In 2019, smoke more

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Ngaio Bealum is a Sacramento comedian, activist and marijuana expert. Email him questions at

Hey, my grandma just had a stroke. It was a small one, but the doctors are worried about her blood pressure. Would CBD or THC help her out?

—Graham Masboi

I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother. Good vibes and positive energy to you and your family.

I am not a doctor, so I cannot tell you if CBD would help or not. I can point you to a few studies ( that show CBD and THC to be an effective treatment both before and after strokes. Unfortunately, just about all of these tests were done on laboratory mice. And mice aren’t people. This country would do well by its citizens if it were to allow scientists to do more cannabis testing on humans. After all, weed won’t kill you, even if you take too much. Talk to grandma’s doctor and see how she feels about it. Good luck.

Happy New Year! Any resolutions?

—Father Thyme

Hell yes! Here’s two. (Clears throat.) This year, I resolve to:

Smoke more small-batch cannabis.

It has become clear to me that the capitalists are not going to wait for federal legalization before they try to monopolize the cannabis game. This is a shame on so many levels. State (and federal) governments love to make it easy for moneyed interests, often at the expense of smaller mom-and-pop entrepreneurs. Looking at you John Boehner, Willie Brown and any other former politician who has decided to champion the cause of legalization after spending their entire political career being “tough on crime” and keeping cannabis users in cages. We could have had legal weed 20 years ago. Once again, it is up to your friendly neighborhood cannabis user to support the locals and to stick up for the underdog.

Smoke more different and exotic strains.

This one will be fun and easy, at least for me. I think I smoked 100 different strains last year without even trying. This year, I am going to make a conscious effort to smoke hella exotic strains. But we can’t let Blue Dream, Cookies and Gelato be the only things we smoke. Genetic variety is the spice of life. Search for weird strains. Try weed you might not ordinarily smoke.