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How Terpenes and Flavonoids Contribute to the Taste and Smell of Your Weed

Terpenes and Flavonoids: Why They Are So Important

terpenoids and flavonoids
Ahhh, terpenes.

Just look at those tiny, beautiful, transparent, resin-filled mushrooms!

What Are Flavonoids?

Flavonoids are chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. They are non-cannabinoid in nature.

flavonoidsThey are responsible for the varied colour profiles of cannabis strains – when you see the word ‘flavonoid’, think ‘colour‘.

Flavonoids also protect the plant from dangers; such as from pests and animals, as well as from intense heat and sun exposure. Flavonoids can attract certain kinds of pollinating insects.

What Are Terpenes?

A terpene is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon, based on combinations of the isoprene unit – produced by myriad plants, including cannabis.

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Terpenes are a crucial component of the plant; they perform many functions. They are found in the trichomes of the flower – the thousands of microscopic, mushroom-like hairs that you see covering the bud. Terpenes constitute the incredible, crystal-like coating you tend to see on premium buds.

When you look at your buds next, check for the psychedelic fractals that make up terpenes!

Try using the torch on your phone. If you cannot identify any trichomes, you have some dodgy bud! If your cannabis also lacks an aroma… chances are, you’ve got PGR. (#FCKPGR!)

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Terpenes are paramount to the psycho-activity of the cannabis plant; they contribute to the psychoactive effects of Sativa and Indica strains. Each time you crack open a bag and take a nice whiff of your buds, living hydrocarbon chains (terpenes) evaporate; producing dank smells of blissful delight.

Searching For the ‘Right Terps’

When choosing the right strain; a lot of people’s first question is, “how much THC does [insert strain here] have?”.

THC is an important cannabinoid to track, of course; but THC isn’t everything. THC is not a direct indication of psychoactive potency. The concentration of THC in a bud is the percentage-by-weight of the bud, to how much THC there is; as well as how much THC can cross the blood-brain barrier.

Terpenes come into play in a massive way, here. Let’s say you have older buds with 20% THC, and younger buds that had 10%. If the older 20% aged for far too long, the terpenes will have evaporated; and the bud won’t have much of a smell. Its flavour will have passed, and its effects will be mild. If the younger 10% THC bud is fresher; there may be many more terpenes still attached to the buds. The aroma, flavour and effects will all be plentiful.

Remember, pungency = potency.

Terpenes and Flavonoids Make a Difference to Your Smoke

When you’re looking for strains… never go just by strain name; always go by the types of terpenes that are present in the herb, if you can.

Each and every terpene is unique; it has different psychoactive and therapeutic effects. If you want to produce a certain nuanced effect from your cannabis, you need to pay attention to the terpenes in your herb.

Take a common strain, like Gorilla Glue #4. It has myrcene, pinene and limonene terpenes with a 25-30% THC level. Just from this info, I can tell you that you’ve got a Sativa with sweetish-sour aromas, alongside earthy undertones; this bud will stimulate you, with potential anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It may work as a slight sedative.

A strain like Banana Hammock has nerolidol and myrcene terpenes, with a 22-25% THC and a 1-4% CBD level. This is a pungently sweet Indica; it’s a sedative, with potential anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-fungal properties.

Gorilla Glue #4 and Banana Hammock have a wide array of different aromas, flavours and effects. If you want something stimulating, uplifting and something that will make you focussed, Gorilla Glue #4 would be the way to go; if you wanted something to sedate or relax, perhaps as a sleep aid… Banana Hammock is the one for you.

Strain names often don’t mean a whole lot, on the face of them. When it comes to deciding what kind of weed is right for you… it comes down to the terpenes and cannabinoids that are present, as well as the freshness of your specimen.

Before stocking up for a sesh, take terpenes into consideration (if possible), before you looking at the level of THC. Try not to buy strains based on their name, alone. It’s important to remain aware of what you are putting inside your body.

References

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVGbYMFkIFo&t=217s

[2] https://olympiccannabis.org/cannabis-anatomy/

[3] https://phylos.bio/galaxy

[4] https://phylos.bio/sims/sample/genotype/5gkex07g

[5] https://phylos.bio/sims/variety/PGT-323328/pharmacannis/banana-hammock

‘Let’s Just Chill and S̶m̶o̶k̶e̶ Vape Some Bud’: Consumption Habits Are Shifting Among Smokers

VAPE: The Changing Face of Cannabis Consumption

It doesn’t matter which way you look at it… burning a flower and inhaling the resulting smoke isn’t all-that-brilliant for one’s long term lung health.

