When I started smoking weed in the late 2000s, there was still a major stereotype around the plant.
I had to hide it from our mom and dad even after I graduated from undergraduate university.
Only a handful of our university friends used the plant in the first place, which is a far cry from the late 2000s now that the two of us have major celebrities being open about their frequent cannabis use. These afternoons you can get on the internet and in minutes have megabytes of information about cannabis, its effects, and its long and assorted history. But when I was first starting out as a weed smoker, everything I knew about the plant I had to learn from friends and neighbors or from clandestine books. Some people might have heard about the Anarchist’s Cookbook and its infamy as a guide on amateur bomb-making, but it’s just a single of hundreds of other famous books that were published by underground companies working within the grey areas of the law. My marijuana grower neighbor first l acquired how to grow the plant from a single of these books, and he bought it at a head shop with his other books on cannabis. Although he works in a legal marijuana market for a reputable cannabis producer, he cites the information shown from those books as his foundation in growing cannabis. One of those books was called the Marijuana Growing Bible, and I ended up buying a copy at a single point. That’s where I learned about the history of landrace sativa and indica strains, along with the often forgotten ruderalis style of cannabis plants.