Plant-Based

January 19, 2012

I have a nose for roses. I can also smell marijuana a mile away and tell you who lit it. This was always convenient at DMB concerts when I wasn’t holding but wanted a drag or two during my favorite song. My technique is a humble one. First, I dance my jig alongside whichever group is tokin’ up. Then I offer a smile and/or a polite bow without ever saying too much and I simply step into the rotation. I then express my gratitude with eye contact and usually mouth the words thank you while I exhale a plume of smoke, so as to delight and not bother the group with my cheap antics anymore than I already did during the music. I always liked that about pot. It brings people together in a special unspoken way. Rarely does a stranger come up to you and ask, may I have a sip of your beer. A doobie doesn’t have backwash.

 

As I drive around LA on my Vespa, I get to experience each neighborhood thru the nostrils. I’m not joking when I say I smell pot every 15 minutes. And I pull up next to at least one car every morning that has that sweet, tangy smoke fuming from its windows. I can smell it all the way down the lane, using my olfactory radar to lead me to whichever car is blazing. At a stoplight I’ll give the driver a nod. Again, it’s an unspoken acknowledgement from one stoner to another. Although, the paranoid look of being busted is the most common expression I see on drivers’ faces.

 

A remarkable thing happened on the bike trail near my house in San Diego. I could smell a pungent skunk but I knew better. At first I thought someone was being sneaky in the woods, but low and beholding were two cyclists ahead of me passing a joint back and forth between their spandex frames. I couldn’t believe my luck. OF COURSE I pedaled up next to them and got myself in the rotation. You don’t pass up a rare opportunity like that. I never slowed down nor removed my headphones. We shared the moment rolling along, nodding smiles and throwing peace signs, the international gestures for It’s all good.

 

In CA, pot laws are lenient as medicinal marijuana is available for people seeking natural remedies for pain, insomnia, or short term memory loss. I recently had skin tissue removed from the roof of my mouth and transplanted slash grafted over my gums to keep my teeth from falling out later in life. It’s not a painful procedure but it does take awhile to recover from – adjusting to a mouthful of stitches covered up in silly putty. Instead of Steroids, Antibiotics, and the prescribed pain reliever, Naproxen, I used high doses of leafy green produce, garlic, ginger, turmeric, oregano, and ye olde cannabis extract for a completely homeopathic approach to healing. It’s been a week now and I’ve not once endured swelling, pain or infection. In this I prove one doesn’t need expensive pharmaceuticals nor the nasty side effects. There are all-natural solutions all around us. Always.

 

I’ve also been on a pretty strict plant-based diet for 4 months now – feeling stronger, fitter, healthier and more productive. I ride longer distances on my bike, can do more pull-ups than ever, and my brain seems to have a larger capacity for new projects, problem solving, songwriting, and fielding random questions. My health and strength make me a better performer and all that combined gives me more confidence to go out in the world and shine my light. It also makes me a lot better in bed. Just sayin…

 

I’m grateful to the boy I was that believed in the man I’ve become.

 

For those curious or concerned about a plant-based diet, check out the film Forks Over Knives. It’s a life changer. You can get all the protein you need from greens, quinoa, and hemp seed. I also supplement my diet with multiple servings of Warrior Food by HealthForce.com. But that’s just how I roll.

 

Always listen to your body before doing anything drastic.

 

COMMENTS (46)
  • Avatar of Wookie59
    Wookie59 said ...

    In the last few years he was getting a hippie more and more…..
    I mean I really love all of his songs…. but in the shows i like the “old” jason without all thos hippie things much more.

  • Avatar of nilson.son
    nilson.son said ...

    Keep green.
    love

  • Avatar of rashika
    rashika said ...

    so then…
    i gather it’s time for you to come visit Manali in India :0)
    You’ll enjoy the best and amazing sun kissed produce of these hills…
    I’ve had to register on this site like a “fan” stalker to be able to communicate something heartfelt…”you should come visit”..or perhaps the universe is already conspiring for that to happen!The “maal”(pot in hindi the Indian language) here will blow your mind!:0)
    love light and healing to you..

