Embracing Marijuana: The Cali-Sober

If you haven’t heard of the term “Cali-Sober,” you’ll be in for a rough ride. I once thought that Cali-Sober meant abstaining from all drugs except weed. To my surprise, it has a new meaning. Since California offers some of the best drugs (and worse) in the world, people often refer to their drug of choice as something much more robust because we no longer believe that marijuana is a drug. When I was growing up, I constantly heard about weed being the “gateway” drug.

Now that I’m older, I don’t believe marijuana is a gateway drug. Still, I also agree that it has probably become the gateway for some drug users into much more exotic drugs. In 2024, the use of psilocybin (magic mushrooms) is not such a big deal anymore. Psilocybin is one hell of a drug, and that’s coming from someone who was hooked on Breaking Bad for eight years. Cali is the answer to Where I can get Rhino Pills!

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Recently, a law passed in California where employers can no longer screen for marijuana use. That’s great, in my opinion, but it’s not good enough. I don’t believe in pre-employment drug testing. That’s no one’s business. If a person has a clean criminal record, it should be no one’s business what they put into their body when they are not at work. I don’t feel the same about testing during work-related injuries or incidents.

The first rule of using any drugs is, “Do the drug; don’t let the drug do you.” I believe in responsible drug use. And that could mean that we define what’s responsible by our choices. Suppose you need some Cocaine to get you through the day. Make sure you know what responsibilities you have.

Because I understand tolerance better than people who don’t use drugs, most people who are using drugs are not enjoying it as much as you think. After being hooked, you begin utilizing it because you want to feel normal. Going cold turkey can cause sudden death, especially when we’re talking about legal drugs like pharmaceuticals and alcohol.

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I believe that when you look at the big picture, the drugs that cause the most damage to society are readily available, and access is at the corner of every liquor store in the world. So if you’re a raging alcoholic, it’s pretty dumb of you to show up to work after having a few Long Island’s. Maybe you should stick to smoking pot before work. That would define your Cali-Sober.

For others, to abstain from your primary drug of choice by using marijuana is your “Cali-Sober.” So yes, Cali-Sober has everything to do with the association with smoking weed and abstaining from everything else. But it could also mean not smoking meth or heroin during times when you must be fully present.

There is also another nuance to Cali-Sober. If you’re prescribed certain medications, like Xanax, Adderall, Ketamine, or Opioids, and you don’t smoke weed, that also defines your “Cali Sober.”

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