Cool Places To Visit After Legalization: California

Cool Places To Visit After Legalization: California

2016 is a great year for cannabis in the United States. We’ve come leaps and bounds towards legalization and it’s awesome. In fact, there are currently five states that are scheduled to vote to legalize marijuana for recreational use: California, Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Maine. Just like in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon before them, if any of these states legalize marijuana, they’re going to see an influx of new tourism. So, so you guys can be prepared with me, I’ve complied a list of cool places to visit in each of the states that has the legalization of recreational marijuana on the ballot for 2016. Now, there’s no guarantee that you’ll actually be able to toke up any of these places, but why not visit them already stoned. That’s what I plan to do. So without further adieu, here are a few cool places to visit in California.


Disneyland is on the top of this for obvious reasons, most of which is that it’s Disneyland. The amusement park, opened in 1955, has been a staple of Anaheim, California since its inception. I could spend all day to list the reasons that someone should visit Disneyland, but the most convincing comes from Walt Disney himself at the dedication:

To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.

— Walter E. Disney, July 17, 1955

More than likely, you won’t be able to spark up in Disneyland. It’s a kid friendly environment and people who have less tolerant views on the recreational assumption of marijuana, but there’s nothing to stop you from eating some space cake then getting on “It’s A Small World”. That sounds awesome to me.


The State Of Cannabis Centered Social Media

The State Of Cannabis Centered Social Media

If you guys are like me, then you’re really into social media and being able to connect with people around the world in the blink of an eye. Social media becomes even more powerful when you’re able to connect with people based on a shared interest. With this being said, within the last couple of years, we’ve seen a slew of pot centered social media platforms pop up, as well as an increased presence of marijuana related posts on more main streams forms of social media like Instagram and Twitter. Unfortunately, the state of weed social media right now is terrible for four reasons: the user interfaces for many of these sites and apps are still poorly constructed, people don’t take marijuana social media seriously, many users are on these sites to self-promote or sell you something, and people are still afraid to admit that they like pot. It’s a sad state in which to be, so I’ll elaborate a little more and offer some possible solutions so that we can really connect about the thing we love.

Terrible User Interfaces

Every social media platform has gone through the stage where the look and feel of that site or app was clunky, slow, buggy, and all around horrid. Think back to 2007 in the early days of Facebook. All you could so was post an album with a picture cap, write a status, and write on someone else’s wall. That was it. Now, Facebook allows you to post live video, read articles, play viral games, and so much more. Part of this is due to the improvement of technology over the last few years, but a lot of it has to do with Facebook seeing a need and creating a feature to meet the need. Marijuana social media right now is like Facebook in 2008. Sites like MassRoots seem to go down every couple of weeks or so causing people to lose data and overall just be frustrated with the experience. The main difference between 2008 Facebook and 2016 cannabis social media is that 2008 Facebook didn’t have any sites to learn from. Yeah, there were a few sites out, but Facebook was a trailblazer in a lot of ways. Weed centered social media doesn’t seem to get that you can learn from other people’s mistakes and successes. It’s okay to emulate a site that’s doing well, especially when it comes to the aesthetic. You’re not trying to reinvent the wheel here. Pick a niche, rock it, and make sure you can get the coders to make it visually appealing and people will keep coming back. And please, make something that stays online if at all possible. Once people get hooked, they’ll keep coming back for more and if your site is always down they’ll leave and never come back.


High At Work? Here’s How Not To Look It:

Admit it. If you’re reading this blog, there have been days where you felt like you needed to blow one down before going to work. Hell, you might even be one of those people that feels like blowing one down is the only way to get through work. Whether you occasionally toke or it’s part of your pre-work ritual, it’s still federally illegal. Plus, a lot of employers frown upon having a bunch of stoned employees. Here are some of the ways you can be high at work and not look it:


Smoke early and don’t smoke in your work clothes

This one seems pretty obvious. Hot boxing in the car during your morning commute is not the best idea at all… period. If you’re smoking up before work, make sure you do it early. By the time you get into that morning commute, it’s one of the best in your life. Also, despite what your other pot smoking friends tell you, the smell of weed smoke stays in your clothes after you medicate. People that don’t smoke tend to be able to smell it a mile away. If you’re able to smoke before you shower for the day, that’s probably your best bet to minimize detection. I’ve even hotboxed my shower in the past. Now that’s the best.


