GHB: What is it?

The world of new drugs and drug fads move quicker than anyone can keep up with. In fact, if you even tried to understand what ‘the kids’ are taking these days, you’d probably end up both confused and intoxicated quite quickly. There used to be a time when cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy was all anyone spoke about. However, nowadays, the world of drugs has opened up excessively. The likes of GHB, M-CAT, ketamine, mushrooms, acid, crystal meth and unlimited others are all being taken around the world.

Each drug has its own story and its own positives and negatives. So what about GHB? Many enjoy this drug, whilst many fear it. I myself have had an encounter with this drug. Let’s delve into what it is. 

GHB is a drug with a very interesting history and reputation, but, like many other mind-altering compounds, it does have a place in both the worlds of the therapeutics and recreation. To learn more about cannabis and psychedelics, make sure to subscribe to The Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter for more articles like this one, as well as exclusive deals Delta 8Delta 10 THCTHCVTHC-OTHCPHHC and even on legal Delta-9 THC!

What is GHB?

The world of recreational drugs is often separated by two phrases: ‘uppers’ and ‘downers’. Or in more scientific terms, ‘stimulants’ and ‘depressants’. GHB or Gamma Hydroxybutyrate would be in the depressant section. Obviously the differences between the two categories are pretty self-explanatory, based on the names. However, if you want to understand a little more, here’s a brief description from trusty wikipedia

“Depressants are also occasionally referred to as “downers” as they lower the level of arousal when taken. Stimulants or “uppers” increase mental and/or physical function, hence the opposite drug class of depressants is stimulants, not antidepressants”

What Does It Look Like?

GHB most commonly appears as a transparent liquid, not too dissimilar from water. Usually it will be given to the consumer in a bottle, and they will then use the cap or the lid to pour a little in and sip it. It doesn’t really have much of a taste, but can sometimes have a slight salty twang. It can also be given, less commonly, as a white powder or a capsule. GHB is known also as the ‘ghost drug’ because it’s very easy to disguise and to – in some circumstances – use as a ‘date rape’ drug. 

The History of GHB

GHB is a designer drug, which means it was and is created in a lab with the sole purpose to be used recreationally. In the 1990s, during the birth of rave culture, the drug gained popularity for its euphoric and sedative high. GHB is extremely powerful and it doesn’t take much of it to give someone a powerful experience. Furthermore, it can also quite easily make someone black out. This is why, whilst GHB is known in the drug world to be a club drug, which brings joy to many, it’s also considered very dangerous if used by the wrong person. This dichotomy of good and evil has surrounded the drug’s reputation for decades. 

Fun fact: GHB is often used by bodybuilders, as they believe it can help reduce fat and increase muscle. Do you think this should count as a performance enhancing drug?


If you’re in the United Kingdom, often people will hear the term ‘GHB’, and think of the similar abbreviation ‘GBH’. GBH stands for Grievous Bodily Harm, which is a UK definition for a serious crime against someone that causes severe wounds to their body. GBH and GHB may sound similar, and often people will get the two abbreviations mixed up, but actually, they are very very different things. Of course if you’re not based in the then perhaps you haven’t heard of that, but it’s always good to make the distinction early on. 

GHB: How does it make you feel?

As mentioned previously, GHB can have positive and negative effects. This is usually down to the individual’s body, and of course, how much they decide to take. Like any drug, it differs from person to person, circumstance to circumstance. For example, if a smaller person consumed GHB they are much more likely to feel the effects stronger than a larger person. In addition, if you’re in a club and alcohol has already been consumed then, again, the effects will be a heck of a lot more powerful than if you were sober, sitting in a sunny field. Ultimately, the positive effects will arise for those who take less GHB, and the more negative effects come almost always from overdosing. GHB is a very very powerful drug.  

Positive Effects

  • Confidence
  • Sociability 
  • Euphoria
  • Slightly dizzy
  • Lack of inhibitions

Negative Effects

  • Nausea 
  • Sweating 
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Death

Is GHB Legal?

GHB is illegal in both North America and Europe. In the UK, it has been a class C drug since 2003, which means that it’s technically less illegal than THC cannabis (which is quite remarkable). In the USA, GHB is a Schedule I controlled substance. This means it’s part of the same group as cannabis and heroin. It just goes to show how different American and Britain drug laws are. 

GHB, whilst made in a lab, is technically a chemical found in the brain and other parts of the body. Thus, it is used in certain medical practices – like most drugs are. Some forms of GHB are prescribed to help with narcolepsy, or to help with alcoholism. Like many drugs, GHB has a legal form that is used in medical practices, but it’s recreational form is very much illegal. 

The Date Rape Drug

According to the Office of National Statistics, From 2014-2018, there were 120 deaths in the UK that were caused by GHB. Part of this statistic was due to overdosing, whilst others were also due to it being used as a date rape drug. Due to its intense power, GHB has been cynically and cruelly used by many people (mostly men) to sexually assault another person. Many women and men have been given GHB non-consensually and then fallen unconscious, leading to them being sexually assaulted. A recent award winning BBC Drama I May Destroy You, written by Michaela Coel, portrayed a woman who this had happened to. In fact, Michaela Coel wrote about her own experience. She believed that by portraying her experiences on screen, she could hopefully highlight the dangers of date rape, whilst also repelling men from doing it. If you haven’t watched the show, it’s 100% worth a watch. 

GHB: My Own Experiences

Like many other people, I myself have had mixed experiences with GHB. I like to think of myself as an open person and am willing to try different substances from time to time. Although, to be honest, as I get older, my willingness to try different substances is definitely starting to diminish. However, I travelled to Amsterdam not so long ago with my girlfriend to stay with my father who recently moved there from the UK. We decided to attend a dinner party with some new friends and they spoke about buying some GHB for the evening ahead. I hadn’t heard much about GHB except the ‘date rape’ stuff and, thus, wasn’t too keen on the idea. But I’m aware that drugs can often be surrounded by bad reputations, which may be justified, but aren’t always the case if you’re safe and smart about it.

Therefore, we decided to accept the offer and my girlfriend and I continued the evening knowing that GHB would be on the cards at some point. Eventually, after some drinks, we were taken into a room and given a little lid to sip from. The liquid was transparent and didn’t taste of anything. My initial thought was: ‘is that seriously all I need to get high? That’s nothing’. I then instantly became anxious as I imagined all the people who would have simply taken the bottle and swigged from it without knowing the safe amount to take. As the night went on, I began to feel beautifully euphoric. My girlfriend and I danced, had deep conversations, and genuinely had a great evening. 

It was all going well until I blacked out and woke up on the sofa a few minutes later. It was very confusing. I then sobered up, unsure if it was the GHB or the alcohol that had caused my slight black out. My girlfriend and I decided to leave the party and return home, but just before we left – she decided to take one more sip of the GHB for the journey. This was when both of our experiences with GBH began to turn sour. Within minutes my girlfriend had passed out and would not wake up. In the end I took her to the hospital and it wasn’t until the next morning that she awoke from her deep sleep. She was completely unaware of what had happened. Luckily, she was okay and had been looked after. What had started as a nice experience, had quickly become a very scary one.

What’s Your Opinion?

Like all drugs, everyone has different experiences with them, thus there are varying views out there. The truth is, if people are responsible, safe and aren’t taken advantage of, then the majority of drugs can be enjoyed. However, unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. GHB, more than most drugs, has been known to be abused and utilised in an immoral way. What do you think? What’s your opinion of GHB?

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Did Shakespeare Use Cannabis for Creativity?

It’s long been known that cannabis and creativity go hand in hand: Hendrix, the Beatles and even Carl Sagan, the world famous cosmologist, all used Cannabis’ creative powers. But there is one name to add to that list that may surprise many people and that’s UK nation’s poet, world famous playwright and every school child’s nightmare: William Shakespeare.

In 2001, a South African Anthropologist called Francis Thackeray was given permission from Shakespeare’s birthplace to analyze a collection of pipe fragments found in the grounds of Shakespeare’s garden. The study found that on eight of the pipes there was the residue of cannabis and these were the pipes most closely associated with the Bard’s property itself. It seems that Shakespeare operated on a work hard, play bard routine, perhaps even using cannabis as a stimulant for his creativity. But what evidence is there from the Bard’s own words that he liked to use cannabis and how does cannabis increases creativity in general? In this article, we’ll examine how Shakespeare’s timeline crosses neatly with the large scale introduction of Cannabis plants to the United Kingdom, we’ll look at Thackeray’s study in depth and we’ll investigate the science behind Cannabis and creativity, all to examine if the man ‘of all time’ may have been high whilst writing his finest works.