While smoking cannabis is still far healthier than smoking tobacco [1], many health-conscious cannabis enthusiasts want to do better than simply ‘healthier than tobacco’.

Cue the rise of the vaporisers!

Consumers in the good ol’ U-S-of-A are increasingly shunning blunts and bongs, in favour of dry herb vaporisers and oil cartridges.

Eaze – a large American cannabis retailer – reported a 400% increase in oil cartridge sales from 2015 to 2016; while dry herb sales fell from 75% to 54% of total sales [3].

Unfortunately, we don’t keep these figures in Australia. What we do know, however, is that a similar proliferation of vaporisers has occurred. The massive rise in stores that sell vaporiser accessories is a testament to that.

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‘What the Health’ are you talking about?

Those of you who are dedicated cone-punchers might be scratching your heads at this point; wondering why any sane person would spend potentially hundreds of dollars on a vape.

The first and most compelling reason comes from academic research. Study after study indicates that people who vaporise cannabis experience far fewer respiratory issues than smokers; with heavy smokers benefiting the most [4].

Now, at this point, you might be thinking ‘that’s a problem for future me’. I can’t stop you continuing on your merry, bong-smoking way… but there are real benefits from vaporising, which you will notice almost immediately.

Let me paint a picture: you’re spluttering and coughing up a storm. You place the bong back on the coffee table. Your lungs are on fire; your throat hurts, and your head is spinning; but not in a good way.

If this sounds similar, you might just want to consider buying a vape. Vaporisation occurs at a much lower temperature than combustion; giving your lungs and throat much less grief.

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Welcome to ‘Flavour Country’

This point is purely subjective; but I dare you to give it a try, and see for yourself. Vapour is plain tastier than smoke.

When your cannabis is exposed to temperature greater than 2000c (such as in the case of the flame of a butane lighter), [5] many of the terpenes that give cannabis its myriad of wonderful aromas are destroyed. In their place, carcinogenic byproducts are produced.

Some cannabinoids begin to vaporise at temperatures just over 100 degrees Celsius; while the vast majority are vaporised at temperatures less than 230 degrees [7].

Commercial vaporisers are limited to 250 degrees; meaning more terpenes and cannabinoids survive the process of combustion. This gives rise to a tastier and more cerebral experience.

Dammit, I’m Out; Time to Call ‘Old Mate’.
No, Hang On… Wait, There’s Actually Plenty Left.

We’ve all been there. It’s Friday evening; you’ve had a rough week, and you just want to have a smoke and watch some Netflix.

You pull out your stash, only to discover a few sad looking stems staring back at you. 🙁

If you want to smoke, you’ll have to call old mate… who will tell you he will be there in an hour. Only to go silent until Wednesday. Classic old mate.

While nothing but a bit of competition from legalisation will make ‘old mate’ more reliable… vaping can help you see a less of him. People who vape frequently report significant reductions in cannabis consumption. This is because vaping is a far more efficient way of consuming cannabis.

Vaping has been shown to produce almost twice the amount of cannabinoids, in comparison to smoking; while producing 3 times’ less harmful byproducts [5].

This represents a very real saving in day-to-day life. Assuming consumption halves as efficiency doubles; a couple consuming 7 grams a week can reasonably expect to save $2000 over a year.

If your budget doesn’t afford you the amount of cannabis you would like to consume, switching to vaping effectively means you get twice the cannabis for the same price.

Is that $200 vape still looking like such a bad deal?

Vaping Isn’t for Everyone; and That’s Okay

You don’t have to like vaping; and you don’t have to make the switch. You do, however, need to be aware that there is a much healthier option than smoking.

If you prefer smoking, and acknowledge the downsides, smoke away. Most people who vaporise do not do so exclusively [8]. There’s nothing wrong with letting loose and smoking, every now and then.

Wherever you sit on the ‘smoking vs vaping’ spectrum, industry trends suggest that vaporising is here to stay.

References

[1] Melamede, Robert. (2005). Cannabis and tobacco smoke are not equally carcinogenic. [Review]. Harm Reduction Journal,2(21), Harm Reduction Journal, 2005, p.

[2] Fischer, B., Russell, C., & Tyndall, M. (2015). Cannabis vaping and public health—some comments on relevance and implications. Addiction,110(11), 1705-1706.

