Cannabis 101 – A Getting Started Guide

Cannabis 101 – A Getting Started Guide

Whether you’ve never tried the “evil weed” or if you are ready to jump back into the bakery after a long absence, here’s the guide to getting started on for today’s cannabis connoisseur. In this series, we’ll cover why you should try weed, how it’s used today (you’ll be surprised), what are some common uses, what you might want to try and how you might want to continue with our favorite plant.

You’re not alone! Many people used pot before are coming back to it along with those who have never tried it and are curious or wanting to find out if all the good things they’re hearing are true. Whatever your reason or reasons, you’re taking the plunge into the world of weed. Most of the time, you go to a store, buy a pre-roll and try it out. You have to be wondering is that all there is? There are boatloads of online articles for new to cannabis users. They’re super easy to find. Some are condescending. Some are funny. This is not a funny thing. OK, in some ways you’ll probably laugh a lot. It’s can be a bit scary if you’re just starting out with cannabis. Cannabis is a very potent drug. Since I don’t want to repeat what hundreds of other sites have written, here’s a link to a google search. And here’s a link to an article of misinformation from our buddies in the US government. Very little is true in this article. It’s called “Marijuana Drug Facts” and in fact is nothing of the sort.

The First Time

Cannaco Dispensary in Trinidad, CO

The first time you walk into a legal dispensary as a newbie (or someone who used to consume cannabis when it was illegal everywhere), it can be more than a bit intimidating. A bit? It can be a lot intimidating. It’s easy to become a deer in the headlights.

The room can look like a forest of different cannabis products and paraphernalia like pipes, bongs, chillums, . grinders, rolling papers, etc., etc., etc. There’s flower, often displayed in jars and there more and more in pre-packaged containers or bags of flower. There are pre-rolls. This is what used to be called joints…and in fact still are. Then there are vape cartridges in their little plastic bubble. And concentrates in their little jars. How were those concentrates made? And edibles. Lots of different edibles. Gummies. Infused chocolate. Cookies. Other foodstuffs. Then there are various oils, salves, potions and lotions. None of that even covers the paraphernalia. Papers, pipes, dab rigs, bongs, trays, grinders, filters, etc., etc., etc. Are you going to roll one? How do you stuff a pipe? Or learn how to dab?

Consuming cannabis can be as easy as lighting up a joint or bud in a bowl or as complex as the plant. Dab rigs can look like engineering marvels. And as we start on research that should have been going on for over 80 years, we’re finding out the plant is pretty darn complex. There are a few things you should be at least conversant about or have some sources to ask about. I’m gong to mix medical and adult use up  since both are the same plant. The only difference is the rate at which the product is taxed.

Cannabis is cannabis and medical cannabis is the same as adult-use (recreational) cannabis. With medical, you might be able to find strains  that are all CBD although the evidence is mounting that CBD needs some THC to be more effective. CBD is the compound that supposedly has therapeutic qualities. So does THC. I will always say supposed about the curative possibilities of cannabis because we just don’t know…yet.

The topics below were selected by several people who wanted to know more about cannabis, how to use it and what it may or may not do for you.

Why Should You Try Cannabis?

It’s a good question. Easy to answer by saying: “Why Not?” and leave it at that. That’s a bit glib and doesn’t really tell why. Let’s define a drug as something that does something to you, whether it is designed to kill pain, bacteria, lower your cholesterol or help your mood all are drugs.  After ingesting in some form or another the drugs we’re dealing with here change your brain somehow. In this definition, we need to include a lot of the everyday drugs like coffee.

For purposes of clarity, let’s divide drugs into several categories: Pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical drugs, food drugs (like caffeine) and natural drugs (like cannabis).  All pharmaceutical drugs have a beneficial and a not-so-beneficial effect. The not-so-beneficial part is called a side effect and all pharmaceutical drugs have some sort of side effect. Side effects go anywhere from benign as in not even knowing there are side effects to cramps, changes in mental state, (sometimes desired, sometimes not), appetite, weight or whatever. Pharmaceutical and biological drugs have helped people immeasurably, but all of them have some sort of a secondary effect, side effect or interaction with another drug.

