It’s important to educate ourselves and others about marijuana use and the science behind it, but sometimes it feels like an uphill battle. Politicians and conservative groups continue to speak out about the (false) dangers of cannabis and refuse to listen to science or reason.
It’s annoying to see the fear-mongers gaining ground. So, in the midst of attempting to educate and advocate, we also can’t help but throw a few jokes in at their expense. That’s why we follow the Christians for Michele Bachmann Facebook page. Okay, is that a little politically incorrect? No, it’s a lot politically incorrect. But it’s hilarious.
For instance, one of their photos went viral and appeared on Doctors TV – it featured a girl in zombie makeup with the headline, “This poor woman was permanently disfigured when her pot bong exploded. Still think marijuanas are safe? Think again!” This is a pretty typical post from CFMB. The Doctors brought the (beautiful) girl from the photo on their show, and they all had a good laugh about the meme.
We kind of loved watching doctors laugh their asses off at the assertion that marijuana could hurt someone. It was pretty amazing. So, if you have a high tolerance for political incorrectness, check out Christians for Michele Bachmann! And don’t worry, it’s not really a group of Christians for Michele Bachmann.
It’s always nice to see the smart people at NPR writing about marijuana. This month, they published an article about the Smoker’s Club, the community of musicians and individuals both young and old that cross weed culture and rap. They’ve been around since the 1990’s, beginning with rappers like Redman, Method Man and Snoop Dogg. Now names like A$AP Ferg are joining the growing group.
In November, the Smoker’s Club hosted the World Wide Rollers Tour (pun intended), ending in Times Square after 35 performances. NPR says that backstage, the up and coming A$AP Ferg exchanged dabs with DJ Kool Herc, who is really almost too old for us to remember but left a lasting legacy in the hip-hop world.
Big news for American Indian reservations – last Thursday, the Justice Department announced that no attorneys are to prohibit any tribes from growing or selling marijuana on reservation lands, regardless of state law. Or federal law, apparently. As quoted in High Times, “the law of the land” will be left up to each tribe, and federal law enforcement CAN prosecute IF requested by the tribes.
What’s the reasoning? Reservations are considered sovereign land. This choice should have been available to them before now. It’s a touchy subject, all things considered. We took their land, bastardized their religion…the least we can do now is pass the peace pipe.
This is also a positive move in light of the problems many tribes have had with alcohol abuse. 12% of deaths among American Indians and Alaskan Natives are alcohol-related, and deaths due to alcohol for these groups are about four times as common as they are in the general United States population. Why is this the case? Basically, a combination of factors – probably some genetic risk factors combined with key environmental factors, like trauma exposure, environmental hardship, and law enforcement troubles on rural reservations.
Terrence McKenna once made a case for legalization stating that if all the individuals who abuse alcohol had the opportunity to legally use marijuana, alcoholism may become much less of a problem all around. We hope the Native American population sees many benefits to their new legalization!
It’s Friday, so why don’t you watch this video of Sarah Silverman getting high?
Do you know what My Drunk Kitchen is? My Drunk Kitchen is Hannah Hart, just a regular 28-year old girl, who hosts a weekly Youtube series where she cooks while drunk. She has tons of great guest stars, including British chef Jamie Oliver, author John Green, and actress Mary-Louise Parker.
Welcome to Part 2 of The Glass House Gift Guide! Check out Part 1, our gift guide for tokers, here. Today, we’re featuring our gift guide for friends and family who may not necessarily be tokers, but who enjoy a little smoke now and then. So, without further ado…
1. Lush e-cigarette juice. What makes Lush different from other e-juices? They come in flavors like Volcano, Gummy, Rescue Me, Misty BJ, Mount and Dew Me, Hello Kitty, etc. So you can send a message AND buy some delicious e-juice for your friends!
2. Xhale Steam Stones. Xhale Steam Stones have been called “the next generation of hookah,” allowing you to enjoy hookah without tobacco smoke. They come in flavors like mint, guava, rose – just like shisha.
3. A Vatra case. Vatra makes a variety of cases and bags for every piece you could think of, including hookah. Vatra means “fire,” and their cases are discreet, durable, and pretty dapper as well.
4. A Wonder Wall Tapestry. The Glass House carries beautiful, unique tapestries with a variety of themes, including nature, spirituality, and psychedelics. They’re not just for hippie vans, either – hang them as artwork at home!
5. Chronic Candy. These hemp-based suckers are 100% legal and contain no THC, and they come in flavors anywhere from strawberry to more cannabis-related, like “Northern Lights.” This candy is produced right in the United States – Pennsylvania to be exact – and is known for their efforts to legalize marijuana.