[3] https://www.eaze.com/blog/posts/eaze-insights-2016-cannabis-data-report

[4] Barnwell Sara, & Earleywine Mitch. (2007). Decreased respiratory symptoms in cannabis users who vaporize. Harm Reduction Journal,4(1), 11.

[5] Pomahacova, B., Van der Kooy, F., & Verpoorte, R. (2009). Cannabis smoke condensate III: The cannabinoid content of vaporised Cannabis sativa. Inhalation Toxicology, 2009, Vol.21(13), P.1108-1112,21(13), 1108-1112.

[6] https://sciencing.com/temperatures-do-lighters-burn-8475271.html

[7] https://hightimes.com/grow/what-is-the-real-boiling-point-of-thc/

[8] Cranford, J., Bohnert, K., Perron, B., Bourque, C., & Ilgen, M. (2016). Prevalence and correlates of “Vaping” as a route of cannabis administration in medical cannabis patients. Drug and Alcohol Dependence,169, 41.

10 Reasons to Treat Yourself to a Dry Herb Grinder

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People often fail to appreciate how essential the grinding process is.

The significance of the grinder is often overlooked and trivialised. A grinder can make a massive difference to your cannabis experience. This simple process transforms your buds into fine granules, making it much easier to extract cannabinoids and terpenes with your device; whether it be a vaporiser, joint or bong!

Let’s explore why you should get yourself a dry herb grinder.

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Benefits of the Dry Herb Grinder

dry herb grinder

Better Consistency

Consistency is an essential factor to maintain an even heating inside the oven. Without it, you can’t hope to enjoy the full potential of your vaporiser.

Irregular lumps of herbs will halt the extraction of vapours and smoke, due to inconsistent airflow. A weed grinder can provide an optimum consistency for maximum flavour.

Denser Fuel Tanks

Squishing the bigger chunks of herbs inside the heating chamber will not give you stronger flavour.

On the contrary; it will diminish the taste while impeding airflow. Once you’ve pulverized the plant matter into tiny granules, though, you’ll be able to fuel the oven real dense; enjoying long-lasting vape sessions – without having to refuel frequently.

Intensified Hits

Larger chunks doesn’t mean bigger hits, either.

The tiny particles will have a more exposed surface area, resulting in bigger and denser clouds. If you want harder hits, use a grinder.

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Grinders Are Portable

People are often hesitant in buying extra accessories, assuming that they won’t be easy to carry around.

On the whole, they are pretty compact. You can easily fit most of them inside your tiny pocket, taking them with you anywhere.

Compactness varies, and depends upon the number of pieces it has. Grinders with more compartments are much heftier and more versatile than the tiny 2-piece devices. You can check these gadgets out on sharptsoneusa.com — it is a prominent name in the industry, offering a variety of portable models.

Thicker Vapours

Strong hitters often complain about ‘the vapours’ not being thick enough, blaming the device.

Most of the time, it’s not your device’s fault, but yours — not using a weed grinder is a very common issue. If you seek thicker vapours, look for a quality grinder.

Saves Time

Imagine if you had to prepare the bowl using nothing but your fingers… How tedious would that be?

A grinder can cut the work short with the razor-sharp diamond teeth.

Smaller Chunks = Bigger Clouds

No matter how long you inhale through… it will be useless if the clouds aren’t there. Ground-up herbs can enhance smoke production and improve flavour.

Saves Your Dry Herbs

dry herb grinder

Grinding the herbs using fingers can make a huge mess.

Plus, a good deal of precious herbs can go waste. While a grinder keeps the herbs contained without wasting a single pollen.

Retains the Potency of the Herbs

When herbs come in contact with oily human skin, they stick to you. Pollen is lost.

As a result, the overall potency of your cannabis is reduced. One can retain the potency by purchasing a quality herb grinder.

Catches Kief

Grinders are storehouses of potency.

You can catch fine kief particles by using a grinder. having an additional screen to filter out kief.

Selecting Budget Cannabis Vaporizers Down Under

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As the ever-growing vaping community rapidly expands, we’re seeing exciting advances in technology available to the consumer market. Budget cannabis vaporizers are improving at a dizzying speed.

The latest devices offer high-end performance, top-notch vapour quality, and batteries with a longer than usual lifespan.

It’s still safe to say that the higher the pricetag, the better the performance of your device. Not everyone can afford the latest gadgets… but that doesn’t mean you can’t purchase a solid vaporizer at an affordable price range.

There are various manufacturers that offer good value for money. Here’s a guide to help you out with selecting a vaporizer that fits your needs, on a tight budget!

budget cannabis vaporizers

Look for Portability

Desktop vaporizers might not be the best choice for people on a tight budget.

