This post is part of our High-tech High series, which explores weed innovations, and our cultural relationship with cannabis, as legalization in several U.S. states, Canada, and Uruguay moves the market further out of the shadows. Marijuana has long been celebrated in the world of music and song. In the world of movies and TV, meanwhile, the majority of cannabis-loving characters tend to slot in somewhere between bumbling idiots and dangerous outcasts. This divide in media representation stretches all the way back to 1936. That was the year a hit jazz song called "If You're a Viper" provided a positive view of marijuana use that still checks out ("you know you're high when your throat is dry / everything is dandy"). But it was also the year of Reefer Madness, the infamous propaganda film
This post is part of our High-tech High series, which explores weed innovations, and our cultural relationship with cannabis, as legalization in several U.S. states, Canada, and Uruguay moves the market further out of the shadows. It's 2018, and marijuana vape pens are so common in California they may as well be on the state flag. (They're certainly more widespread than bears. Sorry, bears.) Pens are not the preserve of stoner stereotypes, either: Walk through the Financial District of San Francisco on a sunny day after work, and at the outdoor tables of wine bars and pubs alike, you'll easily spot dozens of those slim, telltale cartridges being casually withdrawn from suit jackets and purses for a politely discreet two-second sip. Read more...More about Marijuana, Cannabis, Weed, Dabbin
This post is part of our High-tech High series, which explores weed innovations, and our cultural relationship with cannabis, as legalization in several U.S. states, Canada, and Uruguay moves the market further out of the shadows. If you want to imagine the future of marijuana in the 2020s, picture a 3-D printer. Maybe it's in a kiosk at your local legal recreational dispensary; maybe, if you're a particular fan of greenery, it's in your home. Either way, it's pre-loaded with concentrated liquid forms of all cannabinoids, the different kinds of molecules that make up marijuana. The machine has CBD for healing, CBN for sleepiness, THC for the giddy, giggly high; plus a ton of essential oils called terpenes, which generally provide every other subtle effect you've ever noticed with weed.
Last night, a man took a relaxing hit off a joint. Or, to put it another way for readers in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Alaska, Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, and the District of Columbia: It was a Thursday. The man happened to be Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX. The joint — technically a spliff or blunt, as it was marijuana mixed with tobacco — happened to be proffered by comedian and wrestling commentator Joe Rogan, who was streaming his show live from the state of California. "It's legal, right?" asked Musk as he took Rogan up on his offer. SEE ALSO: Elon Musks opens up about the toll Tesla takes on him Read more...More about Tesla, Marijuana, Cannabis, Marijuana Legalization, and Culture Source: Marshable
It's rare that you find a company that specifically wants to help you use its product less, especially in the marijuana space. But that's just what vaporizer maker Pax Labs is delivering in an update to its Pax Era device and app Tuesday: the ability to inhale cannabis in truly tiny doses. This is unusual, because the era of pot prohibition was all about more: growers with limited space competed to give you a bigger and better high, packing their strains of weed with ever greater amounts of THC (and more recently the other major active ingredient, CBD). SEE ALSO: What's killing more pedestrians: smartphones or legal weed? Read more...More about Marijuana, Cannabis, Vaporizer, Culture, and Drugs Source: Marshable
There were roughly 6,000 pedestrians killed in car accidents in the U.S. in 2017. That's the same high level of pedestrian fatalities as was recorded in 2016, up from about 5,400 in 2015. In fact the number has been climbing since 2009, with only the smallest of dips in 2013. Now, it doesn't take a genius to see the main change in our society since 2009. Just look out of your window and you're likely to see a zombified walker staring at her smartphone, or maybe a driver sneaking an illegal look at a black rectangle. SEE ALSO: Put your smartphone away, you're missing the entire history of you Read more... More about Marijuana, Weed, Culture, Media Industry, and Drugs Source: Marshable