Brand New Merry Jane App Review

Merry Jane

Daaaaamn, Daniel. Back at it again with the Merry Jane Review.

I know that that meme just came out, but the fact that it’s already old kills my soul a little. This review of the Merry Jane app is special to me because it’s the first one on the new Chronic Lady Youtube channel! I’m going to be posting videos there bi-weekly (for the most part), but I wanted to kick it off right with the Merry Jane app from Merry Jane media. Merry Jane is a social media and lifestyle website launched last year by Snoop Dogg himself. The app is actually really pretty cool. In my video, I go over all of the features that I thought were cool. Are you team #BluntsOverJoints or team #JointsOverBlunts? There hasn’t been a decision this hard since picking your team on Pokemon Go. If you’re going to see Snoop and Wiz on the High Road Tour this summer, this app is a definite must to join in on all the fun that they have to offer. Make sure to check out the video and subscribe to the channel if you’re a fan!


Caffeine v. Cannabis: Which is safer?

[This post and all research originally appeared on Cannabis Culture.]

CANNABIS CULTURE – “In wise hands poison is medicine. In foolish hands medicine is poison.” – Casanova


Like most drugs, this one goes by many names. In the world of science, it’s sometimes called “Theine” or “Guaranine” or “Methyltheobromine”. On the street, it’s called an “upper” or “stimulant” or “pep pill” or “candy bar” or “headache pill” or “hot beverage” or “soft drink”. Like sugar and alcohol, it’s more often considered a food than a medicine.

It is caffeine – the world’s second most popular psychoactive substance – second only to sugar. Global consumption of caffeine has been estimated at 120,000 tonnes per year, which amounts to one caffeinated beverage for every person on earth, every day.

Caffeine occurs naturally in over 60 plants found all over the world. People have been drinking caffeinated beverages such as coffee for well over 1000 years. Legend has it that tea has been drunk for over 4000 years. And chocolate – which also contains a little bit of caffeine – has been around for nearly 4000 years as well – and became popular with the Europeans in the 1500s, as soon as they tasted it.

These days caffeine has been isolated from its botanical origins and can also come in a white powder similar to cocaine. It is also found in pep pills, diet pills, and headache medicine.

Caffeine is in headache medicine because you get a headache when you withdraw from caffeine. When you stop using abruptly, you feel icky – and most often you get a headache. So they put caffeine in headache medicine because humans are often caffeine junkies and the headache medicine is “feeding their Jones” and “giving them a fix” – not because caffeine by itself is any good at curing headaches.


Contrast this with another popular soft drug – cannabis. Cannabis is the most popular “illegal” substance in the world. Just how popular is a bit tricky to estimate.

Because possession can sometimes lead to a long jail sentence, and trafficking can be – once in a while – a death sentence, global cannabis use statistics aren’t all that accurate or a true reflection of popularity. But official estimates of lifetime use can vary from 20% to 50% of the global population. Those that use more than once per month is closer to 10% to 30%, depending who and how you ask.

Cannabis has been used for many thousands of years as a medicine/sacrament, and as a source of food and textiles.

It is now being investigated as the source of hundreds if not thousands of new medicines, due to the hundreds of different cannabinoids and terpenes that are found in cannabis – none of which are toxic, and all of which are medically active.

Now that the most popular illegal drug is looking more and more legal every day, how does it compare and contrast with the most popular drug, in terms of effects and risks and the current costs to society?


Caffeine is a stimulant. Stimulants are used to fight lethargy, reduce sleepiness, decrease appetite, and to help with concentration and focus.

