Oil, wax, shatter, sap to snap and pull we love it all. Brighton Cannabis Club always likes to hunt down the fire concentrates and give our mental taste buds a treat.
Up this week is the complex ‘Gooey’ by south east extractors,Sussex Shatter. This is one of the best and most interesting flavours I have ever had from Sussex Shatter. The team have expertly gro
wn the flowers that went into this 100% nug run concentrate so the entire process has been contained within the extractor’s space.
For a bit of background on the lineage of this strain we have a mash up of five old school and land race genetics – the official description from the team is “Original NorCal Gooey Mom, a very rare old cut, lineage as follows – Kambodga x Mexico x Colombia (Lumbo old) x Thai x Hawaii (mowie wowie 1972)”.
This is such a mixed strain and the taste really represents the amount of genetics inside the cross, varied, rich, but also slightly hard to pinpoint. Instantly on the exhale this concentrate supplies heavy amounts of pine and earthy musk, however accompanying that is an equally strong and recognisable sweetness that combines to resemble the taste of a more refined gorilla glue. I’ve got to say, the flavour is quite intense and just generally really enjoyable.
Effects wise this particular run seems to be overall indica dominant, however also fairly well rounded, as there are still active mental effects. I feel as though this accurately falls into one of my favourite groupings of cannabis strains – the ‘heavy indica dom with sweet terpenes’.
To round it off, heavy effects, a complex and interesting flavour profile, and assured heritage genetics. Another win for Sussex Shatter and another happy member of Brighton Cannabis Club.
Dank Holiday Monday + Brighton = Jerk & Fire (with a spot of cricket)
The summer season has taken a little while to get fully underway here in the United Kingdom, but the cannabis clubs and collectives of the UKCSC have taken full advantage of that and hosted events almost every weekend of the summer starting in April at 4/20 in major parks of London, Manchester and Leeds. Product Earth, Green Pride, CannaCampFest have been significant highlights of the year that have drawn in the local cannabis communities allowing the natural networking that is needed for us all to expand and grow to take place.
This August Bank Holiday weekend took no exception and was picked out as a day by Brighton Cannabis Club member @NugsofBeauty as a South Coast alternative to Notting Hill Carnival that was a little more chilled and a little bit more 420 orientated and friendly. It follows on from their BBQ last year in the same location at East Park which saw around 150 local tokers, patients and clubs converge for a bit of grilled food across the coals while sharing some of the local and personally grown flowers, edibles and extracts. This year saw the affair swell to numbers pushing the 700 mark throughout the day and enthusiasts travelling from as far as Newcastle such as the It’s Gold Up North crew who are a part of the Newcastle Cannabis Club, as you can tell, they came bearing gifts of dank.
Setting up at midday London Smoking Club and East London Cannabis Club set up their headshop gazebos alongside Cummin Up a local Jerk and BBQ chef that knows how to spice up that sauce! Nannies’s Gourmet Edibles were pitched up in true style and were glowing after finding out they had just won 3rd place in the London Smoking Club’s Edibles Cup recently held. Brighton Cannabis Club and UKCSC were there signing up members to the club and are now over the 250 members mark. Hampshire Cannabis Club came along in high spirits spreading their “our life, our choice” message and Too Loud Smoking came to rep and dish out rolling papers a plenty to make sure we never stopped rolling.
Next to a bright green Brighton cannabis club flag sat Rob Davidson, who said he was there with friends “to celebrate our love of cannabis, and take a stand against unjust prohibition laws”.
Davidson, the chairman of the club, described it as a local organisation that attempted to find a community-led solution to cannabis prohibition. “We don’t want a capitalist takeover of weed,” he said. “We hold private events, which are ticketed, friendly events. We don’t sell or distribute cannabis at the events, but we allow people to come and smoke.”
But a capitalist takeover of weed seems to be in the pipeline. Stuart Harper, of NORML UK, the self-styled political wing of the cannabis movement, was upbeat about it. “There’s millions flooding in at the moment,” he said. “There’s rich Mexicans and rich Americans over here with millions in investment capital. In the next 18 months there’s going to be a big shift.”
