I'm Mik. Model, mother, moron. Future meta-magician. Former logic clinician.
My better half and I own Brainfood Bookstore in Longmont, Colorado. It is the only exclusively indie- and local-lit bookstore in the nation. We meet a lot of crazy folks.
Testimonial from a former roommate:
"Living with you was like living with a quiet little opinionated deer person who floated around like a ghost and said smart/nutso things and ate seaweed. "
I love Colorado. I love mountains. I love hiking. I read and write. I raise my children to the best of my ability. I have lupus and have defeated early-stage cancer twice, so I pretty much fully support the use of medical marijuana.
So the funniest thing happened yesterday.
I’m one of those people that signs up for free samples of EVERYTHING. Probably once a week or so, I get a sample in the mail. Anything from environmentally-friendly laundry detergent to a granola bar. It’s really cool because it’s like a mini Christmas. I get something in the mail and I get to open it. It doesn’t even have to be something useful, because it’s free. I started this habit when my daughter was born, and I started signing up for free samples of diapers and formula. I spent about an hour a day doing this, and every week I would get 5 to 10 diapers and at least 10 bottle’s worth of formula in the mail. I saved A LOT of money doing this.
Anyway, now I do it mostly for fun. Yeah, I still save some money on laundry detergent and snacks, but it’s mostly just like, “Cool! We get to try this new brand!” It’s exciting.
Anyway, yesterday I got a couple free samples in the mail. One was a charm bracelet from a tampon company (don’t ask why the fuck they were giving away bracelets), and the other was a pair of gardening gloves. “I don’t even remember signing up for a free sample of gardening gloves!” I exclaimed, heading to put them away in the closet with my other spring-and-summer stuff.
“That’s so dorky. Grandmas don’t even get gardening gloves in the mail,” John said. “At least I can use them in the spring,” I said, putting the gloves on. My intention was to wear them around and use them to do creepy grabby-things, in retaliation for John calling me a dork (“You think I’m a dork? LET ME SHOW YOU HOW DORKY I CAN REALLY BE!”)
But, as I slid my hands into the gloves, I felt something inside of one of them. It looked like a pill packet.
“Oh, look, it came with a fre packet of seeds!” I exclaimed. It suddenly made sense. I signed up for free samples of seeds, like, twice a month. I love gardening.
Then I turned the packet over.
“Oh,” I said. “These are marijuana seeds.”
To be clear, I did NOT get a free sample of marijuana seeds in the mail. I had purchased them, and the seed company had mailed them inside of a ‘free sample’ of gardening gloves, to avoid detection by the DEA or USPS or whatever. And if I had simply put the gloves up till spring, I would have missed a valuable planting opportunity.
The moral of the story is, never make fun of someone for getting gardening gloves in the mail.
about to buy some weed seeds, any recommendations? I was gonna buy from buydutchseeds.com because they throw in 10 free seeds with orders over $69, but their selection is kinda limited. also i’ve only grown weed from seeds that i’ve just found in reggie before, never purebred shit. so any tips on particular strains that are easiest to grow from a seed is appreciated! thanks!
Me: I can't believe how fast this weed is growing!
John: You realize why it's called weed, right?
(Note: This is from a private discussion we were having about Hemp Seed Oil and its benefits both nutritionally and as a moisturizer. Just wanted to publish this now because hnhnta makes an excellent point I’d never though of before)
I know, right! I think the fatty acid thing is what I was trying to say haha. I mean I use it mostly medically by smoking, not for nutrition by ingesting, but only because I can’t get any fresh— despite the fact that preliminary studies show that marijuana ‘juice’ might reduce ANA levels in patients with lupus and other autoimmune disorders (which no other treatment, other than chemo and other toxins, is shown to do). It SUCKS that it’s illegal just because pharmaceutical companies want me to have to pay for (and be dependent on) treatments that are ineffective and harmful to my body.
But what you said about fixing world hunger is a point I’d never heard before, yet it seems plausible. Not that it would straight-up fix world hunger, but that hemp seed oil could be used as a nutritional supplement in places where most of the populace relies on sparse grain with little nutritional value. As we both noted, Hemp Seed Oil is the only naturally-occurring oil with not only all the essential fatty acids, but the same ratio needed by the human body. Let’s break this down: Any other oil or fat contains either not all the essential fatty acids, or the wrong ratios, meaning you have to eat a combination of fats and oils to get everything your body needs. In areas with high rates of hunger, people obviously don’t have the resources to go around eating some of this kind of fat and some of that kind of fat until they have enough to support brain and eye growth, fetal development, immune function, etc. What hnknta seems to be suggesting, and what I absolutely agree with, is that in such areas, an effective solution would be to plant a bunch of hemp (as she said, grows easily, and is more hardy than most grains), and let the people get all their essential fatty acids from hemp. Maybe not “Bingo, problem solved!” but definitely a step in the right direction.
And sorry I just got around to answering this, I passed out last night in the middle of our conversation :/