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THC Crystals: The Purest THC on the Planet
August 10, 2019

THC Crystals: The Purest THC on the Planet

Welcome to the future of cannabis, in a pure, potent and crystallized format. Over the last decade or so, cannabis producers have pushed concentrates far beyond potencies we ever thought possible. From sticky shatters to beautiful butters to the jaw drawing Dragon Ball Z creation. The sky’s the limit when it comes to concentrates. Pure THC crystals are the newest and most exciting trend in extraction technology. With potencies pushing 99.9 percent – it’s not hard to see why.

THC crystals, more accurately known as THCA crystalline, isn’t a product for everyone. You’ve got to be able to handle a powerful experience. If a puff off a joint pushes you over the edge of comfort, you may be best to sit this one out.

But, if getting baked out of your tree is exactly what you are into then let’s dig into the details about what pure THC crystals are, how they are made, and what the high is like. Hold on tight folks; it’s about to get potent.

What Are THC Crystals?

THCA Crystalline

Before a grower harvests and cures their cannabis crop, the plants contain a slightly different set of cannabinoids than what you might expect. Consumers like us are used to THC and CBD, but fresh weed contains the acid-ended cannabinoids. These are the precursors to CBD and THC. Instead of THC, fresh bud has tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), and instead of CBD, it has cannabidiolic acid (CBDA). Both of these cannabinoids also have many beneficial medical benefits, but the properties are less understood than THC and CBD.

Through an advanced extraction process, producers today can pull out the THCA which then crystallizes. Hence the name crystalline, or THC crystal. But we can already hear you muttering in confusion. “You just said THCA is different than THC, but you are talking about THC crystals?” It is confusing, but hear me out.

Technically the product you find at your favorite dispensary is THCA crystalline. It’s a clear to white, crystallized rock or powder. It tends to look like a few more illicit drugs (cocaine, crack) and therefore gets a bad wrap. But, trust me, this is the purest cannabinoid product you can get.

The THCA crystalline remains in its unstable THCA form until the user subjects it to high heat. Incineration, induction, or convention of THCA transforms the molecule and removes the “A.” It’s the same process which occurs to a fresh nug in a pipe, called decarboxylation. When the flower meets flame, the THCA turns to THC. This transformation is why some companies brand their products as THC Crystal. When you smoke it, you are actually consumer THC, not THCA.

Interestingly, before you light up and heat the pure THCA crystals, they are nonpsychoactive. Although there are over a hundred known cannabinoids to date, only THC triggers a psychoactive experience.

What Are The Medical Uses Of THC Crystals?

THCA Diamond

Because of the sometimes extreme potency – THC crystals are medically useful in many ways. It’s like a supercharged hit of THC. Some companies have achieved as high as 99.9 percent THCA, although most on the market hovers somewhere around 80 percent potency. The extraction process removes most, if not all, of the other cannabinoids and terpenes. The product is typically flavorless and has no aroma.

When you smoke THCA crystalline, the high comes almost immediately. Unlike edibles, you won’t have to wait around for hours to feel the effects. This immediacy is perfect for the treatment of acute issues, like sudden pain, inflammation, and headache. Pure THC is an excellent tool for use with difficult to treat pain, chronic illness, and some mood disorders.

What is perhaps more exciting than the smoked, dabbed, or vaped version of THC crystal is the benefits of oral ingestion. Because THCA crystalline is a crystal, it dissolves easily in food. You can take it in a tincture or capsule form. There are so far very few studies specifically on the benefits of THCA. However, the preliminary research suggests the following possibilities:

  • Inflammation
  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Spasticity
  • Neuroprotection

With more research, there may well be a massive potential for THCA as a therapeutic agent. Considering it’s hard to find (and use) in other types of products, the pure concentration found in THC crystals may make it a desirable medicinal compound.

How Is Crystalline THC Extracted?

THCA Crystalline Health Benefits

According to most cannabis experts, the detailed process of producing a pure THC crystalline concentrate is a well-guarded secret. Few companies are making it, and they don’t want to let their trade secrets out. But with that caveat said, we do know a few things about how it’s made, even if we don’t know the more delicate details.

The first step is the initial extractions. This is done using what we can assume are standard extraction procedures which protect the sensitive THCA molecule. Most producers will use low heat technology, perhaps CO2, to do so.

Once the first extract is obtained, it still contains any number of other compounds. Fats, cannabinoids, terpenes, and the like. These are removed through a series of different washes, using specific solutions depending on the compound. For example, the process may include an acetate wash and a hexane wash.

A second stage called “preparative chromatography” is then performed. Which essentially passes the clarified extract through various mediums, filters, to remove further compounds. The details are fuzzy here, but the preparative chromatography process flushes the extract at variable speeds, through variable mediums until the desired concentration is achieved.

After so much processing, the solution still contains a few lingering contaminants. This final stage of processing is needed to ‘clean’ the solution. This takes out any chemicals not fit for human consumption. Once complete, you’ve got almost 100 percent pure THC crystal on your hands.

What Does The High Feel Like?

Pure THC crystal, when smoked, dabbed, vaped or otherwise heated can make for an intense experience. If you aren’t well versed in potent strains or dabbing, you might want to take it easy. Too much THC leads to what some folks call greening out. This experience, while not dangerous, is definitely not fun.

Take your time dosing THC crystal. Less is more until you know how much you can handle. The high is going to be an experience, to say the least. It’s going to hit fast, and hard. Its an extremely powerful high, one like you’ve never had.

The standard descriptions people use when talking about a pure THC crystal high is it being bright, fresh, and energetic. There are no disruptions from other cannabinoids, like CBD or CBG. No influences from the effects of terpenes. No flavor or aroma. Pure bliss, and a truly spectacular experience. Provided you don’t overdo it.

Of course, if you don’t smoke it, but instead ingest it orally with no heat, there will be no high at all. Remember THCA compared to THC is a much different experience. THCA as a nonpsychoactive substance, won’t have any effects unless of course, you count the potential medicinal benefits.

Have you Tried Pure THC Crystals?

If you are a cannabis enthusiast but haven’t tried pure THC crystals yet, it’s worth a special trip to your dispensary. Considering the advanced technology requirements needed to produce it, it does come with a higher price point. But, arguably well worth the investment. Keep a look for lab-tested brands, to avoid any lingering contamination. In most places today though, the rigorous testing requirements will weed out any problem products. Let us know in the comments below about your experience with THCA Crystalline; good, bad, or maybe even magical?

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New York decriminalises use of cannabis
August 04, 2019

New York decriminalises use of cannabis

New York has decriminalised the use of marijuana – becoming the 16th US state to do so.

The move, which would make possession of a small amount of the drug a violation rather than a felony, was signed into law by governor Andrew Cuomo.

The measure also demands that criminal records of offences linked to low-level marijuana cases either be marked as expunged, or destroyed – an apparent reflection that in the past communities of colour suffered unduly from different application of the law.

“Communities of colour have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana for far too long, and today we are ending this injustice once and for all,” Mr Cuomo said in a statement.

In many respects, the decision by politicians in the state capital, Albany, is behind the trend in many parts of the country.

While New York has become the 16th to decriminalise the drug’s use, 11 states plus the Districts of Columbia, otherwise known was Washington DC, have legalised personal use. Its use remains a federal crime.

Those pushing for greater liberalisation welcomed the move, but urged legislators to go further. Some said there were still many negative consequences that come with having marijuana as an illegal violation.

“Police have historically found a way to work around the decriminalisation of marijuana,” said Erin George, of Citizen Action of New York.

People can still face probation violations and immigration consequences under the decriminalisation bill, she said.

The legislation signed by Mr Cuomo will make possession of less than one ounce of marijuana punishable by a fine of up to $50. Possession of two ounces will carry a fine of up to $200

The penalty is $50 for possessing less than one ounce of pot or a maximum of $200 for one to two ounces. It will go into affect in 30 days.

Read the full article here : INDEPENDENT

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University of Maryland Launches Nation's First Medical Marijuana Master's Program
June 30, 2019

University of Maryland Launches Nation's First Medical Marijuana Master's Program


 

The two-year graduate program offers health care professionals, cultivators, retail owners, scientists, researchers, and policymakers a chance to earn a degree in medical marijuana.