Cannabis can also sometimes act as a stimulant, if the right strain and dose is taken. Cannabis can also be a relaxant, a time-slow-down performance-enhancing drug, and a medicine for many conditions due to the hundreds of different terpenes and cannbinoids found in the buds. Humans are just beginning to map out the strains and effects in order to realize cannabis’ true potential.


Caffeine and cannabis are similarly low-risk drugs, but there are some important differences. The first is the risk of a lethal overdose.

Deaths from caffeine overdose are rare, but there’s a few every year. A lethal dose of caffeine for an adult is somewhere between 3,200 milligrams and 10,000mg at one time.

Your typical 8 ounce cup of coffee contains 80-180mg of caffeine. Energy drinks contain up to 357mg. Anti-sleep and diet medicines contain up to 300mg. A “Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee with Turbo Shot” contains 436mg. A box of “Crackheads2” coffee bean candies contains 600mg, and comes with a warning label – “one box per day”. Over six boxes at once could be dangerous for an adult.

Pure caffeine powder is sold in a box with 124 one gram packages. That’s 124,000 milligrams – over a dozen lethal overdoses in every package.

The number of people who die of caffeine overdoses is low, but it’s been increasing over the past several years with the advent of energy drinks. Some researchers argue that many heart attack deaths could actually be undiagnosed caffeine overdose deaths, making the actual death toll significantly higher.

To contrast this with cannabis, there have been zero confirmed overdose deaths from cannabis – ever.

However, an unpleasant experience can be felt with even a small dose of cannabis – especially if one is unfamiliar with the effects, if the body is stressed, or if the mind is unready to experience the effects.

Nearly every user will feel uncomfortable if enough edible cannabis products are ingested. Moderation is the key to avoiding unwanted effects. When cannabis is smoked, very small amounts can have an effect almost immediately, allowing for “self-titration” or dosing. This is not possible with orally ingested drugs such as caffeine.


Long-term caffeine use kills between 1,000 to 10,000 people every year in the US, from “stress, ulcers and triggering irregular heartbeats,” according to the US Bureau of Mortality Statistics.

Cannabis overuse deaths are, again, zero, according to the same source.


According to a report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists published in 2005, caffeine withdrawal symptoms include “headache, irritability, sleeplessness, confusion, nausea, anxiety, restlessness and tremor, palpitations and raised blood pressure. They are at their worst for 1–2 days, then recede.”

Headaches from caffeine withdrawal are considered “extremely common”.

With cannabis, “If people experience withdrawal symptoms at all, they are remarkably mild.” Typical cannabis withdrawal symptoms might include irritability and mild insomnia.

It has been my personal experience that you might miss no longer being relaxed, hungry and happy, but unlike caffeine, there is no such thing as an “extremely common” marijuana-withdrawal headache

Of course, when you’re using cannabis for a medical reason, those symptoms can return when you quit using cannabis. This isn’t a withdrawal effect, this is the result of taking away a helpful medicine.


The more common side effects of caffeine, especially in large doses, are: diarrhea, dizziness, fast heartbeat, hyperglycemia, blurred vision, drowsiness, flushed dry skin, ketones in urine, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach ache, tiredness, troubled breathing, vomiting, anxious feeling, cold sweats, confusion, shakiness, irritability.

In contrast, cannabis’ acute toxicity is low compared with that of any other drugs. The side effects of large doses involve cognitive impairment, psycho-motor impairment, anxiety, dysphoria, panic and paranoia.

The one area where cannabis is more risky than caffeine is in the impairment experienced by a novice user after a typical dose. This could effect what age limits, if any, are placed upon legal cannabis access.


Evaluating the costs of cannabis and caffeine to society is not easy. Both the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse limit their research to tobacco, alcohol, and “illegal drugs.” They exclude pharmaceuticals, and caffeine.

When caffeine is seen as a drug rather than a food, and testing for caffeine after road accidents and premature death becomes standard, the true costs of caffeine abuse will one day be recorded.

