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Cannabis in TV: The Role of Television in Promoting the Plant

Daniel King

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Television is criticized as a black hole that causes children and adults to be lazy, useless and unintelligent in many ways. For some people, spending time-consuming these media content is a waste of time as it takes away precious time which could have been spent being productive. Some people even say that TV “rots your brain.”

In some aspects, marijuana is subjected to such harsh judgments, as well. However, this platform can be used by producers and viewers alike to effectively send messages. One of these is the potential to advocate for the plant. Read on to find out how this venue can help in promoting cannabis.

4 Quirky TV Show Characters Who Definitely Had Cannabis

There’s a lot to unpack when talking about the role of television in rousing discussions about marijuana. Perhaps the best way to start this is by looking at quirky characters in modern television that offer a representation of cannabis supporters and enthusiasts.

These characters are relatable to supporters and consumers alike as they possess certain levels of eccentricity that many viewers have come to love. Knowing and appreciating these fictional people can shed some light about the real-life individuals who use the plant.

  • Doug Forcett

First on our list is no other than Doug Forcett. If you are wondering why we hold Doug with such regard even though you haven’t heard of him before, it is because he is considered a legend in the series The Good Place. While Doug is a minor character in the series, he is popular in the show’s version of the afterlife because he guessed what happens what will happen after we die.

Well, almost. He was 92% correct when he guessed what will happen in the afterlife during a mushroom-induced stupor. Known as a “stoner kid from Calgary during the 1970s,” we can be sure that Doug also smoked marijuana.

Two other characters who definitely consumed the plant before are Eleanor Shellstrop (played by Kristen Bell) and Jason Mendoza (played by Manny Jacinto).

  • Lip Gallagher

Those of you who are familiar with Shameless (the US version) know that this dysfunctional family has a high likelihood of having members who enjoy cannabis. One of the most prolific smokers in the series is Philip Gallagher, or Lip (played by Jeremy Allen White). Lip was shown smoking a blunt multiple times on-screen. He also sold marijuana at one point in the show.

The Gallagher family lives on the wrong side of the tracks, which coincides with the unfortunate reality that people who live on the Southside are at the lower end of the social strata. While this may be so, Lip and his siblings are shown to have all kinds of smarts: street, business, and even academic smarts. In fact, Lip is known as the most intelligent Gallagher kid.

Other characters in the show who smoked cannabis include Ian and Carl, perhaps maybe Debbie and Fiona, too. So, that’s five out of six of the Gallagher children!

  • Phil Dunphy

Trying his best to be the cool dad, Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) from Modern Family certainly has quirks many people may find uncool. Phil is an aspiring magician who has the penchant for inventions, theatrics, and cheer leading. As we witness him and his family grow, we also witness different sides of the character that are definitely heart-warming.

In one episode, Phil and his brother-in-law Mitchell Pritchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) ate cannabis-infused gummies. Then, hilarity ensues as the two navigate the challenges of acting as adults while high with THC.

  • Klaus Hargreeves

One of the 7 Hargreeves kids, Klaus is definitely the definition of quirky for his substance-induced antics. Haunted with the particularly peculiar power of communing with dead people, Klaus was pushed to marijuana (and illicit substances) to try to block out the spirits. At one point, he was found to have MJ-infused chocolates among other things.

As the resident hedonist and addict, his siblings tend to dismiss his opinions. However, he has proven himself to be reasonable, in some instances.

How Modern TV Shows Promotes Marijuana

With a bit of a background about the lives of these characters who definitely consumed the plant, we can begin to understand the hilarious and beneficial effects of the plant. Moreover, some of their circumstances highlight the dangerous effect of irresponsible use.

This only goes to show that television has the potential to promote cannabis. Aside from showing characters with relatable stories, the platform can also support the plant in the following ways:

Normalizing Mainstream Use of the Cannabis

One of the most important roles of television in advocating for the herb is its contribution to making cannabis consumption normal. In the past, depicting the intake of marijuana on TV is considered a taboo. In fact, a lot of things were taboo in the olden times including interracial kissing scenes and pregnant women on TV!

However, as time and the society’s mentality progressed, these things are no longer considered taboo on- and off-screen. The same can be true for cannabis. With the help of these television marijuana shows, the use of this plant can be normalized and seen without judgment. Then, discussions about responsible and safe use can follow.

If you are interested in watching some cannabis-themed shows, here are the best shows to start with:

  • Weeds
  • Disjointed
  • Bong Appetit
  • Cooking on High
  • Other shows which are perfectly watched while consuming cannabis
  • …and many more

It Shows the Reality of Marijuana Use

As mentioned, the stories of these characters depicted in the shows do not merely display cannabis use. It also offers a look into the reality of marijuana use. In the case of the Gallagher family, the social realities experienced by each member contribute to their involvement with cannabis, from consumption to distribution.