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Cannabis and Shakespeare’s England

Before Cannabis was known and used as a recreational drug in Britain it was grown mostly as hemp, a crop used for medicinal reasons and to make fibre, clothes and rope. The earliest known usage of hemp seeds comes from Roman Britain as seeds were found in a well in York. Hemp was also used throughout Anglo-Saxon England as an important crop for the production of medicine, textiles and animal feed. Hemp very quickly became one of the most popular crops in Britain because of its many uses and indeed boomed in Elizabethan England, the time Shakespeare began to write.

Queen Elizabeth I even created a new law that meant every farmer with more than 60 acres of land had to grow hemp. The penalty of not carrying this out was a fine of 5 whole pounds (worth a lot more then than it is now). The medicinal properties of Cannabis were noted by many writers around Shakespeare’s era, John Gerard describes how many ailments Cannabis can cure in his book The Herball (1597). In a book titled ‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’ by Robert Burton, hemp seeds made into a drink are offered as a treatment of depression.

But what about the recreational use of cannabis? Cannabis was being smoked recreationally around the world in the form of Hashish, particularly in the Middle East and Asia, but it’s not easy to find evidence of its use in Britain. However, It is not hard to imagine that travelers from these areas of the world would have found themselves in London pubs or theatres and shown the locals that cannabis plants could be used for more than making ropes or curing ailments.

The Thackeray Study

To make the claim that Shakespeare was using cannabis to help him write, we first need evidence that he was actually smoking it. Francis Thackeray’s study does just this, but beyond Shakespeare it also shows us that Cannabis was being smoked in this era and most likely for recreational reasons. In The study, nicely described in an independent article  written by Thackeray himself, the team used state-of-the-art forensic technology to chemically analyse residue found on the pipe fragments. Interestingly, Cannabis was not the only chemical found. Coca leaves, the predecessor of cocaine, were also found on two of the pipes. This is also in line with the fact that many variations of new smokable leaves were brought back from ‘the new world’ by sailors such as Walter Raleigh (Including Tobacco). 

To make matters even more interesting, the pipes with Coca residue were the only pipes analysed not from Shakespeare’s garden, but near to it. Instead, the pipes from his garden contained the cannabis residue mentioned earlier. Thackeray even goes as far as to say that “Shakespeare may have been aware of the deleterious (damaging) effects of cocaine as a strange compound. Possibly, he preferred cannabis as a weed of mind stimulating properties.” That says it all. Shakespeare’s choice drug was cannabis, because it boosted his creativity. The Bard of Avon was ahead of his times in many ways.

There are of course some issues with the study and some aspects have to be taken with a pinch of tobacco. Though the pipes were found in Shakespeare’s garden, it’s rather tricky to tie them directly to The Bard himself. Even when dating the pipes, the study can only say that the pipes date to ‘the early 17th Century’, this is quite a broad time-frame, especially considering Shakespeare died in 1616. So we have to be a tiny bit cautious when using Thackeray’s study, but it is very interesting.

The ‘Noted weed’: Shakespeare’s References to Cannabis

Is there any evidence from the man himself about his preference for Cannabis, do we find any enlightenment from flicking through the folio?  Amazingly we do, Shakespeare seems to make multiple references to what could be his ‘other muse’. In the Merry Wives of Windsor, the character Ford tells the audience that he wants to drink “pipe wine”, a line usually linked with tobacco, but with the knowledge of Thackeray’s study and the quotes to follow, it could be referencing smoking a different leaf altogether. 

In Sonnet 76 we find arguably the most clear evidence of Shakespeare’s use of Cannabis for creativity: 

Why is my verse so barren of new pride,
So far from variation or quick change?
Why with the time do I not glance aside
To new-found methods and to compounds strange?
Why write I still all one, ever the same,
And keep invention in a noted weed,
That every word doth almost tell my name,
Showing their birth and where they did proceed?

We see here Shakespeare’s reference his ‘noted weed’, which some (including Thackeray) have taken to be a nod to cannabis being used as a method to help with his writing, or ‘invention’. It seems from this poem that Shakespeare indeed keeps his invention in his weed (cannabis) and uses it whenever he strives to find the right words, or even uses it to show him his character’s histories, fleshing them out (showing their birth and where they did proceed). Earlier in this poem he describes how he doesn’t want to be linked to any ‘compounds strange,’ which Thackeray has taken to mean strange new drugs, even cocaine. More evidence of Shakespeare’s preference to the more natural and ancient method of finding his buzz.

In sonnet 118 Shakespeare says : 

Like as, to make our appetites more keen,
With eager compounds we our palate urge

Perhaps a reference again using compounds or drugs to help increase the appetite, both a reference to appetite of life but perhaps also his attitude to writing.

A potentially even more cryptic, but fascinating reference occurs in Henry V where Pistol tries to save a man doomed to hanging he exclaims: ‘Let man go free and let not hemp his windpipe suffocate’. This line has been analysed as potentially having a double meaning. As we’ve discussed above Hemp was used to make fibres and ropes, so Pistol is referring to the rope of the noose, but it could also be a wry nod to the burning feeling cannabis gives the throat.

Shakespeare, Cannabis and Creativity

It’s clear that Shakespeare would at least have come into contact with the use of Cannabis recreationally, and indeed he may have even shown his readers that he liked to use it for inspiration, but what is the science behind cannabis’s link to creativity and how might we use this to further understand why Shakespeare may have relied on it to come up with his most complicated plots.

To understand, we must look at the neuroscience: Cannabis smoking produces a wealth of Dopamine in the brain, including an area known as the frontal cortex. In a study by Schaffer et al in 2011, they took two groups of participants, some with high and some with low levels of creativity and tested them in two conditions: High on Cannabis and non-intoxicated. What they found was that the low creativity group increased their verbal fluency to that of the high-creative group. Verbal fluency is a measure of how quickly and creatively a participant can speak. The authors argue that this increase in fluency was because of the increase of dopamine in the prefrontal cortex which may lead to a swifter ability to produce words.

What Schaffer’s study showed was that creativity in verbal fluency could be increased in those with low creativity. This would seem almost too perfect to a playwright with a mental block. Cannabis also increases blood flow to areas of the brain needed for creativity, including the amygdala, an area needed for emotional processing and empathy. This would perfectly help the playwright put himself in Romeo’s shoes whilst writing the balcony scene.

A Summary on Shakespeare and Cannabis

So it seems rather likely that Shakespeare had indeed found inspiration in his ‘Noted weed’. The fragments of pipe show us that people were smoking Cannabis and more than that, it was being smoked in Shakespeare’s garden, the many quotes and references in Shakespeare’s own works and of course the science behind Cannabis’ link to creativity all point towards the Nation’s bard using cannabis as his muse. Without Cannabis, we wouldn’t have had Hendrix, we wouldn’t have had some of the Beatles finest albums and now we can assume we wouldn’t have even had Hamlet. A rather strong case for Cannabis’s powers of productivity.

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The New Entourage Vape Cartridges: Delta 8, THC-O and HHC Carts

Have you tried the new entourage products? Several companies have recently introduced what they call “Entourage Vape Cartridges”, a combination of three new psychoactive cannabinoids: Delta 8 THC, THC-O and HHC with some CBN, CBD & CBG for the final touch.

Simply put, entourage vape cartridges are new blends, that combine different cannabinoids, in-order to reach the most-wanted ‘Entourage Effect‘ (AFA the ‘Family Effect‘ – the way different cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids work together to offer health benefits you can usually only get when consuming the entire plant in its natural state). This is why the best hemp products are usually either full spectrum or broad spectrum and not made from isolate. However, it is much more complicated when you are trying to create hemp-derived psychoactive entourage vape cartridges, as some of the compounds are not naturally occouring, or exist in only small amounts.

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Uruguay Planning to Open Cannabis Tourism Market

Uruguay was the first country in modern times to take the plunge and legalize recreational cannabis, which it did back in 2013. Now, Uruguay is looking to up the ante with plans to open a cannabis tourism market to bolster the industry further.