Similarly, the costs of so-called “cannabis abuse” are often confused with the costs of “prohibition enforcement,” or with problems stemming from the lack of education around cannabis harm-reduction.

When cannabis is fully legalized for all users, and education in cannabis harm reduction becomes common, cannabis’ true cost to society can be fairly evaluated.


To conclude, caffeine is clearly more risky, more dangerous, more deadly, more harmful and more costly than cannabis in every category – overdose deaths, overuse deaths, withdrawal symptoms and acute toxicity.

The only area where cannabis provides the greater risk is in regards to the impairment levels of novice users.

Regulations that treat cannabis as far more dangerous than caffeine don’t reflect reality, and should be challenged by drug peace activists. Society should treat each drug according to the risks that drug provides, rather than making rules based on ignorant myths and racist, outdated traditions.

Sources of information for the facts found in this article: 

Caffeine – The Most Popular Stimulant, from The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs, Richard Gilpert, Ph.D., Burke publishing, 1986, pp. 93-94


It happens to even seasoned cannabis consumers: Getting too high and spun out. Symptoms involve paranoia, confusion, loss of coordination, and even feelings of dread. Sometimes users don’t anticipate the potency of edibles, concentrates, or even just straight up bud. With some boutique strains containing more than 25 percent THC and professional breeders and cultivators continually pushing the envelope on cannabis strength, many regular consumers of marijuana will eventually find themselves too high.

If it’s their first overindulgence, some may freak out a bit. This is especially true with sativa strains. Consuming too much of an indica will likely result in the munchies, couchlock, and eventually sleep. The cerebral high of a strong sativa, however, when it goes off the rails, can produce intense fear and anxiety bordering on panic, runaway thoughts, hyperactivity, and an inability to relax.

While less likely when smoking flowers, getting too amped is more common when consuming edibles or concentrates — especially if it is one’s first time and they’re made with a potent sativa. Given its virtual inevitability, what can be done to counteract going a bit too far and overloading one’s CB1 receptors with the most infamous of cannabinoids, THC?


First, a little knowledge goes a long way, especially when one of the primary reactions to the state of being too high is anxiety. In the immortal words of author Douglas Adams, “Don’t Panic!” The mere knowledge that, as each minute passes, one’s high abates and things get better, is sometimes enough to deliver the calm necessary to ride the wave until the peak passes.

Second, keep some black pepper on hand. This technique, made famous by rocker Neil Young, is purported to be truly effective. When on the Howard Stern radio show in 2014, Young told Stern, who said he quit smoking cannabis years ago due to paranoia:

“Just chew two or three pieces. I just found this out myself. Try it.”

The reason black pepper does the trick is because it contains ample quantities of myrcene and beta-caryophyllene (also known as BCP), two terpenes that act as mild sedatives and serve to buffer the effects of THC.

Third, try lemon juice or lemonade — preferably freshly squeezed. Like black pepper, terpenes present in the lemon are the magic ingredient, again serving to modulate the effects of the THC. In fact, this strategy has been recommended since the 10th century, when a Persian doctor prescribed the consumption of acidic fruits to counteract the high of cannabis and hash. If one needs an extra boost of come-down juice, throw a slice or two of lemon rind — which contains more limonene than any other part of the fruit.


Less effective remedies, which should be considered supplements to lemon or black pepper, include hydration (not with beer or liquor, but water), eating, taking a walk (if one is able without stumbling or falling down), and listening to soothing music. In the end, the best solution to overindulgence in the kind herb, especially for those new to cannabis or just a particular form of it (like edibles or concentrates), is “start low, go slow.” This is especially true when consuming cannabis and edibles from the black market, when strains and potency are typically unknown — let alone exact percentages of cannabinoids like THC and CBD and major terpenes like myrcene.

The problem of cannabis overindulgence will gradually decrease as more states legalize and regulated dispensaries and retail outlets work with professional laboratories to analyze and accurately label marijuana. Knowing the percentage of psychoactive cannabinoids like THC and receiving the advice of seasoned budtenders goes a long way toward preventing this problem. Like many things in life, prevention is the best medicine. Well, make that the second best medicine….

