The total lunar eclipse of 27th July 2018 was the longest eclipse this century, with the totality phase lasting a whopping 138 minutes! And for an extra treat, with the moon looking red, planet Mars was right next to the moon in all its red glory! Looking south, a little further to the right of the moon, there was also Saturn and the super bright Jupiter (can’t miss that one, it’s the brightest thing in the sky, apart from Venus in the northwest). If you didn’t get to see it, here are some of my photos – I had to put up with a lot of cloud, but still got some good shots in between.
Following my disappointing post about the Cannapharmacia closing down for good in July last year, a new cannabis association has popped up in its place, and in the same location, run by new people!
The new club is called Klinic Cannabis Club, and apart from a wide variety of grass and hash, they also have medicinal products such as cannabis oil, creams, balms, vape liquid and tinctures, plus they sell vaporisers and bongs and a good selection of paraphernalia.
Since taking over the premises from the old Cannapharmacia, they have completely remodeled and redesigned the interior decor, which is very warm, ambient and inviting, and apart from a bar and plenty of comfy seating on one side of the club, there is a pool table and video games in the next room with some amazing space weed / Star Wars murals on the walls.
The club has made a big effort to be 21st century friendly and offer the latest technology to their members, with a swipe card that you “load” with credit at the reception. This is used not only to swipe you in so the system knows who you are, but also to buy your products with once inside the club.
They also have an app called SmokApp available for Android and iPhone, with which you can see all your own member info, and check latest news, what products they have in, and events and workshops that the association runs, amongst many other things.
New cannabis clubs appear to be popping up everywhere in Lanzarote, with a few new ones here in Puerto del Carmen as well, but unlike Klinic Cannabis Club, they do not offer up to 20% discount to their medical users. You do need a letter from you doctor though stating whatever condition/illness you have to prove that you are a medical cannabis user to qualify for this discount.
I have been a medical cannabis user since 2013, ever since I became aware that there was a cannabis association called “Cannapharmacia” in the nearby town of Playa Honda. Before that, I would never even have considered using cannabis to treat my chronic fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis pain, because I would have had to buy it on the street, meaning you never know what you get and also because it’s expensive and dealers are unreliable.
The wonderful thing about Cannapharmacia is that, as a member (which costs only €20 a year), I can simply go there 7 days a week, get buzzed into the club by the girl at reception, and buy my cannabis products inside. At first I bought the actual weed which, because I don’t smoke, is not the best option for me, but I found that it helps my night time pains so much where ordinary codeine-based painkillers feel just like eating candy, and I would put up with the smoke scratching down my windpipe every night before going to bed. For a short while they had the rather expensive cannabis oil which also did the trick really well, but they stopped selling that.
Then someone started making capsules filled with 15mg, 25mg or 50mg of cannabis, and I found the 25mg ones were the most effective painkillers / sleeping aids out of the lot. However, these are relatively expensive, and in the end I decided to go for the cannabis cookies, which are not only cheap (€4 for 5 biscuits, which includes my 20% discount as a medical user), but eating one 2 hours before bedtime, would send me to sleep without any pain or spasm and tightness in my muscles.
The sad thing is that since last week, Cannapharmacia is CLOSED.
This is thanks to 3 idiots who decided to pose as owners of the association and tried to change the lock to the front door, and then continued to wreck the interior of the club and assault some of the staff. I do not have all the exact details of this incident, but from my own point of view, this means I am back to square one which I was at before I found Cannapharmacia.
From what I know, there are at least 700 members who are medicinal users like myself who have come to depend on the pills, the cookies or the weed to treat various conditions from cancer to multiple sclerosis and chronic pain, as well as other autoimmune illnesses like lupus erythematosus.
And we have nowhere to go now for our medication.
Personally, I am thinking of growing my own plants on my balcony again, which I did a couple of years ago with kinda mixed results and a rather small yield. However, there’s no point doing this during our tropical summer heat, because it’ll be too hot for the plants, plus there are too many bugs around. So, right now, this is not an option.
I am hoping that Cannapharmacia can work out a secure system of how to protect its members and staff from b*stards like this, and also hope that the police will be prosecuting these individuals in the manner that they deserve.
As for now, I am going to have to buy some weed from a local cannabis club here in my own town of Puerto del Carmen. Sadly, they do not have any pills or biscuits, and the oil they have costs €100. And the price of their weed is twice as much as at Cannapharmacia! However, when you are desperate for pain relief, you just have to find the money for it somewhere…
Below is a video Cannapharmacia posted on their Facebook Page depicting part of the incident (in Spanish).