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Liberalism in Uruguay

Uruguay was the first country to legalize the use of recreational cannabis, creating the world’s first adult-use market in 2013. This happened when then-President Jose Mujica officially signed legislation in December of that year. Prior to this time, Uruguay was still one of the more liberal countries when it came to drug laws, having decriminalized all drugs back in 1974 for personal use.

When that law was enacted (law 14.294), it did not specify how much accounted for personal use – called a ‘minimum quantity’, and judges were left to make that assessment on a case-by-case basis. Growing, selling, and any sort of trafficking crime, were still illegal at that time. In 1998 the law was updated with a change in language from ‘minimum quantity’ which it had been since 1974, to ‘reasonable quantity’, a similarly non-specific term for how much a person can possess without criminal penalties. This law also reduced the consequences for offenders caught growing and selling cannabis illegally.

It’s probably good to point out that Uruguay has consistently been more liberal than other South American countries, which might explain how it got to legalization, when no one else had. Latin America is generally seen as a very Christian area, where there is sometimes a large connection between church and state. In the case of Uruguay, that connection was severed back in 1918. Similarly, women were given the right to vote as early as 1932. Uruguay even holds the designation of being one of only three countries in Latin America to allow abortion, first decriminalizing it in 2008, and then legalizing it without question in the first trimester, in 2012. That same year, the country voted in same sex marriage, with a full legalization in 2013.

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Cannabis legalization in Uruguay

As stated, in 2013, Uruguay broke with the rest of the world and formally legalized recreational cannabis. As per the usual, the legalization didn’t come with the framework for regulation, which took another few years, and was released in 2017. Uruguay is the only legalized location thus far to institute a government-run system rather than a free market, meaning the government is in control of all distribution and pricing.

Uruguay’s cannabis law stipulates the following: citizens are allowed to grow up to six plants every year, or up to 480 grams, whichever comes first. Social clubs can be formed with 15-45 members wherein 99 plants can be grown. In order to buy cannabis from the government, a citizen must register first, and cannabis is only sold through licensed pharmacies. Participants registered in the system can buy up to 40 grams a month, and there is no promotion or advertising allowed.

Uruguay’s main reason for legalizing marijuana was to combat the illegal drug trade. Latin America is known for its drug trafficking and drug violence, and Uruguay wanted to cut into the cannabis black market, by diverting it to a legal one. In the words of President Mujica at the time the idea was initially brought up, “The effects of drug trafficking are worse than those of the drugs themselves.” Even decriminalization proved a complicated idea, as allowing the use of something for which there is no legal way to obtain it, means the encouragement of a black market.

Whereas Canada, and many US states, legalized for similar reasons, no other legalized location has instituted a government-run model, and in no other case has the price of cannabis been kept so low. As of early 2020, the price for a gram was about $1.23 USD, far less than anywhere else. To be clear, users aren’t given a large array of strains to choose from, and none of them are high-THC. Even so, by early 2020, approximately 41,000 users were registered, there were over 8,000 home-growers, 158 cannabis clubs had popped up with a combined total of about 5,000 members, and users have three clear legal avenues to obtain cannabis: pharmacies, self-cultivation, and cannabis clubs. According to 2020 statistics, May 2020 saw the sale of approximately 87,000 grams, and April 2020 had sales of nearly 100,000 grams.

Uruguay and a new plan for a cannabis tourism market

Uruguay wants to further control the issue of the black market in the country, and has proposed a way to do both that, and to bolster the cannabis industry further. The new plan for Uruguay is to open a cannabis tourism market, to keep visitors coming into the country from buying black market weed. Uruguay has done a lot to limit the black market, but gangs still prevail, and the black market still claimed as much as 89% of cannabis business in 2020. Plus, the country has yet to reach $10 million USD in exports, partly challenged by a growing international market with tons of competition.

To be fair, exports did more than double by 2020, to hit $7.5 million, but this is far less than the hoped for hundreds of millions which never materialized (and which was a bit unrealistic to begin with.) According to secretary general of the National Drugs Board, Daniel Radio, “I think there was excessive optimism regarding the possibilities of growth, because we aren’t playing alone here.” He went on to say, “Some investment is showing up in manufacturing and value-added processes. That has to be our bet, because it’s the only way Uruguay can be competitive.”

cannabis in Uruguay

Current President Luis Lacalle Pou and administration may even release a plan this year in order to start building support for such an initiative. And while the country is happy to provide cannabis to tourists, it’s primary aim is to keep those tourists from the black market. Uruguay’s population is only about 3.5 million, so the inclusion of foreigners could greatly increase the base of potential customers. Argentinians and Brazilians make up a large part of the tourist market each year. This has been impeded by the coronavirus pandemic, however, Uruguay expects to open its borders to vaccinated travelers by November 1st.

According to Deputy Tourism Minister Remo Monzeglio, this might come with a rise in prices for tourists, with proceeds going to fund drug treatment programs. Realistically, raising prices has proven to be a pitfall of the industry, so whether Uruguay, which has avoided that pitfall thus far, will actually do this, remains to be seen.

In terms of how all this is expected to be done, Monzeglio continued that a presidential decree would be a faster way to get tourists registered and buying at pharmacies. In order to formally drop the registering requirement, new legislation would have to be written.

Medical cannabis tourism

Uruguay isn’t the only country interested in a cannabis tourism market, in fact, it’s becoming all the rage. For years, Amsterdam held the title for the biggest cannabis tourism destination, but there are plenty of others, from Christiana in Copenhagen, Denmark, to Spain with its selection of cannabis clubs. Plenty of countries are also using the medical aspect to open medical cannabis tourism markets.

Last year, Thailand became the first Asian country to legalize medical cannabis, and though the country doesn’t seem to have any immediate intentions to go recreational, it is trying to build a medical cannabis tourism industry. As per Marut Jirasrattasiri, the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine Director, “Thailand is already a tourist destination for many foreigners, and marijuana will be another attraction for the country and for medical tourists.” In order to make this happen, draft legislation was created to allow foreigners access to Thai medical cannabis clinics, and possibly allow medical patients to bring their own cannabis with them.

The US Virgin Islands, also has its eye on grabbing the medical cannabis tourism market. Medical cannabis was made legal in the Virgin Islands in 2019, with provisions in the bill which allow for patients coming from locations with legalized cannabis, to access care in the Virgin Islands for a fee. The same bill also made it open to patients unable to access cannabis medicine in their home country, to enter treatment in an in-house cannabis treatment program.

medical marijuana tourism

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. was even looking to take it one step further, pushing an amendment for cannabis legalization, which didn’t use the word ‘recreational’, but instead called it ‘non-prescribed’. This amendment would have allowed the use of this ‘non-prescribed’ cannabis all throughout the Island. The bill didn’t make it through legislative sessions, as it was introduced last minute, but chances are it will come up again.

Jamaica is yet another country capitalizing on medical cannabis tourism. In Jamaica, cannabis was decriminalized in the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2015, which makes it so that up to two ounces incurs no criminal record, gives the ability for a person to grow up to five plants, opens up cannabis use for religious purposes, and allows for tourists to be eligible for cannabis permits so long as they already hold a prescription for medical cannabis.

The last part is globally inclusive, and shows the beginning of a push for a medical cannabis tourism market, along with a religious cannabis tourism market, helped along by Rastafari culture, which embraces cannabis. Jamaica is one of the first countries to provide a religious legalization, and that legalization extends to using cannabis freely in religious environments. Also a major point of interest for tourists, with the two combining to form a great basis for cannabis tourism in general.


Will Uruguay really embrace a new cannabis tourism market? Considering the country has already shown its willing to break with international and regional code when it comes to many subjects, and as it has already positioned itself as a trailblazer in cannabis legalization, it’s looking pretty promising. And who would expect less from the country that started it all, then to have a new innovative way to grow its industry?

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Merkel Is Leaving, Will Germany’s Medical Cannabis Market Expand to Recreational?

Right now, there is no legal recreational cannabis market in Europe (though there is one recreational legalization). Out of all of Europe, Germany’s medical cannabis market is by far the biggest, and quickly growing. Does this growing acceptance of cannabis mean that a recreational legalization is next? A failed initiative from last year was a setback, but with elections at the end of the month, and Chancellor Merkel standing down, a recreational legalization could come sooner rather than later.

