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Cannabis The Hippie Revolution

Clifton Middleton
Jul 24, 2019 · 3 min read

The Hippies were right about everything. The late 60s saw the world wide phenomenon of the Hippies w i th long hair, beards, new music and a new attitude towards life inspired by copious amounts of marijuana smoking. We were everywhere, the cities, the deep south, England, Russia, the Orient, literally the whole world was rebelling, not with guns, with ideas. It all started with the pot smoking. We experienced marijuana and knew it was a good thing and that the government had lied about pot and refused to change. This showed that if the government lied about pot they would and do lie about other things. Pot smoking became the symbol of the resistance.

The Hippies were the largest, great social movement of remembered history. We changed everything, our generation, the lames called us the Hippies, we called ourselves, Brother and Sister. We smoked some pot and wanted to start civilization over again, clean slate both sides, replacing the evils of slavery, capitalism, communism, politics, commerce and religion with a New World View of brotherhood and a shared destiny. We started with the idea of Universal Birthright, it is a ganja thing, an acknowledgment that everyone has a righteous claim to a share of the blessing, that the Earth and Life itself was an interdependent, shared inheritance. That is where the spirit of the ganja kicks in, that the more you share the more you get, the seed thing, that is how we rolled, when rolling really was a thing. The Hippies were right about everything.

We replaced alcohol with marijuana and that made all of the difference. The herb carries a spirit, a spirit of unfaltering righteousness that opened our minds to the hope and glory of peace and love. It was a moral and spiritual rearmament the likes of which had never been seen before. The music of the times records the vitality of the anti War movement, our disdain and rejection of the military industrial complex and the corrupt Nationalism it rode in on, fake patriotism. Our war heroes were the folks who refused to go, our support and defense of the soldiers was real, we will stop the War to protect and save everyone. The Hippies were against the Beast and it was a war but we replaced guns with pot and armies with communes growing organic food, yes the Hippies invented ‘Organic’ clean, natural living in harmony with nature. Are you starting to get the picture, not yet, ok, fire one up and be brought into remembrance of our ancient glory.

The Hippies were right about everything, inspired, literally, by the spiritually liberating and morally enhanced Marijuana Revolution, the Hippies changed the course of human history by opposing the National War Machine, declaring the government to be corrupt, based on lies and racism. We invented weed brownies. Sharing marijuana was the Great Communion of Peoples. In an era of civil rights there was nothing more proofing of concept than a Hippie Commune with young students of every race, creed and color sitting around, passing the herb around, listening to music from India, laughing our asses, eating macro biotic food and then having a lot of sex. We were not marching for universal rights, we were living the Thing. This is the revolution.

Make Love Not War is the hash tag before hash tags existed and it turned consensus society upside down, sideways, around and every way but lose. The Hippies ruled, we were everywhere, North, South, Colleges, Rednecks, rich, poor, we crossed every border, we circled the globe and everywhere we talked about a New World View based on a shared destiny and plenty of Ganja.

The young activist of today need to talk to their Grand Parents and ask them what it was like because nothing since then has ever come close to the shear size and numbers of practicing Hippies doing things that today’s activist can not imagine possible.

The Hippies invented ride sharing and took it to a celestial level. People hitch hiked everywhere, by the thousands everyday in the major cities. We would hitch hike from New York to Iowa City and then to San Francisco, without fear, without fear. We showed the world what sharing was all about and how sweet and easy life can be when the spirit of the People is cool, that’s right, being cool is the tool.

The Hippies were right about everything. The late 60s saw the world wide phenomenon of the Hippies with long hair, beards, new music and a new attitude towards life inspired by copious amounts of…

Hippies And Cannabis – Flower Power 2.0

Wednesday 3 June

Cannabis hippie culture – for many, it represents the golden age of cannabis history. But how much has this cannabis culture changed over the years? Do modern-day hipsters have the same relationship with weed as the hippies did before them? Let’s paint a general picture of how far we’ve come by a brief review of cannabis culture evolution. We’ll start at hippie culture as we saw it in the Sixties.

Professors, Hippies, And Cannabis

Ahh, the Sixties… It was a time of free love, psychedelic exploration, and rebellion. The threat of nuclear attack was a constant presence, and for the first time ever, the horrors of the Vietnam War were shown to the world on TV. We put a man on the moon: humanity had never been so high before. Generally speaking, the decades from 1960 to 1980 were a period of turmoil. Old values, lifestyles and social institutions were criticized and uprooted. Revolution was in the air, and a new generation of ‘hippies’ born in post-WW2 freedom, demanded its place in the world.

