We’ve been working openly in cannabis for just over a year, and honestly were not sure what took us so long. We’ve always loved the plant and believed in its healing properties, but we couldn’t have imagined all the fun (and stress and tears and budgetary conversations) we’d have once we actually came out of the basement, abandoned our careers as educators, and dived head first into our passion project.
One of the most fun surprises is being the go-to couple for Questions Whispered in the Corner of a Crowded Children’s Party. Because we started this company from the charming confines of a Baltimore city row home, we know a lot of people who are just starting to learn about cannabis and all its possibilities. We’re also are finding more and more people who use cannabis, who have for a while, but have spent their lives buying on the illicit market and hopelessly searching message boards for reliable information. We love these conversations, and for those of you not yet comfortable to ask when you see us, we’ve been compiling the most commonly posed ones to present to you with a completely anonymous, halfway out of the basement Q and A. Keep the questions coming, friends. The secret you shouldn’t have to keep is safe with us.
Q: Do you sell drugs now?
A: We don’t sell cannabis, we just think you might like it if you try it (provided you are 21). What we believe is that cannabis is a safer alternative to many of the pills we take as medicine and the alcohol we consume as recreation. We’ve seen more and more research backing up this belief, and we feel like it’s time, as a society, to take a look at some inaccurate assumptions we’ve made about cannabis and cannabis users. We feel like the best way to do this is by drawing attention to the people in cannabis committed to doing things the right way. People who are determined to expand our knowledge of plant-based medicine and provide consumers a guide to the best places to purchase their cannabis.
Q: So, do you get to smoke a bunch of really good weed all the time?
A: Sometimes, but life in a prohibition state will always have its limitations. We’ll always be giving money away to the illicit market that could be taxed, and we have no control over quality. When you take into account how much we’ve learned about the medicinal properties of the plant, it’s hard to compare what happens in a regulated market versus an elicit one. So the short answer is: only when we’re in states with social use sales. Not often enough.
Q: Can I try cannabis for my headaches, back aches, depression, anxiety, or various digestive issues?
A: Emphatically maybe. Here I am embarrassed to admit that after years of being an appreciator of cannabis, I still had so much to learn about its medical applications. Will it help you with your ailment? That’s hard to say, though there is a growing body of anecdotal and clinical evidence that suggests it could. But if you don’t live in a state with a regulated medical program or you aren’t cultivating your own cannabis, you have almost no chance of really using the plant medicinally. The best thing to do is find a shop you trust and talk to the budtender. You can also check out some organizations that do great work for and with patients: Americans for Safe Access, American Cannabis Nurses Association, and Patients Out of Time are just a few that you might find helpful.
Q: I’m thinking about trying cannabis for the first time ever/in a while. I should just eat a cookie or something, right?
A: Please god no. Not only have we heard too many stories about people having a hard time with their edibles, I’ve experienced it myself. It won’t last forever — a few hours to a few days in the extreme — but it is unpleasant enough to turn anyone off from a wonderful and otherwise mild plant. Edibles are best left to those with some experience or a medical need.
Q: How would you recommend consuming cannabis to someone interested in trying it now that it’s sort of kind of legal some places?
A: We’re big believers in whole plant medicine, and we suggest if you’re new, and don’t mind combusting something, sticking with flowers. Every shop is going to have pre-rolled joints, and while it’s not bad for beginners and it’s ready to go, you don’t get the full experience of holding the flower in your hand. Plus you’re smoking paper. Plus the flowers that tend to make their way into pre-rolls are not always the highest quality. If you’re making the effort to go into a shop, we’d suggest getting a one-gram recommendation from the budtender and then purchasing a small glass bowl. In every state with legal sales you can find a pipe for less than $10, and with a glass bowl you’ll get the fun of pulling apart the flower, combined with the benefit of actually being able to taste what you bought.
Q: But I don’t want to smoke.
A: You can always vaporize your flower, and things like the Pax are making it easier and more socially acceptable to do so discreetly. Pre-loaded concentrate pens are also incredibly easy to use, and we always feel better vaporizing oil — not so groggy — but they can be scary for the uninitiated. Sometimes pens break and then everyone gets so mad. They do come in a variety of potencies, however, with some having THC contents lower than the stronger flowers you’ll find on many shelves. We’ve met a lot of people who were surprised at how relaxing and easy it was to take a few small drags from a pre-loaded pen.
Q: I live in a prohibition state and need a discreet way to consume. Vaporizing flower doesn’t seem to work for me like it does for others and I can’t find concentrates.
A: Firecracker Firecracker Boom Boom Boom!!! The Stoner’s Cookbook has some pretty great recipes; here is, very quickly, the WRK preferred method of firecracking:
Take .5 to 1 gram finely ground cannabis flower and mix it with 1 tablespoon almond or cashew butter and half a tablespoon of Nutella. Carefully spread this out onto a graham cracker (or 2 if you’re having a hard time fitting the entire spread onto 1) and microwave on high for 7 seconds. Then wrap in foil and cook for 22 minutes at 320 degrees. This recipe is pretty similar to most of the ones you’ll find online, though they don’t all recommend both microwaving and baking the sandwich.
That’s how it was relayed to me (in secret, of course, over coffee) and that’s the process I’ve stuck with, to the great benefit of many days at the museum.
*As always consume edibles slowly and at your own risk. If things go south find the closest episode of Community or Beach House record and wait for it to pass.
Q: My spouse/special friend/family member doesn’t know I smoke and I want to keep it a secret. Any tips for hiding?
A: Well, you could see above. But we suggest that it’s time to come out of the basement and have a tough cannabis talk with someone you love. Spark the conversation and let them know that you feel like it’s a safer form of medicine than pills and a safer form of relaxation than alcohol. Let them know that our understanding of the plant is changing everyday and it won’t be long before the outdated stereotypes used to define cannabis will be seen as just that. Let them know that the person they’ve loved this whole time has been secretly using this to stay healthy and sane, and that it’s not something you need to be ashamed of anymore. It’s almost not even illegal.
It’s not legal yet though, and there is still a lot of work to be done. We believe that starts with open, honest conversations.
Until we get there, Weekend Review Kit will be here to answer your questions, judgment free. Thanks to everyone who quietly asked these questions. We hope our answers helped.