Article by Scott Johnstone, Lift News
It’s getting cold out there. The first waves of geese have begun their southern pilgrimage, the trees are turning out their carnelian wardrobe, and everyone on the bus has a runny nose. Amidst the autumnal fanfare of nature, we as a nation come together each year to celebrate all there is to be celebrated, and to gain back the calories we burned off at music festivals all summer.
The first Feasts of Thanks in what is now Canada were held by a group of French settlers in Acadia (now Nova Scotia). Calling themselves L’Ordre de Bon Temps—The Order of Good Cheer—the group of settlers held feasts with their indigenous neighbours to celebrate harvest seasons as early as 1604 (fun fact: the first crops of hemp in North America were planted two years later, just a few kilometres away).
Not much about the tradition has changed over the last four centuries. But with the Cannabis Act having been introduced earlier this year, for many Canadians this marks the first year in their lives with thanks to be given for a holiday season that includes cannabis sans stigma.
Here we examine a few reasons why Thanksgiving and dank ganja go together like turkey and gravy.
1) Best munchies of the year
Other parts of the world don’t dress the holiday up with a fancy name or try to attach some altruistic sense of gratitude. They get straight to the point, simply calling it the Harvest Festival. This nomenclature seems much more honest.
Let’s face it, Thanksgiving in modern context is less about giving thanks and more about striving to push the limits of elastic waistbands. We ostensibly give thanks for the bounty of life, while cheating death by seeing how close we can get without actually rupturing our stomach walls.
That’s where cannabis comes in. Empowered by the munchies we can shovel more food through our face-holes faster than bears getting ready for hibernation
Every year you find yourself eyeing down that last drumstick, futilely trying to convince yourself you have room to finish it. Now, you do.
2) It’s cold season—everyone else’s eyes are red too!
In previous years this would have mainly been a boon for closet cannabists whose families clung to the “it’s bad because it’s illegal” argument, and whose holidays tended to go best without puritanical conflict.