The MISHMASH FLÜT LÜNCHBOX Makes It Easier Than Ever To Get Roasted In Seconds

The FLÜT LÜNCHBOX,” is a two-piece vaporizer with a circular base and a glass chamber into which vapor is deposited for consumption. The kit comes in two different varieties that differ by the shape of the chamber. One is black and shaped like a small vase and the other is turquoise, shaped like a sippy cup. On that note, I don’t think it’s actually possible to be more discreet than a sippy cup-shaped piece. I mean, genuinely if I didn’t know what it was I would think it was an electronic coffee cup warmer. If you have your own office or even your own cubicle where you don’t fall under too much direct visual scrutiny you can totally get roasted on the clock all day long without that coward snitch Todd running off to HR about it, but I digress. 

The FLÜT LÜNCHBOX comes with a quartz nail and a ceramic nail for dabbing which both use a 510 thread attachment. This means you can also take virtually any other vaping accessory on the market and attach it to your FLÜT instead of the provided nails should you so choose. Cartridges in particular are fun to use because this is, right hand to God, the only way I’ve ever gotten a decent hit out of a cartridge. I’m not sure why they all suck, I’m not a cartridge guy typically, but they all suck. With the FLÜT, however, it milks the living shit out of a cartridge so you get a giant rip. My tolerance is through the roof (I challenge any rapper on Earth to out-smoke me anywhere, anytime. I’ll get on a flight right now I don’t care) and one or two full cups of cartridge vapor was enough to pretty much wreck me. When taking traditional dabs the rip is very quick and very potent. 

The real magic of this device is the discretion factor. Call it a novelty, whatever, I think the cup thing is funny and the turquoise version comes with a “Mutant Ape Yacht Club” NFT adornment just in case you’d like a constant reminder of all the money you lost every time you take a dab. I don’t give a wet fart about NFT’s but the ape looks kinda cool I suppose. Something about staring him right in the eyes while I’m positively melting from a rip is a bit unsettling but I suppose no one is forcing me to do that.

In the interest of proving this is not just a fluff piece and I take my job as a weed snob very seriously, it is worth noting that the taste of my hash rosin was not quite as good with the nails provided as with comparable, albeit much more expensive products. That’s not to say it was bad, just not as good as a torch and nail or my daily drivers that I spent almost twice as much money on. Another important factor to mention is the FLÜT feeds vapor into the cup in a similar fashion to a gravity bong. This makes for a VERY potent rip as anyone who has ever used an old-school gravity bong can attest to and therefore, the taste factor is going to suffer a bit as a result. But I like the discretion factor. I like that it’s a dry piece. I like that the parts are light, durable and easy to clean. But I really like that they didn’t keep it proprietary to MISHMASH attachments so if you want to go buy a nail that makes your dabs taste better you can do that and still keep the cool sippy cup in your car so you don’t look as guilty when the cops pull you over for waiting for the stop sign to turn green. 

What I like most about the FLÜT is that it’s quick. When I’m at work I have 15 minutes max to take a smoke break and I have to drive far away from the office to do it. I work in cannabis so it’s not like anyone’s gonna be mad at me for being high but I, like most people, am generally just busy throughout my day so cutting down on the time it takes me to get ripped is always helpful. 

When I smoke a joint, I need a king-size paper filled with about an eighth of flower to feel it so from the time I start rolling to the time I’m done smoking it’s like a half-hour minimum. With traditional torch and nail dabbing it’s a five to 10-minute process which isn’t bad but normally I like to take two dabs and when I’m in my car it’s time-consuming to let the nail cool down enough to store it in my center console again, not to mention glass is fragile and I’m clumsy so I end up breaking nails and rigs all the time. With the MISHMASH FLÜT, it’s a two-minute process from start to finish, the finish being the point where I’m done smoking, high enough, and everything’s put away. 

It’s even quicker if you’re using a cartridge because you can leave the cartridge in the base and then all you have to do is press a button and the cup is filled with vapor in 30 seconds. I know there are a lot of productive stoners out there who would be more effective if they could get higher in a shorter amount of time. As something of a productive stoner myself, this thing has been a godsend since my youngest son was born. My fellow parents know all too well that it’s near impossible to get enough time away from a newborn to get properly medicated. I literally had to stop writing this review for a few minutes just now because my son can’t keep his pacifier in his mouth. Knowing I can step into my office and walk out 30 seconds later fully caked is very comforting to me in this time of great pain and little sleep. 

I also like that the FLÜT is easy to clean. The vapor chambers are made of glass with protective silicone pieces, both of which can be very easily hand washed. The base stays pretty clean on its own because of the way the vapor was designed to flow into the chamber. As someone who washes his pieces every other day if not daily, the way the FLÜT comes apart for cleaning makes for a 10-minute process max if you’re using a paper towel and rubbing alcohol. 

Overall, the MISHMASH FLÜT LÜNCHBOX has a little something for every type of smoker I’d say, at least every kind of heavy smoker because the rip is pretty milky no matter what type of concentrate you’re using. I’m a heavy smoker and the low setting smoked me pretty easily. You can hit the button while it’s heating up and it’ll stop at any point you want but do you really want to be that guy or gal? Dive in headfirst. Life is short, and the MISHMASH FLÜT LÜNCHBOX is only two hundred bucks.

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Cannabis Contract Approval Headaches

Cannabis companies move a million miles an hour. Many cannabis companies don’t spend nearly enough time focusing on the “basics,” such as corporate governance and getting things in writing (for more posts on why handshake deals are bad, see articles linked at the bottom of this post). Another area where many cannabis businesses need some improving is in handling contract approvals.

Contract approvals are exactly what they sound like: a party to a contract cannot do something without the other party’s consent (usually prior and written approval). I like to think of cannabis contract approvals as falling into one of two buckets: contract approvals related to a contract, and contract approvals that are unrelated or somewhat related to a contract.

