News Blast: Nov 6, 2019

I’ve decided to incorporate trending Cannabis news as well as personal website information into my circulation.

I spend a lot of time skimming social media for relevant articles to add to my site. Yesterday the focus of the news was PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder). The Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia released a study, “the first to document the relationships between PTSD, Cannabis use, and severe mental health outcomes …”

Here is the link to the article, you can also find the study itself (printed in the journal of Psychophramacology) embedded there:

Here is a secondary article from the conversation.com that includes a brief overview of PTSD and how cannabis interacts with individuals:


New to the website:

  1. I added a few new pages and have slowly been working on beefing up current ones. You will now find a section on Tech, and gifts. The Books page is also filling up with suggestions and links for purchase. Expect an information page on Hemp to emerge soon.
  2. I have been playing around with advertising to monetize my work. This is a work in progress and it is taking me a little time to harness it the way I would like. Thank you for your patience in the meantime.

Jackie the First

Now that the outdoor growing season is over, many of you are planning for next year and now that you’ve got the grow bug in your brain you’re starting to consider a lil indoor plant. If you’re not a houseplant kind of person this can be very daunting so I’m going to spend the next few weeks giving you pep talks on the subject.

Prewarning: I’m gonna go a bit plant nerd specific for a minute here so if you don’t really know what I’m on about don’t worry. The main point of this post will follow. I promise you this really is a post for beginners.

I do not have an outdoor space to grow. Painful right? Don’t worry, I have many friends who have very generously offered to let me help them grow in their backyards next year so I will not be at a loss for garden space. So what have I been doing? I grow indoors, with rotating ages of plants. At the moment I’ve got an auto-flowering Jack Herer in bloom, a CB Dutch treat (2:1 CBD:THC medical strain) that I am keeping vegetative in order to clone, a CB Dream (1:1 CBD:THC) also vegetative for cloning purposes and … a dud. I think I’m finally calling it on this seed. She was an Early Girl autoflower. A fast growing no fuss no muss seed. I soaked the seed, she cracked before I planted her and seemed perfectly viable but has very stubbornly not broken earth. Its been a few weeks. I was expecting a few days tops. This very rarely happens to me. Things just burst into bloom as I pass, I’m a weird plant fairy like that. However, this is not the first.

Now we delve into the mysterious past of Katie’s Cannabis Journal. This is literally an excerpt.

Yes, of course I read books about trees too. Next to it is the real life journal itself. I like writing by hand.

So without further ado …

The Mishap. Jackie the First. A cautionary tale.

“I was very excited because I had some brand new top quality seeds to play with for the first time.

We’re talking Primo here.

  • Jack Herer
  • Feminized
  • Autoflowering
  • From: Crop King Seeds. 80%+ germination rate and I am a plant doctor or witch or whatever you want to call me

I had this in the bag.

Too cocky Katie. Too impatient Katie.

Jack Herer seems to take much longer to germinate than other varieties. I got worried … it had been … dunno over a week. A week and a half I waited?

I poked in the dirt. Hurrah!! Something was happening! The seed wasn’t a dud!

A day or two later and still nothing had broken through. So I checked again. I had damaged the lil guy. Pretty sure I knocked off the tap root.

What did we learn today class?

Patience. Just wait for it and trust. Or plant a couple so if one is being stubborn you have another to fuss over.”


So there you have it. Words of wisdom from my past. I started out by mucking around with some seeds my buddy DW gave to me and here we are today. Don’t be discouraged if you start off with a bunch of missteps. Everyone does it. Its how you learn.

*Disclaimer: this is an old journal entry copied verbatim. For all of you seasoned growers who want to start talking genetics I’d love chat so I can recommend your fav seed brands. Crop King seeds does have excellent germination and compared to the completely random seeds I had been playing with prior to this journal entry they were most certainly top quality.

Mix Master Grub vol I

An Ode to Sir Elton.

Where to start? Sir Elton John is profoundly awe inspiring on so many levels. He is such an amazing artist and humanitarian. In light of all his achievements how could I not feature him for a 420 Funsies? I’m a ‘lil obsessed at the moment. Admittedly, this may have something to do with his recent performances in Toronto (Yes, I went). He opened the show with Bennie and the Jets. Who’s catalog is so spectacular that they can open with a song like Bennie and the Jets? Gah! My heart.