  • Avatar of keka
    keka said ...

    hi jason, thanks for this post and for the movie recommendation. i’m going to stream it on netflix tonight when i get home from work :) i’m careful with the types of meats i include in my diet (try to always buy organic, grass-fed when i can) but i know i need to do a whole lot more than that to be healthy. i’ve been a vegetarian for short periods of time in the past so maybe this movie will inspire me to go that route again! definitely want to feel productive and energetic like you do :)

    love your posts, please please keep them coming!

    love,
    keka

  • Avatar of Emii_x
    Emii_x said ...

    In a plant based diet, is it acceptable to eat things such as cooked lentils?
    Or would be cheating a bit?

    I’m always keen to try and improve my diet, but sometimes I find it difficult living in London, everything is so expensive, I should have stayed in Scotland.

    x

  • Avatar of MillieD
    MillieD said ...

    Thank You.

  • Avatar of RebeccaDelaine

    Your always welcome in my rotation.

  • Avatar of surinder.yoga
    surinder.yoga said ...

    I love you ! I love this post ! Even if I don’t smoke, the friendly, community-based, vegetarian, respectiful and organic yummy vibe of it makes me feels less alone on this beautiful green and blue earth :) you’re beautiful and shine the world’s beauty around you .. thank you ! x

  • Avatar of Jean-Canale
    Jean-Canale said ...

    After reading your testimonial I just placed my order for some of your favorite (and hopefully soon to be mine too!) Healthforce products including Earth, Macaforce Vanilla Spice, and Vitamineral Green. Here’s to our health!!! Thanks for sharing~

    LOVE you!

    P.S. Loved your concert from Sundance!

  • Avatar of eighteen_blue
    eighteen_blue said ...

    hi there!

    at first i thought this is gonna be a great message to us about staying healthy and eating fresh and i read it with great joy and enthusiasm. but in the end this is just a commercial article for some stupid pills from some dubious guru. this is not life changing- it’s ridiculous. but that’s just how i roll…

    sincerely,
    a really upset front row fan

  • Avatar of 4meclara
    4meclara said ...

    Well… I love roses. I mean the flowers :)

  • SarahAllspaw said ...

    Hi Jason,

    What a nice surprise to see someone writing about the benefits of medicinal marijuana… I wasn’t expecting that when I followed the link from a Forks Over Knives newsletter. Glad to hear you’re healing from the gum surgery :) Another good documentary is Food Matters… oh, and The Gerson Miracle is a good one too (both on Netflix!).

    The more I learn and the closer I get to an all plant-based diet, the more obvious it is that a vegan lifestyle, with MJ as the cure-all remedy, is they way to go. I aspire to live a vegan and chemical free life… and hopefully teach at least one person the benefits of that kind of lifestyle. Now to get the government to cooperate…

    You’ve made me nostalgic for the time I lived in LA. Nothing sounds better than riding a vespa around that town, smelling pot every 15 minutes…ahhh. Someday I’ll be back in Laurel Canyon. Great journal entry… you’re a pretty good writer ;) I’ll have to check out a few of your other posts!

    Peace & love,
    Sarah

  • Avatar of jules87
    jules87 said ...

    Luff.

  • Avatar of caricornelius
    caricornelius said ...

    This whole journal entry made me laugh. :) THANKS

  • Jason! I contacted your publicist and manager about having you on Go Vegan Radio to talk about your recent move to a plant-based diet. Please check out http://www.GoVeganRadio.com. We’d LOVE to have you on! We broadcast in San Francisco, Portland, OR and soon to be on air in Chicago. I am Go Vegan Radio with Bob Linden’s Director of Development and you can contact me at shelley@goveganradio.com. Hope to hear from you soon! In peace, Shelley

  • Avatar of iamchay
    iamchay said ...

