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Archive for January, 2011

Lets begin by taking a look at my form of cannabis use. I generally smoke about 1-2 grams a day depending on what I happen to be doing. My daily routine consists of packing a bowl in my lovely Gear bong here known as Black Mamba, generally around a .7 nuglette. After its finely ground  and packed down in the bowl with my  I will burn just around the edges to light the bowl and let it cherry. Using a hemp wick burns the weed at a lower temperature and as so saves a lot of flavour. Lighting the bowl this way will allow it to cherry and continue to burn. No need to re light! In addition to the ease of controlling the burn this method also saves your body from the harmful chemicals being spewed into your lungs by the butane lighter.

Now when done right the smallest burn can get you a massive hit and for most people just one is enough. When you’re alone this leaves you with the option to come back to it later when you are ready for another toke.

Cannabis has many side effects and though some may be bad the majority can be wonderful and life changing when used properly. Light but consistent use can keep your mind, body and spirit on track to living a balanced life.

One of the key points to living a healthy happy life is water. Our bodies are 97% water so you had better be doing everything you can to make sure you are only putting the very best water into your body. The consistent use of cannabis never really changes the way I act as I am pretty much conditioned I am basically at about the same level all the time. But the one thing it does do to me is give me the healthy reminder to drink more water. When I consistently smoke throughout the day I consume water just as frequent if not more. Why? Because it’s delicious and it sure cures cottonmouth like no other. I don’t drink much other than water during the day so I usually go through 3 large water bottles a day. Doing so has helped me look and feel healthier than I ever have.

Now while we’re on the subject lets talk about nutrition and the importance of being well fed. I have heard arguments from the more health conscious against smoking herb because “When they smoke they end up eating all kinds of junk food”. Well thats not the herb, thats your lack of will power. I only keep healthy snacks in the house with the occasional bag of chips or cookies tucked away for special occasions so when I smoke I go and eat grapes  or celery or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I suggest just revising your grocery list and learn how to snack healthy for your bodies sake. Not to mention the decrease in carbon footprint not buying all those packaged junk and fast foods Woohoo!!

The next step is to really balance your chi. Using cannabis for personal thought, development and meditation can help you gain a better understanding of yourself and in doing so a better understanding of those around you. Historically peaceful and understanding figures have always been big users of cannabis and by no coincidence I’m sure. Balancing your life with the use of cannabis can bring you a great love and understanding for your fellow man.

Rest and recuperation is important when living an active and productive life. Using cannabis to relieve muscle and joint pain can be a wonderful way to further your physical conditioning. Smoking and stretching allows your muscles to relax and ease into your positions. In addition to the benefits to your muscles it can bring about a calm and focused state of mind allowing you to direct your energy efficiently when partaking in physically taxing activities.

Now I keep mentioning the balance between your life and cannabis  and heres what I mean: Everyone will agree that there is a point at which being really lifted can interfere with the performance level of certain tasks. Such as a meeting with your boss at work, flying a plain or maybe chasing criminals. So I think we can agree it would be less than beneficial to burn a blunt to yourself right prior. So fly under that bar, but treat it like the goal at the end of a level in Mario World and fly as high as you can but stay under that bar. Thats how you get the most points.

~ The Culturalist.

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The PS Culture

With the new year comes a new name for the blog. “Proud Smoke Culture” Which in a sense is what I would like to share with the rest of the world through this blog. I have integrated these ideas into my life over the last four or five years and have since enjoyed a peaceful and balanced life through the use of cannabis as a medicinal and meditative herb.

The Current Issue

Throughout our world today people are pre programmed with stereotypes about all subgroups of human beings. Assuming that someone who smokes marijuana is a lazy, unambitious, slob is in my books as close to bigotry as assuming every homosexual flicks their wrist and speaks with a lisp. Cannabis has been an integral part of our culture as a human race for as long as 3000 years and with good reason. Through the responsible use of cannabis many can find  an understanding  and balance within themselves that they have never experienced before. However some of the side effects of cannabis can be demotivating at times when consumed in excess. This can be true in any drug however rather than anal bleeding, lung failure and death; the only side effects are exceptional thought, over eating, dehydration and sleep.

The Future

Now as we’ve seen with all of the previously discussed negative side effects, the use of cannabis can put a hinder on productivity at times. This is where I come in; I would like to teach the world how to live a balanced life through the intelligent and moderate use of cannabis. In future posts I will discuss topics such as how to choose a bong, and the difference between rolling papers and why some are better. I want to teach as many people as I can that there is an actual sophisticated and educated class of people who enjoy cannabis as an integral part of their lives. Its time to do away with the stereotypes and understand that there are many positive ways in which cannabis can enrich one’s life.

The First Step

The first step into our culture is to really understand why you use cannabis. Find the underlying reasons and not just the obvious ones such as “It helps me sleep” or “It makes me more creative”. Everyone enjoys cannabis for different reasons but I’ve also found that there are many different aspects of our lives that it can have an effect on. For me personally It serves many purposes such as a sleep aide, a pain killer, muscle relaxant during muscle recovery and anti-depressant. It helps me with anxiety and stage fright and even boosts my appetite in the morning enough to eat a full breakfast which they have always told me is the most important meal of the day.

Once you understand why you use this particular herbal remedy you can start to measure out your limits and boundaries. If you don’t know why you are smoking herb in the first place it can be difficult to know when to stop. This is prominent in all settings. If you happen to be enjoying cannabis in a social setting understand that you are doing so to promote conversation and a common bond. So once you have reached the optimum point of brain/mouthpiece activity respectfully excuse yourself from the rotation. I am here to promote a pride in the use of cannabis in any capacity and to it’s full capacity.

There is no peer pressure, there is no judgement, there is no taboo. There is only our culture and we’re proud of it.

~ The Culturalist

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Happy New Years!

Happy New Years! With the new year comes a whole new ballgame when it comes to the PS lifestyle. As of January 1st people in California no longer have fear the legal damages associated with the personal use of cannabis! Woohoo! Legislation has gone into place officially decriminalizing the possession of less than an ounce of cannabis by legal adults. This means no courts, no trials, no jail. This is huge for the state of California as they can hope to save tens of thousands of dollars waisted on simple possession trials and imprisonment of responsible adults. The charges have been changed to a mere civil infraction resulting in a $100 fine (and the cost of your herb), similar to a traffic ticket. This is a huge step for the country and regardless of the loss of prop 9 it opens up a world of freedom to those who are proud of their culture and just want to smoke their fine herbs!

Now in other news there are some big things brewing up here in Vancouver and I have got a front of the line pass to share with you guys! Expect some new postings coming up in the next month or two so keep an eye out and you will not be disappointed! I am dedicating this year to sharing my lifestyle with all of you and hopefully introducing you to a whole new way of thinking and living. I call this the Proud Smoke Culture. Because you know what? Cannabis is a huge part of our pacific northwest culture and has been a big part of my life since I was old enough to understand and enjoy the benefits of our wonderful herbal friend. I am proud of my knowledge and understanding of this plant which we are blessed to have grow naturally and abundantly where we live, and so should you! So on that note, be responsible, be genuine, be peaceful and smoke proud. I feel big things coming up for 2011.

Congratulation California and Best wishes for everyone in the New Year!

~ The PS Culturalist

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