I recall being introduced to the herb a few years ago. My sister’s boyfriend had rolled one of the most immaculate spliffs I’ve ever seen and I decided to give it a try and see what all the fuss was about.
After approximately seven pulls or so, I had reached the point of no return and recall laughing uncontrollably, it even frightened me a bit, that my laughter had no end and that absolutely anything could make me laugh, my cheekbones ached in pleasure, my stomach grumbled, I ate everything in sight.
I then went on to smoke occasionally but remember 2017 being the year I became a stoner. It was the toughest year of my life, in all aspects and weed was there to lighten the load and make life a bit more bearable, because life is tough as fuck. Our parents didn’t warn us about this motherfucker called life, I was ill prepared. I’ve probably smoked every day for the past 6 months.
I understand people’s apprehension to partake in the herb, but if ever you’ve considered smoking weed, here are a few reasons why you should;
Positive effect on your attitude towards life
Do me a favour, sit back and reach deep into the archives of your memory and tell me if you can recall witnessing two stoners in a physical altercation. Probably hasn’t happened, I’ve never seen such. People who smoke are the definition of chilled, we ain’t worried about shit, we don’t plan on being worried about shit and if you’ve ever smoked a blunt and then wanted to get into a fight then you’re smoking the wrong strain.
I would describe my stoner friends using a quote from Bruce Lee ” Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
Life becomes an experience
Light up a blunt and after a few pulls, you’ll realize what the true meaning of gratitude is. For the simplest of things like a glass of water, a peanut butter sandwich, a piece of fruit, a great song, a hug from a friend, a kiss from a lover, a shower, a cool summer breeze, a laugh shared with friends, a long overdue cry, a hard to have conversation, a dance with your significant other in a crowd, taking a walk to get things off your mind or accepting an apology.
All these things that seem trivial and unimportant transform into the little things that make life worth living and can be experienced with all of you. Food will never be the same, sleep will never be the same, sex will never be the same, your entire life is experienced with heightened senses. It’s like magic.
Relieves anxiety, stress, and depression
Nobody told me my twenties would be this trying. No one cared to warn a bitch so that I could at least have prepared myself for the hellhole most commonly titled as “your twenties” or “adulting”. Not a single person gave me cautionary advice, there were no eerie signs, no ominous clouds, no prelude, no nothing.
I’ve always struggled with anxiety and stress, even for the littlest of upsets and I’ve always been a very fragile person, I’m a crier. Smoking weed continues to teach me that things aren’t as serious as we make them out to be and every drama you face in life isn’t necessarily an existential crisis. In my sad moments, when melancholy creeps up on me and seems to blanket my life in darkness, I can smoke and the physical manifestation of sadness seems to be alleviated, subsiding into a less severe, more liveable depression.
Marijuana is a very taboo subject, many people are still rigid in their thinking and merely dismiss the use of the plant as a gateway drug. In my view, weed is a saviour, a companion when you want to sit with your own thoughts, a healer of a deteriorating mental state. It elevates my mind and my life will never be the same.
Now go out there and light one up. It’s the first step to making the world a better place.
Thanks for reading, until next time.