However, it is important to keep in mind that cannabis is not only consumed by individuals from dysfunctional contexts. It is perfectly acceptable to consume the plant and its cannabinoid for recreational and medical purposes. TV can be a key contributor in making sure that these prejudices are corrected.

It Offers Insights on Its Benefits and Dangers

Aside from the inciting conversations about the contexts of individuals who use marijuana, these shows also allow for a platform to tackle the positive and negative effects of the plant. This creates a healthy environment for discussions in which enthusiasts and supporters acknowledge the detrimental effects of irresponsible use, while also giving them the chance to show that consuming marijuana in itself is not bad at all.

At the same time, shows also have the potential to expose the harmful effects of unsafe and irresponsible consumption. Klaus’ case is a classic example of reckless use of the plant. Aside from using it along with illicit drugs, he also turned to the plant (and drugs) to escape his nightmarish experiences.

It Opens Up the Stage for Discussions

With the TV’s potential to show different sides of marijuana consumption, a deeper discussion about the plant is possible. There is nothing better than a holistic conversation, especially considering the realities that shows are able to depict. Ultimately, this platform can help educate viewers and help them form their own opinions regarding the herb and its effects.

Some Things to Remember When Watching Cannabis Shows

As more and more television shows are displaying and its use on-screen, there are some things you should keep in mind while consuming such media content.

  • Not Everything Should be Taken Literally – It is important to know that while one scene depicts the negative effects of reckless use of the plant, it does not mean that marijuana in itself is bad. So, make sure to look at deeper meanings. Remember, critical thinking pays off, especially in tackling a complicated matter such as marijuana and its social, political and historical context.
  • Take Note of the Messages they Convey – You should also remember that most stories are not told just for the sake of telling them. Instead, many of these shows have underlying nuances which can help in developing your insights.
  • Take a Stand and Act Accordingly – As a cannabis enthusiast, you are likely to have a positive perception of the plant. Some of these shows can reinforce such opinions. If you are looking for ways to promote the plant, then you need to take a stand and contribute toward this end. Even a simple social media post can help educate your friends and family.
  • Lastly, Enjoy Your Show – While these shows may have social and political commentaries, there is nothing wrong in taking pleasure in watching these contents! After all, they are produced by the entertainment industry. So, make it a point to enjoy the show!

The prejudice against television and marijuana can be partial and imbalance. By using the platform to advocate for the plant (and other worthwhile endeavors), people in the industry can work to change these perceptions. As a viewer, you want to make sure that these messages are heard and are translated into a more impactful effect. Make sure to learn from these characters and their stories and you can contribute to the advocacy!

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New Cannabinoids Discovered, One 30x More Potent Than THC

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New Cannabinoids Discovered

Cannabis is known to contain over one hundred chemical compounds and scientists continue to discover new ones.  We reported earlier this month the discovery of THC-free strain in Spain which will be available soon in the US. Now, the plant is found to have two newly discovered cannabinoids namely tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCP) and cannabidiphorol (CBDP). Researchers posit that THCP can be 30 times stronger than tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis.

The two chemicals are similar to THC and cannabidiol (CBD) but with slight variations, said Health Europa. Both compounds are “characterized by a particular chemical structure that shares a side alkyl chain with five carbon atoms in a linear arrangement.” In short, the newly discovered compounds differ only by the length of the alkyl chain.

THC look-alike

In a study published on December 30, it was found that THCP connects with the same cannabinoid receptor that THC interacts with. The receptor, called CB1, receives the two similar compounds as both have at least three carbon rings that allow them to bind well.

The article says that the strongest physiological effect can be attained from a cannabinoid that has at least 8 carbon rings. Prior to the study, the most number of carbon rings naturally possessed by any cannabinoid is five.

With the discovery of THCP, which has seven carbon rings, researchers are suggesting that this could be the most potent cannabinoid as yet. To test this idea, the scientists applied THCP to a “makeshift receptor.” The result of the experiment showed that the newly discovered cousin of THC was able to bind 30 times more effectively and reliably that the psychoactive substance.

Regarding the potential psychotropic quality of the substance, researchers are yet to find out whether it has such properties. Moreover, the substance has not been tested for medicinal benefits.

CBDP, not as strong as THCP

The other newly discovered cannabinoid CBDP is also found to have seven carbon rings. However, when subjected to the same test as THCP, CBDP did not bind as strongly to receptors CB1 and CB2.

The two compounds are yet to be tested for pharmacological effects on humans. The study remarked that such studies can shed light on the yet unexplained pharmacological properties of some strains. Moreover, “the identification of THCP in other varieties could account for inexplicable effects not ascribable solely to THC.”

Meanwhile, the authors noted that CBDP “does not appear to be a high priority” compound.

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SpaceX to Bring Cannabis Delivery to Space, Observe Mutation

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SpaceX to Bring Cannabis Delivery to Space

Following the launch of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, an agricultural technology company called Front Range Biosciences looks to bring cannabis and coffee products to space on the 20th mission to the International Space Stations (ISS) come March 2020 to further scientific experiments. News of the impending scientific experiment comes partner firms expressed interest in the possible mutations of plants in space.