With respect to the first bucket, these kinds of things are generally fairly obvious. A contract usually will require one party to act a certain way, and the other party will need to consent to departures from these actions. One pretty common approval is the approval of a property lessor to an assignment or sublease. These can be a huge headache for buyers in M&A deals, as I’ve discussed before. The bottom line is that any time a cannabis business wants to take any kind of action that relates in any way to a written contract, it first needs to review the contract.

The second bucket of cannabis contract approvals can be a bit more difficult. These relate to actions that may be unrelated or only somewhat related to a contract. For example, a lender may require that a borrower not secure third party financing even on matters unrelated to the lender’s loan without the lender’s prior written approval.

This second bucket is where things often get hairy. Many cannabis businesses put very little thought into unrelated existing obligations, but they absolutely should, and a good cannabis attorney will be able to help a lot. Counsel will — depending on the deal type — ask their client for relevant documents to review to determine whether any contract approvals are required to get the deal done.

If a cannabis business doesn’t have legal representation and isn’t very diligent, there’s a good chance it will do things without securing required contract approvals. Sometimes, this can lead to immediate and direct claims for damages by the other party to a contract. For example, subleasing property without the lessor’s prior written consent will generally lead to a breach claim and possibly even lease termination.

Even where an unapproved action doesn’t lead to damages and a lawsuit, it still gives the other party to a contract leverage to claim breach and kick off a process that’s generally a huge headache. It’s also a very good way to upset someone, and to lose face and trust going forward. These issues can often be resolved by simply reading a cannabis contract and going through the motions prior to taking an action.

Here are those posts I mentioned about why handshake contracts are a bad idea:

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OCS CEO Out to Lunch 

The Ontario Cannabis Store‘s (OCS) CEO is out to lunch. It’s a common theme in Canada lately. A new poll shows a vast majority of Canadians are concerned with Chinese interference in our elections. So what does the government of the day do? They hire a family friend – former Governor General David Johnston – with connections to China and the Trudeau Foundation. He “investigated” the interference and found nothing. Parliament was obviously unhappy with this result, no doubt stemming […]

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The Amanita Vape: A Unique Blend of Amanita Muscaria and Amanita Pantherina

The world of natural wellness has witnessed a surge in the popularity of mushroom-based products, and one particular product that stands out is the new Amanita vape. This unique product combines the potent properties of Amanita Muscaria and Amanita Pantherina mushrooms in a convenient and easy-to-use 2g vape format. With 7,000mg of Amanita mushroom extract in each vape, you can instantly experience the benefits of Muscimol without having to wait an hour to feel its effects.

As part of our Deal Of The Day, you can try these new products with a 20% discount using the coupon code ‘Cannadelics‘.

But before we delve into the details of this new product, let’s explore the world of Amanita mushrooms and Muscimol (the active compound found in these mushrooms) to see what we can expect from the new Muscimol vapes.

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What Sets the Amanita Mushroom Vape Apart?

The Amanita Mushroom Vape is far from your average vape. It stands apart with its potent blend of Amanita Muscaria & Amanita Pantherina Mushroom extract. Each 2-gram disposable vape contains 7,000 MG of this powerful extract, infused with refreshing Mint Strawberry terpenes. This innovative blend, combined with the vape’s sleek design and user-friendly operation, makes it a top-tier product in the market.

Muscimol Effects

Amanita mushrooms, specifically Amanita Muscaria & Amanita Pantherina, are prized for their rich content of Muscimol, a compound that binds to GABA receptors and might produce a variety of spiritual effects.

What does it feel like to use Muscimol?

While research into the benefits of Amanita mushrooms is still ongoing, anecdotal evidence suggests that they may offer a range of potential benefits. When consumed, Muscimol can lead to a range of effects, from mild relaxation to intense hallucinations. In addition, some people use it for enhanced creativity, improved mood, and increased self-awareness. However, the effects can vary greatly depending on the individual and the dose consumed.

More research is needed to fully understand and validate these potential benefits.

Comparison to Other Amanita Products

Compared to other Amanita products, the Amanita vape offers a unique and convenient way to experience the effects of these potent mushrooms. Unlike traditional mushroom products, such as Muscimol gummies, for example, which usually take 60-90 minutes to take effect, the vape allows for immediate and direct intake of the mushroom extracts.

Other Amanita products, such as Amanita mushroom caps and Amanita powder, cannot be used unless carefully dried and heated to convert most of the Ibotenic acid into Muscimol. This is not the case with the new mushroom disposables, which are ready to use.

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Muscimol Gummies: A New Way to Microdose Amanita Muscaria

Historical Use of Amanita Mushrooms

Amanita is a genus of mushrooms that includes several species, including Amanita Muscaria and Amanita Pantherina. These mushrooms are known for their distinctive appearance and potent psychoactive properties. They have been used in various cultures for their hallucinogenic effects, and are now gaining popularity in the wellness industry for their potential benefits.

Amanita mushrooms have a rich history that spans across various cultures and continents. These mushrooms have been used in religious rituals, traditional medicine, and folklore. For instance, in Siberian culture, Amanita Muscaria mushrooms were used in shamanistic practices, while in the ancient Hindu scriptures of India, they were lauded for their consciousness-expanding properties,

How to Use the Amanita Mushroom Vape

Using the Amanita Mushroom Vape is simple and convenient. To activate the vaporizer, all you need to do is inhale. Activating the vaporizer is as simple as inhaling, and each vape is rechargeable via USB, ensuring you’re never left wanting.

Another great Amanita product is the new Muscimol tincture

For first-time users, it’s recommended to start with a small dose to assess your individual response, as discussed in more details below.

