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By Robert Core on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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Cannabis has always been linked to creativity, and with reason, as artists of many sorts and from many different periods have been known to work under the influence of the plant in one form or another.

In the contemporary music industry, a number of performers have made cannabis consumption part of their identity: Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dog, Rihanna, Cypress Hill, the Wu-Tang Clan … the list is long, and could very well equal the population of a small country.

The most loquacious of them even write about it, a phenomenon which after a few decades, makes for a long list of so-called “pot songs”. These are generally considered upliftingly enthusiastic works of art which provide some sort of a cultural validation for the average, regular pot smoker. However, to the less cannabis-savvy person, they may just sound like brainless incitement to consume illicit substances, and the intended message might not come across as well as intended.

Some artists, on the other hand, are much more discreet when it comes to this topic, at least in regards to the creative aspect of their persona(lity). There is a terrible lack of representation of the high functioning, low-profile cannabis consumer. Not only do these artists represent this missing demographic, they also lead by example, rather than by media-induced positional power. Between backstage pictures and background joints, many musicians such as Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones or Justin Timberlake have “accidentally” been outed as cannabis consumers, and continue to be on a regular basis, without it having anything to do with their work, be it then or now.

On the other hand, some public depictions of cannabis consumption in the music industry are not entirely positive. But this might actually explain why they seem right; these artists encounter regular “stoner problems” and don’t mind mentioning them when asked. For instance, Neil Young, who once wrote a song entitled “Roll Another Number (For the Road)”, actually decided to stop smoking cannabis (and drinking alcohol), so he could be more “alert” while writing his memoir. He stated that he wanted to try not being under the influence of anything, to “see how it would feel like”. In other words, Neil Young decided to take a pause on cannabis and get high on life – and admittedly, for creative purposes, thus sitting nowhere near the supposed struggle that distancing oneself from cannabis addiction is. Rapper Kid Cudi also stopped smoking cannabis, tired of being a “token druggie”. Lady Gaga confessed she used cannabis extensively, as in, too much for her taste, to fight surgery-induced pain. Nothing new under the sun for all those who participate in the world of cannabis.

Finally, in recent years, the invisible boundary separating recreational use and medicinal use – at least according to the media – has started fading. Personalities fervently anchored in the recreational aspect of cannabis are actively campaigning for medicinal cannabis’ sake, participating in science-oriented projects and tell-all documentaries, and much more. A few weeks ago, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa released a snippet of their next collaboration, while, essentially, promoting a cannabis-based product made of dried weed, oil and kief. Get ready, world. Soon, more random artists will be selling you treats.

Source: WeedSeedShop.com

— By Robert Core on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Friday, May 2nd, 2014

What a beautiful, heartfelt jam this is. Super joywave video too. Ace on a hoverboard.

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— By Akira The Don on Friday, May 2nd, 2014

By Robert Core on Thursday, March 13th, 2014

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Rock and roll minus marijuana equals Cliff Richard. If that’s what you want, what are you even doing here? It’s a little more complicated than that of course, so in this post we’ll take a look at how the noble plant has influenced musicians across the years.

Early Daze

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Perhaps, around 30,000 years ago, Og the caveman chanced across a small weed bush and thought, “Ooh – herbs! I shall add that to tonight’s mammoth pie.” By midnight he was ripped to the Palaeolithic knackers, and had fashioned a rudimentary trumpet out of a length of tusk. By 2am he’d invented a kind of proto-jazz, and by 2.15 he was hungry again. By the following Tuesday he’d worked out how to grow his own marijuana from seeds.

Jaaaaaaazzzzzz

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What we do know is that the recorded history of music and dope starts in 1930’s America, with jazz musicians like Louis Armstrong and Cab Calloway. Armstrong was looking at six months inside for possession at one point, until the judge turned out to be a fan. He was free and playing in a club later that night. Jazz musicians found that smoking fatties improved their perception of how they were playing to the point where they were able to improvise freely over the top of whatever was written down; weed literally “jazzed up” the original tunes.

No Fun

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People were having too much fun, goddammit, so it was time for the government to step in and crack down, which has obviously worked so well in the intervening years that certain US states have given up in the War On Wastedness. Anyway, the next major milestone allowed rock and roll, which was ready to die of blandness in the early 1960’s, to be reborn. Bob Dylan met the Beatles in a hotel room in August 1964. He just happened to be in possession of some eye-wateringly powerful tetrahydrocannabinol, conveniently rolled into smokable form. Paul McCartney’s thumbs have not stopped being aloft since then.