Food drugs like caffeine in coffee can make you nervous if too much is ingested. Alcohol is a food drug and a natural drug, but has many side effects which can be bad for you. Cannabis has no really bad side effects that have been discovered yet. Cannabis might make  you sleepy or it might alter your consciousness. It might do a lot of things to you, but none of them last longer than a few hours. There are no known dangerous drug interactions.

Cannabis is a natural product that human cultures have used for millennia, as in thousands of years. The historical effects of cannabis go very far back without showing any degenerative or wholly negative qualities. You can overdose on almost all pharmaceutical drugs. You cannot overdose with cannabis. If you consume too much, you might get paranoid for a few hours, but that’s about all. Nobody has ever died from a cannabis overdose. Rather than repeat, I put that in italics. Many pharmaceutical drugs can kill or make you very sick if you take too much. Not cannabis.

What Should You Try?

Perhaps the most important question is “What should you try? If you don’t like or are fearful of feeling ‘high’, perhaps start with CBD rich cannabis. CBD rich flower will not have very much, THC or associated compounds in it. THC compounds are the parts of the plant that get you high. A friend who wants to try sent me the questions going around her brain about cannabis use. She grew up in the era (1990s) when there weren’t very many, if any, experiments about cannabis consumption and what it does to your brain (the answer is not much). There wasn’t a lot of knowledge about the brain and cannabis.There are many ways to consume cannabis as well. Flower, concentrates, tinctures, edibles.

Consider also that the ‘high’ from cannabis you do not like is because you tried too much of it previously. If smoking cannabis seems wrong, remember that cannabis smoke is not carcinogenic. You’ll smoke so little that it won’t affect your lungs at all. If smoking flower still bothers you, there are many other ways to consume; tinctures, but most taste pretty bad. There are also edibles, but I’d caution anyone who is not experienced to stay away from them. Edibles take a long time to have an effect and many first timers think that after 1/2 hour there should be something and when there’s not, they eat more. And more. When it finally begins to have an effect, you’re way past where you’d like to be.

What Are Some Common Uses?

Most frequently cannabis is used to get ‘high’ which is a widely misunderstood effect. It’s usually considered impairment in the same way that alcohol impairs. When we conflate the two drugs (as is often happening) we miss the point. High is not intoxicated the same way as drunk. It does not make you crazy. You just feel … … different topic. Being high in and of itself is a state of mind caused by chemical interactions. Alcohol does that, sometimes in not so nice ways. Alcohol can make you belligerent. Cannabis makes you mellow. It is an intoxicating drug although you just cannot compare the intoxication to alcohol. Many try to compare alcohol with cannabis, but it’s a specious comparison. They are as different as apples and daffodils. Both change your consciousness, but one can make you belligerent and woozy and one might enhance your mental acuity.Here are two studies; Cannabidiol (CBD) and Cannabis for Mental Focus and Acuity and Marijuana May Boost, Rather Than Dull, the Elderly Brain. While the jury is still out because potential research has been impossible because of the Federal classification of cannabis as a Schedule I drug along with heroin. This will change soon.

Are There Benefits to Using Cannabis?

There are many benefits possible with cannabis and/or different cannabis strains. Some strains generally work as an analgesic lowering pain in parts of the body. There is evidence in several studies that some strains of cannabis can attenuate or even kill cancer cells. There isn’t much corroboration of this in scientific studies, but we do know and can prove that cannabis can help with the nausea and other issues associated with taking cancer medications. It can decrease anxiety. It might slow progression of Alzheimer’s disease. It might help with different inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The list can go on. The main thing to remember is that in small doses (and small doses can get you really high too!) it seems to be beneficial and not detrimental. A bit over a year ago, Business Insider published a story about the 23 Health Benefits of Marijuana. While the story outlines many potential health benefits, there’s not much scientific evidence out there. However, there is some and as the evidence builds, we’re finding that cannabis can be very effective treating and alleviating a variety of afflictions.

