The Seven Year Indica

weed birthday cake

Today, as I do every year, is when I sit down and reflect a bit on life, the universe, and everything, being that this is my “birthday”: the 7th anniversary of my first time using medicinal cannabis, which changed my life permanently for the better, and effectively the day I became Old Hippie online.

Over the past year, I’ve managed to get a bit more introverted for some reason. When I reread last year’s birthday post, I can barely even recognize I wrote it (to be fair, my publisher/webmaster strongly encouraged me to say something about our successes).

I’m going to admit something here. I’m not totally happy with my life right now. Even though I seem to have cured my depression, and I’m in reasonably good health and all that, finishing the book I’ve been writing for most of those 7 years has still eluded me. I’ve been making progress, but nowhere near as quickly as I should or would like. This unfinished business is stopping me from doing a lot of other things, and sadly it’s also affected my writing articles here on Beyond Chronic.

Felicity has been very patient with me through this ordeal (especially having finished her portion of the book several years ago!), and I know if I announce a publication date it will put too much pressure on me. So I’m taking a middle road, and announcing that this damn book will be finished this year, no matter what! This is the year our book must be finished anyway, because it marks exactly 80 years since “marihuana” was made illegal, and 50 years since I started using it. And now there’s plenty of scientific evidence to support medical marijuana, as well as 30 out of 50 states!

Old Hippie is a father of two boys and thankfully living in California where all this kind of thing is legal. He started smoking marijuana in 1967 in high school, experimented with mind-expanding drugs of all kinds, and then straightened out 15 or so years later to become an airplane pilot. After being diagnosed with depression in 2000, he lost his job and most of the following decade to prescription medications (such as antidepressants) which sapped his energy and will. Finally, a chance conversation with a friend led to a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana (MMJ). This changed his entire life, health, and outlook for the better. is his continuing story. It’s also his way to provide experienced advice on using medical marijuana effectively and responsibly, as well as advocacy, activism, and support for others. Old Hippie teaches about safe use of cannabis edibles, Canna Caps, vaporizers, dosing, and even microdosing.


Happy birthday OH! Thank you for what you do! Don’t feel bad, I think there’s quite a bit of whatever you have going around. There’s so much depression and negativity around it’s hard to stay positive and I’m feeling your pain.
Your posts are usually a bright spot in my day. Please don’t give up! We want you to succeed my friend! Nugs and hugs!

Happy Birthday!! As one of the “old farts” that support cannabis, I love seeing your posts. I’m VERY new to your sites but it is now high on my list. I’m a big fan of medicinal cannabis, and love your support! Keep it up. Don’t let things get ya down, the future is bright as more and more learn through the internet and sites like yours that cannabis IS very good for us! Keep up the great work. It’s inspiring! 🙂

It’s been 50 years for me too. Where in the heck did all that time go??!!

Yet there are days when I feel like no time has passed. Protesting in the streets, getting ignored by the political machine (I was a Yippie Party guy in ’68), government run by knuckledraggers, optimism about weed being decriminalized nationwide, fear of nuclear war (North Korea this time).

Progress? What progress? That big circle. She goes round and round. Get on when you’re young, get spit off when you’re old. Same same.

Two choices. Get depressed. Or… accept that people don’t change. Live your life your way. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Speak up when you’ve got something to say. Help someone when you can. And don’t be an asshole.

The list of life’s lessons is not very long. Most important rule is the last one. That hasn’t changed in 50 years.

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