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Sometimes I get high and wonder whether 2 Chainz ever got his Bentley truck

Sometimes I get high is a series about the activities you do or things you think about when you're high, in deep detail, for the fun of it.  It was Saturday afternoon, and I was freshly stoned off of several dabs while my apartment was a mess. I knew I had to clean, but being high out of my mind was just shy of motivating me to get off the couch. I needed music. Something upbeat that would carry me from my high stupor to productivity. I told Siri to shuffle my music library, and the first song that played was none other than 2 Chainz's hit, “Bentley Truck.”  Instantly, I felt a strong desire to grab my broom and my cleaner and go to town on my apartment, but when I got up to get started, I was overwhelmed by an even stronger sense of déjà vu. Something about 2 Chainz rapping the words “Bentley truck” sent me deep into reverie and vague familiarity. I wasn't thinking about cleaning anymore, dust bunnies be damned. I grabbed my laptop and began scouring the internet — I needed to know where that feeling was coming from. I felt like one of the Goonies.  [embedded content] A short time into my search, I stumbled upon a YouTube clip from Hannibal Burress's most recent stand-up special Miami Nights (2020) where the comedian broached the very subject that burned at the forefront of my mind. My déjà vu was validated: “Bentley Truck” was hardly the first time 2 Chainz had rapped about the vehicle.  Burress started off the bit by recounting an episode he did with 2 Chainz for Viceland's Most Expensivest Sh*t, during which Burress asked 2 Chainz a seriously important question I never knew was on my mind until I heard him ask it: “Do you feel pressure to wear multiple chains all the time?” Hard-hitting shit right there. 2 Chainz's response to Burress? “Shut your high ass up.”  No doubt a disappointing deflection, but perhaps the pressure he felt to wear multiple chains all the time was too much for him to bear talking about. Unfortunately, we'll never know.  Burress went on to talk about 2 Chainz and the Bentley truck, which reminded me why I began my research in the first place. He recited the lyrics from 2 Chainz's feature on Wale's song “Get Me Doe” (2012):  “Long hair, I don't give a fuck /  Last night I prayed that God would make a Bentley truck”  I laughed in disbelief — I was correct in my feeling that 2 Chainz had mentioned the Bentley truck multiple times. And this line suggested that 2 Chainz wanted a Bentley truck so badly that he got down on his knees and asked God himself to make one for him. But Burress was not finished. Next he played another clip, this one from 2 Chainz's feature on Young Jeezy's song “SupaFreak” (2011):  “Laying in the bed and I still got my semi tucked /  Going online like 'When they gon' make that Bentley truck??” I am stunned. The divine, materialistic story of 2 Chainz and the Bentley truck goes back nearly a decade. For 10 years, 2 Chainz has been waiting and praying to God for Bentley to create a truck.  There was only one question left burning in my high-ass brain: did 2 Chainz ever get his Bentley truck? First I needed to find out if Bentley ever even made a truck, and I found out, of course, that Bentley debuted the Bentayga SUV in January of 2015 and it has since been on the market. Now, the Bentayga is commonly referred to as the “Bentley truck.” The most recent Bentayga, the New Bentayga, is the most adaptable, powerful, and technologically smart Bentley truck imaginable. There was no question in my THC-laden brain that 2 Chainz scooped it up as soon as it was available.  When 2 Chainz said he was waiting for that Bentley truck then 2 months later they put out promo pics for the truck, he became a legend.— 🇭🇹$DL Ashin' Kusher🇭🇹 (@_aresRx) April 25, 2012 I found out in a 2019 article on HotCars.com, that the eight most impressive cars in 2 Chainz's tricked out automotive repertoire did not include a Bentley truck. I was confused. Why wouldn't 2 Chainz take advantage of God's answers to his prayers? I was still convinced he did, I just needed proof.  So I searched keyword after keyword, but the only connection between 2 Chainz and the Bentayga appeared to be through his — now potentially empty — lyrics. But 2 Chainz is a man obsessed with the Bentley truck, so of course, he had to have been one of the first people to get it  off the line the first time it debuted … Right? Nope. A 2016 TMZ article reported that none other than Meek Mill — not 2 Chainz — bought the Bentayga fresh off the line for a cool $380,000. I couldn't — and still can't — get over this. Where in the hell was 2 Chainz? Did no one call him? He was on his tour bus, as it turned out. 2 Chainz told Complex in a 2012 interview that he decided to give up driving himself places and took the advice from Nelly who had told him to buy himself a tour bus using the money he was going to use to get a Bentley truck. I was not taking the ending to this story well. “Bentley Truck” is a hoax; it's a spectral, hollow song steeped in materialistic lies. Why pray to God? Why rap about a truck that you clearly didn't really want? I've sat on this stone-cold bummer for weeks now.  I still haven't cleaned my apartment, and I'm not sure I ever will.  Featured image Jamie Lamor Thompson/Shutterstock Ashlee Nolan Ashlee Nolan is an NYC-based freelance journalist who enjoys writing about cannabis, culture, and politics. When not writing, you can probably find her curled up on the couch with coffee, a book, and her cat, Wednesday.

