Super Snacks for the Super Bowl

Even if our team doesn’t make it all the way, we find ourselves glued to the set each year to watch the Super Bowl. It is the game that decides it all – only one team walks away victorious, and if we aren’t so lucky to get tickets or at least live within a decent driving distance of the host city, we can make a party of it at home. So whether you plan to have a few buds over for the game (and some good bud, of course), or it’s you and your trust vape, you want to have some good Super Bowl snacks on hand.

Good and healthy, that is. When we think of the Super Bowl, we remember Mom’s heavy seven-layer dips and buckets of fried chicken, lots of beer and other high-caloric treats. Eventually you’ll get the munchies if you’re toking every first and ten, so you will want to stick to foods that taste good and are good for you, and won’t make you feel guilty afterward. Hemp in particular is a great staple for a stoner’s kitchen – it’s high in protein and Vitamin E, big on fiber and the essential amino acids. It’s more digestible than other foods, and it can be used in just about anything. It won’t make you high, but it’s a healthy treat that gets you high on living.

Head over to your health food store or local Whole Foods for some of these super Super Bowl snacks:

Food Should Taste Good Hemp Chips – Crunchy with a touch of sea salt, these are great with an organic salsa.

Hippie Chips – These potato snacks are baked, not fried, and gluten free! Choose from a variety of flavors – BBQ, cheddar, and ranch, etc.

Amy’s Cheese Pizza Snacks – Stack these up against Totino’s. They are lower in fat and sodium, and higher in protein. Gluten free and delicious!

VitaMuffin VitaTops – We prefer the top of the muffin, and these low-cal treats only taste sinful. Choose from chocolate, banana, and other varieties.

Enjoy the Super Bowl, and bon appetit!

 

 

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Stoned, Stuffed, and All Santa-ed Out

So I’m trying to come up with a nice post that is relevant to stoner culture and Christmas, and I’m thinking why not focus a bit on the many Christmas specials we’ve enjoyed on TV over the years. A friend once remarked one might have to be stoned to appreciate some of the 70s weirdness in particular, and of course right away I thought of the oft-maligned Star Wars holiday special:

If there is a reason to have good smoke on hand to improve the quality of a program, this is it. Keep an eye on Princess Leia toward the end, and you might think she had a few hits before the camera rolled!

Follow the YouTube link to see the other clips from the show. Nowhere else in this lifetime are you going to see the likes of Harrison Ford, Bea Arthur and Jefferson Starship sharing the same billing.

Feeling a bit bah humbug now? I do apologize. If you need a good laugh this season you can always resort to the classics. I grew up watching Married With Children, despite my parents’ better efforts to keep me from watching it (to think, this was controversial TV once!). Yet I can thank a few holiday angels for uploading this hilarious take-off on It’s a Wonderful Life:

Click through the rest for the late, great Sam Kinison.

Lastly, it wouldn’t be a true stoner Christmas without a bit of Cheech and Chong:

Here’s hoping the jolly old elf leave something nice and fragrant in your stocking this year.

 

The Stoner’s Guide to Black Friday

A bit of turkey, a bit of smoke, and pass the pumpkin pie. Hopefully Thanksgiving for you will be an enjoyable time with family and friends and lots of leftovers to satisfy the munchies! If you thought there could be nothing better than two days off and endless football, there’s still the holiday shopping to look forward to.

Yeah, you’re probably cringing at the idea of getting your butt out of the house at 3 AM to camp out in front of Best Buy, but if you look at Black Friday, the biggest holiday shopping day of the year, from a stoner’s perspective, you’ll find you can save yourself some money this year with some cheap relevant gifts. The “official” Black Friday website has leaked a number of major store circulars, so before you make any major purchases be sure to see what is offered where for how much. The plus side of Black Friday is that when you’re done shopping you can sleep well into Saturday!

If you really want to give the gift of peace, love, and great buds, consider a subscription of The Art of Mary Jane Magazine for a friend. It reads right off the laptop or PDA, and is full of gorgeous pictorials and informative articles on marijuana culture. The print edition comes out in 2011, so keep that in mind, too.

