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Reading Literature: 5 Marijuana Books to Add on Your Must-Reads

Daniel King

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Marijuana Books

The subject of cannabis has long been a topic in almost every field. From science, health, politics, to arts. With this, it is no surprise that many literary works have already been published regarding the said plant – from its facts, mysteries, to endless possibilities. Despite the effort of most states to foil the dissemination of such works, many still managed to attain global recognition and support.

Excited to know what these literary works are? To cut to the chase, here are top 5 marijuana books to read this coming weekend:

  1. The Artificial Paradises by Charles Baudelaire

If you’re looking for a book to read and get lit, Charles Baudelaire’s The Artificial Paradises is an excellent first choice. Considered to be one of the French literary giants, Baudelaire presents a vivid and moving account as he captures the most surreal of visions into haunting words. Narrating his hallucinations with the utmost creativity, from the grandest to the most distressing images, Baudelaire managed to create a masterpiece out of his narcotic dreams that exquisitely relates the alluring yet deceptive ecstasy of hashish and opium that eventually led to his downfall.

Disturbing, enticing, and timeless, The Artificial Paradises is an absolute must-read for cannabis enthusiasts.

  1. Confessions of an Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey

Considered to be the first literary addiction memoir, Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an Opium-Eater masterfully intertwines dreams, hallucinations, fears, ecstasy, and despair into one grand masterpiece. In this enduring autobiography, De Quincey describes his dreamlike visions and paranoia under the influence of laudanum with striking artistry.

Serving as a classic addictive piece, which even influenced later generations of writers, such as Baudelaire, Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an Opium-Eater will surely leave you “high” and spellbound.

  1. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

If you’re not too fond of autobiographies and find more fascination in fiction, then Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man would be the perfect choice. Haunting, moving, and relatable, this critically-acclaimed novel has successfully changed the literary arena ever since its first publication in 1952.  Taking its readers to the hilarious yet scornful urban life and racial divide, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man will surely provide you a dazzling and painful reading experience, with, of course, some joints to spice up the plot.

  1. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño

Emerging as one of the most notable Latin American works of the century, which established Bolano’s international literary reputation, The Savage Detectives will take you to a compelling trip of two modern-day Quixotes as they try to find the enigmatic poet, Cesárea Tinajero across boundaries. Wild, poignant, and vigorous, The Savage Detectives will grant you an exquisite story that creatively stitches the real and the imaginary, people and nation, and yes, cannabis and literature.

  1. Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me by Richard Fariña

Beaming with youthful joys and wildness, Richard Fariña’s Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me is sure to give you a Sixties kind of “high.” Published in 1966, the novel captures the classic college years with a nostalgic, witty tone that is sure to take you down the glories and horrors of Jazz Age ala F. Scott Fitzgerald. Presenting an unlikely hero, Gnossos Pappadopoulis, the novel will bring you to the chaos and tranquillity of gluttony, frat parties, women, art, deception, truth, and of course … marijuana.

It’s time to immerse yourself in the surreal yet fascinating world of cannabis within the literary universe.

With a cozy place to stay, a nice book on your lap, and CBD edibles and drinks, or even a CBD vape, is there a better way to enjoy the weekend?

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Ringing in the New Year with Cannabis: What You Should Know

Stacey Wellington

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New Year with Cannabis

The festive season is around us, and with it brings the need to celebrate everything that happened in 2019. Not to mention, a proper celebration allows us to ring in the new year with a bang. What better way to celebrate this than with your trusty cannabis and CBD oil, right?

Before you get ahead of yourself, celebrating with cannabis comes with a lot of responsibilities. Apart from adhering to certain state laws and regulations, you also need to be mindful of the people around you and their preferences. In the same way, you also need to obtain your goods from licensed dispensaries and pharmacies.

Now that these pesky regulations are out of the way, here’s what you should know when celebrating with marijuana and CBD oil products.

Why Have Cannabis on New Year?

Cannabis has always been celebrated by fanatics, now more than ever because of the legalization that’s slated to take place come the first of January 2020. Though many states and countries have already provided medical marijuana, there are more states are taking their love for this plant even further.

Cannabis is known to treat certain illnesses and conditions, especially aiding in pain management. However, this also comes with a mind-altering effect due to its psychoactive component called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While many individuals get to ‘enjoy’ these, there are also people who frown upon its psychoactive component and what it can do. Because of this, finding another solution might work in your favor.

