Smoking cannabis can do a lot for a human being.
For some, it can be a catalyst to unlocking their peak “flow” state. In 2019, bestselling author (and flow state advocate) Steven Kotler explained the concept to Chris Taylor of Mashable thusly:
“Action sport athletes for years have been combining exercise, coffee, and cannabis into a ‘hippie speedball,’ and they’ve been using it as a performance-enhancing chemical… [which] led me to a ‘what the f*ck is going on’ question that took about 20 years to answer.”
The answer, as Taylor explained, is that performance enhancement, when combined with exercise, “was chemically indistinguishable from the state of flow.”
Other cannabis consumers regularly turn to the plant as a means of treating everything from anxiety and aches to seizures and digestive disorders. As federal law continues to limit progressive research into a potential myriad of ways in which cannabis might benefit human health, smaller studies and international efforts continue to yield positive results.
When the efficacy of hemp as an alternative to plastic is also factored into the equation, it can be downright tempting to coronate cannabis as a true miracle of the natural world. For all cannabis can do, however, as of now, giving us superpowers ala the spider that bit Peter Parker is not one of them.
While weed continues to feature prominently in promising health sciences research, the fantastical notion that puffing a joint could empower one with extraordinary abilities is, alas, entirely the stuff of fiction.
As will likely come as no surprise to those familiar with his work, such fiction will now serve as the premise for a forthcoming comedy starring “Saturday Night Live” alum Andy Samberg.
In addition to his seven-season stint on SNL, Samberg has also starred in the police sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” since 2013. In the wake of widespread protests over police brutality, the American public’s appetite for a such a show remains to be seen. Perhaps that’s why Samberg is now spearheading a new project focused on a subject with far more public support: weed.
As reported by Deadline, the aptly-titled “Super High” is set to feature Samberg as well as Craig Robinson (“The Office”) and rapper/actor Common.
Beyond the baseline premise — “a superhero comedy where smoking special weed gives you super powers” — little is yet known about the film’s plot. Perhaps inspired by the ongoing success of California’s legal cannabis industry, the rights to produce the picture were reportedly a hot commodity, with New Line ultimately proving the victor in a “seven-figure deal for the script alone.”
The screenplay for “Super High” will come courtesy of Adam Mansbach, who some may know as the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling children’s book parody “Go the F*ck to Sleep.” Interestingly, Mansbach’s first screenplay, “Barry,” was not comedic in nature, instead focusing on Barack Obama’s life at Columbia University.
Without any further details to go on, one can only speculate as to how the film plans to grapple with a setting in which cannabis is presumably legal (assuming the narrative is set in something akin to reality).
This is notable because, in the long lineage of so-called “stoner” films, the illegality of cannabis is a plot point seemingly baked into every narrative. How different would the adventures of Cheech and Chong have looked if their stash was on the level? Ditto their next generation counterparts in Harold and Kumar? Heck, half the plot of “Half Baked” revolves around the concept of an illicit New York cannabis delivery service, though such offerings continue to serve a necessary role to this day.
Thus, it will be interesting to see if and how “Super High” incorporates things like legit dispensaries, billion-dollar corporations, and craft cannabis farms into its narrative. Should the industry play a role in the story, it would provide an intriguing glimpse into how it is being perceived by a larger, mainstream audience.
The likelihood of Samberg’s character saying “terps” a lot seems like a given, for example, but will “Super High” resort to using the new language being crafted to discuss things like cultivars and appellations as punchlines?
It’s certainly possible, but for as crazy as it is to suggest that smoking weed can make you fly or punch through walls, one hopes the team behind this venture will use the opportunity they’ve been given to do right by the progress cannabis advocacy has made. . In addition, some giant robots would also be pretty cool.