I asked Rime to share his thoughts on my marijuana experience, and it turns out I’m not alone.
Well, you came damn near close to an ego death of some sort. [Ed: Wouldn’t surprise me at all. I was there.] Your first experience with marijuana is remarkably similar to mine, in that the average idiot really had no way of understanding that someone could have a “bad time” while high. In fact you weren’t high so much as tripping balls. High anxiety, an inability to verbalize, obvious disconnect from reality in the form of hallucinations and general visual abnormalities… you weren’t having a bad time, you just had no idea what you were in for after taking a hit.
I now view marijuana the same way I view LSD, its not something to be trifled with. It’s not for thals to indulge in, at least not in the same way that cro-mags and saps can. Stay away from it unless you’re with people you are highly familiar with and can trust as you will regularly trip when smoking/vaping much the same as I do. One thing you’ll find is that every strain/dose/intake-method will effect you differently.
Comment: Perceptual threshold as anime trope
Sounds like something Whackjob would say.
I must have gotten high a hundred times, I can count on one hand the number of times I enjoyed ingesting marijuana. [Ed: WHY] We’re outliers. Our experience is nothing like the norm. Another drug you may want to consider staying away from is molly/ecstasy. I had the exact opposite experience of everyone else, I was less sociable, anxious, thoroughly unhappy, awkward etc. The come down kick-started a depressive/lethargic episode that lasted for months. To date I’m the only person I have met that has had a bad time on X. I believe this is due to abnormally low dopamine/serotonin levels from a combo of negative affectivity and battling depression.
If you want to talk about drugs/synasthesia/pyschedelics in some depth just ask.
Yeah let’s do that, I’ve been obsessing over the synesthesia thing ever since watching that video about Daniel Tammet over at Koanic’s site.
Ref: Associative horizon is in the frontal lobe: ~80% due to white matter abundance and low latent inhibition. I think it is relatively safe to claim that marijuana lowers one’s latent inhibition in the technical sense. Thus, an aspie who has a rather large white matter network but also high latent inhibition (negative affectivity and deep sockets) could have a one in a million reaction when the inhibition drops and the system is overcharged with dopamine.
It is rather curious that synesthesia and overcharged working memory (non-eidetic) tends to show up in these unusually smart and relatively functional savants, e.g. Ainan Cawley, Nikola Tesla, Daniel Tammet, Dylan Jones. It wouldn’t surprise me if Sidis and von Neumann were also in this group. Synesthesia appears to be a direct consequence of extremely developed white matter networks.
In fact, my most abstract (as in “formal”) moments of genius were conceived in the most dreamlike ways: the Behelit myth, the Eternal High School myth, the fundamental Melon psychology series, and so on. By contrast, splitting makes this sort of dreamy intuitionistic reasoning impossible.
As an interesting aside, I wonder if Starchildren are in this rationally intuitionistic dream state all of the time. Like, when they unconsciously perceive someone as “snakelike” the person actually looks like an anthropomorphic snake to them (and maybe they don’t realize nobody else does this). My memory of being around one feels like having been in the dream of someone who knew how to control their dreams. It makes a weird sort of sense, doesn’t it?