Doobs

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Before having their minds turned upside down by Dylan’s devilish doobies, The Beatles were releasing “nice” songs like All My Loving. Shortly afterwards we got all the chords in the world in Help! (1965). Things became increasingly weird (partly due to the increasingly naughty nature of the chemicals the Fab Four were ingesting) culminating in Sergeant Pepper (1967) via Tomorrow Never Knows, from Revolver (1966). The youth of an entire planet was officially corrupted. Hoorah!

‘Erb

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Things were also turning strange in the Caribbean. Fast, jumpy ska music had been mellowed into long, lazy, loping reggae by the madness that is reefer. Bob Marley and Peter Tosh sang of the joys of herb, and the vibes filtered through to white boy rock music, some of which was excellent and some of which necessitated the invention of punk, to blow away some cobwebs.

Do. Or Do Not

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These days it’s rap artists like Snoop who are keeping the, er, “torch” alight. Heroic quantities of pot have turned the Dogg into Snoop Lion, apparently christened thusly by a Jamaican rasta priest. Snoop Lion’s songs “No Guns Allowed” and “Smoke The Weed” exemplify his new reggae direction. These days, governments are beginning to realise that people who want to smoke, do. People who don’t, don’t. There’s little or nothing they can do about it.

(Images courtesy of stonerdays.com, wikipedia, spclarke.com, ultimateclassicrock.com, juantadeo.com, wikipedia, mtviggy.com)

— By Robert Core on Thursday, March 13th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Yo this is awesome. Going on Hancock’s logic I’m in  the abusive stage right now. MAN WAS ON THE CHEESE! YESSS!

http://youtu.be/kXqaUcG0T60

 

— By Akira The Don on Sunday, June 30th, 2013

By Akira The Don on Friday, January 4th, 2013

From Smithsonian:

One of the chief arguments for the legalization of medicinal marijuana is its usefulness as a pain reliever. For many cancer and AIDS patients across the 19 states where medicinal use of the drug has been legalized, it has proven to be a valuable tool in managing chronic pain—in some cases working for patients for which conventional painkillers are ineffective.

To determine exactly how cannabis relieves pain, a group of Oxford researchers used healthy volunteers, an MRI machine and doses of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Their findings, published today in the journal Pain, suggest something counterintuitive: that the drug doesn’t so much reduce pain as make the same level of pain more bearable.

“Cannabis does not seem to act like a conventional pain medicine,” Michael Lee, an Oxford neuroscientist and lead author of the paper, said in a statement. “Brain imaging shows little reduction in the brain regions that code for the sensation of pain, which is what we tend to see with drugs like opiates. Instead, cannabis appears to mainly affect the emotional reaction to pain in a highly variable way.”

As part of the study, Lee and colleagues recruited 12 healthy volunteers who said they’d never used marijuana before and gave each one either a THC tablet or a placebo. Then, to trigger a consistent level of pain, they rubbed a cream on the volunteers’ legs that included 1% capsaicin, the compound found that makes chili peppers spicy; in this case, it caused a burning sensation on the skin.

When the researchers asked each person to report both the intensity and the unpleasantness of the pain—in other words, how much it physically burned and how much this level of burning bothered them—they came to the surprising finding. “We found that with THC, on average people didn’t report any change in the burn, but the pain bothered them less,” Lee said.

This indicates that marijuana doesn’t function as a pain killer as much as a pain distracter: Objectively, levels of pain remain the same for someone under the influence of THC, but it simply bothers the person less. It’s difficult to draw especially broad conclusions from a study with a sample size of just 12 participants, but the results were still surprising.

Each of the participants was also put in an MRI machine—so the researchers could try to pinpoint which areas of the brain seemed to be involved in THC’s pain relieving processes—and the results backed up the theory. Changes in brain activity due to THC involved areas such as the anterior mid-cingulate cortex, believed to be involved in the emotional aspects of pain, rather than other areas implicated in the direct physical perception of it.

Additionally, the researchers found that THC’s effectiveness in reducing the unpleasantness of pain varied greatly between individuals—another characteristic that sets it apart from typical painkillers. For some participants, it made the capsaicin cream much less bothersome, while for others, it had little effect.

The MRI scans supported this observation, too: Those more affected by the THC demonstrated more brain activity connecting their right amydala and a part of the cortex known as the primary sensorimotor area. The researchers say that this finding could perhaps be used as a diagnostic tool, indicating for which patients THC could be most effective as a pain treatment medicine.

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— By Akira The Don on Friday, January 4th, 2013

By Akira The Don on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

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Smooth shit right hurr.

— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012