5. Getting over the stigma (I’m a pot smoker!)

There is still a (very) small stigma associated with alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption is part of the social landscape. Many people simply don’t notice it or just ignore alcohol consumption. It’s usually just accepted and we’re about 90 years past the end of alcohol prohibition. But there is still a bit of social stigma. There is a larger social stigma associated with cannabis consumption. Although cannabis is legal in many places, it’s still a somewhat stigmatized activity. I call this the “Cheech & Chong Effect.” The stoner stereotype is still with us. It’s all conflated in part because of our shared American puritan background. The United States can be a strange place. We have many very liberal attitudes, but then we have many conservative attitudes. To much of the rest of the world, we’re strange. In American society, it’s too easy to vilify the concept of being high. We’re the only western country to have ever outlawed alcohol. That happened, in part, because alcoholism was rampant in the U.S. and there was a strong movement to prohibit the use of alcohol because it was thought that alcohol prohibition, in and of itself, would be enough. It wasn’t. The United States wound up with a horrific crime problem that was related to alcohol and it gave rise to organized crime not seen before in the U.S. Many countries in the middle east don’t have alcohol distribution because of the proscription of alcohol in the Quran although there really isn’t a proscription against alcohol, but only attending services while under the influence. Over time, it’s been changed to a total ban on alcohol. Stigma exists everywhere. One reason hashish became popular in the Middle East and other Moslem countries was because of alcohol. In the U.S. there is still a small stigma, but once you start consuming, you’ll find that most people don’t care at all.

Debunking Common Misconceptions & Urban Myths

Cannabis, it’s effects and ‘harm’ that can come from consumption has been nothing but racist myth since the 1930s. True, there was myth before, but it was mostly harmless back then. It started getting vicious in the 1930s toward blacks and Mexicans along with Jazz musicians. That one was beyond me.  Jazz? Really? Seems like the cannabis (frequently called gage back then for some reason) scene really was filled with myth and racism. The myth was perpetuated and aggravated by Harry Anslinger, the racist who was responsible for cannabis being made illegal.

The biggest myth perpetrated during the era of weed vilification was that “Pot is a Gateway Drug”. If you consume pot, it will lead you to shoot heroin. We’ve since found out that the opposite is true. Cannabis actually lowers opiate addiction rates. Colorado has been our poster child about that. In Colorado, since legalization of adult use cannabis, addiction rates are down along with opiate deaths.

Next installment: Medical uses for cannabis. Does smoking cannabis cause cancer? And a host of other topics about marijuana.

Weed Week in Review February 19, 2021

Weed Week in Review February 19, 2021

February 19, 2021

Weed Week in Review publishes a weekly report of the good, the bad and the ugly about weed in the US (and other places too). We’ll provide a little commentary about what’s happening in the world of weed.

Report Finds Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Not Associated With Adverse Social Effects

Part of me wants to think this is kind of a ‘Duh!” report. But it’s not just that. Every report (this one was authored by The Cato Institute) that has come out since legalization in the many states pretty much says the same thing…there are no associative adverse effects that came with the legalization of weed in the various states. Why am I not surprised? Given the documented evidence that there are no adverse effects associated with legalization, why are there still some (think South Dakota for now) who are dead set against legalization? While I don’t have an answer to that, many of the same people who are against legalization are QAnon believers, so you can pretty much tell them anything that’s negative and they’ll believe it. Sad, but it’s the state of affairs in the U.S. these days.

New Jersey Has Arrested Over 6,000 People for Cannabis Since Legalization Vote

This is a pure and simple case of the police abusing their power to arrest people with marijuana. This headline means that since the election on November 3rd, it’s been just over 100 days since the election that legalized recreational marijuana in New Jersey and that equals about 60 people a day getting arrested. Anyone want to place a bet on the percentage of people arrested are mostly minorities and there mostly black? About 40% of the population of New Jersey are minorities and I’d willing to bet anyone reading this that over 70% of the arrests of people of color. All the Attorney General needs to say is stop arresting people. That would end it. The AG has already told prosecutors in New Jersey to stop prosecuting pot cases, but apparently that hasn’t stopped the police from arresting people for possession. Pure and simple; This is an abuse of police power.

More Than Half of Cannabis Users With Parkinson’s Disease Report Clinical Benefits

Why am I not surprised that Parkinson’s disease has clinical benefits associated with cannabis. Cannabis has been gaslighted for over 100 years now and that pretty much means that there has been no real research into the benefits that weed might provide to Parkinson’s or any other disease for that matter. 100 years of research lost. Cannabis might well be the most complex plant in the world and we haven’t yet begun to make sense of all the compounds in it. But the fact that it HAS helped Parkinson’s patients is important. How many other diseases might benefit from cannabis treatments? We just don’t know.

As NJ marijuana reform slows, racial inequity of enforcement continues, advocates say

Social inequity in marijuana enforcement is a known and measured thing. We know that minority communities have taken the brunt of marijuana enforcement and arrests for decades. In November, the citizens of New Jersey voted to legalize and make pot available to any citizen over the age of 21 to purchase. Yet, the arrests in minority communities continue. What the attorney general for New Jersey should immediately do is tell the police departments across New Jersey to do is stop making arrests for marijuana and stop the prosecution of felonious and misdemeanor charges against all people. That would be a start.

More People with MS Turning to Cannabis for Help with Pain, Sleep

Another cannabis health exploration done because there’s no research into how pot can help people with MS. But for many it seems to work. This survey conducted by the University of Michigan about pain and MS was national in scope. Summarizing they said; “A new survey shows high usage rates of cannabinoids like CBD for multiple sclerosis, but most patients are figuring out these new products on their own.” It’s sad that people have to find their own cures in this age of science, but there you have it. They do and that’s sad. But if it gives relief without having to get regulated, whether it’s legal or not, it’s probably a bigger benefit to them then a government funded and run study that wouldn’t have results for several years. And here’s another research project for MS and relief from cannabis. Study: 61% of Parkinson’s Patients Benefit from Medical Cannabis

How Long Does Cannabis Stay Fresh For? Scientists May Have the Answer

If you like to get in the weeds … with weed … here’s an article for you! The online publication Analytical Cannabis will serve the need of anyone who wants to be part of the science of our favorite plant. For me, I do like the fact that the publication is putting some long needed rigorous scientific research into cannabis. There is no one subject when it comes to weed that has had sufficient research. This story is something that we’ve needed to explore for a long time. Analytical Cannabis has done a fine job of explaining this, even if not all of us can understand the science behind the findings. But it IS important.

Teens May Be More Likely to Use Marijuana After Legalization for Adult Recreational Use

GRRRRRRRRRRRRR. I’m tired of seeing this flawed study picked up by the media without further research and presented as fact. There are so many more studies that show the opposite is actually happening in adult use legal states. Teenagers tend to have lower rates of marijuana consumption in adult legal states. There are many studies about this and there are only one or two studies that say the opposite. Why do some feel the need to show the negative side of cannabis, even when they know it’s not true? Why don’t publications spend as much time showing the evils of alcohol? For decades, many ‘scientists’ attempted to show that coffee was bad for us. Now we’re finding out that coffee is actually probably good for our cognitive health! We need to get real.

Weed Week in Review February 14, 2021

Weed Week in Review February 14, 2021

February 14, 2021

Weed Week in Review publishes a weekly report of the good, the bad and the ugly about weed in the US (and other places too). We’ll provide a little commentary about what’s happening in the world of weed.

Cannabis sales records smashed or set in 2020, and insiders expect the gains to continue
California Is Closing in on $2 Billion in Cannabis Tax Revenue

The numbers are staggering. Legalized weed pays the states enormous sums of money in taxes. And it’s only going to get larger. A lot larger. One industry pundit states that the market is still 80% involved in the extra-legal sales of cannabis. I call it the black market. If the California market is accurate, it’s currently at about 5 BILLION dollars in legal sales. If that represents 20% of the potential dollars, the market there is potentially around 25 BILLION dollars as people move to the legal market. It’s the same in all the other markets where pot is legal. The most astonishing thing about it is lawmakers really never saw it coming. The states that are still holding out (see one below) on legalizing weed are missing a big tax boat. Obviously, their attitudes are rooted in the 1960s and Nixon/Reagan/Bush/Clinton/Bush eras.

Senate leader Schumer pushing federal marijuana legalization as priority

The hypocrites who want cannabis banned, and there are a lot of them, are simply parroting the horrible racist lies that were perpetrated by the government since the early 1900s. Over 100 years. Really. The Democrats who were against the legalization of cannabis for the longest time have finally and seemingly come to their senses. President Biden was one of the architects in the 1980s and 1990s of some of the harshest drug laws in the country. Hopefully, he has come around as well. We cannot overstate how important that the Senate majority leader is going to legislate the legalization of marijuana at the Federal level. Fabulous. I hope it makes it into law and our President signs it.

Lawmakers say legal marijuana in South Dakota not dead yet

South Dakota is the poster child for stupidity. Sorry to anyone from South Dakota who is reading this. The idiot governor who refused to mandate masks to protect citizens from COVID-19 now has had one of her personally appointed judges declare that a vote by the people of South Dakota to legalize marijuana was invalid. This is not good on several levels, the most important being the vote. The people voted. They voted to legalize pot. The governor didn’t like it. So the will of one outweighed the will of the people. South Dakota. “Democracy” at its worst. Let’s hope the lawmakers in South Dakota re right and legal weed is still in the offing in South Dakota.

As NJ marijuana reform slows, racial inequity of enforcement continues, advocates say

Social inequity in marijuana enforcement is a known and measured thing. We know that minority communities have taken the brunt of marijuana enforcement and arrests for decades. In November, the citizens of New Jersey voted to legalize and make pot available to any citizen over the age of 21 to purchase. Yet, the arrests in minority communities continue. What the attorney general for New Jersey should immediately do is tell the police departments across New Jersey to do is stop making arrests for marijuana and stop the prosecution of felonious and misdemeanor charges against all people. That would be a start.

Six Top Tasty Cannabis Strains

Yum. That’s all I have to say about these strains and cultivars. Yum. There are many strains that just don’t have a lot of flavor or aroma, but not these strains…usually. Sadly, the article doesn’t go into who grew the strain, how it was dried, how and for how long it was cured. Many people are beginning to believe an 8 week cure could be optimal. There are others who think 4 weeks is enough. My suspicion is that a 4 week cure is mostly advocated by the growers who would be able to sell their product 4 weeks earlier. What this is telling us indirectly, is that the grower matters. Recently, I did a review of Blue Dream from 4 states. Each version of the strain was different. Each smelled different and each had a somewhat different effect. Stay tuned to our pages for more as this is going to be a fascinating topic to explore

With marijuana being legalized in other states, watch for new exodus of NC tax dollars to flow over state lines

I live in North Carolina part time. It has not been my favorite state. Why? It is beautiful. And the weather is mostly fabulous…not today though… The diversity in this state, with the ocean on one side (East) and mountains on the other side (West) is wonderful. No, this isn’t my favorite state because most of the politicians have their heads stuck firmly up their collective keesters. Here’s one story about why. Since in North Carolina there’s no way the voters can legalize weed, it must come from the legislature. About 2 years ago, I read a story about how legislators here know that they need to legalize cannabis, at least medical cannabis, to keep up with the states around them, there hasn’t been one peep from the senate or the house. And now with Virginia legalizing cannabis, the dollars are going to flow north. Do the citizens of North Carolina want legal pot? Um, read this survey from Elon University.

