Here at MarijuanaBreak we talk a lot about all of the fantastic things that weed can do for your life. However, given the general health and therapeutic-related focus of the site, it seems that 99% of the time we’re focusing on strictly the medical side of things, with little time left over to delve into other aspects of the cannabis lifestyle.
While there’s nothing at all wrong with this (our health is, after all, the most important thing), it does feel nice to change things up every once and awhile – even if it’s just a quick change of gears.
In this article, we talk about something weed-related that’s not considered all that often. That is, does smoking pot make you a better person? It might seem a strange and somewhat vague question to ask, given the fact that the term “better person” is very subjective and can be defined in any number of ways.
However, when you break down the typical effects of weed on the overall human psyche, it’s pretty clear that it does indeed tend to impact our lives for the better. Here are 7 undeniable ways that smoking pot makes you a better person:
1. Helps bring out your creative side
Now granted, being creative in itself (or digging out your creative side from that little hibernative shell) by no means makes you an inherently “good” person. In fact, I would be willing to bet my bottom dollar there are plenty of “not so friendly” folks out there who are plenty on the creative side.
That being said, some people might choose to define a “good” person as someone who is true to everything natural about themselves – and this includes embracing your creative qualities, which each and every one of us has to some degree.
Moreover, not only has exercising creativity shown to lower stress levels and increase overall mood, it is also actually believed to be a key factor in maintaining a sharp, healthy mind and decreasing the risk of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. And of course, creativity can encompass any number of activities; from painting, writing, and photography to acting or playing a musical instrument, smoking pot has a tendency to unearth creative bones in our body that we never knew we had.
2. Can (potentially) make you more productive
This one admittedly is not applicable to all people, as weed has tended to make sleepy couch potatoes out of even the best of us at some point or another. Myself, for example, unless I smoke a particularly mild strain or one that has a pretty high CBD to THC ratio, there’s a good chance I’m going to end up sawing lumber sooner rather than later.
That being said, few people understand or realize that there are vast differences in the varieties of cannabis flower out there, each with their own distinct effects on the human body. While lower quality pot is indeed known to kind of put you in a lethargic haze, finding one that is rich in energy-inducing terpenes (i.e. pinene) and flavonoids can make all the difference in the world in terms of your day-to-day energy levels.
In fact, I literally have known people that gave up their morning coffee in place of high-THC marijuana strains, just because of the mental boost that it gave them. How much energy a quality marijuana strain gives you will largely come down to your genetic makeup, but one thing’s for certain – there are millions of incredibly productive people out there who attribute their productivity and work habits because of marijuana, rather than in spite of it.
3. Can make you more sociable
This is another one that can be kind of hit or miss; while weed can make some people the friendliest, happiest, most outgoing people on the planet, it can also turn others into veritable hermits who have no intention of speaking – or socializing – with another human being ever again.
Those of you who do become more sociable after a quality cannabis session, though, know first-hand how the herb can “miraculously” ease social anxieties and conversation skills — sometimes to the point where you might be mistake for a real-life Ron Burgundy!
In all seriousness, though, there are many people out there who use pot every single day to overcome their fears, become more conversational, and adapt their natural tendencies to feel more comfortable in social settings. Just another one of the myriad ways in which cannabis can make you a better person.
4. Heightened self-awareness
Increased self-awareness is one of the most mysteriously profound effects of smoking pot; anyone who knows the feeling will know that it is largely inexplicable, yet at the same time makes you feel like you have an everlasting connection with yourself, and everything around you.
And if having an intimate understanding of your very being – i.e. what matters most to you, what doesn’t matter, what you feel you were put on this earth to do – doesn’t make you a better person, than I don’t know what does.
5. Deeper understanding of the world around you
This one kind of ties into the previous one of obtaining a heightened sense of self-awareness, but developing a deeper understanding of your surroundings goes even deeper than that as it pertains to not only yourself, but the world around you and all of its living inhabitants.
Have you ever been in total awe of life and nature while high? I don’t know about you, but it provides something inexplicable that ties us to the living earth in a way that I don’t believe would be possible without the mind-altering effects of marijuana. A lot of people believe that weed was put on the earth to help connect us to nature, and while many will say this notion is kind of corny or adopts a sort of stereotypical “hippy” mentality, there definitely seems to be some truth to it.
Whatever the case, there is no argument that understanding and feeling more connected to the world around does NOT make you a better person. It feels you with a love, admiration, and respect for all of the beautiful things on the earth, and that in itself undoubtedly makes you a better person.
6. Helps you relax and become more passive
Well, we saved the best one for last; the single most obvious reason why smoking weed makes you a better person is the sheer fact that it makes you passive. Very, very rarely has anything good ever come out of the hateful, vengeful acts that are instigated by anger and spite, and it’s common knowledge that smoking pot helps to flush all of these feelings down the proverbial drain.
I mean think about it – have you ever known anyone (or even heard of anyone, for that matter) who’s gone on a violent rampage while being super duper stoned? I mean granted you could probably find plenty of stories out there of people who have committed serious crimes while under the influence of weed, but I don’t know if there’s a single one where weed has been the only drug at play. When people combine pot with alcohol or other drugs the potential is there for things to get a little haywire, but we all know that when we keep our mind-altering consumption to 100% ganja, we by and large experience nothing but positivity.
Final Thoughts on Whether Smoking Weed Makes You a Better Person
Well, there you have it – the 7 top reasons why smoking pot makes you a better person! Of course, an article of this nature will always be slightly subjective and open to debate, but there’s no denying the fact that weed commonly galvanized many of the above feelings and emotions, and if more of the world were occupied by these feelings instead of the feelings of hate, stress, and anger which occupy so many of our lives, the world would certainly be a better place.