Places like Colorado have many THC-laced edibles for sale. © Erich Schlegel/Corbis In 2014, when New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd ventured to Colorado, legally purchased a marijuana-infused candy bar and ate way too much of it, she spent eight sleepless hours believing she was dead [source: Dowd]. After writing a column documenting her nightmarish experience, a billboard appeared in Denver, offering sage advice: "Don't let a candy bar ruin your vacation. With edibles, start low and go slow" [source: Wallis]. While smoking is the prevailing means of consuming marijuana -- the most commonly used illegal drug in the country -- eating marijuana is a popular alternative [source: National Institute on Drug Abuse]. Typically, "eating marijuana" doesn't mean chowing down on cannabis plants in their raw form. Instead, it means eating baked goods, candies, ice cream, salsa or another food fortified with the drug's constituent chemicals -- in particular, tetrahydrocannabinol, or … [Read more...] about What if you eat marijuana?
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In theory, I am the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Harriot, Ph.D., a great husband and father who gave up a lucrative career in music to spend more time with my family. In reality, I have not been awarded a prize for my writing; I haven’t received a doctorate and my family would probably describe my singing as less than stellar (although Panama Jackson, Damon Young and Natalie Degraffinried are probably considering nominating me for a Grammy for my recent karaoke performance of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.”) But in spite of the notes that come out of my mouth, the reality is that the Pulitzer people get to determine who wins the award and I’ve never done a doctoral thesis. But why should that matter? What counts is what’s in my heart. While that may seem like nonsense, this is how white people define racism. Of all the entitlements that fall under the umbrella of the oft-rejected term “white privilege,” perhaps the biggest is the … [Read more...] about Americans Don’t Disagree About What Racism Is … White People Do
Year in Review 2018 We made it through another weird year. Let's look back on how we got over. I’ll wager I’m among the few—perhaps the only—person who counts a cheaply published piece of erotica titled Full Bodied Charmer as a cherished book. It follows a plus-size woman who buys a date with a handsome man at a charity auction, despite the fact that his typical taste in women runs to the slender, and her ugly romantic history with blonde men. They fall into a relationship, thanks to their unexpected chemistry, but her insecurity nearly breaks them apart. The sex scenes are clunky; at one point, someone’s dick is referred to as a “big hot sausage.” The laminate is peeling off the cover, which looked hokey when it was published in 2003, but has slowly acquired a sort of vaporwave coolness. (It was actually among the better covers produced by indie publisher Ellora’s Cave, which were notoriously bad.) I haven’t read it in years, … [Read more...] about What Do I Want From a Fat Protagonist?
Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place. The very first thing I noticed when I stepped into the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt was the gear selector. Upright, situated between the two front seats, familiar P-R-N-D-L markings. That gear selector speaks volumes about what this electric car is trying to be. No buttons, no stalk off to the side like a Tesla or even a Toyota Prius, no rotary knob. The Bolt’s gear selector looks like something you’d find on any modern car, because that’s what everybody knows and understands, even though this single-speed electric car hardly needs it. It’s one of many examples of how this car wants to help usher in the electric car revolution by being, well... normal. (Full Disclosure: Chevrolet reached out to us and asked if we wanted a Bolt in New York City for a week. We said yes, so they loaned us one with a full charge. I did unfortunately scratch one of the doors leaving a narrow parking garage exit. We … [Read more...] about The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Makes the Electric Car Feel Normal, and That’s the Point
Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend? Here’s how far I got in my first attempt to play Resident Evil 7 in VR: The door. As in, the first door, into the game’s first house, 20 minutes before the first thing that can actually kill (of even mildly inconvenience) you rears its backwoods mutant head. I stepped up to the threshold, looked into the overpowering, grimy darkness within, and took a step forward. Then another. The next would take me out of the last sliver of Louisiana sunlight that was my final connection to the non-Texas Chain Saw Massacre-inspired portions of the planet, trapping me in the stygian rot within… And I just couldn’t make the leap. Like the world’s worst (or maybe smartest) horror-movie protagonist, I did the … [Read more...] about Does instituting a buddy system defeat the whole point of playing horror games in VR?