editor’s note: this article was written by an anonymous contributor. Thank you, anonymous contributor!
In today’s world with the legalization of Marijuana on a wide scale all across the US many different products have come onto the scene. In fact there have been more advancements in products that help you get stoned in the last 18 months than in the previous 18 years. With all the new gadgets available you might ask yourself, What new product do I need the most? The answer to that question is simple, you need the most under rated product on the market. What might that be? A digital scale.
Yes, yes I know, I know digital scales are not by any means a “new gadget”. However, just because there are thousands of new products on the market doesn’t mean you don’t need one of the classics first. Digital scales have been available for centuries all over the world. With the new wave of legalization A LOT of time, research, and money has been put into improving digital scales. Some of the new scales on the market are down right cool. We’ll get to that in a second, but first some of you might be asking, why do I need a digital scale?
You need to own a digital scale because…
1. Scales aren’t just for dealers anymore. You can purchase a quality scale for $20 or $30 now a days. (instead of $100’s like it was in the 70s for a triple beam scale). They are a great investment to ensure that you never get shorted again. Judging the weight of marijuana can be a very tricky thing. You have different densities, different strains, different levels of moisture content, etc, etc. It can make it really hard to judge how much a bag weighs even for seasoned professionals. That is why all the seasoned professionals, a.k.a. weed dealers ( I bet they never thought they’d be referred to as “Seasoned professionals” right) , own digital scales. They don’t want to lose money by giving out too much weed and you don’t want to lose money by getting too little weed. You might be saying to yourself right now, “Well if all the dealers have scales, why do I need one?”
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This graphic shows the relationship between actual harm caused by drugs and news stories about those drugs. Enlightening. Cocaine appears to suffer a particularly unmerited bad rap, with pot and ecstasy coming in second, and third, respectively. Nothing here should come as a surprise to the drug war veteran, but the data is good for a glance. One thing users may note is the non-zero death toll for cannabis users; presumably, they included questionable incidents like fatal car wrecks where the driver smoked beforehand.
Marijuana has been one of the most highly used yet restricted substances known to man, boasting a rich history which has seen it develop from a completely outlawed substance to one that is legally authorized for patients seeking medical relief. It all stems from a groundbreaking article in the New England Journal of Medicine (1975), which backed claims stating that when marijuana was consumed prior to chemotherapy, side-effects of this treatment (including nausea) were greatly reduced or eliminated. Those who are facing painful chronic conditions or harsh treatments often have many questions when they first hear about the possibilities marijuana can yield in terms of relief from pain and side-effects from medication. It is vital that they obtain the objective information they require, but also that they have access to non-psychoactive marijuana that can best enhance its palliative effects without causing unnecessary side-effects. In the following post, we look into the different stages that cannabis use has been through, and discuss the importance of marijuana being placed in its rightful category by the Drug Enforcement Association. Its medical potential should be fully acknowledged, so that greater research efforts can be made to glean the full extent to which medical cannabis can help millions of patients around the world to the fullest extent possible.
Some say he lives for just 5 minutes after maturation, only to mate and die. Some say he was adopted by a family of gender-confused wombats and made to eat a steady diet of water bugs and cannabis leaves. Some say he is actually a machine-elf, and capable of experiencing all 12 dimensions of reality.
Now, as far as you’re concerned, Lotus is the world’s foremost expert on passing drug tests. Not only has he watered his own way to freedom, he has helped over 1,000 people on this very website pass their tests and continue to enjoy their poison as the man does his thing and tries to keep ’em down. What’s this, you haven’t been to our site before and want to know the dope on passing drug tests? Simple, check out our 2014 compendium on the subject courtesy of Lotus:
That’s all, folks. Keep it real and hang loose.
With big festivals like SXSW (South by Southwest), ACL (Austin City Limits) and the dozens of other music/art-related attractions throughout the year, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world visit Austin. Statistically, many of these people enjoy illicit substances on occasion. And of course Austin has the reputation of being a big, blue liberal dot in the middle of a conservative wasteland, so there’s nothing to worry about, right?
Not exactly. While it’s true that Austin is much more liberal than the neighboring counties and towns, drug laws are still heavily enforced in the town, and thousands of people are arrested for minor things like weed. There’s a misconception I’ve heard recently that Austin doesn’t prosecute for weed, or that it is ignored by the police. That might be true on a case-by-case basis, but if you look at the police blotter you’ll find that plenty of people are charged with simple possession every day.