They usually cost a fortune, given the fact that they offer outstanding performance, large vaping capacity, and a heftier build. The portable counterparts will always be a lot cheaper than the full-sized vaporizers.

Portable devices will not just be cheaper, but also easier to carry around. You can fit them inside of your pocket or bag, and take them anywhere. How convenient is that?

Portable devices are a great option for people wanting to keep their vaping habits secretive.

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Temperature Flexibility Is An Essential Trait

A vaporizer is incomplete without the ability to manipulate the temperature; especially in the case of dry herb vaporizers.

Vaporizers usually come with various heat settings, allowing you to alter the strength of vapours, and the thickness of the clouds — the highest settings are for heavy-hitters, whereas lower temperatures offer a smoother pull.

The more temperature options, the more likely that the device is expensive. We would recommend you to go for a vape pen which has at least three heat settings.

One thing you should keep in mind that wax vaporizers do not usually come with temperature flexibility, given the fact that they work on specific temperatures.

You can check out vapocorner.com for discount deals on vaporizers. This platform prides itself in offering budget-friendly vape devices, with high-end features. Check them out! There are a wide range of sales and deals; so you may just be able to find your favourite device at a very cheap price.

Powerful Battery

The duration of your vape sessions will often depend on the strength and capacity of your battery, and the overall power consumption of your device.

There are unimaginably powerful batteries out there; ranging up to 3000mAh and higher. These bad boys allow you to vape continuously for a whole day; even longer!

However, they’re not always economical. For people on a budget, batteries around 1100mAh are perfectly fine; these usually last around 3-4 hours.

The Simpler, The Better

We’re seeing heaps of high-tech products being launched, each year. They all offer a wide range of customisable settings. The devices themselves can be very interesting… but, it’s important to remember that added options make the device more expensive and harder to use.

Many people just want to vape right away, after drawing the vape pen out of their pockets. High end vaporizers don’t usually work like that. Sometimes, simpler is better…  and cheaper!

Don’t Forget About Disposable Vape Pens

These are pre-charged vape pens, already filled with e-liquid — an ideal option for people who are always in a rush. They are extremely compact and pretty easy to use. However, once expended, they can’t be utilised ever again.

Vape pens can be bought at the quarter price of an average vaporizer. They’re a good option for sudden ‘vape urges’, while you’re out and about, or travelling.

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Top 10 Stoner Movies on Netflix to Watch During Lockdown

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Our Netflix Picks

In our bustling, hyper-modern, technologically-mediated world, we all secretly crave some quality alone time. Generally speaking, we’re never getting as much as we like; thanks to our workloads, deadlines, and so on.

However, the COVID-19 outbreak this year has brought about a new normal. With people staying at home more than ever, we all have more free time than we know what to do with. The whole world has slowed down; meaning, a lot of us have endless time to ‘chill’ under lockdown.

If you are lucky enough to be non-essential, have a roof over your head, and possess a Netflix Subscription, you’re in a section of the population that can defeat a global pandemic by watching stoner flicks in front of the television at home, while smoking doobies. Take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to binge-watch some trailblazing content.

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Once you have your supplement(s) and your Netflix subscription sorted, we can ‘get rolling’!

Mac & Devin Go to High School (2012)

Netflix promotes this cornerstone 2012 stoner flick, Starring Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg, as a “raunchy, goofy, comedy duo”. They definitely aren’t wrong.

The film, directed by Dylan Brown, has been praised for its outstanding cinematography — particularly for a film of its genre. In Mac & Devin Go to High School, Devin (played by Wiz), the smart kid, helps Mac, a long-term student, (performed by Snoop Dogg) finally graduate from high school.

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Mac is a local weed dealer; whereas Devin, after graduation, is shooting for a scholarship to Yale. A good portion of the film revolves around the consumption of marijuana! We definitely recommend this one.

Friday (1995)

A classic of film, starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker.

The plot is simple. Two homies, Smokey and Craig Jones, whittle away a dope dealer’s weed, while trying to figure out a way to get the two hundred dollars they owe to the dealer by 10 p.m. that same night.

This is a must watch; regardless of whether you’re a stoner or not. The writing, acting and overall presentation of this film stands purely on its own merits. It’s also on Netflix, so you have no excuse. Do itttttt.

Rolling Papers (2015)

Rolling Papers is a marijuana documentary on Netflix — a “provocative and investigative” work, according to the streaming service.

