which is why some people liken creativity to a spring or reservoir of energy that can be “tapped into”. Others describe it in terms of an entity called the muse, that either comes or doesn’t come to work her magic through you.
From an entirely different perspective, creativity doesn’t always have to do with arts and artistic endeavours. Creativity can manifest as problem-solving, such as in the form of engineering or technology. Wiggling your way through or out of a problem in mathematics, design, or processing requires creativity just as much as writing. This just adds to the complexity of creativity and the ways in which it manifests.
In the 1960s, a psychologist by the name of E. Paul Torrance created a psychometric measurement of creativity called the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking. Torrance admitted that environmental factors and psychological influences would affect creativity. But since their conception, they’ve primarily been used by the education sector and the corporate world to try and identify “gifted” people — which was never what they were intended for. Therefore, the score reveals nothing but a number thought to reflect the fluency, originality and elaboration of thoughts, but doesn’t necessarily consider patterns among them.
Okay — so it’s very clear that it’s hard to measure creativity. But humans are creative. So we can try to find similarities between creative people, and use them as markers for creativity. From there, we can try to draw links. For example, G. Feist, in a meta-analysis of personality traits in creative individuals, says that creative people are “more open to new experiences… and more self-confident,…driven, ambitious, dominant, hostile, and impulsive”.
There are factors that have been determined important in the scientific acknowledgement of creativity. Arguably the most important is “divergent thinking”, which possibly refers to the measure of “fluency” prescribed by Torrance. Divergent thinking is essentially the process by which seemingly unrelated thoughts can be unified into a novel idea. It is a way to measure the mind’s ability to combine diverse information in novel ways. Researchers draw a connection between creativity and divergent thinking, and some go so far as to liken creativity to intelligence.
Cannabis and its effects on creativity.
Now that we’ve established that the scientific method is one way of measuring creativity and that a little creativity is needed for the social-personality approach, we can theorize a multitude of different ways that cannabis affects creativity. Let’s first check out some of the science that already exists on the topic.
The science on cannabis and creativity.
In 2012, researchers took to investigating the effect of cannabis on divergent thinking — which is a factor in creativity we’ve already talked about. Researchers demonstrated a clear relationship between the two, and found that acute cannabis intoxication increased the verbal fluency of “low creatives” to the same level as “high creatives”.
Interestingly, the researchers made an association between cannabis-induced psychosis-like symptoms and trait schizotypy. Schizotypy refers to a group of traits that include things like disorganized and/or eccentric thinking and interpersonal difficulties and may indicate a vulnerability towards schizophrenia (we’ll talk more about this later).
Another study published in 2009 compared cannabis and MDMA users on different measures of creativity. Researchers found that cannabis users gave more “rare-creative” responses than the members of the control group. An unexpected result was that MDMA users self-rated themselves more creative than they performed, and cannabis users did the opposite.
Researchers used a lot of different ways to measure creativity and even consume cannabis in these studies. This likely is accountable for the discrepancy in results. The fact that there isn’t a single, standardised way to measure creativity makes it extremely difficult to replicate results across studies.
The science on cannabis and imagination.
One study investigated the effects of cannabis use on visual imagery using a pair-associated task. The researchers created the paper on the basis that cannabis users report better visual imagery. The participants of the study were asked to use imagery to describe the images presented to them. Cannabis users scored lower in the vividness of their depictions.
Most people can see the flaws in this study. Firstly, it’s likely that users who report better visual imagery don’t necessarily report an increased ability to describe those visual imageries. Secondly, the study doesn’t even begin to touch on the potential of the imagination, which is much more than the ability to generate and describe visual images.
In one paper, the researcher suggests that mental imagery might arise from a function called exaptation. This is the ability to give thoughts or objects a function that they didn’t have before. This isn’t a phenomenon in psychology textbooks, but a real phenomenon that has happened many times over. We can look to August Kekule, who discovered the benzene ring as a result of a dream in which he observed a snake devouring its own tail. Or we can look to Archimedes of Syracuse, who developed the method for purifying gold while watching bubbles in his bathtub. Seemingly unrelated objects, ideas, or thoughts, suddenly connect, and all of a sudden, a snake eating its own tail serves the purpose of a benzene ring. Sounds a lot like divergent thinking, doesn’t it?
The ability to have multiple thoughts occurring at the same time and the capacity to draw connections between them seem linked, not just to creativity, but to the imagination. Which makes me hypothesize that imagination and creativity are not like two different fruits in the same basket. It’s as though imagination is the basket. Imagination is the home of creativity, the faculty by which creativity is manifest.
An infinitude of people, personalities, strains, and effects
At its basis, cannabis is an experience. It’s subjective. Naturally, this means that no two cannabis experiences are the same, as no two subjective experiences are the same. People bring to an experience a wealth of memories, knowledge, traumas, etc. The same is true for the cannabis experience. Couple that with the variety of strains that are available, and the variety of effects that cannabis can have on creativity is enormous. For a lot of people, cannabis doesn’t inspire creativity in exactly the same way every time either.