CBD Oil as Reliable Alternatives

Unfortunately, not every state has legalized recreational cannabis. In the unfortunate event, this falls in your area, you can opt for other safer and more legal alternatives – all without the unwanted effects of THC.

One of the more popular options available on the market is cannabidiol or CBD oil. This potent and downright powerful product provides most, if not all the benefits that come from cannabidiol. From pain management to treating insomnia, this is no doubt as to why this is celebrated as one of the revolutionary creations of all time.

CBD Oil and MJ Consumption

For states, countries, and areas that have legalized cannabis consumption, good for you. But for areas which require a little bit of a push from the local and federal government, sticking to cannabidiol might be a good choice. Below are some guidelines you need to heed when celebrating with this compound.

  • Eat Your CBD Edibles Early

To make sure you celebrate the year right and with a bang, remember to eat your edibles at least two hours before the stroke of midnight. This way, you can feel its effects as the ball drops. Not to mention, this will leave you feeling calm and collected even amidst the bustle and the fireworks.

  • Lace Your Food and Drinks with CBD Oil Products

While gummies and other edibles will work just fine, you can also create your own menu designed to celebrate the occasion and to highlight your guest of honor. Do this by making soups or salads with some drops of CBD oil or infusing the roast beef with some good ol’ cannabutter.

If you want a more modern take to beverages, you can also experiment with adding and infusing cocktails with the cannabidiol product of your choice.

  • Offer Other Goods

Let’s face it, not everyone is into cannabidiol and cannabis and that’s okay. If you are having guests over, don’t forget to label the goods that are made with CBD. At the same time, provide other food options and activities which non-users and consumers can enjoy. This way, you are making an inclusive step to make everyone feels good in their element. Think of this as a great start for the year.

The Bottom Line

Now that you know what etiquette and regulations to observe, you can finally ring in the new year with good health and optimum wellness with cannabidiol. What are your plans for the upcoming holidays?

 

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Best Books to Read by the Fireplace (And the Right CBD Product to Pair with Them!)

Daniel King

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Books to read by the Fireplace

Ah, it’s that time of the year again. Snow. Fireplace. Books. Warm Tea.

Surely, for the typical bibliophile, winter comes as the perfect season for reading. As the snow melancholy drop into the waiting ground and the breeze dances in its peak glory, individuals are given the chance to find comfort at the warmth of the fireplace with some books on their lap and food or drink by their side.

Now that the leaves have fallen and winter finally takes up the spotlight, it’s time to set up your favorite couch, lit up the fireplace, ready your preferred CBD product, and pull out a book from your dusty shelves.

To make sure you’ll have the best time in front of the enigmatic flames, we have compiled 3 of the best winter must-reads and the perfect CBD product to match with each of them.

Best Fireplace Books To Read and CBD Products to Pair With Them

  • FOR THE SENTIMENTAL READER

What to read: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

What CBD product to enjoy: CBD vape products

If you’re up for some nostalgic, heart-wrenching story to read this season, then F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 Jazz Age novel is the perfect book to check out. Recognized to be one of the most prominent classics from twentieth-century literature, The Great Gatsby magnificently captures the high and madness that comes with the jazz age – from the decadent parties, wild Jazz music, fabulous romances, too, at last, the disintegration of the American dream.

Written in rich literary brilliance, this classic modern story of the romance and wickedness of the Jazz Age is one of the perfect fireplace books to read as you inhale the earthy flavor of your high-quality CBD vape juice.

 

  • FOR THE ADVENTUROUS READER

What to read: Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes

What CBD product to enjoy: CBD gummies

Dubbed to be the first modern novel, Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote stands as a classic literary masterpiece that any reader must not dare miss.

In the story, Don Quixote, an aging nobleman, spends his days and nights reading chivalry novels. Driven mad by reading such romances, he dresses up in old shining armor, mounts his skinny old horse Rocinante, and leaves his village in search of glory.

Written in experimental form and rich with literary playfulness, Don Quixote comes as a heart-warming, mind-boggling, and epiphany-inducing masterpiece that captures the contradictions between free will and fate, idealism and materialism, life and death.

Combined with the soothing effects of CBD gummies, your reading time is sure to make your winter break even more precious and therapeutic.

