Five stay at home tips in times of Corona

Even though the Netherlands is not officially in lockdown yet, staying at home as much as possible remains the safest option. Not just for yourself, but -especially- for others. Five tips to make staying at home a little more pleasant.

Tip 1: Watch good movies
Those looking for stoner movies can turn to Leafly, who published a list of “75 stoner movies to beat the self-isolation blues. Eight must-see cannabis classics:

  • Pineapple Express (2008)
  • Grass: A Marijuana History (1999)
  • The Big Lebowski (1998)
  • Half Baked (1998)
  • Dazed and Confused (1993)
  • Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke (1978)
  • Easy Rider (1969)
  • Reefer Madness (1936)
Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke

Tip 2: Plant a seed
The end of March is always a good time to start growing cannabis or other herbs outdoors and in times of corona you can give your plants maximum attention. A great -Dutch- resource is Veilig Thuis Kweken, a website developed by the VOC foundation in collaboration with Plantarium growshop and cannabis expertise center. The site contains all the information you need to safely and responsibly grow up to five plants at home. You can also find a lot of useful information on the websites of GROWLANDS official partners CNNBS and Soft Secrets.

Veilig Thuis Kweken

Tip 3: Get educatedabout cannabinoids and terpenes
Most people have heard of THC and CBD, but cannabis plants contain many more active substances, which together determine the effect. Knowing more about the different cannabinoids and terpenes allows you to make a better choice from the enormous range of cannabis strains. A good starting point to gain more knowledge is the website of the American Trichome Institute. Leafly, the largest cannabis website in the world, recently introduced its own system to graphically represent strains and their main active compounds. Explanation here.

Trichome Institute Interpening

Tip 4: Read a (cannabis) book
For his weekly CNNBS column, GROWLANDS founder Derrick Bergman compiled a list of seven crucial books about cannabis. Most of these books are available second hand through the internet. (For the Dutchies: boekwinkeltjes.nl or antiqbook.nl)

Jack Herer: The emperor wears no clothes
The book that started the hemp renaissance in the US. Herer passed away in 2010 and is better known today as a cannabis strain than as a cannabis activist and author.

Mel Frank & Ed Rosenthal: Marihuana groeiboek
Dutch version of the Marijuana Growers Guide (1978). Almost every Dutch cannabis pioneer owns a copy of this classic.

Lester Grinspoon & James B. Bakalar: Marihuana, the forbidden medicine
Very influential, published in 1993, with touching stories from patients.

Egbert Tellegen: ‘Het utopisme van de drugsbestrijding’
One of the best Dutch books about the madness of the war on drugs.

Doug Fine: Too High To Fail – Cannabis and the new green economic revolution
Funny, very informative, well documented: a fantastic read.

Martin A. Lee: Smoke Signals: A social history of marijuana – medical, recreational and scientific
Thorough, well researched and full of beautiful anecdotes and mini biographies of cannabis activists.

Johann Hari: Chasing the scream – The first and last days of the war on drugs
Impressive and disturbing book from 2015. Hari uses three main characters to tell the story of the war on drugs: Billie Holiday, Harry J. Anslinger and mafioso Arnold Rothstein.

More book tips? Here are fifty from the editors of Leafly

‘Het utopisme van de drugsbestrijding’ from Egbert Tellegen.
One of the best Dutch books about the madness of the war on drugs.

Read a book

Tip 5: Light one up (but don’t pass it)
In the Dutch newspaper Brabants Dagblad of March 22nd journalist René van der Lee wroteabout the long queues that formed in front of the cannabis coffeeshops after the government announced that these shops had to close down within half an hour: “The rush on cannabis was the best evidence that the coffeeshops meet a huge social need.” Indeed. In these uncertain times cannabis can be a great help against stress and anxiety, but also against boredom or as an aid for meditation or creative activities. So feel free to light one up, but preferably consume cannabis without tobacco and do not share joints, pipes or vaporizers for as long as the corona crisis lasts. And… stay at home!

Tip 5 light up Garance Reggae 2011 foto Derrick
Garance Reggae Festival in Bagnols-sur-Ceze, France, July 29 2011. For four days, cannabis was widely consumed on the festival grounds and in the village.
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