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Learn To Marijuana Like a Pro While You’re on Virus Lockdown

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Learn To Marijuana Like a Pro While You’re on Virus Lockdown

These books are great for getting more familiar with cannabis.

If you are reading this, chances are you are hunkered down somewhere, like the rest of America, just wondering when or if civil society will rise above this gnarly virus and get back to normal. But after taking in just 30 seconds of the daily press conferences held by the White House, it is plain to see there isn’t much hope that day is coming anytime soon. Although President Donald Trump claims there isn’t a need for a national lockdown, and he’s even mentioned that he might let the country ditch all of this social distancing stuff to keep economies from tanking, many states have still instituted “stay at home” orders to keep the population at home.

It means that millions of people, just like you, are hanging around the house, bored out of their skulls. At first, it was sort of like an extended vacation, but now that you’ve cleaned all of your bongs, built a couple of new ones, and possibly even engineered a new cannabis strain called “Corona-B-Gone,” there isn’t much else to do until the government allows you to go back outside. We can sympathize. We are desperate for something, anything to keep us from going insane.

It’s like Nietzsche said, “a subject for a great poet would be God’s boredom after the seventh day of creation.” Only, it’s not quite like that at all, seeing as we must use the listlessness of the times as a way to rise about the crud once science quits messing around and squashes this bug once and for all. The only way to achieve that is through education, reflection and a little bit of fun. So, in the spirit of all that, we highly recommend the following reading material. Who knows, it may help you emerge on the seventh day (or 70th) a little wiser. You’ll definitely be more stoned.

Learn To Grow Cannabis

“Cannabis: A Beginner’s Guide To Growing Marijuana”

 Longtime High Times magazine cultivation editor Danny Danko has penned an “easy-to-use” cultivation guide for the person serious about growing weed. This 144-page document touches on the many facets of the cultivation process, from setting up a grow room to harvesting. 

“Marijuana Grower’s Handbook”

Let legendary cultivation expert Ed Rosenthal show you how to grow weed. In this book, Ed, with his more than 30 years of experience, teaches both beginner and advanced methods for producing healthy, potent plants in an indoor and outdoor situation. Commercial cultivation is also covered. This 500-page document, complete with color photos and illustrations, is one of the highest-rated in the field of cannabis cultivation, and probably one of the best introductions to growing weed on the market. 

Learn To Cook With Cannabis

“Bong Appetit” 

There isn’t much else to do during these apocalyptic times but get high and eat. This book by the folks at Munchies allows you to do both, going way beyond just whipping up a batch of pot brownies using a store bought mix. It’s an elevated journey into the art of cannabis cooking, providing the reader with all they need to know about making cannabis cooking oil and butter. It includes 65 “high-end” recipes from infused dinners to desserts. 

“The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook” 

One of the first books written on the subject of cannabis cooking is this one by Elise McDonough. It’s an old school guide to the cannabis infusion scene that comes with easy to follow recipes for appetizers, entrees and desserts. It’s hard to go wrong with the classics, folks. 

Learn To Make Cannabis-Infused Cocktails

“Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, & Tonics”

Drinking is also a welcomed activity during these dark days. This book by Warren Bobrow takes the cocktail up a notch by showing the reader a ton of recipes for combining cannabis and booze. It covers everything from the decarboxylation process (activating THC) to creating a variety of refreshing beverages. 

TELL US, what are you doing to pass the time?



  1. YearofAction

    April 1, 2020 at 4:53 am

    A lot of people will need to keep occupied and positive during this time of coronavirus isolation. To make it easier to become familiar with cannabis, one thing we can do is spend some time considering the impacts of two federal level definitions of marijuana: 1. The Reconstructed Definition, which is derived from 2. The Current Malformed Definition.

    The Reconstructed Definition:

    Sec. 802.
    (16) The term “marijuana” means all parts of the smoke produced by the combustion of the plant Cannabis sativa L., which is, as are the viable seeds of such plant, prohibited to be grown by or sold by any publicly traded corporation or subsidiary company, and such smoke is prohibited to be inhaled by any child or by any person bearing any firearm, as is their intake of any part or any product of such plant containing more than 0.3% THC by weight unless prescribed to such child by an authorized medical practitioner.

    The Current Malformed Definition:

    Sec. 802.
    (16)(A) Subject to subparagraph (B), the term “marihuana” means all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resin.
    (B) The term “marihuana” does not include (i) hemp, as defined in section 1639o of title 7; or (ii) the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination.

    Factors to Consider.

    In each definition, marijuana is prohibited because of its Schedule 1 status.

    The reconstructed definition clearly states how marijuana is actually derived from cannabis along with specific cannabis-use prohibitions, which together will carefully deschedule cannabis.

    The current malformed definition disguises how marijuana is derived from cannabis, which allowed it to be misconstrued to severely limit cannabis use.

    The reconstructed definition complies with the Necessary and Proper Clause because it is respectable, sensible, truthful, understandable, and verifiable. This could facilitate the separate removal from Schedule 1 of marijuana itself.

    The current malformed definition violates the Necessary and Proper Clause because it is abstruse, bewildering, circumlocutory, deceptive, and equivocal. This prevents the removal from Schedule 1 of both marijuana and cannabis.

    Eliminating the Deceptions

    It has never been “necessary and proper” for a federal definition to be malformed so that it contains deceptions that allow its meaning to be misconstrued. Why should law enforcement be compelled to enforce a definition that is not constitutionally “necessary and proper” when the correction is so simple: remove all of the deceptions.

    The reconstructed definition is produced by eliminating four deceptions from the current malformed definition. The original deceptions from 1937 are: Disparaging Racism, Adumbrating Riddle, Unjust Aggrandizement. The new deception from 2018 is: Redundant Exclusion. Each deception can be removed like this:

    1. Remove the Disparaging Racism, by simply replacing the Mexican term “marihuana” with its equivalent English term “marijuana”.

    2. Remove the Adumbrating Riddle, which is cleverly dismembered to disguise the actual meaning of marijuana, by simply replacing it with a clear description of how marijuana is actually derived from cannabis. The riddle is dismembered because its parts are separated within the Controlled Substances Act like this: “…Marihuana…” is what “…other substance…” in Schedule 1 that is “…all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L….” and simultaneously “…does not include the mature stalks…”?

    Congress has characterized marijuana as a drug, which confirms that marijuana is an “other substance” because a real drug obviously does not need to be “characterized” as a drug. The real drug of concern is THC, but THC is actually missing from the current malformed definition. THC is referenced in the reconstructed definition.

    3. Remove the Unjust Aggrandizement of marijuana prohibition, by simply specifying the legitimate federal prohibitions of cannabis use from the 2nd, 9th, 10th, and 14th Amendments. This will reveal the original intent regarding cannabis use by citizens while retaining the Schedule 1 status of marijuana itself for a separate reconsideration of its adulterated medical value.

    When the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Civil War Amendments were each ratified, cannabis was a legal plant that was widely used. This is what these documents originally intended for cannabis:

    Article 1, Section 8, early part: The Congress shall have Power … To regulate Commerce (of cannabis) with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

    Article 1, Section 8, later part: The Congress shall have Power … To make all Laws (regarding cannabis) which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

    2nd Amendment: A well regulated Militia (of cannabis growers and users), being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    9th Amendment: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights (such as the right to bear arms), shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people (such as the rights to grow and use cannabis plants).

    10th Amendment: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States (such as the power to control the growing and using of cannabis plants), are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

    14th Amendment, Section 1: No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States (to grow or use cannabis plants); nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    In the context of each of those documents, any powers, rights, privileges, or immunities to grow cannabis are not established for the non-state, non-person, non-citizen entities known as corporations. It is necessary and proper to literally reinforce those constraints in federal law, for the sake of ourselves and our children.

    4. After removing the original three deceptions, then remove the recently included Redundant Exclusion for hemp that is in part (B)(i) of the current malformed definition. It is redundant because the text in part (B)(ii) was claimed in 1937 to exclude cannabis used for hemp. The federal drug-law enforcement agencies disavowed that claim by misconstruing the meaning of the entire malformed definition.

    When all four of the deceptions are removed, then all cannabis plants will be carefully descheduled for citizens with limited federal prohibitions of cannabis use, as the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Civil War Amendments originally intended. The misleading definition of hemp as a plant will then be rendered superfluous, and it can be eliminated. Its 0.3% THC limit for cannabis plants can then be repurposed as a public-safety limit for the federally designated cannabis users.

    The federal government has abused its powers by inaccurately defining both marijuana and hemp as separate varieties of cannabis plants for misbegotten federal purposes. Those terms actually refer to separate products of the same plant – the industrially versatile, medically valuable, renewable natural resource that is the plant Cannabis sativa L. “Marijuana” refers to cannabis smoke (which is all parts of the plant, and simultaneously does not include the mature stalks), and “hemp” refers to cannabis fibers (which always do contain less than 0.3% THC because they are made of cellulose).

    By refreshing the civil rights that were originally intended for citizens, the reconstructed definition will buttress the structural designs of the legal documents created by the Founding Fathers to prevent misconstruction or abuse of the Constitution’s powers, extend the ground of public confidence in the Government, and best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution; establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity; by adhering to the self-evident truths that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, and that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    While we are under coronavirus isolation in this election year, let’s take some time to compare the definitions, then contact our current and prospective members of Congress about reconstructing the federal definition of marijuana in the necessary and proper way to make it literally uphold our Constitution. By communicating with our representatives in government, we can help to ensure that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

    Let’s stay well, and carefully deschedule cannabis now.

  2. Andre F Bourque

    March 30, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Great article. A slight error in the headline.

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