Truthful Tuesday — Infusion

Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, is still filling in for Frank, aka PCGuy, who is taking a temporary hiatus from his Truthful Tuesday prompt. This week Melanie asks…


Anyone who is familiar with my blog knows that I will occasionally treat myself to a cannabis-infused goodie. And my preferred goodie is Mellows, a cannabis-infused marshmallow.

Of course Melanie’s question focuses on hemp, not marijuana. So let’s talk about the differences between the two. It’s a common misconception that hemp and marijuana are two different species of plant. But they are not. They’re just two different names for cannabis, a type of flowering plant in the Cannabaceae family.

The difference between hemp and marijuana is their psychoactive component. Hemp has 0.3% or less tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana that produces a high. Thus hemp-derived products don’t contain enough THC to create the high traditionally associated with marijuana.

Another term to know about is CBD. CBD is a chemical found in marijuana. CBD doesn’t contain THC. CBD can come from either hemp or marijuana, but it is often derived from hemp in order to avoid the addition of larger amounts of THC.

So, to answer Melanie’s specific questions:

Is it a good idea even though there is reportedly no THC in the items?

A good idea? For who? For me, if the edible doesn’t have any THC, what’s the point? But whether it’s a good idea for someone else, well, that’s up to them, isn’t it?

Would you eat or drink something made with those products? Why or why not?

Yes, but if I’m going to ingest infused gummies, brownies, mints, marshmallows, tea, or whatever, I would want it to include THC. Why? Because I occasionally enjoy getting high and, except for an occasional beer, I don’t drink alcoholic beverages.

The Age of Fertility

She always seemed to be so fastidious, and I must admit, I had a huge crush on her back in the day. But the last time I saw her, she looked uncharacteristically fat and flabby. Taken aback by her appearance, I was not very nice to her at the time, shaming her for how she let her body swell up like it did. But I immediately felt bad because at that encounter she became quite melancholy and began to cry.

I later found out that she was pregnant, not fat and flabby, and what upset her that day was not so much what I had said, as much as it was that her boyfriend abandoned her shortly after she became pregnant.

I was ashamed for what I said to her, and I have since instituted a new personal policy to never comment on a woman’s appearance, especially if a woman is of the age of fertility.

Written for these daily prompts: E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (fastidious), Ragtag Daily Prompt (crush), Your Daily Word Prompt (flabby), Word of the Day Challenge (shaming), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (swell), My Vivid Blog (melancholy), and The Daily Spur (policy).

And for the record, this post is pure fiction. I would never mistake a pregnant woman for a fat woman, but I admit that I once congratulated a woman on her pregnancy. She became very indignant when she informed me that she was not pregnant.

Fandango’s Story Starter #52

It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. Here’s how it works. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you an incomplete “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that partial sentence. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing.

This week’s Story Starter teaser is:

If I told him once, I told him a thousand times that he’d be making a grave mistake if he were to…

If you care to write and post a story built from this teaser, be sure to link back to this post and to tag your post with #FSS. I would also encourage you to read and enjoy what your fellow bloggers do with their stories.

And most of all, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Scorch


It’s June 28, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “scorch.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.