Some of That Good Juju
Sep 05, 2016 03:49PM
● By Randy Robinson
Julian Marley and Uncle Buck of MassRoots
What do you do when you’re the acclaimed son of a preeminent reggae legend, been nominated for an illustrious Grammy, and rocked a concert on behalf of Jamaica at the Beijing Olympics?
If you’re Julian Marley, you launch a high-end cannabis brand, of course.
The Marley name is no stranger to the cannabis community. Julian’s father, the Nobel Prize-winning Bob Marley, helped drive reggae music in to the international spotlight while also promoting pot and world peace. Since the late 1990s, Julian staked his own claim in reggae, releasing hit albums and riding world tours alongside his brothers, Ziggy and Damian.
Earlier this year, Julian announced the launch of JUJURoyal, his specialized line of pot products that includes oils, vape pens, tinctures, and lush buds. The name “Juju” partially plays on Julian’s name.
The company name also has much deeper roots in Jamaica, the Marleys' country of origin. “Juju” is an Anglicized term for the Nigerian Hausa word “djudju,” which refers to an array of African spiritual concepts. The term then migrated to the Caribbean Islands during the 17th and 18th centuries during French colonial expansion. From a Western perspective, juju roughly translates to “fortune,” an all-permeating energy that cycles the good vibes people project into the world.
Good vibes and ganja go hand-in-hand. Colorado, unsurprisingly, has become a favorite stop for Julian. After performing at this weekend’s Riot Fest, he joined Uncle Buck of MassRoots for a fireside chat. The chat was broadcast live across social media and touched on topics such as Julian’s company, his creative process, and his favorite ways to enjoy cannabis.
One of the first questions Uncle Buck asked was, “Is the weed good in Denver?”
To which Julian replied with a wry grin, “I don’t even need to answer that.”
One aspect of cannabis they discussed addressed the fuzzy line between “recreational” and “medical” use. For many pot proponents, there is no difference between recreational and medical use. And Julian was no exception.
“The herb is the healing of nations,” Julian said. “It’s great to be educated about what other purposes the herb is used for. First of all, once it’s medical, it’s good for the body. You’d be a real idiot to not let this to be something that is free among men, because the herb is good for so many things.”
Julian, a Rastafarian, believes cannabis’s power to heal the body is inextricably connected to its elevating effects. “Some people want the herb for the body,” he said. “Some people want the herb for the brain. Everything is linked. Spirit is linked to the body, spirit is linked to the brain.” The body and the mind benefit from marijuana because it can treat the soul, too.
Uncle Buck followed up with a related question: “Do you feel it helps with creativity with your music?”
“It helps you to go within yourself,” Julian answered. “And just to focus, to pull out whatever you have that is inside of you. When I smoke herb and make music, we don’t think about it—right away, I’m just blank. There’s nothing else. Then, where’s this music taking me?”
After strumming a guitar, Julian said, the mood instilled by cannabis opens his creative channels. This openness gives him the freedom to follow the music toward its artistic end—or, as he put it, that the high “paints a picture.”
During the fireside chat, Julian revealed he prefers spliffs to blunts, buds to dabs, and high-THC strains to CBD. Besides the elevating effects, he sticks to joints because they’re easy on his lungs and throat, which he needs to keep clear for his sold-out performances.
If you’re headed east, you can catch Julian Marley’s next show at Chicago’s Douglas Park on Sept. 16.
You can watch Julian Marley's interview with MassRoots here: