You can apparently tack on -sexual to any word and create a new stratum of society. We saw it with Lumbersexual last month, and the latest, and arguably weirdest, is the "highsexual," a term now being discussed on on the interwebs.
What spawned the new psuedo-identity was a slightly scandalous question posed to the reddit community, which basically can be summed up by a guy asking: I'm straight when I'm sober, but when I'm super high, I wanna bang guys, is this normal?. And that is the crux of "highsexual," a guy (or girl) that only ponders/enacts in gay sexual activity when stoned.
From that initial question, a very long reddit conversation was sparked, which has gone on for over 2 weeks. Comments ranged from supportive, to sympathetic, to straight up mean (this is reddit after all), pointing to the fact that the idea of highsexuality actually resonates with people.
But is being a highsexual a real thing? Well, now that it's an internet-used term, it kind of is, though personally, I think it can only be used in a comical sense. Marijuana can lower inhibition and make you think about things you wouldn't normally when sober, like banging a guy, and if a person already has hidden bisexual or gay preferences, it makes sense those feelings would spurt up to one's brain. Otherwise I don't think highsexual warrants a classification of sexuality all its own.
As a gay guy who smokes a fair amount of marijuana, I like to think I have a valid opinion on the topic. But if you're super deep in the closet and need to hide behind the screen of highsexuality, no stress, do your thing, and lets smoke up sometime. Unless you're a lady, then I can't help you out...unless I'm a reverse-highsexual! No wait, that's ridiculous, never mind.
Youth vaping continues to rise in Canada, despite youth smoking being at its lowest level in decades, according to Health Canada.
The health authority says vaping could lead to tobacco use, threatening Canada's efforts to lower the number of people who smoke.
"Research shows that flavoured vaping products are highly appealing to youth, and that youth are especially susceptible to the negative effects of nicotine - including altered brain development, which can cause challenges with memory and concentration," says Health Canada.
Health Canada's proposed ban — which is open for consultation until September 2 — would prohibit all sugars and sweeteners in vape juices, as well as the majority of flavouring ingredients, with limited exceptions to allow for tobacco and mint or menthol flavours.
The regulatory changes would also include "sensory standards" to "prevent a sensory perception" of flavour other than one that is normal for tobacco and mint flavours.
Health Canada expects that the new changes would make vape products less appealing to young Canadians while providing adult smokers with a small range of flavours to transition to vaping, which it says is a less harmful source of nicotine than cigarettes.
The health authority says businesses that sell vaping products would not suffer an administrative burden from the proposed changes — but they would have to limit their product ranges, potentially resulting in less revenue.
"It doesn't make sense or have any scientific justification," said Flory Doucas, spokesperson for the CQCT.
"Menthol is the second most popular flavour among youth, tied with mango [...] If the goal is to protect youth from the underhanded tactics of the vaping industry, this proposed regulation does not get a passing grade."
Meanwhile, the Coalition des droits des vapoteurs du Québec (CDVQ) said Health Canada's proposals could cause thousands of vapers to reconsider their decision to quit smoking, arguing that the variety of vaping flavours currently available has been key to helping smokers ditch cigarettes and adopt vaping instead.
"Its success lies in its effectiveness in combating smoking insofar as the products to be consumed are pleasant to the taste, whereas that of tobacco reminds them too much of cigarettes," the CDVQ said of vape flavours.
Imperial Tobacco Canada echoed the CDVQ's statement, saying that the proposed changes would only push consumers towards cigarettes.
"The reality is that many smokers are looking for a lower-risk alternative to smoking that they will enjoy. So flavours and nicotine levels play an important role," said Eric Gagnon, vice president of corporate and regulatory affairs for Imperial Tobacco Canada.
"Isn't it the government's duty to provide a reduced-risk product that satisfies these needs so that consumers don't return to smoking?"
While some are ubiquitous to all major cities, there are a few that truly make Montreal, Montreal.
The Busker Who's Way Too Good To Be Busking
You get out of the metro car and a mellifluous melody echoes through the station, stopping you in your tracks. Walking up the stairs, you spot a busker, playing for the uninterested passersby as if they're headlining Osheaga.
And really, they should be headlining Osh because this busker is way too good to be busking. Drop a few dollars and stick around for a tune next time you see them.
The Person Smoking A Joint While Waiting For The Bus
If the person smoking a cigarette three feet away from you wasn't enough, some person decides that the only way to make this bus come faster is if they spark up the biggest, ugliest joint you've ever seen.
Bonus points if the entire bus smells like weed after Cheech gets on.
The One Who's Going To A Music Festival
Decked out in the finest floral headwear and H&M clothing, the music festival goer is blissfully unaware of you trying to go to work and also sunscreen.
I get it, you're super excited to be standing next to 20,000 people for the next six hours to see Kendrick Lamar, but since you're already going to a music festival, why start one in a crowded metro?