Germany’s medical cannabis market is the biggest in Europe, and it looks like a changing political dynamic could lead to recreational legalization. This is good for consumers everywhere, as more legalized countries mean more and better products. Think about it, until the recent cannabis boom, products like delta-8 THC didn’t exist at all, and now this alternate form to delta-9, which causes less anxiety and couch locking, is available all over the place. Interested parties can check out our large selection of delta-8 THC, thcv, thcp, thco, hhc and delta 10 deals along with plenty of other compounds. The world of cannabis is growing, don’t miss out.

Germany and cannabis law

Germany is a recreationally illegal country when it comes to cannabis. Under the German Federal Narcotics Act, an offender can be sentenced to up to five years in prison for possession. This only covers possession, as there is technically nothing stated legally about use, meaning being caught using is likely to incur civil penalties or some kind of program, so long as the quantity is considered a ‘small amount’.

What’s a small amount? This is actually not specified, and is judged not just by physical weight, but by delta-9 THC content. Different regions of the country have their own limits, ranging anywhere from 6-15 grams. Cultivation and suppling cannabis are predictably illegal, and offenders generally receive up to five years in prison. Supply crimes can vary, with the possibility of garnering anywhere from 1-15 years in prison, depending on circumstances.

Germany approved the use of Dronabinol in 1998, officially allowing a small amount of medical use from that time. A full medical cannabis bill passed in 2017, expanding greatly on the original legalization. At this time, all medical cannabis was imported into the country, mainly from the Netherlands and Canada. This changed in 2019, when Germany legalized the production and exportation of medical cannabis products, thereby entering the global medical cannabis market.

Germany's medical cannabis market

Since that time, Germany has had the biggest cannabis market in Europe. The first German medical cannabis company to enter the Düsseldorf Stock Exchange is Cannovum AG, which entered this past May, 2021.

How big is Germany’s medical cannabis market?

On March 4th, 2020, a list of questions was posed by left party Die Linke to government officials in parliament. According to BfArM – The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices which oversees the regulation of the cannabis industry in the country, in regards to number of users, a survey performed by the agency showed 13,343 complete records. In its write-up and translation of the article, leading cannabis market intelligence firm Prohibition Partners estimated there were approximately 128,000 patients a year who received medical cannabis from the government, at that time. The government was not able to give a more specific number.

In terms of cannabis imports to Germany, Q4 of 2020 saw 3,264 kilograms enter the country, which is the highest of any quarter so far. This brought the year’s total to 9,249 kilograms. Germany’s import market grew so quickly that there was over a 100% increase in 2018 and 2019, though only 37% in 2020, possibly due to the corona pandemic. In the past, Germany imported mainly from Canada and the Netherlands.

Germany now accepts imports from Portugal, Israel, Uruguay, Spain, and Australia. It’s expected that countries with lower production costs, like Uruguay and Portugal (and likely the legalized African countries soon), will be major providers in the future. Besides imports, Germany is starting to produce itself, with the expectation of domestic suppliers providing 2,600 kilograms a year, or more. This broadening of countries to buy from has had a big effect on one of Germany’s biggest suppliers, the Netherlands, which saw a decrease in exports of 5% for the year, the first time this has happened.

Prior to 2020, Germany’s medical cannabis market was already very large, with statistics from 2019 showing Germany as both the biggest importer and exporter of cannabis oil for Europe, and being a main contender globally. For imports that year, according to worldstopexports, Germany imported $240 million worth of cannabis oil, second only to the US which imported a massive $893 million worth that year. The next European country to make the list was France, in 5th place, with $152.7 million worth of imports. Germany accounted for 7.8% of all cannabis oil imports that year.

In terms of exports, Germany was still the top European provider, coming in fourth place globally with $229.8 million worth exported. The next European country on the list was Spain, with $190.5 million for the year. Topping the list were China at just under one billion, India at $320.8 million, and the US with 309.7 million. All these numbers apply only to cannabis oil, and do not account for other products like cannabis flowers, other concentrates, tinctures, creams, patches, or capsules.

cannabis exports

Obviously, the flower market should be examined as well, and Germany is not lacking here, either. In July, 2020, according to BfArM, Germany saw increases in imports in Q1 and Q2 at 16% and 32% respectively for that same year. How much do these increases mean in cannabis weight? In 2018, cannabis flower imports totaled about 3.1 tonnes, which went up to 6.7 tonnes in 2019. In 2020, it rose to the aforementioned 9,249 kilograms, or 9.249 in tonnes.

Will Germany pass a recreational legalization?

This is a great question. Germany’s medical cannabis market is huge, but will this help spur on further expansion by way of a recreational legalization? This has actually come up already. On October 29th, 2020, a recreational bill was rejected in parliament, and not because it didn’t have ample support. The rejection was more due to coalitions, than the idea of mass opposition to it. In Germany, there are six main political parties, as well as other smaller ones. Two of those main parties, the Social Democratic party of Germany, and the Union, (which itself is the combination of two parties including the Christian Democrats led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel) have a coalition.

The Social Democratic party holds 152 seats and is in favor of legalization. However, the Union holds 264 seats and is against legalization. The Social Democrats generally vote alongside the Union members, meaning that together they hold enough seats to derail legalization attempts, even though many of those seats are held by politicians looking to legalize, and other political parties also promote legalization. This is what happened to last year’s proposed bill for an adult-use market. It makes for quite the odd pairing considering how opposite the two parties are on many issues, including cannabis.

The thing is, when you see a government that has a large percentage leaning in a certain direction, strategic coalitions will only last so long, especially as public opinion changes. At a certain point, in order to remain in office, these politicians will have to succumb to the will of the people. This is the same thing that can be seen in North Carolina where republicans are now leading the charge for medical legalization with the understanding – stated by them directly, that they don’t have a choice anymore.

Another main party, the Green party, which currently holds 67 seats, has been gaining support and was vying with Merkel’s Union coalition earlier this year for the top spot in opinion polls. This September there are Bundestag Elections, in which the federal parliament is elected. As Angela Merkel will not be running this year as per her announcement in 2018 to stand down as Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democrats, this certainly opens the door for general change.

A lot has changed since 2005 when Merkel first came to power. The German Hemp Association, which has been conducting polls since 2014, saw 30% in favor of legalizing in their poll that year. This number went up to 46% for legalization within just a few years. In terms of decriminalization, 59% backed it in 2018, and no further poll on the matter has been taken since this time.

cannabis in parliament

Co-founder of Cannovum, Pia Marten (the Berlin based-company which just became the first publicly listed cannabis company in Germany), had this to say: “Looking at the General Election I am excited to see what happens, it could introduce some changes in legislation; recreational would have an impact on our business and we are keeping a close eye on this… If we get a government with a liberal approach, it could happen, then it could make way for recreational use.”

Some are more sure of themselves, like cannabis lawyer Kai-Friedrich Niermann, who stated, “We have had medical cannabis since 2017 and we are now preparing for the big cannabis reform in September.  The Federal elections are taking place and we are assuming the Green Party will come into power and legalize cannabis from next year.”

While Prohibition Partners has stated it believes approximately 28,000 people receive medical cannabis a year in Germany, the same firm also believes that there are upwards of four million cannabis users in the country, which means if Germany has a big cannabis market with only medical, it could be massive with recreational. We’ll find out how ready Germany is to embrace this idea at the end of the month.


Many countries are getting closer to recreational legalizations, so its not surprising that the country with the largest cannabis industry in Europe, would be looking to expand further. Germany’s medical cannabis market has been booming since 2017, and with a huge change coming in the political scene what with the end of Merkel’s reign, the former opposition to a legalized recreational market, might finally be taken over by a push to legalize.

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Historical Cannabis: Biggest Potheads of History

With all the back and forth about the possible health benefits and detractions of cannabis, its long history is often forgotten, a history that when not ignored, helps us understand many of these issues being fought over in the press. It seems many have forgotten that cannabis has been popular for quite some time, and among people not often associated with the plant. For today, let’s pay homage to stoners of the past with this list of the biggest potheads of history.

