Graffiti is Art

The dictionary defines graffiti as something so simple and understated. “Writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place.”  That graffiti is comparable to a scratch on a table at the local Chinese restaurant. Yet when art is defined you understand the beauty of its purpose and its place in this world. “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power”. When I read that personally, I think of all the graffiti I have ever seen. That in every piece of work there is an emotional power that overcomes me.
Not every piece of graffiti is going to be some form of tagging or gang related. Sometimes it’s put out there where everyone can see so that it makes you think. Often in my old history in high school, we went over what the comics from the cold war meant. That they were some piece of art that was to make you laugh but there was also a deeper mean that was true. To see the meaning, you had to look longer than just a quick glance. Graffiti is the same way. One of my favorite pieces is in Chicago. It’s a beautiful piece of art that blends the cultures of women in Chicago. Together we are stronger.
As you take a deeper look you see the stereotypes of each woman. The oppression that their culture has placed on them. Take one more look though. The piece is only outlining what has made them strong and what has brought them to be. There is no definition of women that will explain us all but here you see the wrinkles that brought wisdom to all generations to come, the color the brings expressions of the heart, and the power that created women with a voice.
Now the typical everyday graffiti still has its story. Somewhere out there someone is fighting for their constitutional right of expression without fear of repercussions. Just as everyone else we all want our place in this world. We want to be heard and expressed. Some people use social media, some use their voice, and other use art. Try some graffiti of your own and feel the confidence it brings. Graffiti is art.
-Abigail

Vetting a Canna-Enthusiast

If you’ve found your way to this article, you’ve probably been smoking in public since you’ve been smoking in the first place, but now is the time for us to introduce others to the joy of medicating between shifts or while going about town. We’ve all been in a situation where we need to medicate for pain reasons, or just to simply bring the edge off social scenarios. In some cases, it may even be a way to socialize when alcohol isn’t available or isn’t the healthiest option.

The act of being that first friend is a time honored tradition amongst those of us who partake, and at this age, it’s time to welcome some newbies in. Help somebody who made it through their 20’s without partaking get into it slowly and steadily, and you may just help educate your next investor or plug. Not everybody had a good friend or relative who could let them in on it. Not everybody was able to keep their connections or live in a free state. This is the time to be that friend who can get around a thick cultural barrier and introduce somebody to something helpful. Hopefully we can make sure everybody has access and feels accepted in this new community we’re building together.

Start to keep a small bit of some inexpensive extract and a decent, but ultimately losable,
vaporizing unit. Make sure you’re okay with losing it, because odds are that friend is going to ask for it, or forget to give it back at the end of the day. You may luck out and have a local manufacturer, but often you can find a cheap unit at your local tobacco shop or glass gallery. Make sure it’s charged and moderately clean so you can give your associate the most accurate idea of what makes each strain special.

Don’t go super heavy in one direction and keep it light. Blue dream, is going to jump to the front of everybody’s list, but I would even stick with your local dispensaries house product (as long as it’s not super sativa-y) or something middle of the road like GG#4 or a Girl Scout Cookies. If you do the pre-filled cartridge thing I advise going lower on the terps. Something too sweet or pungent defeats the purpose of what should feel like a boring day out to a vet canna-thusiast. If using a pen or vape that uses a coil, don’t grab something too sticky or dusty. If it’s hard to use, it’s hard to get somebody started. There’ll be plenty of opportunity to break out some craziness later. If you’re just disk golfing for the afternoon, keep it simple.
When you go out with the less public smoker, give them the pen and promise to handle the minutiae of it. You can then dose yourself through your chosen method, without the fear of having to deal with somebody who’s not exactly on your frequency. Let them experience how to dose themselves, instead of having somebody try to slam a dab into their brain, and enjoy the medicine for what it is. If you’re doing it right, there should be no fine tuning on your pen, just hit the button and blast off. Sit back and wait for the giggles. As always, keep some water handy and be ready for questions!

What to expect at the 710 Degree cup

Errl Cup Presents: 710 Degree Cup 

In Phoenix, Arizona the 710 Degree Cup of 2017 is an event owned and operated by Arizona Medical Marijuana patients. The focus of this event and other Arizona Cannabis Events is to celebrate and focus on patient appreciation. The 710 Degree Cup, specifically, is an event that focuses on marijuana concentrates in medicine such as CBD oil.

When and Where is the 710 Degree Cup?

The 710 Degree Cup is always held the weekend closest to the date of 7/10. So, this year, the event falls the weekend of the 8th – this weekend. It will be held from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at 1915 Thunderbird Road in Phoenix, Arizona.

It is only fair that we look at the significance of the number 710. Almost everyone is familiar with the significance of 420 and marijuana but 710 is a little newer. This number is used for the celebration of marijuana concentrates specifically and was chosen thanks to its shape. To be more specific, take a look at 710 upside-down and you will notice the word OIL – another term for marijuana concentrates.

 How Much Does the 710 Degree Cup Cost to Attend?

The 710 Degree Cup is a free event. However, it is important to note that it isn’t an event that is open to everyone. Rather than just showing up, you have to register in advance. This is because you must be a Medical Marijuana Patient to attend. To get in, it will be free but you will need a Medical Marijuana Card and a valid State ID to present.

When you register, you will be given a ticket. Without this when you check into the event, you will not be permitted entrance.

What Can You and Can’t You Bring to the 710 Degree Cup?

As with any festival, there are things you can and cannot bring with you inside. It is important to remember that this is a medical marijuana event so everything is kept legal inside the event. Below we have listed what you aren’t allowed to bring.

Allowed:

Cannabis Medication (within the legal amount you are permitted)A way to smoke so long as it is reasonably small

Not Allowed:

Medication for Sale, Alcohol,Drugs,Weapons,Pets, and Minors

What Happens at the 710 Degree Cup?

There will be a variety of dispensaries attending the event selling their product, but that is only part of the 710 Degree Cup. Both patients and dispensaries will be allowed to compete to win the 710 Degree Cup by having the best products and medications available at the event.

If you are a Medical Marijuana Patient from Arizona, you can even apply to be a judge for the event. All you have to do is fill out the form on theerrlcup.com and you will have the chance to be a judge.

Once again, though, to keep everything legal and in order, the 710 Degree Cup event is full of rules and regulations. By looking here, you can find the rules, fees, and categories for the contest for the 710 Degree Cup.

-Veronica Pannell