Last September, former broadcaster Charlo Greene sparked controversy when she chucked the deuces to her job in a big way. “Fuck it, I quit,” Greene said bluntly on-air (pun intended) after wrapping a segment on marijuana on CBS affiliate KTVA.
Now, the the Alaska Cannabis Club owner is lighting her path to marijuana legalization, one YouTube video at a time. We e-mailed the green gawdess for VIBE’s Weed Week to break down the different types of cannabis, share her tips for rolling up, and name-drop the one rapper she’d like to smoke with.
VIBE: For smoking newbies, can you please break down the difference between cannabis indica versus cannabis sativa?
Charlo Greene: A strong Sativa is the perfect wake and bake strain due to its uplifting and energizing effects. I prefer Sativas because the offer a more manageable high and don’t make me feel as if I’m ‘stoned’.
Indica strains offer a body high that relaxes and soothes making it a perfect strain to use to unwind after work. I often have a hard time falling asleep but I’ve discovered that smoking or vaping an indica before bed makes drifting off to dreamland that much easier.
Do different strains of marijuana have different effects on the body?
Every different strain of marijuana can effect the mind and body in its own unique way, that’s what makes this plant so invaluable when it comes to medical applications. A strain rich in THCV, like Durban Poison, according to studies, can actually aid in weight loss due to its appetite suppressant properties.
Medical marijuana patients often seek out strains rich in cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD. That’s because patients who consume CBD-rich strains enjoy a multitude of healing properties, which research suggests shrinks tumors, inhibits cancer cell growth. In addition, these medical strains also aid with reducing pain, insomnia, increasing appetite, anti-inflammation and anti-anxiety.
A strain rich in THC will offer a heavier high, but the effects of that high will depend on its genetics – whether it’s indica, sativa or a combination of both. Both recreational and medical cannabis consumers enjoy high-THC strains.
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VIBE: What pushed you to start your cannabis club in Alaska?Charlo Greene: As a reporter covering cannabis legalization in Alaska, I learned that there was a desperate community of medical marijuana patients that had no safe access to their medicine. I figured out a way to connect the local medical marijuana community to ensure patients’ needs are being met and that was the driving force behind my creation of the Alaska Cannabis Club, a Nigerian American, family-owned business that remains the only legal medical marijuana collective in Alaska – to date.
You appeared on Snoop’s GGN and received viral support after quitting on-air. Is there a celeb you’d want to smoke with?One celeb I’d love to smoke with is Drake. He has such an incredible mind, I can’t wait to see how it opens up once we burn a blunt of some of Alaska’s finest.
What’s your favorite song to smoke to?My favorite smoking song is “I Get High” by Styles P. Classic.
Photo Credit: Charlo Greene
VIBE: What are your best tips for rolling a solid blunt?Charlo Greene: My best tip for rolling a solid blunt is make sure you start with a good, moist wrap. There’s nothing worst than trying to make a stale Swisher work… but a true smoker will tell you, it can be done.
Can someone smoke too much weed?You can definitely smoke too much weed. When you’re life starts mirroring Afro Man’s “Because I Got High,” full of excuses because of the decision to smoke weed, you need to put down the bowl and re-evaluate your priorities.
What’s next for Charlo Greene?Charlo.World is my personal website that is currently under construction but once it’s up, it’ll be a direct link to me and the world or cannabis activism as I continue working to bring about marijuana reform internationally.
On June 5 and 6, I’m hosting the Alaska Cannabis Bowl, the first cannabis competition and expo by Alaskans in the state. All adults are welcome to attend and sample some of Alaska’s best flowers, concentrates and edibles.
I’m also looking forward to speaking at a number of colleges and universities across the nation as part of my educational cannabis outreach efforts.
Photo Credit: Charlo Greene