Safety and Dosing

While Amanita mushrooms don’t produce psychedelic effects like Psilocybin Magic Mushrooms, users may experience a unique shift in perception and consciousness. It’s important to remember that everyone’s experience with Amanita mushrooms is unique, influenced by factors like mindset, environment, and individual biochemistry.

As with any product that contains psychoactive substances, safety is a paramount consideration. It’s important to start with a small dose to assess individual tolerance and be aware of any potential side effects. Since the Amanita vape (AKA electronic cigarette) is new to the market, there isn’t enough data on the perfect dosage. Therefore, it is advisable to follow the general rule: Start Low and Grow Slow.

Which product is best for you?

Microdosing is another popular way to use Amanita products, providing a great opportunity to try new products. It’s important to approach it with caution as Amanita is a unique mushroom, and even in low dosages, it can offer benefits. Additionally, rushing the process can lead to discomfort and unwanted side effects, so it’s best to take it easy and enjoy the experience.

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Now that you’re well-acquainted with the Amanita Mushroom Vape and its many benefits, it’s time to try the product. Regularly priced at $49, you can now get your hands on the new Amanita disposables for a discounted price of $39. But that’s not all. Use your exclusive discount code ‘Cannadelics‘ at checkout and enjoy an additional 20% discount which makes this great deal even better!

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In conclusion, the Amanita Mushroom Vape stands as a testament to the transformative power of nature. It offers a unique and convenient way to experience the effects of Amanita mushrooms, bringing an ancient tradition into the modern age. As we’ve explored, this product is not only unique in its composition but also in its potential benefits and effects. However, as with any product, it’s important to use it responsibly and to be aware of its potential effects and safety considerations.

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Toy Cars and Camouflage: Tales from Humboldt’s Only Strip Club

If you’ve run packs from the Bay or done any clandestine dealings in Humboldt before 2018 it’s more than likely at one time or another those transactions took place in the parking lot of the Tip Top, the only strip club in the Emerald Triangle and unofficial community hub of The Hill—the nickname affectionately given to the lush mountains of NorCal where growing cannabis is prevalent. 

The standalone building was a known destination for lonely farmers and trimmers alike, a veritable trading post pre-legalization, and a hidden treasure trove for dancers. Perched on a bluff off the 101 and Salmon Creek Road in Eureka, the big glass windows tell a clever story to unsuspecting passersby, but only the real ones know what’s actually gone down between those four walls. 

The Early Days

When the Tip Top opened in 1997 the original owner, Tom, known to all as T. Great Razooly, was able to maneuver around zoning and licensing laws by designating the club as an RV sales office. According to veteran dancer Jasmine, “all the girls working there were technically RV salespeople and there was one little toy RV that sat on Tom’s desk.” Eventually granted a proper business license, the club changed hands in the early 2000’s—purchased by none other than a former dancer named Sassy.

Back then, clientele ranged from “rednecks to hippies, to hippie-rednecks”, dancer Miraya recalls. Born and raised in Humboldt, Miraya is the daughter and granddaughter of cannabis growers on her dad’s side and millworkers on her mom’s side. She saw the first major industrial shift—from logging to growing—in real time. “Growing up there was tension, loggers didn’t like weed growers, but they had no choice once the lumber and fishing industries died. If they wanted to stay in Humboldt they had to do something.” 

She laughs, “I remember camo being the factor that brought them together. Camouflage clothing was the one thing they shared.” 

“There Was So Much Money”

The Tip Top earned its covert reputation as a hidden gem for easy money among the underground stripper community, but the customer demographic was a culture shock for dancers coming from urban places like San Diego, like Autumn, or Atlanta, like Honey. The latter came to Humboldt on a tip from a mutual friend in Vegas. According to Honey, “The clientele was weird. They were hippies and they were all kinda dirty. No one was ultra-attractive – they all looked like farmers. But I sat at the bar and every single guy in there asked me for a dance that first night. I decided to stay and made $4,200 in a couple days.”

Autumn started working at the Tip Top after coming up from San Diego to live with her boyfriend who worked at a property on Titlow Hill. “I’d been dancing for years, but had never seen money or customers like this. I was a little reluctant at first, but my boyfriend at the time kept telling me how much money he’d see thrown around there. I remember working on a weekday around Halloween and this guy, I’ll never forget him, his name was Blake. I think he had just done a big deal or something because he had stack after stack and was raining hundred dollar bills on me and Honey and some of the other girls. I made over $6,000 that night. Blake, if you’re out there, please know we still talk about you to this day.”

Honey corroborates the story, “That was one of my most fond memories at the Tip Top.”

While the majority of customers were farmers, not all farmers were of the hippie-redneck variety. There were pockets of Hmongs, a subset of indigenous Chinese, and a smattering of various eastern European outfits. According to Jasmine, one Bulgarian grower from SoHum, “threw $1,274 for a single song on my stage. It was my best stage set ever.” Cinnamon echoes a similar experience, “long story short I was very short on money this Tuesday night. Sure enough, one grower—classic dready with a trimmer girl on each arm—comes in and rains hundred dollar bills on me. I danced to Led Zeppelin’s ‘You Shook Me’ and this guy lost it. Paid my rent, car payment, and bills in one song”. 

Tom with the original girls

Do You Accept Weed?

It wasn’t just cash being thrown around; many dancers say they were tipped and paid in flower. 

“Regular customers knew that I would take weed as payment. That was actually much better for us because people who deal in weed pay more. If they owe you $100 they’re going to give you half an ounce or an ounce. Back then, weed was much more valuable, we were paying about $100 for a quarter,” Miraya says. She reminisces about legacy strains like Trainwreck, GDP, White Widow, White Rhino, Orange Crush, and “later on, Purple Urkle. It became what everybody wanted, what everybody was looking for and [it] smelled so good when it was burning and growing. You could smell it from a mile away.”