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP) is now accepting applications for the nation's first graduate program dedicated to the study of medical cannabis. The school's new Master of Science (MS) in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics is a two-year program designed to “provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to support patients and the medical cannabis industry, add to existing research in the field, and develop well-informed medical cannabis policy.”

“The MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics is an incredibly unique program,” Dr. Leah Sera, a pharmacy specialist and the program's director, said in a statement. “Faculty from the School of Pharmacy who lead courses for the program are experts in both basic and clinical sciences related to the study of medications, and are dedicated to making coursework both interesting and accessible to all students.”

The new program is targeted at a wide range of individuals seeking knowledge about medical cannabis, including health care professionals, cannabis growers, dispensary owners, scientists, researchers, or policymakers. Much of the curriculum for the program will consist of online coursework, but students will also be required to attend an in-person symposium once per semester, where they can meet and interact with industry professionals.

Students will not be required to complete a thesis, but must complete coursework featuring expert seminars, case studies, and discussions. The course will educate students on the basic science, clinical and medical use, and potential side effects of cannabis. Students will also learn about the patchwork of federal and state laws and policies concerning medical marijuana.

“Students who complete our program will have an unparalleled competitive advantage when it comes to pursuing or advancing a career in the medical cannabis industry,” Dr. Sera said. “These individuals will be well-prepared to support patients and the medical cannabis industry with the knowledge and skills gained from their coursework. They will also be able to add to existing clinical and scientific research on medical cannabis, and will be able to contribute to well-informed policies related to medical cannabis.”

There are a number of unaccredited colleges offering cannabis education, as well as a few accredited colleges that offer individual cannabis courses, but the UMSOP's new program is the first fully accredited graduate program on the topic. The University of Maryland attempted to roll out medical marijuana training classes on a smaller scale in 2017, but these classes were cancelled at the last minute under the advisement of the state Attorney General.

The UMSOP will be accepting applications for their medical marijuana MS program until August 15. Classes will begin on August 26th at the Universities of Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland.


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Illegal drugs less harmful than alcohol and tobacco and should be reclassified, finds major report
June 27, 2019

Illegal drugs less harmful than alcohol and tobacco and should be reclassified, finds major report


‘The current distinction between legal and illegal substances is not unequivocally based on pharmacological research but in large part on historical and cultural precedents’

Illegal substances such as ecstasy and cocaine can be less harmful to individuals and societies than tobacco and alcohol and should be reclassified to reflect their actual risk, a report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy has concluded.

Calling for a review of the classification of drugs, the body comprising 14 former heads of state or government criticised the “incoherence and inconsistencies” of laws based on “unreliable and scientifically dubious” methods that punish the use of some substances while ignoring others.

“This de facto prohibition is arbitrary,” the group wrote. “The current distinction between legal and illegal substances is not unequivocally based on pharmacological research but in large part on historical and cultural precedents.

presumed ‘good and evil’ distinction between legal and illegal drugs.”


 

They argue governments must now regulate the market of illegal substances, establishing a new system for classification “adapted to the dangerousness of each drug and based on solid scientific assessments”.

A major study of the overall dangers of the entire spectrum of drugs both to the consumer and wider society ranked alcohol as the most damaging.

The 2010 research, carried out by the former government chief drugs adviser, Professor David Nutt, put it above heroin and crack cocaine.

Tobacco was also deemed to be more harmful than a list of drugs including ketamine and mephedrone.

However, this did not correlate with the scientific consensus around the dangers of these drugs.

For example, LSD and ecstasy are among the lowest scoring drugs for levels of harm, yet globally are subject to some of the strictest prohibitions.

The Global Commission’s report said the “only responsible answer to this complex topic is to regulate the market of illegal drugs, starting by establishing regulations and a new scheduling system adapted to the dangerousness of each drug and based on solid scientific assessments”, as is currently done for food, medications and other products that can pose a risk to health.

“While the international community continues to struggle to find a new consensus, countries should move forward with designing and implementing a more rational policy of scheduling, controlling and regulating psychoactive drugs,” the group said.

 

Source: Independent.co.uk


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Illinois Officially Becomes the 11th State to Legalize Adult-Use Weed
June 26, 2019

Illinois Officially Becomes the 11th State to Legalize Adult-Use Weed


While the Land of Lincoln isn’t the first state to go legal, it’s the first to ensure social justice came with the total package.

Last year, JB Pritzker ran for the Illinois governor’s office on a promise to legalize weed. On Tuesday, June 25, he made that promise a reality by signing HB 1438 into law.

Illinois is now the 11th state to legalize cultivation, sales, and possession of recreational, or adult-use, cannabis. But it’s the first state to do so through its legislature rather than ballot question left to the voters. (Technically, Vermont is the first to legalize through its legislature, but only for possession, not sales.)

More importantly, Illinois is the first state to guarantee social justice and equity in its legalization program, as well. 

“Studies have shown time and time again that black and white people tend to use cannabis at the same rates, but black people are far more likely to be arrested for possession,” Gov. Pritzker said during a press conference. “Criminalization offers nothing but pain, disruption, and injustice. The legislators and activists standing with me today have heard you.”

So just how did Illinois accomplish what Colorado, California, Oregon, Alaska, Michigan, Washington, and other weed-legal states failed to do with their legalization bills?

One of the bill’s lead sponsors was Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago), who already carved her niche among the state’s progressives by championing Illinois’s 2013 marriage equality law and a recent expansion of women’s reproductive rights

Getting weed legalized through the Illinois legislature wasn’t some accident, either. “That was the whole game plan from day one,” Cassidy told MERRY JANE over the phone. “When you have a [voter approved] ballot initiative, you only get a paragraph [of bill text] to work with.” 


By going the legislature route, Cassidy got to sit down with other lawmakers, state agencies, attorneys, and activists to craft the legalization bill from scratch. That meant hours upon hours of impassioned debate, negotiation, and education, not to mention multiple line-item strikes and revisions as the bill was arduously, but ultimately, fleshed out.

“It was one of the first truly collaborative processes I’ve been a part of. We cried together, we laughed together, and we worked our asses off. I don’t think it was easier,” she said regarding legalizing cannabis through the legislature, “but the end result was better.”

How did Illinois’s weed bill turn out “better” than the previous ten states’? HB 1428 includes the usual rules that have become standard by now: no selling to kids, keeping organized crime away from licensed weed profits, potency limits, and strict packaging rules. But while other weed-legal jurisdictions – like California – have approved programs for social equity or expungements, those were post-hoc moves. Illinois lawmakers ensured social justice came with the total package, instead of just another inconvenient afterthought following legalization. 

Under the expungement portion of the bill, Illinois must clear criminal records for the state’s 770,000 low-level weed offenders. That’s good news for residents who’ve struggled to find jobs, housing, or loans because they were convicted of victimless cannabis crimes.

“The mechanics of expungement were a serious concern,” Chris Lindsey, the Senior Legislative Counsel at the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), told MERRY JANE during a phone call. MPP is responsible for pushing legalization in several states, such as Colorado and Maine, and Lindsey worked closely with Illinois’s legislators, activists, and state agencies to ensure HB 1438 made it to Gov. Pritzker’s desk. 

“How do you set this up so there’s a feasible way for the state to do what you want? It’s very tricky….There are all these different counties. The [criminal] records don’t go into a massive database where someone can just hit ‘undo,’” he said.

To begin expungements, state officials will need to dig up old court orders, find the records, then remove the records, county-by-county. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen eventually.

“It’s very much a hand-held process,” Lindsey continued. “Getting those pieces to fit together, figuring out how we define what equity means, what benefits are available to people who fall into the equity applicant category…. Basically, how do we ensure it’s fair for everybody else?”

Under the social equity sections of the bill, prospective canna-business owners who live in “Disproportionately Impacted Areas” – in other words, low-income neighborhoods that are often targeted by police patrols – get bumped to the front of the line for the state’s much-coveted cannabis licensing. 

Social equity applicants can also qualify if they have prior weed arrests or convictions, or if they belong to a family that was “impacted” by the drug war. 

“Social equity is certainly the hallmark of this legislation,” Lindsey added.

