November 7, 2007

Don't Bogart That Joint...

I didn't get good grades in High School. Every other week or so I'd get lectures about "living up to my potential," and dire warnings of a future pumping gas.

Other than my lackluster academic performance, I was a good student; I never missed class, I was on time, I was clean cut, and everything a parent or teach could want in a student.

And that's where I went wrong. According to a Swiss study, I'd have done better as a pot head.

The study did not confirm the hypothesis that those who abstained from
marijuana and tobacco functioned better overall, the authors said.
In fact, those who used only marijuana were "more socially
driven ... significantly more likely to practice sports and they have a
better relationship with their peers" than
abstainers, it said.

"Moreover, even though they are more likely to skip class, they
have the same level of good grades; and although they have a worse
relationship with their parents, they are not more likely to be
depressed" than abstainers, it added.

It seems that instead of making sure I was home by curfew, they should have been sending me out with rolling papers. "Don't come home without bloodshot eyes, young man!"

I guess Hunter S. Thompson was wiser than we thought when he said:
“I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me.”

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  1. As a general rule, abstention is just wrong. Yeah, there's things you ought to avoid like Dengue Fever -- glory holes in strange bars or interstate gas stations, for example. Don't do that. But the usual suspects -- sex and drugs and rock'n'roll -- are actually good for you in reasonable moderation. Sometimes in unreasonable moderation as well.

    Can you tell I'm not a parent?

  2. I just figured you were another Jersey boy like myself. ;-)