Jasmine says she was tipped a pound on stage once, and Honey was given a half pound at a private party which she took home with her to Los Angeles on the Amtrak and sold piecemeal to her friends, netting her about $5,000. Autumn also said she was once tipped an entire pound, but after taking it home and attempting to wash it in hopes of making ice water hash to press into rosin, she realized it had already been run through a dry sift tumbler. “There were no trichomes on that bud. It was literal grass clippings”.

One of Honey’s regulars even helped finance the pole studio her and another dancer, Tiger Lily, started together. “I had a grower, he was my regular, and every time he came down from the hill he’d come see me. I told him we were starting a studio and when I told him the name, Body High, he was so happy it had to do with weed. I told him each pole was about $1,000 and it was going to have to come out of our pockets. He came and saw me every week for five weeks and gave me $1,000 every time”.

Lonely Hearts Club

While the Tip Top facilitated their fair share of debaucherous sprees like bachelor parties and birthdays, most customers came for one of two reasons: to suss out potential buyers or, more often, to enjoy a temporary respite from the loneliness of The Hill. “They were just chill, lonely growers,” Jasmine explains, “a lot of times we would get guys [who’d say], ‘I haven’t even seen a woman in months!’ And they had more money than they knew what to do with. I remember I’d do multiple-hour dances with this one grower who would come in and nap. We would literally just sleep back there.”

Isolation was one of the biggest occupational hazards for growers and trimmers sequestered in the hills. “The workers were desperate for attention. The bosses were a little more picky, but they all had an excess of money and would give [their] right arm just to see some boobs and have a real conversation with a girl,” says Autumn. “They mostly complained about work. We were like their little bikini-clad therapists.” 

She continues, “I had this one regular and he would come in and we’d talk about music and just life in general the whole entire time. He’d bring me his newest strains to try. I never did any real dancing for him, but he paid me like I did.”

The End of an Era

The old saying “All good things must come to an end” sadly rings true for the glory days of the Tip Top and Humboldt as a whole. Miraya laments, “I was there during what you would call [the] peak of legacy weed culture. I left in 2014-2015, right when they were beginning to legalize in other states. Real weed culture completely face-planted and Humboldt was not the same anymore. Everything that was iconic and notorious happened before then.”

Between legalization and wildfires, the bygone days of grows run on blood, sweat, and tears are a distant memory. Ghosts of yesteryear haunt the once-flush region, and the state of the current cannabis market mirrors the success (or lack thereof) of the club. “All the young girls come to the pole studio and they’re like ‘we wanna be strippers! We wanna go to the Tip Top’ and I feel bad for them because it’s not even worth dancing there anymore. They’re happy with one or two hundred dollars, they think that’s a lot of money,” Honey says with sadness in her voice.

The growers faced similar challenges. She continues, “Out of all the growers I met in Humboldt, I only know of two who still have farms.”

“My customer, the one who is the reason Body High exists, lost his farm and is a bartender on the Plaza now. He bought a house, but that’s really the only thing he has to show for all those years of growing.”

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Study: Pot Use Linked With Lower Risk of Liver Disease

Consuming alcohol is a well-known cause of liver damage, but the opposite may hold true for smoking pot.

That is the takeaway of new research published late last month in PLOS One. 

After examining a “nationally representative” sample of Americans, the researchers said that they found that “current marijuana use is inversely associated with steatosis,” or a condition that arises from too much fat in the liver. 

“The pathophysiology is unclear and needs further study. No significant association was established between marijuana use and liver fibrosis, irrespective of past or current use,” they wrote.

The study, conducted by a group of Chinese researchers, “aimed to assess the association between marijuana use and liver steatosis and fibrosis in the general United States population utilizing data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).” 

“This cross-sectional study was performed with data from the 2017–2018 cycle of NHANES. The target population comprised adults in the NHANES database with reliable vibration controlled transient elastography (VCTE) results,” the authors of the study wrote in their explanation of the methods. “The median values of the controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) and liver stiffness measurement (LSM) were used to evaluate liver steatosis and fibrosis, respectively. After adjusting for relevant confounders, a logistic regression analysis was used to assess the association between marijuana use and liver steatosis and fibrosis.”

The researchers analyzed a pool of 2,622 participants.

“The proportions of never marijuana users, past users, and current users were 45.9%, 35.0%, and 19.1%, respectively. Compared to never marijuana users, past and current users had a lower prevalence of liver steatosis (P = 0.184 and P = 0.048, respectively),” they wrote. “In the alcohol intake-adjusted model, current marijuana use was an independent predictor of a low prevalence of liver steatosis in people with non-heavy alcohol intake. The association between marijuana use and liver fibrosis was not significant in univariate and multivariate regression.”

Also known as “fatty liver disease,” steatosis “affects one in three adults and one in 10 children in the United States,” according to the Cleveland Clinic

“There’s no medication specifically for fatty liver disease. Instead, doctors focus on helping you manage factors that contribute to the condition. They also recommend making lifestyle changes that can significantly improve your health,” the Cleveland Clinic says.

Despite the intriguing findings of the study, the Chinese researchers urged caution.

“Nevertheless, the present study has several limitations. First, this was an observational study; no causal inference can be made, and correlations should be interpreted as associations. Second, marijuana use was based on self-reporting, and the skewness of the distribution of the number of marijuana use may be subject to misclassification, limiting the power of our secondary analysis with the days of cannabis usage,” they wrote. 

“Such inaccurate reports may introduce a bias towards the null hypothesis for the result. Third, physical activity and diet were not included in the analyses. Furthermore, due to the limitation of the NHANES database, we could not rule out biliary cirrhosis and primary liver diseases such as Wilson’s disease and the use of steatogenic medication. Also, we could not evaluate the type of marijuana and the dose-response correlation between marijuana use vs. the prevalence of liver steatosis and fibrosis.”

