420 Friendly Playlist
Playlists |  Source: @cheech3 (edited)

420 Friendly Playlist

Blaze one!

Now that universal reefer day is here, it is important to find quintessential tracks to match the vibe of the herb you're smoking. Look no further.

The 4/20 Friendly Playlist has a mix of various genres from rock, R&B, hip hop, pop, and reggae to help you lay in ecstasy as you elevate. Not every track mentions herb, but the tunes are meant to match that feel good haze you're about to be in.

Enjoy a soundtrack to your high. Put a plastic bag and a hanger over your smoke detector and blaze one!

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Perfect Things to Do When You're High

May or may not involve food.

Chances are, while you're in college someone is going offer you a puff of marijuana. If no one offers this to you, you're probably not hanging out with the right people.

I'm kidding. Be a good friend to your buddies whether they smoke weed or not. Trust me, it's easy to get away from your sense of self when you get to college, and being a good friend is really important.

Anyway, you can be a good friend to your non-stoner friends and still befriend stoners. What will you and your stoner friends do once you're high? Read on to find out.

Don't eat at all. (Just kidding, go to the dining hall immediately.)
Seriously. Go to your dining hall. We're talking about the unlimited supply of already-paid-for, buffet-style food.

What could be better for a high college student than rows and rows of pizza, prepared hot meals, soups, sandwiches, and French fries? Nothing. The answer is nothing.

Roll in with your crew of high friends, grab a huge, round table, and have at it.

Warning: you may experience anxiety when exposed to so many non-high people, like for instance the person you hooked up with last weekend who keeps trying to force eye contact from across the room.

Just remember that you don't look out of the ordinary; you're experiencing time much slower than everyone else, and no one is judging you. They're too busy worrying whether you're judging them.

Play with puppies.
Quick, hit up your friend who has a puppy/dog/whatever and see if they will let you play with their dog. There is literally nothing more fun than playing with a puppy while high. Their cuteness, playfulness, and puppy-ness is magnified. Once you get your hands on that little ball of fur, your mood will soar. Nothing can make a high college student happier than puppies - not even the dining hall.

Go to the movies.
Preferably, a 3D IMAX movie. Nothing can make the plot of a movie pop like some marijuana. Even if you're too high, all you have to do while you're in a movie is sit there and not talk. It's the perfect activity.

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When A Chronic Weed Smoker Puts Down the Bong

It's no longer about getting by, it's about trying to take on the whole world and succeed.

Most of us either smoke, have smoked, or know someone who smokes marijuana. With the push for marijuana legalization, it seems like the general sentiment is weed isn't as bad as we all thought. Plus, no one has ever died from smoking weed. Sure, there are still some dangers to smoking, but there are also a lot of dangers associated with binge drinking (which as college students, we all do a lot of), but it's not talked about by the media nearly as much as pot.

I'm young and I'm in college. Now is the time to get my degree and have some good ol' fun in the process. Weed is fun af, but what happens when occasional use turns to chronic abuse? When an occasional blunt with a group of friends turns to smoking multiple times a day? And what happens when you try to stop this type of abuse?
Here's my story.
We've all heard of the functional stoner. The one who is always high, yet manages to get all of their work done, and live a good life. This was me. And yeah there really isn't too much wrong with living this life. If it's not broken, don't fix it, amiright?
But I found myself wanting more from life. I found being stoned out of my mind listening to music while on the couch all day wasn't the answer to achieving my life goals.
So I decided to take a break from smoking. And let me tell you, it was hard.
First off, weed is psychologically addictive. So if you smoke every day, then quit suddenly, you literally crave weed. This can lead to withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, weird eating and sleeping habits, irritability, and mood swings.
The first few days I found myself nervously sitting around trying to think of how to spend my time now that it wasn't occupied by smoking. The first few days are a total and complete bitch. But it does get better.
After about a week, I noticed I stopped thinking about smoking as much. Many of the weird physical withdrawal symptoms were gone. I still felt a little weird when all my friends were sitting around smoking. But, I started to find power in the word no. Being asked if I wanted to hit the blunt and politely responding no made me feel good.
And as time passed I noticed improvements in my short and long term memories. My daily energy level improved. I didn't have a nasty cough all the time. My mood became a lot more stable and positive. It all seemed worth it.
Being off weed for a while is like starting a whole new life. With my head out of the 420blazeit cloud, I see life so much clearer. I'm organized. I'm more productive. I have a lot more money now that it isn't all being blown on weed.
Being a functional stoner was cool. I could be high and have fun, and still get my stuff done. But now, in my new clear-headed state, it's no longer about getting by. It's about trying to take on the whole world and succeed. I finally feel like I'm moving toward my goals in life.
The point is this: I'm not trying to bash weed. But I just want you to know what life can be like if you put the bong down. The occasional joint with friends is always fun. Every now and again, I'll say yes to it after a long productive day. But one thing I've learned from my past chronic and dependent use is that being high all the time was no way for me to live my life as I start to really become an adult.
Weed is tight. Weed is great... in moderation.
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(Not) Going Through A Middle School Phase Playlist

It's who I am, mom!

