I would most definatly classify myself as a pothead. I go in for that whole 'get up, skin up' thing. Most serious potheads that I know are perfectly able to function outside of their tokin' ring, myself included, because we make sure that we always have a stash to tide us over, even if it is just a joints worth. Sometimes I can go for a couple of days without any weed, but only when times are hard and theres noone willing to share a j with me. Thats fairly rare though, as between my sister and our friend Z3b, we've always got a little something.
With all that said, I do want to take a little offense on behalf of potheads everywhere at your node on E2. For starters, those guys did sound like arseholes, having never met them for myself I cant really form an honest opinion about them though. I personally have to pay for all my drugs, be it booze, fags or weed. Sure I get some money off my mother & sis, but I give them money too. It all balances out in the end. Those guys dont sound so much like potheads as much as they sound like your average student. I have friends in various uni's round the UK and pretty much all students sound like those guys. If they were managing to get that consistantly stoned every night though, chances are they wernt used to weed or something. Its impossible for me to get wrecked these days, unless I do something like a quad bucket. Also, the fact that one of them bragged so much about the drugs that he did makes it sound like he totally wasnt past the 'drugs are cool' phase, which is something everyone goes through I think at some stage, some people less than others. I'm gonna go off on a tangent about this, bear with me for a sec.
Last weekend I did acid for the first time. I did it with a girl who was also tripping for the first time. It was a very eye opening experience, not only the trip itself but also the fact that we both reacted completly and utterly differently. I wont talk about the actual trip itself, I've tried to put it into words and its really not very interesting at all to anyone but myself, but I will talk about our reactions to the acid. Whilst I was content to just sit, look and think, she instead preferred to run around, talk non stop, go "oh how trippy" almost constantly and also on at least 3 occasions she complained that she wasnt getting lots of visual hallucinations. I personally had a very intense almost spiritual experience. I'm not saying that I'm somehow "better" or that shes somehow "worse" or any other elitist crap, it just seems to me, in retrospect, that she was looking for something "cool" to do when she did acid. There are lots of drugs and lots of reasons to do drugs, but doing any drug just because its "cool" is stupid.
I hope im making my point here. Your ex-roommate and his circle of friends sound like bored college students looking for the next cool thing to do. Smoking pot isnt cool at all, its just something I happen to do on a daily basis. Its about as cool as breakfast, taking a dump or powering on my computer. Having said that there are certain situations where smoking pot is cool. I regard skinning up out in a public place as a very cool thing to do because its an act of peaceful civil disobedience, but only because your standing up for civil rights, not because your wrapping a joint.
I hope that you have more reasons for not doing drugs than being turned off them by a bunch of tossers. I would reccomend that everyone tries weed at least once in their life, ditto acid. Thats only because I tried them and found them to be enjoyable, you might not like them and thats OK too. I encourage everyone to go out there and try new things and see things from the other side, but most importantly, dont get yourself killed whilst doing so. I know a couple of people who've almost gotten themselves killed whilst tripping (funnily enough they involved roads too) and those trips have been their last. I can imagine how tripping wouldnt be any fun after a near death experience.
Anyway, dont be so harsh to potheads. If weed makes people infertile then I suppose its kinda sad, but hey, acid makes people insane and heroin will kill you. They are all drugs that people do, its just important to get this information out to as many people as possible so that they can make an informed decision about wether or not they want to smoke pot. I know it doesnt really change my mind much at all.
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