An old cowboy sidled into a tavern and ordered a glass of milk with a shot of whiskey. The saloon keeper fixed the drink and put it on the bar. Then, a young circuit-riding preacher entered. It was a hot day and with a long ride ahead, the parson asked for a cold glass of milk to quench his thirst before going on his way. The cowboy smiled and offered the clergyman his glass of milk, not informing the novice minister that it was spiked. The cleric drank it down, placed the glass on the counter and proclaimed with a big grin on his face, “Lord, what a cow!”
There are few countries where beer is as tightly woven into the national self-image as in Canada. But what if enjoying a 2-4 pack on Victoria Day came to mean lighting up a string of joints instead of reaching for bottle after bottle of your favourite ice-cold brew? Despite their longstanding love affair with beer, Canadian drinkers are beginning to lessen their ale consumption in favour of the now-legal weed. The south-of-the-border experience of Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, where recreational marijuana has already been legal for a few years, shows that beer sales take a hit once pot becomes lawfully available.
One of the main reasons why Canadians smoke marijuana is to have fun and connect with friends, which is the very same motivation for alcohol consumption. But 80% of current pot smokers rarely or never mix a joint and a drink. So this means that cannabis is not a compliment to beer, but a competitor with it. And now the brewers are fighting back with cannabis in a can. The higher-end beer will be made entirely from the cannabis plant and the lower-end beer will still be made from malt, but infused with cannabis oil. Both, by law, must be non-alcoholic.
The bottom line? All the above simply means you’ll be able to drink and get stoned instead of getting drunk. But the Bible has a better answer – O taste and see that the Lord is good… (Psalm 34:8)
✓Note – Cannabis is the name given to a series of plants of which marijuana is a member. Marijuana is Spanish (think Tijuana) for a particular genus kind. Marijuana consists of two chemicals: THC (the plant part that gives the psychotic high) and CBD (the plant part that blocks the psychotic high from occurring). When Marijuana is kept in its original created state (CBD blocking THC) it is considered to be one of the most powerful natural pain-relievers available to man. (Canada has not legalized medical marijuana. It is a drug with potent side effects that must be physician-prescribed and pharmacist-fulfilled.) It’s in our modern history that botanists figured out how to alter the marijuana plant – unblocking the CBD so the THC high could be released and experienced. Canada has legalized this kind of recreational marijuana and when compared to alcohol and tobacco, it has less physical, but more mental effect on people. The marijuana available today has been found to be four-to-five times more potent than the marijuana that was smoked by the hippie-flower children of the 1960s. The reason why marijuana is so much stronger today than in the 60s, is that back then some CBD blockers were left in, but today they’ve all been basically taken out of the way.