One of my biggest issues with weed culture is this overwhelming rhetoric about how "being stoned makes you stupid". Even the word 'stoned' implies apathy; a lackadaisical attitude and this general assumption that getting high makes you 'unproductive'.
I've talked to so many people who have only been high a handful of times and they all say the same things:
"I don't like getting high, it makes me sleep"
"I don't like getting high, it makes me eat bad food"
"I don't like getting high, it makes me say stupid things"
I have no idea if these symptoms are actually real, because honestly, i've never experienced them. Weed makes my dreams more lucid, makes me more conscious of the foods i'm putting in my body, and oftentimes sparks explosions of creative output. Is it simply because I smoke weed more often that the stereotypical symptoms often embody the opposite of what I end up feeling? Or is it all part of that capitalist propaganda that perpetuates these negative stereotypes of weed?
Forget any of that political conspiracy bullshit, It effects everyone differently, and that's the all the evidence i've been witness of. One friend described it as "tingling, everything tingles". Another said it "makes me feel every breathe I take".
Personally, I say it's like putting your body on autopilot. You're far more consciously aware of every reaction, feeling, microfeeling and microreaction your body feels. It's a subtle sensation, yet it can cause a lot of anxiety problems if you concentrate on the wrong ideas, hence the paranoia.
Why do people fall asleep, eat shitty food, say stupid things and get paranoid? It's simple. Either they have no self-control, (because these are all basic instincts), or they simply aren't CONCENTRATING. I can reach a peak level of concentration when i'm incredibly stoned, and the result is a heightened sense of awareness as well as a maximized level of creativity. I cook elaborate meals, play video games on their hardest setting, and even drive in the middle of rush hour at the peak of a high. Two days ago, I even went on an intense uphill bike-ride right after I smoked a bowl.
BEFORE I SMOKED WEED: Lived in my grandmas house, took a year off from university, didn't have a job, didn't have a girlfriend, only had sex once, hated myself
AFTER I SMOKED WEED: Been employed since, currently making a respectable amount hourly, had a girlfriend two years, got a cat, started making music, reported at the Sasquatch music festival as well as got a press pass for the YYC Folk Fest, bought a mint '86 Crown Victoria and live in a gorgeous condo overlooking downtown
Where's the fucking story in that? I don't intend to sound like i'm bragging, i'm only making the point that weed did the fucking absolute opposite that these stereotypes would want us to believe.
I think weed gets a bad rap as a stupid drug, and I honestly try and preach the opposite whenever I can. Don't give in to the negative stereotypes.