Ask a Stoner: Where can I get good old "pot"?

Dear Stoner: I am sixty. I first smoked in 1974. I smoke very rarely now, but still (want to) enjoy it. The problem: Everything I try these days is way too strong. Even one hit is too much. I don't get joy; I get panic. It feels almost like tripping, and I am always hung over and fuzzy in the head the next morning. Where can I get good old "pot"? I want to roll a joint, have a few puffs and relax.
Lightweight

Dear Lightweight: Don't feel bad — you're not the first member of your generation I've heard making such comments. Unfortunately, most growers here in Colorado aren't aiming for a low-potency harvest. While there's still plenty of low-grade shwag bud out there (just walk through Civic Center Park), my suggestion would be to track down a few low-THC strains like Harlequin, Cannatonic and Sour Tsunami (weedmaps.com is a good resource). Those three all tend to test out at 10 percent THC or less — much lower than the high teens and low twenties most growers are hoping to get. They also have increased levels of CBD that will help mellow out your buzz and give you the relaxation you're searching for. If you can't manage to find any of those strains around town, you might also consider buying some discounted bud shake or trim. While I assume most people use it for baking foods, I've had a good number of budtenders tell me they sell it to people like you who just don't need the full strength that the flowers offer; it's also about a quarter of the price. The shake might burn slightly harsh and with fewer flavors than the buds would, but the THC content will be much lower. Try more indica-heavy strains if you go this route; that will help you avoid feeling panicked. If none of that works, you can always just take smaller hits.

Dear Stoner:

There's a blood drive coming up at my work and I want to participate. My issue is that I'm a daily puffer, so there's most likely THC in my system. Will they still accept my blood? And can my boss find out about it because of this?
Bloody Mary Jane

Dear Mary: According to the American Red Cross, alcohol and marijuana use don't prevent someone from giving blood. And the local Bonfils Blood Center concurs: Unless you show up visibly impaired, they want your life juice. And all blood-collection results are considered protected, private medical information. In short, you're good to keep puffing the green and pumping the red.

 
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16 comments
bill2013bailey
bill2013bailey

if you drive with any THC in your blood, under Colo.'s current out- dated laws, you are driving under the influence. The conciquences are the same as DUI alcohol--severe!

Jim B Bochenek
Jim B Bochenek

I have worked in the blood industry for 17 years. Yes you can donate.

Monkey
Monkey

I have  30, 20 and 17 year old strains currently growing. Cones from clones with no "degeneration" so many incompetent growers speak of. I hate to tell you Lightweight, but they are just as strong as the new-school mis-labled strains of today. It sounds like back in the day, you were smoking seeded, kilo pressed mexican weed, but many others were smoking the same strains I grow today, and experienced the same potency even back in the 80s. My suggestion, for what it's worth, break up a little reefer and mix it with tobacco like the europeans, you wont get as high and it will still probably taste better than mexican brick weed.

Kalei N Rick Troch
Kalei N Rick Troch

Maybe if the pot is too strong.. then maybe don't you think its not for you? My overall suggestion is quit being a puss, smoke it and eventually you'll build a tolerance, otherwise don't waste your time worrying about it...

Tom Fair
Tom Fair

try building up your tolerance.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Ask a Stupid Stoner = get a Stupid answer

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Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I've got some really airy Big Bud you could have.

I'd also recommend afghan if you're getting bad vibes. Every time I've had afghan it gave me a great sense of well-being.

I can also second the Bonfils info. I've given several times since being a patient, after asking them very specifically. It's all good.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I should probably also mention I don't smoke. I normally eat it in cookies, from butter, but my experience with the afghan is vaporizing. People who try vaporizers after just smoking seem to think the experience is a lot more mellow. My recommendations at the moment are the Herbalaire and the Arizer Extreme. Both beat the Volcano (which I also have.)

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I screwed up my edit of the above post...I meant to say both beat the Volcano in my opinion. I know opinions are subjective.

vapelover
vapelover

@Cognitive_Dissident I really like the Silver Surfer, but it's a weed hog. Works well if you want to get really baked, however my daily driver is the Underdog. It's a small, wooden piece that just basically houses a resistor. It's always on, so it is always heated up, and it never burns. Of course, it's all opinion :) I've never tried a Volcano, but I'd love to. I've tried a Vapir One which wasn't bad, but I didn't like the craftsmanship of it.

 
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