So for some reason, people seem to come to me for advice despite the fact that I’m a world-class fuck-up. When they do, I publish it here. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message on the Facebook page.
Dear Culinary Anarchy,
Should I smoke weed?
First, I need to let my fans know two things, I’ve known this kid since he was 15 and his first night in the Kitchen as a dishwasher, he saw me throw out some local tweeker, since then, he’s made me nothing short of proud with the man he’s becoming. Second, I’m smoking a joint right now.
It’s a loaded question.
I’ve been more or less a daily smoker since I was 13 and, for as much trouble as I’ve gotten into as a result, it’s also quite literally saved my life a few times. That said, it’s not an end all cure all for everything, nor is it for everyone. Just because I need to use it to function doesn’t mean that everyone does.
One thing I won’t recommend is excessive use.
By this I mean, if you need to go take a few hits on your break to clear your head and help you focus, cool, I’ll burn one with you. But if you’re obviously stoned and unable to function, get the fuck out of my Kitchen. Weed only makes lazy people lazy and, if anything, it has the opposite effect on me since it helps to both motivate and keep me focused, otherwise I hate everything and can’t think straight.
It’s better than most anything else.
Growing up in the Bar industry, actually hanging out in bars from the time I was 9 because my family owned a couple, I gained a deep insight into what was cool and what wasn’t at a really early age. What’s funny is that most of my attitudes on this kind of thing have been proven right time and time again with direct experience. Simply put, the stoners were having the most fun while everyone else seemed to be miserable. I knew I didn’t want to be one of the regulars slowing drinking myself to death night after night and that I wasn’t going to mess with the hard stuff at all. I didn’t know what Ayahuasca was but that turned out to be way cooler than I can describe.
It’s really up to you kid.
At the end of the day, it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it. I can’t say don’t smoke weed while I sit here and burn one while writing this and at the same time, I want you to be smart about it and not push the limits. Whatever you do, don’t drive while high, I know where you live and those roads are fucked when they’re clear, I’d be scared to see em in the winter. And don’t get cocky, the fact that you’ve driven them a thousand times means that you’re not paying close attention and one slip can be fatal.
That said, by all means, have fun, it makes movies and music and food and sex and art so much better. It even makes cleaning the house seem like an adventure. When used respectfully it can be a great experience but it’s really up to you and what you decide to do with it.