Love

Poem: Amor Vincit Omnia (Love Conquers All)

Poem: Amor Vincit Omnia (Love Conquers All)

Different time zones Different lives altogether Sea level to my mountain altitude Your hand touches the tea kettle Thousands of miles away I feel the mint touch my tongue I hear the crashing of porcelain Onto a tiled floor Yet my feet are on carpet There is no tea for me here. In a dresser drawer Lie […]

Compassion Alchemy: Finding a Balance Between Caring and Suffering

Compassion Alchemy: Finding a Balance Between Caring and Suffering

PHOTO: James Jordan Suffering and compassion: do they go hand-in-hand?  Are they akin to Mother Theresa and the poor, forever together as though stuck in perpetual balance?  Or is that even balance? To me, balance of two opposites cancels them both out.  Makes them neutral, Par, pH 7.   We suffer; and compassion eases it.  Over […]

Dabbin’ Dames: A Lady’s Guide to BHO and Vaporizing Cannabis Concentrates

Dabbin’ Dames: A Lady’s Guide to BHO and Vaporizing Cannabis Concentrates

PHOTO: OG Kush by Andy Haggis Disclaimer: This article assumes that cannabis users enjoying BHO/concentrates are doing so safely. This means using concentrates made from high-quality, organic flower with no residual solvent or contaminant present. Vera recommends having at least one lab analysis available for any oil-maker whose product you are considering. The author, an oil-maker, […]

Poem: On Losing Someone

Poem: On Losing Someone

Photo credit: Diane Fornbacher Oh, joy! Words like this Do not come first To the breaking To the aching heart But! Your loved one Is free Finally free Yet Do not hurry Do not be eager To join up With the freed ones Before being called home Your journey Is not to grieve So deeply […]

Common Sense Advice for Parents on How to Talk About Marijuana

Common Sense Advice for Parents on How to Talk About Marijuana

PHOTO: Mark Brannan Along with being an author and expert on open adoption, my dear friend Lori Lavendar Luz (Lori Holden) is a phenomenal mother and blogger! She writes about the daily joys and pains of parenting with love, common sense and and a big dose of humor. When she decided to address the issue of how to […]

Grow Lights in the Closet: A Homegrown Love Story

Grow Lights in the Closet: A Homegrown Love Story

By Lynn Knox “We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.” –John Lennon […]

Infighting in the Cannabis Community: Lessons from Marital Therapy

Infighting in the Cannabis Community: Lessons from Marital Therapy

Now that we’re in the majority, we might be tempted to descend to infighting. Blogs can grow snarkier and comments on Ladybud columns could lose their healing, supportive tone. We might take a page from the marital therapist’s book to make sure that we all stay on track with our big goals. I’d hate to […]

Reform Activists Give Thanks

Reform Activists Give Thanks

We here at Ladybud Magazine are grateful for the year we’ve had with you, our readers, while we find our voices to lend to socially progressive issues — not just cannabis or overall drug policy reform, though we focus strongly on these issues. Our voices also allow us to unite with our brothers and sisters in […]

Why Didn’t I Leave This Violent Relationship Sooner?

Why Didn’t I Leave This Violent Relationship Sooner?

“Why didn’t you leave sooner?” I’m asked. “Because I knew this would happen.” It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that I ended up in this situation. Growing up, I was abused by my parents. My father used to do cocaine. My mother enjoyed wine coolers and pills. Children whose parents abuse alcohol and other […]

My Husband, My Boyfriend, His Boyfriend, Our Girlfriend: My Polyamorous Life

My Husband, My Boyfriend, His Boyfriend, Our Girlfriend: My Polyamorous Life

Whenever I tell someone I am polyamorous, often the first question they ask is, “what’s that?” Since I live in a conservative area, most people I talk to have never even heard the word ‘polyamory’ before. The word ‘polyamory’ is the combination of the Greek word ‘poly’ meaning ‘many’ or ‘several,’ and the Latin word […]