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How America Gets Its Weed

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(ANTIMEDIA) San Diego, CA — While I was speaking with a friend from Germany recently, I was surprised at how shocked he was to learn of Weedmaps, a popular U.S.-based site that serves as the largest directory of marijuana-related products on the Internet. This makes sense, considering weed is not legal in Germany like it is in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and the dozens of states with medical marijuana programs like California.

He could not believe the vast array of edibles, topicals, oils, waxes, hashes, and smoking instruments viewable to those lucky enough to live in a city served by the website.

Justin Hartfield and Keith Hoerling founded Weedmaps in 2008. After much success, Weedmaps quickly acquired Marijuana.com, reportedly buying the domain for $4.2 million in 2011. Weedmaps, which is headquartered in Orange County, California, partnered with NORML in October of 2011. Soon after, the entrepreneurs acquired MMJMenu, the Denver-based software company specializing in backend software for the medical marijuana industry.… Read the rest

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Oregon Pot Stores Sell More Than $11 Million in First 5 Days

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Looks like Oregon had a fun, marijuana-filled week.

AP via NY Times:

SALEM, Ore. — Retailers sold more than $11 million of marijuana during Oregon’s first week of legal recreational sales, outpacing the early business done in other states that have legalized pot, according to the Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association.

Oregon retailers had sales of $3.5 million by the end of opening day, Casey Houlihan, executive director of the association, told the Statesman Journal (http://is.gd/6L3fPc ). By contrast, Colorado’s first week of sales reached $5 million. In Washington, sales during the first month hit $2 million.

Under the state law approved by Oregon voters last year, possession of marijuana in limited quantities has been permitted since July 1.

But there was no legal way to buy it until Oct. 1. Pot shops that already sell medical marijuana made big plans for the historic day, with some opening just after midnight.

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Always Sell Your Best Hallucinations: An Interview with Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet

cobrasandfireActual Photo of Dave Wyndorf’s Attic

It’s not everyday you get to interview one of your heroes, let alone at complete random. So, the backstory to this interview goes like this: I somehow got on a metal PR distribution list because of something I wrote years ago. I don’t even remember what I wrote that got me on this list in the first place…at all. Being not much of a straight up metal guy, I occasionally download an album or 2 and am typically like, ummm, no. I get roughly 5 of these messages a week and this has been going on for years now. I had thus far responded to exactly none of these requests. As a matter of fact, I haven’t even done a musician interview since 2013. Then all of a sudden there it was in my inbox. Hey, do you want to interview Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet?… Read the rest

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New Psychedelic Vampire Sexploitation from Director Phil Mucci

Longtime readers are probably aware of my fondness for the uber trippy metal videos of director Phil Mucci, whose work I stumbled on last autumn through one of my all time favorite bands Monster Magnet (more on them soon). As a matter of fact, if you haven’t read my top 5 list of his micro-films or the interview he was kind enough to do with me earlier in the year, I highly recommend checking those out ASAP.

In the meantime, dig on his new gore-tastic short for the song Sorrow by the amazingly dialed-in metal outfit Huntress. The whole thing is sort of a mash-up between the classic 70s sexploitation flick Vampyros Lesbos and the bleak as fuck Witchfinder General, which I synchronously ended up watching several months back. Another way of putting that would be, it’s awesome. Props to Phil and his crew at Diabolik and maybe, just maybe, we’re inching closer to someone finally giving this guy the keys to a full length.… Read the rest

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I fight for your right to smoke weed, legally

Ian Sane (CC BY 2.0)

Ian Sane (CC BY 2.0)

Over at Hopes&Fears, Rebecca Nison recounts the story of a weed lobbyist. “I consider the drug war, mass incarceration, and reforming the criminal justice system to be the most important issues of our generation—and marijuana legalization is a good chunk of that.”

via Hopes&Fears:

In the latest installment of Hopes&Fears’ anonymous interview series, we talked to a pro-weed lobbyist who works at legitimizing the budding industry in the eyes of the law.

