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Author: Chris Taylor

The clear winner of the 2020 election: Drugs

The clear winner of the 2020 election: Drugs

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The U.S. remains a deeply divided nation in 2020, and likely for many years to come. The presidential election and hundreds of down-ballot races were far closer than most pundits and pollsters predicted.  But in all this deadlocked division and confusion, there's one area of clear consensus: drug policy. In deep red states like South Dakota, purple states like Arizona, and blue states like Oregon alike, voters decided it's time to legalize the use of drugs like cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms. Literally every pro-drug ballot initiative won. In not one case did the usual scaremongering messages break through. It was enough to put you in mind of the classic Onion headline: "Drugs win drug war."  Read more...More about Marijuana, Mushrooms, Culture, Politics, and Drugs Source: Marshab

Puffco Peak Pro: The most futuristic dabbing device yet

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Puffco Peak Pro $399.99 View Product The Good Larger capacity in a thinner device • Fast charging • Sturdy redesign The Bad iPhone app can be problematic • Expensive The Bottom Line The best device for the most gourmet form of cannabis consumption — with a price to match. ⚡ Mashable Score 4.5 😎 Cool Factor 5.0 📘Learning Curve 4.0 💪Performance 4.5 💵Bang for the Buck 3.5 When I began a cautious experiment in vaporizing cannabis concentrates two years ago, the Puffco Peak was my first port of call. This $380 device, which looked like a tiny bong you can hold in the palm of your hand, had just launched, and was winning praise for its futuristic design. Concentrates offer more of those crucial cannabis terpenes than basic alternatives like o
'The Smell of SNL': An oral history of the cannabis that changed comedy forever

'The Smell of SNL': An oral history of the cannabis that changed comedy forever

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Saturday Night Live has offered plenty of marijuana humor in its 45-year history. But few modern fans know that the show's groundbreaking original cast smoked pot in the offices regularly — in particular, an Afghani variety grown by a friend from Connecticut who goes by the name Captain Jack.   Now Jim Belushi — SNL veteran, Blues Brother, and younger brother to the late founding cast member John Belushi — has hired Jack to help grow his famous plant for his Belushi's Farm operation near Medford, Oregon. The result can be seen in Growing Belushi, a three-part documentary that just premiered Wednesday on the Discovery Channel.  Read more...More about Marijuana, Saturday Night Live, Entertainment, Drugs, and Movies Tv Shows Source: Marshable
Puff, don't pass: The future of weed after coronavirus

Puff, don't pass: The future of weed after coronavirus

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Throughout the 2010s, marijuana was on a roll. Dozens of states and a couple of countries legalized it for recreational use; dozens more belatedly allowed medicinal use. VCs circled a fledgling industry that found novel ways to reach for ever more respectability. Estimated sales worldwide looked set to reach $17 billion in 2019, a jump of 38 percent, even as a crisis sparked by knock-off vape pens hobbled one of its main categories.  Then came the 2020 coronavirus pandemic...and in some ways, marijuana was on more of a roll than ever. In states like California, which designated its dispensaries an essential service, a growing mountain of evidence suggests sales have shot up since March 1. No wonder: Much of the cannabis customer base is stuck at home, anxious and bored at the same time. Th
The smartest weed bong launches at the worst possible time

The smartest weed bong launches at the worst possible time

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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. There may, somewhere in world history, be a more ironic moment to launch a product named "Roam" than during a pandemic that has most of your customer base confined to their homes. But I'm struggling to think of one. (Maybe during the fall of ancient Rome?)  And while marijuana products in legal states and countries are moving faster than ever in this anxious age, with good reason, much of that growth is going into edibles. (Just ask my local socially-distancing  dispensary, where any item you eat or drink is frequently sold out.) To continue to smoke or vape,

How weed, coffee, and exercise can put your brain in its most productive place

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I'm at the bar in what appears to be an Old West saloon, shooting the breeze with a guy from Nevada who sits on a stool in a dark corner, hiding from his fans, casually crumbling marijuana into his roll-up tobacco. As he does this, Nevada guy explains why weed, alongside the other drug we had that morning at camp, the psychoactive bean juice commonly known as coffee, provides a way into a brain state prized by athletes, monks, and every creative person ever.  The saloon and campground are actually on a business property — sorry, Institute — in the middle of Mendocino, California, ground zero for old-school outdoor pot production. The pot company is Flow Kana, which pitches itself as an organic farm-to-table service — a weed middleman, basically, and a rising star in the cannabis world. I'v

Worried by weed vape pens? Here's why, when, and how to vape concentrate instead.

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Let's say a certain reader of this article, it doesn't have to be you, has enjoyed a marijuana vape pen once or twice or several hundred times in the past. This reader might justifiably be scared to death by the controversy around said pens. In the wake of a killer lung disease that can be largely traced back to black-market THC pens, authorities are officially recommending you stop using all cartridge-based vapes. Despite pens bought in their regulated dispensaries testing totally free of dangerous chemical cutting agents, California recommends not using any vape pens whatsoever; Massachusetts has Read more...More about Marijuana, Vapes, Vape Pen, Tech, and Drugs Source: Marshable

Vape lung crisis is a wake-up call for the weed industry

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America's $11 billion legal weed industry has become pretty adept at blowing smoke. More than $880 million in venture capital was thrown at cannabis companies last year — twice the figure for the year before. Judging by the increasingly jargon-laced emails from pot companies in my inbox, touting their "cannabis lifestyle" products and services, most of that money has been shoveled into the marketing department.  But now the fledgling industry is facing its first major marketing crisis: a crash of confidence in one of its flagship products, the vape pen. And instead of leaping to its own defense, the reaction from Big Weed has been that of the proverbial stoner paralyzed on the couch.  Read more...More about Marijuana, Vapes, Vape Pen, Science, and Drugs Source: Marshable

Is this weed breathalyzer for real? Don't hold your breath.

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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. Will you soon be blowing into a tube connected to a handheld gadget that can tell an officer or an employer whether you've toked in the last few hours? That's the vision of Hound Labs, a Bay Area company that announced Wednesday it had completed a successful clinical trial for its "world's first" marijuana breathalyzer. The company says it will move forward with making a commercial product with a roughly $5,000 price tag, primarily aimed at police and construction companies.  Read more...More about Cannabis, Weed, High Tech High, Marijauana, and Hound Labs

Marijuana representation on screen: There's still a long way to go

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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