Now that cannabis legalization is slowly spreading through North America, a lot of adults who smoked pot when they were younger are having a puff again - with mixed results. Many complain that today's marijuana is way too strong compared to what they grew up smoking, and no one speaks to the concerns of adult consumers like comedian Louis C.K. - who turns 49 today.
In his standup acts and the FX show Louie, C.K. has touched on issues like potency of strains, high texting and tripping out. Here are his best marijuana moments so far.
1. Feeling too old to toke
In his set for Live at the Beacon Theater (2011), Louis opened up about some of his embarrassing run-ins with cannabis.
"Last time I got high, I was in Kansas City. And I got high because I was in Kansas City - it's shitty." So he went out after the set to split a joint with a group of twenty-somethings who worked at the club.
"I'm standing in the parking lot with these kids - like, 20 years old - and we're smoking a joint. And I'm taking huge hits because I had no idea. I didn't know they'd been working on this shit like it was the cure for cancer. I didn't understand the technology that's gone into making pot so powerful. Cuz when I was a kid, you could just smoke a joint for a while. Now you take two hits and you go insane. It's not doable anymore."
Unfortunately, Louis had to find that out the hard way. "I was taking big hits. Like 1970s, jean jacket Bad Company hits...and even the kid with the [stretched earlobe piercings] - even he was like, 'You should be careful. That's a lot of pot. That's very strong marijuana.'"
So at least twenty-somethings are looking out for older smokers and encouraging them to consume responsibly. And if they heed the advice of young 'uns, they probably won't have the bad trip that Louis described to the audience.
2. The magic dog
To highlight just how intense cannabis can be for someone who hasn't had a puff since the 70s or 80s, Louis revisited the issue in Dogpound - a Season 1 episode of "Louie." After having a few too many bong hits at a neighbor's apartment, Louie has a trip that will make you feel spaced out just watching as character's switch heads and the camera cuts erratically. Check it out:
3. Auditory tripping
Louis doesn't just trip out visually when he's had one puff too many. He also has auditory hallucinations, which he illustrated in the "Dogpound" episode of "Louie." After getting high in his neighbor's apartment, C.K. dons tea-shades and wades through a coffee shop full of people spouting gibberish.
4. Marijuana Moviegoer
Despite those bad trips, Louis still enjoys having a joint now and then when his ex-wife has the kids for the day. One of his favorite things to do while high is watching IMAX movies. And based on the way he described the experience to Jerry Seinfeld on an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, it sounds pretty appealing.
"It's my favorite thing in life," he said at a coffee shop.
5. Cellphone regulations
C.K. is a fan of marijuana, but he thinks it should be regulated -- especially when it comes to high texting. After nearly sending an obscene text to his family, Louis was convinced that cellphone companies need to provide special security features for cannabis consumers.
"Now that my kids are in my phone, there needs to be a reliable firewall that says, 'These numbers are much harder to text.' That you can't just - whoops! I traumatized her [his daughter] irreversibly."
Check out his suggestions for unlocking those numbers, which involves having to solve the Hellraiser puzzle and getting two security guards to okay the message.
Banner image: Louis C.K. at the Los Angeles premiere of 'The Invention of Lying' held at the Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, USA on September 21, 2009. (Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com)