While it’s going to take time to implement the bill’s social justice provisions, launching legal weed sales is on a tight deadline. By law, the program must be up and running by January 2020. The legislature officially approved legalization on May 31, and although the governor said then that he’d sign the bill as soon as he possibly could, it took nearly a month for HB 1438 to receive his signature. 

Why did the signing take so long? According to Rep. Cassidy, the governor joked that he wanted to hold off on signing it until “Snoop comes to the State Fair.” 

Uncle Snoop is set to perform in Illinois in August, so it’s probably best that Pritzker didn’t wait. 

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Berlin park designates 'pink zone' areas for drug dealers
May 17, 2019

Berlin park designates 'pink zone' areas for drug dealers


 

Repeated attempts by police to clear dealers from Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg prompts move by park manager.

Drug dealers in Berlin are to be given designated spaces in a city centre park to carry out transactions, leading to criticism that authorities have capitulated to criminal gangs.

For years there has been a heated debate about Görlitzer Park, a popular meeting point in the trendy southern Berlin district of Kreuzberg, which has been attracting an ever increasing number of drug dealers. Local people said they were reluctant to let children and pets roam free there.

After repeated attempts by police to clear the dealers failed, the park manager declared areas where they should be allowed to operate, identified by spray-painted pink boxes.

Cengiz Demirci said the pink zones would mean that visitors to the park – known locally as Görli – were no longer intimidated by groups of dealers, typically men operating in gangs, who crowd the entrance.

“This method has purely practical reasoning behind it,” Demirci told local radio station RBB. “It’s not that we’re legalising the selling of drugs.”

Demirci said a much more effective solution would be if authorities gave the dealers work permits. The majority of them are asylum seekers who are not allowed to work while waiting for their claims to be processed. He added: “If they did that then 90% of them would stop what they’re doing immediately.”

Police chiefs criticised the move. “What is needed to ensure that the park is drug and crime free, is a constant police presence and judicial resolve,” Benjamin Jendro from the Berlin branch of the police trade union GdP told Bild.

Previously Berlin administrations have declared a “zero tolerance” attitude towards drug dealers in Görlitzer Park, but local residents reported that nothing changed as a result. On Thursday they said that none of the dealers were abiding by the new rule.

The Stehplätze, or standing-room policy, as it has been dubbed, triggered outrage among Berlin politicians for whom the Görli situation has been a persistent headache for decades.

The sharpest remarks came from Germany’s national anti-drugs tsar, Marlene Mortler, of the conservative Christian Social Union, who told the Funke Mediengruppe: “If this is true then it marks the capitulation of our constitutional state. We should not be issuing the dealers with a licence to deal.”

Source: The Guardian.


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CBD Oil Got This Great-Grandma Arrested at Disney World
May 08, 2019

CBD Oil Got This Great-Grandma Arrested at Disney World

 

Cops later dropped the charges, but her arrest highlights how confusing CBD regulations are throughout the country right now.

A woman was recently arrested at Disney World after a sheriff’s deputy found CBD oil on her.

Hester Jordan Burkhalter, 69, is a great-grandmother from North Carolina. After spending two years saving up for a trip to Orlando’s Disney World, she got busted just outside of the Magic Kingdom when a cop discovered CBD oil in her purse.

Burkhalter had a doctor’s note for the oil. The product’s label also stated that it contained no THC, so getting buzzed on it was highly unlikely.

“I have really bad arthritis in my legs, in my arms and in my shoulder,” she told Fox 35. “I use [CBD oil] for the pain because it helps.”

The sheriff’s deputy who made the arrest reportedly said that he was simply following the law. Technically, CBD products are illegal in Florida, even though the state approved a medical marijuana program in 2016. Nationwide, CBD hovers in a tricky legal grey-area, as the US FDA continues to mull over regulating cannabidiol, despite its plant source — hemp — being federally legalized late last year.

Burkhalter spent a night in jail and was released on a $2,000 bond. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office later dropped the charges against her.

“I’m very disappointed that the Orange County Sheriff’s Office handled the situation the way they did,” said Burkhalter’s attorney, Jennifer Synnamon, in a statement to Fox News. “Why Sheriff Mina would support his deputies using their resources for a CBD oil arrest of a 69-year-old woman, but then won’t do anything about the gas stations, health food stores, drug stores, etc. that are selling it to the open public is absolutely beyond my comprehension.”

“The State of Florida finds nothing wrong with collecting the sales tax on illegal products,” Synnamon continued, “but they allow prosecution for possession of the same.”

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Post Malone’s New Weed Brand Has a Name as Bad as Its Creator’s Music
May 08, 2019

Post Malone’s New Weed Brand Has a Name as Bad as Its Creator’s Music

 

The rapper will debut “Shaboink” — his line of flower, pre-rolls, and vape products — across the Golden State on his birthday, July 4th.

There’s a new — heavily tattooed — face joining California’s cannabis market this summer. According to TMZ, Texas rapper Post Malone is the latest musician to lend his name to a legal weed brand, and his new imprint, Shaboink, is set to debut a line of flower, pre-rolls, and vape pens this summer.

Following in the footsteps of Snoop Dogg, Berner, B-Real, Willie Nelson, and countless others, the White Iverson rapper announced his foray into the Golden State ganja market late last week at Hall Of Flowers, an industry trade show in Santa Rosa, California. 

 

 

The brand, named “Shaboink” after a Posty-ism that TMZ was able to translate to "the act of two people fornicating in a wild spontaneous fashion," will not release any cannabis products until this summer. But at a sparsely decorated booth at the expo, Malone’s team showed off smoking accessories that were custom-designed by the pot paraphernalia company Hemper, as well as early branding for the rapper’s personal strain — a cut of the fruity hybrid flower Goji OG, renamed Posty OG.

On the company’s website, the brand relays a heavy dose of Malone’s trademark eccentricity, offering a rambling stanza instead of any real information.

“Wandering through the jungle, you might come across any varietal of indigenous flora,” the Shaboink website reads. “A white lotus, perhaps, or a rare cycad. Just as rare is the flower vended in the concrete jungle by Shaboink, so high in quality and so crystalline your vibrant mind might disconnect from your earthly vessel and float away into the cumulus clouds above.”

If we can attempt a translation, we’re pretty sure that means: “Buy Shaboink, it will get you really stoned, dude.”

In addition to full-strength THC products like Posty OG, Shaboink will also sell a line of CBD-focused products.

Shaboink products will hit licensed dispensaries across California with a bang this summer, debuting on Posty (and America’s) birthday, July 4th. 

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25 Great Psychedelic movies that you must see
May 07, 2019

25 Great Psychedelic movies that you must see

 

Psychedelia in film is characterized by distortion (both in image and in sound), experimentation in narrative and editing, and sometimes drug-inspired hallucinations. Like the psychoactive drugs which produce heightened sensory perceptions and distortion, psychedelic films present to their audience an unfamiliar and/or dream-like view of reality.

The following films use cinematography, narration, editing, sound design, and music to create worlds of distortion. Whether the film is depicting drug-induced madness or creating an atomsphere of existential confusion, these films somehow experiment with the audience’s sensory perceptions in order to uproot the viewer from reality. These films welcome (or in some cases, force) the audience to interact with a plethora of psychedelic imagery, sounds, and/or narration.

1. Un Chien Andalou (1929) dir. Luis Buñuel

Un chien andalou (1929)

Even though Buñuel’s classic surrealist short film precurses psychedelia, the distorted narrative and dream-like imagery give it a psychedelic presence that influenced many films later on. His film is a perfect example of surrealism, a style of art which utilizes symbolism and the irrationality of the unconcious mind.Un Chien Andalou was Buñuel’s first film, and was written in conjunction with Salvador Dalí, the prominent surrealist painter. The film opens with a barber slicing open a woman’s eye, as if to suggest to the viewer to symbolically throw off preconcieved notions and to see with new eyes.The 20 minutes that follow are set to fragments of Wagner’s “Liebestod,” a dramatic piece of opera from Tristan und Isolde, that never quite comes to climax, making the film even more unnerving. Buñuel confuses his viewer by jumping back and forth in time with subtitles that proclaim “Eight years later” or “Sixteen years ago.” There is no overt plot, but rather an amalgam of surrealistic images. We are presented with distorted religious symbology, such as ants crawling out from a stigmatic hand of the protagonist (a young unnamed man played by Pierre Batcheff), and dream-like scenarios- for instance, the young man dragging a piano topped with a dead donkey carcass and two priests in his pursuit of a young woman (Simone Mareuil).Such images, surrealistic in nature, create a distorted sense of reality, a quality found in many psychedelic films.