[First appeared on Whaxy]

4 Important Facts Everyone Should Know About Cannabis

There is a stunning amount of ignorance about pot in American society: some of it genuine, some of it willful, some of it politically and socially constructed. It’s the focus of misguided moral panics, and the reason why millions of Americans are incarcerated. What strikes many cannabis smokers is just how perversely, intentionally wrong the mainstream media’s portrayal of the drug is – and how saddening the consequences and repercussions of this can be. So let’s break down the hysteria surrounding pot one brick at a time and uncover the truth.

Yes, pot it is a drug. But what else is a drug?

This is for those people who hear the word “drug” and automatically ascribe it pariah status. Ironically, Americans are the highest consumers of drugs per capita in the world – mainly due to eye-watering levels of prescription drug use and abuse – so this should be easy to debunk. Alcohol is a drug. Nicotine is drug. Caffeine is a drug. Even sugar falls under the definition of a drug. And, of course, so do the hundreds of prescription drugs that 48.7% of Americans regularly consume. Like it or not, we are all drug addicts in our own way – so it could be argued that demonizing one particular (very non-addictive) drug is borderline hypocritical.


It is far healthier than alcohol, tobacco, some prescription drugs and even sugar.

This is something the media consistently – some would say intentionally – misrepresents. Let’s look at the facts. Alcohol is responsible for almost 4% of deaths worldwide – a worryingly high percentage, when you think about it – and is also responsible for millions of non-fatal injuries, battered spouses, neglected children, physical assaults and more. Tobacco is responsible for roughly half a million deaths in America per year – the nation’s leading cause of preventable death. Deaths from Type II Diabetes – directly related to excessive sugar intake – stands at 1.5 million a year worldwide. Even some prescription drugs – deemed “safe” by the FDA – caused over 11,000 deaths between 1997 and 2005.

Pot, on the other hand, has caused exactly zero recorded deaths. It has never been the cause of “rampages” or “accidental deaths” as some of the world’s more tawdry media outlets suggest, and does not correlate to lung cancer, unlike smoking. In fact, as medical usage implies, its effects can be beneficial.


It was originally outlawed for racist, political reasons

Everyone has heard of the War On Drugs. What many people don’t realize is that its origins were racially motivated. Take this charming quote from Henry Anslinger, the commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, which would go on to become the DEA:

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”

Or this corker:

“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

All this against a political context of increasing Mexican immigration to the US, and a hysteria surrounding the “miscegenation” of white women sleeping with black men. Eighty years later and we have a runaway train worth $15.6 billion annually that results in black people being incarcerated at ten times the rate of white people for drug offenses – usually on minor marijuana possession charges – despite weed use being five times higher among the white population. There are few things more deplorable, ugly and saddening than racism, yet even today it forms the cornerstone of American drugs policy.


Its status as a “gateway drug” is purely cultural

This is a big one. People can admit the veracity of all of the above, but still consider weed a danger due to its “gateway” nature. However, this is an entirely de facto cultural construct born out of its criminalization: not only is it therefore categorized along with truly nasty substances like heroin and crystal meth, it means it is only produced and accessible via criminal means, disseminated by criminal networks who deal not just in weed but in far worse things too. As a counter-example, let’s look at other cultures. To certain Sufi Muslims, cannabis is an aid to religious experience, but alcohol is haram – a gateway drug to vice, immorality and godlessness. A similar dynamic exists in northern India, and in Rastafari tradition. Looking at the above statistics, you can see why that belief would arise.

Ultimately, as a society we owe it to ourselves to be aware of the cultural, social and political contexts for the illegality of cannabis. Only armed with knowledge and skepticism can we cut through the fear, hysteria and misinformation, and be able to create a fairer, healthier and more just world.

[First published on CannaHacker.]

