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We get high for different reasons. Sometimes it’s to relieve pain. Sometimes it’s to make new friends. Sometimes it’s just because the Red Hot Chili Peppers are even better with weed. Whatever the case may be, most of us probably aren’t aware of the awesome things weed is teaching us subconsciously. I know I wasn’t, until I sat down and thought about all of the great life lessons weed has bestowed upon me, and how they’ve made me a much better person as a result.
1. How to share (again) and why it's so important
We all (hopefully) learn what sharing is at a young age. Whether it be a swing at the playground or your brand new toys on Christmas morning, we are all taught that sharing is an important part of being a decent human being. However, as adults, it’s easy to revert back to our selfish ways when our parents aren’t constantly side-eyeing our public behavior.
In marijuana culture, however, sharing reigns supreme, and although it’s probably not your parents there keeping you in check, your peers will, and you will thank them for it. There is no other community that will reward you for being a sharing and generous person like cannabis culture will. Furthermore, you never know who you’re passing that joint to, or who will be there to help you out when you’re dry.
One of the most common complaints I hear from the emerging generation of millennials is how unprepared they feel about the “real world.” While most start college knowing the Pythagorean Theorem, they don’t know the first thing about filing their taxes.
While it may seem silly, marijuana can be a person’s first real introduction into business and economics. Your dealer is dry? An eighth just went up by $30? Well, congrats. Now you know supply and demand.
3. How to appreciate the little things
We live in a time where there is more media to consume than ever before. We are constantly surrounded by pop-up ads, tabloids, tweets, posts, and updates. This is by no means a negative thing, but I don’t think I’m alone here when I say that this constant bombardment of pop culture sends my brain into overdrive.
Marijuana is the one thing that is able to put my brain back to a normal level of functionality. While going down a rabbit hole of adorable cat videos is a possibility while I’m stoned, I’m also way more likely to take a walk, check out a sunset, and enjoy the company of something that doesn’t have a screen attached.
4. How to let stress go
Much like constant media barrages, stress is a given for most people these days. Because we live in an instantaneous society, the demand for results and responses has never been higher, but because a Terminator-esque machine revolution hasn’t happened yet and we are still mere humans, there is an increasing amount of pressure to be productive at an unprecedented level.
Marijuana is scientifically proven to relieve stress, anxiety, and even the muscle pain that goes along with this mental anguish. Not to mention, being high will allow a lot of people to look at stress inducing problems from a different perspective.
Look, fractions are way more important when money is being exchanged than they are in the back of math class.
6. Creative problem solving
No one is more creative than someone who has weed to smoke, but nothing to smoke out of. All of a sudden, a tube of toothpaste, a penny, and the tailpipe to your car add up to a pretty solid piece. The great thing about being able to think outside of the box when it comes to smoking apparatuses is that those skills will translate. Marijuana has made you train your brain to quickly and effectively solve problems, whether they be life threatening, or just high threatening.
7. How to be honest with myself
This is probably the most important lesson marijuana has taught me, as it encapsulates most of the other lessons. Because of creative problem solving, appreciating the little things, letting stress go, sharing, and even math and economics, I can now say I am a more self-aware person.
Economically, I am able to budget better, because I know I like to get high, and I need to eat every day. I know the type of people I want to share my weed AND my life with. I am a calmer, happier human being, and when I come across an issue I don’t know how to handle, I can sit down and settle it without stress.
And, most importantly, marijuana allows me to take the time to be introspective and appreciate the little things about myself that my hectic, millennial lifestyle would normally take for granted.