They added: “In conclusion, we found that current marijuana use is inversely associated with liver steatosis. Further studies are required to confirm these results longitudinally, and investigations into marijuana compounds and their biological effects are promising for treating and preventing fatty liver disease.” 

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The Grind Is Real: An Interview With Blake Johnson

Born to humble beginnings in Venice Beach, Blake Johnson grew up in one of the most vibrant, eclectic environments that could shape a young man. In an area of Southern California where surfing, skateboarding, and cannabis pervade the culture, it’s no surprise that he was drawn to the few skateparks around his neighborhood at a young age.

When discussing Venice skateboarding, it’s mandatory to mention legends such as Jay Adams, Eric Dressen, and Natas Kaupas. These pioneers set the precedent of what it meant to be a professional skateboarder in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Reaching that level is hard enough; to stand out in the literal birthplace of skateboarding, surrounded by immense competition, takes another level of talent. 

Johnson rose to the challenge. Despite setbacks during his rebellious adolescent years, he remained committed to his goal of achieving the ever-elusive professional status. With the right attitude and an immeasurable work ethic, he was given the nod by Santa Cruz Skateboards in 2016 and was awarded his first pro model by Dressen himself.

Currently based in Barcelona, Johnson was happy to jump on a FaceTime call to discuss growing up in Venice, how his hometown has changed in recent years, what America might learn from a European perspective on life, and how cannabis has shaped him as a human and skateboarder.

High Times: How does it feel to come from Venice, which is historically the birthplace of skateboarding?

Blake Johnson: It’s a blessing, honestly. That’s where everything started. It gave me a little bit more of an incentive to try to make something happen with skating, because it had been so long since somebody from Venice actually made it into the industry since back in the day. 

Who were some of the Venice influences you had as an upstart skateboarder?

Growing up, I didn’t even know that much about how historical Venice was for skateboarding. I just knew that a lot of people who lived in Venice skated. Later on, I stopped skating for a couple years because I got more into graffiti. When I came back into skating around age 17 or so, that’s when the history of Venice resonated with me. I started taking more pride in it.

It might have been my friend Richard who said one day, “Who was the last person from Venice that turned pro?” That question literally gave me a lot of motivation to try to make something happen.

As much as Venice is associated with skating, it’s also associated with weed…

Oh yeah.

What was it like growing up there?

I remember starting to smoke weed at 13. During my years at Venice High School, we would ditch our sixth period, because after 1:30 pm you couldn’t get a truancy ticket. So we would leave once lunch started and go straight down to the beach and smoke. Back then, weed wasn’t legal yet, and the beach was just so open. And other people were doing it too, we weren’t the only group of kids smoking. 

Eventually the medical stores started opening up, and that was a big hit. The medical shops still are a tourist attraction. Tourists go down there, take pictures with them, and trip out. Those places are so gnarly–they will give a weed license to anybody [laughs].

It sounds like as you were coming into your own as a skateboarder, you were also experimenting with weed, and that the two things were interwoven.

I think almost every single skateboarder is going to come across weed. I feel like ninety-something percent of skaters have smoked weed, at least once in their lives. 

Weed goes so well with skating because it isn’t as much of a sport as it is an art. It’s just an expression of how you ride your board, how your mind works, and how you see the outer world. When you smoke, it intensifies that. It helps you get more into your art, if you will. Say I have been skating for 30 minutes or one hour, sometimes when I smoke I get a second wind.

Photo by Eric Palozzolo

Do you have any specific tricks that you know happened because you had been smoking weed?

Yeah, for sure. Hardflip backside tailslide was one of them. I watched Felipe Gustavo do them, and he made that trick look easy. I learned it a long time ago, on the small outledge at Stoner Park [in West Los Angeles]. I remember smoking, and thinking, Well, maybe it’s just like a kickflip noseslide, but you kind of body varial and land on the other foot instead. When I put it in my head like that it made sense. Luckily it doesn’t look like that [laughs].

Venice has arguably changed with gentrification–how has that affected the weed culture?

Oh man, it’s not arguably. I just saw an interview with the homie earlier saying Venice is potentially the most gentrified city in the world. He was like, “The reason why I say that is because of the amount of time that it took to gentrify was next to nothing.” 

He talks about 2011, or whenever it was that Google showed up. And it started as soon as they opened their doors. You had the landlords finding out about Google employees making a bunch of money, so they started jacking up the rent. A lot of small businesses had to leave because all these tech startups are buying up the office space.

They started trying to call it “Silicon Beach,” and it became that. It was like they were vultures just feeding on a dead city because they sucked all of the life out of Venice, anything that it ever had. It’s hard to put your finger on what you want to call this “new” Venice. These super rich dudes dress all bohemian-looking and shit to try to fit in. It’s like, Dude, you are clearly not from here, man

The vibe and everything; it’s not the same anymore. But luckily those people that were there before all this, the locals, even though a lot of people had to move away, people are still in Venice hanging out all the time.

Photo by Eric Palozzolo

Now, you go down to Venice and there is some boutique MedMen-type dispensary.

I was going to say, MedMen dude! I guess this is where we are. Gentrification sucks. With that being said, I do hope that it can potentially open up some opportunities for the new generation coming up in Venice, so that they can keep the surf and skate culture alive in the fashion that it should be.

After growing up in Venice, what was it like to experience skateboarding and cannabis in Barcelona, your current home base?

I was just at MACBA pretty much all day today. The amount of spliffs and tricks that go down at that place is like bread and butter–it just goes hand-in-hand.

How did you adjust to living in Europe as an American?