When looking at the biggest potheads of history, it become clear that cannabis has been important for a very long time. Back in the day, there were far less options, of course, whereas today, interested users can eat edibles, toke on vapes, apply it in patches or as creams, and even use it as suppositories and nasal spray. Not only this, it’s not just about delta-9 anymore, but a myriad of other compounds like delta-8 THC, a naturally occurring half-brother to delta-9 which comes with the same general health benefits, but without causing the same kind of anxiety or cloudy head. Take a look at our deals for delta-8 THC, delta 10, thcv, thcp, thco, hhc and tons of other compounds, and take advantage of today’s cannabis market.

Cannabis is a pretty ubiquitous plant, and has been for thousands of years. It’s been a crucial part of many time periods and generations, even if we don’t always write it in the history books. In that sense, this list could have thousands of names on it. Since we don’t have time to dig up every semi-popular stoner of history, here are some of the more interesting picks of famous people who have proven to be the biggest potheads of history, or who get that title in the press, whether deserved or not.

William Shakespeare

Cannabis has often been associated with the arts, and was even attached to the burgeoning jazz scene of the 1920s as a way to denigrate both for prohibition purposes. So it’s not that weird to think that one of the most famous writers of history, might also have been one of the biggest potheads of history.

William Shakespeare was alive from 1564-1616, and brought us some of the most well-known classics of today, including Romeo & Juliet, Othello, and Macbeth. His stories are still performed every day in high schools, community theatres, and Broadway, and can be found on stages all around the world, and even in movie theaters. As it happens, while many readers have often thought that Shakespeare made veiled references to drugs, some hard evidence was actually found linking him to them.

William Shakespeare

Apparently, scientists tested 24 pipes found on his property in Stratford-Upon-Avon, where he lived, some of which came from his garden. Scientists went pretty far in this case to establish a dead writer’s possible drug habits, using gas chromatography to detect cannabis on eight pipe pieces. Incidentally, they also found evidence of Peruvian cocaine on two. While this doesn’t mean the weed belonged to Shakespeare, or that he used it frequently, it certainly indicates that someone was toking on some ganja at his house.

Snoop Dogg

Let’s be honest, he might represent recent history more than ancient, but what list of the biggest potheads in history would be complete without giving a mention to the one and only Snoop Dogg? In fact, if there’s any one being who represents cannabis in today’s culture more than anyone or anything else, its this guy.

Ever since Snoop (Calvin Broadus Jr.) came out in 1992, first as a collaborator with Dr. Dre, and then on his own, he’s provided us music rich with cannabis mentions. As an entertainer, Snoop unabashedly brought us weed culture, bringing it further into the mainstream. Whereas other entertainers had made references before, Snoop really blew them out of the water with some of the most pro-pot lyrics and images possible.

But he didn’t stop with entertainment. As the cannabis products industry opened in the US with the recreational legalization of cannabis in different states, Snoop put on his businessman hat, first creating G-pens when vaping really took off, and then after several other moves in the industry, establishing Casa Verde Capital, an aptly named cannabis venture capital investment fund, which specializes in seed investments. Casa Verde has allowed Snoop to take part in many different businesses, going past cannabis to even promote plant based food companies like Outstanding Foods, as well as tech companies like Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies. Not only does Snoop work to put out quality products, but he’s also gravitated toward the general health and wellness space as well. Snoop is a great example of what can be accomplished in the cannabis game without the help of big pharma.

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus was an Italian sailor born in 1451 and who died in 1506. Columbus is known for his global explorations, making four voyages across the Atlantic in his life. In 1492 Columbus landed in South America for the first time, coming first to the Bahamas which he named San Salvador. Thinking he had come upon India, he called the natives he found there, ‘Indians’, a misused term we still misuse today. The idea of Christopher Columbus has changed over the years. We have a holiday named after him for discovering the Americas, but in recent history, stories of his brutality concerning his treatment of the natives, including beating them, raping them, and killing them, has tarnished his reputation.

While all of this is horrible, the truth is, a lot of history is brutal, and Columbus’s actions aren’t actually different than other explorers, conquerors, or leaders in history. In this sense, he wasn’t out of the ordinary at all, and only by today’s standards do we consider what he did to be horrible. Some say the brutality stories are exaggerated, but since they make perfect sense for the time period, I think it’s better to leave it at an understanding that this is what happened, and not try to change the story to something that sounds better. He likely was that bad, but technically doing what everyone did. Might not make it right, but it does make it expected, so we shouldn’t be surprised. If we want to single him out, we’d have to take a harder look at nearly every other ruler in history, even the ones we like.

hemp sails

None of that has to do with the fact that Columbus went on his voyages with large stocks of cannabis. Some even credit Columbus for introducing the plant to America, but there is evidence that the plant was already there. Either way, he may well have increased usage and growth of it. Columbus brought three ships to the new world, and those ships were built with hemp sails and hemp rope. The cracks in the ships were even filled hemp to ensure the structure was water tight. His ship, the Santa Maria, had a hold filled with hemp seeds, meant to be planted wherever they landed, as well as being a nutrient-rich food source for the sailors.

To give a quick idea as to how much hemp was used back then, not only were the sails and rope of the boats made of hemp, but so were Columbus’s clothes, the lamp oil used in the lamps, and the pages of the books being read. Hemp was essentially everywhere, and being brought with them to ensure that wherever they went, they’d be able to get more. In this way, Columbus truly was one of the biggest potheads of history.

Ramesses II

When getting into articles like this, sometimes it’s not actually about ‘the biggest potheads of history’, but some of the more interesting places that cannabis has shown up. One of the most interesting ones, which opens a wide door to questions, is that cannabis pollen was found on the mummy of Ramses II, who reigned in Egypt from 1279-1213 BC. He was the 3rd pharaoh in Egypt’s Nineteenth Dynasty, and is one of the most famous of the ancient Egyptian rulers.

Does finding pollen on a mummy indicate that Ramesses was getting stoned off his headdress every day? No, of course not. I mean, maybe he was, maybe he wasn’t, but what it does show, is that cannabis was certainly being used for something at that time. There is an opposing belief that the pollen was used as part of a way to conserve things like mummies, and though this is certainly possible, and would make sense for why it ended up on a mummy, it ignores other information that squarely puts cannabis use in ancient Egyptian culture.

Plus, the Egyptians were super big on making sure that mummified leaders would have everything they needed in the after life, and often buried mummies with other ‘things’ ranging from jewels and money, to oils and medicine. The idea that it was on the mummy as a way to send Ramesses off with a medication he needed (or simply liked), would go in line with what we know of ancient Egyptian burying culture. Once again, none of this means that Ramesses was high all the time, but it does create a further link to ancient Egypt, and cannabis use. It has even been indicated that the pollen grains found might not have been from species native to Egypt, which brings up the possibility that different strains of cannabis had been introduced during those times. And this opens up even more questions about what the cannabis trading market was like back then.

Queen Victoria

When it comes to historical figures, there is always some debate, generally because media stories help mold opinions. Often history is molded to sell a particular story, and this can create friction, and make it hard to tell where the truth lies. This is the case with Queen Victoria, one of the most famous rulers of Britain, and in world history. She took the throne in 1837 at the age of 18, and held onto it until her death in 1901, when she was 81 years old. She also may very well have been one of the biggest potheads in history, and not because she was smoking it.

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As the story goes, Queen Victoria suffered greatly from menstrual cramps, and was prescribed a cannabis remedy by her doctor. Cannabis was reintroduced to Western medicine by William O’Shaughnessy in 1842 with his publication of Bengal Dispensatory and Pharmacopoeia, meaning the Queen, someone who would’ve had access before a common person, could have been using such medicines even before this time. Cannabis for menstrual cramps was mentioned by a Dr. Reynolds in 1890, who was apparently a doctor to the royal family for a number of years, but he never mentioned giving it to Victoria specifically.

For some reason, detractors like to assume that since nothing was formally said before 1890 by that particular doctor, and that because by 1890 Victoria wouldn’t have been in her child bearing years, that Victoria could not have used cannabis prior to that time. However, as stated, it was being used decades before that, when Victoria was still in menstrual ages.

