A common misconception about stoners is that we smoke weed to escape reality. Sorry, I smoke weed to enhance reality, not to escape it. I need to get something off of my chest, you guys. I was recently having lunch with a friend, and she was telling me that she was having problems with her current boyfriend. Her ex (the guy from the previous relationship) told her, “That’s what you get when you date a stoner and a gamer.” His point was that stoners make terrible partners because when we are having problems in our relationships (or in any aspect of life) we can just smoke our weed and not have to deal with our issues. The thing that people who don’t smoke don’t seem to understand is that we smoke weed to enhance reality, not to escape it.
First of all, I’ve never smoked any cannabis that’s allowed me to escape reality. Sure, cannabis can alter your perception of time, as well as your perception of what it is to eat a full bag of chips. Cannabis is the only substance that enables you to sit through a seven hour Community marathon, and also appreciate the philosophical themes of Adventure Time. Cannabis turns any stoner with a bare kitchen into a gourmet chef. Cannabis enhances all of these experiences, but it does not help you escape reality.
I don’t use cannabis because I hate my job, or my life. I don’t smoke weed because I can’t pay my bills. I definitely don’t smoke weed to avoid working on my relationship. As a matter of fact, cannabis has done a lot to help my relationship. I am depressed about the state of the world and Donald Trump being the president, but smoking weed doesn’t help me escape those facts. It does make those things easier to process, but I don’t forget them.
You know what does help you escape reality? It’s alcohol. You know what does destroy relationships? That would be alcohol. Guess what also destroys your health and can possibly cost you your job? Ummm…alcohol. Perhaps before you judge people for smoking a plant, you should consider those things.
- Why are you smoking weed?