How to Roll a Blunt: Swisher

How to Roll a Swisher: Swishers are an affordable cigar that is commonly used as a blunt wrap. Usually coming in a two pack for about a dollar, Swishers can be found in nearly every convenience store, making them a popular choice. Unlike blunt wraps, which come hollow, Swishers are a little cigar, which means they are filled with tobacco. This article is part 2 of a 4 part series about rolling blunts. Part 1 taught us how to roll a blunt using a blunt wrap.

Step 1: Preparation

how to roll a swisher step 1

  • 1 Swisher (more recommended)
  • 1 Gram of Weed
  • 1 Filter (optional)
  • Grinder
  • X-Acto Knife

If your swisher is too dry it may crack when you go to break it open, you can lick the swisher to help moisturize it if it is too dry.

Open your pack of Swishers and break down your flowers.

How To Survive Your First Dab

How To Survive Your First Dab

For a lot of people, taking a dab for the first time is a scary experience. You hear all the horror stories and see all you YouTube videos and think “There is no way in hell that I’m going to be able to do that without coughing up a lung”. It’s definitely possible, and it can be a throughly enjoyable experience if done properly. As someone who’s gotten pretty good at taking dabs, here are a few of my tips on how to survive your first one.

1) Breathe

No, I don’t mean inhale the dab just yet. I mean just breathe. Going into this nervous is a recipe for disaster. On the other hand, going in to your first dab too cocky is also a recipe for disaster. If you’re on the cocky side, take a breath to chill. I’ve seen plenty of experienced smokers be put on their asses by dabs and it wasn’t pretty. If you’re on the nervous side, take a breath to relax.

2) Grab something to drink

THC and smoke are both throat irritants. That’s the reason that people cough when they smoke or do dabs (and if you’re a habitual cougher, don’t be ashamed! It’s natural.) That being said, it’s always helpful to have something to drink handy to try and soothe your throat. It’s just gone through a lot. I personally am a fan of having any type of juice with my dab, but to each their own. I do not recommend following up your dab with alcohol or a cannabis infused drink. It heightens the effects of everything, and since this is your first dab, it may not make for a fun ride. Since I know some of you are going to do it anyway, I’m just going to caution you to be careful. And don’t say I didn’t warn you.

3) Don’t take too big of a dab

This is hands down the most important tip in my opinion. As I mentioned earlier, some of us are cocky when it comes to our cannabis consumption. We think we’ve seen it all, done it all, and can handle anything. Dabbing is so different. When you smoke or vape, only a percentage of the concentrated THC is extracted. Concentrates are called concentrates for a reason. Resin, rosin, wax, shatter, and all of the other types of concentrates have a much higher THC contents than even vaping. If there was a way to describe it, it would be somewhere between vaping and edibles for me. My first dab almost killed me because I was cocky and took way too much at once. I almost vomited. Once I learned to take smaller dabs, it was so much more fun.

4) Get ready to do it all again

Once you go dab, you never go back. Simple as that.

3 Ways To Become A Functional Stoner And Still Smoke Weed Every Day

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Do you like “that good good,” but are also attending school or working a full-time job? Then this one’s for you.

Stereotypically, stoners are seen in sort of a negative light. For many people, smoking weed actually turns them into more productive, useful human beings, and it can even make them happier. Weed allows you to think about things differently, stay calm and realize there may be alternative ways to deal with stressful situations.

My more “difficult” personality traits may or may not make me very anxious, rigid, controlling and ill-tempered. Many times, I tend to be my own worst enemy. I also work harder than most people I know.

My mom, who hates the fact that I smoke (even though we’ve never explicitly confirmed that I do), always said to me, “I don’t care what you do in your spare time, as long as you get good grades and stay out of trouble.” Well, I took that and ran with it.

I’ve gone through phases where I smoke every day to where I quit smoking altogether. Because of this, it’s easy for me to compare my stoner life and my sober life. Now, there’s definitely an art that goes into being a “functional stoner.”

So, for all of you out there who are worried you can’t be a normal human and smoke every day, here’s your how to guide: