Starting out young as a kid I had always spent lots of time outdoors playing sports and visiting our cabin up north without many electronics. Thinking back, I didn’t always enjoy it and complained a lot about the lack of entertainment. This wasn’t to say I didn’t gain any happiness from exploring and being outside it just wasn’t as beautiful and important as I see it now. I did not smoke weed that young and purposely avoided it until the age of 16.
Once I realized how it enhances pretty much all the senses and that it makes things enjoyable, I found myself running on the cross country team and walking/hiking for recreation on my free time. The outdoors seemed connected and alive and just more beautiful. Even when I wasn’t under the influence, the experience and appreciation for nature stayed in the forefront of my mind. Outside when the weather permitted, became my preferred place to smoke. It brought peace when combined with the high which made it very stress relieving. I also wouldn’t have to worry about parents or people who would react negatively to the use of it.
Cannabis is considered a mild psychedelic even though it doesn’t feel that way. This does make sense to me because psychedelics are known to bring the user to a deeper connection to nature among other things. Even though there are no hallucinations or out of body experiences with weed, there is something that makes me love being in nature. There could be an activity involved or not, it will be just as enjoyable for me. Especially when there is such little regard for the environment in this world when compared to profits, it makes me appreciate what is left that much more. Weed really helped me slow down and take in the world instead of just focusing on whatever priorities or problems I’m facing.