    yes, I know there is nothing better than natural we must return to our origins to always simple … most of the plants have properties … in fact and my country, Paraguay is widely used for various diseases and in infusions as tea, mate (Jason, you tried the matte being in South America), is a very typical infusion here, as in the terere
    but I disagree with the effects caused by smoking marijuana when Jason,as I have understood causes hallucinations is not good escape reality so to speak, because you need that? is bad for your lungs, other therapies with myself look good
    I have understood that there are more nosivas drugs to use medications for any pain they are …. but I am concerned about your lungs but you’re lucky enough to live on the outskirts of the city near the fields where it is less the contamination, I see my age or teenage years a little bigger in the park smoking marijuana, it really does not seem right, they are very young for that, besides the park, children are observed while playing it. well, but unlike them you are adult and can make your decisions
    Jason love you very much care
    PS: I heard your new song “I Will not Give Up” is beautiful … I can not wait your new album! :) ^_^

  • Avatar of iamchay
    iamchay said ...

    yes, I know there is nothing better than natural we must return to our origins to always simple … most of the plants have properties … in fact and my country, Paraguay is widely used for various diseases and in infusions as tea, mate (Jason, you tried the matte being in South America), is a very typical infusion here, as in the terere
    but I disagree with the effects caused by smoking marijuana when Jason,as I have understood causes hallucinations is not good escape reality so to speak, because you need that? is bad for your lungs, other therapies with myself look good
    I have understood that there are more nosivas drugs to use medications for any pain they are …. but I am concerned about your lungs but you’re lucky enough to live on the outskirts of the city near the fields where it is less the contamination, I see my age or teenage years a little bigger in the park smoking marijuana, it really does not seem right, they are very young for that, besides the park, children are observed while playing it. well, but unlike them you are adult and can make your decisions
    Jason love you very much care
    PS: I heard your new song “I Will not Give Up” is beautiful … I can not wait your new album! :)

  • Avatar of crystale80
    crystale80 said ...

    I love your freedom of expression!

  • Avatar of ashley
    ashley said ...

    “Low and beholding.” Ha!

    Lovely post. I love most communal activities. Including standing around a blaze of any sort. And I have been having a steady relationship with kale. Salads, juices, chips..what a killer boyfriend.

    On a completely different tangent, if you are looking for your next brilliant coversong, I have two for you! “I Believe (When I Fall In Love)” by Mr Stevie Wonder, or Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love”. I just feel like you would do great things with those.

  • Avatar of victoria.vergara

    amen!

  • Avatar of mrazfan1031
    mrazfan1031 said ...

    I love your posts. Have a beautiful beautiful day!! Thank you for sharing your words.
    xoxo,
    Linda

  • Avatar of rmcarver26
    rmcarver26 said ...

    I enjoy reading your posts…and while I have zero interest in pot (it doesn’t seem to have the same affect on me as it does most people..I end up looking like a crazy drunk) I appreciate your ability to freely post your thoughts. I am bound by a social media content clause at work and often would love to just say how I really feel but am at risk of losing my job if I were to do so! I agree with the 100% natural approach. I work in the medical field and mostly with Pain Management and Rehabilitation patients. These patients take a number of narcotics for pain and they are the most depressed people I have ever met in my life. I had a back injury at age 23 and I, too, have the same kind of pain they have. I eat lots of kale and other natural anti-inflammatory foods and I take no pain meds at all! I am a happier person, not depressed, I WORK!, I actually wear a 25lb lead apron all day and push these people on stretchers, so yes, I do feel that the natural approach is better. Narcotics are depressants. Who wants to spend their life sad a mopey all the time? Life is too short! Now…would you please do a show in Atlanta? (and not the week of April 21-28–I’ll be out of town!! LOL)

  • Avatar of mrazwordplay
    mrazwordplay said ...

    You need a new song to replace Cannabis College, I think….and that’s all I’ll say about that (for now)! And if you’re enjoying the snow in Utah, you should think about snow tubing in Whistler, cause ‘we’ve got it all’!!!! :)

  • Avatar of didikini
    didikini said ...

    You know I support you on almost all, but on the pot thing I don’t ;) I know out of experience that it is also taking away and has side effects. And it is just a question of time they come on the surface… Do you know it blocks some of the front parts of the brain.. one inhale only that is.

