An 80+ year old reviews weed

April 3, 2017

stonedOr, as I call it: Senior, Stoned and So Over It

What happens when an 80-something year old woman tries weed for the first time? She’s going to tell you about it below.  Oh, and don’t let her kid you: she ASKED for the edible. I did NOT suggest it. For the record, I think her exact words were “bring me a couple of edibles!”  She’s had quite a year in a lot of different ways and I think she wanted to step out a bit. But I’ll let her give you her version of events, with my notes in orange.

Recently I was gifted with four edibles by a dear friend who thought my life would be better (or more relaxing) with a hit of marijuana (encased in a chocolate shell). She advised me to take only half of one for openers because even though I am in my 80s, and lived on the Monterey Peninsula during the 60’s (a hotbed of drugs, the least of which was grass), I had never experimented with drugs (other than nicotine and wine).

So, one SaturdayI broke one of the edibles in half and chewed and swallowed it. My friend told me it takes about an hour and a half before kicking in. I waited…but nothing in my body or mind changed enough for me to notice. I decided to take a whole one next time.

(Notice that she wanted a “next time.” And a bigger dose.)

The following Saturday, April 1st I at 4:30 PM I chewed and swallowed a whole one.

At 5:15 PM , I started noticing a thick head and a definite distancing from my usual world. This was enough to stress me out since I’ve been sole caretaker of my husband who is recovering from a serious pneumonia siege. “What happens if I freak out?” and “What if my body mimics a stroke, and he calls 911 or, even worse, tries to drive me to ER?” He’s not driving just yet, and he doesn’t know about the pot!

(Oh the tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!)

By 6:00, I noticed numbness in my feet (of all places) and that my mouth was dry. Someone called but I couldn’t talk for the dryness in lips and tongue. Had to pass the phone over to husband (who didn’t notice a thing!)


By 7:00 I was feeling very relaxed, but not sleepy, in fact I couldn’t imagine sleeping ever…I closed my eyes and a panorama of thoughts and strange visuals passed by. I could feel the little electrical sparks that were popping about in my brain. I kept trying to catch great lines or scenes that I might use later, but found that even as I felt I was getting great insights, when they passed, they were gone and I couldn’t recapture them even though it had been only a second. Very frustrating. (It would not have helped to have a pen and pad…it all went by too fast.)

At 8:00 I settled on the couch to watch The Thin Man, KQED’s movie of the week. Now I think that most 30’s-40’s movies are melodramatic or silly–one or the other. And Nick and Nora are the silliest. But thanks to pot, I found myself smiling indulgently and even emitting an occasional laugh. I could see why they still had an audience, they were most amusing.

(This is the point at which I can’t stop smiling, myself. She is most amusing! and even more so, stoned.)

By 9:00 the pot started to wear off and I returned to thinking N & N were silly and not worth my time.

At 10:00 I felt the edible was gone and I went to bed. Perhaps I slept better than usual? Or had more interesting dreams?
Can’t say, since I usually sleep well and always have interesting dreams.

End of Experiment: I never lost the full awareness of myself and was never in danger of that. The evening was interesting and I’m grateful to my friend for providing the seeds (no pun intended) for this new experience.
I think my stressing out about what might happen kept me from fully enjoying the experience. Plus I think it might help to be with others who were also indulging. (not my husband!)

(Notice that she hinted for a companion to join her next time.)

But I don’t think I need to try it again, and will probably stick to wine to get high.

(Notice that she said “probably.”)

I have nothing to add except that I love this friend without exception for so many reasons and her sense of adventure at 80+ is only one of them.


37 comments on “An 80+ year old reviews weed
  1. Robin rue says:

    I think edibles are the best way to go with something like this. Her story was pretty funny.

  2. Barbara says:

    This is how I want to be as I grow older. Fun story!

  3. What a great outlook on life! She claims this was her “first time” to try weed, and she was a young woman in California during the 60’s????? Maybe she meant it was her first time to try it in edible form. ha-ha This is how I want to be in my 90th decade of life . . . willing to try something new and happy to go with the experience, wherever it leads. Great story.

  4. Jennifer says:

    I love this! So great to still be adventurous at 80+ and exactly how I want to be.

  5. Thanks so much for sharing this story Carol, although I would NEVER recommend edibles to anyone, after I had one very BAD experience with them a few years ago. I have encouraged my parents to try the volcano (no smoke) but they refused.MJ is definitely my drug of choice. I have never enjoyed the effects of alcohol. No depressants for me!

