Finding Love, Blog Titles, and Microdosing Drugs

Dear Brian,
How can we minimize the chance of not passing by the right person just by few chitchat online? Any advice on getting to know someone from dating sites better?

I have been on Tinder and OKcupid for a while. There are people who could be really interesting just by chatting with them via dating sites, while others prefer real conversation and can be more interesting by meeting up and talking in person.

So is there any criteria/process you can suggest to make sure we know a person fully? How do I get to know them better? What do you care the most about when getting to know a person?

Just talk to them. If a conversation doesn’t happen, move on. There are over 7,300,000,000 people alive right now. Keep moving forward on your own path, and you’ll run into thousands of them.

In the last year, I’ve been surrounded by 2 – 3,000,000 of them between E3, the Cannabis Cup, Electric Daisy Carnival, and all the other events I’ve attended. If I did that every year, it would take me 2,433 years to meet everyone (assuming there was no overlap in the people attending these events each year).

I maybe talked to or worked with 500 of them, and of that, I’ll be able to remember and recognize about 50 of them (half that if you put me on the spot) the next time I see them.

There’s nothing wrong with the 2,999,500 people I saw and didn’t talk to -the moment just didn’t happen. I can’t spend my entire life introducing myself to people and walking their path with them.

There’s nothing wrong with the 450 I talked to and don’t remember – if we run into each other again, I’ll still be friendly and maybe I’m on their list of 50 people they remember.

Either way, I’m on my path, and the people that enter/exit it are inconsequential to my long-term goals. It’s always nice to meet people, and I have nothing against it – I just have a focus and purpose in my life, and it’s not attached to any particular person but myself.

Pick the person you most idolize in all of human history and realize you never met that person and you’ll never know them on a personal level. There’s nothing you can do about that.

Dear Brian,
How can you make your blog titles more emotional?

It helps when you’re passionate about the blog you’re writing and honest about what it’s about.

For example – “Another Racist Thing Donald Trump Said” isn’t a blog I’d be interested in. It’s likely going to be just another “news” story by some liberal news outlet highlighting one of hundreds of offensive things Trump has said over the last year.

“Donald Trump Is a Racist” is something I may click because I imagine the person writing it has some strong opinions and will be summarizing a high-level overview of all the racist things he’s said in the last year.

However, I really don’t care about Donald Trump, so I’m unlikely to click either of those. I’d be more likely to click a link that says “I’d Rather Suck My Own Dick Than Vote for Donald Trump,” because I know the author of that blog is going to make me smile regardless of my personal feelings on Donald Trump. Similarly if I came across “Fuck Donald Trump” or “Fuck It – I’m Voting Trump,” I’d give up my normal boycott of reading anything political and see what this interesting person has to say.

Dear Brian,
Do people microdose cannabis?

I recently read this article about micro dosing lsd. Do people do the same thing with cannabis?
Short Trip? More People ‘Microdosing’ on Psychedelic Drugs

LSD, Shrooms, and DMT have two speeds – “did it work?” or full-on-hyperspace-plaid

If you take a full dose of either LSD or shrooms, you’ll launch off into Cool World, in which you feel like you’re in the real world, but there’s an animated overlay.

If you take a full dose of DMT, you end up fully incapacitated as you enter a full-on dream state. To give you a perspective of it, Brad Pitt above would also be a cartoon instead of remaining human.

The reason people microdose on these drugs is because they’re not technically party drugs (though LSD and shrooms are safer to take in public, as you’ll at least be able to move, even if you don’t realize where you are and will likely end up making out with a street lamp or cactus).

If you take a small amount of these drugs, the most you’ll see are tracers and waves, which is similar to seeing the heat rising off a hot street. People do this because as fun as a psychedelic trip is, you’ll very quickly lose perspectives of time, space, and this shared reality we live in if you did it every day.

The high from cannabis is a little different, but people do still technically microdose themselves. If a psychedelic high is like a light switch (either on or off), a marijuana high is like installing a dimmer switch (or you radio’s volume knob) where you can pick whatever level you’re comfortable with.

Instead of hitting either a 1 or a 10, you can sit at 2, 3, 3.1, 3.01, etc. Just find a comfort zone.

In addition, medicinal users tend to focus even further beyond simply controlling how much they take by also focusing on which specific terpenoids and terpenes they ingest. This is why you’ll see topicals, edibles, and vape pens labeled with CBD, CBN, THC, etc.

Seasoned potheads will also often use Ayurvedic methods to balance their high with meditation, yoga, exercise, and smelling different flowers and herbs. The stereotypical pothead dropping $20 on gas station food while on the munchies does exist (I do it every so often myself), but when you smoke daily, you learn to supplement the plant you’re smoking with healthy lifestyle choices.

That’s not to say space cadets aren’t doing the same thing. I’ve known a couple people who did lengthy marathon sessions on shrooms, DMT, LSD, MDA, meth, coke, alcohol, and everything else. We’re all chasing that high, but some people understand you’ll burn out if you don’t also accept the lows that come with it and learn to ride the waves in balance.

Brian PennyBrian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. His work has appeared in High Times, The Street, Fast Company, Huffington Post, and Hardcore Droid.


Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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