This morning I went in search some lovely music to relax to and of course I went straight back to that happy night a few days ago. Here is the official music video. I’d never seen it. I love you EHJ.

How had I never seen that! Also, as its me … and Elton … and the Muppet’s (LOVE Jim Henson) … and a Jungle!!! I had to add this one too.

So many feathers. If presented with the opportunity I highly suggest wearing an excess of feathers one night. I was a bird for Halloween. So much fun.

The Legendary Hands (and Elton himself in the corner)

Did you know the Elton John Aids Foundation has raised 155 Million Pounds to date? Go check it out:

Witches

Witches be b*tches. Or, are they in fact, healers?

I know this isn’t strictly Cannabis but ’tis the season and I can’t help myself. So let’s take a look at witches and herbs.

What got me all worked up? This article from High Times Magazine:

It’s a bit lengthy but goes into a lot of depth on the subject of witches past and present. If you’re at all curious about deadly plants and the women who wielded them for medicinal purposes and spiritual enlightenment then I suggest you take a look.

Interested in deadly/toxic plants in general? I highly suggest reading Wicked Plants, by Amy Stewart:

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Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

This book suggests that Ergot, a precursor to LSD, may have been the culprit behind the Salem Witch trials.  Ergot is a “toxic fungus that infects rye and contaminates bread.”  Signs of Ergot poisoning are “Hysteria, hallucinations and a feeling that something is crawling on the skin”.  Instead of blaming the healer perhaps they should have been blaming the baker. 

Oh The Craft 💕 #wearetheweirdosmister

420 Funsies

No VJ today? Nope. I’m feeling a random video clip rather than a music video. The labyrinth 420 Funsies got me thinking of contact juggling. “What is contact juggling?” you ask. It’s those cool moves David Bowie was doing with the glass balls. I say David Bowie, it wasn’t actually him. In any scene where it looks like he has mad skills it’s actually someone behind him being his arms and doing those moves blind. THAT’s talent.

This is one of my favorite videos. He is not the artist from the movie, just some dude showing off his moves in the park.

The embedded clip doesn’t seem to work in the emails so I added a link button that will take you to today’s fun pick.

Which previous Labyrinth post? That would be:

I’m a big Jim Henson fan. Expect more where these came from.

Happy Cannaversary!

It’s been a whole year Canada! How do we celebrate? Well by bringing in the next stage of legalization of course. What can we expect?

The biggest cause for excitement for most people is the legalization of edibles. That’s not very surprising. Who doesnt like a ‘lil treat every now and again. A convenient, descrete and tasty method of consuming cannabis is a win for a lot of people. What else is rolling on out today?

Extracts and topicals. Though the media isn’t nearly as excited about these, it is wonderful news for medicinal users.

Extracts are concentrated forms of cannabis. Unlike the infused oils that have been available these are stronger so tread lightly. What’s fun about these is that they can also be added to food. A little goes a long way and it is a much more pleasant way to take your pain medication.

Topicals. I, for one, am pumped. This is the product that will do the most to reduce stigma in older communities. It is not injested, so does not enter the bloodstream. This means it can not get you high but can still be extremely effective. It helps relieve pain and inflammation. That’s right arthritis sufferers, this one is meant to help you. Think Rub A535. Expect an extensive post on the subject in the near future as I dabble in making my own from remnants of harvested plants.

Looking to celebrate? Not surprisingly leafly has a list of events for your enjoyment:

One thing to remember is today is the day new products can be submitted for approval, so don’t expect anything new in the legal sector until December. That said, lets all gear up for some edible advent calanders folks.

Edibles: To Eat or Not to Eat

That is the question.

I eat. Nom nom nom. In fact this is my preferred method of ingesting cannabis. Unlike smoking, however, you have to plan it out a bit more. The onset of your high can take an hour or more and homemade edibles are harder to gauge in potency. If you’re not used to this kind of delayed effect you’ll think it’s not working, you take more … 3 hours later you’re high AF and not coming down anytime soon. The high lasts longer. So how does one know how to proceed? Practice my friends. Start low and go slow.

