Back in my days of youth we had smoked marijuana and we tried other drugs that might be available at parties and social events. This picture shows me in about 1986 in my first Ford Econoline. I owned a sign business in Bluffton S.C. during the late 80's. I had smoked a lot of cigarettes and always loved beer.
During High School in Summerville, S.C. in the 1970's, if you weren't on the Summerville High School football team and you had a van you would cruise the streets of North Charleston and Charleston and Folly Beach and mostly smoke pot and cough , this was part of the process of getting stoned,
Marijuana was not as potent back in those days. For me mostly getting high when combining the drug with ice cold beer.
At age 15 and into college I was known to have a cooler full of beer in my car, nearly all the time. We had Drive Inn theaters and for fun would drive in with as many hidden passengers as possible to pay the least money, later theaters began charging by the car.
Being the son of a retired Air Force Staff Sargent, I was a military dependent, I could go on the Air base and purchase the least expensive beer I could find, usually it was Red White and Blue beer, a product of Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery, it was $3.20 a case of 24. Gas was .35 per gallon, I would charge people .50 per beer for a tour of Summerville down the many back roads with an 8 track player blasting Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, We would cruise down "Two reefer road" and the clay pits in Summerville, listening to the Marshall Tucker band and the New Riders of the Purple Sage.
Those were wild and carefree days.
Beginning about age 15 I worked at Water's Red and White grocery store and had a morning paper route, while attending High School. I had a car and I often was the driver. I had a really cushy job at the Water's Red and White , I sorted soda pop bottles, soda pop came in many flavors and makers then, Bubble Up, Kickapoo Joy Juice, Cheerwine and R.C. are a few, and a .04 to .10 deposit was paid if you returned the bottle, (most people turned them in for extra cash) While I sorted bottles, I listened to my 8 track tape player parked by the bottle room. Sometimes we would chip in and someone older would purchase a bag of brown whisky, usually Evan Williams or Jim Beam. We young High School kids employed as bag boys and stock boys, progressed from passing a paper bag that held the bottle, to passing a left handed cigarette (marijuana).
Smoking anything was very common then from "Hump back mules" (Camels) to
whatever was available, cigars and pipes, I did not learn until I was 21 ( after coughing non-stop for a month), I went to a doctor, I had chronic bronchitis. I was shocked to learn , I would have this condition forever , unless I gave up smoking. Absurd thought then, giving up smoking at 21, no way! I continued to smoke until age 30, then started back a year later and gave up cigarettes permanently at age 42.
Most everyone I knew under 30 in South Carolina smoked weed in the 70's and 80's. I did not smoke as much weed after coughing non stop during the process of getting high.
In spite of drinking and driving and smoking pot being very much illegal, in those days a cop would pull us and make us pick up empty beer cans and follow us home making sure we were not going to continue any more drinking and driving. Coach Drawdy, (father of a drinking buddy) used to tell us "if you ever get pulled over by the police, tell them you know you are drunk and you are from Summerville apologize and you promise to never do it again , just please don't tell the coach."
I learned the hard way in the later years of the 1980's that the penalties were then very severe and I had to spend a few nights in the county jail, for drinking and driving and once for disorderly conduct , for standing on my car in a traffic jam on Myrtle Beach.
Now of course, I am a responsible father and professional driver, I do not drink and drive. I now occasionally have a very cold Belgian Style ale , now a favorite is Fat Tire. I have half of it in a small frosted glass and about a half hour to 45 minutes later the other half. I rarely drink more than 2 beers in one night and always after closing time, after 9:00 pm.
Marijuana curtails the desire to drink in excess.
I like low dose marijuana in lozenge form , only 90 mg THC in 1 ounces, (about 20 each pack) , Wally Drops, tangerine . I have tried other edibles but the taste is unbearable to me. Check Weedmaps.com for delivery and storefronts.
Smoking is usually not something I do but a few light tokes of the Indica strain will have me happily in dreamland in an hour. The Sativa strain, and hybrid strains are for wakefulness and actually gives you an energetic high. Read more here on Marijuana strains.
Sleep is very important to me and excellent health is a priority. I feel as good or better than I did at 25. I am a fully functioning male, (heard that on The Love Connection) I am in the best of physical health and mentally I am only experiencing some depression because of recent financial woes. Cannabis helps with this and it is now legal in California since 2016. Legal medically since 1995.
I am going to keep on keeping on and enjoy a non pharmaceutical , healthy happy way to get relief from lower back pain and depression.
I sometimes use cannabis, along with red wine, beer, or brandy. I take regularly capsules of Turmeric Circumin. I recommend it , if you can't smoke, eat or vape pot legally , you should think of moving. I for this one good reason, am grateful to no longer reside in South Carolina, Georgia, or Texas.
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Much safer than prescription drugs.
Now you don't have to hide your stash, and fear being arrested in Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia , all currently have laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form. Three other states will soon join them after recently passing measures permitting use of medical marijuana. If you can get to a dispensary try edibles, ask the budtender
CBD oil is legal in all 50 states.
Smoke, smoke, that cigarette. Just make it a marijuana cigarette!
Divorced, Custodial Father of a 10 year old ASD son. Professional Assistant and Driver. Health and Fitness advocate. Vegan, Humanist, Democratic Socialist, Originally from Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, GA. My son and I Moved to LA County in July 2012 from a life in Fort Worth, Texas for 20 years.