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Psychedelic Bamboozle: Want To Learn 255 Ways To Get High Without Drugs?

The Book of Highs. Courtesy of Workman Publishing

“My attorney has never been able to accept the notion – often espoused by reformed drug abusers and especially popular among those on probation – that you can get a lot higher without drugs than with them. And neither have I, for that matter.” – Hunter S. Thompson

It began as an offer I couldn’t refuse. There I was sitting in front of my computer like I do everyday, plugging away at yet another story on the dastardly perils of marijuana prohibition and numb nut politics that surrounds it, when I received an email from the publicity department at Workman Publishing asking whether I had any interest in reviewing “The Book of Highs.”

This type of cold call, digital sales pitch is nothing out of the ordinary. My inbox, much like any other poor slob who earns his or her living slinging the written word, is constantly bombarded by press releases from faceless agents trying to squeeze out another flattering puff piece for their mostly uninteresting clientele. I ignore most of what crosses my path.

But this particular transmission stood out to me for some reason. Maybe it was the artwork on the cover of the book, which was reminiscent of the 1960s psychedelic era. It was a Technicolor display of a period when getting stoned was still far too dangerous for the likes of mainstream society – long before the days of marijuana legalization.

It gave me hope that there may still be something left of the pioneers out there who carved out the great American dope show. Perhaps that part of the buzz scene was still resonating, loud and clear. It also occurred to me that the book could be the literary spewing of an outlaw poet with mad science tendencies, who was doing his best to feed the masses brain bubbling insight into a new counterculture of feel goods that it wouldn’t want to miss.

I took the bait.

“Even if the book blows chunks,” I thought. “It will still be an excellent addition to my personal library.”

The Book of Highs. Courtesy of Workman Publishing

I responded to the publicist with an enthusiastic, “Yes, please send it over right away,” followed by my mailing address and some crucial step-by-step instructions for getting parcels delivered to my neck of the woods without law enforcement intervention.

I then went on to finish out the rest of the day, submitting a controversial piece to Forbes called “Marijuana Users Don’t Mind Being Labeled Stoners And Potheads.” Did you read it? If not, you have one last chance to check it out here.

About a week later, a package landed on my doorstep. At first, I was excited because I thought maybe the new underwear and socks I had ordered from Amazon had finally arrived. But lo and behold, the parcel did not contain my stylish unmentionables. It was The Book of Highs. I must confess to almost forgetting the book was even in route to my humble abode for a proper evaluation. I was, however, impressed with the publicist’s ability to follow my strict logistics guidelines for sending me snail mail without getting the boys in blue sniffing around.

“Cool,” I thought. “I’ll take a break from the typing grind and see if the document is worthwhile.”

I sat down on the couch and pulled the collective pages out of the envelope, carefully examining the artistic cover, which had inspired me to give the book a shot in the first place. But it didn’t take long — just seconds if I’m being completely honest — before I was slapped in the face by a major discrepancy in the subject matter contained in its 300-plus pages.

While this printed volume was, in fact, entitled The Book of Highs, it had also been branded with a far less exhilarating subtitle that I had somehow failed to catch before instructing the publicist to drop a copy in the mail. This was not an encyclopedia for the inebriation culture — this was “255 Ways To Alter Your Consciousness Without Drugs.”

“Without drugs!” I shouted in disbelief, quickly flipping the book over to the back cover to read the description. It was there that I learned that the Book of Highs, which admittedly I had judged by the cover (they say never to do that), was nothing more than a glorified listicle containing “hundreds of ways humans can alter consciousness, minus drugs and alcohol.”

The Book of Highs. Courtesy of Workman Publishing

The blow to my grand expectations was stiff and severe, so much that I must have experienced a momentary blackout as a means for combating the overwhelming embarrassment that had consumed me. I lost time. And truth-be-told, I still cannot see properly out of my left eye. So forgive me if I’m a little foggy about the barrage of obscenities that came flying out of my mouth upon realizing that the book was skewed toward straight edge society – a part of the population that I have never, nor will I ever be able to understand. I remember thinking, “What kind of swami-cult toilet reader is this?”

I felt bamboozled, taken – I had been had. Go figure. The moment I finally give in to the mind control tactics of a New York publicity department and they start turning the screws…and hard. I simply couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of any PR agent, at least not one who had done their due-diligence, thinking that “The Book of Highs: 255 Ways To Alter Your Consciousness Without Drugs” was something that I would be interested in covering.

Perhaps they got the wrong Mike Adams. This wouldn’t be the first time I had been confused for the much prettier one who likes to refer to himself as the Health Ranger. Was this just a case of mistaken identity? There was no way of knowing, not without having to admit to a voodoo publicist that I was stoned when I read her pitch or that I was just an idiot. My only solace was the fact that I was under no obligation to the folks at Workman to type so much as a single complimentary word about the book. I was still in control.