We hope this gift guide helps you brainstorm gifts for your smoker and toker friends, but if you need more assistance, you can stop in at any of our three locations and we’re happy to help you out!
It’s that time of year…holiday gift guides are everywhere! You can find something for everyone on your list – techies, photographers, sports fans, etc. But where can you find unique, meaningful gifts for the tokers in your life? Right here at one of the three Glass House locations, obviously!
Toker Gift Ideas:
Gorgeous glass. That might be redundant coming from us, but the holidays are the perfect time of year to invest in a special piece for a loved one. How often do you splurge on cool and creative pieces like this dabber and dome by Coyle Glass?
Oil Slick. Concentrate lovers will love YOU forever when they unwrap their new Oil Slick Pad. Award-winning Oil Slick products are perfect for drying water extracts, keeping sticky tools clean, and holding slippery glass in place.
Grunge Off. No one wants to toke out of dirty glass, and if you’re tired of using your friends’ dirty pieces, maybe it’s time to give them a little hint. Grunge Off contains a non-toxic, non-gritty, earth-friendly formula perfect for deodorizing and sanitizing.
An amaaaaaaaaazing grinder. Our suggestion? Check out the Santa Cruz Shedder. It’s the ONLY medical grade grinder in the world. Your friends will love you for proving that every grinding experience isn’t the same.
MagicalButter. Any bakers in your life? They will adore MagicalButter, which grinds, heats and stirs to create herbal butter, oil, tincture, lotion, or whatever else you’re in the mood for. Oh yeah…and it also cleans itself!
Come by any of our three locations for even more gift ideas. And don’t forget to gift yourself. The holiday season can be stressful, but we have some products that will help you relax. Cheers!
After our anger at Patrick Kennedy earlier this week, we thought maybe we’d say something serious about the many concerns expressed by the public about how marijuana legalization will affect teenagers. Probably all of you remember the D.A.R.E program (Drug! Abuse! Resistance! Education!), which has been around since the 1980’s and is still popular in public schools today even though it was declared an “Ineffective Primary Prevention Program” in 2001 by the Surgeon General.
Programs like D.A.R.E. focus on prevent teenage use of controlled drugs, gang membership and violent behavior. They do this with a ten-week interactive in-school curriculum taught by local cops. When you search for information about marijuana on the D.A.R.E. website, you find news articles about the drug…but, interestingly enough, only one-sided news articles. We do a lot of research and read a lot of news about the cannabis industry, including the increasing studies of the drug and its effects. But parents, if you’re using D.A.R.E. as your primary source of information, you aren’t getting the most accurate information.
In an effort to provide more accurate and effective drug information to parents of teenagers, the Drug Policy Alliance is re-releasing the 1999 publication Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs authored by Dr. Marsha Rosenbaum. The Weed Blog recently posted about this publication, and seems to recommend it for parents who are interested in combating the Reefer Madness-style fear-mongering when teaching their kids about drug use.
How do you talk to your kids about drug use? Tell us about it in the Comments or on our Facebook page!
A piece circulating the internet, picked up by The Atlantic (we expected better), has stated that “the rights of pot smokers and the marijuana industry end where our children’s health begins.” Oh, and it’s not just anyone making statements like this. It’s former US congressman Patrick J. Kennedy from Rhode Island.
Oh, dear. But this isn’t new news – Kennedy has been warning against the devil weed for ages.
The article, entitled “What No One Is Saying About Marijuana,” looks to the future of the marijuana industry as a clone of the big tobacco industry, targeting children and teenagers to begin addiction to the drug early. “Why do we think the legal marijuana industry will behave differently from Big Tobacco?” he asks. “When the goal is addiction, all bets are off.”
Honestly, it’s insulting that Kennedy calls marijuana addictive. In fact, according to recent studies, it has the lowest potential for addiction, even next to caffeine. Perhaps what fear-mongering folks like Kennedy are trying to hide is that not treating a mental illness CAN lead to dependencies, not just on substances, but on other people (codependent relationships, anyone?), on dieting or exercising excessively, on television, or on video games. You’ve seen Hoarders, for God’s sake. Instead of demonizing marijuana, let’s focus on improving mental health in America. Oh wait…MARIJUANA can help with that by reducing anxiety and depression! Awwwww, shit.
And not to drudge up Kennedy’s ghosts or anything, but there may be a reason he’s so anti-all-good-things. Sorry, Kennedy, you made us do it…and it’s all on Wikipedia anyway:
He was treated for cocaine use as a teenager.
He confessed to abusing drugs and alcohol in college.
In 1991 at the age of 27, he and his cousin picked up a couple of girls at a bar, and afterwards, Smith was charged with raping one of the girls. The prosecution alleged that they collaborated to cover up the crime, but Smith was acquitted.