I was a volunteer marijuana legalization activist for six or seven years. Now, I get to do professionally what I previously did for free.

This is one of the few social causes tied to an industry, which allows me to spend time in that sweet spot between the business world and the progressive do-gooders. That’s one of the best parts of this job. Everyone I work with is socially conscious. Everyone’s grateful that the industry exists.

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Why I Don’t Do Psychedelics Very Often Anymore

sunwaves1Hey Disinfonauts, I think I’ve mentioned this before, but everyone should absolutely check out this Divine Spark book that Graham Hancock just put out. It’s a great roundup of essays exploring the mind’s limitless imaginal potentiality as presented to us by the psychedelic experience (I’m pretty sure that sentence makes sense). The fact that psychedelic research is finally gaining more mainstream acceptance is, much like marijuana legalization, not something I ever thought I’d see in my lifetime. Back in my early 20’s I got popped for acid possession and was scoffed at for wanting to study these things as a psychology student. As bleak and out of touch as the world can seem at times, there are some deliciously weird things afoot. Let us never lose sight of that, or harp on the fact that this essay already appeared on the site a few years back. Is there ever a bad time to re-read through my stuff (or to read my book which you can grab super cheap)?… Read the rest

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A Tale of Psychological Weed Addiction

How I feel. Photo via Flickr user Rachel Baranow

How I feel. Photo via Flickr user Rachel Baranow

Kitty Gray writes about her weed addiction and what lead her to quit over at Vice.

via Vice:

For the past six years or so, I’ve started my day with the same mantra. I peel my eyes open after an extended battle with the snooze button and pledge, “I’m not going to smoke weed this morning.” The mantra is usually followed by a heartfelt promise to myself that I will spend my day writing, as opposed to floating through the world in a weed haze.

I repeat the mantra steadily as I drag my ass out of bed and over to the staple white Ikea shelf that houses my dearest treasures. A black-and-gold witch medallion that belonged to my grandmother hangs there. A small bejeweled elephant perches on top of the shelf—my best friend acquired him for me during her travels.

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Evade the Tentacles of the Illuminati and Manifest Your Victory with The Higherside Chat’s Greg Carlwood|midwest real

Via Midwest Real

On his popular show, The Higherside Chats, Greg Carlwood has sat down for podcasts with dozens of researchers, authors, and experts on a whole host of conspiracy, paranormal, and fringe-soaked topics.



Selected subjects from our ramblings: why magic is real, transhumanism, meditation, manifesting success, celebrating the fact that humans don’t know shit, psychedelics, how to focus your passion properly and more  

One of the things that always sticks out in my mind when I speak with Greg (aside from just how weird, wonderful and, in some ways, severely fucked the world is) is just how much we trick ourselves into believing we don’t have the power to save ourselves from a mediocre existence. I do declare that no matter where you find yourself, it’s fully possible to take a 90 degree turn off of the the well-worn path. You, my friend, have the capacity to sharpen the stick on your freak flag, plunge it deep into the soil and craft something that is uniquely yours around it.… Read the rest

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The Anatomy of a Trichome

The Anatomy of a Trichome

Sirius J via High Times:

Trichomes, those little tiny crystal-like hairs that cover the buds, hold all the good stuff. The different methods of hashmaking focus on isolating these sticky little parts of the cannabis plant because they house the majority of its resin.

Every part of the cannabis plant has at least a little THC in it. Leaves have around 4%, while buds have up to 25% or 30% of dry weight. The trichomes cover all parts of the buds, from the interior stems to the surrounding leaves.

Scientists used to think that THC and other cannabinoids were made in the green plant tissue and transported out to the trichomes during flowering, but after intensive research, they realized that the trichomes themselves make the cannabinoids and terpenes.

Trichomes might grow off a leaf around the flower of a female plant, or a bract (pictured above).  A bract houses the seeds in a fertilized plant, and has a high density of trichomes.

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