The 60s and early 70s were full of hippies and Vietnam War protesters. It was the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. Hippies were smoking pot at rock concerts, communes, and even in their parent’s basement. It was the thing to do and a sort of gateway drug to hashish and acid. Smoking pot was as common as tie-dyed shirts.
However, marijuana had not graduated yet to the potency that it has now. And no one had even heard of CBD. Bags of pot (almost always from Mexico) generally contained seeds that you had to sift through and leaves were eagerly included and rolled into fat joints. It was not uncommon to be able to buy an ounce of marijuana for $15.00.
Views of drugs changed in the mid-1960s, with increasing reports about a new type of marijuana smoker: college students.
Thai sticks entered the scene (at least in the Midwest) in the late 60s early70s. They were not readily available but when they could be had, smokers got a taste of premium buds with no seeds. It was the first hint of things to come. Thai sticks were the good stuff and the purchase price was much more expensive than regular pot.
80s and the Connoisseurs of Cannabis
Enter the connoisseurs of cannabis. In the 80s, marijuana began to be grown more seriously and techniques began to be perfected. There were basically two choices, Indica or Sativa. However, the sticky buds of these plants were a much higher strength than were had previously. Prices began to soar concurrently.
There wasn’t much information to go on, but growers that were serious filled closets and attics with plants. In warmer climates, plants were grown outdoors. Fertilizers were tested. Different soils were tried. Lighting types and timers were experimented with. Cannabis became better and better.
Fast forward to 2016 and we have states with legal recreational and medicinal marijuana. It is grown in large warehouse type buildings and sold in shopping centers. Who knows what the future will bring. 2016 means elections that could make a big difference in the number of states where cannabis is legal. It could also mean more studies will be made to understand more about how marijuana can be used more effectively to treat things like epilepsy and cancer.
What do you think the future of cannabis will be?