The biggest thing for me, and not that places in the U.S. aren’t like this, is the way that you get outside and go skate. You are always on foot, and everything is public transportation. There is no getting in the car, driving, sitting in traffic, or smoking in traffic. I probably smoke more weed back home just because of traffic [laughs].

You’ve been to Christiania in Copenhagen and traveled around Europe, what do you think America could learn?

One of the bigger things that we could improve on, and I know that there is a lot of division everywhere, but obviously our country has it more than anywhere. The whole world sees it. I think one thing would simply be just coming together as one, rather than being this divided country.

Most places in Europe that I’ve been to seem to be pretty sound. It’s hard to know because I’m not into the politics here, because that’s usually the driver of that, but just the way that people get along with each other as far as not having an ego and not being so judgmental of the next person. 

I think we get so caught up in the American Dream of the grind, work, money, and all that. Not saying that everyone shouldn’t like those things, but I feel like we have a hard time balancing that out with just living life and being happy. 

I feel like a lot of people here in Spain are the counter of what we are–they aren’t money-driven and are instead more concerned with their wellbeing. When you live in such a nice place, why would you be so stressed about all these little small things that aren’t really going to modify your day-to-day life? If a lot of people back home focused on themselves instead of judging others, we would all get along a lot better. 

Photo by Eric Palozzolo

Taking that one step further, you could say that smoking cannabis could change your perspective on these kinds of things and create a more peaceful, welcoming society.

One of the easiest ways to get to know somebody is to smoke a joint with them. Over that whole five or 10 minutes or whatever that it lasts, you will have gotten to know this person a lot better than if that joint never existed [laughs]. 

It’s a casual conversation, which is more natural. With smoking weed, the way that it connects people together is pretty cool too. One guy might ask, “Hey, have you got papers?” And another might reply, “Sure, I was about to roll a joint, want to smoke?” Next thing you know you meet the person, go skate, and maybe become friends or whatever. It just happens like that.

And it’s the same with skating; it’s a tool to bring people together.

Skateboarding is just a close family, worldwide. We are just so lucky to have that shit because I feel like a lot of tourists go places and they don’t know where to start as far as even [connecting] with locals. 

As skateboarders, we know exactly where to go. If you have a skateboard and you show up to a skatepark, I promise that if you reach out to somebody and ask for local food spots, where to get weed, and where the good bars are, you’re gonna find all three of those things 99% of the time. Even if the skater doesn’t speak your language, they will work with you; maybe they will find some homie who does speak it and they can translate.

Any updates on what you have been working on?

So my last part came out a year ago. I already have a lot of new footage; out here it’s easier to get shit done, so you can stockpile footage and have enough for multiple projects.

Right now I’ve laid out a timeline, and I have a little over four minutes of footage. Honestly, a lot of people might put it out right now, but for me, after my last part, I want to keep raising the bar, you know? This year is Santa Cruz’s 50th anniversary, so I’ll put some footage towards that too.

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Can Cannabis Treat Hemorrhoids?

This is a disgusting story, so if you get queasy easily, I’d recommend reading one of the news articles that went up today. It’s also slightly embarrassing, but seeing as how, while writing, it’s only my computer and I, there’s nothing to be embarrassed about; the fact that potentially millions of people will be reading about my butthole is a non-issue since it hasn’t happened yet and even if/when when does, so be it—my butthole is a part of me, and I am a part of my butthole.

Hemorrhoids. If you’ve never had them, let me try to explain as best as I possibly can (for those who have had them, there’s no reason to read this paragraph, as you already know the immeasurable pain and mental anguish that they inflict): The easiest comparison is shitting hot shards of glass. The blood part of it sucks, but women deal with that all the time, so who am I to complain? The worst part is knowing that you have to go to the bathroom, but deciding not to because if you do, you’ll be bedridden all day (although of course laying in bed doing nothing besides thinking about how much it hurts only makes matters worse!). Then, by not going to the bathroom, your stomach gets all fucked up, so on and so forth.

Physical pain is a strange thing because it seems made-up. By “made-up” I mean both psychosomatic and like a lie. There’s no way, unless you’re clearly missing an arm or what have you, for someone to know that you’re in pain. Pain requires trust. Trust in yourself to know that you’re not crazy—that you actually are hurt—and trust from other human beings, because otherwise you’re moaning and groaning to gain attention, but I’m getting off-topic. We’re here to talk about the medical effects of cannabis in relation to these little devilish, oozing, swollen veins.

According to the first website that popped up when I googled “hemorrhoids cannabis,” Hemorrhoid Treatment Center of Florida: “Medical marijuana has anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving) effects. This can help hemorrhoid patients feel less discomfort from hemorrhoids. Additionally, since cannabis is known to naturally relieve stress, anxiety, and insomnia, it can be used to fend off many of the ramifications of hemorrhoidal disease.” Eh.

One time in the shower, while showering, I took a shit standing up because the idea of sitting on the toilet seemed like a worse option. The second google result, Healthline, discusses CBD. They ask the question, “Can CBD Help Hemorrhoids?” and answer by saying, “Right now, there doesn’t seem to be research based specifically on CBD’s effectiveness on hemorrhoids.” Among other things that are equally unhelpful. That’s not to say that this article is any more helpful. Perhaps I’m just contributing to the confusion… Also according to Healthline, “The World Health Organization says CBD is largely considered safe. However, if you’re applying CBD topically to hemorrhoids, it’s best to keep some safety information in mind: Avoid applying CBD to broken skin.” This is essentially impossible, as every time one passes a stool, the skin breaks.

