MMJ: In Phase for the Holidaze – Monterey County Weekly

What is good etiquette around your non-using/liking friends? – Jock from Twitter

This is a good question, especially since the holiday party season is upon us. Cannabis is an excellent party drug, seeing as how it is a mild euphoric and generally doesn’t make people violent or weepy. However, cannabis is a stinky drug, and while you or I may love the smell, some people really really can’t stand it. It is the responsibility of the party-thrower to create a designated area for pot smoking to occur, preferably somewhere dry, warm and close to the food. If the party is a no-smoking affair or there are young children present, it is perfectly acceptable to take a walk around the block.

If you are hanging out with a new friend and you don’t know how they feel about pot, just ask. A simple “I feel like it’s time to spark one up, wanna hit?” should be enough to get the joint, er, ball, rolling. If they say no, you can wait. If they say yes, you have another thing in common. Generally, using common sense, asking for permission when you’re in someone else’s space and erring on the side of caution will help you have a happy, stony holiday season. Merry Chrishannakwannzikah!

Do you have any advice for weed causing anxiety? I used to smoke and really enjoyed it, it helped me clear my head and be more creative but now it gives me anxiety attacks. Any information would be greatly appreciated. – Tuhai Fersure

It happens. THC can ease anxiety, but it can also cause anxiety, because drugs (and humans) are weird. Generally, anxiety caused by cannabis means you smoked too much. Try taking just a hit or two. Look for a strain

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