I soak my blistered feet and aching calves in lobster-hot water, trying to burn away the throbbing pain with limited success. My whole head is burnt to a beet red crisp. Smoking a wax-laced cone joint gives a solid buzz, but no relief for my aching spine.
Taking dozens of dab hits and wandering in a trance for two days may not sound like hard work, but it takes a heavy toll on your body, especially when most of the food you eat during that time is infused with hash oil.
I have been seriously studying and exploring the world of cannabis for over a decade. In that time, I’ve been treated to some rare experiences, had fantastic adventures, and consumed more marijuana than most people in their entire lives.
The downside to such a charmed life is that I am often unimpressed at major cannabis events. I went to the High Times NorCal Cannabis Cup and half expected that feeling, the feeling I often get when I drag myself to a public 4/20 meeting, the same feeling I get on New Year’s Eve when all the people who never drink decide to ruin the drinking for one night.
Instead, I was pleasantly surprised.
That’s not to say I didn’t witness recent high school students spewing THC-laden projectile vomit, because I did.
Only there was something so overwhelmingly positive about the energy of the event that even the people who made themselves sick seemed to be having a good time.
Click here for the list of winners of this weekend’s NorCal Medical Cannabis Cup.
And why not? Passing through the gates of the “medication zone”, you come to the entrance to a wild, teeming city of cannabis sellers and enthusiasts, complete with “street” signs. Every block of this emerald city held free hidden treasures, from full eighths of sun-grown cannabis to top-notch wax pens, all up for grabs if you knew where to look.
And dab hits. And dab hits. And dab hits… I’ve never taken so many dab hits in my life. In fact, in the two days of the Cup, I probably took as many or more dab hits than I did in my entire life prior to the Cup. Everywhere I looked there were literally free dabs, and since I had an assignment I had to do my due diligence and take whatever was offered to me.
I’ve always wanted to go to the High Times Cannabis Cup, but the real thing was even better than I imagined. It was great to see all of SoCal’s suppliers and products and learn about the connections between them and growers here in NorCal.
I left with hundreds of dollars worth of cannabis, cannabis products, and swag from vendors. The panels were packed with expert speakers and interesting topics and Steel Pulse put on an incredible show on the first night.
Did I mention the dab hits too? I took what felt like hundreds of dabs… man, I’m exhausted.
(While you’re at it, check out our gallery of the High Times Cannabis Cup here.)