I tried stool softeners, probiotics, and sitz baths. I tried using Preparation H (ointment, wipes, and suppositories!), which worked fine for a while, until it didn’t. I tried edibles, but they kind of made the pain worse because I started to focus on it even more. I’m sure for other people, that wouldn’t be the case. I saw two doctors, one for abdominal pain and the other specifically for hemorrhoids; both were very nice, but at the end of the day, nothing came from either visit. The first one asked if I drank; I told him that I was taking the year off and his advice was, “Well, maybe you should start drinking again.” He had a quirky tie on, so I would imagine that was his version of humor. They both said it was probably stress-related, and that if matters worsened, there was always surgery.

Well, in my mind, matters were already as bad as they could be, but I wasn’t—and unfortunately still am not—made of money, nor did I really want someone rubberbanding or stapling my asshole, so during one particularly nasty flare-up, I decided to smoke a joint instead. It wasn’t a matter of pain management, because like I said, cannabis didn’t really help in that department, but I needed a new way to think about this thing that I was dealing with. And that’s exactly what I received. I thought about how pain was an extremely physical force, but a force that the mind controlled, so all of a sudden, this ailment became somewhat of a gift, a test of my endurance, not only to pain but all other forms of torment. I was reading a book at the time, I forget which, but it was a rather dull book and I decided that I was going to stand still and finish it, all while barely being able to stand; I wouldn’t eat, I wouldn’t drink water, I’d stand there and read. It took several hours, but when it was all over, the pain had subsided, and it was as if I had broken whatever spiritual chain was trying so hard to break me.

I don’t know if “spiritual” is the right word, but that’s the one I chose. I’ve had some light bleeding here and there. I still have to push on my rectum after taking a shit to make the external hemorrhoids internal, which I’m not entirely sure I should be doing, but they seem safer there, away from this cold, cold world. All that to say, I’m pretty sure I still have them, but no burning (unless I eat spicy food, which I think is a normal reaction—or at least that’s what I tell myself), no calling off work to roll around in bed, and most importantly, no pus that smells like sulfur and asshole. All of the above could come back, but here’s to optimism!

It’s a bummer that I felt obligated to preface this by saying “This is a disgusting story.” It’s not. What’s disgusting is our inability to share truths without being judged or feeling as if that’s the case. But I don’t know how to fix that. What I do know is that hemorrhoids are no laughing matter, unless you’ve hit rock-bottom and there’s nothing else to do butt laugh (haha). Hopefully you don’t, but if you do find yourself in that predicament, here are some things that made the pain more manageable for me: 

  • A sitz bath will help for as long as you’re in it, but seeing as how you can’t sit in a tub soaking your bum all day…
  • Masturbate!
  • (Unrelated to the above) Don’t just lay in bed. Get some fresh air, take a walk around the block.
  • Lastly, as cheesy as it sounds, just know that you’re not alone (hemorrhoids affect approximately 1 in 20 Americans) and although it might not seem like it, there will come a time when you won’t want to commit suicide. And I’m not using this term lightly.

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Kentucky To Allocate $42 Million For Psychedelic Research

Kentucky will devote tens of millions of dollars in support of psychedelic research as part of its fight against opioid addiction, the state announced on Wednesday. 

At a news conference held by the Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission, state Attorney General Daniel Cameron detailed the commission’s plans to explore new treatments for individuals suffering from those affected by opioid use disorder, a commitment that will include the allocation of more than $40 million for psychedelic research. 

“We cannot continue to lose over two-thousand Kentuckians [to addictions] each year,” Cameron said, as quoted by Psychedelic Alpha

In the announcement, the commission said that its proposal includes “investigating new treatments to reverse the chemical effects of opioid addiction, including opioid withdrawal.”

“Kentucky must overcome the opioid epidemic by any and all means necessary,” said Bryan Hubbard, Chairman and Executive Director of the Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission (KYOAAC).  “As we begin the next phase in our fight against this crisis, we must explore any treatment option that demonstrates breakthrough therapeutic potential. Our goal is to investigate the creation of a new standard for treating opioid dependence, so we can finally end this cycle of pain in the Commonwealth.”

At Wednesday’s news conference, Hubbard said that “over the coming months, the commission will explore the possibility of devoting no less than $42 million over the next six years to the creation of public-private partnerships which can incubate, support and drive the development of ibogaine all the way through the FDA approval process,” according to Psychedelic Alpha

The money will come from a $26 billion settlement reached last year between multiple state and local governments and some of the country’s largest pharmaceutical companies over their role in creating the opioid epidemic.

The Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission was created last year and charged with the task of distributing the more than $842 million that was awarded to the Commonwealth in last year’s settlements.

“The Commission is comprised of nine voting and two non-voting members and includes stakeholders from, among others, the prevention and treatment community, law enforcement, and victims of the opioid crisis,” the commission’s website explains.

The settlement resolved “more than 4,000 claims of state and local governments across the country,” according to Cameron’s website, and it was “the second-largest multistate agreement in U.S. history, second only to the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.”

“Tentative settlement details were initially announced on July 21, 2021, and, after careful review, Attorney General Cameron signed the settlement on behalf of the Commonwealth. He was joined by a broad coalition of states and subdivisions in joining both settlement agreements, one with opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and another with the three pharmaceutical distributors: AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson,” the website explains. 

“The two settlement agreements require the distributors and J&J to pay billions of dollars to abate the opioid epidemic, totaling $26 billion over 18 years, with approximately $22.7 billion available for opioid abatement.”

Cameron appointed Hubbard to oversee the commission last year.

At Wednesday’s news conference, Hubbard expressed urgency to stem the tide of the epidemic.

“We must overcome the opioid epidemic by any and all humanitarian means necessary,” Hubbard said, as quoted by Psychedelic Alpha. “Our history demands it.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the “number of drug overdose deaths increased by nearly 30% from 2019 to 2020 and has quintupled since 1999.” 

“Nearly 75% of the 91,799 drug overdose deaths in 2020 involved an opioid. From 2019 to 2020, there were significant changes in opioid-involved death rates,” according to the CDC.

