I've found that since smoking for the first time a year ago, my ability to reason, analyze, and see patterns and trends in the world around me has improved. I've learned more about myself and my surroundings. I really feel that MJ has actually enabled me to better understand my own thought process and to better pick up on social cues around me. I feel like I was a less competent human being before pot, and that I've since had a profound awakening. I don't just mean I feel this when I'm high, but at all times. I feel I could never smoke again and still have GAINED something from the few times I did. You know I've always had an appreciation for nature since childhood but my understanding of art, society, and perhaps even love have skyrocketed. Has weed given anyone else such increased awareness? I used to think weed was a recreational thing but my god, it's done more good for my development as a human being than any college level course I've taken. I wish I'd smoked before college, I would have gotten so much more out of the material offered. :stunned: How can someone smoke weed and still be a racist or a homophobe? Does it just not effect everyone else in the same way? If that's true, I'm so thankful to have stuck with it, through the early "bad trips" which I think in hindsight were really just me getting a good 100X magnified look at my negative mental state at the time, enabling me to change my thought patterns in subtle ways to arrive at a more harmonious existence. Enough of that rant. Who else feels MJ has helped them come a long way?