We all had the skate shoes, the embarrassing MySpace pictures, and every argument with our parents seemed like the end of the world. For some reason, when times got tough (i.e. your parents didn't let you go to the local Catholic school Friday night dance) we turned to some really heavy punk pop and rock to soothe our angsty little souls.

This is a playlist for those nights, but also for when you get in that occasional angry mood and become a little nostalgic about how much you used to overreact.

Obviously, there are staple bands like blink-182, Fall Out Boy, and Green Day, but more importantly, there are tons of bands you might have let slip through the cracks as you grew up. Included are AFI, Cute Is What We Aim For, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and plenty others for your dark filled night!

Grab a Monster energy drink, turn it up as loud as you can, and let the tears fall!

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The "I'm Not Crying, You're Crying" Playlist

There's just something in my eye.

Some songs are just... sad. Straight up sad. So sad that you might tear up while listening to them. That's what this playlist is about: the sad songs that evoke strong feelings of sadness within the listener, to the point that they might just cry.

This playlist is full of songs that will make you want to cry. Give the lyrics a listen, sometimes they are the saddest part of a song. This playlist is perfect for days when you're already upset and want to lament a little bit longer, or when you just want to listen to some sad songs for any reason.

There are also some elegant instrumental songs that will make you want to weep.

Go ahead, plug in your earbuds and give this playlist a listen. It just might make you tear up a little.

An honorable mention that didn't make this list is "13 Horses" by Alexander Rybak, which unfortunately isn't on Spotify, but is honestly one of the saddest songs ever. Give it a listen too, if you want to send yourself on a feels trip.

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7 High-deas You Have About People

Come to Jesus moments brought to you by your bong.

I have smoked a good amount of weed in my day. Most of it was a great time, but occasionally it was horrifying. Like anything in life, you win some, you lose some.

One of the things about marijuana that always amazes me is its ability to help me see clearly. It feels quite trite to say though. We all know that stoner who proselytizes, "the herb frees your soul, man!"

Or the pothead who does absolutely nothing and justifies it by trying to argue that he can actually see the world more clearly and we just don't get it. Oh, and to that I respond, just because you're enlightened, you shouldn't sit in own your Cheetos dust for two days straight (in the common area of shared apartment) without showering or changing your clothes... I may be a little bitter about something.

Either way, I have been lucky enough to feel like marijuana can help me have enlightened realizations. At times, it is the drug's ability to help me focus on subtle idiosyncrasies of myself and those around me because I'm usually too aloof to notice.

In other ways, pot rewired something in my head to help me realize ideas I've either been repressing or unsure how to get to.

Most of these stoned "come to Jesus" moments revolve around people: my friends, love interests, or myself. From talking to my fellow smokers, I know this a thing. And these are the high-deas we all have about people like our friends, love interests, and ourselves.

1. I shouldn't spend time with you anymore.
You realize your relationship with someone, a friend or love interest, is not right for you now (or never has been or never will be). Maybe it's the person, the situation, or you, but you suddenly see that it's anywhere from not good to toxic. It could mean a gentle parting of ways, a ghosting, or a break up, but either way, the marijuana helped you see it's the right thing to do.

2. I don't like you like I thought I did.
Perhaps the dynamic between the two of you is off. On the other hand, you might just have been slapped in the face with what kind of person he or she actually is. Maybe he's the type that claps when a plane lands or she is rude to waiters or they are someone who never listens. A deal breaker just suddenly materializes, and you know you don't really like them. These are scary, but important realizations.

3. This person is my spirit animal.
These are much happier than number two. It could be a person you know is your best friend or just a friend or a love interest, but when you are high, your altered state of mind unexpectedly relays or emphasizes that this is your fucking person. They are special, not just in general (although this is probably true), but special to you. And you couldn't be happier that the stars and bongs aligned to land you next to each other watching Cheech and Chong.

4. Did we just become best friends? YUP.
Someone you just met or knew but didn't really know suddenly emerges as a ray of fucking light (and it's not the lighter, it's the metaphoric halo around their head). You suddenly realize you are on the same wavelength as this person and it feels beautiful.

5. I'm the worst.
If you haven't had a high experience where you completely shit on every aspect of your being, you haven't smoked enough weed. I'm not saying it's good, but it is inevitable. A common theme is that I'm wasting my potential or not being the best or most real version of myself.

6. Is there something wrong with me and everyone knows except me?
One time when I was high, I convinced myself I had autism and that everyone knew, but didn't tell me because they felt bad. I woke up the next day with a note on my phone that said, "You're on the spectrum. It's OK though." When I told my friend, she said that she had had the same experience. I kept realizing that many people have a similar realization. While maybe some of you do have this self-diagnosed issue, you probably don't. You are just realizing insecurities.

7. But am I the next Neil deGrasse Tyson?
Something, anything, sparks an unprompted formation of knowledge. Sometimes it's unbelievably complex, but sometimes it's so simple it seems crazy that you never saw it in the first place. These high thoughts can indeed sometimes be groundbreaking. I know because I keep a high journal. And then other times, it doesn't seem that special. Or at least your recollection of the realization seems insignificant. Like the time I realized allergies was your body rejecting something. Yeah, but like, did anyone ever contest that?