So I was going back and forth in some thread in the Spirituality and Philosophy section with someone who clearly had no clue what they were talking about when it comes to biology, psychology, and evolution. I was pretty civil the entire time, which is somewhat uncharacteristic of me, but as his questions became more and more absurd and uninformed and frankly pulled from his ass, I felt compelled to ask, "Are you high while writing this to me?". I didn't ask this, but I immediately recognized this would open up a whirlwind of debate when such a question would be posed in a way that suggests that the effects of cannabis are somehow detrimental to logical consistency, comprehension, or meaningful knowledge. So as to not hopelessly court controversy in that cesspool of ignorance, I feel compelled to ask here: Is there anyone who seriously thinks the influences of cannabis somehow offer a superior mental state for discerning truth about reality? Because there's just about no evidence for this. Human beings have been consuming it for millennia, at exponentially increasing rates. If it somehow made you smarter or more honest, we'd know by now, I promise. In fact, every time a pothead felt a feeling of euphoria, epiphany, and bliss, and wrote down his thoughts, then came back to it sober only to find that it didn't make any sense, they succeeded in performing a scientific experiment which has been repeated for countless ages. I even assure you that a stoner in China, 6,000 years ago, first performed this experiment on rice paper or some animal's skin with the same results we get today. Cannabis is not a magical plant, so can we all stop pretending it is, at least until this is documented somewhere by a respectable body of knowledge? I enjoy it, I enjoy euphoria, I enjoy sensations of epiphany, I feel everyone should have the right to do whatever they want with their body. I accept it's countless medical applications, but those of us who pretend this substance, or any other substance for that matter(without sufficient, rigorous, scientific evidence), has magical properties, opens your third eye, allows you to travel the astral plane, lets you talk to God, or some other such woo, cannabis culture will continue to be seen as a joke by out-groups. I'm worried as I write this post, because I just glanced at a thread where nearly everyone was claiming cannabis made them study better. If you're one of these people, before replying, please consider the best possible explanation for your experiences. I feel like this is going to be like asking people at a homeopath convention about their experiences with the alternative medicine. Of course it's going to be positive. Of course their perceived experiences are going to color their view of it's effectiveness. What concerns me, however, is what can be demonstrated. Until then, it's just placebo.