In a reality where death and decay we never far, with increasing clashes between social groups, the time was right for a radical new worldview. The public turned inward, experimenting with a wealth of rebel solutions, including cannabis. In 1957, at the dawn of the Hippie Age, Harvard professor Timothy Leary made his case for therapeutic use of psychedelic mushrooms and LSD.

In that same period, psychiatrists such as Dr. Lester Grinspoon started to speak out against the prevailing anti-cannabis propaganda, pleading for therapeutic use of weed instead.

From Rebellion Into The Mainstream

Technology is claimed to be a major factor in the evolution of cannabis culture. Back in the Sixties and Seventies, the majority of cannabis products was smuggled in from overseas. The War On Drugs complicated that. Governments tried to stop international drug trafficking. That made import and distribution of cannabis increasingly difficult.

Despite all repression, however, cannabis ultimately prevailed. Public views were shifting, and hardliners lost control of the situation. Ever-improving technology did its part, too. The War On Drugs forced people to grow and improve their own weed. Refined (indoor) growing techniques made homegrowing easier. Even though Sixties weed doesn’t come close to modern strains, hippies kept getting better and better cannabis to fuel their ideals of Peace & Love.

Stronger Weed, Stronger Community

The new cannabis strains did more than just make the weed stronger, though. Hippie growers also caused a new community to blossom. An emerging society of cannabis growers went through an underground process of growth and development.

This community only got stronger as technology and society progressed. In 1969, some 12 million US citizens admitted to having smoked cannabis. Today, over 140 million people in the USA have tried weed. This is a leap from 12% of the population to 44%.

Flower Power Kept Growing

Cannabis Goes Online

The shift in cannabis use and image was caused by many factors, but few are as important as the rise of the internet – another product of the Hippie generation. Easy access to positive perspectives on weed changed how the world sees this plant.

Recent surveys indicate that it is easy to find positive information about cannabis; easier than finding negative info, in fact. That’s a game changer, because socials are the main source of news information for young people today. In 2015, 58% of Americans thought that cannabis should be legalized. Other studies suggest that the general public now regards alcohol and opiates as bigger health threats than cannabis.

Cannabis has officially entered the mainstream. For the first time in history, a US majority supports medical as well as recreational cannabis use. We owe a large share of that shift in perspectives to long-haired, pot-smoking, guitar-playing hippies.

From Hippies To Hipsters

As said before, technology changes how we look at cannabis. In recent decades, the media have transformed cannabis itself. Weed has gone through a real metamorphosis. Where it once was a symbolic product for barefoot hippies, it became a favorite pastime for lazy high school dropouts; only to become a consumer good marketed as a novel, first-class treat or medication.

To be sure, cannabis is still illegal in most places, but the days when weed was for misfits and losers are well behind us. These days, a range of cannabis products find their way to the shelves of high-end pharmacies and specialist outlets.

In 2014, The New York Times published its first advert for a startup selling cannabis technology. If you have the money today, you van buy 600-euro vaporizers and custom luxury sofas designed to add comfort to your cannabis smoking experience.

Millennials: Hippies 2.0?

It wasn’t just technology that kept evolving, either: cannabis advocates have changed as well. Upstart hippies have been replaced by slick hipsters. These newcomers combine a high-tech market mindset of the Eighties with an entrepreneurial and green take on the global economy.

To illustrate the point, millennials experiment with homeopathic or natural medicine twice as often as babyboomers do. They are bolder than the hippie generation commercially, too. Hipsters don’t sneak off into the park to smoke a stealthy joint; they approach brands and help them design products that match their own values.

To name one example: Meadow, a new Silicon Valley startup, aims to be the Uber of cannabis. They pick up your buds at your favorite dispensary and deliver them to your doorstep.

Lasting Influence Of Hippies On Cannabis

While hippie era weed has gradually made way for a much more commercial type of cannabis, today’s cannabis consumers are still heavily influenced by hippie culture.

Just like jazz and reggae cultures, hippy culture made a lasting impression on how we look at weed today. It’s about much more than marketing and mainstreaming. Even though times have changed dramatically, the deep-rooted ambitions for peace, love & happiness still echo throughout global cannabis culture.

The world changes; weed changes, and we ourselves keep changing too. Still, cannabis culture has roots that are worth keeping alive. Perhaps true hippies are now extinct, but their ideals still ring through in the weed we smoke today. Peace Out.

Hippies and cannabis are closely connected. Boerejongens explores the history of flower power to tell you the tale of hippie weed.