Dear Sarah Diesel,
I smoke cannabis to help me fall asleep and help alleviate migraines. The problem that I am having is staying asleep. I don’t want to resort to Ambien or any other sleeping pills because I wake up groggy Is there any other way that I can consume cannabis to help me stay asleep?
Edibles, edibles, edibles–did I mention edibles? Medicating with cannabis can sometimes make your brain refuse to stop processing and thinking, especially if it has a high percentage of THC in it. I suggest you try cookies and warm milk an hour before bed. (Sounds like something Mrs. Cleaver would tell you do) But these cookies wouldn’t be just any cookies–they’d be medicated with cannabis!
There are many varieties of edibles that you can choose from. Unlike smoking, edibles have to go through your digestive system, so it can take up to an hour or more to feel the effect. Drinking milk with a high fat content will induce the THC because THC is fat-soluble. Being a vegan, I drink hemp milk, which has a balanced source of omega-3 and -6–essential fatty acids–as well as being naturally rich in essential nutrients and quality protein. Now remember–do not eat the entire edible if you are not a professional edible eater. I was the edible tester for a collective for a year! Until you’ve done that, you cannot call yourself a professional.
Edibles need to be titrated (small low doses) when eating them. Start with a quarter of the edible and work your way up only if you don’t feel anything after an hour. I suggest that you try this method of ingestion the next time you toss and turn in bed. Now get some zzzz’s . . .
Every weekend, I see this interesting girl teaching class in Atwater. I noticed she wears a wedding band but not on her ring finger. What does that mean? Is she single?
Should people in relationships be able to meet new people they think are interesting? Or is that dishonest? My girlfriend meets guys here and there and has been known to give her number out. Do couples have to fall off the social planet to spare the other? What is acceptable?
~Anonymous Culture Reader
Dear Anonymous Culture Reader,
Have you ever heard of the four agreements? It’s how I like to live my life. They are:
1) Be impeccable with your word.
2) Don’t take anything personally.
3) Don’t make assumptions.
4) Always do your best.
The last one is the most important because it’s the one that allows the other three to become deeply ingrained habits. No matter what, always do your best, no more, no less. We are all humans and it is in our nature to make friends and have lovers. How you handle these relationships is up to you. If you’re comfortable with your girlfriend giving out her number, then why not give out yours? As long as you have trust and healthy communication, these are the keys to a successful loving relationship.
Got a burning question about love, life and/or the pursuit of medicine? Ask Sarah Diesel, medical-marijuana advocate and L.A.’s Countess of Class and Cannabis. Just keep your questions short, straightforward and obscenity-free, and email them to AskSarah@freeculturemag.com.