Why is sex better when you’re high?

In a super fascinating article over at InsideHook, we get a glimpse into why exactly sex gets that extra bump from being high.
Of course the main difference is the awareness, which is much more acute while high.
“Terpenes (the perfumey bouquet of smells that often accompanies a strain, with names like Limonene and Myrcene) are responsible for things like those energetic and uplifting feelings or that deep body buzz just after ingestion, while cannabinoids (the chemical compounds found in THC, CBD, etc.) activate and communicate with specific receptors within the Endocannabinoid System,” Michelle Mendoza, a Head Buyer at Sweet Flower tells InsideHook. “Together, they produce the entourage effect that equals the sum of its parts and your very individualized experience.”
But in particular, it acts as a “vasodilator” which means that it makes sensitive parts of the body extra sensitive. Orgasms are improved and sex drive is maximized all because of increased blood flow to these parts of the body.
Because of this pretty clear link between being high and good sex, the market has opened up for products that seem almost specifically catered for heightened sexuality, be it micro-dosed drinks, chewables, weed lube, and even some edibles.
Read the story at InsideHook.

Why do we call marijuana “weed”?

It’s definitely a fun little exercise to go through the list of cannabis nicknames we’ve all accrued in our lexicon, and right at the front of that list is “weed”. The most stigmatized, loaded, meaning-drenched of the nicknames. It means something different to everyone.
Well a nice little article over at Greenstate dives into some of the titles, and where they came from. Although not the most thoroughly researched, it still has some nuggets (another one!) of interest.

“[Weed] was first listed as one of the “new words” for cannabis in the 1929 edition of “American Speech.” At the time, there were only two widely-used terms for marijuana in the U.S. – the English term, “hemp,” and the scientific word, “cannabis” – so canna-lovers were experimenting with new names to avoid being discovered.
The nickname “weed” didn’t exactly hit at first – mostly because the more exotic term “marijuana” infiltrated the American lexicon in the ‘30’s. It wasn’t until the early 2000’s that it really became popular, according to Google search records. Some speculate this is because millennials needed an alternative to their parent’s hippie nicknames, like “grass” and “flower.””

Kind of an ingenious way to get the authorities to lose interest–who cares about some random weed the kids are gushing over.
Another fascinating one in the article is “Dope”. “It comes from the 19th century Dutch word ‘doop,’ meaning ‘thick dipping sauce.’ Originally a cooking term, it eventually became synonymous with a thick-headed or slow person.”
“When semi-liquid opium became popular around 1889, the word ‘doop’ was first used in reference to narcotic stupefaction – A.K.A., getting stupid high.”
Check out the article for more on the origin of “reefer,” “marijuana,” or “grass,” and feel free to act like a total smart ass next time you get high with your friends.

20 Best Weed Comedies of all time

A nice little list was put together over at YardBarker that compiles the best weed comedies ever made.
I agree with most of it, although my top 10 would probably consist of different spellings of The Big Lebowski.
Half Baked
Pineapple Express
How High
Up in Smoke
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Knocked Up
Super Troopers
The Big Lebowski
The Stoned Age
The Breakfast Club (debatable)
Super High Me
Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
Empire Records
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
This Is The End
Reefer Madness
Dazed and Confused

Read the full thing at Yard Barker.

TV Show Host and Travel Author Rick Steves to Chair NORML Board of Directors

For me, my work with NORML is a civic duty. I care about fighting racism; about replacing a black market that empowers and enriches gangs and organized crime with a legal one that produces good jobs and lots of tax revenue; and about defending our civil liberty to simply enjoy the recreational use of marijuana if we want to.
The post TV Show Host and Travel Author Rick Steves to Chair NORML Board of Directors appeared first on NORML.

Jamaica is facing a big marijuana shortage

The location most linked to weed is having difficulty growing the plant.
According to the Washington Post, due to a multitude of problems in the country, marijuana has become scarce and more expensive.
The first problem is due to a very active hurricane season followed by drought, drying up the crop.
Second reason is, along with everything else in the world, due to COVID-19. There is a 6 PM curfew in the country, which hinders the farmers from tending their farms at night. This and the lack of many roads to these fields mean the farmers must walk far distances to get to work, therefore drastically cutting down the amount of workable hours in the day.
Although marijuana was decriminalized in 2015, it is still illegal to buy and sell the plant on the island. However anything under 2 ounces is met only with a small fine.
“Last year was the worst year. … We’ve never had this amount of loss,” Tristan Thompson said, a chief opportunity explorer for a brokerage firm in the country. “It’s something so laughable that cannabis is short in Jamaica.”
Read the full story at The Washington Post.

Marijuana sales in Illinois are skyrocketing

2020 was the first year weed became legal in the state of Illinois, and the demand just keeps coming.
According to the Sun Times out of Chicago, a total of $670 million of recreational marijuana was sold last year. Those are fantastic numbers, but the cherry on top is that this year seems to have the potential to reach the billion dollar mark.
Last January, the amount of marijuana sold was $39 million. Decent profit, but January 2021 reached $88 million. That’s more than double, and if this growth keeps up, a year of $1.2 billion in sales isn’t out of reach.
However, some are saying this upwards trend won’t likely be replicated month to month. “I wouldn’t expect constant upward trends every single month. It will be a combination of more consumers entering the market, some products ‘premiumizing,’ some products falling in price slightly and changes in consumer frequency of use,” says Alyssa Jank, an analyst at a cannabis research firm, Brightfield Group.
Promising signs, and despite apparent headaches during the application process, more and more pot shops are opening up in the state.
Read the full story at Chicago Sun Times.

CBD experts detail top trends to stay ahead of in 2021

(Editor’s note: This story is part of a recurring series of commentaries from professionals connected to the hemp industry. Larry and Jackie Berg are co-founders of CBD Marketing Hub, a digital-to-door agency focused on CBD and cannabis marketing.) Seismic advancements have dominated the CBD market over the past decade with some of the industry’s largest brands seeing […]

DEA asks judge to toss lawsuit from hemp operators challenging extraction rule

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit from the Hemp Industries Association over an extraction rule that meany fear will wrongly criminalize temporary byproducts of the plant during production. The DEA says in a filing Tuesday that HIA is challenging “a hypothetical regulation or policy concerning manufacturing byproduct” […]

New cannabis beverage council drawing inspiration from alcohol prohibition to boost segment

The American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp, an industry trade and advocacy organization, has formed a new Cannabis Beverage Council to connect cannabis industry and beverage industry leaders focused on expanding the cannabis beverage segment. Hemp-derived CBD beverages will be a growing segment among consumers, accounting for up to $1.3 billion in sales by […]

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