If I smoked pot, I might get schizophrenia, like her brother.
My uncle started hearing voices in his early 20’s. The voices found their volume from pot.
As a child, it was pretty easy to imagine how scary it would be to hear voices and see things: it’d be like a nightmare that you never wake from.
So I was easily won over, pot wasn’t something I was going to play with.
But as I got older, pot was harder to avoid especially because I like sweets. Once a neighbour offered me a cookie that I didn’t just inhale, I swallowed! After which, he told me that it was a hash cookie (whoops!).
I met a girl a few weeks later who I’d “apparently” met on that same fateful hash cookie night.
“No, we haven’t met before”, I said (which is something YOU SHOULD NEVER say because if you did meet someone and you don’t remember them, well…).
“Yes, we’ve met”, she replied, “You’re the girl who ate all the dip!”
Any drug that you’re able to bake into cookies and brownies definitely makes it one of the more casual and fun drugs. And lots of people use it as such, casually. Freely. I know plenty of people who prefer smoking pot to alcohol and they’re fine. They love it and they’re not going to develop schizophrenia. And if I had chronic pain, I’d do anything to numb it.
But, for me, the risk has never been worth it. It’s a door I don’t want to open.
The Australian author, Will Elliott, has opened that door. His description of marijuana and schizophrenia had me photocopying his words to send to my Mum:
I was nineteen, freshly dropped out law school, mind already half unhinged, eagerly sucking down yet another lungful of marijuana smoke to the comfortable sound of water burbling in the bong – unaware that the tendrils of curling smoke working their way inside me would turn into whispering demons, chattering away until plain English became meaningless behind their babble.
Will Elliott, Strange Places.
I recently interviewed my Mum about her brother for the very first edition of the Human Geographic magazine. Don’t worry, it’s a story that doesn’t mention drugs. I wrote this because I wanted you to know how he got to that point, where the story begins.
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