When you picture the city of Barcelona, images of small delicious plates of food, salsa dancing, or sandy beaches may spring to mind. This March though, I found myself in the middle of something all together a little bit greener. From the minute I stepped on to the busy “La Rambla” street I could see that this Spanish province had embraced the future in a big way. For years now it has been legal for barca residents to grow and smoke weed (up to 5 plants) in their private residence under the Spanish constitution. Great news for weed enthusiasts in Barcelona of course, and now due to the ever growing population of people who use and enjoy cannabis, this city has been turned into a ganja hub, supporting everything from the patients that swear by this product to the recreational user just wanting to slow life down a little. This has been made possible by a little loophole that allows you to delegate your growing to another person or club, simply signing a small contract can allow anyone to grow for you. Enter the Barcelona Private cannabis clubs.
We stumbled upon ‘420’ whilst wandering around the bustling center of Barcelona. A heavy metal door operated by an intercom lead to a small reception area where we met the owner; Raul. He proceeded to explain the situation we were all in.By signing this Spanish contract you are giving us the right to grow 5 plants on your behalf, pay a €20 yearly membership fee and you can indulge right away. Simple as that!
Indulge we did, the atmosphere in this place was great, big TVs, projectors, PS3. The selection of gear was amazing with everything from dabs to edibles, they even have a volcano you can use. I felt like I landed back in the Dutch red light district, except for a few noticeable and pleasant differences. Combine this leniency in law with the sunniness of the Spanish people and you get a warm comfortable atmosphere and a great vibe. The thought occurred to me that such clubs were less about making money and more of a community, most customers seemed regular and they varied in ages, shapes and nationalities.
Raul sat down with us on the plush leather sofa to explain how the police operate in the area. He said they have been known to stand just around the corner waiting for people to leave the club. He explained that possession of cannabis in public places is still illegal and the Spanish police will not hesitate to impose a fine on you if your caught. He told us the best way to remain in the clear while on holiday would be to leave our stash in their locker facility, safe and sound with them until our next visit. I must say we left the club many times during our stay with large quantities however and never ran into any trouble.
These clubs undergo constant scrutiny by the government and must deal with tight restrictions on how they can bring in new business and promote their presence. These ‘associations’ are not allowed to have a website, for example, and with the DJ both and sound system costing thousands Raul is relying on the legitimacy of his business in order to stay open and avoid penalties. Promoters just outside the small road leading to 420 made up for the lack of hits online, though, bringing in young groups of tourists by the half dozen, luring them in with promises of group offers and warm hot chocolate.
There was a definite love for cannabis in this place, all the staff were experts in their field and seemed to love their jobs, passing around massive joints filled with their newest blends and discussing which brand of organic fertilizer to try next.
I never expected to have such a good time in Barcelona, and I left feeling informed about this tiny undiscovered gem of a weed hub, and longing for the days when my paella filled belly could return.
On a Saturday in Brighton you may have been one of the lucky ones to know what was going on and got a chance to attend. A lot of you would have been unfortunate and probably did not even know about it but Brighton Cannabis Club took it upon them to try something new in Britain. They decided to hire a venue and open it up to cannabis consumers to consume freely, where prohibition would be unenforced. A community gathering of like-minded individuals shared the experience of being able to consume without fear of persecution or prosecution. This happened on a Saturday, once a month to see what would happen during the summer of 2015.
Would the police intervene? Would the people living in the residential area not approve? We didn’t know but we decided to continue on with and see what would happen.
Our first session started in May and we also invited Cherry Haze Medibles along to run a stall for the day. Invites had been sent out to the existing club members, cannabis reform activists and members of the cannabis industry. We were not sure how many people would turn up at first. Was a consumption venue an attractive idea to the cannabis community?
The doors opened at 3pm and people started flowing in and we were taken by surprise at the interest we had received for something that had not been widely publicized. Not before long the venue was almost full and every seat was taken! For us it showed that there was demand for a cannabis club in Brighton and the need for more around the country. People had traveled from neighboring counties and cities to travel. Just to be able to consume freely at a venue that did not believe in prohibition. We decided to continue on and organise another session. We called these the “Super Stoner Saturday Sessions”.
People had already heard about our first session and the word was spreading, somewhere you could toke freely and meet people who enjoy cannabis as much as you do. We all want the same thing, the end of cannabis prohibition. We decided to start things a little earlier this time, and open the doors at 2pm. We also organised for a local chef to cater Jamaican food the event. We didn’t know if people would be interested in coming back, or whether the demand was there but all we could do is try and find out.
It didn’t take us long to find out but the answer was quite obviously yes. People were turning up before the doors were even supposed to open and not before long, about 3pm the venue was full. More and more people turning up wanting to enjoy a different experience from the regular events you go to. A cannabis friendly social gathering in a private location away from the public.
