This week on ISMOKE we are comparing two of the most popular drugs that are consumed recreationally by the British public, alcohol and cannabis, and comparing the effects that these substances have on the consumer, society and on British culture in general.
The event numbers for 420 this year were huge! Well over 10,000 people attended throughout the day.
When people gather in groups of that size they are completely unpoliceable – despite there being lots of police at the event, attendees were in relative safety in numbers, as it wouldn’t make sense to arrest someone for something everybody in the immediate vicinity is doing.
Hello and welcome to another edition of our cannabis strain reviews series. This week I’m taking a look at Blue Cheese, a potent cross of Blueberry X UK Cheese.
This strain has been one of my favourite heavy indicas for ages – I first tried Blue Cheese from Barney’s Coffeeshop, Amsterdam back in 2010. I remember smoking it in the early evening and cutting our day short as we headed back to the hostel to grab some shut eye, it was that strong.
This Thursday was 20th April, a date which has become synonymous with cannabis culture over the past few decades.
For as long as I’ve lived in London, each year, on 20th April, thousands of people attend Hyde Park for a massive smoke out / celebration / protest.
This year was no exception, and also saw the introduction of several other 420 events across the country – we will be reporting on Durham’s event soon.
The protest was large in London, attracting a lot of people. We struggle to estimate numbers, but there were in excess of ten thousand attending the event on a Thursday in London. We saw people beatboxing, rap battling, folk singing, painting, juggling and much more as we walked through the crowd. One status we saw mentioned a figure of 15,000 attendees.
We saw people beatboxing, rap battling, folk singing, painting, juggling and much more as we walked through the crowd.
We arrived just after 12:15, while things were still relatively quiet, with groups of people spread across Speaker’s Corner. By about 3-3:30 the place was packed.
We saw lots of people we recognised, but mostly for brief moments, as there were just so many people out protesting and celebrating cannabis.
I have never seen a gathering like this anywhere else, it was like stepping into a different world. The closest thing I can think of is a 3-day festival I once attended, which had that similar unreal feel to it – and that festival happened to be located in the middle of a forest in the Midlands, not Hyde Park, London.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the media’s attempt to paint a negative light on the event was picked up and suddenly we saw some angry people the following day over the rubbish that was left behind after the event.
What wasn’t stated was that at a certain time the police pushed people off the field, panicking people into a rush to leave.
Greg de Hoedt, Chairman of the UK Cannabis Social Clubs movement stated in a Facebook post yesterday:
Each year we speak with both the Royal Parks and the Met Police about 420 in Hyde Park London.
The Police say they would rather get everyone out of the park as quickly as possible rather than allowing us to get everyone to clean up. They do this by standing in a line and moving across the field in and wall at 5pm while people are still smoking their 4:20pm joints.
As you can imagine everyone gets up in a rush and a panic and leaves not taking all or any of their shit, despite the fact that hundreds of black bags have been distributed.
Still there’s lots of spin opportunity for the papers who can easily snap a photo before people have cleaned up that were there to clean up after 15k people sessioned in one space.
Not hard to put your crap in a bag as you go though the day either! The clean up wouldn’t be so big after
There were also far too many people packed in tight proximity there to keep track of rubbish without designated bins – we saw zero bins on the day (besides what some of the CSC’s brought to take home their rubbish). Perhaps London should have spent slightly less on unnecessary police for the day in favour of some bins and cleaning staff.
We enjoyed the day and plan to attend the next 420 celebrations. It’s also worth stating that there are also lots of cannabis events happening all across the country this summer and indeed all year – keep an eye on social media (or our events page here) and make sure you attend local events to show your support for the legalisation movement.
Finally we want to wish a big thanks to everybody who attended 420 protest / celebrations across the country for getting out there and showing the Government that you believe in our rights to consume cannabis. Now, let’s keep up this energy!
Now, let’s keep up this energy!
You can watch our highlights video from 420 Hyde Park 2017 below
This week we are taking a look at Headbanger, a Sativa-dominant hybrid strain bred by Karma Genetics.
Headbanger is the result of crossing a Sour Diesel female with a Biker Kush 2.0 male, resulting in an extra gassy OG-inspired offspring that is known as Headbanger.
We were lucky enough to get a sample of the Gman_Grows420 cut via East London Cannabis Club, which I had previously smoked and so knew was going to be a strong one!
This bud looks great, with a good trim job and dense buds packed with lots and lots of trichomes.
I also got to see and include some videos of the headbanger plants themselves. This showed just how many trichomes were dotted about, covering the buds and leaves (see the video for more details).
This bud smells like one of the strongest instances of OG that I can remember. It is a really strong smelling strain, and again, doesn’t disappoint in this area. One of my favourite things about the Headbanger is the smell.
This gets top marks for taste in my opinion. The gassy, earthy OG taste came through a treat through my bong, a lot more than 99% of other strains I’ve smoked through it. Reminds me of the quality from B28’s Green Crack – top notch.
From the trichome coverage I guessed this was going to be a strong one, and yes, it was. The bong itself was quite intense, causing me to cough a bit before the effects kicked in. When they did I got a mix of intense uplifted, relaxed and possibly creative (although I felt too high to be sure).
This is a really good grow of a really good strain, and I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing it. Very impressed!
Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the UK. According to mentalhealth.org, depression is the predominant mental health problem worldwide. Nearly 20% of the UK population, aged 16 and over, showed some evidence of anxiety or depression, according to the 2014 General Health Questionnaire.
Following on from our feature by Simpa Carter last week about consuming cannabis for depression, today we want to take a detailed look at the cannabis vs depression argument, incorporating some UK patient stories as well as more studies in this area.
The growing amount of people suffering from some form of depression is evident in the fact that, according to a report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), 61 million antidepressants were prescribed in the UK in 2015. That’s 31.6 million more than were prescribed in 2005, and up 3.9m, or 6.8%, on 2014.
The symptoms of depression can often be debilitating. The common mental disorder causes people to experience depressed mood, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, a loss of interest or pleasure, low energy, disturbed appetite or sleeping patterns and poor concentration.
If antidepressants worked, then why are prescription figures rising year after year? Surely there must be something which can better treat the symptoms of depression than pharmaceutical medications.
Welcome back to ISMOKE Magazine! Today we are proud to present episode two in our bud facts series, in which we take a detailed look at the history of a world-famous cannabis strain and share it with the world.
In this episode, we are talking about Jack Herer, which is one of the more well-known cannabisstrains. We first encountered this strain when we visited Amsterdam years ago, and since then have always made a point to pick it up whenever we could.
In this strain review, we are taking a look at Purple Mother of Berries (MOB). Mother of Berries is known as the strain of Maine, having arisen in that area of the US. Today we are reviewing a purple cross with half unknown origin.
Located in the La Rambla area, we headed to Remedy Barcelona to check it out for ourselves when we travelled to Spain for Spannabis earlier this month.
Since we interviewed The Remedy club for ISMOKE, a lot has changed. They are now offering 40 cannabisstrains (at the time we attended), plus extracts and other forms of cannabis (edibles, vape carts etc).