“Why make a category for everything? The world lives on the brink of destruction, people are as apathetic as ever, and chronological whimsical forms of the structure are the things that are keeping us down. Fuck the system, Fuck the structure, and BY GOD here at Stoner Schematics we say FUCK Categories (…sometimes).”
In the short film below called, “A Stoner’s Life” by Brett Froomer in 2011, a 98-year-old man says he has been smoking weed since 1936. In fact, he titles himself the “oldest pot smoker in America.” Am I surprised to see another old person who smokes marijuana habitually? No. Even Tommy Chong at the ripe old age of 75 continues to thrive despite his diagnosis of prostate cancer in 2012, which he addressed with an effective hemp oil treatment. If all of those archaic smear campaigns had any validity, he would have croaked long ago. Cannabis is good for arthritis, it keeps the mood light, and it rejuvenates mundane experiences. Trust me, if I make it to the age of 98, I am going to need a bowl to put up with life’s monotony. However, there are a few downsides for septuagenarians and above, as marijuana tends to increase heart rate and blood pressure, making some seniors susceptible to heart attacks. Before Jack Herer’s death in 2010 at the age of 70, he experienced multiple heart attacks, and one cannot dismiss the fact that marijuana might have been related in his heart complications. Although, people are multifarious beings, so there could have been a number of heterogeneous factors at play in his situation. In addition, the pharmaceutical industry corrals older people with piles of prescriptions, so the effect of marijuana on those drugs could be drawn into question as well. Personally, I find daily pill regimens to be abhorred, but we sadly live in a society that frowns upon natural holistic remedies and healthy living habits.
After taking a long draw from the bowl, he says, “When I smoke weed man, I take off.” It is weird though, because I have heard many stories that older smokers are intensely affected by the inhalation of marijuana. Maybe their lungs are weaker to the pungent and strong properties of smoke, or perhaps the increased levels of THC due to aggressive breeding are to blame, but I do not think it is an anomaly. It would be paradise if I could get blasted from one hit of a bowl. While he found himself to be “one of the best driver’s when [he is] stoned,” his wife cleared up some of his delusions of grandeur in a very endearing manner by calling him a “lousy driver.” She constantly bears witness to her husband’s freight train smoking all around the house, except for “when he is in the shower,” though bathtubs and toilets are free game for a sesh. Although she sounds a little irked by his activities at first, she does end the interview by saying this quote, in reference to a joint she holds precariously between her fingers:
“Now this, I can take it or I can leave it. I am better off when I take it, besides that I get on the same level he is on and then we really click I can understand what he is saying, and he almost understands what I say.”
In summation, we are not yet completely sure of the long-term effects of smoking marijuana on a regular basis, but it seems there are a wealth of people who make it to the higher echelons of ages without debilitating symptoms. Moreover, if anything it seems smoking marijuana is conducive to long-standing relationships and marriages. I mean look at this 98-year-old man and his wife, who have been toking it up for years as a way to understand one another. Why fight, when we could be smoking weed together? If you do not already participate together, quickly turn to your significant other and ask, as the old man does at the end of the short film, “Do you want to smoke?”