No, like really high. The other night at Jermaine Dupri's VMA party at Avalon Hollywood, we ran into Entertainment Weekly senior writer Shirley Halperin, whose new marijuana bible, Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language and Life, has just been published by Abrams. Sure enough, she was packing weed (she's got a prescription), and when we told her we were having problems with our early-onset glaucoma, Halperin, Mother Teresa that she is, smoked us the fuck out. As in, holy crap, what kind of weed is that? OG Kush? Sour Diesel? Northern Lights #5? We smoked out of a one hitter that was disguised as a cigarette, and nobody was the wiser. There's something to be said for rolling with an expert.
Halperin's book, which she co-wrote with Steve Bloom, is a hilarious and instructive manual for both the longtime potheads and budding enthusiasts. It features tidbits such as "How To Make a Gravity Bong" (as described by Cisco Adler), "Rules of Dealer Etiquette" (smelling is okay, sampling is not; have your cash ready; offer to smoke out your hookup), and "The Art of Scoring" (by Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas), and offers loads of useful (and useless) information about sweet, sweet ganja. Fun fact: did you know that the word "ganja" is widely considered to be derived from the Hindi word, ganga? We just learned that in Pot Culture.
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Halperin will be signing books at Book Soup tonight at 7 p.m.