The film explores the dynamics that happen when the weed and journalism industry come together. It follows ‘The Denver Post‘, which recognises legal cannabis as an opportunity for their publication. Ricardo Baca, a journalist of The Post, becomes a marijuana critic, and begins ‘The Cannabist’ column.

The US state of Colorado was the first place in the world to legalise cannabis on a broad scale. Smoking weed is considered equivalent to consuming alcohol, there.

This decorated ‘stoner’ flick — directed by Mitch Dickman — reflects on life, the universe and everything… all while maintaining a central focus on the cannabis plant.

Pineapple Express (2008)

The archetypical stoner film; but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be impressed.

Dale (Seth Rogan) is a pot-smoking process server. Saul (James Franco) is his drug dealer. Both must run for their lives, after Dale drops his ‘stash’ at a spot where they witnessed a corrupt cop and a drug lord murder an Asian man.

According to Manhola Dargis from the NYTimes, ‘“Pineapple Express” is a stoner comedy that partakes of a gentle indie vibe, before hitting the hard stuff.’ Which we think is a pretty apt description. The film is a standout of the entire genre, which breaks into themes that extend far beyond just cannabis.

Spring Breakers (2012)

College students Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Faith (Selena Gomez), Brit (Ashley Benson) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) are short of the cash they need for a spring-break trip… so, they rob a diner and head down to Florida.

However, the police soon break up the party and arrest them. The curvaceous quartet are then unexpectedly bailed out by drug dealer and aspiring rap artist, Alien (James Franco).

I know, I know. It is a dude writing his wet dream. Still entertaining, though; three of the four gal pals actually end up joining Alien in an underground life of crime.

Grass is Greener (2019)

‘Grass is Greener’ is a Netflix documentary, directed by Fab 5 Freddy. The film is a very recent addition to the ‘stoner’ genre on the platform. It rates a 7.1/10 on IMDb, and 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Its whole runtime is dedicated to cannabis; it’s a show about the history, culture and influence of weed in the United States, which extends to many areas of everyday life.

It’s not all positive, of course. The documentary isn’t afraid to shed light on the the criminalisation of cannabis, the stigma associated with the plant, and the ambiguous legal relationship it has across the world.

All of these aspects of cannabis culture are expertly presented by Snoop Dogg himself, Cypress Hill’s B-Real, and Damian Marley. Just know that you’re in the right hands.

If you’re new to this stuff and want a taste of what cannabis is all about, ‘Grass is Greener’ does a fantastic job of realistically portraying the weed scene in America. It clearly defines its impact on a diverse range of communities. It debunks a lot of myths and propaganda associated with the plant.

This film is an important piece, for those who are still unsure whether they should support cannabis legalisation.

Hot Fuzz (2000)

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Police officer Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is known to be the one of the best across London City. His seniors, who are jealous of his achievements, transfer him to a remote village, where he encounters the quaint, slow-paced lifestyle of rural liv— oh, wait, no… that isn’t exactly what happens.

What Angel really encounters in the small town of Sandford is a conspiracy.

Why does this make our ‘Top 10 Stoner Flicks’? Come on — you can’t deny the duo of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. You ESPECIALLY cannot deny them when you’re high as fuck. Everything they do is hilarious.

Directed by the talented Edgar Wright, ‘Hot Fuzz’ is sure to leave you saying, over and over: shit just got real.

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T2: Trainspotting (2017)

The Trainspotting series is a standout in British cinema; exploring the twisted underbelly of underclass Scottish existence.

Trainspotting (1996) is certainly worth a watch, before the second one… however, if you go to find the original Trainspotting on Netflix… you will be severely disappointed. This is why we’re recommending Trainspotting 2. (Damn you, Stan!)

The series revolves around Mark Renton (played by Danny Boyle, who also directs), a heroin addict who spends his days paying for his addiction. He and his friends are what many people would call losers… has that changed, a couple of decades later?

Well…

The Hangover: Part II (2011)

The Hangover’ is one of the best movies to watch with your buddies over a smoke sesh. There’s just one problem, though… our region-locked Australian Netflix doesn’t even have the first Hangover movie.

Which is sad; it’s undeniably the best movie of the entire trilogy. If you haven’t yet watched the first — a classic in American comedy — do yourself a favour and get into it, before you watch the second one on Netflix!

The trilogy, directed by Todd Phillips, stands as a must-watch. Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms all put on fantastic performances as the ‘Wolfpack’; who, despite their good intentions, always seem to be making the life of their friend Doug Billings a difficult one.

