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Ask Old Hippie: Can Smoking Weed Cause Paranoia or Anxiety?

Q: I’ve noticed that smoking high THC strains seems to cause anxiety or paranoia. Is this normal? A: Yes, this is quite common. Unfortunately CBD, a natural component of cannabis that has anti-anxiety effects, has been bred out of most recreational strains, and many recreational users chase the “ultimate high”, so we will see more reports […]


Felicity and the Green Tentacles

So today Felicity was under some stress. She was dealing with a sick cat, our son getting ready to go off to college, and some financial stuff (which she hates doing, but she’s really good at it). When under stress, her “special ability” kicks in, and she begins releasing stored cannabinoids. But the financial stuff […]

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Granny Storm Crow’s Medical Marijuana Research List July 2015

I’ve been writing enthusiastically about the amazing and mysterious Granny Storm Crow and her amazing list of research and other articles about cannabis since the first time I found out about it. She’s been disseminating this vast collection of information quietly and freely for years and is a true grassroots pioneer of simply telling the […]

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5 Ways to Spot Cannabis Oil Hucksters and Frauds

As more and more people have been learning about the medical properties of cannabis, the quasi-legal fraudsters have been coming out of the woodwork. I hate them, because they’re trying to con sick people, and they’re doing it with bogus “medicine” that at best will waste their money and at worst might make them sicker. […]

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Happy Fifth Anniversary!

Today marks exactly 5 years since I transformed my life as a legal medical marijuana patient in California and started this personal journey (and blog!). At the time, I was simply trying to document what I was doing for what I thought was a small number of interested people on Reddit’s /r/trees. Today, my webmaster […]

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Pharma Futility and the American Health System

Felicity had an interesting encounter with our dysfunctional health system recently. If you’re not from the United States, you may be befuddled by this story because it couldn’t possibly be true. If you do live in the U.S., you will probably sigh in commiseration or cynically say, “Well, of course! Everyone is used to this! […]

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Paul McCartney Admits Using Dangerous Drug

OK, even we can use a clickbait headline every once in awhile. But we always do it with a higher purpose, which is generally exposing hypocrisy. In this case, it’s the hypocrisy of celebrated ex-Beatles bassist and songwriter Paul McCartney. Here’s a man who’s accumulated nearly a billion dollars, much of it from his songwriting — […]

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Where Have All the Hippies Gone?

And by that I mean…WTF happened to me and Felicity, considering our last post here was like six weeks ago? Well. We’ve been OK, but somehow, one of the myriad pieces of baling wire holding our website together seemed to have failed or gone crazy or whatever. Even though we could all keep visiting the website, […]