Ask Dr. Mitch
Dr. Mitch, Back in the day, my health teacher said that people waste a Lot of pot by smoking after they're aLready high. He said that once you're high, you realty can~t get any higher, so you may as welt just stop. Is this true? - -
HIJ.A., Not realty. Lots of marijuana effects are dose-dependent: More leads to a bigger impact. NevertheLess, pLenty of people might find that one hit gets them where they want to be if they'd give it a chance. So the next time you're toking up, wait 10 minutes after the first hit; you may find that you don't need any more. With prohi bition's impact on todays prices, it's worth a try!
Did the government reauy encourage peopLe to grow marijuana before Prohibition? Ben Shy
Hi Ben, Not if you mean the psychoactive plant, but the government definitely encouraged foLks to grow hemp. Your namesake, Ben Franklin, once wrote a snotty note to King George saying that the coLonies needed aLL the hemp they grew for themselves, so they wouldn't be sending any over to Britain. Even after the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, the Feds encouraged farmers to grow hemp for fiber, cLoth and rope during World War IL Search the Web for the governmentsponsored film Hemp for Victory, which depicts growing hemp as a necessary part of the war effort.
You mentioned the Hashish CLub, that bunch of French artists from the mid 1800s. Where did they get their hash back then? The FMan
Hi F Man, Hash has been around for a long time. Napoleon's grisLy invasion of Egypt in 1798 did have one pleasant side effect: The French soldiers who didn't get killed in battLe or catch bubonic plague came home with hash from Africa. This apparently inspired a trade route that has lasted for quite some time.
Dr. Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology at SUNYAIbany. He is the author of Understanding Marijuana and The Parents' Guide to Marijuana. Gota question for Dr. Mitch? Email him at 42Oresearch(agmail. corn.