After this we went and held a 3rd session towards the end of summer, the club decided that we had to take a stand and stick two fingers up to prohibition. We held two successful events without the need for council/police involvement and the open consumption of cannabis. For us the cannabis social club model felt alive and kicking in the heart of Brighton.
People had travelled from Scotland and Leeds just to be a part of the experience. A lady came all the way from Cornwall to buy some medibles from Cherry Haze to help alleviate a medical condition. She could not find the quality of medicine that some very ill patients need in this country and needed to meet people who might be able to help. They do not get the support they need from the NHS and have to look for alternative medicines to combat there illnesses. The same happened again, by 3pm the venue was packed full of people!
By the end of summer we had increased our number of club members from 50 to 110. Brighton Cannabis Club is a growing revolution and we want you all to be a part of it.
We believe the Cannabis Social club model is the way forward and our sessions are a proven testament to that it works in the UK. The Spanish went ahead with there model and we are going to do the same. So please help us and join the growing revolution!
Green Pride saw its second annual gathering in Preston Park on July 4th 2015 and saw approximately 1,500 cannabis enthusiasts coming out and celebrating the fine weather and some fine herbs. No Police Intervention at Green Pride – See you next year (2016)!
Patients feel like they are accepted into society more than anywhere else amongst the cannabis community that does not judge them and makes them feel more human.
Prior to Green Pride Brighton Cannabis Club member and UKCSC President Greg de Hoedt had a short conversation about the event with BBC Sussex’s Mark Carter which you can listen to above. He highlighted the attendance of many medicinal cannabis consumers that were coming out to show their support for the change to cannabis laws.
Speaking with Rob Davidson, Chairman of Brighton Cannabis Club at Preston Park just before 4.20pm he said, “The people of Brighton want cannabis to be accepted and normalised within society, and this proves it” and waves his arm over to the some 1,500 people sitting proud for cannabis.
Green Pride 2015 was a huge success, for its second year running it managed to increase the numbers from 100 attendees in 2014, to over 1,500 in 2015. This shows a big margin of increase in attendees and shows that the people want real change in Brighton.
And it’s not just Brighton cannabis consumers that came out to part take in a little bit of passing to the left. New clubs have already been inspired to form from Nottingham, Tottenham and Leeds after travelling down to see if the grass really is greener on the south east coast.
Green Pride 2015 brought out cannabis fans from many parts of the UK who prefer cannabis to alcohol or tobacco. I use cannabis as medicine for fibromyalgia, autism and spinal injuries, if it wasn’t for that I would be on Tramadol and other heavy opiates which are damaging to my body and cost the tax payer money. – Edison Carter
With minimal police presence the event continued on for 7 hours with 0 arrests and the substance consumed freely. Mr Davidson commented on the tolerant approach from the police and community support officers.
At the start of the event a patrol vehicle pulled up and two female CPSO’s greeted those there ready to set up for the day just asking what organisation are going to be attending and the number of people we expected.
The purpose of the protest is to show how criminalising cannabis consumers is a waste of time and it seems as if the police/council in Brighton must agree with us too. – Rob Davidson
The amount of civil disobedience was not taken lightly. There were some pretty large joints rolled for communal purposes passed around large social circles which had everyone smiling. A lot of people were vaporising and sharing their different toker technology, and it stood out this year just how much the Brits have taken to vaping both of the herb and e-juices.
Samson AKA Black The Ripper came down and plastered everyone with his Dank of England Tees that were flying off the gazebo shelf. His presence was truely appreciated by the BCC team and always have a good time when he comes along puffin tuff as per usual.
European Hash Oil competition medalist Team 10 Extracts also decided to make his way to the coast with the most (dank) and we look forward to seeing him at one of our future Super Stoner Saturday Sessions in teh coming months which have been growing in popularity.
We caught up with Stacks of T10 after the day had wound down and he had this to say about it;
I hope to see more events like this rising towards the future. Great environment, super friendly crowd and even the police had a smile on their faces. Big respect goes out to the BCC for hosting and bringing legalisation a step closer. Let’s free the plant people!
Since Green Pride, Brighton Cannabis Club have held yet another very popular session and will continue to bring to the members what they want – the right to consume and a safe social environment in which to do so.