 

2. The Red Shoes (1948) dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

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Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s classic film The Red Shoes incorporates Expressionistic sets and costumes, subjective point of view shots, and passionate performances to tell the story of a young woman, dancer Victoria Page (Moira Shearer), torn between her love for a young man and her love of dance. The dance sequence performed toward the end of the film captivates the viewer with its mesmerizing, painted landscapes and POV shots which sublty bring Victoria’s subconcious thoughts and fears to the forefront. Victoria “Vicky” Page is a young talented ballet dancer, eager to join a company. She meets the fierce Boris Lermontov (Anton Walbrook), director of a renown ballet company. After realizing her talent in a small production of Swan Lake, Lermontov casts Vicky in his ballet of The Red Shoes, based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of a young woman whose red shoes possess her to dance to death. Vicky then meets the young composer of the ballet, Julian Craster (Marius Goring) and the two fall in love, to the distress of Lermontov. Vicky is soon caught between the two men, forced to choose between the love of her life and her passion for her art. Powell and Pressburger’s glorious Technicolor illuminates the passions of the film’s characters. The Oscar-winning sets provide an hallucinatory backdrop to the exceptional dance sequence, which brings Vicky’s fiery and tormented emotions to the limelight. The subtle POV shots during this sequence add to the psychological drama, and bring the viewer even further into Vicky’s mind. A precursor of psychedelic filmmaking, The Red Shoes fuses hallucinatory elements into a mainstream film, which makes it a classic that continues to inspire modern filmmakers, such as Martin Scorsese and Brian de Palma.

 

3. Daisies (1966) dir. Věra Chytilová

daisies movie

Made during the Czech New Wave film movement by Czechoslovakia’s first female film director, Daisies is a revolutionary experimental film. Without following any real plot, the film is led by two impish young women as they whip up fun for themselves (and cause trouble in the process).Věra Chytilová turns social mores on their head, as her two heroines, both named Marie (Jitka Cerhová and Ivana Karbanová) frolic through the film without a care. The two Maries laze around in bikinis and lingerie, create drunken mayhem at a nightclub, and destroy a fancy banquet, among other subversive acts.The film explores different film stocks, spontaneous eruptions into collage, and otherwise consistently plays with the medium of film itself, creating a highly self aware piece of art. Banned upon release, the film depicts a destructive playfulness that Czech authorities apparently found dangerous. There is a political undertone to the film with World War II film stock intercut amongst the characters’ antics. Daisies stirs up the audience with its Puckish protagonists and psychedelic imagry and editing.

 

4. Point Blank (1967) dir. John Boorman

Point Blank (1967)

John Boorman’s neo-noir thriller, Point Blank is an hypnotic film of a man’s thirst for revenge. The pacing, color choices, and atmospheric music, led by Lee Marvin’s deadpan portrayal of Walker, yields a mesmerizing experience for the viewer.Shot and left for dead on Alcatraz Island, Walker returns to San Francisco to take revenge and claim his half of a crime he helped commit. With the help of the mysterious Yost (Keenan Wynn), Walker sets off on his journey for retribution.Along the way, he finds that the man who wronged him, Reese (John Vernon) not only stole his money and left him on Alcatraz, but he stole his wife Lynn (Sharon Acker), who is now a depressive, emotionless wreck living in guilt for double crossing Walker. After Lynn overdoses on sleeping pills, Walker finds Lynn’s sister Chris (Angie Dickinson) who helps him get closer to Reese.The film’s pacing, which goes from a slow and moody atmosphere to periods of intense violence and action creates a lulling hypnosis which the viewer is then startled from. Color plays a role in the atmospheric tone of the film- for example, Lynn’s silver grey apartment reflects her drab unfeeling character, riddled with guilt.Walker’s suits change color based on his location, giving him a mysterious chameleon-like quality. The story ends where it begins, on Alcatraz Island, leaving the film ambiguous as to whether the events that occur are a dream, reality, or if Walker is in fact a ghost.

 

5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) dir. Stanley Kubrick

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Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece is an awe-inspiring, brilliant piece of art. The film’s stunning visuals combined with the grandeur of the classical music scores and György Ligeti’s haunting, dissonant avant garde music produces a filmic experience like no other. Kubrick’s exploration of the history and future of humankind excites the viewer’s senses as it leads us to confront the great unknown of space and time. The film opens with the dawn of man as we witness the first protohumans utilizing tools for the first time in history. Through a graphic match cut, the prehuman tool becomes a spacecraft and we are transported to the future as humans have evolved and are now masters of their tools. The space craft is on a mission to investigate a mysterious object recently uncovered on a lunar crater. A giant black monolith, also discovered on Earth by the protohumans earlier in the film, looms in this crater. We are to rediscover this black monolith again in the film. Next, we are on the Discovery One, a spaceship headed for Jupiter. Dr. David Bowman (Keir Dullea), Dr. Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood), and three other astronauts, in a state of cyrogenic slumber, are on a secret mission guided by the ship’s talking computer, HAL 9000 (voiced by Douglas Rain). At this point, man loses control of his tools, as the computer’s intelligence superceeds that of the astronauts. Pitted against HAL, Bowman manages to take control of the ship and continues on the mission alone, traversing the wild unknown. The film’s Beyond the Infinite sequence with its streaks of light in space and Ligeti’s dissonant chorus produce an intensely psychedelic experience. 2001’s enigmatic ending leaves the viewer spellbound and speechless. Kubrick exquisitely captures man’s existential journey into uncharted territory.

 

6. Easy Rider (1969) dir. Dennis Hopper

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One of the America’s first counterculture films, Easy Rider captures the lifestyle of the hippie movement and how it interacts with the mainstream. Director Dennis Hopper and producer Peter Fonda also star in this pop culture hit as two hippie motorcyclists traveling through the American Southwest into the deep South. The film is not only historic in its depiction of the counterculture, but also in its realistic drug scenes (the actors actually injested the drugs their characters are shown using). Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) sell cocaine to a dealer and use their earnings to fund their roadtrip to New Orleans for the upcoming Mardi Gras celebration. Along the way, the two pick up a hitchhiker who lead them to a commune, filled with young hippies practicing free love and shared living. Continuing on their journey, the two are arrested in a local town for “parading without a permit.” There, Wyatt and Billy meet George Hanson (Jack Nicholson), a drunkard lawyer in jail. George helps them out of jail and the three of them resume their pilgramage to Mardi Gras. The three are confronted with the ignorant, “square” communities in the South, who see the trio’s presence as a threat. The film does an amazing job capturing the sociopolitical climate of the time. We see firsthand how feared the hippies were to mainstream culture, and how the counterculture was driven by a yearning for freedom. The scenes depicting drug use, especially the cemetary sequence in which Wyatt and Billy drop acid with two prostitutes, Karen (Karen Black) and Mary (Toni Basil), give the film an intense and disorienting component. The unscripted LSD scene involves jump cuts, displaced, fear-filled and remorseful dialogue, and a mix of distorted imagery, such as the use of a fish-eye lense and close-ups of the sun. The psychedelic scenes mixed with the documentary style realism gives the film a palpable sense of the time.

 

7. Zabriskie Point (1970) dir. Michelangelo Antonioni

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One part documentary-like realism, one part fanciful psychedelic desert trip, Antonioni’s American film offers its audience various aspects of life during the height of the counterculture. Although not critically well received, Antonioni’s cult classic remains a milestone of psychedelic filmmaking with its beautiful desert landscapes, hypnotic fantasy sequences, and a tailor made soundtrack from artists such as The Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd. The plot is pieced around two young adults, Mark (Mark Frechette) and Daria (Daria Halprin), who meet in Death Valley. The film opens at a students’ protest meeting, where Mark is in attendance, with the overarching question of what makes a revolutionary. We follow Mark as he watches his friends in this group get tear-gassed, beaten, and one student shot by the police in a protest. A police officer is shot and Mark is their suspect after he runs from the scene. He steals a small plane at a local airport and flies to the desert. Meanwhile, Daria is driving through a ghost town on her way to Pheonix to meet her corporate boss (and perhaps also her lover), Lee (Rod Taylor). Mark spots Daria’s car in the sky and flies down to meet her. The two cavort through the desert together before facing the dim realities that lie before them in civilization.Antonioni’s film captures the recklessness of youth in this film that explores revolution and America’s counterculture. The dream-like scenes (including a sensual desert love scene that erupts into an orgy of sand covered bodies) transport this film from realism into earthy psychedelia.

