As you probably already know, weed is consumed both recreationally and medicinally across the world. It has been used by artists, musicians, and even by some of the world’s top
stoners thinkers throughout history. From Washington to Obama, Picasso to Cyrus, it could be said to be involved in some of the most important historical decisions and a contributing force to driving the overall cultural landscape.
No matter its intended effect, though, cannabis makes an impact on brain function — slowing down the communication between brain cells and making people who smoke it feel just a little more relaxed. This could *potentially* allow more profound thoughts to have a place to marinate and come through, or just end up finding the most random shit really funny.
So in honor of 4/20 and with our overall self-chill interests at hand, we gathered our favorite stoners’ thoughts about life and analyzed them for your reading pleasure. What can we learn from their altered states? Do they have any wisdom to share?
Let’s dive in and find out.
Snoop Dogg, IRL
“If the ride is more fly, then you must buy.”
Analysis: We’ll kick it off with the godfather himself, as Snoop D.O. Double G knows what it’s like to live the good life. While the rest of us might not be able to buy the fly ride, we can remember to treat ourselves often in ways that our piggybanks allow. Money can’t buy happiness, but sometimes, it does.
The Dude, The Big Lebowski
“Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.”
Analysis: Confrontation is a part of life, and it’s not easy. How we deal with these moments can have ripple effects on our own internal well-being. The Dude is doing a great job here of creating a level playing field to have a constructive conversation… we could all take notes.
Anna Faris, Smiley Face
“When I get home, I’m going to frame a bunch of stuff I love… like lasagna. I love lasagna.”
Analysis: Gratitude. Always, in all ways [Trademark Ryan Serhant]… even for lasagna.
Jeff Spicoli, Fast Times at Ridgemont High
“All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine.”
Analysis: What brings you to your happy place? And what is the easiest way to get there? In this modern world we can create a lot of perceived needs, but figuring out what your real necessities are at a baseline level will simplify things greatly. Spicoli knows what he needs, do you?
Kitty, That ’70s Show (that one time she got high by mistake).
“Anyone else feels like a rainbow?”
Analysis: Mindfulness is a wonderful technique. Keeping an awareness of your internal state can ground you to the present moment and if you feel like a rainbow like Kitty here, that’s fucking epic.
Willie Nelson, IRL and all the time.
“Ninety-nine percent of the world’s lovers are not with their first choice. That’s what makes the jukebox play.”
Analysis: Willie is getting deep and really feeling some downer effects. What we can take from Willie here is that in any situation, you might not get exactly what you want. Life moves as it ebbs and flows and dealing with disappointment is an important skill set. Also, music can be wonderfully therapeutic. Thanks, Willie.
Bridget Fonda as Melanie, Jackie Brown
Ordell: “You know you smoke too much of that shit, that shit gonna rob you of your own ambition.” Melanie: “Not if your ambition is to get high and watch TV…”
Analysis: There’s a lot of pressure in the world to succeed and climb the ladder of accomplishment. To each their own Melanie would say, society is just a construct anyway, right? Or maybe we’re just living in a computer simulation? Okay, getting sidetracked here…Either way, find your own route to fulfillment — if that’s getting high and watching TV, we can’t say grandma would agree, but she’s not here to judge.
“Just live your life.”
Analysis: Leave it to @badgalriri to tell it like it is. Don’t sweat the small stuff; live each day like it’s your last. You can basically choose from any number of grab bag clichés trying to tell you to stop giving so many f*cks. It’s healthy for you apparently.
Ilana Glazer, Broad City
“I love me some dumplings. It’s like a squirrel’s clutch with a meatball in it.”
Analysis: We’re bombarded with information, overstimulated and addicted to our devices; our brains are constantly in overdrive. Sometimes you just need to let your melon wander. Ilana’s here to get us started, and yea… dumplings really are like a squirrel’s clutch with a meatball in it — she’s not wrong there.
Slater, Dazed & Confused
“George Washington was in a cult, and the cult was into aliens, man.”
Analysis: Weed can also make you super paranoid. Just remember that.
Feature image via Madison Terry