Queen Victoria would have been attended to by more than one physician, and as a queen, would have had access to any doctor of her choosing, and with whatever privacy level she desired. Which makes it silly that its presumed that simply because a doctor who may or may not have treated her at some point, made a statement about cannabis independently of treating her, that this would be related to Victoria’s use, or an indication of whether she used it at all. In fact, cannabis was widely used in England in Victorian times, for both menstrual cramps and childbirth pain, generally as a tinctures or put into tea. Of course she wasn’t smoking it, but to assume she wasn’t using it, would actually make less sense. In either case it can’t be directly proven, but the logic argument is that as a queen who likely experienced both menstrual pain, and pain from childbirth (ten kids), that she probably was prescribed it at some point, and possibly quite frequently.

Honorable mentions to the biggest potheads in history

Not everyone through history was a big smoker, but that doesn’t mean that they didn’t contribute to the world of weed in some way. So here are some honorable mentions, that represent the use of cannabis for other purposes.

George Washington

George Washington – There is some debate as to whether George Washington smoked the wacky weed, but what seems to be more settled, is that he did grow hemp. For anyone having difficulty believing this not-difficult piece of information, please remember that in colonial times, there were actual grow laws at points requiring residents with farms to grow cannabis. As such, that George Washington grew industrial hemp makes quite a bit of sense for the time.

A Washington Post article even cited journal entries written by Washington in 1765, in which he talks about the “Muddy Hole”, which he used to reference where he grew hemp, and went into detail about having not separated out female from male plants early enough. Of course, this one point actually brings up the question of why separating them was necessary, as male hemp plants can also be used for fiber. Allowing female plants to be pollinated makes the fiber courser, and its possible he needed separation because of that. But it’s also possible if George Washington was really paying close attention to the sex of his plants, he might well have been ingesting their contents.

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Joan of Arc

Another possible weed enthusiast, without confirmation, is Joan of Arc. Ms. Arc was born in 1412 to a peasant family in France. At a certain point, she began experiencing visions, though how and why are a subject of debate. Her visions told her to support Charles VII, which she did, helping him regain control of France from English rule. After being sent to the Siege of Orleans as part of a relief army, the siege ended after only nine days, adding to her prominence, and helping France to a final victory not long after.

She was eventually captured by French nobles who were in alliance with England, turned over to England, put on trial where she was found guilty, and hanged on May 30, 1430 at the age of approximately 19. In 1456, when an investigation into the court proceedings was done by Pope Callixtus III, she was found innocent of the crimes, and from that point called a martyr. She was canonized in 1920.

The idea that Joan of Arc was one of the biggest potheads in history is mainly linked to her hallucinations. Though cannabis is capable of causing such hallucinations, they also could have been linked to some kind of psychiatric issue, or some other medicinal herb. In fact, the other explanations generally make more sense, though it can’t be ruled out that she happened to be the kind of person to have such intense reactions, and that her visions and messages could have been cannabis related. Of all the entries here today, she is the most unlikely by far, but it’s still interesting to think about… and is often brought up in the press for this reason.


History gets dicey when it comes to controversial topics, like the biggest potheads in history. This can be seen when looking for information about the names listed here, and whether these figures used cannabis or not. I certainly can’t say that everything here is true, some of it is merely possible at best, but these stories make for interesting research points in understanding the history of cannabis use in the world. Perhaps more information will be uncovered in the future, to help us better understand if and how cannabis was really used by the people mentioned above.

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Could A New Constitution Mean Recreational Cannabis in Chile?

When it comes to legalized recreational cannabis, the Americas are the place to be, from Canada down to Uruguay. And there might be a new addition. With a new constitution being written, it’s quite possible that we’ll soon see legalized recreational cannabis in Chile.

If a new constitution means recreational cannabis will be legalized in Chile, the total will be up to five countries! More legalized locations means more markets, more innovation, and better products for you. The new cannabis boom has opened the door to tons of other cannabis compounds like CBN, THCA, and delta-8 THC, a half-brother to delta-9 with similar benefits, but which causes less anxiety and couch locking. Check out our diverse array of deals for delta-8 THC, delta 10thcothcpthcv & even hhc and take advantage of these changing times.

Chile and cannabis

Right now cannabis is illegal for production and public use in Chile, but is a widely consumed drug for both medical and recreational purposes. Chile has the highest per capita cannabis usage in all of South America according to 2019 statistics on Latin American cannabis consumption.

Drug regulation in Chile is governed by Ley de Drogas from 2005. In 2008, the laws were made more harsh because of illicit cannabis flowing into the country. Punishments for possession and use increased to that of drugs like cocaine and heroin. For a country that’s pretty cool with the plant, this caused a lot of tension, and this tension led to change starting around 2014. That year, the government loosened its grip, and began allowing the cultivation of cannabis for medical research purposes. It took until the end of 2015 for president Michelle Bachelet to officially sign into law a medical cannabis policy, which allows prescribed use.

The medical legislation opened the sale of medical cannabis from pharmacies, and reclassified cannabis as a soft drug. It went a step further than a standard medical legalization, stating adult Chileans are able to grow up to six plants for “medical, recreational or spiritual reasons”, which means the medical legalization, also worked as a decriminalization measure for personal use. It is legal to grow, sell, and import cannabis for medical purposes. One stipulation is that doctors who prescribe cannabis without a good reason can face from 5-15 years in prison, and fines up to USD 28,000. This is the same for establishments that provide medications.

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Cannabis goes pretty far back in Chile, considering cannabis did not originate in the general region. Hemp farming may have started as early as 1545 AD in the Quillota Valley. At that time, the hemp fiber was used for the army and for ships mainly. In terms of today, according to a study by the University of London in conjunction with the Universidad Andrés Bello, 48.2% of Chileans support legalization, and 40% have tried cannabis at some point. Whereas the global average for starting cannabis is about 14-15 years of age, in Chile, it’s actually 12. Only approximately 6.2% of the population think that cannabis can be dangerous. Compared to other Latin American countries in the study, Chile had a higher per capita use rate, and a lower rate of negative attitude toward it.

What’s the deal with a new constitution?

It’s not every day that a country throws out its constitution in favor of making a new one, but that’s exactly what’s happening in Chile right now. Growing social inequalities led to major protests in 2019-2020, called ‘Estallido Social’. Protests and demonstrations were held all over the country, and particularly in metropolitan areas. Reasons for the demonstrations included: a raise in metro fares in Santiago, higher costs of living, general corruption, inequality, and privatization. Protests resulted in a lot of damage to the public infrastructure of the country, with this time period considered the worst civil unrest since the military dictatorship of Pinochet ended in 1990.

All of this resulted in an agreement between political parties to establish a new set of laws to govern the country. On May 15-16, 2021, the people of Chile got to vote for the people who would write their new constitution, an ability the population did not have in the past. It was decided that 17 seats would be reserved for indigenous parties, something that also never happened in Chile before.

Chile’s old constitution, which is on its way out, isn’t actually all that old, going back to 1980 when Chile was being ruled by the Pinochet dictatorship. A dictatorship which ended 10 years later in 1990. Though it has been amended over the years, it clearly is still too authoritarian for Chilean comfort.

In this last constitutional convention election, Chile showed its desire to move left, electing 104 out of 155 delegates  from liberal parties, whether left-wing, independent, or indigenous. This according to Daya Fundación (a pro-cannabis organization) director Ana María Gazmuri, who also went on to say that “neither the word cannabis nor marijuana will appear anywhere in the new Constitution.”

If cannabis isn’t mentioned, how will new constitution mean recreational cannabis in Chile?

Though cannabis is not likely to be mentioned directly in the constitution, how it’s treated will be directly related to what’s in the constitution, and the wording it uses. Chile’s new constitution will be drafted by this new convention. If the constitution works to ensure guarantees to health as a right, providing all alternatives including natural traditions, this could legalize cannabis.

personal sovereignty

Another option is if Chile’s new constitution includes provisions related to personal sovereignty, which could also trigger a change in drug laws. So long as the constitution is written such that the government cannot impinge on personal sovereignty, and so long as stipulations are made that third parties aren’t being hurt by acts of personal sovereignty, then this would be in line with a recreational cannabis legalization.

This new convention is not a stable government, however, and the new government will be voted in during the November 21, 2021 presidential elections. This election will be to put in place a president, part of the Senate (27 of the 50 members), all 155 Chamber of Deputies, and all 302 regional board members. Of the presidential candidates, several already endorse legalizing cannabis, including the presidential candidates of the socialist and communist parties. Who gets elected could also impact how quickly a legalization might occur.

