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If you knew, would it suprise you?

Asked by Trance24 (3311points) May 20th, 2008

If anyone you passed whether it be someone on the street, or someone you know had a little green light go off telling you that that person smoked pot would you be surprised? Only you can see this little green light above a person head, so for example the little old woman down the streets head lights up green would that surprise you? Do you think a lot of people would light up?

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wildflower's avatar

Is that a green light I see above your head??

But seriously, sure it might surprise me in some cases, but that’s like finding out the lovely elderly lady down the street wears pink knickers… really wouldn’t matter much to me.

cheebdragon's avatar


drugs not hugs!

sndfreQ's avatar

I just look for little red eyes-telltale sign IMO (unless Visine has intervened).

MrKnowItAll's avatar

Bobs not here

bearfair's avatar

I think it would be really hard for me to be surprised about anything a stranger on the street does in their private life.

arnbev959's avatar

I know a lot of different kinds of people who smoke, so No, not at all.
The only two people I would be surprised about would be my mum and my pop.

soundedfury's avatar

Wouldn’t it be a blacklight that pops up?

Randy's avatar

I have a question about your question. Now do they light up if they have ever smoked, or if they smoke on a regular basis?

I wouldnt be suprise to see that most people would light up if smoking once was the cause to turn all green lighted. I would be suprise at some of the regulars though, I’m sure, but like its been said, who cares. What they do in their personal life is their call.

sndfreQ's avatar

Yeah, Randy, and what happens if one only inhaled? Would that be a “yellow” light then?

Adina1968's avatar

Instead of a green light bulb you might see a Lava Lamp. :-)

Allie's avatar

Haha, this made me laugh. Most of the people who I’ve told I smoke pot were really surprised that I do. My friend Will actually gasped out loud. He told me I don’t look like someone who smokes. So.. what does a pot smoker look like?
Pete: I would be really shocked if I found out my mom had smoked before, too. My jaw would drop for sure!

shilolo's avatar

@Allie. Re: What a pot smoker looks like. From the movies Reefer Madness or Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Now, those aren’t real. Here are some examples from politics. Check out Grateful Dead for Obama or our past and possible future president.

I have to say, both Bill and Hillary look a lot like the trustafarians I see in Golden Gate Park every day.

Allie's avatar

shilolo: How about the kids from Dazed and Confused? They all seem pretty different. The athletes, the pretty girls, the brains, the super-seniors. I love that movie.

P.S.- I used to have a huge crush on Jason London.

shilolo's avatar

Dazed and Confused? No way does that compare to the best stoner movie of all time… Cheech and Chong in Up in Smoke. I can’t believe I left them out of my original response. My bad…

Allie's avatar

shilolo: That is the classic stoner movie. I know what you mean..

shilolo's avatar

Sweet! Lurve points for knowing the best stoner movie ever. My parents will be so proud!

whatthefluther's avatar

I’m never surprised by the wide and diverse group of people that partake. I’m certain I would be more surprised by those I thought were probable smokers only to find they have never even tried the stuff.

jlm11f's avatar

I think we all have a specific image of druggies in our mind. So yes, if I saw an old lady with a green light, I would be surprised, but it wouldn’t be a “omg-i-am-in-shock” kind of surprise. In fact, I think I would be mildly amused/surprised and disappointed all in one!

trudacia's avatar

Who cares? Pot should be legal… It’s way healthier than alcohol (except on your lungs if you’re a pothead). Practically everyone has smoked pot at some time in their lives. Live and let live.

arnbev959's avatar

and even if you are a pothead, it’s healthier to smoke a single joint every day than to smoke a pack of cigs.

Allie's avatar

Pete: Word. =]

richmarshall's avatar

There is no ‘stereotypical look’ for those who smoke pot. I have known successful Accountants, Financial Advisors, Attorneys and even Teachers who smoke pot.

jlm11f's avatar

Absolutely true richmarshall. But that never stops humans from judging people based on looks anyway :)

cheebdragon's avatar

While cannabis is associated with certain health risks, it is nearly impossible to overdose from the consumption of cannabis.A recent study by the Canadian government found cannabis contained more toxic substances than tobacco smoke. The study determined that marijuana smoke contained 20 times more ammonia, and five times more hydrogen cyanide and nitrous oxides than tobacco smoke. In spite of this, a recent large-scale study found no correlation between heavy marijuana use and lung cancer, despite noting that cannabis contains the same carcinogens as tobacco. The same study found a 20-fold increase in lung-cancer rates of smokers who consumed two or more packs of cigarettes per day. These researchers postulated that the THC present may have a “protective effect” by causing aging cells to die before they become cancerous. Other recent research suggest the cannabinoid CBD may stop certain cancers from spreading, although not in concentrations consumed during smoking.

In contrast, a study published in the January 2008 edition of the journal Respirology found that “regular” cannabis smokers who developed bullous lung disease did so on average 24 years sooner than tobacco smoking counterparts. Researchers attributed this to the inhalation of a larger volume of smoke, and typically holding it for four times longer than tobacco smokers. Bullous lung disease is considered an uncommon cause of respiratory distress. In general, habitual inhalation of any kind of smoke is detrimental to lung health.
Cannabis use has been linked to exacerbating the effects of depression, psychosis, schizophrenia, bronchitis, and emphysema by several peer-reviewed studies for those who are vulnerable to such illnesses based on personal or family history. More recently, the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study published research showing an increased risk of psychosis for cannabis users with a certain genetic predisposition, held by 25% of the population.

In July 2007, British medical journal The Lancet published a study that indicates that cannabis users have, on average, a 41% greater risk of developing psychosis than non-users. The risk was most pronounced in cases with an existing risk of psychotic disorder, and was said to grow up to 200% for the most-frequent users.
A 2008 study by the National Institutes of Health suggested a link between chronic marijuana smoking and increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

Trance24's avatar

@cheebdragon Your response fits this question how?

arnbev959's avatar

give her a break, Trance. It’s just a fluther digression, and not too off topic anyway.

El_Cadejo's avatar

pete yes it is. It really has nothing to do with the question at all except for the fact that it mentions marijuana.The first half of her answer states how marijuana isnt all that bad whilst the second half talks about all the negatives.What point was cheeb trying to make with this long answer?

That response is much better suited for this question.

cheebdragon's avatar

Pete said that a joint a day was heathier than a pack of cigarettes, so I posted the Heath info for it….....what’s the BFD?

Oh and by the way….both of your posts have nothing to do with the answer

Build a bridge…...

Bub's avatar

I would be a little alarmed by a bunch if green lights going off all the time!

ShanEnri's avatar

snorts Most of the people I know do. And it’s more of a green cloud or haze than a light! I’m never surprised to find out someone smokes pot. Now if it were coke or meth I would be shocked to my socks!

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