“Oh, I was just being stupid,” is something I have found myself telling many an editor when questioned about a particular turn of phrase or idea in my work. I understand it’s an editor’s job to question (and I appreciate anyone who’s here to help my nonsense make more sense), but looking back on Pot Psychology, I’m reminded how refreshing it was to be stupid without having to explain why. You could see it all in our beady, weedy little eyes.
Pot Psychology was a video advice column Tracie Egan Morrissey and I did for Jezebel between the years of 2007 and 2012 (though we took a few substantial breaks during that time). The concept was simple: We’d get stoned and answer questions people sent in. We made clear that we were not experts (but we’d have you know that we were professionals), and further, that anyone who chose to take the advice of two people on drugs would likely get what they had coming to them and probably needed more advice than they were admitting to in the moment. Of the many things in life that you take seriously at your own peril, willfully stupid people must be near the very top of that list. And what better platform is there than the internet to explore that idea?
I’ve long schemed ways to get paid for doing things that I love. Because there are few things I’ve enjoyed more over the past 10 years than smoking weed and talking shit with my best friend, Pot Psychology is up there with my greatest scams. I could only be prouder if we’d destroyed the advice genre altogether, as exposing its ridiculousness in our satire is part of what kept us going.
For Jezebel’s 10th anniversary party, Tracie and I went through some of our old questions and answered them anew to see whether we have changed or if weed has kept us in a state of arrested development. Certainly, neither of us could remember our initial answers. The results in the video above may surprise you...if you’re really that invested (and if so, who are you?).
Since Tracie nixed my idea for a Pot Psych holiday special, this is probably the last time we’ll do this—at least for a while. Thanks, everyone, it’s been...hazy.