Behind the Curtain 31: Pot Peddlers, Touring Humboldt – October 8, 2010

Sharon Letts

Eye Correspondent

Jill put a scoop of beans into the grinder.

“What’ll we have this morning?” Andrea asked.

“Peru Perla Andina Microlot, from Sacred Grounds.”

“Not from Sacred Grounds – they brought it to us,” Jill chided.

“Alright, Peru. It’s from Peru,” Jill said grinding the beans. “But it was chosen by our very own, Sacred Grounds, and roasted to perfection in Humboldt just for us.”

“So, what’s the adventure today?” Andrea inquired, removing the tray from the kitchen cupboard. “How’s your pot biking tour of Arcata coming along?” Andrea set the tray on the table and began cutting up bud.

“I’ve decided to call it, ‘Pot Peddlers,’ what do you think?” she asked.

“That’s funny, what’s the first stop?”

Here’s the list and a map,” Jill said, spreading a map of Arcata on the kitchen table. “How does Cafe Brio on the Plaza sound? I mean, there are so many places we could start, but doesn’t a Croissant Bread Pudding with some of those Neukom peaches sound yummy? They are in season now.”

“I want the homemade muesli with peaches,” Andrea said, passing the pipe to Jill. “Let’s start at Brio, for sure.”

“After Brio, we ride over to Humboldt Patient Resource Center on Sixth Street to see what’s new – maybe a sativa for energy – then to the Co-op for munchies, then the Marsh. Or we can make our way out to the North Jetty down Samoa Boulevard, depending on how your energy holds up,” Jill said.

“That may be a full-day trip – pun intended,” she laughed.

Andrea laughed along, and said, “The marsh is all I may have energy for. If you write one up for the Jetty, a big meal at the Cookhouse would be in order.”

“I suppose riding bikes home from the Cookhouse would be warranted, but a cab home might be more realistic after a pig-out like that!”

More laughter ensued, as the couple made plans for the day ahead of them.

“What about another trip up to the Community Forest? Where ever we end up, I’ll bring my camera. Can I shoot Arcata Scrap and Salvage across the street from the Marsh? Maybe make a list for picture-taking too?”

“Good thinking,” Jill made notations on the list. “I need to start making another list of things to bring, things to do, to see...”

“Binoculars, blanket, sunscreen, water bottles, hat, papers or pipe?” Andrea asked.

“It’s up to the person, I think,” Jill said. “Maybe rolling joints ahead of time is the best thing – less to pack, less to haul home. After the Marsh or the Jetty, I think the tour should end up at Scoop back in town, what do you think?

“Scoop, for sure – ending the day with more of Neukom’s peaches in ice cream!” Andrea said.

“Ice cream, for sure!” Jill agreed. “Can’t get enough of his peaches! But, I think the tour should end up at the Finnish Country Sauna.”

“What about a massage by a 215-friendly therapist?” Andrea offered.

“Great, I’ll have to do some research on that one. So much of this is don’t ask, don’t tell right now,” Jill added. “Maybe all I can do is suggest, or make these little tours just for us until the world is ready?”

“Will the world ever be ready?” Andrea said, loading up the pipe one last time.

Sounds like a good day ahead of us,” Jill said, packing up the papers and some bud in a small, zippered pouch. “Who knew having a 215 card could be such an adventure?”

Note: This week’s story was inspired by the travels of journalist and publisher of online zine, Ed Murrieta, currently touring the Green Triangle and beyond in search of 215-friendly establishments and cool places to hang-out.


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  1. Robert Benson said:

    Sharon Letts,
    Thank you for the clarification. I concur with your medicinal cannabis comments. However, I wish to assert some alternative information on the issue of alcoholism:
    All humans are alcoholics, in that, our bodies make a form of alcohol derived from the carbohydrates (sugars) that we consume; without it, the processes of the body slowdown, or freeze. However, the body makes drops per day, not ounces; we overmedicate. As with most addictions, low blood sugar is the issue. Licorice root is a good place to start.
    Dehydration is another issue with alcoholism. As the blood “dries” out, the arterial walls lose elasticity (ability to stretch). This stretching allows the heart’s surge bubble, if you will; to expand, as the surge comes; and collapse, as the surge passes; pushing the bubble onward. The liver, then, produces cholesterol that coats the arterial wall and lubricates the surge bubble’s pathway. Distilled water is a good place to start.
    Another issue with dehydration is that the mineral cell salts in our bodies are conductive and, when the conductivity gets too high, the nerves get fried, or short circuited; causing all kinds of nerve damage -including the deterioration of the myelin sheath, which insulates the nerves. Lecithin, or foods high in lecithin, is a good place to start.
    Knowing is half the battle. Thank you, again. Enjoy!

  2. Sharon Letts said:

    @Robert, thanks for reading. This one needs clarification.
    It’s based on actual conversations I had with several people who grew up smoking pot during the 1960s and 70s.
    Cannabis is indeed medicine, as confirmed in medical journals – no debate. But, it’s also used for safe recreation.
    Can we say that about alcohol? Hardly. Alcohol is used openly purely for pleasure. Sure, it’s a base for medicine, homeopathic and otherwise, but its enjoyment comes with sure addiction and possible death.
    If this piece does anything, I hope it will inspire a conversation about this plant that is both medicine and enjoyment for the senses without dire consequences.

  3. Robert Benson said:

    Is this out of Reefer Madness? Anti-Cannabis propaganda is no longer accepted as fact, by informed adults. Some People abuse food, should we limit their consumption with statutes and ordinances? Would that be American? Enjoy!

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