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…

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF HEMP INFUSIONS?

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.

Truthful Tuesday — Holding a Grudge

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…

What’s your opinion of grudge holding?

My opinion of grudge holding? Well, a grudge is “a persistent feeling of ill will or resentment resulting from a past insult or injury.” My philosophy about grudges is fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. I do believe in giving someone who disappointed or hurt me a second chance. Maybe even a third if the person is important to me. But beyond that, all bets are off.

Bottom line, though, if a person does something unforgivable to me more than once, that person will be out of my life forever. If that’s holding a grudge, so be it.

Truthful Tuesday — Food Fright

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…

Have you personally felt the food ‘pinch’, whether due to cost or unavailability?

I have noticed that food prices are going up and the net weight of many products in boxes, cans, or jars has gone down, so we’re paying more and getting less.

Do you think there is a danger of us ‘running out of viable food’ due to lack of green space and non-polluted ground to grow things on?

Not in the near term, but maybe a few generations from now this will be an issue. Perhaps agricultural scientists can come up a way of growing crops in areas currently thought of as inhospitable or can otherwise restore currently polluted lands so crops can be grown on them again. And it might help if the politicians would put some limits on unbridled development of lands.

Have you changed your meal planning or schedule to include fewer meals or reduced portions?

No, not yet, anyway.

Truthful Tuesday — Thoughts and Prayers

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 wants to know about thoughts and prayers.

Do you think the thoughts and prayers sent to victims of disasters or mayhem are worth the effort? If not, please give your reasoning. If so, give your reasoning, too.

Worth the effort? What effort? How much effort does it take to say that you’re going to send someone your thoughts and prayers? For most people, it’s an almost meaningless, mechanical, rote response.

Many of us can do little to help the victims and the families of loved ones whose lives have been senselessly taken by some asshole with a semiautomatic assault rifle. So “sending out thoughts and prayers” may help us feel better, but it serves no good purpose for those directly affected.

But nothing sickens me more than when those who are in a position to actually do something about gun violence in America — our elected representatives — offer their thoughts and prayers each time another mass shooting occurs. These people we put in office and whose salaries we pay through our tax dollars are lawmakers. So let them make laws that will help reduce the availability of and accessibility to semiautomatic assault weapons and high capacity magazines. Let them close the loopholes in gun laws. Let them demand background checks and waiting periods. Let them raise the minimum age to purchase a gun, let them require, as with cars, licenses, registration, training, and testing. Let them not get away, time after time, with doing nothing more than sending out thoughts and prayers.

And we, the ordinary people, can also do more than send our thoughts and prayers. We can vote into office — at the local, state, and federal levels — candidates who will commit to taking definitive actions to do something meaningful about gun violence in America, rather than spouting empty words.

Truthful Tuesday — Guns, Guns, and More Guns

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 wants to know about a very hot topic.

Guns? Gun laws and how they could be improved. Pros and cons. A brief synopsis of why you feel as you do about them in which ever country you live.

I decided, rather than to repeat here in this post my thoughts about guns, gun laws, and how I feel about them, I’d just put in a link to a post, Second Amendment Thoughts Revisited, that I published this past Friday. Here’s the link to that post, and, for those of you who just want to know my bottom line on guns, below are the final two paragraphs from that post.

I believe any reasonably thinking human being, even those who support the right of citizens to keep and bear arms, can’t possibly justify the availability and use of such assault weapons by other than members of the military — the professional military.

We need to stop the insanity. Enough is enough. It’s time for Congress to put public health above special interests and politics. Otherwise I’m afraid for the future of our society.