Why I Gave Up Booze in Favor of Weed

It Helps with My Anxiety, It Doesn't Give Me Hangovers, and Are You Aware of What It Does to Sex?

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Best anxiety killer? Heroin, without a doubt.
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@1 The real best is death, so...

Thank you for posting this Sarah. I think it's important for people to understand you can use marijuana without being a stoner (not that there's anything wrong with being a stoner). Also, it's so much healthier for you than drinking, despite your grandpap's old age when he passed.
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2, Hey Death Warden,
Let me borrow from you - "i think it's important for people to understand you can use heroin without being a junkie."
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A good read.
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Extra sharp cheddar slices smeared with sour cherry jam. Try it sometime.
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Nice writing. :)
Hey what's the name of that Joe Wenderoth poem, it sounds awesome.
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It's interesting to see this particular experience of how anxiety interacts with booze and weed.
I've got pathological anxiety and I handle alcohol very well; it mellows me out, damps down my thoughts a bit. I even came close to self-medicating with it (before I knew that I had an anxiety disorder), downing half a bottle of wine before doing any work on whatever paper I had to write for class.
Marijuana I don't touch and don't intend to. Not only do I find the smell disgusting, I suspect that it may badly affect my mental state. I'm tightly wound, high-strung, full of nervous energy, and I make it work! My worry is that the influence of cannabis could unleash things I keep stored away, aggravate my hypersensitivity to sound and color, or possibly even ratchet my anxiety up into full-blown paranoia.

I do heartily agree, though, that cheese is delicious and eating it is a commendable delight. I second dwightmoodyforgetsthings's suggestion of sharp cheddar with tangy jam. It makes a very nice sandwich on soft whole wheat bread.
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#4 or do as Tim Leary suggested and"Just say Know"
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What people have to say about their recreational chemical use is about as edifying as people telling you about their dreams.
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Mixing weed and tobacco is just dumb.
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It kills my appetite for alcohol, like nothing else, personally. Which is great because when I drink I drink a lot, and I can't even afford to drink a lot, but do anyway when drinking. When I get high, I dash my plans to drink later on because drinking just sounds stupid / very unappetizing when high. So maybe alcoholics should give pot a shot, as something to curb their alcoholism. If it works that could be huge because alcoholism is very tough to fight
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I discovered two things in graduate school:
—the poetry of Marian Tsvetaeva is indeed awesome, especially in the original;
—weed gives me not only cotton mouth, but cotton everything else. I tell mainstream folks I stopped because that was the year I started wearing soft contact lenses, and my eyes became too dry when I got high to wear contacts comfortably. That much is true, but it's not the whole story: cotton mouth, cotton eyes, cotton cunt. And there was no such thing as cherry-flavored Astroglide when I was a Russian graduate student. Something had to go. Haven't used weed since.
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I, too, am interested in the Wenderoth poem. Title and book?
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I was going to comment, but #12 mostly nailed it - mostly. Worse is when you can afford it. Who, working class and age 19, imagines a world where fine booze is essentially free?
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Everyone's chemistry is different—so awesome it worked for you—but I might be careful about recommending weed as an anxiety reducer, as THC can also (and commonly does) act as an anxiety trigger.
So it may still be worth a shot since a panic attack won't kill anyone, and for the destructive drinker, weed is certainly a bit safer, but weed = anxiety reducer? Not exactly.
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The Wenderoth poem is "May 30th, 1997" from Letters to Wendy's. Re-reading it, it's a bit darker than I remembered, though I think you'll see why I was reminded of it in a positive way in that context. ;)
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@17 - Holy shit I love that book.
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I also have high anxiety. I also was prescribed Xanax to cope. I also could outdrank the beefiest men to their surprise. And I also dropped all that to happily embrace weed. It's great. The best medicine honestly. I hated how Xanax made me feel, I love the way that weed makes me happily devour PB&Js and experience wonderful orgasms. I found this article a perfect description of all the pros and cons of each thing involved. Great job! Twas' hilarious. Look forward to reading more from you.