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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 […]

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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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CBD Tincture For a Happy Family Danksgiving

So here it is almost Danksgiving. It’s the middle of the night here right now, and I’ve just finished making a special “emergency” batch of CBD tincture for Felicity. Felicity gets quite anxious at family events, especially big ones like Thanksgiving when we get together with our older son’s in-laws. They’re quite a traditional and […]

Cool Sortable Cannabinoid Chart Lets You Decide How To Medicate

The cool new site Weedist.com got my attention by publishing this amazingly detailed chart that lists not only the cannabinoids in our favorite plant, but also their boiling temperatures in both Celsius and Fahrenheit, effects and cautions, and even terpenes and toxins for good measure. Best of all, you can click the top of any […]

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Old Hippie’s Complete Guide To AVB

AVB (Already Vaped Bud, a.k.a. ABV (Already Been Vaped) and even “Vape Poo” by some people) is the shorthand term for cannabis that’s already been used in a vaporizer. You’ve already helped your medical condition, or gotten high with it, by using it the first time. And as they say on TV…but wait, there’s more! AVB will […]

Response To A Cheap Shot At MMJ Patients (and Ancient Egyptians)

I realize that this is an opinion piece, and everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, even when it’s wrong  But as it purports to be written by a “journalist”, and includes some references, some people might actually think it’s factual. That’s why I’m bothering to comment on it. See, it’s absurdly easy to laugh at a […]

We Are Patients, Not Potheads

(Note: This article is dedicated to LAD, who has selflessly helped me many times, in far more important ways than she can imagine; and to Norman Smith, a patient now facing death because a bunch of ignorant bureaucrats don’t know the difference between patients and potheads.) I use marijuana several times a day. Every day. But I am […]

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The Secret Of Old Hippie’s Special Blend Of Marijuana Strains

Cannabis, used as a medicine, is unlike most other medicines. Not just because it can help people with so many different conditions, not just because a bunch of ignorant or corrupt politicians have been insanely suppressing it for 75 years, but because it’s absolutely necessary for the patient to take an active role in his […]