Skip to comments.Maureen Dowd's marijuana-induced freak out
Posted on 06/04/2014 2:49:08 PM PDT by a fool in paradise
Maureen Dowd travelled to Colorado in January, ate a bit too much of a marijuana-laced chocolate bar and proceeded to have a Valley-of-the-Dolls-style meltdown in her hotel room.
Here's how she describes the experience in her Wednesday New York Times column:
"I felt a scary shudder go through my body and brain. I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours. I was thirsty but couldn't move to get water. Or even turn off the lights. I was panting and paranoid, sure that when the room-service waiter knocked and I didn't answer, he'd call the police and have me arrested for being unable to handle my candy."
"I strained to remember where I was or even what I was wearing, touching my green corduroy jeans and staring at the exposed-brick wall. As my paranoia deepened, I became convinced that I had died and no one was telling me."
Dowd pivots to talk about the dangers of pot overdoses and the "darker side of unleashing a drug as potent as marijuana on a horde of tourists of all ages and tolerance levels seeking a mellow buzz".
She says there are current efforts in the Colorado legislature to regulate the potency and consistency of marijuana products, as well as to ensure that packaging of pot-laced candy and cookies can't be accidentally eaten by children.
Dowd follows in the footsteps of fellow Times columnist David Brooks, who wrote in January about how he used to have fun smoking pot as a teenager, but he grew tired of hanging out with stoners. He then took a position against marijuana legalisation.
Brooks was mercilessly mocked for that column - and Dowd is getting a similar reception...
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...
Much like your career after being dumped by Mikey
Today’s marijuana has little to no resemblance to the marijuana of the sixties and seventies.
Sounds like some good stuff - do they ship fedex?
Everybody gets a bad run once in a while. Little bit of Alman Brothers would have fixed her right up.
One single decent bud = an entire dime bag of the 70's weed. Selective breeding and hybridization has ushered modern weed into the heroin spectrum of effect.
Today's weed is not for the 70's excpectation crowd. It is a real jaunt down the rabbitt hole Ms. Dowd, you old has been saggy azzed dried up hack.
This isn’t your dad’s Mary Jane. The stuff now if very potent. And, claims from the past that MJ doesn’t cause permanent damage can be flushed. We won’t know the full effects of this new stuff for years.
"That's GOOOOOD SH&T!!!" < /C.Manson, expert >
Too bad no man would be willing to be near her to watch out for things like that.
Too late. :-)
The edible she bought comprised 16 doses. She did not know that and consumed far more than a single dose. It’s like someone who knows nothing about whiskey downing a whole bottle instead of just a shot.
MD is right this time. And what about the states that are actively pushing pot? How can they justify that?
She should have watched the desert mescaline scene from “Beavis and Butthead Do America” to maintain her perspective. It might have been available on the hotel room TV.
You win, but it’s never too late for extra CZJ pics. :)
Hmm, a glass of beer or wine doesn’t create those side effects. They relax you but one glass doesn’t induce paranoia.
meh, she probably just got a good look in a mirror
Not the first time, I'd wager.
“I felt a scary shudder go through my body and brain. I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours. I was thirsty but couldn’t move to get water. Or even turn off the lights. I was panting and paranoid”
Hey, I wanna party with you girl. Nothing says fun like a paranoid, hallucinating NYT columnist curled up on the bed for 8 hours unable to distinguish reality.
I too stay away from edibles
I've often felt this way after reading one of Maureen's screeds. But I'm not a regular user of her columns.
I am perhaps the least experienced person of my years in the country on these issues, so please excuse my ignorance.
If pot of today is immensely more powerful than that of decades ago, wouldn’t it be more similar to hashish?
Did she cease to be able to distinguish reality or did she just become AWARE that she’s been unable to distinguish reality?
Some of the products ARE hash oil laced...
I’m sure the staffers at that artsy hotel with exposed brick interior walls are getting a big laugh passing around the security tape of Maureen Dowd wandering the halls, muttering and cackling, jumping into alcoves to hide from passing strangers. Well, that is if they know she’s supposed to be somebody or something.
She should have gone out and danced on the balcony.
It's almost like old times. It's been a while since I've been able to invoke that particular meme.
Next up: hugh, series, stuned beeber, not guilty, am I logged in, and I'm off to the shower....
I’ve found, over several decades of experience, that cannabis is actually a mirror and an amplifier, and that ugly people don’t want to look into the mirror once the amp is turned on. Just a thought, MoDo. Just a...reflection.
Hashish itself will be available in Washington State (and probably is in Colorado).
So—Pot is a Good thing? Imagine trying to drive with this sort of high? No worse than Booze so they say— But who said booze was good???
Gotta love all of these know-nothings who say today’s weed is so much better than it was in the “old days.” There is nothing out there now like the Acapulco Gold or Thai Stick of the ‘70s.
Again, excuse my ignorance. Since the active ingredient of pot and hashish is THC, they should be treated the same.
Isn’t that like saying beer and Everclear are the same thing?
Not the first time, I'd wager.
"Immensely" is, I think, a bit of an exaggeration. Hash isn't that much more powerful than pot and it has a lovely minty taste to it...ahem...or so I've been told. What we have here, I think, and I alluded to it in a previous post, is people with mental issues that find those issues isolated and amplified in the presence of a mild psychoactive. Don't blame the drug. Just my $0.02, and no, I haven't used the stuff in years.
I might have been wrong about that. Found another reference that says possession of up to 40 grams of hashish is a misdemeanor in WA.
Not to harsh your mellow, there, Mo, but this may be true.
The Dowd / CZJ rule is the best rule in my opinion.
Anyone else think she looks like the evil muzzie hag on “24 Live anoother day””?
I felt a scary shudder go through my body and brain. I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours. I was thirsty but couldnt move to get water. Or even turn off the lights. I was panting and paranoid
Would you happen to know anything about this event?
Would anyone tell her if she was?
I agree. But they’re citing decades old DEA propaganda, and you know, the DEA is the one gov’t agency you can trust, apparently.
i call BULLSH!T...