For some people, the most identifiable aspects of cannabis culture are part of what attracts them to the substance. Particularly for teenagers looking to express a rebellious side, the familiar music and iconography can represent a shorthand indication that you belong to the counterculture. In the cadence of yesteryear, one who wouldn’t let “the man” tell them what to do.
For other people, these same recognizable icons have had the opposite effect, as their own identities may seem miles away from the hipsters and beatniks that left such an indelible mark. Particularly in this age when good health itself has become a powerful form of social identity, the idea of equating oneself with smoking at all might seem automatically incongruent. For those who remain reluctant to light up, this is surely shifting to reflect these sensibilities.
First off, the act of smoking joints is no longer the only game in town. The rapidly expanding range of weed vape pens is already shifting cannabis culture towards something more exacting and discreet. While eatables have always been an option, many people found it an unreliable experience as it can be difficult to judge the dosage, and the length of time it takes to enter the system makes it especially difficult to moderate. With increased legalization, production of these eatables is now less of an art than a science, with more exact THC measurements providing a more reliable experience.
Contemporary cannabis culture has all but bucked it’s unfortunate deadbeat reputation by finding a kinship with other modern health and lifestyle movements, such as local farming, craft beer, and an affinity for natural solutions over western medicine whenever effective.
With the innovation of these discreet and reliable modes of ingestion and increasing legality, the stigma behind it has mostly evaporated, leaving many of the standard emblems of weed culture firmly in the past. Athletes, sufferers of cluster headaches, and individuals suffering with anxiety or depression are among some of the types of people who may deduce benefit of microdosing.