Television is distracting while cannabis helps me focus
As someone with ADHD, I am perpetually prone to distraction. If I see something move out of the corner of my eye or hear someone having a conversation it’s difficult for me to function. That’s actually why I prefer to work late at night. There’s little to distract me. At that time of day, even the ambient noises (e.g., cars on the road, people walking around outside, laundry room sounds) are at rest. Unfortunately, television is just a giant distraction box. I mean … isn’t that why TV was invented?
Which is why, when I sit down to work, the TV goes off. Even if my husband is home and watching one of his shows on Netflix or Hulu. It doesn’t even matter if I have seen the same show over and over again. If I even hear a show in the background, I’m bound to lose focus. As a result, I usually try to work in complete silence, or with non-lyrical music playing in the background.
Cannabis, on the other hand, is something I use to keep me focused on the task at hand. Indicas are the best strain to lower my physical hyperactivity while Sativa strains keep me focused and energized.
Television kills my motivation but cannabis me energy
Many a morning I have started my day with cannabis. Sometimes I will start my day with television instead. On the days I start my day with TV, I can practically feel my motivation slipping out of my body and locking me into the couch. I think it happens for a couple of different reasons.
First of all, TV shows — despite having unique storylines — tend to follow a rather predictable story pattern. When my life is in chaos, which it usually is because — well — it’s life; I seek out predictable scenarios as a form of comfort.
Secondly, television is as entertaining as it is predictable. Although this is a more obvious point to make, it deserves recognition. Because television shows are entertaining, they are sometimes the exact opposite of work; which as we all know, can sometimes be a drag. And when work is a drag, everyone wants to do something fun instead.
Cannabis, however, does not kill my motivation. Typically it lifts my mood and makes me more focused (which I discussed already). Sometimes I smoke to help motivate myself to do something; especially chores and work. Cannabis just helps alleviate the stress of any situation, including the stress of hating washing the dishes. Also, if I listen to music while I’m working/doing chores while I’m high, it’s much easier for me to get lost in the music. I don’t think I have to explain the beauty of doing dishes without realizing I’m doing dishes. Cannabis and music make the perfect combination when all I want to do is escape reality for a short period of time.
Television commercials make me crave convenience food, cannabis just makes me hungry
When cannabis gives me the munchies, I’m usually okay to eat whatever is in the house. With the help of cannabis, I’ve actually come up with some pretty creative recipes from random ingredients found around my kitchen. Cannabis also helps me eat when I have nausea.
Television commercials, on the other hand, viciously attack me with images of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, All-you-can-eat Stuffed Pasta at Olive Garden, McDonald’s, etc. They also run DoorDash and Uber Eats commercials, which remind me that I could eat convenience foods while I continue to watch TV. It’s great! I never have to move again. That’s the dream, right?
Well, actually, I won’t lie: that does sound pretty freaking awesome. But I don’t always want to be stuck to the couch. I also don’t always want to eat chocolate, food from McDonald’s, or delicious stuffed pasta at Olive Garden. Okay, who am I kidding, yes I do! I want all the stuffed pasta from Olive Garden!
Cannabis might make some weird foods sound delicious, but the sole purpose of TV commercials is to encourage people to spend money.