SpaceX and Cannabis Experiment

According to Newsweek, a number of cannabis strains and varieties will be handpicked and be brought to the ISS aboard the SpaceX. These cannabis varieties are said to only contain low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), also known as the psychoactive compound responsible for users getting ‘high’ and altering the user’s state of mind.

Approximately 480 strains and plant cultures will be brought to space. Newsweek states that these plants will all be housed in a specialized incubator that provides even and regulated temperature controls around the International Space Station. The incubator will remain billeted at the ISS for 30 days prior to returning on Earth and being examined by scientists and different institutions.

Coffee plants are also included in the list of plant cultures that are expected to be sent to the ISS, reveals the Rolling Stone.

Upon arriving on Earth, scientists will focus on assessing possible mutations or changes to the plants’ DNA. Factors that may affect such changes include the lack of gravity as well as the radiation in space, notes the Rolling Stone.

In a statement, co-founder and chief executive officer of Front Range Biosciences Jonathan Vaught said, “This is one of the first times anyone is researching the effects of microgravity and spaceflight on hemp and coffee cell cultures.” Vaught continues to say that “there is science to support the theory that plants in space experience mutations. This is an opportunity to see whether those mutations hold up once brought back to earth and if there are new commercial applications.”

SpaceX’s role in delivering these plant cell cultures to space remains significant, especially at a time where climate change has been changing the way plants grow.

SpaceCells chief executive officer Peter McCullagh mirrors the same sentiments. In a statement, McCullagh states that “these are big ideas we’re pursuing and there’s a massive opportunity to bring to market new plants that can better adapt to drought and cold conditions. We expect to prove through these and other missions that we can adapt the food supply to climate change.”

The initiative is done by SpaceCells and Front Range Biosciences in partnership with SpaceX, Musk’s technological and spacecraft manufacturing company.

 

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Cannabis for Audiophiles: How MJ Can Enhance Your Experience

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Audiophiles and Cannabis

With various positive discoveries about cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD), this plant is proving to be a valuable addition to many people’s lives. Aside from medical marijuana patients, individuals can also consume cannabis and CBD products to improve their lifestyle. Audiophiles are included in this list.

Headphones, Audiophiles, Music, Cannabis

One common misconception about audiophiles is that they are the same as music lovers. Well, the most basic difference between the two is that audiophiles focus on the quality of the audio output including technical factors such as sound stage, resolution, imaging, separation and tonal accuracy. To pursue the most high-fidelity reproduction of sound as it should be heard, they tend to spend thousands of dollars on equipment.

Meanwhile, music lovers focus on the musicality of the song, the artists and the album. Now, let us be clear: this is not to say that an audiophile cannot be a music lover and that a music lover cannot be an audiophile. A person can be both an audiophile and a music lover at the same time.

How Cannabis Products Can Improve an Audiophile’s Experience

Whether you are a full-on audiophile or a music lover who is also an audiophile, you surely know that there is nothing better than being able to focus on the recording you are listening to. Whether it is work-related or for leisure, listening to audio will always be a pleasurable experience for you. If you want to improve your experience, cannabis can be the right plant for you. Here’s why.

  • It Enhances Concentration

When listening to any song, audiophiles tend to concentrate in order to catch the intricacies it contains. Concentrating on the track helps you pick out each instrument used, their possible positions on a stage and your perceived distance from the stage.

Because of this, one of the most important effects of cannabis, specifically CBD-rich strains, is that it can help you concentrate on whatever it is you are doing. CBD interacts with receptors in the brain in a way that improves your awareness.

  • It Helps You Focus on Details

Aside from instrument separation, imaging and sound stage, another reason why you focus on the track is to hear every single detail the producers left in the track, intended or unintended. From the barely audible laugh in the recording of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody to the complex quality of Freddie Mercury’s voice, you need to focus to hear these details.

Consuming CBD oil and other CBD products can help you focus more on these technical aspects. However, consuming cannabis with THC can help bring out your more musicality-driven appreciation for the artistic and cultural product that you are listening to.

  • It Aids in Productivity

Many audiophiles end up being music producers, recording technicians, acoustic engineers and sound designers. Most of the time, they work with audio set-ups, which requires them to have a keen sense of hearing and attention to detail. After all, who would want to listen to a sibilant playback of Mariah Carey’s Emotions during a party? Aside from this, audiophiles who work in these jobs have other responsibilities.

CBD not only helps you focus on your work, but it also helps you become more efficient. This cannabinoid enhances cognition and boosts your energy, improving your problem-solving skills while also allowing you to detect issues in audio.

Audiophiles and music lovers alike will definitely enjoy what the cannabis plant and its cannabinoids have to offer. It allows consumers to enjoy music and their equipment in a more effective manner. Moreover, the industry has benefited from cannabis consumers who have contributed to the sector in many ways.

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