Hi, This is my first post here. Before anything I should say that this post is targeted mostly towards the recreational users. After 2.5 years of the occasional toke, I bought a vaporizer 4 months ago. Since that day, I have vaped every single day, 1-4 times everyday. Now, what I've been noticing is that my desire for weed is gradually going down as my sober state becomes more and more like my high state. Before, I would need to vape up to start off the day with action, and I would be very excited about going into the "enlightened state" of vape-high where I would have much more of my brain faculty to call upon. But now, it is as if all those extra faculties (with the exception of the physical sedation) have become a part of my being. So what is it that weed can do for us that we can't do ourselves? If it's the broadened meta-states of perception, can't we adjust that ourselves with our own conscious effort to change our perception through belief systems? If it's the awareness in the moment and the feeling of being alive, can't we just live in the present sober like the Buddhist monk does? If it's the creativity that helps us overcome our problems in life, can't we just tap into those areas of the brain by having the right attitude and asking the right questions? If it's the heightened intimacy and sense of oneness with our loved ones and the world, can't we just philosophize our way to realizing the essence of the universe? Weed expanded my mind immensely over the years, and lead me to mental and emotional grounds that I had never walked on. It made me see life in a more complete way. But now I feel as though that way of looking at life has become a part of me. So here is the question whose answer may just lead us to a conclusion regarding the necessity of weed itself for its effects: Would a Buddhist monk gain anything from weed?