Drugs Awareness Week: My Negative Experience with Weed

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Colloquial name of drug: Weed

Scientific name of drug: Cannabis/Marijuana

Type of experience: Mixed/Negative

Location: Home

Who I took it with: Friends

My experience:

The first time was okay – only had half an edible, and to be honest it felt sort of like being tipsy, but it wasn’t very exciting.

The second time was not a good experience for me personally. This time I had a whole edible, but then also my friend decided to mix some into hot chocolate. The problem was he hadn’t realised how strong it was and had given me way too much.

At first it was fun, like being tipsy, but then as the effects continued I felt less and less in control of my body, almost like I was having a dream and watching myself, sort of dissociated. I found this extremely frightening because I couldn’t control or stop the feeling. The room also seemed to be smaller, which freaked me out as well. I felt out of control and scared throughout, especially as I was unused to the feeling so I didn’t know what was going on.

Eventually I managed to get to sleep, but it took a while as I felt like I was falling or spinning every time I closed my eyes, and at one point I was convinced I would die if I went to sleep. It was sort of like being drunk, but it felt much more real rather than just dizziness. When I woke up, I felt mostly fine, but I was exhausted emotionally.

Advice to others:

Make sure you know how much you’re taking; go slow. Also, don’t be afraid to say no to your friends if you’re worried about taking too much too soon. I also wish I had known more about what being high actually felt like, rather than just having a vague idea, so I’d encourage people to talk to others in detail about their experiences if that would help them.

Enjoyment ranking: 2/10

What I wish I’d known:

That being high is not like being drunk, and that it’s a much more mental and emotional experience.

Would I take it again?

Maybe, but not for a while, and definitely with more of an idea of how much I was taking.

Another of our contributors had a different negative experience with weed, rooted in paranoia and the illegality.

Type of experience: Negative

Location: Year abroad in Canada

My experience:

I smoked cannabis in Canada on a year abroad and found the lack of illegality impacted my experience massively as I felt way more comfortable and less shamed for doing it. Comparing this to experiences at home, I find myself way more shamed and scared of doing it here in the UK because it is illegal.

However, on a personal level, I felt a bit of personal shame for doing it as it left me pretty out of control, and I blacked out on it a few times which made me a bit anxious about my actions while high.

What I wish I’d known:

I guess think about where you first take it, I did it first on a night out with a big crowd and kinda wished I’d done it at home with friends first to feel a bit safer. 

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