But instead of putting down The Book of Highs and moving on with my life, like I wanted to, I decided to dig a little deeper. Of course, some of the pages were filled with nothing more than decades of regurgitated tree-hugging hippie babble. This was no surprise. It was only after spotting several sections suggestive of a sci-fi plot-thickener imagined by the mind of someone like Phillip K. Dick that I started to calm down and take a modest interest.

Come to find out Edward Rosenfeld, the founding editor of Omni Magazine, originally published The Book of Highs in 1973. But “with the emergence of changing attitudes on drugs and altered consciousness, states endorsing the use of medical and recreational marijuana, new medical research in psychedelics,” Rosenfeld, a science fiction aficionado, who, interestingly enough, fought to legalize psychedelic drugs for religious purposes in the mid-1960s, decided the time had come to publish an updated version of the book in order to teach those whippersnappers coming up in the new world, buzz scene that they can get just as high without polluting their brains with dope.

From the few minutes I spent with it, I must say that the Book of Highs is an interesting and entertaining collection of worldly gobbledygook. It covers a wide range of methods for entering altered realms of consciousness without sips and smoke – if that’s your thing.

The Book of Highs. Courtesy of Workman Publishing

While each section is only a brief introduction to these dopeless techniques, Rosenfeld touches on a multitude of concepts — some of which are pretty far out there — from meditation, demonic possession, occult magik, masturbation and something he calls the psychedelic bathtub. Ahh, you’re curious about that one, aren’t you? So was I. According to the book, the psychedelic bathtub is the process of pimping out one’s bathroom with strobe lights and a mirror ball before piping in high volume chants or music. From there, a person is just supposed to kick back in the bathtub and take it all in until they get high.

After reading about the psychedelic bathtub in chapter Electric, I thought, “That sounds like it would be fun to do stoned.”

Are there really ways to get high without drugs?

Weed Wise: Non-Smokables to Keep Those Lungs Healthy

Let’s face it: Even in the best of times, it’s a good idea to give your lungs a break from time to time. And though we hate to say it, it’s doubly true in the midst of the COVID-19 / coronavirus pandemic. You don’t want to give a respiratory virus any excuse to settle into tired and harshed-out lungs.

Fortunately, there are tons of ways to get high without smoking, from flavorful extracts to potent tinctures to all kinds of yummy edibles. So next time you come by the dispensary—we’re offering easy curbside pickup to help maintain those important social-distancing regulations—why don’t you try something new? You just may be blown away by all the ways to get high without smoking!

Get High Without Smoking: Tinctures

Like extracts, these infusions offer a potent dose of cannabis in a discreet, easy-to-use format. Suspended in either neutral alcohol or a glycerine base, tinctures can either be added to your favorite foods or drinks, or just dropped under the tongue for a faster action (typically 15 to 45 minutes). They’re great for making fun cannabis-infused cocktails, fruit smoothies, desserts, or literally any other kind of food you can imagine! Here are a couple of our current favorites.

Stay Lifted Tincture, Yummi Karma

A unique and fun confection, this tincture combines a lot of things we love: Potent THC, guarana and green tea for a natural uplift, a splash of bright orange cream for flavor, and vitamin B-12 for a metabolic boost. It’s a great way to gently supercharge your day with creativity and inspiration.

THC Rich Tincture, Proof

Formulated for strong psychoactivity, this tincture delivers the goods with a soft, smooth and delicious intake. You should feel a well-balanced, euphoric high underscored with a relaxing body buzz. If you can’t tell, we’re big fans!

Get High Without Smoking: Edibles

These cannabis-infused treats probably don’t need any introduction. From gummies to mints to coffees to cookies and more, one thing is clear: The only limit to what you can infuse with cannabis is your imagination! As with extracts, the effects typically take up to 2 hours to come on. Here are some of our favorites.

Brown Butter Sage Marshmallow, Mellows

Combining the nutty toastiness of brown butter with a surprising touch of sage, these marshmallows are a unique and unforgettable treat. Crafted for flavor over potency, they deliver a very manageable 5mg of THC extracted from Red Congolese hash. They’re so good that the only real problem is restricting yourself to just one (or possibly two!).

Red Velvet Cookies, Dr. Norms

Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, these vibrant red treats deliver a healthy 10mg of THC per cookie. The white chocolate chips don’t hurt, either! Another winner from one of our favorite “elevated” bakeshops.

Get High Without Smoking: Extracts

These flavorful and potent cannabis concentrates are similar to those you’d find in a vape pen. But they’re just as good—or better—when they’re swallowed! They take longer to come on (be forewarned, sometimes it’s as long as 2 hours) but because the extracts are metabolized through the stomach and liver, the effect is more powerful and longer lasting, sometimes up to six hours! Pro tip: Put a drop under your tongue for a faster high. Here’s one of our favorites.

Mango Brulee, Sessions Supply Co.

This powerful indica-dominant hybrid is great for relaxing the heck out. And the creamy and sweet mango flavor lingers on, and on, and on….

You can find these products and more at our Sherman Oaks dispensary. Browse our online menu now to place your order.

Especially with a respiratory virus on the loose, it’s smart to let give your lungs a break now and again. Here are some ways to get high without smoking!