Jon Snow, that nice old guy who presents the news with a soothing voice on Channel 4, inhaled some high-grade cannabis vapour as part of a lab test, verged on having a whitey, and now wants us all to know about it.
"Whitey?" I hear you say. Perhaps you call it greening out, instead of whiting out. This may just all be gibberish. Essentially, Snow consumed far too much weed in a short time and it left him feeling rather uncomfortable – a whitey. It's no surprise: he admits the last time he touched the drug was "in the distant past" and that he smoked it back then, as apposed to new-fangled vaporising.
The test, conducted as part of the newest round of Channel 4's Drugs Live series, is a little unfair. The doctor is giving two hits of high-THC-concentration cannabis (the active ingredient in weed) to someone with no tolerance for it. Vaporising is a process that captures every single 'drop' of the active ingredient in the plant, further reinforcing the strength of the product consumed. Try getting your tee-total mate to down a couple of glasses of neat vodka and see how well they feel afterwards [don't do that].
The resulting experience left Jon Snow in such a state that he could only describe it with words thusly harrowing:
By the time I was completely stoned I felt utterly bereft. I felt as if my soul had been wrenched from my body. There was no one in my world. I felt I had lost all control and had only the vaguest awareness of who I was and what on earth I was doing. I cascaded into a very, very, dark place, the darkest mental place I have ever been. I was frightened, paranoid, and felt physically and mentally wrapped in a dense blanket of fog.
So as questionable as the experiment was in its validity, these are the words that will ring forth from it, published and quoted in publications far and wide. As long as headline-grabbing experiments are conducted, there will always be such hyperbole.
Of course, if smoking weed always 'wrenched the soul' from the user's body, would people do it? That is too simple a question to warrant an answer. People take moderate amounts of weed to get the desired effect, enough that they know is suitable and won't take them to a "very, very, dark place".
You can watch it all unfold in the video above, and see the full thing on March 3 on Channel 4's Drugs Live: Cannabis on Trial.
[Image Credit: Channel 4]