  6. Wahoo I want to 80 and reviewing my experience with weed. It feels like Grace and Frankie come to life.

  7. OH MY GOODNESS! This post is hilarious! It seems as though she really enjoyed herself!

  8. Hi Carol! Good for your friend for at least trying it. I think many of us can learn to appreciate the benefits of edibles if and when the time comes. There is so–o-o much evidence that pot is better for us than alcohol as we age…and don’t even get me started on prescribed pain pills. If a person is in pain, has trouble sleeping, or just wants to relax, they owe it to themselves to try. ~Kathy

  9. This is amazing. Thank you for the perpsective. I love getting inside the mind of different generations and this is absolutely perfect!

  10. Sapana V says:

    Experiments are necessary to experience life completely. Yeah, I glad that you haven’t lost the complete senses.

  11. Michele says:

    Oh it actually sounds horrible! HAHA I am almost 50 and have never touched weed….I don’t think I will.

  12. Ronnie says:

    Interesting review. 🙂 I liked the transition of this journal-like experiment. I myself haven’t tried edibles and I’d like to see where it takes me as well.

  13. This was such a great post LOL I never even thought of an 80-year-old woman USING weed, much less REVIEWING her use of it LOL

  14. Loved this, Carol! Her account of her experience (and asides about her husband) were hysterical. Your commentary was the icing on the cake (edible?).

  15. Lauren says:

    Not my cup of tea, but was interesting to read Reminded me of Grace and Frankie lol.

  16. Amber Myers says:

    Ha, how interesting. I’ve never tried weed before and I’m not sure if I ever would!

  17. Its never too late to try something and this woman is so out there. She reminds me of Baddy Winkle, I love it!

  18. Okay, that is awesome! I love that she was so adventurous at that age!

  19. This was awesome. I love that she even tried it, some people of that age group are so set in their ways they won’t try anything different. Sounds like she might want to try it again though lol

  20. This must have been an interesting weed experiment. 🙂 Very nice. I can only imagine what it would be like to try it for the first time at that age.

  21. This made me laugh. I’ve never experimented with any drugs before either (aside from wine, much like your friend), so I can totally relate to being a little afraid of what might happen if I let loose. I suppose one day I’ll find out, but it’s still illegal here so I’m minding my p’s and q’s.

  22. Crystal says:

    Such a fun story to read. I’ve never tried weed before.

  23. Erin says:

    HAHA This is hilarious (altho I don’t ever condone the use of drugs to those it isn’t prescribed). I loved the part where she couldn’t talk because of cotton mouth and so she handed the phone over and her hubs was still clueless. That’s SO true!

  24. michelle says:

    This is awesome!

  25. Elizabeth O. says:

    I think this is quite interesting and fun to read. I can only imagine what she was like! I’m pretty sure she’s up for another round though, but maybe it’s best to have someone do it with her.

  26. Rena says:

    You were totally right! I couldn’t have missed this one for sure! Hilarious, I hope when she decides to imbibe again she will have you along to take notes!

  27. Shirley says:

    I like the story, it is quite good.She really enjoy herself.

  28. Kelly Reci says:

    very interesting story! i want to be funny as her! i love reading her story!

  29. Julie Syl says:

    Not a cup of my tea, but I think this is interesting and fun to read! I’ve never thought that it would be a funny experience for an 80 year old.

  30. She’ll probably like it more when mixed with brownies. 😀

  31. It seems she enjoyed the edibles.She is so strong on her 80s to do such experiment!This post was arousing my curiosity at first.I really enjoyed reading it.Different experience and a story for me. 🙂

  32. Amazing! Surely she had lots of fun. We can only thank you for sharing this story with us! We’ll always be watching to see what else comes around. These contents shine.

  33. I am not an advocate but this was a cute read. Maybe when I am 80 I will give it a try.

  34. blair villanueva says:

    This is the funniest story i’ve read this morning and you rock! Now, kids won’t try to make up stories about it coz you’ve tried it 🙂

  35. Claire says:

    Hahahaha why do I feel like im looking in the mirror. You were meant to festers but you were semi stressed at the same time. But your never to old to try anything and you gave it a go and had an experience to know what works for you and doesn’t . It’s not my thing really but wine is my go to. Maybe have a couple more extra glasses to get you to even relax more

  36. How funny! I’m glad she had a good/relaxing time!

  37. Hayden says:

    This is hilarious. Thanks for sharing!

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