“It’s better than Crack Cocaine, it ain’t Medicine but it will ease the Pain.”

There’s an interesting post by Kyle at thisistrouble that riffs on, in his view, the reprehensible arguments posed by stoners he’s had contact with.  He’s not far off in his observations, I’ve heard the same shit from people all too often.  He cites four main arguments potheads use to defend their use:

“1.  They drive better when they’re high on weed.

2.  It’s not addictive.

3.  It’s GOOD for you.

4. It’s great medicine, in terms of a broad argument.

So let’s take a look at these:

1. They drive better when they’re high on weed:

This is a steaming load of shit.  People don’t drive better on marijuana, they just like to drive while high.  Weed impairs motor skills which are used whilst driving.  While the pubmed article claims response time wasn’t significantly effected, errors in linear and rotary movement increased with dosage.  Personally, I hate driving when I am high. A few months ago, I was getting ripped with a friend, when another cat stopped by and asked for a ride.  Since we were rolling one up, he decided to do the same, and we proceeded to get high as fucking giraffe pussy.  Then I gave him a ride.  As soon as I hit the main boulevard, I regretted saying I would take him.  It was high traffic time, and I was just too blazed to be on the road.  Fortunately it was only four miles.

I can also relate it to performance in other areas.  Skateboarding was always a challenge after getting stoned.  Instead of being balls to the wall and fearless, I would often times psyche myself out, and bail the trick.  Playing music is another area.  Sure, if I am at a road block and can’t come up with an idea for a song part, getting ripped can trigger new thoughts.  However, when playing known material and working on complex improvisation, or just a fast part in general, my accuracy is impaired.

2. It’s not addictive.

It’s the feels not the herb that people get hooked on. Weed isn’t physically addictive. If you smoke every day, from sunrise to sunset, even if you quit cold turkey, you’re not putting your life in danger. This is unlike benzodiazapines and alcohol, where you can actually die from withdrawals, or opoids / opiates, where you will feel like you want to die.  However, you can become dependent on smoking weed, which, when you stop, could effect your sleep pattern and mood for a few days.

3. It’s GOOD for you.

I don’t think it’s necessarily good for you.  Smoking anything is detrimental to ones lung health. *takes a drag of a stotch*  However, occasional use of marijuana can provide a pleasant sense of euphoria. That said, smoking weed does contain a significant amount of carcinogens.

“Marijuana smoke contains about 50% more benzopyrene and nearly 75% more benzanthracene, both known carcinogens, than a comparable quantity of unfiltered tobacco smoke (Tashkin, 2013). Moreover, the deeper inhalations and longer breath-holding of marijuana smokers result in greater exposure of the lung to the tar and carcinogens in the smoke. Lung biopsies from habitual marijuana-only users have revealed widespread alterations to the tissue, some of which are recognized as precursors to the subsequent development of cancer (Tashkin, 2013).

Alternative methods to smoking do exist, and I will be writing about those in the future, as promised before.

4. It’s a great medicine, in terms of a broad argument.

Marijuana is great medicine when used for pain.  I  know a gal, who provides a Doctor with ganja, who in turn is able to isolate the pain relieving part of the THC molecule.  He then makes small edible chocolates out of them for cancer patients.  I also have a olive oil / marijuana concoction that can be used as a topical rub with anesthetic properties.

However, in the article at thisistrouble, he states one argument he’s heard is using marijuana for depression.  That’s another bullshit argument.  Chronic use of marijuana can lead to depression, due to the brains receptors getting used to the drug, and tolerance to the drug building.  Being high becomes feeling normal, and then you can’t reach that “normal” place, so you find your spirits a little lower.  There’s also this:

“Another study involved close to 2,000 participants in the Baltimore area who were interviewed in 1980 and then again between 1994 and 1996. The researchers assessed the participants for signs of marijuana abuse and symptoms of depression. Researchers defined abusers of marijuana as people for whom the drug caused social problems, such as inability to perform at work. The results showed people who initially did not have depressive symptoms but abused marijuana were more than four times as likely to have depressive symptoms at the follow-up date than those who did not abuse marijuana. The depressive symptoms associated with earlier marijuana abuse included suicidal thoughts and a feeling of boredom.”

That study does say it is unclear if marijuana triggers the onset of depressive symptoms in people predisposed to depression, or if it’s the cause.  I truly can’t answer that myself.