A guide to studying while high

In a world where “going to school” often involves listening to lectures in sweatpants from your own bedroom, it can be difficult to find the motivation to study. Frankly, it can be difficult to find the motivation to migrate five feet from your bed to your desk just to open Zoom on your laptop.  Surprisingly, smoking weed can help.  For many college students and professionals alike, studying can be boring, tedious, or downright stressful. So what do you do when you have three online exams to cram for and you're feeling super unproductive? Rather than reaching for yet another iced coffee, consider reaching for a joint — or whatever method you like to use to get stoned.  How weed can help you focus If you're dreading studying but know you have to, improving your mood by getting stoned may be an easy way to get started. According to Dr. Adie Rae, a neuroscientist and scientific adviser to Weedmaps, “Cannabis is well-known to cause positive changes in mood. This is typically called euphoria. There is a huge range of positive mood, from a subtle sense of ease all the way up to full-blown joy and elation. Where you'll fall on this spectrum depends a lot on your baseline mood state (how you feel before you smoke), the product you use, and the composition of your endocannabinoid system.”  In addition to being a mood booster, cannabis is known for its stress-reducing properties. In one study published by Psychopharmacology, cannabis consumers and non-consumers completed the same Maastricht Acute Stress Test and had their cortisol levels measured before and after. The cannabis users demonstrated a blunted reactivity to stress and their cortisol levels did not increase, suggesting that cannabis use may dull our reactions to stress.  Now, you may be thinking that getting stoned before studying will make you feel lazy and unproductive, despite any possible benefits. You're not alone – research in this area is seriously lacking, and some dated research suggests that weed can have negative effects on cognition. However, we know now that weed does not kill brain cells or make us dumber, and when used in moderation, it can possibly even offer some brain-protecting effects.  Many of the cannabinoids in cannabis — especially CBD and CBG, but THC as well — are actually neuroprotective, according to Rae. "That means they turn on healthy cellular processes like antioxidation, rather than stimulating the cellular processes that lead to cell death. Being neuroprotective is what makes cannabis and its derivatives attractive targets as therapies for degenerative brain disorders like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's,” she said.  Though there's little research on using weed as a study aid, there is enough anecdotal evidence out there to say that getting stoned can make studying easier and more pleasant for some, especially when done correctly, and unproductive and unhelpful for others.  How to get stoned the smart way  There are very few things in life that are not made more enjoyable by smoking weed. Reading and thinking deeply, both of which are important when studying, are some of my favorite stoned activities. The key to using weed as a study aid is not to overdo it. Before you pack the bong and crack open that textbook, it's important to find the right dosage and delivery method for maximum productivity. Weed affects everyone differently, and finding the perfect buzz for you may require a bit of trial and error.  The way you consume cannabis can have a major impact on how productive your high will be. Edibles and concentrates with high THC levels, for example, may be more potent for some consumers and too intense for a chill study smoke sesh. Smoking flower or vaping are likely better suited for studying because you can better control your dosage.  Microdosing is another option, which consists of consuming a small, controlled amount of THC in order to experience the benefits of cannabis without the full body high. Some companies make products specifically for this purpose, like Mr. Moxey's ginger-flavored mints with a 5:1 ratio of CBD to THC. Adding CBD to the mix when studying may be helpful to avoid becoming too high to function. In addition to being used to reduce the symptoms of pain, inflammation and anxiety, CBD appears to minimize some of THC's less desirable effects, such as paranoia and impaired thinking.  Thalia, a 23-year-old nutrition student attending college remotely, said she likes to achieve the entourage effect when studying while stoned. “Usually, I prefer to consume a lot of CBD with dashes of THC. I like smoking when the subject is really boring to me, it helps me find it more interesting and I focus for longer.”  She warned that getting too stoned while trying to study can be a challenge, especially with certain subjects. “I also don't like to be high when starting to learn a new subject. It's best for me when I'm trying to review stuff and get a different perspective.”  Gina Coleman/Weedmaps The best strains for studying  The bottom line is that getting stoned is a highly subjective experience. Whether you want to get dumb stoned so you can stop stressing about chemistry, or you want to a little jolt of motivation to read 100 pages of dense material, here are some strains that can help you get shit done.  Blue Dream A classic for good reason, Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid that can make nearly any activity more enjoyable — and studying is no exception. Many describe the high as being uplifting and relaxing, but also as cerebral and invigorating.  Ringo's Gift Named after its original breeder, CBD-enthusiast Laurence Ringo, Ringo's Gift is loaded with a CBD content of nearly 10% and typically has less than 7% THC. This strain is especially great for individuals with a low tolerance to THC, or those who simply want to chill out without an intense body high.  Durban Poison  Sometimes compared to espresso, Durban Poison is a sativa that packs a serious punch. Not only is it reported to improve your overall mood and help you focus, it's also said to help you become more awake and alert.  Sour Diesel Sometimes, being able to focus requires serious relaxing and de-stressing first. Having 18% THC, it's no surprise that Sour Diesel produces a euphoric and sometimes dreamlike high perfect for defeating procrastination anxiety.  Jack Herer If you're anything like I was in college, you may need a heavy-hitter to get yourself stoned enough to find studying tolerable, sometimes even interesting. Jack Herer is a go-to hybrid for those who need an extra kick each day to focus, absorb information, and master any subject.  Featured image by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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