Why does it seem like the older I get the more hectic and crazy my life becomes? Back in college, things were so simple. Wake up early-ish, go to class, come back to the dorm, and have a few bongs and burritos with friends to unwind. On the days I went to work, I never felt spent because I didn’t really have that much responsibility. And when I returned back to my dorm … yep … more bongs and burritos. Oh, how things have changed. I don’t know about you, but by the end of a long work day, I am so drained and stressed, I’m looking for just about any excuse I can think of to kick off my high heels. (OK, I don’t usually wear high heels but go with me here.) That usually includes some version of going out with my friends, gorging on some good food, and, most importantly, throwing back copious glasses of red wine. I must admit my routine of nightly hedonism is starting to take its toll, both on my beauty sleep and my wallet. Let’s face it; I just don’t bounce back from a night of drinking the way I did when I was 21. Maybe it’s time to go green in the stress relief department. Maybe it’s time for me to become a “Stiletto Stoner,” only without the stilettos. According to the new issue of Marie Claire, a “Stiletto Stoner” is a smart, successful, educated woman who relaxes and unwinds with her good friend Mary Jane after a grueling day of work. And it may just be a growing trend among young women, according to a new study by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Statistics say that at least eight million American women have smoked marijuana in the past year. Irie mon! Still “Stiletto Stoners” don’t consider themselves pot heads, rather they think of their wacky-tabaccy joint as the equivalent of a glass of wine, only without all the extra calories or the hangover. Debbie Schwartz, a 28-year-old girl interviewed in the article says, “I love to have a glass of wine now and again, but going out and downing sugary cocktails isn’t fun for me. And drinking is so much more expensive….I’ll go to the gym for an hour, then come back home and smoke a joint while I listen to jazz and read a book–I just finished The Fountainhead. It’s my moment for myself before I have to get up and do it all over again tomorrow. It’s my bubble bath.” OK, this is starting to sound like my kind of an evening. [Huffington Post]
So what do you think? Are you a “Stiletto Stoner”? If so, tell us why it works for you in the comments.