Cannabis corruption: How state and local leaders are profiting off the burgeoning industry

While there’s nothing surprising here, it’s still sad. But where there’s money, there will be corruption. One follows the other. Always has. Always will. Pay-to-play is a particularly insidious gambit because those with the bux will always try to get a leg up and game the system to get the license. That just preys on politicians who  might not be rich (or maybe they are and are greedy!), but could be swayed by a lot of money dangled in front of their eyes. Here’s another story that’s telling the state of Virginia to slow down, not because cannabis is a bad thing, but the regulations they’re cooking up there might deprive people of color an opportunity to get into the game.

Weed Week in Review February 5, 2021

Weed Week in Review February 5, 2021

February 5, 2021

Weed Week in Review publishes a weekly report of the good, the bad and the ugly about weed in the US (and other places too). We’ll provide a little commentary about what’s happening in the world of weed.

The war on drugs didn’t work. Oregon’s plan might.

A lot of people believe that some drugs should be illegal. In the history of civilization, prohibition of anything has not worked. The biggest experiment of all, alcohol prohibition, was a complete disaster. Complete. Oregon is taking the approach that adults should be allowed to do whatever mind altering substances they want to do and let people determine their own consequences. There is some sense to this approach according to many public health people Will addiction rates and their toll on society go up? We’ll have to wait and see.

Senate leader Schumer pushing federal marijuana legalization as priority

The hypocrites who want cannabis banned, and there are a lot of them, are simply parroting the horrible racist lies that were perpetrated by the government since the early 1900s. Over 100 years. Really. The Democrats who were against the legalization of cannabis for the longest time have finally and seemingly come to their senses. President Biden was one of the architects in the 1980s and 1990s of some of the harshest drug laws in the country. Hopefully, he has come around as well. We cannot overstate how important that the Senate majority leader is going to legislate the legalization of marijuana at the Federal level. Fabulous. I hope it makes it into law and our President signs it.

31 pounds of marijuana discovered during Smith County traffic stop

Look at the people in the picture in this link. Notice what color those 4 men are. Pulled over for a traffic stop, eh? Really? What’s the the backstory here. Somehow, I don’t think the police just “smelled” 30 pounds of marijuana in a suitcase (although it cold be pretty stinky). Do you think this story is true? I don’t. I believe there’s more than meets the eye here. All four men are black and it IS Texas. I wish with all my heart it wasn’t so, but there is a certain profiling that goes on everywhere in the US. Maybe they were carrying 31 pounds of marijuana. Maybe it was planted on them. I certainly don’t know, but I do know that in Texas, getting pulled over when you’re black is a sure trip to a disaster. It needs to stop.

While this isn’t meant to call out Kiowa County for stupid reportage, it is meant to call out media in general for stupid reportage of research done…about anything. Research has a very limited scope. A researcher focuses on a topic, tests their thesis and reports the outcomes. A researcher isn’t concerned with reporting how their research fits in with the rest of the world. They shouldn’t be. The reality is this; Of course, there will be withdrawal from cannabis. There’s withdrawal symptoms from about everything. If you’ve a coffee drinker, the first few days without coffee can be miserable. I don’t even want to think about alcohol or opiate withdrawal. They’re worse than miserable; They can be life threatening. So is cannabis withdrawal dangerous? No. Can it be a bit uncomfortable? Yes. We all need do just take things not at face value, including news stories, we need to think critically about the

Democrats hold majority in legislature, looking to legalize recreational marijuana

Way to go New Mexico…we hope! This will mark the third time that New Mexico will try to legalize adult-use weed. The third time might be the charm too. While many republicans opposed cannabis legalization in the Land of Enchantment, there were more who wanted it. There were also plenty of conservative democrats who did not want legal pot in the state, but they got voted out of office. They were the primary roadblock to legalization. Go figure. This year will hopefully e the year New Mexico joins the list of states who have legalized marijuana for everyone over the age of 21.

