Hey, my name is Paul. I'm 21 years old and I have Aspergers Syndrome.
Growing up, my Mom put me on lots of different medications that usually didn't work. The intent of the medicine was to help me focus in school, but at the same time, they would make me really depressed and heighten my anxiety. However, after I got into college, I found that the one drug that DOES actually help Aspergers is Marijuana. I started smoking pot when I was 19. For about a year, it was just a social thing for me. I would do it at parties every other weekend. After a while, I started losing interest in drinking but I grew more fascinated with pot. I eventually bought my own pipe and started buying my own weed regularly. Also, in the past year or so, I've bought a bong, bought a one-hitter, and learned how to roll joints. I gotta say, getting stoned has helped my Aspergers in many ways.
1 - I'm alot better in social situations. Early on, it gave me a reason to associate with people who I would otherwise not get along with (like jocks, hip hop kids, etc...). However, around the time when I started buying weed, alot of the people I dealt with could sense weakness in me because of my aspergers, so I ended up getting ripped off a few times. I consider those times learning experiences. I'm alot better at reading people now, and reading peoples intentions.
2 - It calms my anxiety. People often say "Well, weed is no way to escape your problems! When you come down off your high, your problems are still there!". My argument for that is...I just had really bad anxiety and I would get upset for no reason. I really didn't have any ACTUAL problems. It's not like my Mom died or my house burned down, and I would smoke weed to ignore that. So I'd basically get upset and depressed for no reason. Weed has really put a stop to that. Even when I'm not high, I still feel good about myself.
3 - In some ways, weed acts as a motivater. It gives me motivation to work more hours at my job because I think "Hey if I get more money, I could buy a bigger bag of weed!". Also, when I have homework that I need to get done, I usually like to reward myself by smoking a bowl afterwards. And I always tell myself "No smoking til all my homeworks done!". Plus, I really don't want to live up to all the negative stereotypes that surrounds the stoner lifestyle.
4 - I feel as though, by smoking weed, I've gotten rid of all the negative aspects of aspergers, and I've been able to focus on the positive aspects of aspergers, like my creativity. Weed make me more creative and makes me think on a different level. Since I started smoking weed, I've become an incredibly talented bass player, and I even have my own band going, and things are going great for us.
I honestly believe they should start perscribing medical marijuana to adults with aspergers. Is there any other aspie-stoners on here?