Amazon.com, for one, has begun their sales early (see all the deals here), so you don’t have to leave the house for these. Some good prospects include the latest John Lennon compilation Power to the People for half off, plus deep discounts on Jimi Hendrix, Jakob Dylan, and Kings of Leon. In movies, you can pick up seasons 1&2 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for under eleven bucks (down from $40!) and unrated Blu-rays of The Hangover and Hot Tub Time Machine.

If you’re looking for a cool t-shirt or two for your wardrobe, CafePress is offering 15% off your order of $50 or more with the code THANKS15. If you prefer to cyber shop rather than hit the mall, check sites like Retail Me Not for promotional codes, and Woot for awesome one-day deals on gadgets.

Whatever you do end up doing for your holiday shopping, though, save a bit and treat yourself to something nice. Have a great weekend!

 

Smoke Your Television

The saying used to go that the revolution will not be televised, but in fact there is a quiet revolution unfolding on television screens everywhere, as the commonplace use of marijuana comes to inform more and more plot lines and situational settings of programming that reaches the vast majority of the viewing public.

This revolution has not announced itself in a grand way, but some of the most successful revolutions ever survive and thrive by building steam while still under the radar, and such is the case with the two programs we examine here that explore the vagaries of marijuana use (in addition to a fascinating blend of other powerful themes) without passing judgment and with a clear-eyed view of the comic, the tragic, and all the dramatic modalities in between a chronicle of the high life.

The first, Showtime’s “Weeds” is by far the most visible. Beginning with its first season in 2005, “Weeds” introduced us to Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), a recently widowed mother of two with no marketable job skills who turns to dealing pot as a way to support herself and her two sons. “Weeds” can be seen as many things: a suburban morality play (though with some interesting twists as, by season six, Nancy and her family are living a peripatetic life, making hash in the back of their RV as they criss-cross the nation on the run from both sides of the law.

In its first incarnation, though, “Weeds” did a brilliant job of evoking how much marijuana is a part of daily life even for those doctors and lawyers and business executives who “all live in ticky-tacky houses and all look just the same”. “Weeds” is such a landmark show because in spite of its announcing its theme right there with its title, it manages to weave in all sorts of plot lines involving intrigue, betrayal, filial piety, and the undercurrent of corruption and amorality that manages to infest even the cleanest looking corners of suburbia.

The face of “Weeds” is Mary-Louise Parker, though its creator is the relatively little-known Jenji Kohan, admitted pothead and veteran television writer who has worked on dozens of other series before giving birth to her brainchild. Kohan has made clear in interviews and press releases that she is not preaching the gospel of pot – she just wants to show how it can be a part of all sorts of lives, from the sublime to the ridiculous, and that vilification and criminalization of the plant itself and those that use it are sinister byproducts of a hypocritical society in which the rules only apply to some.

Rules go right out the window in HBO’s “Bored to Death”, the Brooklyn-set tale of a frustrated novelist and pot enthusiast, Jonathan Ames (played by Jason Schwartzman) who decides on a whim to moonlight as a private detective after his girlfriend leaves him. Ames joins forces with his slacker-doofus buddy Ray (brilliant pot comic Zach Galifianakis) and his erudite, cosmopolitan Manhattan editor friend George (Ted Danson) on a series of madcap, ill-advised adventures that leave them trailing a cloud of smoke, or at least invisible vapor, ever in their wake.

As Ray remarked to George on a recent episode, “You are the greatest pot smoker I have ever known.” All three of the protagonists indulge with near-reckless abandon, but it is George who is constantly craving the stuff, inducing Jonathan to schlep from outer Brooklyn to inner Manhattan just so he can get a few tokes off his one-hitter. As George quips with a raised eyebrow, “They should really call it a three-hitter.”

One of the greatest elements of this show is that it counters the notion that a pot head’s dream is to sit on the couch and bliss out to the almighty television. Quite to the contrary, “Bored to Death” commands its audience to acknowledge that pot can be as much fuel as it needs to be depending on the user and the situation. It also manages to produce one riotously funny segment after another.

While neither of these series are grabbing big-time headlines or causing a major uproar, they are both consistently and intelligently delivering the message that pot isn’t some demon weed, but rather a part of the daily life of plenty of productive, hard-working, generally upright citizens. May this trend continue, as more and more entertainment reveals to an all-too-ignorant public that the danger isn’t in marijuana, the danger is in fearing it needlessly.

Jacob Barnes writes about cannabis culture and marijuana culture.