    Anyway, plants are grand thing – lots of power there, smells too… Natural life is good if one can afford it – mentally and any other way. Glad you have all the good conditions for it and best you are using it for others :) Good luck, Mr. Mraz. Keep on rolling the good music – we love you for it. And wish you deepest of meaning!

    kisses from here

  • Avatar of Ally
    Ally said ...

    Rose, I have a nose for flaming Lee Press On Nails (your post cracked me up!)

    For a guy who had gum surgery only a week ago, and was about to lose his choppers to gingivitis, you sounded pretty darn good, J. Fantastic live show…93,000,000 Miles was SUBLIME.

    (My only complaint was the camera work…not nearly enough close-ups of Toca *wink*)

    ~Ally ~ stepping out of rotation :)
    xox

  • Avatar of Rose
    Rose said ...

    I am going to consider the first sentence a shout out;) Right back at you babe! So I love the smell of pot, but have no interest in smoking it…although maybe in the perfect situation I would give it a whirl. I have been eating a mainly plant based since the end of November. I love it! I feel so healthy, I can see muscles I didn’t realize I had, I feel pure and proud. The compost pile is getting HUGE!!!!

    Anyway, I so enjoyed this post…You are free and happy..so great. I think I will save my first time for you…ok so I did it in highschool once but I lit my fake fingernail on fire….and freaked out..so that doesn’t really count.

    Have fun in my favorite state

    rose

  • Avatar of Nikkiw83
    Nikkiw83 said ...

    haha your awesome. Loved this entry. <3 <3

  • Avatar of SunshineSD
    SunshineSD said ...

    Endearing on so many levels. Glad you are healing nicely. Thanks for sharing that. Makes me happy.

  • Avatar of dorisz
    dorisz said ...

    Come to SZIGET festival that is the best festival in Europe!;)

  • Avatar of ChildofEarth
    ChildofEarth said ...

    This was was too great. Perhaps one of my many favourite journals.
    Thank-You Jason!

  • Avatar of Jane
    Jane said ...

    I love all that is green. It’s 12:33pm and I just got home. I have the afternoon off. So, going to relax listen to some music and do my laundry. We are in the midst of snow storm. I’m thinking how nice it would be if I was at the beach sharing a joint with you. I’m sure there would be lots of laughs. Grateful for your voice, music, and messages that you share. It’s 4:20 somewhere.

  • Avatar of Sheloveswinter

    *Life

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    If you think like is awesome and incredible now … wait until you learn to Love it with no net, no filter, no pot. That’s what makes you really good in bed my friend. Sober=Sexy! Just a little invitation not to dumb down … you’re worth it!

  • Avatar of gamachan
    gamachan said ...

    Here in Italy is always prohibited, I dont’ really know why. Our last shameful government didn’t give us clear explanations.. neither the new one.. However my Pot-Detector works very well! Bip!Bip!Bip!Biiiiiiip!

    Mother Nature takes care of us!

  • Avatar of NeGovoriNikomy

    Raw food diet really strengthens a health))
    It is tested on itself and on friends!
    I and my friends were pleasantly surprised by that, what Jason has healthy way of life. :)

    A “house is not walls, house- people! Peace to your house”!

  • Avatar of costellocrew5
    costellocrew5 said ...

    Just got home from working with a client, all my boys are out at basketball practice, I’m alone at 7:30 pm, a rare thing. Ipod on, I log on, glass of wine in hand, and low and behold you have sent a message to “us”. Wonder if we are close enough friends to say that the “good in bed” comment just might be too much information – girls dropping, left and right. Could be dangerous. Ha!! But really, good for you (and I assume someone else!) If you ever need a night off from singing, you could do stand up comedy. Not recommending it, just sayin’ :) Looking forward to Sundance stream tomorrow. Be well! Jane (this one is not from the fam :)

  • Avatar of MarLuna
    MarLuna said ...

    Today at noon I took an hour long walk in the bluffs, collecting thoughts on how to get where I am suppose to go. I hold my hand up and cross my heart because I really asked “. . .Also I really need help changing my/kids diet but I’m thin enough, how do I not wither away.” Gracias to all involved!

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