In 2006, he crashed his car into a barricade on Capitol Hill after drinking at a bar and mixing prescription drugs.
Also in 2006, he sought treatment for an OxyContin addiction.
Also in 2006, after the car crash and voluntary treatment, he was ordered in court to attend a rehab program that included weekly urine tests, twice-weekly probation meetings, near-daily Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and a weekly meeting for recovering addicts.
In 2009, he again announced that he had checked into a medical facility for treatment.
And, Kennedy suffers from bipolar disorder.
We think it’s important to take these facts into consideration when analyzing Kennedy’s opinions on the marijuana industry.
We hope everyone had a happy, healthy toker Thanksgiving! While we ate until we hated ourselves just like Louis CK taught us, our friends in Amsterdam celebrated the 2014 High Times Amsterdam Cannabis Cup and toked until…well, until they loved their lives even more, probably.
On Thanksgiving Day, High Times announced its winners. The number ones…
Best Sativa by a Seed Company – Tangie Crockett’s Cut by Crockett Family Farms
Best Indica by a Seed Company – Colorado Bubba by The Vault Genetics
Best Hybrid by a Seed Company – Larry OG by The Vault Genetics.
Best Import Hash by a Seed Company – Super Lemon OG Concentrate by Loud Pack Extractions & Greenwolf, LA
Best Glass – Roor/Sublimator
Best Product – The Loud Seeds Gift Bag
See all the results here.
It’s also worth mentioning that High Times had some drama with the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam this year. We covered it on our blog last week and wanted to share High Times’ great response today. Their struggles with local law enforcement didn’t defeat them – the Cannabis Cup came out on top again! Read about how they found thankfulness amidst a frustrating situation… and view some gorgeous photos too. Visit http://www.hightimes.com/read/amsterdam-cannabis-cup-giving-thanks.
And in this season, we hope you know just how thankful we are for you, our customers, our community, and our friends.
Update from Monday – the Cannabis Cup continues in Amsterdam, in spite of a shaky first day and some significant trouble with the Mayor’s office. Now, we can move on to other things, like Thanksgiving – a holiday that celebrates colonialism and consumerism! But it also celebrates important things like family, friends, football and food, so at least there’s that.
Here’s one way to celebrate your family and friends – share some special food with them! Or, use some special food to more calmly deal with them. Two great options there. So, if you’re a first-timer wanting to bake or cook with ganja, where do you start?
Last Thanksgiving, we shared our tips on how to make just about anything using butter, flour or cooking oil. You can see those directions here. Something to keep in mind – you can use oil, tincture or finely ground flower with these recipes, but no matter what, you’re probably not going to trick anyone with these. If you make them right, you’ll be able to taste what they’re loaded with.
Make sure you also check out the special winter recipes often posted at High Times. This week they posted recipes like Black and White Canna-Banana Bread, “Fall Leaves” which involve pie dough, butter, cheese and spices (YUM) and Hot-Buttered “Rum,” but obviously we’re replacing the rum with something greener.
No matter what you do this weekend, we hope you have a wonderful time surrounded by family and friends.
Did you hear the juice about the Amsterdam Cannabis Cup?
That’s right, High Times tried to open its doors to the Cannabis Cup Expo at the Melkweg in Amsterdam yesterday. Amsterdam enjoys the largest and longest Cannabis Cup event High Times hosts, always scheduled for five days during Thanksgiving Week. As stated on their website, the Cannabis Cup has always allowed its judges to “experience true cannabis freely and without worry,” regardless of whether they are card-carrying medical marijuana patients or whether they hail from a region where cannabis is prohibited.
In its previous 26 years, High Times hasn’t had problems with the Amsterdam Cannabis Cup Expo. There have never been health or safety issues, nor have they had problems with reckless or lawless attendees. They have a pretty good track record! But yesterday, High Times had to turn people away due to issues with the Mayor’s office.
High Times issued an apologetic statement noting that they were informed by their lawyers from the very beginning that as long as they remained compliant with local regulations, there would be no problems from the Mayor’s office. Unfortunately, they were informed just yesterday morning that if they were to proceed, the event would be shut down and all participants would be arrested.
The Cannabis Cup is up and running again today with a few new regulations and new locations in the works for events later this week, but not without losing a lot of customers and tourists to local coffee shops where consumption is more freely allowed.
Here’s hoping High Times has better luck during the rest of the week!
Photo courtesy http://www.hightimes.com/read/turmoil-amsterdam-cannabis-cup
Have you ever noticed that marijuana legalization debates among the general public typically involve very little research and a lot of rhetoric taken from media reports? And, have you ever noticed that in general, in life, the media doesn’t feel the need to be on the same page as science? BECAUSE SCIENCE IS LIES. That’s why evolution’s not real, obviously. Silly scientists.
Education is SO important when it comes to talking about legalization, especially because the stigma surrounding marijuana gets in the way of the truth. And the truth is that people are suffering in the world who don’t have to be – they are suffering because the drug that can ease their pain, soothe their anxiety and fight their illness isn’t legal. And the uglier truth is that it’s illegal for a whole lot of terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad reasons.
So, for instance, today we learned about a study by a team from St. George’s University of London that shows marijuana can both destroy some cancer cells and reduce the growth of other cancer cells. This isn’t really a new finding! But you don’t see these findings widely published amongst the news media.
According to the Huffington Post, the team of researchers “outlined the ‘dramatic reductions’ they observed in high-grade glioma masses, a deadly form of brain cancer, when treated with a combination of radiation and two different marijuana compounds, also known as cannabinoids. In many cases, those tumors shrunk to as low as one-tenth the sizes of those in the control group.” Wow.
If you’re interested in digging further into studies like this, check out the resources on the NORML website. NORML’s site features medical marijuana reports, health reports, crop reports, economic reports…all you need to do your own research. Follow this link: http://norml.org/library. And share your findings with the unbelievers!!
P.S. Did you see this video that’s been floating around Facebook of the grandmas smoking a bowl for the first time, then playing Cards Against Humanity? There’s something so satisfying about seeing old people hit a bowl and giggle.
Another thing on Netflix you need to watch?…okay, but seriously. When it comes to America’s War on Drugs, Netflix doesn’t disappoint. Every time it cycles through another round of new films, look for new documentaries aimed at educating audiences about what’s going on in the cannabis industry politically, economically and culturally.
This time, we discovered Neurons to Nirvana, a 2013 documentary funded by Kickstarter that looks at the current body of research surrounding psychedelic drugs. Similar to cannabis, psychedelics like LSD and magic mushrooms get a bad rap – and who really knows why?
Apparently, though, when you peel away the layers of bullshit and propaganda surrounding psychedelics as well as marijuana, what emerges is actually a powerful alternative to pharmaceuticals. If you’re looking for a film to convince someone that legalization is not only a good idea but an important one, this could be it.
Visit the film’s Kickstarter page for MUCH more information about the key researchers behind the project. We love that it was Kickstarter funded, because it gives us that much more confidence in the facts the film reports.
We assume most of our customers don’t actually watch Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, so we thought we better share this little tidbit with ya. In a special American Horror Story episode of the show, Cohen asked Kathy Bates who the bigger pothead is – Matthew McConaughey or Susan Sarandon.
(Sidenote: If we had to guess, we’d put our money on Susan Sarandon. Sarandon has told Cohen in past episodes that she attends pretty much every awards show stoned, except the Oscars. McConaughey hasn’t smoked since he got arrested in the late 90’s! Okay, we don’t really know that, but still.)
Bates put her money on Sarandon, too. She said, “I actually shared some dope with [her] last June. It was with Melissa McCarthy, we were shooting Tammy and I was staying at Susan’s house…she had some good shit!”
Andy Cohen must have some aversion to the ganja. He loves asking costars and celebrities about their weed smoking habits. Back in March, he and Seth Rogen discussed the many celebrities Rogen has lit up with, including Jonah Hill, Sarah Silverman, Snoop Dogg and Paul Rudd. Rogen also confirmed that James Franco doesn’t smoke – at all. That’s kind of a surprise, but alright!
So, happy Friday! We hope you all have as great a weekend as Kathy Bates and Susan Sarandon!
Recently New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced that beginning November 19th, possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana will no longer be an arrestable offense. Low-level marijuana possession has been a huge problem for the NYPD, and has tons of racist undertones as well – about 80% of these arrests have been black or Latino. Not cool. Now, with the new policy, anyone caught with a small amount of cannabis will be issued a summons and a ticket for $100. However, anyone caught actually smoking/burning it will still be subject to arrest.
This sounds great, right? Right. But the NYPD isn’t super excited about the policy change. In fact, they’re now planning a “work slowdown” to protest it. High Times notes that in the past, they’ve asked New York City police officers about the numerous drug arrests made, and they always answer that they’re only enforcing the law. Their duty is to enforce the law, so if you want different actions, change the laws.
Well, NYPD, the laws have changed. And now you’re going rogue. As High Times so aptly says, “The NYPD has turned into a rogue force that’s willing to sacrifice the safety of New York City taxpayers, in order to send the mindboggling message that more pot arrests will somehow keep city residents safer.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.