Get Him to the Greek (2014)

A record company intern, played by Jonah Hill, is hired to accompany out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) to a concert at L.A.’s Greek Theater — in just 72 hours.

Should be easy, right? Well, perhaps you underestimated the drug problems of rockstars.

We included this one because of the strange invention known as the ‘Jeffrey’, which appears in the movie. You’ll have to watch it yourself to find out what it all means…

Conclusion

Well, that was that. We just handpicked ten ‘stoner movies’ for you to watch on Netflix. These picks are sure to keep you entertained for a few days during the lockdown; especially if you’ve never seen them, before. While they all share some key similarities, we can safely say that each flick listed here is a unique experience.

For information about Cannabis strains, click here.

What are you waiting for? Get yourself a Netflix subscription (if you don’t have one already), and start right away! Happy watching!

References

https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/nation/best-stoner-movies-on-netflix

https://decider.com/2020/04/14/the-13-stoner-movies-series-on-netflix-with-the-highest-rotten-tomatoes-scores/#/

https://www.thecinemaholic.com/stoner-movies-on-netflix/

I’m Quitting Work To Smoke More Weed

Redesigning My Life Around Cannabis

Have you ever sat at work and just thought: ‘Fuck… I hate this, I am honestly so sick of being here. I can’t smoke, or shake my anxiety… Ahh, hurry up, 5 o’clock!’

It really is no way to live; it felt so unnatural, for me at least. My body is telling me to rest and calm down, while my boss is asking me for his third cheese toastie of the morning; like, fuck.

I sat at my job, thinking what it would be like to send out a massive message to everyone, saying that I just quit my career. I don’t need to be riddled with anxiety for the majority of my day. They could all suck a fat one, if they wanted to judge me!

Fuck This. I’m ‘Coming Out’.

One day, I woke up with a genius idea. I knew that things could be different, if I so wished. I was going to design my life, from this day forward.

Hell yeah! All empowered and shit! I had become so numb to what certain friends and family members might think… so, I outed myself for the flower tokin’, pot smokin’ individual that I really was.

quitting work

I quit my job. I decided to take the time to plan my next steps. I started to pick up old activities, like writing. I quickly found myself looking for opportunities I could take from the comfort of my bong.

Before long, my calendar started to fill up with independent work. I was finding myself a bit happier; less stressed. I couldn’t believe I could wake up and have a coffee with a billy.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about all of this? I was a more productive worker after having quit my corporate job and gone freelance.

Quitting Work: Is This Lifestyle For You?

If you suffer from any of these feelings frequently, you may want to look into quitting your job and redesigning your life:

Anxiety Attacks at work
Mental Health complications
A strong desire for self employment/online employment
The sustainability of a cannabis-inclusive lifestyle in your existence
A desire to be “more honest” with friends and family about your medicine
The recognition that this isn’t where you want to (or should) be.
Gluttony: smashing 20 cones after you knock off work.

The points I make here are based upon personal experience.

Implementation of Your New Lifestyle

If you’re going to make a big change to your life, it’s important to have a plan in place. When I considered how I was going to do all of this, there were so many angles I never considered.

You could try to start backwards; think about what your life will look like afterwards. What will your family say? In my opinion, once you have confronted this, planning it all is relatively straightforward.

For me, I knew there where going to be a few people who disagreed with my lifestyle choices. They would say stuff like “really, dude?” and look down on me. In the end, they got over it.

You Still Need to Make Money

You will need to have an income. You will also need to work out how to fill up your time. However you do this is completely up to you!

I found that implementing Mat Steinweide’s 31-minute strategy worked for me. The concept behind 31mins is: you do every thing in 31 minute blocks of sustained attention. This will ultimately help assist you in completing a lot of little tasks each day, to move yourself towards larger goals. Have a daily calendar, and fill it. I block out 31 minute chunks for exercising, smoking breaks, writing, as well as looking for ways to make money.

Since I quit my job to smoke more weed, my life has changed. The relationship I have to myself and to cannabis has shifted, too. Relationships with others have come and gone. In the end, though, I’m happier; which is what matters. I feel more honest, my lifestyle is in better alignment with my desires, and I enjoy life. The only downside is that I have less money to play with.

Summoning up the courage to take action in your life always takes self-esteem; regardless of how seemingly big or small the challenge is.

“What may look like a small act of courage, is courage nonetheless. The important thing is to be willing to take a step forward.”
– Nichiren Daishonin

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