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Sixty-five years after he smoked his first joint, Willie Nelson is America’s most legendary stoner. ..

…and a walking testament to the power of weed. It may have even saved his life.

In addition to being the world’s most legendary country artist, Willie Nelson might also be the world’s most legendary stoner. Before Snoop or Cheech and Chong or Woody Harrelson, there was Willie. He has been jailed for weed, and made into a punchline for weed. But look at him now: Still playing 100 shows a year, still writing songs, still curious about the world. “I’m kind of the canary in the mine, if people are wondering what happens if you smoke that shit a long time,” he says. “You know, if I start jerking or shaking or something, don’t give me no more weed. But as long as I’m all right . . .”

Years before weed became legal, he spoke about the medical benefits and economic potential of weed if it were taxed and the profits were put toward education. “It’s nice to watch it being accepted — knowing you were right all the time about it: that it was not a killer drug,” says Nelson. “It’s a medicine.” Read the full Rolling Stone article here.

Cannabis and Creativity

For many, a favorite use for cannabis is as an aid to creativity. It’s said that marijuana use heightens the senses, alters one’s perspective, stimulates ideas and can increase the ability to make connections between otherwise unrelated concepts. (Which in turn can lead to endless bouts of hilarity.) But is the effect real? And if so, how best to go about using it for that purpose?

There have been studies done to try to measure the effect of cannabis use on creativity, to differing results. Creativity is, of course, an inherently difficult thing to measure. One of the latest studies, the 2015 study from Leiden University in the Netherlands tested participants on two classic creative processes associated with creativity. Interestingly, they found that creativity increased with low doses of the drug, but actually DECREASED with higher doses.

Another interesting finding suggested that if you’re already creative, cannabis won’t make you much more creative, but if you’re not creative (or in a creative rut), it may help you.

From here are three tips to help you use cannabis to jog your creativity:

Pick the Right Strain: It’s crucial to choose a strain that suits the activity you’re about to do. Do you prefer your thoughts calm and serene, or are you trying to open the floodgates into a stream of consciousness? That will dictate whether you choose a racy sativa or a stony indica. If you’re trying to get actual work done, choose a strain you already know and love. But if you just want to experiment, it’s worth doing some strain research to find the best one for you.

Start Slow: According to the studies we looked at, a moderate amount of THC is what does the trick. Smoking a whole bowl carries the risk of descending into paranoia, or simply losing your motivation to start or complete your activity. And worst of all, it may actually decrease your creativity levels, like in the University of the Netherlands study. Just take a few puffs, wait a few minutes, and see what comes to you. If you’re a heavy smoker, it may be worth a tolerance breakto get the creative benefits of marijuana back.

Focus on Your Senses: While marijuana can increase your creativity, it doesn’t just manufacture it from nowhere. Creativity is in part a mindset, and using basic mindfulness techniques in combination with cannabis is where things really get cooking. Pay attention to the sensory expansion you begin to feel. Examining and savoring the effects is a surefire way to heighten your experience!

Here are links to more information on the topic:

Psychology Today – Cannabis and Creativity: Should drugs be used to facilitate creativity? – Marijuana and Creativity

Psychedelic Times – Does Cannabis Increase Creativity?

These States Are Most Likely To Legalize Marijuana In 2019

“With the results of last month’s midterm elections—which marijuana basically won—ten states have now legalized cannabis for adults, while 33 allow medical use. Those victories at the ballot box capped a year in which the fight to reform prohibitionist cannabis policies advanced significantly at the state, federal and international levels.

The tally of states that allow the use of marijuana is poised to jump in a big way again in 2019, largely because a slew of pro-legalization candidates for governor also won at the ballot box on Election Day—giving cannabis reform bills a huge boost toward being signed into law sooner rather than later.”

Get the full scoop at Forbes.

‘Marijuana Justice Act’ Would End Weed Prohibition Throughout The Land

The bill introduced by New Jersey Senator Cory Booker would not only legalize cannabis nationally but would seek to reverse the damage to minority and veteran populations.  “The question is no longer ‘should we legalize marijuana?’; it is ‘how do we legalize marijuana?’ We must do so in a way that recognizes that the people who suffered most under prohibition are the same people who should benefit most under legalization,” said Queen Adesuyi, policy associate for Drug Policy Alliance. “From disparate marijuana-related arrests and incarceration rates to deportations and justifications for police brutality – the war on drugs has had disparate harm on low-income communities and communities of color. It’s time to rectify that.”

You can read the full article here in Forbes.

Marijuana As A Sexual Aid? Here’s What The Experts Say

“According to the study, non-users said they had engaged in sexual intercourse between five and six times in the previous month. But daily marijuana smokers reported having intercourse about seven times over that same period. The frequency was somewhere in between for people who smoked marijuana less often, on a weekly or monthly basis. They reported having sex more than abstainers, but less than daily users.

For every group, the more marijuana use that they reported, the more sex they reported as well,” Eisenberg said. “So that … made me think that there could potentially be some biologic explanation here.”

Get the whole story on The Fresh Toast.

Keep it fresh: The Best Ways to Store Cannabis

Although cannabis is typically sold in plastic baggies by black market dealers, this is no way in which to store the kind herb. Unfortunately, many pot consumers confuse the most economical method of transporting relatively small quantities of pot for commercial sale — sandwich baggies or the special odor-proof, child-resistant bags employed by some dispensaries — as a suitable means of storage or for access to daily stash. They’re not.

Get the whole scoop from the editors at Mass Roots.

Whoa, Grandpa. Wanna Talk Weed? This New Adult Marijuana Use Study May Shock You

Baby boomers are getting high in increasing numbers, reflecting growing acceptance of the drug as treatment for various medical conditions, according to a study published in the journal Addiction.

The findings reveal overall use among the 50-and-older study group increased “significantly” from 2006 to 2013. Marijuana users peaked between ages 50 to 64, then declined among the 65-and-over crowd.

Read the whole article in The Cannabist.