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About Vera Verde

Vera is a kink-lifestyle feminist, cannabis aficionado, and oil-maker working in the Midwest. She wants to spread the Gospel of Green to every suffering soul on this planet.

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Korra from ‘Avatar’ Battles Bad Guys and PTSD

Korra from ‘Avatar’ Battles Bad Guys and PTSD

Spoiler Alert: This article contains some spoilers for The Legend of Korra, sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Badass lady heroes are often in short supply, and those that are depicted are often either one-dimensional or sadly in need of male rescuers. This is one of many reasons why I fell in love with Korra […]

Meet Fred from ‘Big Hero 6:’ Disney’s First Stoner Superhero

Meet Fred from ‘Big Hero 6:’ Disney’s First Stoner Superhero

Content Note: This article contains minor plot spoilers for the movie Big Hero 6. You’ve been warned.   Fred, whose superheo alter-ego is called Fredzilla, is the quintessential college stoner dude. He’s got long hair, a knit cap and necklace inspired by big stompy lizard monsters, an adorkable love of comic books and some questionable […]

Why I Love the Potential of VasalGel: Cheap, Effective Male Birth Control

Why I Love the Potential of VasalGel: Cheap, Effective Male Birth Control

After being mostly ignored by the mainstream media for years, Vasalgel has started to really gain cultural momentum here in the United States after being featured in several mainstream media outlets this fall. So what is Vasalgel? In short, it is a low-cost, long-term male birth control product being developed by The Parsemus Foundation. It is […]

Tommy Chong on “Dancing with the Stars” is Selling Weed to My Mom

Tommy Chong on “Dancing with the Stars” is Selling Weed to My Mom

“Tommy Chong is in the semi-finals! I think he’s the oldest contestant to make it this far,” my mother said breathlessly over the phone earlier this week. “You’d never know he’s a smoker.” She’s right. He is the oldest dancer to progress this far, and he doesn’t seem to be out of breath on stage. […]

This is Rape Culture: “Rio 2” Ends on a Sexual Assault Joke

This is Rape Culture: “Rio 2” Ends on a Sexual Assault Joke

Content Note: This article discusses sexual assault, specifically with a male victim and a female perpetrator. Spoiler Alert: This article spoils the endings for Rio and Rio 2.   I was recently watching the sequel to Rio with one of my favorite little people, and something about it didn’t sit very well with me. I […]

Legal Highs: Bath Salts that Aren’t for the Tub

Legal Highs: Bath Salts that Aren’t for the Tub

For most Americans, the terrifying story of the Miami “zombie”  was the first time they had heard about bath salts. Faced with a crime so incomprehensible, the media seemed to immediately focus on the possibility that the attacker, Rudy Eugene, had consumed an increasingly available and popular substance known as “bath salts” before the attack. […]

Outlander’s Plot Hole: Where’s the Cannabis?

Outlander’s Plot Hole: Where’s the Cannabis?

Spoiler Warning: This article is a discussion of the book series Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It specifically focuses on Books 3 (Voyager) and the books that follow it in the series. If you have not read that far, you may not want to read this article. If you don’t care to read the books, read […]

Synthetic Marijuana aka “Herbal Incense”: A Legal High That’s Nothing Like Cannabis

Synthetic Marijuana aka “Herbal Incense”: A Legal High That’s Nothing Like Cannabis

People often call it by brand names: K2, Spice, or A-Bomb. It’s generically referred to as herbal incense, or sometimes, sythentic marijuana or synthetic cannabis. While it is true that the demand for these products arises from the demand for a legal alternative to cannabis, these technically illegal smoking blends (and they are illegal under […]