 

8. The Devils (1971) dir. Ken Russell

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Ken Russell’s controversial 1971 film incorporates sexually explicit hallucinatory sequences into this story based on the supposed demonic possessions in that took place in 17th Century Loudon, France. An order of Ursuline nuns begin to exhibit wild, uncontrolled behavior thought to be led by Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed), a proud priest, who has recently gained political control of Loudon. Sister Jeanne des Anges (Vanessa Redgrave), the sexually repressed hunchback Mother Superior of the convent becomes infatuated with Grandier, and her striking sexual fantasies haunt her guilty conscious.Once word of Grandier’s secret marriage to another woman reaches Jeanne, she collapses into fits of hysteria and claims to have been possessed by the Devil through Grandier. Other nuns in the convent also claim to be possessed and the convent explodes into a frenzy of sexual outbursts and bizarre public exorcisms.Russell boldly depicts the effects of sexual oppression mixed with religious mania. The censored scenes of the “demonic possessions” include a psychedelic orgy of naked nuns “raping” a statue of Christ and Sister Jeanne masturbating with a human bone. The uncut version of The Devils is a mind blowing, audacious exploration of ecstasy (both religious and sexual).

 

9. Wake in Fright (1971) dir. Ted Kotcheff

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A relatively unnoticed 1971 Austrialian film, which was only recently restored in 2009 and released by Drafthouse Films, Wake in Fright is a nightmarish slice of life set in a barren small town in Australia. With its psychological, eerie tone (evoking an episode of The Twilight Zone), it puts the viewer in the mind of John Grant (Gary Bond), the film’s protagonist, as he slowly succumbs to his fate within “the Yabba.” John Grant is a school teacher in the tiny town of Tiboonda in the Austrialian Outback, who is eager to travel to Sydney to meet his girlfriend over Christmas Break. With luggage in hand he gets on a bus to Bundanyabba (affectionately nicknamed “the Yabba” by its inhabitants), in order to fly to Syndey the next morning. During his night there, John is immediately struck by an indefinable strangeness of the town. He is beckoned to join the drunken stupor that characterizes the town’s male population by the forceful friendliness of Jock Crawford (Chips Rafferty), a local policeman.  After a few drinks, John participates in the town’s favorite gambling game, to which he loses all his money, and his ticket out of the Austrialian Outback. Taken under the wing of Doc Tydon (Donald Pleasence), a self aware cynic and (the town’s only intellectual), John is driven to the point of desperation and the brink of insanity in his dusty prison. The film’s moody tone as well as the superb characterization of life in an empty mining town puts the viewer in same psychological state of despair as John Grant. His intermittent daydreams, fantasies, and drunken hallucinations give us insight into his mind as we see and feel first-hand how his hopes are crushed by the stark desolation of the Yabba.

 

10. The Devil (Diabel) (1972) dir. Andrzej Żuławski

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Żuławski takes his viewer to the roots of insanity through his passionate saga vividly illustrating the monstrosties of war. The sensational performances and dynamic camera work take the audience on an emotional rollercoaster through the depths of hell. Amid the Prussian Invasion of Poland in 1793, a Polish nobleman named Jakub is imprisoned in a destroyed monestary turned hospital/jail/insane asylum. A mysterious, diabolical stranger on a white horse saves Jakub and the two of them, as well as a silent nun, embark to visit Jakub’s family and friends, whose lives are now crumbling. Jakub is driven to madness by the horrors around him, and with the stranger’s fiendish coaxing, Jakub commits brutal acts of violence (mirroring the all encompassing violence that surrounds him).Originally banned in Poland upon release, Żuławski’s film delves into the shattered psyche of the inhabitants of war ravaged Poland. There are no understated emotions in Żuławski’s film; every character in the film goes through hysterical fits of rage, devastation, and/or lunacy. With the emotional extremes expressed by the characters, the disorienting camera work (that includes POV shots and handheld roving shots), and the wild, lo-fi musical score, The Devil presents its viewer with the chaotic sensory experience of a living nightmare.

 

11. Behind the Green Door (1972) dir. Artie Mitchell and Jim Mitchell

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This feature-length pornographic film, released during the Golden Age of American porn, is as psychedelic as it is sexy. A young woman (Marilyn Chambers) is kidnapped and taken to a mysterious location where she is hypnotised and led on stage in front of an audience. In a state of hypnosis, she takes part in a series of erotic performances. During the sexual activites, the music slows into a ritualistic drone while the images saturate in color and overlap, lulling the audience into a trace-like state. Through the use of color saturation, music, and slow motion, the Mitchell Brothers mimick the state of hypnosis, creating a kinky psychedelic experience.

 

12. The Holy Mountain (1973) dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky

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No psychedelic film list would be complete without a Jodorowsky film. The Holy Mountain, a surreal masterpiece abundant with religious symbology and references to Christianity, Tarot, and Alchemy, takes the viewer on a mind-bending spiritual journey. Like Buñuel’s Un Chien Andalou, the film opens with a symbolic and ritualistic action. A cloacked figure takes two women dressed like Marilyn Monroe and sheds them of their societal regalia, removing their make-up, stripping them naked, and shaving their heads. Similar to Buñuel’s slicing of the eye, Jodorowsky is making a symbolic statement to the audience, to shed themselves of their societal standards and cultrually biased values. He then presents to the viewer a film that follows one man, known as the Thief (Horacio Salinas), and his mystical odyssey. A Christ-like figure, the Thief, is found laying in pile of mud and garbage by a little person without hands or feet. The two go into town, where the people are performing a kind of religious ceremony, carrying crucified dogs while simutaneously executing groups of people, to the entertainment of tourists. After the people of the town make a wax cast of his body for their mass-produced sculptures resembling Christ, the Thief journeys up a mysterious red tower and meets an Alchemist (Alejandro Jodorowsky), who leads the Thief on a path of enlightenment. Jodorowsky has a way of creating original religious iconography. His film uses entracing music, symbolic characters, and surreal visuals in order to dissociate the viewer from common religious beliefs and typical cultural values. Jodorowsky immerses the viewer in his own world, an amalgam of mystical philosophies.

 

13. Fantastic Planet (La Planète sauvage) (1973) dir. René Laloux

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This French/Czechoslovakian animated film introduces a strange, alien world in which tiny humans are governed by large humanoid creatures within a desert landscape brimming with monstrous exotic animals. This psychedelic science fiction adventure enmeshes the viewer into its bizarre microcosm. In this realm, humans, known as Oms, live in tribes in the wild, while the large blue humanoid creatures with unblinking red eyes, known as Traags, control the planet. One day, a few young Traags are playing with an Om and her infant child. Things get a little rough and the Om is killed, leaving her orphan son.A young Traag named Tiwa is passing by with her father and asks to take the baby Om home as a pet, to which her father agrees. Tiwa raises her pet Om, naming him Terr, and begins to form a strong bond with him. As Tiwa recieves her daily lessons through a portable headset, Terr listens and discovers the history behind Oms and Traags. He escapes with the headset, joins a group of Oms, and educates them, leading to an Om uprising.Laloux’s imaginative story serves as a socio-political allegory, perhaps alluding to the Soviet forces controlling Eastern European states at the time. Regardless, the creative cut-out stop motion animation, with its foreign landscape, freakish creatures, and occasional hallucinagenic movement creates an eccentric head trip of a film.

