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Let’s Talk About “Wake ‘N’ Bake” (And Other Daily Weed Habits)

I’m sure you know that that title means. It’s hard to believe that there is a commonly known term for it, but there is.

Wake ‘n’ bake has always baffled me, the idea of waking up and getting high is something I just don’t understand. If you don’t know the term, or have yet to piece it together, “wake ‘n’ bake” is smoking pot first thing in the morning. Get it? (Such a clever name right?).

What got me thinking about this is a piece I read in Vice this week called “After Years of Daily ‘Wake ‘n’ Bakes’ I Faced My Battle with Psychological Weed Addiction“. It’s a fantastic read, I suggest you get over there and give it a shot. It opens with this:

For the past six years or so, I’ve started my day with the same mantra. I peel my eyes open after an extended battle with the snooze button and pledge, “I’m not going to smoke weed this morning.” The mantra is usually followed by a heartfelt promise to myself that I will spend my day writing, as opposed to floating through the world in a weed haze.

I want to talk about 2 things here; first is my general take on getting high as soon as you wake up, the second is the idea of psychological addiction.

The Trouble With Getting High First Thing In The Morning

I wrote a post yesterday about some simple ways to assess addiction in yourself or a loved one. There are infinite scales and tests that professionals use, you can read more about all that HERE. But for the sake of this post, I just want to say that smoking pot first thing in the morning must be a clear signal of substance abuse.

If you can’t handle getting up and starting your day sober, you need to take a long hard look at your life. This is no different than waking up and taking a shot of vodka, would you start your day like that?

Psychological Addiction

Stop any stoner on the street or interrupt a hacky-sack circle and ask if weed is addictive. No, really, go do it. You will get one, and the same answer: “No way man” (or some version of no). I won’t talk about physical addiction, because I don’t need to. I want to talk about psychological addiction.

Psychological addiction is thinking you need the weed, not actually needing it. Telling yourself that you need to get high in order to (fill in the blank), is psychological addiction. I think this is as big of a problem as physical addiction.

I could go on and on here about what this means in terms of day-to-day life, but I won’t. If you need good anecdotes, read the Vice piece mentioned above, he has stories that you can giggle at all day.

That’s that for wake ‘n’ bake and psychological addiction. I’m sure I over generalized, let me know if I got something wrong, or left any gaping holes.

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