Twenty three years ago, the year was 1996 and I remember clear as day riding around my small town with my best friend, of now 28 years, singing to Crucial Conflict’s hottest song at the time, “Hay.”
We didn’t just listen to the song, but we jammed to the song. We would sing the song to the top of our lungs. We mimicked the group as we tried to quote the rappers especially on their fast parts. Thinking about that now makes me want to laugh at the top of my lungs.
To take it a step further my best friend had a small, red Mazda MX3, and she had the nerve to have a sound system in the trunk of the car (Remember it was the 90s). So when we rode around listening to our favorite songs such as Hay, the song had all the base and treble anyone could ask for. I mean it thumped!
But we loved the song Hay and honestly, I didn’t even know everything they were talking about at the time. Mostly I knew it was about smoking weed and I had never smoked weed before but it was something about the beat and the rapping that made me love the song anyway.
To my knowledge weed was just weed back then. But over the years the industry –yea it’s an industry now–has grown tremendously. They’re whipping up this weed like it’s the latest cake at a birthday party. Like what flavor would you like; and do you want that in plant form, edible, or oils? It’s that serious.
Here are just a few names that you may or may not be familiar with:
- Purple Haze
- Jack Herer
- Skywalker OG
- Blackcherry Kush
- Banana OG
- Blue cheese
Any of these names ring a bell?
If not, they are all familiar names or strands of weed that has become the norm over the years. Believe it or not, there are hundreds of different types or strands of weed these days.
Many people consider themselves to be functional smokers. I have even heard of jobs no longer testing for drug usage due to the higher number of people consuming marijuana these days; especially on the West Coast.
In today’s society, more and more people are smoking weed. Legalization of marijuana is steadily increasing for recreational and medical usage, but there are still many regulations and federal laws surrounding the popular drug to date. Many fail to realize that these federal laws cause for marijuana to still be illegal in many places whereas in 1996 it was illegal all around the board.
Celebs have begun creating their own strands of weed and basically monopolizing off the whole brand. Nowadays you can buy stock in Cannabis. There are weed dispensaries or stores in specific cities around the world. The industry has really grown if that’s what you’re into. For me, it’s not my thing. I would much rather get into the wine business. Or have my own line of wines (if anyone can help me with that please contact me). But that’s another story. Let’s stick to the topic at hand. This weed.
Here’s what I really want people to know……
Many people fail to realize that they aren’t smoking weed in its purest form anymore. What they are smoking is hybrid weed or a certain strand of weed which transforms the weed into a compilation of many things in one. Just look at some those names I listed above.
Then what about the THC. THC is an abbreviation for this really long word (tetrahydracannabinol) which is the intoxicating chemical that is found in the cannabis plant.
The trick is that more and more THC is being added to weed these days because that is the chemical that actually makes you high. Not that real “organic” weed will not make you high but the added THC will make you feel higher. Natural weed was originally used to make you calm and had more of a healing effect. Let’s face it, no one is smoking that type of weed anymore. People are smoking weed to get higher, higher, and higher.
With that said, did you know that THC has a very high dosage of estrogen? Estrogen is the hormone that helps develop female characteristics within a woman’s body. So the more THC you add to weed the more estrogen you’ll find! And then guess what? The more it goes into your body. At this point you’re getting less and less of the calming effects that weed or marijuana once had on a person and more of the estrogen or THC components.
Are you still following me?
So fellas, do you ever wonder why sometimes you start acting like a “Mitch!” Or ever wonder why you’re getting man boobs? Well, you’re tuning yourself into a little woman with all that estrogen you’re inhaling! Hahahahahaha but seriously. It’s true. To take it a step further you may even experience erectile dysfunction, loss of hair, or other side effects.
Ladies, perhaps you’re experiencing irregular monthly cycles, or anxiety, or fertility issues. These can all come from the over consumption of marijuana.
Of course, all side effects do not occur in every person but certainly I hope this gives all of you smokers something to think about. Besides, what’s worse than smoking a blunt after someone else has licked all around it and then participating in that puff, puff, pass situation. My OCD can’t tolerate any parts of that.
Listen, don’t you all come for me at once. I know I’m trotting around a very sensitive area here. I’m just the messenger and I refuse to pass judgement on anyone. So keep living your best life but just remember what “itoja!”
ps: Here’s the YouTube video of Hay by Crucial Conflict from 1996.