 

14. The Wicker Man (1973) dir. Robin Hardy

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This 1973 British cult film is experimental at its core as it plays with genre expectations, which baffle its viewer, and create an unusual filmic experience. One part investigative suspense, one part musical, and one part psychological horror, The Wicker Man infuses ancient pagan practices into the story of a police officer uncovering the mystery of a lost Scottish girl. A young girl named Rowan Morrison is reported missing on a Scottish island called Summerisle and Sergant Howie (Edward Woodward) goes to investigate. Once on the island, Howie, who is a pious Christian saving himself for his wedding night, is shocked by the sacreligious pagan beliefs carried on by the people of the island. They are sexually free and seem to communicate mainly through song. Undetered, Howie attempts to get to the bottom of the Rowan Morrison disapperance, but instead finds himself delving deeper into Summerisle’s traditions of Druidism. Robin Hardy has no problem experimenting with style in storytelling and genre. The folk music in the film acts as a storytelling device, mainly by issuing information subconciously to the protagonist (and the audience) as to the pagan belief systems that exsist on the island. The Wicker Man’s soundtrack is well known to folk music fans, and may have influenced later psychedelic folk (a song from the film is included on a Psychedelic Folk compliation A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding in Your Mind: Volume 1). Genre in the film is not clear cut, as it experiments with multiple tools from various genres. The aforementioned musical aspects mixed with the unsettling suspense and dark religious undertones yields a compelling and unique movie experience.

 

15. 3 Women (1977) dir. Robert Altman

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Robert Altman’s enigmatic film captures the subtle strangeness of his characters within a destitute desert landscape. The psychedelic aspect of the film comes out in its ethereal tone, which, from start to finish, remains somewhat unsettling. The eerie music combined with the dreamy performances result in an otherworldly feel that sticks with the audience even after the film has ended. The film begins at a health spa for the elderly and disabled, where Pinkie Rose (Sissy Spacek) is starting work. She meets Millie Lammoreaux (Shelley Duvall), and answers Millie’s ad for a roommate. Somewhat spaced-out, Pinkie struggles to appease Millie, who herself struggles for the attention and popularity she feels she deserves. The two of them regular a local bar/shooting range where the bar owner, Edgar (Robert Fortier), and his wife Willie (Janice Rule) live. The very pregnant Willie quietly paints ominous murals while Millie vies for the attention of the drunken Edgar. After a failed suicide attempt on the part of Pinkie, the dynamics (and identities) of the women begin to shift. The film reportedly was inspired by a dream Robert Altman had, which he adapted into a screenplay, and filmed, with the complete financial support of 20th Century Fox due to the director’s reputation. Altman achieves his dream-like state in this film, with its illusive characters, moody music, and exquisite direction.

 

16. Suspiria (1977) dir. Dario Argento

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With its expressionistic production design and creepy soundtrack from Italian prog rock band Goblin, Argento’s cult classic is as trippy as it is eerie. A young American ballet dancer, Suzy (Jessica Harper), moves to Germany to join a reknown ballet academy. However, upon arrival she realizes something at this school is awry: when she rings the front buzzer for entry, a mysterious woman doesn’t let her in, and that night two women are brutally murdered. After a weird encounter with one of the academy’s servants, Suzy faints. Things only get weirder during the course of the film with a variety of strange occurances and more mysterious deaths. The film’s striking colors (especially the vivid reds), Art Nouveau-inspired architecture, and chilling musical score create a stylish and frightful hallucination.

 

17. Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night (1979) dir. Werner Herzog

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Werner Herzog’s remake of the classic vampire tale takes the time-honored story to another level with his darkly poetic and hypnotic film. Herzog’s Dracula, played by the fascinating Klaus Kinski, is characterized as more of shriveled old man yearning for love than a fierce blood-thirsty monster. This interpretation of the character gives the film a poetic depth, which along with the trance-like music of Popul Vuh and gorgeous dreamy landscapes makes the film an entracing, meloncholic fantasy. Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz), a real estate agent from Wismar, Germany travels to Transylvannia to meet Count Dracula and finalize the documents for the Count’s purchase of an estate in Wismar. On his travels, he is warned by local townfolk not to venture any further because of rumors that the Count is a vampire. Jonathan brushes them off as superstitious and continues on his journey. Meanwhile Lucy (Isabelle Adjani), Jonathan’s newly married wife, suffers night terrors that seem to signify to her immanent doom. While doing business at Dracula’s estate, Jonathan’s locket with a picture of Lucy opens, and the ghostly Count becomes enchanted by her image. Growing increasingly unsettled by the Count’s strange behavior, such as trying to lick the blood off a fresh cut, Jonathan investigates the Count’s castle and finds him asleep in a coffin. Jonathan escapes the castle, but the Count follows close behind, eager to arrive at his newly purchased estate and meet Lucy in person. Kinski’s expressive moon-faced Count Dracula cross-cut with Adjani’s terrorized Lucy gives the viewer the impression that the two are metaphysically linked, even before they share the screen. This mystical bond the two share add to the dream-like aspects of the film. The misty landscapes that permeate the film’s cinematography similarly place the viewer within this hypnotic countryside, set to the spellbinding score by the German avant garde band Popul Vuh. Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night is a mystic reverie that transports the viewer into that bewitching limbo between dreaming and wakefulness.

 

18. Altered States (1980) dir. Ken Russell

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Ken Russell’s foray into the science fiction genre explores the mystical experience of one man’s hallucinations and the concept of these hallucinations becoming phyisically manifest. The film’s psychedelic sequences are vivid visual representations of the protagonist’s psychological devolution into increasingly primative forms of being. A psychologist, Edward Jessup (William Hurt), fascinated with altered states of consciousness, undertakes a scientific experiment wherein he takes hallucinatory drugs while in a sensory deprivation tank. The combination of an untested Native American drug and sensory deprivation cause him to mentally and physically degenerate from man to proto-human to primordial being. The sequences depicting Jessup’s hallucinations utilize bright colors and fast editing in order to show the viewer his altered sensory perceptions. We see religious and primal symbology, suggesting Jessup’s spiritual associations with his memories and unconcious thoughts. Toward the end of the film, his hallucinations become a wild daze of microscopic cellular movement. Altered States is an excellent melding of science fiction and psychedelia in film. The surreal imagery adds insight into the consciousness of the main character while under the influence of his mind-altering experiences. There is a certain level of suspense during Jessup’s transformations, which make it hard for the viewer to determine what is real and what’s imagined.

 

19. Son of the White Mare (Fehérlófia) (1981) dir. Marcell Jankovics

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This 1981 Hungarian animation uses bright colors, symbolic, geometric shapes, and pulsating movement to tell the mythic tale of a man with superhuman strength, Fehérlófia, born from a white horse. The film, abundant with allusions to ancient Hungarian history and folktales, visually captures the magic embedded in fairy tales. We follow Fehérlófia through his heroic journey to exact revenge on the dragons that imprisoned his mother years prior. The film begins with his mother running for shelter and giving birth to him in the hollow of a tree. She tells her young son the story of how evil dragons overcame the magic kingdom and imprisoned her. After having two sons, who disappeared from the eyes of the dragons, she escaped, pregnant with Fehérlófia. As he grows older, Fehérlófia receives advice from the spirit of the Forefather to suckle at his mother’s breast for 14 years in order to become strong.  At the end of the 14 years, his mother dies of exhaustion and he leaves home with his newfound strength to find his long lost brothers. The three of them then journey to the underworld to find the dragons who jailed their mother. The striking, prismatic visuals lead us through this adventure rich with folkloric archetypes and symbolism. Jankovics creates a magical world with this fantastic story told through the colorful, psychedelic animation. The entirity of this film is one swirling mass of sensory delight.

 

20. Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985) dir. Elem Klimov

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This twisted coming of age tale illustrates the horrors of war as seen and heard by a Belarussian boy during the Nazi occupation of the Soviet Union during the Second World War. The film’s haunting imagry and sound design appropriately places the viewer in the vulnerable position of the impressionable young man as he sees his village viciously destroyed. Flyora (Aleksei Kravchenko) is digging in the sand, looking for a rifle in order to join the Soviet forces. Once he finds his weapon, the wide-eyed youngster marches off to become a soldier, much to the dismay of his mother. On his troop’s first mission, Flyora is left behind with a beautiful young woman, Glasha (Olga Mironova), the troop’s nurse. German warplanes circle overhead and drop bombs on their camp site, deafening Flyora. The film follows Flyora as he journeys back to his village, only to find it ravaged and occupied with sadistic Nazis. Once Flyora loses much of his hearing, the film takes a drastic turn, using warped sounds to mimic the sounds Flyora can hear. The drone of the airplanes overhead, the muffled voices of the people around him, and imagined radio broadcasts create the symphony of sound that permeate Flyora’s broken psyche.At the start of the film we are presented with a bright eyed, bushy tailed boy ready for the adventures of war. However, we are only to see him traumatized and prematurely aged; he is driven mad by the terrors of death. The sound design mixed with the powerful performances (which oftentimes break the fourth wall) create a living nightmare that enmeshes the audience within the tortured mind of Flyora.

