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Certainly not over a long period of time. You wouldn't be able to function well enough to actually earn the money you'd need to actually buy that amount of weed.
are you denying the existence of all drug addicts (via the same logic applying to booze, heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine, sleeping pills....) ?
So it appears that I apparently was.
No idea how you'd actually manage though.
coke addicts might be a bit of a stretch, definitely not irregular to find people addicted to the other things though (as far as i know, and noting something doesn't have to be chemically addictive for people to get addicted to it)
In fact I used to use the misconception that you are displaying, to actually protect myself.
e.g. if I turned up at work highish, I might have a different vibe from people and thus be suspected if in conversation with people......thus, if i got down straight to work (Programmer) fix all the outstanding production problems, sort out where people had knackered stuff by entering transactions incorrectly and actually developed something new, fast and efficiently, without any bugs (which I could do when high I could be insular and concentrate more on programming)....because of people all thinking that this sort of behaviour is unachievable in certain states.....thus no matter if i did not look people in the eye, I could pretend I was concentrating on a programming problem. The computer system ran the factorys work. How on earth could it be running smoothly and efficiently, how on earth could the stock reports and invoices and accounting reports all be out properly and on time if the guy programming it and running all the batch jobs (It was a mini with several dumb terminals programmed in cobol) was stoned
i know a few people that have a casual smoke every evening after work, and have been doing so for a decade.
its not really that different from having a beer or a glass of wine to take the edge off.
they hold down steady jobs, some in senior positions and are not drug addicts.
But I've never been able to see the point of weed personally, because the times I've smoked it I've felt how I feel all day some days anyway without having taken anything.
but I think its great
I was having a few glasses of wine every day, but I switched to a single mini-spliff instead. It works much better for me in every way.
Did do for about 6 years, functioned quite well, got up for work everyday, could do my job without any problems. Moved in with girlfriend and that all came to an end, don't even miss it. Well maybe a tiny bit... certainly don't miss having to go meet dealers and hand over stupid amounts of cash though.
give me a stoner over a pill-head any day of the week.
drink does different things to different people
Coke fiends generally dull for an hour or two.
Weedheads- sly, selfish creatures all the time.
I'm interested in your sample size.
In my experience, people who toke all day every day are generally quite selfish. Would they share their last spliff with you. No way. Do they get sweaty and irritable when they're running low. Yes.
Got no beef with casual smokers though. Fuck me, I'm one of them.
No one likes a fiend
A group of drunk people when you are sober.
One on one. Irksome
I was a high-functioning pothead for about twelve years. All that stuff about pot making you useless & unmotivated never seemed to apply - I did my postgrad degree while stoned, went for a major job interview while stoned, got the job, found that being stoned at work made me super productive/creative and everything was just that little bit more interesting. For some reason it makes me very outgoing & extroverted (as opposed to the stereotype of the paranoid shut-in). I also lose my appetite and can't sleep until I've completely straightened up again. It's definitely my drug of choice - I hate coke & speed, don't really move in ecstasy or LSD circles these days, and barely drink at all.
Then one day it just stopped working for me - I began to fuck up at work, and experience memory loss & bizarre mood swings. Wasn't particularly surprised, I'd been sort of waiting for the wheels to fall off. Decided to kick it, and for the following 12 months I was straight but depressed & really struggling. Without being stoned I couldn't seem to function properly and didn't feel like "me". Then things gradually got better and these days I'm fine. I only get stoned occasionally now, if I happen to be in a situation where someone's passing a joint around. I never buy it or have it in the house, because if it's there I'll fucking smoke it.
people in China don't really know what it is, only muslims smoke it in my city. The quality is shit over here but its better than nothing.
A mate got arrested with two bags of weed a few weeks ago (long story involving a jilted ex-girlfried), police let him off AND gave him his weed back. Probably because they didn't want the hassle involved if they actually reported it...
which it obviously does to the majority of smokers, but by no means all. i smoked it regularly during my teens, but when i got into my twenties the positive effects stopped and it started to become quite an unpleasant experience. i'm sure that in small doses occasionally taking drugs is perfectly fine, like, they're just not for me.
i just find life a lot easier if you've got as clear a head as possible, and that extends to hangovers, etc. i know lots of people who smoke weed daily and like to give the impression they function perfectly fine, but in reality i'm not sure they do, just like regular drinkers often don't, and working with them can be a bit of a nightmare.
also, i've known several people who have had mental health problems, even mental breakdowns after years of smoking weed, especially skunk. one lad i knew growing up ended up an absolute cabbage. another had a complete brekdown. several others have progressed on to smoking heroin or being addicted to sleeping pills, barbiturates, etc.
this is probably too serious a response given the nature of the OP.
think im a bit different to most of my peers in the sense that many of them went through their 'phase' earlier and now don't smoke, or only very occasionally. i only started smoking somewhat frequently towards the end of my first year at uni when i was 20 and pretty sure of myself etc. really dont think id have enjoyed it as a younger teenager, simply cos friendship groups were a lot less secure/actually good friendships and as a result of that it was a lot harder to be fully comfortable.
think the way people judge marijuana use is a bit strange. in my eyes its on a level with booze and i think a lot of people who are anti it would actually like it if they could get it hassle-free. my mum's a serious boozer and a bit of a miserable person, really think if she cut the booze a bit and replaced it somewhat with a spliff or two in the evening she'd be better for it. of course this is a potentially unhealthy attitude towards substances etc. but that's just the way i'm built (i think my mum's the same). i'm definitely better off smoking every day and drinking 2 or 3 times a week than vice versa, obv neither's optimal for a fully healthy lifestyle.
and it did absolutely nothing and havent bothered since.
If you think I go on a bit now.........
given the opportunity, I would have tried to do that whole day long saga epic storytelling that you got in lamaist nomadic societies
I was forced to stop when I moved to Aus and I couldn't find any. It was a harsh withdrawal, the dreams were bloody weird for a while.
A friend of mine lived in Aus for a year working behind a bar in the outback and, judging be the stories he tells, he didn't seem to have any problems on this front!
it's everywhere up the gold coast for example. I was living in Sydney city centre and didn't really know where to look apart from Kings Cross. To be fair, I wasn't looking that hard apart from wandering around asking randoms as part of me was happy with using it as an excuse to have a break from it.
(I csnt believe I used that phrase and now want to slap myself)
so much so that I have asked my sons to not take it whilst they are teenagers. I might be wrong, but im a parent and would like to err on the side of caution
, who is really really balanced and successful, has two sons one is now a massive depressive drunk and the other was sectioned but is notw recovering (Im not saying this caused it, but they did imbibe a lot early on, and its enough to make me worried)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFEvdWHK7GA Barrington Levy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b99sWWPCaL4 or Barrington Levi used by the rebel mc
(for ages 18-21)