It seems the United States is inching ever closer to decriminalizing marijuana, following the passage of new laws in Colorado and Washington DC, but on the seemingly weed-friendly shores of Jamaica — birthplace of reggae music and the Rastafari — pot remains as illegal as it’s been for more than a century.
It’s a paradox for an island nation that has become synonymous with names like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, but Jamaican politicians and legalization advocates say change is coming soon — perhaps as soon as this year.
In April, about 300 people gathered in the Jamaican capital of Kingston to launch the Ganja Future Growers and Producers Association, the country’s first lobby group of marijuana cultivators.
The new organization will push for the creation of a regulated weed industry in Jamaica, which it says will boost the country’s economy and spur medical research. As more countries look to liberalize their drug policies, the hope is that decriminalization will allow Jamaica to become something of a pot powerhouse.
Advocates say that a legal weed market would generate extra tax revenue and create new jobs in Jamaica, which has been hampered by high unemployment and inflation rates since the financial crisis of 2008.
There’s also hope that it may help alleviate the country’s notorious problems with crime and gang-related violence. Ganja growers would be able to sell their herbs legitimately, rather than on the black market, while police and prosecutors would have more time to deal with more serious crimes, rather than small-time possession busts.
Phillip Paulwell, a leading member of Parliament, has said he expects lawmakers to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana by the end of this year, and a recent survey found that over half of Jamaicans would support it.
Best Ways To Consume Marijuana In Jamaica…
1. Smoking weed (Marijuana) in Jamaica
There are a variety of ways to consume medical marijuana, and users may find that one method is more effective than another for their particular needs. Each users should find which method is best for them.
The most common form of consumption is smoking the dried flowers of the cannabis plant. Hash and kief can also be smoked. Cannabis can be smoked through a pipe, water pipe or in a rolled cigarette (“joint/spliff”).
Smoking cannabis has immediate effects, and a relatively short duration of effects. The effects of smoking medicinal cannabis can vary between 45 minutes to 4 hours.
Regular smoking may have a negative impact on health, so vaporizers and edible forms of cannabis are recommended whenever possible.
2. Edible Cannabis (Brownie) in Jamaica
Cannabis can be infused into butter or oil, that can then be cooked in food. Edible cannabis usually takes longer to have a physical effect, and can have a significantly longer duration of therapeutic effect than smoking or vaporizing. Edibles can take 20 to 90 minutes to take effect, depending on an individual’s metabolism and other factors. The therapeutic effects can last over four hours.
Many users report that eating cannabis has a more relaxing bodily effect than a mental high.
Often users consume edibles at night for a sound night’s sleep.
Because dosages can be tricky to judge, it is recommended that one eat a small amount of a product and wait to consider it’s dosage timing, potency and intensity.
It’s best to wait an hour or more before assessing the dosage so that an individual does not over medicate. And, if after an hour or 90 minutes has passed with little to no effect, try consuming an additional ½ of the original dosage.
3. Vaporizing the Ganja in Jamaica
A vaporizer can extract the therapeutic ingredients of cannabis (cannabinoids) at a much lower temperature than can burning.
This allows users to inhale their medicine as a vapor instead of a smoke.
Many usersusers find that their cannabis goes much further when vaporized.
Cannabis vapor has a subtle, light and pleasant odor that does not linger.
4. Topicals cannabis in Jamaica
Topical Cannabis medicines are applied directly to the skin.
There are many topicals – oils, creams, balms, salves, lotions, sprays. users report that they are extremely effective for psoriasis, sore muscles, spasms, rheumatoid arthritis, restless leg syndrome and migraines.
Topicals are non-psychoactive, meaning they do not effect a mental high.
5. Cannabis Tinctures in Jamaica
Tinctures are a cannabis concentrate in liquid form.
Tinctures are taken sublingually (under the tongue) or mixed into tea.
Onset and duration of effects vary, so it is recommended that users take small doses, and wait about 15 minutes to assess potency and intensity.