Obviously, I am not knocking weed.  The current laws and archaic legislation keeping drugs on the black market are unjustified.  I believe for this reason, marijuana users vehemently defend their precious plant.  The social stigma around marijuana, not to mention the threat of being cited, or thrown in jail, is definitely one that has users constantly defending themselves.  Many drugs get a bad rap due to shitty laws and public fear.  LSD could be a major tool, but the stigma attached to it by the D.A.R.E program and those old laws prevent it from ever going mainstream. I’d love to see where microdosing could take me.  Sure it’s fun to fry balls for a couple days, but there are other uses that don’t incur hallucinations.

Yes, marijuana effects motivation, but not everyone who partakes is a lazy stoner.  Like most things, it should be used in moderation, and when done so, can be a nice tool for whatever one desires.

Gone Batty? Get the Shaver.

I have never been a fan of short hair on a girl.  The one exception to this is Natalie Portman.  Of course I was not a fan, but there would be damned near nothing in this world that would stop me from plundering her innards, short hair cut included.  I guess Winona in Beetlejuice would fit in that circle too.  Plus she shoplifts, so you know she gives up the butt pussy.  Recently, there was an article at RoK about short haired chicks being damaged goods and I would like to riff on some examples I can pull from my knowledge.

The first thing that popped into my head when thinking about this subject was Brittany Spears.  She had some sort of break down and shaved off all her locks.  I can relate to the feeling of a new beginning by shaving ones head, but it seems in the case of girls, it’s a sure sign of impaired mental health.  The salon owner actually tried to talk her out of it, and her little testimony is quite telling emphasis mine:

“She sat in my chair and said, ‘I want my hair shaved off.’ I said well I’m not doing it,” Tognozzi told the syndicated entertainment news show “Extra.”

“Of course I tried to talk her out of it,” Tognozzi continued. “I said, ‘You know maybe you’re having a hormonal moment or something, and maybe tomorrow you’ll feel differently about it. Let’s talk about this.”

Yes, I’d say going batty and shaving your head is a sure sign of some compromised thought processes.  I’m not trying to take a jab at the young pop star, or chicks who cut their hair short, I’m merely trying to highlight some examples.  If a man shaving his head was an indicator of mental stability, I should have had my head shaved for most of my life.  At any rate, I can pull two examples from high school that also add to the insurmountable pile of evidence.

My first oneitis was a girl named Heidi.  I say this, because this is the first chick that friend zoned me hard and I went along with it hoping one day she’d change her mind.  She didn’t.  But she did hook me up with a place to stay when I was kicked out of my house, drove me all over the place, and knew the dark place I was living in.  I’m attracted to crazy and crazy is attracted to me, birds of a feather.  Eventually, I realized what torture I was placing on myself and stopped tooling around with her, but this didn’t occur until she moved up to where I was going to college.  I saw her maybe 2-3 times up there over a year long period.  She had many issues, including being a slut, however, like I said, “friendzoned hard.”   She went crazy one day, from who knows what, and shaved her head all the way.  She looked terrible.  However, this was one crazy girl.  She’s doing better now and has been married to the same guy for a few years.   I saw her at my buddies wedding, we talked like old friends, but I don’t keep in touch.

My second example from my past is a chick who was dubbed as “Rape Dog” by the cats in our circle.  She was a very cute girl and I remember seeing her walking around school and thinking damn she’s cute, but I’m too white and she’s too much a vata so it won’t happen.  I don’t know the ins and outs of her situation because I never really talked to her, but she cut her hair short.  I don’t know if it was to try to be punk, but I do know this chick was off her rocker.

The origin of the nickname “Rape Dog” began after a night of partying at my friends house.  Even back then I was a cocky motherfucker so after getting a heat on, I saw her making out with this kid in the living room.  I went up to her and said you should be getting with me, or some shit like that.  She came with me.  I didn’t kiss her but she blew me 5 minutes after that interaction.  Then I couldn’t keep her off.  She’d try pulling my cock out when I was playing dominos in the kitchen.  She tried it again when I was rolling a doob at another party a few weeks later.  She blew me before I passed out and again in the morning.  There wasn’t really conversation, she was just a cock thirsty chick who had short hair.  Rape Dog.  Due to the small size of the town I grew up in, later when laughing about it about a year later, I remember at least 8 dudes raising their hands when asked if Rape Dog had got them.

Actually I have at least two more stories like that but I’m going to hold onto those.  I do think it is an indicator of some level of crazy.  Any readers with similar experiences?