The next cannabis bill to be passed includes the legal sale of edibles in 5-10 milligram portions. Despite the packaging and waste nightmare this restriction will cause, it is where any bud tender would recommend you start your dosing level. If you’re not a regular cannabis user, 5 mg, if you are, start testing at 10 mg.

Wahoo! When does this come into effect? Thursday October 18th. That’s tomorrow! HOWEVER, don’t expect availability until December.

Now that we have a starting point the questions keep flowing. As it happens I’ve collected a couple of great articles on the subject. I know … You’re shocked.

A quick note before you start reading about people taking too many edibles and heading to the hospital: It is impossible to consume enough cannabis to kill you. The most important thing about edibles is to know what you’re doing.

This article by leafbuyer.com is a great place to start.

“This all sounds fun but I have kids and I dont want them accidently getting in to them” you say. A legitimate concern.

Again, leafbuyer.com to the rescue:

Itching to try it out? Well I’ve got some good news. You can! Although making edibles yourself seems like a difficult and risky task it does not have to be. There is no need to waste your stash on improperly made edibles that you don’t enjoy. Instead, try a firecracker. So fast. So easy. If you can make toast, you can make a firecracker.

This is a great article by Wikileaf:

Now invite a friend over and start playing with some fun personal firecracker combos. Not into Graham crackers? Oatmeal cookies are nice with peanut butter and hazelnut spread. Once you’ve found your amazing new fav send the details my way. I’d love to try em out.

VJ HelenBoBelen vol I

TGIF. For real this time. Friday is an excellent day for a lil 420 Funsies. Wait a second Katie, that’s a different VJ. Of course it is. What kind on station only has one VJ?

How does inspiration hit when you only have one song to choose? VJ HelenBoBelen saw a fluffy caterpillar. Halo. Now here we are.

Don’t understand the caterpillar connection? We highly suggest watching the full film.

*Note: It has come to my attention that you can’t actually see the embedded video in the email notifications. Sigh. I’ll figure it out. What you can not see is “Dance Magic Dance” sung by the Goblin King (Jareth) aka David Bowie, in Labyrinth.

The Perfect Cure

How much time have you spent nurturing and tending your plants this summer? You’ve grown so much this season (personally as we as literally). Whether you’re a novice or a pro or somewhere in between you’ve learnt about plants and their needs and your relationship with them be it love/hate, intense curiosity or perfect harmony. Now that it’s reached its fruition you should give yourself a pat on the back. Good job. You made it to harvest and you have every right to be proud of your achievement. Try not to dwell on what “went wrong” but instead learn from any missteps (mistakes is such a negative word, let’s change the narrative). Remember when you’re comparing your crop to your neighbours that you’ve used different techniques and you each have a different history of plant care. This encompasses every plant you’ve ever tended your entire life. Even that fern you bought ’cause a new “friend” was coming over and you wanted to impress them, but then you promptly forgot to water and killed within a week. So talk to your neighbour. Share tips and techniques and you’ll both grow stronger as a result.

“Very Zen Katie, what does this have to do with curing my harvest?”

I’m getting there.

Harvesting and trimming is a very labour intensive process. It’s a lot of work in a short period of time. What should not be a short period of time is your cure. I’m not saying don’t sample your work, dive in, that should go without saying, but there’s only so much one can consume in a given period. If you want your harvest to last and mature to perfection then cure it properly.

Once again this article is from leafly.com. I would like to stress that I read many articles a day on a given subject and I share my favorites. Over time there will be several on my static page under harvesting but I like to provide quality reading material and their articles are fantastic. Feel free to forward me any other gems you like and I’ll happily share them too.

For all of you who have fallen in love with growing your own plants, welcome to the world of horticultural therapy. Embrace the joy of growing and think about buying a houseplant or perhaps investing in some autoflower seeds for a lil kitchen cannabis plant to fuss with over the winter. Spend some time reading about medicinal cannabis and it’s benefits. Who knows, your new hobby might just cure what ails you.