“Welcome to the wonderful world of weed,” I told myself as I reluctantly entered my credit card information to an online medical cannabis delivery service. I saw its big blue ad on the Muni, I think, while I was on my way to an unpaid internship earlier that day. I was texting my husband about it during my 30 min. lunch break, “I need this for my anxiety.” I was honest about my predicament since working part-time at a Starbucks didn’t give the option of being insured. Companies always find a loophole, I thought, and you either end up sitting there working for scraps until your back broke or just working with no pay at all with the promise of better employment because it was volunteer work.
Either way, after work, I managed to spend some of my money on an 8th of Butter Cookies (Butter Brand) and two State vape cartridges. I found myself thumbing my ID, nervous, as I waited for the driver to arrive.
ETA 10 MINUTES – it said as I sat on my old, worn couch before convincing myself that all of this was legal since a doctor gave me a year’s worth of prescription in the form of a medical marijuana recommendation.
10 MINUTES & A $5 TIP LATER – I was rolling my first joint in America – right there on my old worn couch, at around 6.45 pm dreading the idea that I might not have enough time to sleep because I was opening at 4.30 am the next day with two graduate classes waiting for me after work.
That was my life before CANNABIS DAILY a Project 365 – an endeavor to consume and document different cannabis strains for an entire year. Of course, within that concept, I considered taking tolerance breaks for aftercare and emotional breakdowns to balance myself out.
Smoke-a-thon started last September 10, 2017 and I haven’t stopped at all. The story was that I accumulated an astonishing amount of strains from Eaze and eventually, after renewing my medical marijuana recommendation, I found interest in visiting dispensaries after Purple Star MD – in San Francisco – replied to a tweet I posted regarding a Bloom Farms cartridge I’d been smoking a month before.
I was keen on using, mostly, vape pods especially made for Pax Era devices since I was always pressed for time. But after quitting my job and deciding to finally smoke my accumulated collection of strains, I have to say that the journey wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. And from taking that first puff of Green Crack from Emerald City Collective up till now I’m still learning a lot –
TYPES OF STRAINS
The first thing I discovered that there were three names for types of cannabis ready to smoke: 1) Sativa 2) Hybrid and 3) Indica.
Sativas were head highs and that meant that it was easier to trip with these. Indicas gave body highs and this provided relaxation – it also carried a lot more CBD. Hybrids were somewhere in between and bounced its effects from hallucinogenic to TKO-ing.
Wait! There’s a fourth one – 4) CBD, which doesn’t really possess any high traces of THC and is mainly used for wellness.
What about C. Ruderalis? Well, there’s much debate to what it is as a type because some people think it’s a form of Sativa but others claim actually say it’s another species of cannabis which falls into the in-depth scientific study of the plant. It’s something I like reading about but have no expertise in.
KINDS OF STRAINS AND THEIR NAMES
Because there are different kinds of strains, most of them come from feral strains mostly known as landraces. When these landraces are cultivated and made to grow in a different country or environment over a period of time they begin to be recognized as heirloom strains.
From this general idea of location Hazes, OGs, Kushs, Skunks, etc. arise and the list goes on from there.
Personally, I’m fond of OGs and from experience, Los Angeles knows how to grow them.
DIFFERENT WAYS TO CONSUME WEED
Given the variety of strains there are also different forms to use weed –
Vaping, dabbing, and ingesting.
Out of these three options, I’m fond of smoking plain flower. I realized that after all these years, I like to consume my drugs in its natural state where I break it up with a grinder and then use a bong, a bowl, or just roll it up to make my own joints.
THE BAD TRIP
There are obvious consequences to being high all the time. When given the opportunity to vibe with a strain the experience is often incendiary – or in layman’s terms, “This shit is fire!” – but when something goes wrong there’s usually a bad trip that follows.
And when this happens the state of your emotions transfers from calm or creative towards anxious with a headache. These lows usually last from a few hours to a few days depending on the state of your body.
The best way to heal, for me, is to take a tolerance break to regain that vigor in smoking or to decide if it’s the best time to quit.
But what I discovered is that different strains affect different people in different ways depending on their state of mind at the time.
When people say, “I quit smoking weed because it made me really anxious.” it could mean that they’d been smoking the same strains that causes the anxiety. But it’s also interesting to consider that the anxiety and their reason for quitting could also stem from financial causes.
BRANDS, DISPENSARIES, & DELIVERY SERVICES
There are different ways to discover strains. One would be looking it up on the internet and going to Leafly and seeing the ratings. The second one would be to go to a dispensary and let the bud tender lead the way.
I usually like the second option since most of the time weed tracking websites aren’t as consistent or as updated as Yelp –
My first time at a dispensary was kind of frightening. This was before Prop 64 and the need for a medical marijuana recommendation was mandatory. Luckily, I went to Buddy’s Cannabis in San Jose and their place is designed like a lounge which makes the layout more accommodating since it allows the budtenders to interact and chat more with their patients.
Most of the dispensaries I’ve frequented have had accommodating budtenders. Although, depending on the dispensary’s set up, the atmosphere changes. But, if somebody already knows what they want, or if interaction doesn’t seem necessary in purchasing bud – delivery services are a way to go.
Often enough, a delivery service will have the description of the products they sell on their menus. This makes it easier for the customer to decide what to buy. The downside is the customer is on their own since there’s no way to interact with the products – luckily online review websites like Rootery act like Yelp! and customers who’ve tried some products review it there.
WHO FUNDS FOR MY WEED?
Who? Me, of course. I’m not sponsored by any company and if someone asks me to try their products, I do it because something about it interested me to buy it. But sometimes, thanks to a website I’m a member of, I get to try new things without paying for it.
In conclusion– smoking weed for three months and trying to advocate for its medicinal properties is hard. I’ve undergone a lot of emotional breakdowns from some of the flowers I’ve tried or just from stress in general.
I’m not going to sugarcoat any of my experiences. I felt like Julie from that book turned movie called Julie and Julia – there were good days and there were bad days that made me want to quit smoking and trying. Sometimes I found myself sobbing in a corner and asking myself, “Why did I eat all those macarons?!” Since I’m not a quitter, I promised myself I was going to make this work out — I was going to smoke weed everyday and try to get as healthy as possible even if it means I need to scour for different Sativa strains.
It’s been a solid 4 months of smoking weed every single day and so far, I have no plan on quitting – I’m just tweaking the material I wish to publish… and I plan on doing it as high as possible.