 

21. Dead Man (1995) dir. Jim Jarmusch

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Jim Jarmusch’s atmospheric, existential western takes the viewer on the lonely, dreamy journey (accompanied by the sparse, electric strummings of Niel Young) of William Blake (Johnny Depp) as he finds himself wandering through a forest, led by a Native American named Nobody (Gary Farmer).William Blake comes to the rusty industrial town of Machine with the prospects of a job. After his job falls through, he kills a man out of self-defense, and wounded, steals a horse and rides out of town. Nobody finds him unconcious in the woods and after learning William Blake’s name, thinks he is a reincarnation of the Romantic poet. William Blake takes a spiritual journey with Nobody through the white winter forest, realizing his place as a “dead man.”Jarmusch himself dubbed the film a “Psychedelic Western,” and Dead Man lives up to the name through the use of Robby Müller’s exquisite, otherworldly black and white photography, Niel Young’s intense, yet minimal, music, and the philosophic musings of the characters.

 

22. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) dir. Terry Gilliam

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Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s novel (using semi-autobiographical events), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas takes the viewer on a two hour psychedelic trip to the heart of debauchery. Consisting mostly of distorted caricatures and hallucinations, the film successfully envelops the viewer in the drug-fuelled reality of the characters. Hunter S. Thompson’s alter-ego Raoul Duke (Johhny Depp) and his attorney, Dr. Gonzo (Benicio del Toro) take a road trip to Las Vegas from Los Angeles on the assignment of covering the Mint 400 motorcycle race. The pair feast upon their collection of illegal drugs, making their stay in Vegas memorable (well, from what they can remember). Duke narrates their indulgent exploration, bringing up themes of the American Dream.In what could be considered the director’s cult masterpiece, Gilliam distorts the reality of the characters to the point of ridicule. As Duke and Gonzo cavort through the extravagant city of Las Vegas, with a multitude of drugs turning an already bizarre environment chaotic, they hit upon the emptiness of American culture.

 

23. Requiem for a Dream (2000) dir. Darren Aronofsky

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Aronofsky’s melodramatic tragedy is a brutal tour de force. Depicting the mountainous highs and devastating lows of drug use and addiction, Requiem for a Dream goes far beyond any other cautionary tale with its horrifyingly distorted visuals, heartbreaking scenarios, and epic musical score. The film follows four characters, Harry (Jared Leto), his mother Sara (Ellen Burstyn), Harry’s girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly), and Harry’s best friend and drug dealing partner Tyrone (Marlon Wayans). Each character struggles to accomplish his or her ambitions, but is ultimately overtaken by their drug addition: Harry, Marion, and Tyrone to heroin and Sara to amphetamines in disguise as diet pills. Aronofsky amplifies the drug use with continual close up shots of the characters injecting or ingesting their drug of choice. We see the routine that begins to develop and how it leads to the characters’ ultimate downfall. Visual and auditory hallucinations abound as the characters all try to maintain a grasp on their goals and in some instances, reality. Each characters’ descent is illustrated beautifully with Aronofsky’s masterful direction, with his emphasis on the distortion of reality that comes with drug use.

 

24. Enter the Void (2009) dir. Gaspar Noé

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Gaspar Noé’s frightening, hallucinatory masterpiece is a sensory overload of bright lights and neon colors, a swirling soundscape, and unparalled visual effects. Noé’s hardcore mind trip transports the viewer into a phantasmagoric world of life, death, and nightmare. Loosely based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the film follows Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), an American, Toyko-based drug dealer and his sister Linda (Paz de la Huerta). Oscar and Linda were orphaned at a young age, when their parents died in a car crash (that they were also in). The two promise to always stick together, and Oscar swears to protect Linda, no matter what. One night, Oscar meets up with his friend Alex (Cyril Roy) on his way to a bar to sell some product to a young guy. The meeting turns out to be a set up, and Oscar is shot and killed by the police. For the rest of the film, Oscar’s spirit floats through the streets of Toyko reexperiencing old memories, watching over Linda and Alex, and delving into alternate versions of reality.Told completely from Oscar’s point of view (the camera mimicks Oscar’s vision and hearing), the film captures every aspect of Oscar’s sensory perceptions, including a five minute DMT trip at the beginning of the film. The maelstrom of dazzling lights, neon colors, and distorted imagry that the viewer encounters both before and after Oscar’s death is nothing short of a tour de force in psychedelic filmmaking.

 

25. A Field in England (2013) dir. Ben Wheatley

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A film made up of only five characters in one location, A Field in England takes the viewer on a psychological trip involving war deserters, witchcraft, and the supernatural. Set during the English Civil War, an alchemist’s assistant, Whitehead (Reece Shearsmith) and three other deserters wander through the English Countryside in search of an ale house. The men come across a mysterious Irishman named O’Niell (Michael Smiley), whom Whitehead soon realizes is the man he was instructed by his master to find in order to obtain some stolen manuscripts. However, O’Niell pursuades the group of men to help him search and dig for a treasure buried in a specific field within a fairy ring, where the men soon unravel. Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers) incorporates history and folklore into his very simple, yet compelling and extremely psychedelic film. The ancient superstition behind mushroom circles say that all those who enter are transported into a magical (but dangerous) realm.Wheatley plays upon that superstition with psychedelic sequences that include mirroring one side of the frame to the other, and very fast editing which disrupts the viewer’s persistence of vision to the point of assault (there’s even a notice at the start of the film warning the viewer about the “flashing images and stroboscopic sequences”). The film achieves the perfect blend of historical realism and occult psychedelia.

 

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These Half Lit Lollipops Get You High Then They Grow Weed
May 06, 2019

These Half Lit Lollipops Get You High Then They Grow Weed

 

For a lot of people, consuming weed is a way to tap into creative thinking. If that’s true, then the folks responsible for a new edible product must have consumed a ton of weed. Half Lit cannabis-infused organic lollipops are one of the most creative takes on edibles to hit the market. These lollipops combine getting high with growing weed.

How Does It Work?

The process is super simple.

Step one:

Eat the THC-infused hard candy.

Step two:

Plant the stick

Step three:

Add water

Step four:

Grow Your Cannabis

What Does The Lollipop Contain?

The half-spherical lollipop—designed to look like a half moon—is jam packed with cannabinoids.

The company behind Half Lit cannabis-infused organic lollipops has so far released seven flavors. Lunar Lavender, Watermelon Wonderland, Hot Mama Mango, Calming Caramel Açaí, and Lit Lemonade all come with 25 milligrams of THC.

The seventh flavor, CBD Lunar Lavender, has 25 milligrams of CBD instead of THC. This one is designed for anyone looking for the medical and health benefits of cannabis, but who doesn’t want any psychoactive effects.

According to Half Lit’s website, the hard candies are made with organic, pesticide-free, and non-GMO cannabis. This is important if you have any concerns about weed products that may be contaminated by fertilizers or pesticides that could be harmful.

And while this is already enough to get excited about, it’s only half of what these lollipops have to offer. Once you’re done eating your lollipop and your high is setting in, it’s time to put the stick to good use.

Instead of throwing it away, plant it. The sticks used in Half Lit lollipops have a cannabis seed embedded inside them. When you plant it and start watering it, the stick breaks down so the seed can germinate and begin to grow.

Feed, water, and take care of your plant. In just a few months, you’ll have your own weed plant full of crystal-covered buds.

Addition To The Edibles Scene

Edibles are some of the hottest products on the legal cannabis market. Edibles are popular for a variety of reasons. For starters, it’s a great way to get high—or to use medical cannabis—without having to smoke. If you don’t like the idea of inhaling smoke, but you still want the benefits of cannabis, edibles are a good option.

