In college, my sophomore year roommate was the biggest pothead alive. She’d smoke joint after joint and get baked to a crisp, and think up all these crazy ideas, all of which she wrote down in a little notebook on her nightstand.
One of her incredibly erudite and caramelized ideas was to create an energy drink made with cocaine instead of sugar — because sugar is really bad for you — and sell it to UFC fighters for a great profit.
One thing that’s blindingly obvious is that this is a horrible idea, and no sober person would ever think this is a good idea, let alone come up with it in the first place. At the time, however, my dear roommate thought it was absolutely brilliant, and jotted it down in her handy dandy stoner notebook for later reference.
But it’s not just my former roomie who unlocks their intellectual potential after a few puffs of that sticky icky — it’s all of us. Ever seen those “Hits blunt” memes?
I'm sure we've all been there.
So, why do we turn into Socrates and question the subtle enigmas of life when we spark up? Well, it has everything to do with THC, my dudes.
Time for a quick science lesson: Cannabis enhances neural activity in the frontal cortex of your brain, which is essentially command central. It handles everything from attention and problem solving, to personality and temperament.
When you toke up, the THC allows your brain to form new connections and pathways that didn’t exist before, thereby guiding your thought process into enlightened territory.
Additionally, THC “hyper-primes” your brain, which basically means your word association skills go from average to amazing, and your train of thought goes haywire.
For example, if someone were to say “Mountain Goat” when you were sober, you’d probably think of grass, fields, mountains, etc.
But if you were flame-broiled on some OG Kush or something and you heard “Mountain Goat,” your brain would just start spewing out words based on loose associations, like grass, fields, mountains…Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Heidi, Heidi Klum, Seal, “Baaaby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey…”
You get the idea.
And that’s why you have all these ingenious ideas when you’re faded. It all boils down to the ability to make connections between seemingly unrelated things.
Obviously, not all of your high thoughts and ideas are going to be winners. In fact, most of them won't make sense when you sober up. But then again, some of the greatest songs on earth exist because of weed. Bob Dylan? The Beatles? Snoop Dogg? All 4/20 friendly.
H/T: Merry Jane