Letter: Reverse marijuana legalization

This letter must have been written by a qanon believer, since all she does is state misinformation and innuendo. The facts are quite the opposite. Teenage use is down since weed was legalized. Since we live in a country where some people believe Jewish lasers started all the California wildfires last year and that all the school shootings were really just TV shows and nobody was really killed, we need to start looking at reality. Everyone can be heard in America. That’s our tradition. Newspapers are the gatekeepers of information. Information needs to be true and factual. Presenting information that is certifiably false should be banned.

Cannabis corruption: How state and local leaders are profiting off the burgeoning industry

While there’s nothing surprising here, it’s still sad. But where there’s money, there will be corruption. One follows the other. Always has. Always will. Pay-to-play is a particularly insidious gambit because those with the bux will always try to get a leg up and game the system to get the license. That just preys on politicians who  might not be rich (or maybe they are and are greedy!), but could be swayed by a lot of money dangled in front of their eyes. Here’s another story that’s telling the state of Virginia to slow down, not because cannabis is a bad thing, but the regulations they’re cooking up there might deprive people of color an opportunity to get into the game.

Book (Comic) Review: “How Do You Smoke a Weed”

Book (Comic) Review: “How Do You Smoke a Weed”

OK, it’s not a book report. It’s a comic book report. How Do You Smoke a Weed is a comic for newbies, noobs, about how to consume our favorite plant; WEED!!!! And it’s a darn good one too!

Creators

How Do You Smoke a Weed was created by Lauren Keller, Lin Visel, and Joseph Bergin III. The cover credits the author as Owlin with a whole lot of credits inside as well. There’s a lot that goes into the production of a comic book, even if it’s never put on paper, but only appears as a pdf. This particular book is also available as a softcover physical book as well. The PDF version is $5 and the softcover is $10. Not a bad price for what you get.

What Do You Get?

The story follows a character who wants to smoke weed, but doesn’t know how. Or how much to take. Or how to actually smoke it. Or anything about it. What’s sativa? What’s indica? What’s a hybrid? How do you roll a joint and is that the only way to smoke weed? How do you grind weed? All questions and along his journey, there are answers by kind characters who are happy to help our noob smoker into the wonderful world of cannabis consumption.

The Art

Cannabis consumption is an art as much as it is a science. How do you like to ingest is one of a myriad of questions noobie consumers ask. The art is comic at times reminds me of R. Crumb, a comic artist who I still adore and his work is relevant. At times the artwork is just new and reminds me of nobody I know. This is not a bad thing. I can see the influences of many comic artists in these drawings. Comic books for me have always been more about the art than the dialogue and information the comic contains. The old Superman and Captain America books I saw and read as a kid influenced me a lot. I don’t know entirely where the art was derived from by the artist (Owlin?) but it’s comic art for sure and I like it a lot. But comics are more than art. They’re also a message delivered in as few words as possible leaving a lot of the words to the viewers (readers?) imagination.

The Message

The real message to me is twofold; The first message is that it’s OK to be a noob and the second message is that it’s complicated. I remember when I started to consume weed around the time I was 20. It was not only a new, exciting experience, but I quickly recognized there was better and worse weed out there. My friend John Hulburt, a gifted musician, was the first person who turned me on, We used his little opium pipe that was perfect for one or two hits. Over the years, I had to learn on my own about what makes cannabis consumption complex, fun and rewarding in its own way.

The End

I can highly recommend the consumption of “How Do You Smoke A Weed” as it’s full of good art and good messages. It’s human nature to share (I hope!) and while it is possible to learn about weed on your own, it’s still more fun this way. At the end of the day, weed should be fun. Lots of fun. Lots and lots of fun. If you’ve got the $5 to spend go here and buy this comic! It’s also available on Amazon, but it’s $9.50 there. I’d rather support this small business than support Amazon, but it’s your choice.

Just get it and enjoy the comic on all the levels you can.

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