I gave the example of the writer and the dancer, and how very different their requirements are for their creative expressions. As a writer, cannabis opens my mind to the many possibilities of ideas and gives me the freedom to sail on them for a while before jumping into any one. But when it comes to my music practice, cannabis gets in the way of my motor control. My fingers don’t move as swiftly or with as much precision — they don’t land on the strings with the same perfection. At the same time, I can hear the music better when I’m high, which makes it a perfect time for composing or singing, but never for performing.
This is true for strains too. A heavy indica might not lend itself to creative expression as the body melts into a meditative state. It might be prompted better by sativa strains which are more energetic in nature. And again, all of this will finally boil down to the unique combination of events that take place between cannabis and your very own body and mind.
The connection between cannabis, psychosis, and creativity.
I mentioned earlier that in one study, researchers found a connection between cannabis-induced psychosis and trait schizotypy. First, I’m going to go on a little tangent here, but I promise, I’ll bring it all back together.
It’s not the first study or document that has drawn a connection between cannabis and psychosis. But interestingly, it was drawn during a study about cannabis’ effects on divergent thinking — and the observation was about trait schizotypy. Other studies have drawn a connection between schizotypy and divergent thinking, such as in this study published in Frontiers in Psychology.
The researchers of this study concluded that those with high schizotypal tendencies performed better on creative tasks, cognitive inhibition and overinclusive thinking. Overinclusive thinking is the inability for a person to restrict his or her thoughts to the limit of a topic, and cognitive inhibition is the ability to tune out anything that’s irrelevant to the task at hand (they are kind of like two opposites). In another study, researchers concluded that cognitive inhibition and overinclusive thinking might be the cognitive link between schizotypy and creativity.
All of this points towards the possibility that the genesis of creativity and psychosis occurs in the same cradle of cognitive processes. The same thing that makes us creative might also make us crazy, apparently. And in an altogether bizarre hypothesis, some researchers suggest that the interconnectedness between psychosis and creativity explains the retention of the psychosis gene in the gene pool.
It’s interesting then, that what makes some people feel extra creative under the effect of cannabis, might also be the trigger for certain mental health conditions, too. The same place in the soul that cannabis tickles when someone feels extra high and creative might be the same place in the soul that it tickles when someone feels extra high but in a state of psychosis or paranoia. That doesn’t mean creatives shouldn’t use cannabis. For all we know, cannabis might be the way that the person who tinkers on the edge of creativity and psychosis stays there, and never quite falls off the edge. But that’s another matter, for another discussion.
The potential for creation.
Cannabis has been demonstrated to be a tool that can amplify cognitive processes linked to creativity such as divergent thinking. More than that, cannabis has inspired many artists over history, and has itself been the subject of so much art.
Users report increased connection to their art, greater vulnerability in expressing it, and the ability to invent new ways to express their ideas. For some, it’s simply about being more relaxed, and therefore feeling freer to express.
Using cannabis as a tool for creativity requires a little practise. Perhaps you’ll find that your mind is rich with ideas after using cannabis, but the actual composition of the art is hindered by cannabis. If you’re a dancer, for example, you might find cannabis useful when choreographing, but might find it a hindrance during performances.
If cannabis really is a tool for creativity, you have to learn to use it the same way a swordsman has to first learn to use a sword. It takes some time, a little practise, and a little self-observation to be able to use that intimate relationship between humans and cannabis for its potential for creation.
Boredom ensues when there’s monotony and repetition, as a result of the ongoing need for novelty, as a result of issues maintaining attention span, and is commonly observed in those whose freedoms have been taken away (such as prisoners).
Can boredom lead to addiction?
Yes – absolutely. People who experience boredom regularly can create cue-induced drug seeking behaviours to quell the boredom. Whether it’s cigarettes, cannabis, alcohol, or food, it’s not all together uncommon to resort to addictive behaviours as a result of boredom.
How do you overcome boredom?
With variety, by finding a purpose, and as author, Sera Ghaly writes, falling in love is the best remedy for boredom.
Cannabis, alcohol, and other drugs are often used as a way to fend off boredom. Even if boredom is a modern luxury, it’s an important threat to think of in terms of addiction. In this article, we explore the reasons that boredom occurs and how to overcome boredom without always resorting to the joint or the bottle.
Maybe boredom is a modern luxury — it’s not exactly easy to trace a state of mind through human history. Even if it is a modern affliction, it’s definitely not a luxury, but a state of mind that precedes compulsive or addictive behaviours.
For most of us, boredom is a haunting crisis with the utility of life. For some creative minds, it’s also a motivational factor towards innovation and creation. But for many of us, boredom can lead to using drugs, cannabis, or alcohol in a non-productive way. Boredom is felt viscerally as stressful, despite the fact that the definition of boredom is very much the contrary.
That fact that boredom can feel stressful is something most bored people will relate to. It’s because there’s this underpinning psychology that life shouldn’t be boring, and there should be some sense of accomplishment or achievement in life. Which starts to point at some of the reasons why people might become bored.
Psychology is just as interested in the concept of boredom as we are. As important information for people using cannabis in the modern world, we’re presenting some juicy research that might help in mitigating unhealthy use of cannabis, alcohol, and other drugs.
Why do humans get bored?