Brighton is a very progressive city, their Green Council proposed a model to regulate the sale of cannabis, the Cannabis Social Clubs however, are sliding in under the radar and doing what has needed to be done since the last coffeeshops closed over a decade ago.
Brighton Cannabis Club is bringing back Green Pride for its second year and is inviting everyone to come along to chill for the day.
“In 2014 we saw over 100 people turn up for the first protestival and the club had only been running for a few months.”
The Cannabis Social Club movement started in Spain and has spread across Europe. The does not like being left behind and it’s time that people “come out” and celebrate and protest civilly and peacefully. The “protestival is a bid to raise awareness to the public of the need for cannabis social clubs and a regulated market.
“This year we want the crowds to be bigger, the music to be louder and the skies to be hazier!”
We have invited the cannabis community to spread their organization’s message to the people of Brighton, with a long list of organisations coming to spread the word against cannabis prohibition. United we stand strong!”
“Green Pride was a pleasure to attend. Well behaved people attract little attention, and even with plenty of cannabis logo’s about. We were bright and polite”, said Winston Matthews the long term cannabis activist of last years first annual event. Winston was part of the original Worthing Coffeeshop crew that were open in the early 2000’s along with Chris Baldwin and a good many few others.
“We lost 2 people who attended last year, that cannot attend this year, as they are no longer with us. Sam Dyer and Mike Cutler. These two men, whose use was well broadcast by the media, will be missed, and I hope we find the time to have a couple of mins silence for them”, Winston added.
The club was officially formed with a committee in April of 2014 and has since then started to bring about change to create a real cannabis club to Brighton. Working together with local businesses to bring discounts in local stores to members, including discounts on cannabis related products and merchandise. Members also have access to private toke friendly events based in and around the city and the chance to shape the way the club is run and what it could become.
With over 50 current private members Brighton Cannabis Club has been devoted to increasing the national and local network of people proud to consume cannabis and is dedicated to bringing law reform to the United Kingdom. By joining Brighton Cannabis Club you are showing your support towards the creation of a local cannabis club and the move away from an unregulated market.
Do you think the future of Brighton cannabis Club’s protestival could end up as big as something like Cannabis Liberation Day in the Netherlands, which took place just last weekend. Around 200 people turned up to the first 420 protest in Vancouver in 1995, the next one in 1996 around 500 turned up. Now there event reguarly reaches the 10’s of thousands.
Cannabis Liberation Day only started in 2009 and this is what it looks like now – a full on live stage with reggae artists like Natty! Last year over 100 people turned up to our first Green Pride in Preston Park and only 300 said they were going on Facebook. So far 2.9k of you awesome people have said there coming this year so we have the potentional to set a record for the biggest cannabis protest Brighton has ever seen!
UKCSC are going to be there with their Cannabis Conversation Couch filming for YouTube so you can have your say about the way things are with cannabis in the UK or talk about your club or the green you grow! We’ll see you there.
Please help us start something that lasts for years to come, join us for our annual gathering of cannabis consumers in Brighton the best city on the south coast!
So come join in for a day of music, cannabis, pride and unity and unite against prohibition!
Join the event page here, and don’ forget to tell your friends by giving it a share on Facebook or inviting a few people along.
I took the train up with the Brighton Cannabis Club, one of the largest and most active organisations of its kind in the UK, with 38 paid up members and many more involved informally. The group, which launched officially in January of 2014, offers a number of benefits to its members, including access to secret toke-friendly venues around the city and discounts on all kinds of marijuana merchandise.
“We want to establish the club as its own brand in the city, building a network of tokers and working with local head shops to unify and develop the community,” he said as we passed through East Croydon. “It’s about normalising cannabis in the city and, importantly, educating the public, who are often misinformed.”
WALK through The Lanes on a Saturday afternoon and you may see someone casually lighting up a cannabis ‘joint’.
Members of the Brighton Cannabis Club flout the law in public as part of their bid to make the drug legal.
Chairman Rob Davidson agreed to speak to The Argus about the organisation, which was launched in January.
They already have 40 members and the club is still growing.
Mr Davidson said the club was set up so cannabis consumers and enthusiasts could meet and work towards reform.
The group claims the cost of prohibiting the possession, cultivation and supply of cannabis is a waste of taxpayers’ money and police time.
Mr Davison said: “If prohibition didn’t work for alcohol why should it work for cannabis? “People are persecuted for using cannabis. It is a human rights issue. There is a stigma attached to its usage – it is defined by its illegality.