V.29 No.16 | 4/16/2020
Love in the Time of Coronavirus
New Mexicans have been smart enough not to lose their minds and blow out the state's marijuana supply. If only the toilet paper hoarders were as conscientious as the weed smokers. But COVID-19 is still changing the way we consume cannabis.
Cannabis in the Roundhouse
Small wins, big losses in the 2020 session
Most of the cannabis bills that were considered during this year's legislative session faced an almost completely disengaged media audience, overshadowed as they were by the almost nervous excitement surrounding the doomed recreational marijuana legalization bill. That's probably why most of them failed to lift off the ground.
The groundhog may have missed his shadow this year, but self-quarantines and state emergencies have thrown a kink in our plans to celebrate an early spring. With a tense and fear-fueled winter behind us, we're turning to the healing powers of cannabis this spring to warm our hearts and thaw our spirits.
What is Rick Simpson oil?
You've talked about it. You've wondered about it. You've considered it. But you haven't been able to work up the nerve to try Rick Simpson oil (RSO)—the black tar in a syringe they keep at the far end of the dispensary counter.
Cannabis on Earth, Part One
An Ancient History Revealed
The history of cannabis on the planet earth is a simple one, really. It all starts with the cultivation of a medicinal herb whose healing properties regaled the ancients.
How cannabis helped form the legend of the Assassins
It's not too often that a mystical sect from the Middle Ages snags the attention of modern audiences, but when you're group's name is said to translate to “hash eaters,” you can expect to turn a few heads.
The Big Disappoint
Why the legalization bill failed
We're knee-deep into the 21st century, and we're still getting shafted in an area that should have been fixed decades ago. Cannabis is still illegal.
V.29 No.12 | 3/19/2020
The Art of Washing Your Hands
Thirty seconds of sanity while the world goes mad
At times of stress, we have been told a million times to take a deep breath and count to 10. It usually works. Washing your hands can do more than that. There is no act of devotion that is as universally understood as mindful washing. Let that devotion be to yourself.
News on the Green
Samantha Anne Carrillo reports on the impact COVID-19 could have on medical cannabis patients’ choice of cannabinoid delivery method and how social distancing and “shelter in place” orders are impacting cannabis-friendly residents of San Francisco and Baltimore.
V.29 No.5 | 1/30/2020
Hug Your Friends
As we isolate ourselves in our individual virtual prisons, start more conflicts and spend more time hating those who don't share our opinions, at least we can all agree on one thing: Cannabis is still the best medicine for facing the constant barrage of weekly existential crises. This kind of bipartisan support is rarer than a YouTuber without clinical narcissism. Soak it up while you can.
Opioids and Cannabis
Not as cut and dry as you may think
Statistics say there is a correlation between access to medical cannabis and lower opioid prescriptions. Can cannabis help end the opioid crisis?
Shrooms in the group consciousness again
Last November, the US Food and Drug Administration made an incredible move by designating psilocybin treatments as a “breakthrough therapy” for the second time.
Grabbing Some Zs
Herb for sleep
Cannabis’ special power to send patients off to slumberland isn't news to anyone. It's so good at it that we connoisseurs have to come up with a lot of special terms like “couchlock,” “heady” and “body high” just to avoid repeating ourselves when we describe its sedative effects.
Why We Say “No”
Teen cannabis use on the rise?
Last December, The Boston Globe profiled a youth outreach program that was taking a radical new approach to curbing illicit cannabis use among teenagers. Instead of telling teens to “just say no,” counselors were encouraging them to “smoke less.”
Legalize It, Bro
Paths to the plant
Let’s take a look at how a drug once considered a societal scourge by dark forces has come to be accepted by a whopping 75 percent of the nation’s adult population.