The Generosity of Cannabis Culture


Something happened to me this weekend that filled my heart with so much good, I am compelled to share it. And yes, it has to do with weed. It was at the MMJ Universe Cannabis Farmer’s Market that I have been going to since the beginning of the year. I was making my way around the market, chatting up the vendors, smelling all the strains, and sampling when necessary.

I got around to a vendor that I had spoken to twice before. A giant bald man who had piqued my curiosity about his own unique cannabis strain for day time. As I walked up to his table where I saw him and his lady friend(?) I said, “I’m so happy to see you guys here!” This man stood up and said, “I’m so happy to see you here!” He then handed me a glass jar filled with a cannabis strain he grew, ‘Sleezstack’. A gift for me. What?


He told me that the last time we had spoken, two weeks prior, I had complimented him on his eyes. (He does have really amazing aqua green eyes.) That simple little compliment was the only bright part during one of the worst weeks of his life. It was a very moving moment. We hugged. We cried. I accepted his gift and thanked him for his generosity. After a few moments of sharing this memory I’m sure we’ll both have for a while we said, “See you later.” I moved on through the market, tears kept welling up while I processed what had just happened.

What I didn’t share too much with him was that last month was one of the toughest that I’ve had in a while. I was in a lot of pain all month, while attempting to take a tolerance break from mmj. That particular morning when we spoke last I was having one of the lowest days. I went to the market to get out of the house, socialize, and enjoy the aromatherapy. He had given me a little nug to try his special strain of cannabis. I tried it the next day and was pleasantly surprised with how it made me feel focused, ambitious, relaxed, and it relieved pain. The perfect daytime strain! I can’t even say what it means to be handed a big jar of that medicine. Not only that, but to be acknowledged for being a nice person is both humbling and lifting at the same time.


It struck me how easy it can be to forget the power of the interactions that we have everyday and the little things we say. How a simple kind compliment can literally lift somebody else’s spirit when they may be needing it the most. Being kind to others always comes back in some way. It may not always come back to you as a big jar of weed, but it does come around.

I am so thankful for the kindness and generosity of this man. He told me that was the last of his strain and he had been saving it for me. How sweet is that? This is another big way that medical marijuana is so different from pharmaceuticals. People within the cannabis culture have always been very generous  and kind to me. They are a caring bunch with really big hearts. To deal with nice people as part of my pain management experience feels somewhat healing in itself. I certainly have never hugged it out with a pharmacist.

Lesson of the week: When you put good out, you get good back.


13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Scott on February 28, 2013 at 3:55 am

    It took me almost 10 minutes to read this post between laughing, crying and stopping to wipe my eyes repeatedly. Its hard to read when you’re all teared up.

    Being a long time friend of your “A giant bald man who had piqued my curiosity” and with “amazing aqua green eyes”, he had indeed just had a horrible week and then we shared another week at least as bad.

    Your comments warmed my heart tremendously. thank you!

    I still think Sleezestack is a weird name but he does an amazing job producing said weirdness, he can call it what he wants

  2. Thank you for your nice comments! Glad to hear that other people are getting warmer hearts from this story too. 🙂

  3. Posted by Jo on March 1, 2013 at 2:58 am

    That was an awesome read. Your right …. Put Good Out and Get Good Back.

  4. Posted by Barbie on March 1, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    This story is amazing! I also know this guy, he has to be a giant to hold a heart that size! You are so right about his product…he has never provided me with something that didn’t work the exact way he said it would! I wish him the very best and know he will always do right by the next person.
    I am so happy you had the opportunity to meet him, and am impressed with your eloquent words to describe him! Hey, who doesn’t love some “aqua-green eyes”??

  5. Posted by ellie on March 2, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I’ve known that giant bald man all my life. He let me stick thumbtacks in his head for my 6th birthday and every year after

  6. Posted by ellie on March 2, 2013 at 12:24 am

    And by that I mean I’ve known him forever, and hes always been funny and sweet. And his eyes are freakin awesome, I agree with that.
    This post was funny, reading it and knowing him. A giant bald man Hahahahah

  7. Posted by Brandon on March 2, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I just wanted to thank you… You couldn’t imagine how much better It made the week after that event for my giant bald friend. you have my deepest gratitude. keep on smilin!

  8. Thank you for such kind comments. 🙂

  9. Thanks for reading! Glad you were entertained too! 🙂

  10. Funny that you know who I’m talking about. Glad you enjoyed reading it. 🙂

  11. Thanks for reading! Glad you liked this one. 😉

  12. Well I just found your blog through the help of the MMJ Universe. I am happy to find this since I thought I was the only patient in WA that had a blog about medical cannabis and all that goes on in this amazing community of people. I enjoyed this post and hope to meet this fine gentleman that you speak of at the market sometime. Keep up the hard work and I look forward to reading more of your posts. Stay Lifted!

  13. Yay! I’m glad you found my blog too so that I was able to also find yours! Nice work. Stay tuned. And for sure, stay lifted.

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