Contrary to popular belief, drugs are not for stupid people. Stupid people are the reason that recreational substances cause such a problem in society.
If used responsibly, drugs can bring about new insights, and positive life changes, or can be used to just sit back and relax after a hard day’s work. They can leave you with a better, and renewed appreciation of life. (This is usually the work of psychedelics) Keep in mind that responsible drug use is just that: responsible. Using certain drugs with high addiction potential, like cocaine, crack, heroin, and methamphetamine to name a few, is not responsible, unless you have amazing willpower. But I have friends who can do it, including myself. I, personally, snort cocaine about once a month. I have a 4.0 GPA and was just accepted into the University of Texas at Austin. I’d say I’m accounting for something in life. I hope to pursue a degree in psychology; which is one reason drugs interest me so much: the effects that have on people.
Substances like marijuana, MDMA, and LSD to name a few can all be used responsibly, and can be very fun, but if used often, they can be detrimental to your health. LSD could warp your very perspectives on life to the point where you can’t even look at certain things the same way anymore. Ecstasy is a neurotics which can leave you with long term depression. Finally, heavy marijuana use will damage your lungs (If smoked), and can leave you very unmotivated, and lethargic. It will also cause a mild cognitive impairment that will disappear after cessation of use.
In closing to this long rant, if you’re intelligent, drugs won’t make you stupid. If used responsibly, drugs can be a catalyst to a better, more motivated, and eventful life. As long as your drug use doesn’t cross into other areas of your life (Work, school, social) you’ll be alright.
On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re an idiot and use drugs because it’s hella fun, and cool, and you use them chronically, then they will probably catalyze your downfall. Especially if you blow guys at parties for your fix.
If you don’t want to use drugs, that’s fine, I respect that, and your friends should too. But please, all anti-drug people out there, don’t bitch at people for doing them, and telling them that they are fucking up their lives. Unless they actually are. Blowing guys are parties, doing crack everyday, robbing convenience stores for drug money, and smoking pot in class are all signs that your friend is a fuck-up who needs to stop drugs.
Remember, it’s not the drugs people use, it’s the people who use them.
Hell, one of the smartest minds in the scientific field – Carl Sagan – was an avid marijuana smoker. He even wrote an amazing essay on it, entitled Mr. X: http://www.marijuana-uses.com/essays/002.html