Boredom has been the subject of many psychological and spiritual conversations. As much as boredom happens to virtually everybody at some point, it strikes us as odd that humans should have… nothing to do. Or even have the feeling that there is nothing to do.
And essentially, boredom is the feeling that there’s nothing to do.
Even in the presence of logical reasoning that tells a person that there is definitely a lot to do, the feeling of boredom can still be stressful and overwhelming. Let’s have a look at some of the reasons that psychologists think humans get bored.
Monotony and repetition.
Boredom can result when a task or job is extremely repetitive or a person lacks interest in the details of that task. It’s a kind of mental fatigue, which can ultimately lead to a lack of desire and a feeling of entrapment in boredom.
The need for novelty.
Let’s be honest — some of us get bored much faster than others (enter Geminis). What’s that about? There’s this overzealous need for more excitement, always. Those who get bored quickly feel that the world is moving slowly and the only way to speed it up is by seeking experiences. Extroverts are particularly prone to boredom compared to introverts, to whom the inner world is vastly more interesting than the outer one. And the extroverts are more likely to seek external stimuli such as drugs and alcohol.
Issues with attention.
There is some sort of relationship between boredom and attention disorders that’s worth exploring. In one study, boredom-prone individuals scored lower on measures of sustained attention. The inability to pay attention for long enough fits in with the concept of monotony and repetition, whereby the particular details that make a task unique are completely missed. In this case, they’re missed not because there’s something boring about the task, but because attention can’t be maintained for long enough to find those details.
A lack of freedom.
Those whose freedoms have been stripped away from them are also more likely to feel bored. Think about what a prisoner goes through in solitary confinement, or even in a regular prison cell where many of life’s liberties aren’t awarded. The inability, because of a lack of freedom, to engage with the things we love about life ultimately can lead to boredom with life as a whole.
Why do humans resort to drugs, alcohol, and cannabis to swathe off boredom?
There’s not an awful lot of research that answers this question, and it’s not like modern science knows what the biological mechanism behind boredom even is. But from what we know about why humans become bored in the first place, we can hypothesize about why many people resort to drugs, alcohol, and cannabis.
In many ways, boredom can be perceived as the “lack of something” — something interesting, intriguing, exciting, or at all worthwhile. It’s not because there’s nothing worthwhile in life, and that’s why we consider boredom to be irrational. But once there is that feeling, for whatever reason brought it there, drugs are a very easy way to solve the problem.
Alcohol, cannabis, and drugs are “easy” ways to switch off negative emotions, even if it’s just a bandaid treatment. It’s easy for the bored person to replace feelings of boredom with feelings of euphoria, drunkenness, or even sleepiness.
It gives the mind something to do. And it’s worth saying that this “something” isn’t necessarily a creative or productive thing to do. It can be counter-productive, and if it’s used repetitively in this way, extremely counter-productive and even harmful to mental health.
Cue-induced or stress-induced drug-taking (whatever kind of drug it is) is almost always indicative of addiction. Whenever that stressor presents itself, it is very easy to fall into the habit of deflection with drugs, cannabis and alcohol.
Working your way out of boredom-induced cannabis use.
The thing is: it’s okay to use cannabis and alcohol with friends as a way to socialise and pass the time in a fun, positive way. But when you’re the kind of person who experiences boredom regularly, that kind of cue-induced cannabis use can lead to addiction.
So how do you work your way out of that or avoid that all together?
This is kind of existential. It could be as simple as checking around the house what needs to be done and doing that instead. But we know it’s not that simple or that easy, and that the problem is more profound than that.
I think boredom is, more than anything, an existential crisis. A battle, if you will, between the absurdist view that life is futile, and the desires that form the basis of human life and evolution. Overcoming boredom requires finding a purpose, something that interests and engages the brain in a challenging way. It absolutely has to be challenging, otherwise, it doesn’t work to cure the boredom.
There has to be a real-life way to make what you’re doing fun, rather than just trying to find fun things to do. And it really is all in the detail. If you’re a musician who’s bored by your music, it’s perhaps time to learn a new skill within your musical genre or instrument. If you’re a professional who has become bored with their work, it might be time to aspire to new achievements such as a promotion or starting your own business.
The whole idea is to create the sense that the things you do in your everyday life are meaningful enough without the addition of chemicals. Going for a walk is interesting enough when you can pay attention to the flowers and the birds and families walking their dogs. Studying is interesting enough when you have a passion for the topic.
And so we see that boredom isn’t really a lack of something — it’s the lack of connection to… well, everything. In ancient Greek medicine, that connection (or desire) is called the Vital Force. It is the same “fire” that drives creation, progression, and life as a whole. Without the “desire” for life, life simply doesn’t occur, and neither do experiences.
As cliche as it might sound, falling in love is the best remedy for boredom. Having someone or something to care about and to take care of, is in my opinion, one of the most necessary ingredients for overcoming boredom — especially the kind of boredom that leads people to drug abuse. It’s because love is the least boring thing in this whole world. When you’re in love, you simply can’t be bored.
Are you a boredom prone person, and do you find yourself inclined to use cannabis or other drugs when bored? We would love to hear from you in the comments.