Part of the confusion stems from a law passed a few years ago that “decriminalized” weed. Many people heard “decriminalize” and thought “great, that means it’s not criminal!” But this is not true, what the law actually states is that officers can now issue a ticket instead of making a physical arrest. But aside from avoiding a night in jail, the end-result is the same… you still have a drug charge that carries all the normal Texas punishments. And that night in jail is still not out of the question, any officer can still arrest you if they want, it’s simply up to their discretion.
If you encounter a State Trooper then do everything in your power to hide your drugs and keep them from being found. These guys are the Nazi SS of Texas, and it makes their day to bust a pot-smokin’ hippie. The same is true for any of the Sheriffs and local PD in surrounding counties. Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Caldwell, etc. are all very unkind to drug enthusiasts, and Williamson County (north of Austin along I35, aka WilCo) is one of the worst places in the country to get busted. Don’t let it happen to you.
There is some good news though. As long as you’re within the main parts of Austin, the APD officers are who you’re most likely to encounter. Typically APD guys are pretty chill, and as long as you treat them respectfully they’ll do the same. You might get lucky and find the guy who looks the other way, or confiscates the weed but doesn’t ticket/arrest you. Just make sure you’re not caught selling it, because they won’t be as cool.
But that’s for the city at large, within festival grounds there is a slightly different set of rules. For the most part open weed use is tolerated within places like ACL, SXSW venues and smaller festivals. That’s not to say lighting up in front of a cop is going to go unpunished, but as long as you’re not actin’ a fool or selling drugs you’ll typically be ok.
Psychedelics are on a strict Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. As long as you quietly dose your LSD, eat your shrooms or swallow your rolls, nobody is going to give you the third degree. Just don’t be the guy who takes too many mushrooms, strips totally naked and runs through a crowd of people… you might just get tackled.
Finding drugs in Austin can be a challenge. One would think “hey it’s a liberal, college town with tons of music, parties and festivals, drugs are everywhere!” Well, sort of. Some drugs are easily available. You can’t go two blocks downtown without passing by a weed smoker. Of course, that weed smoker might be a business exec worth millions. But suffice to say weed is not too hard to find. Meet 10 college-aged people and ask each where to find weed, you’re bound to get hooked up.
Other drugs can be a real pain in the ass. For legit, pure LSD or MDMA for example, you’re probably better off searching the internet. Without some seriously well-connected hookups, it is nearly impossible to locate good LSD or MDMA. Research chemicals like methylone, 2c-*, *-NBOMe and others are constantly being sold to people thinking they’re buying MDMA or LSD. Nowadays when I hear someone has some “legit acid” or “pure molls” available, I just roll my eyes and say “sure dude, let’s see the test results.”
Opiates and coke are a little easier to locate, but they still require a pretty strong network. If you really put your mind to it they can be found, but rarely are they going to fall into your lap. Austin is a good place to find weed, but not really anything else.
If you’ve come to Austin to party then you’re not alone. Most of the people in the city are cool with drugs, and as long as you make it without getting busted then you’ve won over half the battle. From there you just need to keep your drugs to yourself and not make yourself a target and you’ll probably be ok. And remember Lotus’ rule… only break one law at a time 😉
Each New Year brings New Year resolutions, and as the crowded gyms of January are empty and unused by February, most attempts to quit smoking, drinking or drugging fail in similar short order. While we at SC support any drug habits from curious dabbler to full-blown junky, there comes a time in most stoners’ lives when they have to cut back for awhile. No problem, it’ll always be there when you come back.
Despite all the things we hear about weed being physically non-addictive, it can still present some tough obstacles to people trying to quit. Especially if that person is the type that includes weed in nearly every activity and aspect of their daily life. Many smokers believe that weed is nothing less than a life-enhancer, and they apply it in all occasions. That can be true, but when marijuana (or any psychoactive) is treated like that it can create ties with life and happiness that become very difficult to untangle.
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If you are having panic attacks (or severe anxiety) after smoking weed or while tripping, first understand that it has happened to probably millions of other people, and they’ve all been fine. It has happened to me and many other seasoned veterans. I know people who had a panic attack their first time smoking at 18 years old, and life-time smokers who didn’t have them until well into their 50s. So this is nothing unusual or harmful.
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In January of 2012 I received a humble looking hand-held vaporizer named the “Lotus“. It didn’t look like much – just a simple body resembling that of a normal spoon pipe, and an interesting cap with a nickel heating pad. After the trial runs, I wrote a glowing review and praised the Lotus for being cost effective, durable, ergonomic and just all-around good. I predicted the Lotus would last a lifetime if left to its own devices, since the design is so simple and sturdy. Let’s take a look back on how this device has actually fared over the last two years.