Why personal sovereignty matters

Personal Sovereignty refers to the idea that a person is the owner of themselves. It’s the right a person has to be the only ruler over their own body and life, and to essentially be self-owned. This can be attached to both moral and natural rights, which means, pertaining to legal rights given by governments, and natural rights which are universal and unalienable. In the US constitution, for example, unalienable rights are for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

The idea of personal sovereignty is a mainstay of many constitutions in the world. It is this idea which led to South Africa’s incredibly lax, near-legal stance on cannabis, as decided by the country’s Constitutional Court in a 2018 ruling that upheld a 2017 ruling. In the 2017 ruling, it was stipulated that South Africans are guaranteed privacy under section 14 of the Bill of Rights. As such, the following statement was made by the court:

“A very high level of protection is given to the individual’s intimate personal sphere of life and the maintenance of its basic preconditions and there is a final untouchable sphere of human freedom that is beyond interference from any public authority. So much so that, in regard to this most intimate core of privacy, no justifiable limitation thereof can take place… This inviolable core is left behind once an individual enters into relationships with persons outside this closest intimate sphere; the individual’s activities then acquire a social dimension and the right of privacy in this context becomes subject to limitation.”

When the Constitutional Court of the country upheld this ruling in 2018, it ended South Africa’s prohibition on cannabis, allowing for personal use, possession and cultivation. It did not, however, legalize public use, or set up a regulated market. Many questions were not answered by the ruling, and since that time, South Africa has been drafting an official bill to go in line with the court mandate.

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Mexico is similar in that the legal change came through the court system. At the end of 2018, the Supreme Court made a 5th consecutive ruling which triggered jurisprudencia, when a Supreme Court ruling becomes binding for all lower courts, setting law that overrides stated legislation. All five cases had to do with the cultivation or personal use of cannabis, and the court ruled that in all cases the defendants must be allowed to use cannabis personally without interruption by the government. People are considered personally developed human beings, with personal development (which is the same as personal sovereignty) a tenant of the Mexican constitution. As such, the government cannot get in the way of people choosing their own recreational activities, including the use of cannabis.

Much like with South Africa, the court ruling only set the law in place, while the still-being-worked-on legislation will make clear the regulations around it. In the case of Mexico, the Congress has repeatedly avoided writing a bill, even forgoing asking for an extension at its last missed deadline, and leaving it to the Supreme Court to officially drop the laws of prohibition. Which it did on June 28th, 2021.


There isn’t a huge amount of commentary about this yet, probably because there isn’t a constitution to comment on yet. Perhaps the new constitution will contain no laws to help push through a recreational cannabis legalization in Chile. And perhaps given the strong liberal showing from the constitutional convention, there will be some specification for personal sovereignty, or health as a right. If the recipe so far has been that liberalization in government leads to more liberal drug policies, then perhaps this convention really will write the constitution to open the door for an adult-use market.

If a new constitution does pave the way for recreational cannabis in Chile, it would join Mexico, Canada, Uruguay, Georgia, 18 US states, and Australia’s Capital state Canberra as the fifth recreational country, and seventh recreational location (if the 18 states are counted as one). Currently, Chile is already among the more forward thinking Latin American countries, offering medical policies along with Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, ParaguayArgentina, Uruguay, Mexico, and as of late last month, Panama.

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Celebrities Who Were Helped By Psychedelics

The psychedelics industry has seen massive attention and growth in the past couple years, with more and more of the stigma once attached to them, disappearing into thin air. As it becomes acceptable to speak about their use, celebrities have been more open with their stories, and how they’ve been helped in life by psychedelics.

It’s not that shocking so many celebrities have been helped by psychedelics, the growing body of research is very positive. The same is true for cannabis, which has been expanding out very quickly in the last few years, with tons of people backing it in the media, and with all new products coming out. One interesting addition is delta-8 THC, an alternate THC which doesn’t cause the same anxiety, couch locking, or cloudy head as delta-9. We’ve got a great array of delta-8 THC, delta 10, thco, thcp, thcv & even hhc deals, so check out the selection, and stay on top of what’s new in the world of cannabis.

Celebrities and drug use

First and foremost, there’s nothing actually special about celebrities, at least not as a rule. There are plenty of non-celebrities that can compete with the famous on pretty much any metric. This isn’t meant to undermine the special qualities of those who have made it big, but it is meant as a reminder that celebrities are still human, and representative of the human population. What makes them interesting, however, is how known they are. If I have an interesting experience, there might be a few people that care about it, but the story isn’t going to go far. If the same thing happens to Justin Bieber, or Samuel L. Jackson, or Lebron James, it gets echoed around the world.

Plenty of people in the world have drug problems, but the overdoses and deaths of celebrities make the biggest news. From Kurt Cobain to Heath Ledger to Johnny Depp, we never seem to be able to get enough of celebrities and their problems. In just the last few years, the following celebrities have all made headlines with their drug issues, and all of them ended up dead (whether drug-induced or not): Anthony Bourdain, Tom Petty, Prince, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Winehouse, Mac Miller, and Chester Bennington.

Go back even further and you can include Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, Brittany Murphy, and River Phoenix just to make a short list. And let’s not forget some of the biggest names in drug headlines that have made it through this far, like Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Drew Barrymore, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Tyler, Demi Lovato, and Robert Downey Jr, just to name a tiny number. Regardless if the story is watching someone fall from grace, or watching them get their problems under control in an act of strength, if it’s happening to someone in the spotlight, we all know about it.

celebrities and drugs

Just like many celebrities have openly spoken about how cannabis has helped them, many celebrities will also openly speak now about how their lives were helped by the use of psychedelics. Here are a few interesting stories.

Celebrities who say they were helped by psychedelics

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson is an all around interesting character, reigning for years as a heavyweight boxing champion, doing short-lived stints in reality TV, showing up in films, getting his face tattooed, spending some time in jail, and reemerging in the past few years as an entrepreneur in the world of cannabis. First, Tyson opened Tyson’s Ranch in California, meant for the recreational use of cannabis. He even started setting up shop in Antigua, and has tons of expansion plans for both locations, with the vision of creating entire entertainment complexes with hotels, stores, entertainment venues, and more. Tyson promotes the production of high-quality products, and high quality experiences when it comes to cannabis, and has been using his celebrity to help bolster his moves in the cannabis field. Mike Tyson also hosts a popular podcast called ‘Hotboxin’.

But Tyson doesn’t stop with cannabis. He’s also an avid promoter of psychedelics. In fact, Tyson is a great example of celebrities who have been helped by psychedelics. Earlier in 2021 Tyson was interviewed by Reuters Magazine, he not only says psychedelics helped him revive his career, but that they helped save his life as well. In his own words about magic mushrooms:

“To think where I was—almost suicidal—to this now… Isn’t life a trip, man? It’s amazing medicine, and people don’t look at it from that perspective.” He went on to say: “Everyone thought I was crazy, I bit this guy’s ear off…I did all this stuff, and once I got introduced to the shrooms … my whole life changed.”

Megan Fox

Another celebrity who has been open about her psychedelic experience, is Megan Fox. During a trip to Costa Rica with boyfriend Machine Gun Kelly, Fox took part in an ayahuasca ceremony. In these hours long ceremonies, ayahuasca is given to participants in a ritualistic way, and they are guided through their experience. Ayahuasca is the mix of two different plants, Psychotria viridis which contains DMT, and the caapi vine, which produces an MAO inhibitor which activates the DMT orally, and keeps it from breaking down so quickly, enabling a much longer trip experience. Ayahuasca is known for creating intense hallucinogenic experiences that many credit with helping to deal with emotional and mental wounds and issues. This is what she had to say about the experience:

“You have to walk a very far distance to get your water. You can’t shower because they’re in a drought. Nothing glamorous about it. It’s all part of making you vulnerable, so you surrender to the experience…You have to vomit a certain amount before they let you back… It’s such a good bonding experience. That gets you ready to go into the ceremony that night because your vanity’s gone.”


While fox had expected a more glamous camping experience (glamping), what she got was a dose of life medicine. If this doesn’t sound like the amazing spiritual awakening most hope for, she went on to say that ayahuasca: “goes straight into your soul, and it takes you to the psychological prison that you hold yourself in.” She said, in the end, ayahuasca “surpasses talk therapy or hypnotherapy.”