 

  • FOR THE VISIONARY READER

What to read: Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

What CBD Product to Enjoy: CBD Oil

Want to set out into a deep, thought-provoking adventure by the fireplace this winter? If you’re the type who isn’t afraid to explore the evils of a seemingly satisfied and successful society just like the one we have, then Aldous Huxley’s 1932 dystopian novel, Brave New World, is the one you should pick out from the shelf this holiday.

Set in the year AF 632, Huxley’s novel bravely takes us into a highly scientific and compartmentalized future where life is pain-free but meaningless. Heavily influenced by George Orwell’s 1984, this classic sci-fi novel presents a nightmarish vision of a future society where children are created outside the womb, embryos are sorted and genetically-modified into different classes, and citizens are subjected under psychological manipulation and classical conditioning.

Dark, daring, and thought-provoking, Brave New World is the perfect match for your winter leisure time activity as you enjoy each drop of your premium CBD oil.

 

Surely, curling up by the fire with a book on your lap and a fine CBD product on your side is the best way to make the most out of your winter break.

With superb literary writing ready to be read and analyzed, combined with the therapeutic effects of some high-quality CBD items, your holiday season is sure to become the cherry on top that will complete a wonderful 2019.

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Celebrating World Philosophy Day with Cannabis

Daniel King

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Celebrating World Philosophy Day with Cannabis

For some people, philosophy is one of the most important branches of the humanities as it helps shed light on virtually everything under the sun. Because of this, some take philosophy classes and get philo degrees, while others read and practice it during their own free time. If you appreciate what this field has to offer, you might want to commemorate World Philosophy Day in the best way you can.

Celebrated every third Thursday in November, World Philosophy Day has been observed since 2002. This year, people will be taking part in its celebrations on November 21. Cannabis enthusiasts might want to participate with no other than our beloved plant. Curious as to how you can use cannabis to practice philosophy? Here’s what you need to know.

Why Celebrate Philosophy Day with Cannabis?

As an enthusiast of both cannabis and philosophy, you probably know that the plant can help you focus and have a clearer and relaxed mind. However, it is important to know how it can do so. Let’s start by talking about the human body. Our body is equipped to process marijuana and its cannabinoids.

Why? Because we have a system to absorb and use the chemical compounds contained by the plant. In fact, our body even produces its own cannabinoids. This is why we are able to reap the benefits the plant has to offer. Now, these compounds interact with receptors placed in different systems in our body. There are cannabinoid receptors in the nervous, digestive and immunes systems. When cannabinoids bind with these receptors, we are able to feel the effects.

For philosophizing, the cannabinoids cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can help improve your experience. The CB1 and CB2 receptors in the nervous system allows us to process THC and CBD efficiently and effectively. THC, which has the psychoactive effects, give users the unique creativity used in spouting what is now called “stoner philosophy.” Meanwhile, CBD gives more focused and creative thinking. This is because the compound incites a calm, yet energizing effect, that improves cognitive functions.

How to Celebrate with Cannabis Products

Now that you know how exactly the plant can help make the most out of World Philosophy Day. To celebrate the day with the plant, here are some things you can do.

  • Gather Your Philosopher Friends

The thing about philosophy is that anyone can be a philosopher (but not everyone can philosophize, as the saying goes). Philosophers used to gather around a table and discuss a wide array of topics. Great philosophers such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Simon de Beauvoir used to sit in Café de Flore with their other thinker friends.

So, if you want to celebrate this day just like how these thinkers did, it is a good idea to gather them and start a roundtable discussion to exercise your minds. Of course, you can have any snack or beverage you want, including cannabis edibles.

  • Drink CBD Oil-Infused Coffee

When the powerhouse couple Sartre and de Beauvoir gathered with their friends, they usually gathered in coffee shops. In fact, many great philosophers such as Immanuel Kant, Voltaire and Soren Kierkegaard were all coffee drinkers. During your roundtable discussion, why not serve CBD-infused bullet coffee with your friends? This can energize your body and mind even more while giving you a cognitive boost.

You can even drink one while you stay at home and read, write, think and observe. Remember, reading, writing and thinking may be important parts of philosophizing but taking the time to observe is another valuable part of it.

So, sit back, relax and do your thing as you ponder the world’s machinations. While you’re at it, take the time to prepare a cannabis-infused treat to help you move your thoughts along.

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