You never forget your first time – your first time getting high, that is.
In honor of VIBE’s Weed Week, we asked a few smokers to (try and) recall losing their virginities to pot. From stories of high school paranoia, to exaggerated experiences at the mall, to early days of selling weed to friends, we’ve compiled a few stories that range from hilarious to just plain embarrassing.
“The first time I got high I was 13 or 14 and it was on 4/20. And I had fought everybody forever. I went to an art school in Oakland everybody was already smoking weed and doing their little hippie-art thing, and they were just like ‘Yo it’s 4/20 bro, you have to smoke.’
So I’m on this rooftop of a parking stretcher in the middle of Downtown Oakland with all my friends. In the cut, it’s like hot boxing an elevator. I was so paranoid, I went back to class like ‘Yo this is what weed is, this is fucking terrible like make it stop.’ And then I ended up becoming the pothead that I am today.”
Jason Barrett (CEO of QuickDraw Vaporizers):
“What I recall was buying something for the first time, and I was told it was Purple Haze. And it really was very purple, and it was kind of amazing. I bought it for like 60 dollars, and I couldn’t believe I invested in it. I brought it home, and the next morning, I had to take it back to the guy I bought it from. I was like ‘Here, you can have it back.’ Because I just got so high; I wasn’t quite ready for that responsibility.”
“I have a lot of friends that don’t smoke a lot, so when they smoke, they go to sleep; they can’t function at all. That’s how I first was when I started getting high. There’s not way I would be able to operate in everyday life, so I would do it at night. Once I got used to being high, I went to the mall one time. And I was just like ‘Oh my God, this is crazy.’ I never saw the mall like that. I was just laughing because I felt like everyone was looking at me.”
Elliott Wall (Member of Until The Ribbon Breaks):
“I think there is a portion of your life that when you start smoking weed it’s really funny, but I think it then stops being funny. I remember smoking so much weed that I was laying in my friend’s kitchen and his parents came back. And I was laying there crying with laughter. And his parents were like ‘What the hell are you doing?’”
“I can tell you when I got off probation, the first time I got high again, I did the dumbest shit. We were outside my crib – my mama house actually – ‘cause I was still broke. We was outside my mama crib, and it was a normal car that drove by, but it was my first day off probation. So I crushed the blunt, put it my pocket while it was lit, just doing the dumbest shit.”
Pete Lawrie-Winfield (Member of Until The Ribbon Breaks):
“I can tell you something that I probably should never tell anyone, but I believe in honesty. Elliott and I formed a friendship because I used to sell Elliott weed. And he used to come to my house and I would tell my mom that I was swapping CD’s. And he would come into my bedroom and I would give him an album with the amount.
“My mom was always like why you’d give all your CD’s away. (Laughs) But I was a terrible drug dealer thankfully because I would smoke it all or lose it all. And I tried to be a good drug dealer but I wasn’t. My mom knows that we laugh about it now, so you can print away.”