Does Weed turn you into a Conspiracy Theorist?

// August 9, 2017

It is easier to fool someone than to convince him he is being fooled.

I asked my relatively rational, well-rounded friend what he thinks weed does for the average consumer and he replied, “it makes them question authority.” He wasn’t just referring to the “fuck the police” attitude that stoners and non-stoners alike may resonate with at some point in their lives; he was describing the full-on, recursive, reality-and-knowledge-questioning, philosophical frame of mind that weed is notorious for inducing. In 2017, questioning the dominant narrative for anything and everything seems the norm. But this was not always the case. Before the precarious, entropic atmosphere of late capitalism shook us to our core, faith and trust in authority felt organic. There was no giant conspiracy called “the system” before the internet disclosed private information to public minds.

So the question remains, does weed turn you into a conspiracy theorist?” Did one too many tokes send you into a paranoid daze, devoid of any concrete entity that the fear and anxiety of being “controlled” can be attributed to? Weed doesn’t turn anybody into anything; you are a multitude of subpersonalities all disintegrated and operating opportunistically. Weed may bring forth a more analytical or critical frame of mind, but I presume it will not transform you into a full-on David Icke disciple anytime soon. We should be more discerning when it comes to trusting the mainstream historical, ideological, political and spiritual narrative. This is true. Small doses of paranoia can actually be productive. They can lift you out of a narrow, limited perception in order to cast you into the plane of acute and complete uncertainty, leaving you and your sophisticated, incise mind to sort through the fragments of truth and untruth strewn across the internet and populating literature.

Weed opens you up to the possibility that perhaps people are being manipulated as a result of a few individuals (big banksters, politicians, corporate CEO’s) creating useful fictions to instruct the public and consolidate objective power to shape reality. I know what you’re thinking: wow the person writing this must smoke a lot of weed and be a huge conspiracy theorist… and you’re right. I would argue, however, that someone like Friedrich Nietzsche was also a conspiracy theorist, with his distrust of traditional philosophy, recognition that truths are derived in service to a Will to Power, and dissatisfaction with typical definitions of good and evil.