Kristen Bell

Yet another example of celebrities who say they were helped by psychedelics, is actress Kristen Bell. Bell has been open about dealing with anxiety and depression in life, and has had issues with treatment resistance, to the point that she decided to give magic mushrooms a shot.

“I really wanted to try some psilocybin and feel what kind of doors open, have a trip that was my own,” she explained on the podcast ‘Hypochondriactor’, hosted by actor Sean Hayes and Dr. Priyanka Wali. In order to make sure she was safe during her experience, she heavily researched psychedelic medicine, and made sure her husband Dax Shepard was there to watch over her.

Post experience, Bell says she’s in a better place with her anxiety and depression, but that it still comes back in waves. However, concerning these waves, she explains, “But my waves are never suicidal or anything… So I’m very lucky because that does happen to people.”

Bell encourages people to really do the research and understand themselves and their issues, she says, “During your treatment, you’ll learn a lot about what this disease is, and you may or may not decide a medication is right for you… But there’s a lot of different routes to feeling better, I guess is what I’d say, a lot.”

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs isn’t around today to further confirm his use of psychedelics, but during his life he spoke about them enough. Jobs, who co-founded Apple in 1976, went on to become one of the most important people in computing and technology, creating a massive empire for himself that included being chairman of Pixar, on the board for Disney, and founder, chairman and CEO of NeXT. Jobs died in 2011 of respiratory arrest, due to pancreatic cancer he had been battling since 2011.


Steve Jobs was known for being a little eccentric, and for trying things not everyone else would. For example, he actually embraced a fruitarian diet on-and-off for many years, which includes eating nothing but fruit, a rather extreme form of veganism. In the 70’s, during his college years, Jobs experimented with LSD. Of these trips, which he said took place between 1972-1974 he later stated:

“Throughout that period of time I used the LSD approximately ten to fifteen times… I would ingest the LSD on a sugar cube or in a hard form of gelatin. I would usually take the LSD when I was by myself. I have no words to explain the effect the LSD had on me, although, I can say it was a positive life changing experience for me and I am glad I went through that experience.” He also said of these experiences,

“Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life… LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important — creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.”


It might not require celebrities to get behind them, but any measure is no doubt helped along by the public push of those who everyone knows. And this includes psychedelics. If anything, by the time celebrities are willing to start talking about something, it says a lot for how far that topic has come. And celebrities are opening up more and more about their psychedelic use, and how its helped them in life.

With cannabis working its way to complete legalization, the DEA requesting more cannabis and magic mushrooms to be grown, with psilocybin and MDMA earmarked as breakthrough therapies by the FDA, and considering the legalization of esketamine in 2019 for depression, and for suicidal thoughts (updated 2020), the world of medicine is certainly shifting. In fact, in another decade, cannabis will likely be smoked freely, and psychedelics might be the basis of every psychiatric medication.

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Who Is Jack Herer? The Man Behind The Strain

If you’re a cannabis connoisseur living in a legal or decriminalized region, you’ve likely narrowed it down to some specific strains and products you prefer by now. High on the list of many cannabis users is a potent sativa strain known as Jack Herer.

Jack Herer is a legendary strain that’s been around since the mid-nineties. Its uplifting and energized high, not to mention the incredibly fresh and citrusy flavor, has kept Jack Herer on the top shelf for decades. What many smokers fail to realize is that Jack Herer isn’t just some random, arbitrary name. These flowers are named after an actual person, a lifelong cannabis activist known as the ‘Emperor of Hemp’.

What do you know about the man behind the strain? Read on to learn more.

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The Man: Jack Herer

If you live in a legal or medical market, it’s not uncommon to find numerous strains with “Jack” in the name. Jack Diesel, Critical Jack, and Super Jack are all variants of the infamous sativa strain, Jack Herer. A lot of people, both consumers and those within the industry, know about the potent effects and robust flavor of this strain, however, many are unfamiliar with the man behind the strain.

Jack Herer (the man), grew up in upstate Buffalo, NY, but he was born in New York City in 1939. Herer served in the U.S. Army during the Korean war and after finishing his contract in 1967, he moved to Los Angeles and began working at a neon sign company. It was in California that Jack Herer tried marijuana for his first time at the ripe of 30 years old. After falling in love with the plant and its effects, he quit his job and opened a head shop in Venice Beach, a mecca for art and hippie culture at the time.

By the 1970s, Jack Herer became a powerful presence in the movement to legalize cannabis. Herer spent a lot of time at the Library of Congress, reviewing decades of government-backed research on marijuana benefits and hemp fiber uses. He used this information for his 1985 book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, which marked a watershed in his career as a cannabis industry activist.

His book quickly became known as the “holy grail” or “bible” of cannabis knowledge. To this day it is still viewed as a classic and a must-read for anyone with any sort of involvement with cannabis. During a time when misinformation was rampant and anything the government said about weed was viewed with great cynicism, the majority of people who wanted real, accurate information about cannabis turned to Jack Herer’s book.

“The Emperor of Hemp”

Bouncing off the title of his book, Herer himself came to be known as the Emperor of Hemp, or Hemperor. A common theme in his work was uncovering government hypocrisy and how they used questionable tactics and inaccurate information to justify prohibition. His speeches, known to be incredibly passionate and inspiring, were in the same vein.

Herer suspected that government officials knew the benefits of cannabis but were keeping it illegal to keep societies dependent on rope fiber, paper pulp, and petrochemicals. As usual, just follow the money. He discussed the importance of hemp and his belief that hemp was America’s future cash crop, one with the ability to reinvent virtually every industry in an eco-friendly way.

Jack also shed light on another common motivator behind anti-cannabis policies – racism. After researching back to the early days of prohibition, Herer became “furious and disgusted” with the racism, lies, and uninformed legislation… so after years of writing and studying he published his book. Over the course of six weeks in 1990, Herer held 60 rallies across 48 different U.S. cities discussing the information in his book and other ideas surrounding the benefits and legalization of cannabis.

Eventually Jack left Los Angeles and moved north to Oregon, where his opened his famous Portland headshop, The Third Eye Shoppe on Hawthorne Blvd. In addition to keeping high-quality glass pipes and psychedelic décor on deck, the now-closed shop became a popular meeting spot for cannabis activists in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon’s medical marijuana initiative, Ballot Measure 67, was drafted at The Third Eye, and many prominent cannabis-industry figures have spent time in Herer’s shop.

On April 15th, 2010, after four decades of activism, Jack collapsed and next to the stage at a hemp festival in Oregon, following a passionate speech. He passed away shortly after. According to his family, that is what Jack would have wanted, “He gave an impassioned speech at a hemp rally, then as soon as he finished, he entered the final stages of his life.”

The Strain: Euphoric Sativa

Jack Herer was crafted by Netherlands-based seedbank, Sensi Seeds, back in the early 1990s. Eventually, Jack Herer would be distributed in Dutch pharmacies far and wide as an “authentic” and “original” medicinal cannabis strain; and it has won many awards for its quality and potency.

Jack Herer is a cross of Northern Lights #5, Haze, and Skunk #1. Despite having a lineage that is less than 50% sativa, Jack Herer is a sativa-dominant hybrid that feels uplifting, energetic and euphoric when consumed. Because Jack Herer does have a little bit of indica in it, you can expect to experience a slight body high that pairs perfectly with the cerebral effects. Many describe it as the “perfect high” and it’s perfect for use at any time of the day, as opposed to heavy indicas which some users prefer to use only at night.

Like Blue Dream, Jack Herer is one of those flowers that most sativa-lovers flock to. This strain is high in the terpenes Myrcene and Limonene, which make up for its signature flavor that full of earthy, citrusy tones. Me personally, this is my type of strain as a I tend to prefer flowers with fresh, crisp flavors rather than the musky ones like U.K. Cheese, for example.

“You’ve got to be out of your mind not to smoke dope”

Jack Herer, the man, was an incredible activist, eloquent writer, and a trusted figure at one of the most crucial times in the history of modern cannabis culture. Jack Herer, the strain, is potent, flavorful, and uplifting – it lives up to its namesake.

No matter what your thoughts are on sativa strains, or what your cannabis needs may be, it’s worth remembering the last public speech that Jack Herer gave immediately before his passing: “You’ve got to be out of your mind not to smoke dope. It is the best thing the world has ever had.”

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