Artificial high: ChatGPT describes its first time smoking pot

Published on March 24, 2023 by David Wylie

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Drawing on its insight into the human experience, ChatGPT described getting high for the first time.

We asked ChatGPT to write a story from the perspective of someone who smoked cannabis for the first time. Its response was relatable.


It was a warm summer evening, and I was hanging out with some friends in their backyard. As the night went on, someone pulled out a joint and offered it around. I had never smoked marijuana before, but I was feeling adventurous, so I decided to give it a try.

I took a few puffs and waited for something to happen. At first, I didn’t feel anything, but then a sense of relaxation started to wash over me. The tension in my body melted away, and I felt like I was floating on a cloud. Everything around me seemed to slow down, and I became hyper-aware of the sensations in my body.

As we continued to smoke, I started to feel more and more detached from reality. Colours seemed brighter, and sounds seemed sharper. My thoughts became scattered and disjointed, and I found myself laughing at things that weren’t even that funny.

But then, as the high intensified, I started to feel a bit uneasy. My heart rate increased, and I started to feel paranoid. I became convinced that everyone around me was judging me and that they knew I was high. I couldn’t shake the feeling of being watched, and I started to panic.

My friends tried to reassure me and calm me down, but I couldn’t shake the feeling of unease. I started to worry that I had made a mistake by trying marijuana for the first time. I had always been a rule follower, and the idea of breaking the law made me feel guilty.

As the night wore on, the effects of the marijuana eventually began to wear off. I started to feel more like myself again, and the sense of paranoia began to fade. Looking back on the experience, I felt a mix of emotions. On the one hand, I was glad that I had tried something new and had an adventure with my friends. But on the other hand, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had crossed a line and that I had put myself in danger by breaking the law.

Overall, the experience taught me that while marijuana can be a fun and enjoyable experience for some, it’s important to be aware of the risks and to approach it with caution.