Semi-accurate depiction of my upcoming weekend.
I found a link between manic behavior and working a full time job. Where’s my article?
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COVENTRY, England – British scientists say they’ve found a significant link between marijuana use and manic behavior. And, teenagers are especially vulnerable to the effects of pot, they say.
The research published in the Journal of Affective Disorders looked at what pot does to people who have certain behaviors.
Their study of 2,000 people found that smoking weed can precede or coincide with manic episodes, such as anger, along with aggressive or violent behavior.
Smoking pot was also associated with depression, and a reduced need to sleep resulting from hyper-activity.
They also found that some pot smokers had episodes of delusion, and sometimes they heard voices.
But, apparently there was no evidence that getting high made you crazy.
The researchers were particularly concerned with teenagers, because smoking pot during that critical stage in their development could lead to problems on down the road.
My book HIGH WATER is a cannabis-infused thriller about a group of pothead martial artists trapped in an infested waterpark during a terrifying dubstep concert.
Here’s the suggested soundtrack in a youtube playlist for your convenience. Even if you’re not a reader, it would make a great workout mix.
Here’s the link to the book if you’ve never read it before:
And the track listing, with commentary!
Call it a 10 million dollar gamble.
The Pinoleville Pomo Nation and FoxBarry Farms, famous for their investment in casino and gasoline businesses, are linked at the hip in a new venture to pursue large-scale marijuana production on the reservation.
Background: the justice department indicated that tribes can pursue legal marijuana in accordance with their tribal authority. That rulemaking came down in December 2014. At the time, local authorities in Riverside seemed skeptical that anything would happen:
“We don’t enforce federal law, we enforce state law, so any change in the federal law isn’t going to affect us necessarily,” said Capt. Ray Wood, commander of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Hemet Station and head of the department’s Tribal Liaison Unit.
The department meets regularly with tribal leaders to discuss all aspects of law enforcement, he said. Marijuana has not been a focus of those meetings, and it doesn’t appear the drug exists more on Indian land than other parts of the county.
As usual, reality moves quicker than government. Continue reading
Mara K Eton’s “The Hypocrites: A Novel in Short Stories”
Product link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1626526664
Full disclosure! Mara Eton commented on an early post here on Pot Fiction, which led me over to her book. This is her first novel.
Told through a handful of not-always-linear short stories, the timeline of Hypocrites encompasses dramatic events, their background, and the messy fallout. Central to the story is a marijuana recovery support group full of habitual and unapologetic smokers, hence the title. Following from that is a dive into politics of the drug trade, so I’m fairly calling it “pot fiction”. But the human drama clings to you long after you put the book down. That’s why I write this blog: love of the herb forms a common interest, but the real beating heart of the story is personal.
I’m very glad that this novel crossed my desk. Characterization is at the forefront here. Every story gets its own voice, which as a writer, I appreciate as a technical achievement. Crisis reveals very real flaws and provokes misunderstandings.No character goes through the events of the story unscathed. I found myself annoyed with people long after their part of the story was done.
But none of the characters are entirely unsympathetic, either. With the perspective the reader gains from multiple POV’s, everyone’s actions are in context. Annoyance miraculously morphed into empathy. How neat is that? Through the peculiar style, Eton’s story teaches a lesson in humility and compassion. Weed acts as a salve for pain accrued as the lives and livelihoods of our characters are pulverized by the reckless actions of a few. You do get a firsthand seat when things go downhill. However, as exciting as the events in the perhaps-fictional Hempstead became, I also got a kick out of the far flung stories in the latter half of the book. Penn and Mya’s stories were the most enjoyable for me, but I think you’ll end up with your own favorite characters and story lines.
I’ve thought about the characters several times after reading, and I’ve cracked the book back open to cross reference. Hypocrites was that good. It’s a nice, easy read, not too short, not too long, and with enough characters to keep you interested. There’s a fun, mystical twist in there too, if you pay attention.
I’m giving this a bong hits to the brain, because it has stuck with me long after reading. Give it a try!
Product page: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1849822409
The product description on this is a little misleading: this is a fiction book about nonfiction research, about investigating the past through oral histories. Ed Rosenberg is a reporter and family man that happens to be the perfect picture of modern journalism: a career journalist brutally laid off, freelancing on multiple projects, toking just to stay sane. He finds himself at the center of several concentric circles of conflict and discovery in modern San Francisco. Even as he tries to investigate a political campaign that came to a bloody end, he’s digging up dirt on an old murder from years ago; even as he tries to quit smoking weed, he’s helping his daughter with a paper on legalization; even as he tries to build a cultural exhibit at a local museum, he’s meeting the old hippies that he’s tasked with writing about; and even as Ed tries to protect his family, he puts them in grave danger. Castleberg wrapped these threads together into a satisfying conclusion.
I sped through this book: Ed is a competent journalist and reading about his interview methods is a real treat. The scholar in me loved the archival research that Ed undertakes as he discovers the players in a 40-year-old Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Side by side with these players are the great hippie icons of the 60’s, dropping acid alongside the aged people at the center of the modern drama. The criminal enterprises were well crafted. In one scene in particular, Castleberg managed to produce heart-racing excitement when a modern-day character tells a hair-raising story from his past life. That’s a testament to how well crafted those interviews read. There’s plenty more Ed Rosenberg too, this is part of a series.
If I had a criticism, it was that Ed’s family life seemed a bit superficially rendered. I didn’t get a lot of chemistry between him and his wife, and his kids seemed like afterthoughts. Ed seemed far more interested in his work than his family, and that might actually be on purpose, now that I think about it.
Score: Well worth a bowl and a read!