Skip to comments.Asking the Right Questions about Pot
Posted on 01/12/2014 9:26:07 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
He was in high school and quite brilliant. The kind of kid who didn't pick up a book all year and aced all of his honors and AP tests -- in complex subjects like Physics. He was also musically gifted. But he couldn't stop smoking weed. The school and his parents did all they could; he even took up sports so he wouldn't go home after school and smoke.
The more he smoked, the more he slacked off, the less frequently he attended class, did his work, and participated in class. They finally expelled him.
He was last seen walking on 101 in the wee hours of the morning on meth, punching and flailing at the police who pulled over to see if he was okay. ----- I typed his papers in college -- mostly for his philosophy and intellectual history classes. It's how I earned extra cash. He'd call me up -- completely wasted -- at the last minute and ask me to type his works of art, works of brilliance. He'd really nailed it this time. He was admittedly bright, but years of smoking dope left his brain all a jumble and his papers unintelligible -- a collection of disparate fragments scribbled on several sheets of paper. I'd try to edit the papers so they'd make sense but it was futile to get inside his muddled thoughts. In his mind, though, he was onto something big, his thoughts coherent and his papers exceptional. ----- My German professor wanted to help me clean up my senior thesis but had to toke up before he could sit down for a few hours and help. He needed a spliff to work on anything academic. But... he wasn't addicted. ------
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It is impossible to have a meaningful conversation with a pot head. Eventually you have to ask them to come back when the have been off the stuff for a month and it has flushed out of their system. Then you can talk.
Hopefully the low information voters of Colorado will see this and the errors of their ways and remove the legality of pot.
You can’t save the world, especially potheads. Why bother?
Even then, you might not be able to talk. Studies are showing that the brain damage from pot use is still there after two years (suggesting that it is permanent), and it doesn't even have to be very heavy use.
I had trouble understanding the stoners amongst my friends in college. I understand “getting wasted” and partying. This is something that has gone on for thousands of years. But I didn’t understand the need to get high before doing ANYTHING. “Let’s go here and do this.” “Yeah, let’s get high first!” And they always had to get high before EVERYTHING. I don’t actually feel that marijuana would make everything better all the time. Time and place for everything.
I saw the affects of pot use in high school. I knew a couple of dopers. They were very smart, doing well in school and started smoking. 15 years later out of high school they were stuck in neutral and still doing drugs and dealing to cover their habit. Lives were destroyed.
Christopher Lloyd's character on Taxi was spot on. His character was meant to be funny but it was factual.
One thing about pot is that it saps a person's will and motivation and it doesn't dissipate right away. No, it is not a stereotype. And the effects can last for several days and even weeks. Well within the window of smoking again.
Watch out other states. First there is medical mj and then full legalization. Medical mj is designed to desensitized the voters to the real goal of full legalization.
Because they influence our children and grandchildren. My children never fell into this habit (”Mom would kill us!) but I don’t have the same control over my grandchildren. Scares the bejeebees out of me.
And yes, it changes the brain chemistry. Interesting point — many people can’t get high the first couple of times smoking.
Some how the body gets tuned into the drugs in pot and it is a life time change. The brain chemistry changes.
I deal with two parents with alzheimers every day. Memory is so very important. Yet the stoners amongst my college friends have huge lacunae in their memories of those years, and — far worse — seem to be more forgetful now than non ex stoners as well. And it is worse for those who keep smoking into their 40s. One friend doesn’t remember what she told me before, not once in a while, but always, and she still smokes pot. Who would want that? It can’t be just about getting “high” at that point.
I am not a doctor but I could see, by the strong effect on the pancreas, that there may be a habit forming around the lowered blood sugar effect. It could be part of a metabolic disorder. Maybe a vicious circle kind of thing.
...years of smoking dope left his brain all a jumble and his papers unintelligible -- a collection of disparate fragments scribbled on several sheets of paper. I'd try to edit the papers so they'd make sense but it was futile to get inside his muddled thoughts. In his mind, though, he was onto something big, his thoughts coherent and his papers exceptional.
Ya, ya, ya. I know, it is illegal to bring it on campus or to smoke it if you are under age. It is a lie or naive or both to think that it won't happen more often.
I have seen this in my life. I had a friend like myself—a nerd—He wrote science fiction stories and they were good—better than mine. But he turned Hippie in college—smoked pot all the time and moved on the LSD and other drugs. He thought it made him more brilliant—it didn’t. He dropped out. Now he is a shell of what he was—walking the streets, living with his long suffering mother. He could have done great things if it wasn’t for pot. It has ruined too many people over the years. The best and brightest and being lost to us by this drug craze. Boose is bad enough why add to it?
OK, I guess I’ll have to play devil’s advocate -
some people can use weed occasionally and still function, hold steady jobs, pay taxes, etc.
And some can’t. Just like alcohol. Another form of intoxication.
And what about functioning at a job?
This was well documented by the director of Student Health Services at UC Berkeley back in the early 1960s when the pot craze first became widespread. It received a 5 line article buried in the back pages of the San Francisco Chronicle at the time, while peace and love and groovy hipsters received daily front page coverage, and hasn't been reported much since.
It actually reminds me of today's global warming scams, IRS abuses, and Benghazi treason by the WH and Hillary. The lamestream media cabal seems to be trying to cover up the truth in these matters.
Legal or not, people will smoke pot.
My personal experience.
I haven’t seen any alcoholics where their habit has destroyed their lives nor I have I seen the utter destruction of a person’s life like pot.
The change is dramatic and it happens quickly.