Monday, June 29, 2009

I Have Never Understood...

...the point of smoking weed. Never. Have I tried it? Yes I have. Will I try it again? No. Why? Because it did nothing for me. What prompted this post? I'll tell ya.

I have a friend who smokes marijuana regularly. Yesterday I went over his house to play spades and to watch the BET Awards. His boyfriend also invited a few of his friends over. So I noticed that there was a distinct separation in the two groups. My friend and us were downstairs and the boyfriend and his friends were upstairs. We were playing cards, drinking liqour (water and sodas for me) and talking. They were upstairs "chiefing".

I went upstairs to play pool after I lost my game of spades and found the other group just sitting around smoking. When I walked in the room, there was a cloud of smoke near the ceiling and the room smelled like a bunch of ugh! What I noticed is that they were all sitting around looking depressed. They weren't talking, moving or anything else. It was like walking into a morgue. I kept wondering "what's the fun and enjoyment in this" becuase they looked like they were at a funeral. I went back downstairs and joined the fun there.

The one time I did smoke some, I was 27 years of age. Most of the people in my community I grew up with smoked weed and I just never wanted to. I just didn't see the point. In addition, it's illegal. So at the ripe old age of 27, I decided to see what the fuss was all about. So a friend of mine rolled up and blunt and gave me instructions on how to pull, inhale, and exhale. Well after the blunt was gone I noticed that he was in his own little world, while I was sitting there waiting for this so called "euphoric" feeling to come over me where I feel like all my troubles are gone. It never came. After about an hour of waiting, I gave up on that feeling ever coming. Smoking weed did absolutely nothing for me. Nothing.

I guess that's why I am a drinker and not a smoker. First of all, it's legal to purchase. I don't have to wonder if the person selling it to me is an undercover police officer or not. Second of all, I know what to drink to give me a "euphoric" feeling and I know exactly where to get it.

So i'm wondering if someone can tell me what they enjoy about smoking marijuana. Because a brotha like me just doesn't get the point.

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Blogger Ladynay said...

Can't help you on this one sir!

3:50 PM, June 29, 2009  
Blogger ThisMightBeMe said...

I haven't smoked in nearly 5 years, but I can tell you that there is a "euphoric" feeling unlike what you get from alcohol. My first time smoking was similar to yours. I didn't get high. But when I did.... It started about a 2 - 3 year stint with the blunt. It was fun while it lasted, but to your point it's illegal and got to be a little played for me. Your reaction could've been a little different had you gotten high, but everything happens or doesn't happen for a reason... :)

9:24 AM, June 30, 2009  
Blogger Cocoa Rican said...

Although I'm familiar with the "euphoric" effects, I've never cared for weed. I don't judge and unlike you, I've taken several forays into my experimentation. I prefer alcohol over weed for the same reasons - legal issues, ill after effects and the nauseating stench that engulfs your hands, mouth, clothes and home are not worth the benefit. We're on the same let's get a drink! LOL

9:43 AM, June 30, 2009  
Blogger thegayte-keeper said...


3:06 PM, June 30, 2009  
Blogger jaila said...

soon as i get home from work, sistagurl shall 'splain.

Cause its more to it than that. :)

3:22 PM, June 30, 2009  
Blogger Curious said...

I used to feel the same way you did when I was 18 or a little older. But then I did it again with my boy about 5 or 6 years ago when we were in bed and the ease and comfort and general feeling of security where you think that nothing will harm you is something I could never describe but also never forget.

I've done it again since, but I've never gotten that feeling again. I guess it may depend on the stuff that you get.

7:54 PM, June 30, 2009  
Blogger Chet said...

First and foremost you need to enhale! No seriously I have never actually been able to identify with any feeling other than foolish after smoking weed, then again I stand corrected there was one time I did get that feeling after smoking weed with a family member, as shyte would have it I damn near got busy with an old girl friend that stopped by to visit my little sister. I can not ubderstand why people love it so much, Sam a friend of mine's smokes at every opportunity.

10:30 PM, July 03, 2009  
Blogger C. Baptiste-Williams said...

i have felt the feeling but for me it takes too much to get there.

definitely not the thing for me.

