are among us. I consistently shake my head when I hear the word ‘cartel’. The truth in many regions of the good ‘ole U.S. of A. is the cannabis cottage industry undercut the ‘drug cartel’s’ hold upon the trade of marijuana decades ago.
Like a fine wine, heady cigar, frothy crafted brew or the best little mind escape that makes you giggle; the flavors and effects of ‘weed’ provided by the homegrown community has never been more crafted in the history of human existence than it is now.
There are two main strains of the
(marijuana) plant: Sativa – the ‘stimulant’ and Indica – the ‘relaxant’. (There is also the Hemp plant which you can read about here.) Centuries of cultivation have taken the characteristics of the pure strains and blended them into a plethora of effective combinations, flavors and effects.
Remember when the 86 count box of crayons came to school? Or how about, the current shades of lipstick? Are you as appreciative of the crafty names as I am? I dare say there are as many varieties of cannabis as there are paint colors.
However, it is most similar to the breading of Belmont’s race horses. Apply that imagination to the genetically inspired names of today’s top shelf marijuana and one can loosely trace it’s ancestry. White Widow, Purple Sour Diesel and Pineapple Express are a quick examples. The descriptions of the strains sound as if you are in Napa listening to an over pompous wine critic blathering on about the bouquet, tannins and hints of berry.
A fascinating fact is that we humans (plus all other living creatures) possess a biological system that readily accepts the medicinal like compounds found in cannabis. We are literally ‘wired’ for it. A friend of mine recently pointed out that ‘we do not have a tomato system, nor a cabbage system but a cannabinoid system’ which gives us a symbiotic relationship with this ancient plant.
I foresee the day that an individual can be scanned for areas of the body that are lacking in efficiency and a strain of high-bred cannabis compounds can be matched to effectively target that area via pathways stemming from cannabinoid receptors in our bodies and our brains. The benefits of a plant that is anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-spasmodic has endless application potentials.
I anticipate ‘Weedcation’ travelers visiting
the states that legalize recreational marijuana:
- Show your I.D.
- Peruse the Marijuana Menu
- Choose your Flavor
- Pay your Taxes
- Be Legal, Be Safe, Be Happy
The issues of legalized pot are deep and complicated yet we mostly agree that the war on drugs has been a massive failure on all fronts and it is high time we as a caring society figure out the new rules. Keeping that well entrenched cannabis cottage industry alive is key for acceptance and success. The biggest challenge I see is bringing them into the tax paying system of legalization.
Whether the topic of conversation is economical, social, legal, illegal, agricultural, ecological, spiritual, sexual, nutritional, personal, recreational or medicinal; there is a conversation to had around cannabis.
I saw a quote on face book that went, “Let’s create Heaven on Earth; just for the Hell of it!”
Peace and Prosperity,