The effects of weed are pretty typical across the board. However, the most important thing to remember about judging the effects of cannabis or any other drug is that the evidence is based on experience and by nature subjective. What do I mean? I had a friend who was a regular toker. He was just one of the guys, but he was wrecked after a single bowl. He was a big guy too; about 6’3? and well over 200lbs. Every time he smoked, he would disappear down this little hole in his own mind and sit there laughing to himself. It wasn’t that he was anti-social – he was just so damn stoned that he wasn’t capable of holding a conversation with anyone. The flip side is that I knew another guy and he was the total opposite. Just over 5′ tall (or should I say short), skinny and pretty much no meat on him. He could smoke bowl after bowl all night and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. How is it that one plant, one substance, can have such a wide range of effect? The answer is simple and complex at the same time. We all have a very unique psychological make up, which runs on a just as unique series of brain chemicals.
Hence, the cannabis type drugs can have such widely varying powers over us. My own experience was a feeling of heightened awareness, both of my own mental processes and also of the outside world. All my senses went into overdrive and it was glorious to touch, to taste, to smell, to see and especially to hear. Music was wonderful on weed. I found that I had difficulty in holding conversations with other people, as I was so engrossed in the activities of my own mind and of my senses. Overtime, this led me to become quite alienated, but that is a subject for another post. Ideas came quickly and easily whilst stoned. Creativity is also heightened, if you can remember the creative ideas after the fact. Because no matter how good it was, there were some pretty bad effects too. Memory loss, sensory acuity and social anxiety were some of mine, and I had a particularly frightening experience which I will describe in another post. Overall though, if you could take out all the bad experiences, you can expect relaxation, euphoria, great sensory activities, introspective thinking and a new found love for food.