9:41 AM, July 04, 2009  
Blogger Mr. Jones said...

It's my thing. I prefer weed to alcohol. The reason you didnt get high is b/c iyt was your first time and you likely didnt do properly ot you were high and didnt know it cus the feeling was new.

They just smoked too much that day, hence the coma. I'm not into drank at all but I'll smoke.

As for the legal arguments, I personally think that's bullshit. It shouldnt be illegal in the first place and won't be eventually. America is headed int hat direction.

2:36 AM, July 05, 2009  
Blogger That Dude Right There said...

Bullshit or not Jonesy, marijuana is illegal. and for that reason, I'll continue to avoid it!

I'll drink to that!

3:14 AM, July 05, 2009  
Blogger Crazy Diamond said...

I love marijuana. Besides the buzz, which is the primary reason I would smoke it, I've also had several spiritual experiences with it in terms of relationships. For example, my sister and I went through a period of about 10 years of hating each other, not being able to sit in the same room together. Then one day we were sitting together at the kitchen table and smoked a blunt, and as our inhibitions lowered we let down our guard and reflected on the good times we used to have together, and apologized about the petty friction that we allowed to develop between us. Some people may think it's sad that it took weed to get us to that point, but I don't care because I know that it's for the better for both of us not to have that festering hatred within us. And it's not dependent on weed because my sister no longer smokes and we are still able to bond like we didn't before.

Who knows what was going on in that room before you walked in. They could've been talking about Jesus or discovering the purpose of life. I know folks think that's just a bunch of potheads talking shit, but I can't begin to describe the elevated conversations I've had with folks during smoke sessions. And it's not abstract rambling, it's insight that I've gained to make me a better person, and especially a better writer.

And I do feel more creative when I smoke. Again, I know some people will consider this a bad thing, or like i need a crutch to do my thing. But the first thing I ever wrote after smoking, I wrote about my family and home life, and shared things that I never thought I could share. When I re-read it, I said there is no way I could publish this, and show this kind of vulnerability. But it did run in the school newspaper, and the response i got to that was more overwhelming than anything I had ever written. It helped me realize that the demons or secrets that I think are exclusive to me is actually stuff that we all go through, or can relate to on some level.

And I haven't even begun about the petty reasons for smoking: it makes music sound better, makes small little nuances of the day funny as hell, and melts the stress away. Silly stuff, but hell, we're all searching for little perks to make our days brighter — coffee, shopping, drinking, boys, etc.

There's a common belief that weed smokers are all as sedated as the scene you walked in on upstairs — that all we do is sit around and zone out, or that we struggle with being productive. That is the pop culture imagery of weed smokers, but based on experience, I know that habitual smokers are also CEOs, doctors, teachers and engrained in every part of society imaginable.

Sorry for the long response, but you've obviously touched on something I'm passionate about ;)

11:02 AM, July 06, 2009  
Blogger Mardi Reid said...

you eventually feel fucked up and paranoid from over use. I also never cared for it but then again I ventured into more damaging substances. Not to say weed isn't harmful cause God knows it is. here in Canada the police don't really bother pot smokers but your health will suffer and so will your ass cause that is all you are on when you smoke this shit!

2:23 AM, July 10, 2009  
Blogger Jason said...

All this jazz about marijuana causing "euphoria" is B.S. I'm 31 years old, and i've smoked pot since I was 15. Marijuana does have positive effects and negative ones. For some people, the positive aspects might not exist. In my case, I'm the type of person who worries constantly about things I can't change, and my attitude towards other people is terrible because of my own worries. Marijuana makes me calm down and let go of the things I can't change. It really helps my bitchy nature and allows me to care a little less, which for me is a good thing. The negative effects: it makes it ok to be bored. On marijuana, nothing is really fun, but nothing is really boring, either. This causes a problem in motivation, because you find yourself perfectly content to sit at home and stare at the TV, rather than going out and doing something productive. Hope this helps.

2:00 PM, July 12, 2009  
Blogger B. Good said...

Yeah, I'm thinkin' that either you did it wrong (didn't properly inhale/hold/exhale), or......your boy had you smokin' some bullsh*t, lol.

4:03 PM, July 14, 2009  

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