Tokin’ at Midnight – Beyond Rocky Horror

First time I saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show was at a small multi-plex at the local mall. This was in the days before stadium seating and IMAX, and the theaters were tiny, with Rocky relegated to a practical shoebox. The regulars who showed every late Saturday were mainly young adults in flux – some went to community college, others just worked to make a living. There were potheads, people of varying sexual orientation, and the occasional group of virgins who more than likely left after the “Sword of Damocles” number when the makeshift “cast” ran out of gas and settled into seats to tiredly tossed retorts at the screen. Those were the days.

Now, over 35 years later, Rocky seems in vogue despite having graduated from occasional guilty pleasure to victim of overkill. The beauty of this quirky film, I’ve always believed, rested in the fact that the midnight movie arena was the only place you could see it. As movies moved to VHS and DVD, RHPS was a holdout – my earliest memory is copying a copy of a Japanese import, and what fun it was to see Kanji subtitles flash in time to the tunes. Now, venues hold anniversary showings, and GLEE did an episode devoted to the cult classic. With Halloween nigh, Frank and Brad and Janet, etc. are enjoying a brief spike in popularity to rival the Jersey Shore folks.

Are you going to see the flick this Halloween? Cool! Sneak a toke beforehand and enjoy the buzz, or pack a space cake for the time warp. If you’ve elected to watch it at home, though, know it won’t have the full effect it does on the big screen, especially if you plan to have over friends who’ll get in the way of your TV. You can always opt, too, for lesser known midnight classics which have aged well and play wildly and wonderful on a nice kush buzz.

Heavy Metal

Yeah, yeah. Compared to the majesty of Pixar and imitators, the animation of Heavy Metal seems grossly outdated. Yet, what is notable about this film is how ahead of its time it was – combining adult themes and a killer rock soundtrack with a cartoon for a commercial release was practically unheard of when this movie came out, and for older tokers and young folk with an appreciation for the classics, this anthology of sci-fi stories is worth a viewing with the lights out.

The Big Lebowski

The Dude still abides, no matter the time of year. If you’re in the mood for a lethal combination of intrigue and bowling, get this in your video queue and prepare for a true religious experience.

The Song Remains the Same

Still regarded as one of the more popular concert films ever made, Song is a slice of music history that marries the classic music of Led Zeppelin with intimate snatches of the band’s lives. Die-hard fans will and have enjoyed it, and if you’re looking to rock out this Halloween check out the reissued DVD or Blu-Ray with new footage.

Whatever your viewing pleasure for Halloween, be safe and watch the sweets.

Bobbie Carson

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Sexy, Single, and Stoned

Note: this is an abridged version of an article that appeared in The Art of Mary Jane, the magazine.

You’re on your own. You’re looking for love. You like to smoke pot. Maybe you just smoke it on the weekends. Maybe it’s even a “special occasion” thing, like when you go to a concert or on a hike. Maybe you wake and bake every morning, and continue to puff away throughout the day because, as the old saying goes, “it’s always 4:20 somewhere!”

Whatever your level of marijuana consumption, finding the optimal partner with whom to share you love (and your stash) can be a tricky proposition. On the one hand, busting out a joint five minutes into your first date might turn off the object of your desire, even if he or she has no real aversion to the sticky icky. On the other hand, keeping your pot smoking habits to yourself for more than a couple of dates could lead to your potential mate regarding you as untrustworthy or disingenuous. So where’s the happy medium?

First off, let’s consider where you have met this potential partner. Is he or she a friend of a friend, and is that friend a stoner? If so, you can do a little “research” with your buddy, who shouldn’t have any qualms about letting you know if your current love interest like to puff, puff, pass. If you met him or her at a party where weed was whipping around the room, odds are there isn’t going to be much judgment about your own smoking, regardless of his or her habits. If you met at church, play it careful. If you met at a Buddhist meditation sangha, you play that opportunity fast and loose.

Maybe you didn’t meet at all, at least not in person. One in five dating relationships now start online. There are a host of dating sites available to you online, though the one that might suit the pothead best is http://www.my420mate.com

There are plenty of pot smokers who frequent other sites, and who may well have a broader range of interests. Once you’ve found that potential mate and are determined that he or she is down to get high, there is that all important ritual: the shared smoking of the first bowl. This experience will reveal all sorts of things about your partner, based upon both smoking habits, and habits of mind while in an altered state.

Jacob Barnes

Have you met a fellow toking soulmate? Did you go online, or meet at a dispensary? We want to hear your stories.

Passing the Wiz Quiz

This article is an excerpt from “Tips to Passing Your Wiz Quiz,” as read in The Art of Mary Jane.

The Art of Mary Jane believes no one should be forced to undergo urine testing, especially for marijuana. Aside from launching a legal challenge, your best defense against urine testing is to be clean.

Unfortunately, this may be difficult since urine tests can detect marijuana 3-10 days after a single use, and 4-6 weeks or more for heavy chronic users. If you are in the job market, it is prudent to expect to be tested and avoid marijuana. However, recognizing that many of you face drug testing on short notice, we offer the following advice for emergencies with our best wishes (but no promises!).

The general strategy for passing urine tests is to increase your fluid intake and urine flow soaps to dilute the concentration of THC metabolite in your urine below the threshold of detection. In the days or hours preceding the test, you should wash yourself out by drinking plenty of fluids. Water is fine – contrary to popular rumor, drinking vinegar doesn’t help.

You can boost your fluid output by taking diuretics, which stimulate urination. The most potent diuretics are prescription drugs, widely used for high blood pressure. Weak diuretics of dubious efficacy are found in certain over the counter products, such as premenstrual pills for water retention. Contrary to rumor, phenylpropanolamine, the active ingredient in Dexatrim, is not a diuretic and is likely to make you test positive for amphetamines.

The night before the test, drink lots of liquid – as much as you can stand. Be sure to empty your bladder the next morning, since urine that accumulates overnight tends to be “dirty.” Prepare for the test by loading up again on lots of fluids. Boost this with a diuretic if possible.

If you’re taking the test on short notice without time to wash out beforehand, the following method has been suggested by a former army drug testing officer [Robert Freeman, “How to Beat a Drug Test,” High Times, August, 1988]: Take an 80-milligram dose of the prescription drug Lasix (furosemide); take a hefty drink of water; piss two or three times; then take the test. (Again, the caution above regarding the dangers of diuretics to some individuals applies.)

One slight hitch with urine dilution is that some labs are suspicious of the clear, watery urine it produces. You can fix this by taking 50 or 100 milligrams of vitamin B-2 (available in B-Complex vitamins) which will color your urine yellow for a couple of hours. Contrary to popular rumor, Vitamin C doesn’t help.

If you are lucky and didn’t smoke too much pot, a good washout may get you past a test on a weekend notice.