Similarly, eating edibles is one of the most discreet ways to get high. Edibles also produce a unique kind of high. It takes longer to set in, but when it does, it’s usually super intense. Expect to stay high for a much longer time than you would if you smoked your weed.

Given the huge popularity of edibles, cannabis companies have come up with all sorts of edible and drinkable products. You can buy everything from cannabis-infused soft drinks to chocolates, popcorn, cookies, muffins, and even pizza sauce.

While infusing THC and CBD into hard candies isn’t anything new, Half Lit’s idea of putting it on top of a seed-laced stick is an innovative addition to the edibles scene.

To make the whole thing even better, it’s also a waste-free way to consume weed. After planting your stick and letting it grow into a cannabis plant, there’s nothing left to throw into the landfill.

 

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The Company Behind Oreos Wants to Enter the CBD Game
May 05, 2019

The Company Behind Oreos Wants to Enter the CBD Game


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You won’t be dunking hemp-flavored Oreos into a tall glass of milk anytime soon, but the brand behind some of the country’s favorite munchies is already entertaining the idea of a CBD play.

It seems like everywhere you look these days, from head shops and health food stores to pet shops and trendy coffee shops, CBD is everywhere. Now, the hemp-derived cannabinoid is coming for your grocery store snack aisle.

According to a new report from CNBC, Mondelez, the Illinois-based multinational snack conglomerate behind munchie favorites like Oreo, Nilla Wafers, Ritz, Chips Ahoy!, and more is preparing to dip its spoon in the world of cannabidiol. Like Coca-Cola and other large companies looking to dive into CBD, though, Mondelez CEO Dirk Van de Put has said that the brand will enter the world of weed with caution.

“Yes, we’re getting ready, but we obviously want to stay within what is legal and play it the right way,” Van de Put said Wednesday on the CNBC show “Squawk on the Street.”

Since Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law last year, it is technically legal to produce and distribute CBD products made from hemp plants with less than 0.03% THC across America. But because the FDA has not yet set clear standards for the production of food and beverages made with hemp cannabidiol, the edible CBD market is still fraught with lingering questions and complications.

“The space is not clear,” Van de Put said. “It’s a bit clearer in non-food products. In food products, I’m hoping that the FDA will bring some clarity in the coming months.”

If Mondelez does get into the CBD game, Van de Put made it clear that the company will not be rolling out hemp-flavored Oreos anytime soon. He noted that the weed-adjacent product might be too risque for its “family” brands, and could be used in other product lines, or in a new snack altogether. In addition to Oreo, Nabisco, and Chips Ahoy!, Mondelez owns Toblerone chocolate, gluten free cookie company Tate’s Bake Shop, and a huge variety of other food-related brands.

Taken properly, CBD has been known to reduce anxiety, encourage relaxation, help inflammation, and promote a number of health benefits. It is not exactly clear how the benefits of CBD will transfer to a serving size of cookies or chips, but Van de Put told CNBC that Mondelez is currently investigating the cannabis compound and its potential benefits if added to their products. 

So next time you’re perusing the supermarket shelves and you see those three familiar letters popping off a bag of cookies or a pack of crackers, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Source: MERRYJANE.


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Parisian woman with her cat in her cannabis garden, 1910
May 03, 2019

Parisian woman with her cat in her cannabis garden, 1910

This lovely young Parisian woman is enjoying a serene moment in her lush garden in 1910 France. Her companions are her fluffy faithful feline and her caged bird. Keeping songbirds as pets is a hobby as old as the ancient Sumerians, but small home aviaries became a status symbol in the 1800s and early 1900s. Likely, this young lady enjoyed the company of her birds as a way to connect with nature. Interestingly, her garden contains several cannabis plants. It could be that the unique leaves and vibrant foliage were sought after as a garden plant. Or it could be that the young woman or her family were utilizing the medicinal properties of the cannabis plant to treat any one of a number of ailments.

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These kids were picking up trash for Earth Day. Then they found a 22-pound bale of weed
May 03, 2019

These kids were picking up trash for Earth Day. Then they found a 22-pound bale of weed

 

Student volunteers participating in a post-Earth Day mangroves cleanup in Islamorada last week expected to find the usual array of bottles and cans, plastic bags, straws and the occasional shoe.

They did find all that. Lots of it.

They also found a 22-pound bale of marijuana, according to the Adam Hoffner, agent in charge of the Florida Keys for the U.S. Border Patrol.

“The package was reportedly discovered by students at Coral Shores High School during a field trip,” Hoffner said.

The volunteers called the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and Border Patrol agents picked up the drugs.

“We continue to encourage community members to immediately report any suspicious packages that they encounter to local law enforcement agencies,” Hoffner said.

The Miami-Dade Police Department, Narcotics Bureau conducted an investigation into a marijuana hydroponics laboratory, where a large amount of marijuana was seized.

 

 

The Miami-Dade Police Department, Narcotics Bureau conducted an investigation into a marijuana hydroponics laboratory, where a large amount of marijuana was seized.

 

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May 01, 2019

Man Owns Undercover Cop Trying to Bust Him for Weed, Sells Him Flowers Instead of Pot [Video]

 

In an epic act of trolling, a man who knew he was being set up, filmed himself selling completely legal flower buds to an undercover cop who was trying to buy weed.This is a perfect example of the crazy the drug war that is still going on in many US states. Cops in Troy (Ohio) recently spent taxpayer dollars on busting a man they thought was selling weed. In reality, the man only sold them flowers because he knew the cop was undercover.

As you can see in the video, the officer in the hoodie looks suspect. He keeps asking to see the marijuana and acts as if he is in dire need of it as if he’s addicted.

“I just really need some f**kin’ bud,” the alleged undercover officer says as if he’s buying heroin. “Alright, give it here.”

The alleged officer then buys a bag which he has no idea of what’s in it. This was a dead giveaway that he was undercover, so the man filming asks him.

“You’re an undercover cop aren’t you?”

Hilariously, the alleged officer slips up and says ‘yes’ before denying it.

“Yeah…No,” the officer says.

After the transaction is over, the man filming tells the alleged undercover cop that he just bought a bag of flower buds for ten dollars. He then gets back in his car to leave.

Before he can leave, however, he is swarmed by cops who hold him at gunpoint but watch for yourselves.

 

 

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You Can Now Legally Mail Cannabis (Sort Of)
March 21, 2019

You Can Now Legally Mail Cannabis (Sort Of)

 

 

New guidelines from the USPS reveal that the federal agency will now ship and deliver hemp. But you still should think twice before sending some dank to your buddy out in South Dakota.

New guidelines from the US Postal Service reveal the federal agency will now ship and deliver some cannabis products. Specifically, hemp products.

As first reported by Kight on Cannabis, the USPS “quietly released” the memo earlier this month. The letter cites the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills, which federally permitted and expanded hemp cultivation throughout the US in states that legalized weed. The guidelines state the USPS will only handle cannabis products made from hemp that contains less than 0.3 percent THC.

Hemp is a form of cannabis that contains negligible amounts of THC, so it won’t get anyone buzzed. In recent years, its cultivation has grown popular in the US for extracting CBD, a non-intoxicating compound with medicinal properties.

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Of course, the US government won’t make mailing weed products easy. First, to ship hemp or hemp products through the USPS, mailers must fill out a form confirming they are sending hemp and only hemp. Lying on the self-certification statement could subject the mailer to federal perjury laws.

Second, only licensed industrial hemp producers can mail hemp products. So, think twice before sending some dank shatter hash to your buddy out in South Dakota.

Cannabis has been legal to varying degrees at the state levels since the 1990s, when California first approved medical cannabis. But even after Colorado and Washington state launched America’s first recreational or adult-use cannabis sales, the USPS forbade mailing any cannabis products through the postal system in accordance with federal law.  

Despite the USPS’s ban, people kept sending weed through the postal system. In 2017, the agency discovered over 900 packages containing weed in Colorado alone.

The USPS memo does not change federal law, but rather it clarifies shipping rules now that hemp is federally legal. According to Marijuana Moment, the US Department of Agriculture, which oversees hemp nationwide, plans to issue new, comprehensive regulations for the plant sometime next year.

Source: Merryjane. CBDfx.com

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