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Top 10 Sites To Buy Legal Psychedelics, Mushrooms

Legal psychedelics, sometimes derived from mushrooms, are plentiful and available if you know where to look. Unlike other varieties of psychedelic fungi, amanitas—including Amanita muscaria, Amanita regalis, and Amanita pantherina—are legal in nearly every market, and other fungi varieties provide other effects. You don’t have to be stuck on psilocybin to change your perception as reform laws slowly unfold, as other psychedelic varieties are legal right now.

Research continues to suggest that amanita’s active ingredients muscimol and the hypnotic ibotenic acid are believed to provide benefits including helping to ease stress and anxiety, and it’s been used medicinally for hundreds of years. 

Similarly, varieties of mushrooms are being used as adaptogens, supplementally. People are paying top dollar for rare fruits of Cordyceps sinensis and Cordyceps militaris for their believed benefits and use in Ancient China. (Cordyceps sinensis, costs over $20,000 per kilo.) Reishi mushrooms, aka Ganoderma lucidum, are also being explored for their effects on the immune system.

Here is High Times’ list of sites that sell psychedelic mushroom products that are legal and help you rewire your mind.

Courtesy Lucy

Mindful by Lucy

Master your mind with the help of mushrooms. sells products including Mindful, a functional amanita mushroom-based product line. Mindful by Lucy capsules designed to enhance well-being and promote a mindful approach through the power of microdoses. Mindful by Lucy comes in jars of 60 capsules containing a microdose of Amanita muscaria-based compounds. It also contains fungi like Cordyceps to elevate energy, Reishi to adapt to stress, Lion’s Mane to ignite cognitive function, and other active ingredients. (It also contains the cognitive-boosting herbs Bacopa Monnieri, Rhodiola Rosea, and Ginkgo Biloba.)

Courtesy Soma Supplies

Soma Supplies

Washington state mushroom supplier Soma Supplies sells Amanita muscaria and Amanita pantheroid varieties of mushrooms, both rich in muscimol and other active ingredients. Wholesale options are available. “Soma” is the mystery psychoactive drink mentioned in Vedic texts, and amanitas are one of the many substances possibly linked to it. At Soma, quantitative analyses of ibotenic acid and muscimol of samples are available, so you know exactly what you’re getting.

Courtesy Wild Forest Herbs

Wild Forest Herbs

Here you can buy hand-harvested Amanita muscaria in big red complete caps from Colorado-based Wild Forest Herbs. Workers find shrooms in the Colorado mountains and bring them to you. Dried mushroom caps are carefully dried in a stainless steel dehydrator with a continuous airflow and temperature of 115 degrees Fahrenheit to best preserve the mushroom and color, then stored in a dark location. This pulls out the toxins you don’t want. They also make an Amanita muscaria-infused topical balm and amanita stickers to represent.

Courtesy Eighty Six Brand

Fun Guy by Eighty Six Brand 

Hemp company Eighty Six Brand’s Fun Guy psychedelic wellness products are at “the forefront of the microdosing and holistic health movement,” the brand says. Fun Guy sells Amanita muscaria caps with 350 mg of pure amanita extract. They also have infused gummies in flavors such as strawberry, watermelon, and Blue Razz. You can also find hemp-derived products and other fun compounds.

Courtesy Fly Amanita

Fly Amanita

Fly Amanita provides six varieties of fungi including Amanita muscaria, Amanita regalis, and Amanita pantherina mushrooms. Fresh amanitas caps are dried at a low 104 degrees Fahrenheit temperature, and thoroughly dried caps have 10-15% of moisture in them for maximum effects. Then fly agaric mushrooms are packed into vacuum-sealed packages. You can buy up to two ounces, or larger quantities for wholesale. Fly Amanita also provides free worldwide shipping.

Courtesy Bloomable

Bloomable Natural Products

Try microdosing amanita mushrooms with capsules. Bloomable’s Amanita muscaria mushroom capsules contain 400 mg of muscimol that is carefully sourced from organic, ecological Amanita muscaria caps in Latvia. Each jar contains 60 vegan Amanita muscaria capsules. Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Turkey Tail, and Cordyceps mushroom capsules are also available to be used as supplements.

Courtesy Minnesota Nice Botanicals

Minnesota Nice Botanicals

Find the best mushrooms in the Midwest. Sprung out of an interest in the CBD business, MN Nice Botanicals sells Amanita muscaria capsules, gummies, infused chocolate, and many more products. You can buy a variety of other mushrooms and herbs that are believed to have psychoactive effects and/or medical benefits including Blue Lotus, B. Caapi, Amanita pantherina, and kava.

Courtesy Awakening Roots

Awakening Roots

Awakening Roots promises quality amanitas and products. Infused soaps, liquid extracts, and wild harvested forms of fungi are available. Amanita liquid extracts are fully decarbed for better potency and kick in fast. Awakening Roots aims to be a SAFE (Seek And Find Experience) space where we can connect and align with a whole body focus.

Courtesy Galaxy Treats

Galaxy Treats

Gummy up with these fruity shroom gummies. These Moon Shrooms Amanita Mushroom Gummies are packed with 350 mg of Amanita muscaria extract. They come in watermelon, strawberry, blueberry, and mango flavors. The gummies are specially formulated to deliver a “chilled-out, psychedelic experience” that’s unlike anything on the market, the company promises. Galaxy Treats also provides products infused with hemp-derived ingredients.

Courtesy Happy Amanita

Happy Amanita

If you’re on European shores, Happy Amanita provides several varieties of amanitas and amanita products. They provide a spagyric tincture that is made using an ancient alchemical process that extracts the full-spectrum compounds from the mushroom, including ibotenic acid and muscimol. Some people say the tincture helps with detoxification and digestion, as well as restoring cognitive function and other benefits.

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