That's really dangerous advice. Most people could probably give a bit of this and a bit of that a try without any problems but some people can get into a real mess "trying" drugs before making a decision. There's a lot of talk these days about having an "addictive personality" - which may or may not be a constructive way of describing it - and that sort of person, with poor impulse control or whatever else the issue may be, would be a lot better off staying well clear.
I didn't really mean it as advice, I was just expressing my own way of thinking (using the universal "you"). Like you said, it may not work for everyone, but for me I feel like it has made me a more experienced and open-minded person. I would never actually ask someone to try something they weren't comfortable with trying - however I would lose respect for someone for making judgements about something or someone without personal experience (the same way I lose respect for someone who bases his/her belief system on faith). Having said that, I think it's also dangerous to go through your entire life without ever trying to change your perspective. It's very easy to get stuck in a particular way of thinking, and sometimes violently shifting that for a short period of time forces you address personal problems that you may normally have hidden or ignored. Of course there are other ways of changing your perspective (travel, meditation), but marijuana does it in a unique way that in my opinion has it's own value.
Keep in mind when I say "drugs" I'm referring primarily to marijuana, and in some cases mushrooms (I have never done mushrooms though). It's pretty obvious which drugs are dangerous (meth, herione, cocain, addictive prescription drugs, etc, the list goes on) and which are natural, and of course I always thoroughly research anything I plan on trying, get it from a trustworthy source, and be around people I trust when I try it.
You don't have to drop a brick on your foot to know you won't like it.
I'm not trying to be belligerent, but that is a bad analogy. Drugs are all wildly different - our own brain runs on a soup of different drugs. It is naive and ignorant to classify every drug as harmful, which is what that analogy does. Do you decide whether or not you like exotic food simply by watching someone else eat it? In some cases, sure - if the person chokes and dies, it's easy to make that decision. There are drugs that are extremely dangerous and it's easy to tell which ones are. Just watch TLC for a little while and you can find out really quick which drugs are harmful. But in a less extreme example, if the person tries the food and just doesn't like it, you have a choice. You can either make a judgement based on that person's claim and be a less experienced person for it, or you can try it yourself and make a judgement based on your own experience. Who knows, you may actually like it. I'm not advocating stupidity - but I think this outlook should at least make sense
to anyone who respects the scientific method, which tells us to make judgements based on our own observations/experiences rather than the claims of others.
Perhaps they've experienced just enough to decide that life as is is more enjoyable when it's not "enhanced" artificially. Perhaps they have legitimate medical reasons not to.
I'm not sure you read my whole post. I wholeheartedly support both of those reasons - like I said, I think it's important to try
things. If someone tries it and doesn't like it, all the power to them - I have a lot of respect for that. And why would I tell somebody to try something which would hurt them because of a medical condition? You are arguing against things I never said.
Besides, like any holiday 4/20 is just a scam to make more money by tricking people into smoking more. Apparently over 50% of yearly profits for the industry are made this month.
I agree with this - I've never participated in 4/20 and it doesn't particularily interest me.