The Off-Duty Bus Driver Who's Very Much On-Duty
Often found in a Tim Horton's line, the off-duty bus driver who's very much on duty has as much right as anyone to get their mid-day caffeine fix.
Their jobs are gruelling, after all.
But you try explaining empathy to a bus full of confused-looking commuters growing angrier by the second.
The Westmount Mom
As she juggles her ungrateful kids, shopping trips to Holt Renfrew, yoga and manicure appointments, the Westmount mom is never far from her Range Rover, always ready to carpool at a moment's notice.
The Westmount mom is fashionable, works hard, and might yell at a customer service employee from time to time, but she's pretty cool overall and isn't afraid to show it.
The Hot Cop
Also often found in a Tim Horton's line, the hot cop seems to only exist in Montreal, at least in my experience.
Characterized by a healthy scruff and a utility belt that seems to accentuate certain assets a little too well, the hot cop won't hesitate to give you a silly ticket but you'll feel fine about it.
Wait a minute, SPVM, is this by design? Get back to me.
The American Frat Boy Who Doesn't Know How To Drink
Hailing from a school you've never heard of in Vermont, this annoying caricature of a dude-bro wants to challenge you to an arm-wrestling contest in the bar and chugs beer like he's Stone Cold Steve Austin. Unfortunately, he's 18 and this is his first time drinking.
And no, I don't know what the best strip club in Montreal is.
The JMSB Bro
The JMSB bro wears a suit to class and walks around with an air of confidence that belies the fact that he's incredibly stressed out about competing with 400 other aspiring accountants for a handful of jobs.
The Habs Player
It's exciting the first time you see Brendan Gallagher at a restaurant and I'm sure he doesn't mind respectfully being asked for a selfie, but don't ask him every single time you see him somewhere.
Chill out, he's just a hockey player!
The Headphones In, Texting Cyclist Who Almost Ran You Over
I have nothing against cyclists, but some of you are just flat-out dangers to society.
Nothing says "I don't care about anything" than a cyclist who's blasting down the Maisonneuve bike path in the middle of the day while texting and listening to music. How you have not had a huge crash yet is astounding.
The UQAM Student
The UQAM student is from les régions, studies at the Concordia Library, goes out with Anglophones, protests about literally everything and is actually really good at sports.
The UdeM Student
The UdeM student is actually from France, doesn't go out with Anglophones, won't stop talking about how much better the food in France is, secretly thinks the food is actually very good here, and never complains about being broke because it's "not polite to talk about money."
The Concordia Student
The Concordia student is actually from one of the coasts, says they know all the best study spots downtown, is obsessed with "the arts," wears vintage clothing and lives in a $1,500/month Mile-End four-and-a-half apartment with seven other people.
The McGill Student
The McGill student is actually from the U.S., will outdrink you, studies at the Concordia Library, has a driver's license, wears all brand names, and complains about being broke while living in a condo downtown.
It could be the middle of the day and out of nowhere a group of sweaty first-years covered in paint and wearing neon shirts comes stampeding down the street, consuming every drop of alcohol in their path.
Better move out of the way quick before you're swept up in their wake and end up downing several test tube shots at a club on a Wednesday night.
The Construction Worker Smoking A Cig While Watching 4 Of Their Coworkers Dig A Hole
All you can do is shake your head at them because they get paid a lot of money to not give a damn that they are the sole reason you're stuck in an endless line of traffic.
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McKinnon pulled out cigarettes during the skit, so as to imply a stereotype about Montrealers and smoking that doesn't exist.
The trope is more suited to mimicking Parisians from France, who are known for their smoking fetish. (If they wanted to point out Montrealers' love of smoking, they should have used our legal weed instead.)
As far as local goes, 514 Cannabis is about as local as it gets. Grown at a state-of-the-art vertical farm in Anjou, the company's first product, "Saint-Henri Kush," aims to capture the vibrant spirit of its namesake.
Soon expanding to other neighbourhoods and provinces, the "Saint-Henri Kush" is only one of a planned range of products, including the "Vieux-Port Hash" and vape pens.
"We're slowly expanding the company and we have some arrangements with four small local boutique growers in Quebec to grow and package their products," said Goulakos.
"Eventually we'll have 'Les Amis de 514' products to feature local craftspeople and we'll talk about your history and your area, how it supports the 514."
While it has a potent THC content, one of the most important aspects of 514 Cannabis is its focus on developing high-quality terpenes.
Simply enough, a terpene is where the unique smell and flavour of cannabis comes from. Think of them as the essential oils of weed.
"It's a hybrid with an Indica base," explained Goulakos. "Our real knowledgeable customers really understand this terpene thing — it's like drinking fine wine. We'll have the terpenes listed on the bag so you always know what you're getting."
"Our role is to educate the consumer so they'll know what to look for when they go to the SQDC."