Twitter Reacts Hilariously To Maureen Dowd Getting Way Too High

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd went to Colorado, where she ate legal edible weed and ended up "curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours."

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In Maureen Dowd's latest column she writes about going to Colorado in January 2014 to report on legalized marijuana and how she ended up so high she thought she was dead:

I strained to remember where I was or even what I was wearing, touching my green corduroy jeans and staring at the exposed-brick wall. As my paranoia deepened, I became convinced that I had died and no one was telling me.

She writes that she found out later that a novice, such as her, should have broken the edible into 16 pieces and eat one piece. Dowd goes on to talk about the dangers of too much pot and the "darker side of unleashing a drug as potent as marijuana on a horde of tourists of all ages and tolerance levels seeking a mellow buzz."

Dowd follows the lead of other New York Times columnists who have come out against weed, including David Brooks who wrote in January that he smoked as a teenager, but doesn't think it should be legal now.

New York Times opinion writers ranked by most annoying while high: 4. Thomas Friedman 3. Maureen Dowd 2. David Brooks 1. Ross Douthat

Bobby Big Wheel@BobbyBigWheel

New York Times opinion writers ranked by most annoying while high:
4. Thomas Friedman
3. Maureen Dowd
2. David Brooks
1. Ross Douthat

8:10 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Could be worse. Thomas Friedman ate a pot brownie & spent 12 hours talking to an invisible Palestinian cab driver. http://t.co/hGMhYGebXE

Saladin Ahmed@saladinahmed

Could be worse. Thomas Friedman ate a pot brownie & spent 12 hours talking to an invisible Palestinian cab driver. http://t.co/hGMhYGebXE

8:20 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some readers were surprised that the column was written by someone who had won a pulitzer prize:

Maureen Dowd has a Pulitzer but this is what she'll be remembered for on Twitter: http://t.co/S2odqYGW6A

Conrad Hackett@conradhackett

Maureen Dowd has a Pulitzer but this is what she'll be remembered for on Twitter:
http://t.co/S2odqYGW6A

8:40 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Maureen Dowd's next column "How Do I Know That the Color Blue to Me is the Same as the Color Blue to You?" already has Pulitzer buzz.

Matt Christman@cushbomb

Maureen Dowd's next column "How Do I Know That the Color Blue to Me is the Same as the Color Blue to You?" already has Pulitzer buzz.

9:50 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

While many people were simply impressed she got paid for the column:

Dowd gets paid $750k for her stuff, and Sacramento Bee turned down my story about getting emotional listening to "Be My Baby" on mushrooms.

David Roth@david_j_roth

Dowd gets paid $750k for her stuff, and Sacramento Bee turned down my story about getting emotional listening to "Be My Baby" on mushrooms.

10:00 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And others wondered if the New York Times paid for her stoned experience:

I hope she expensed it. http://t.co/DhrGtYO6zH

Nate Silver@NateSilver538

I hope she expensed it. http://t.co/DhrGtYO6zH

7:24 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some people were also excited about the possibility of getting high with Dowd:

Retweet if you would totally get high with Maureen Dowd. Fav if you don't want to admit you would. http://t.co/l1VqPQo2cV

Jimmy@JimmyPrinceton

Retweet if you would totally get high with Maureen Dowd. Fav if you don't want to admit you would. http://t.co/l1VqPQo2cV

7:24 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@nkulw @connorsimpson hahaha omg I NEED TO EAT POT BROWNIES WITH MAUREEN DOWD. IT IS MY ONLY ASPIRATION NOW

Maureen O'Connor@maureenoco

@nkulw @connorsimpson hahaha omg I NEED TO EAT POT BROWNIES WITH MAUREEN DOWD. IT IS MY ONLY ASPIRATION NOW

9:39 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some wanted to know what Dowd's trip looked like:

Hey NYT, digital innovation means this should include hotel room video RT @NYTimesDowd: Don’t Harsh Our Mellow, Dude http://t.co/Dr4y5Jhlgo

Clara Ritger@clararitger

Hey NYT, digital innovation means this should include hotel room video RT @NYTimesDowd: Don’t Harsh Our Mellow, Dude http://t.co/Dr4y5Jhlgo

6:44 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Others enjoyed imagining what her reefer experience looked like:

Exclusive photo of Maureen Dowd's bad trip

Hunter Walker@hunterw

Exclusive photo of Maureen Dowd's bad trip

7:55 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Just obtained this exclusive image of Maureen Dowd after she had some marijuana. Chilling.

mike toole@miketoole

Just obtained this exclusive image of Maureen Dowd after she had some marijuana. Chilling.

7:41 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Found Maureen Dowd's latest Op-Ed piece.

People also encouraged follow-ups on the column:

I demand that someone turn this Maureen Dowd column into a sitcom pilot #TheNewsChoom http://t.co/1stjKrW62m

James Poniewozik@poniewozik

I demand that someone turn this Maureen Dowd column into a sitcom pilot #TheNewsChoom http://t.co/1stjKrW62m

6:55 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I want a remix of the Maureen Dowd/ NYTimes "pot is terrifying" column & the stoner "double rainbow" YouTube dude. Internet, please provide.

Bill Werde@bwerde

I want a remix of the Maureen Dowd/ NYTimes "pot is terrifying" column & the stoner "double rainbow" YouTube dude. Internet, please provide.

8:49 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A lot of people were excited about the potential Dowd's column opened-up for future taste-testing drug columns:

Can't wait for Maureen Dowd's new opinion piece on Krokodil in this Sunday's NYTimes!

Greenfield-Sanders@Liliana

Can't wait for Maureen Dowd's new opinion piece on Krokodil in this Sunday's NYTimes!

12:23 AM - 04 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Can't wait for Maureen Dowd's crack column.

A Maureen Dowd on pot column gives me hope for a Peggy Noonan on mescaline column.

Leah Reich@ohheygreat

A Maureen Dowd on pot column gives me hope for a Peggy Noonan on mescaline column.

7:36 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Working on a piece for NYT op-ed page where I pound a liter of vodka and talk about how terrible I feel afterwards http://t.co/H3S0h1hwnU

Judd Legum@JuddLegum

Working on a piece for NYT op-ed page where I pound a liter of vodka and talk about how terrible I feel afterwards http://t.co/H3S0h1hwnU

7:09 AM - 04 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I hope Maureen Dowd does one about whip-its next.

Jessie@NicCageMatch

I hope Maureen Dowd does one about whip-its next.

7:40 AM - 04 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Next: Maureen Dowd takes MDMA, complains about why the Skrillex music is so loud.

Zack Beauchamp@zackbeauchamp

Next: Maureen Dowd takes MDMA, complains about why the Skrillex music is so loud.

7:45 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It's like saying, "I haven't had a drink in 30 years, let's have a WHOLE BOTTLE OF GIN." Weed is a marathon. Pace yourself, Dowd.

Neal Pollack@nealpollack

It's like saying, "I haven't had a drink in 30 years, let's have a WHOLE BOTTLE OF GIN." Weed is a marathon. Pace yourself, Dowd.

7:54 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Twitter users even questioned that they weren't hallucinating, after reading the column:

Did I ingest a ton of pot? Because I just had a horrible hallucination of having read Maureen Dowd column that was even stupider than usual

Daniel Radosh@danielradosh

Did I ingest a ton of pot? Because I just had a horrible hallucination of having read Maureen Dowd column that was even stupider than usual

7:08 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Did I eat an entire candy bar laced with a natural hallucinogen or do people actually still care about Maureen Dowd?

Ian Millhiser@imillhiser

Did I eat an entire candy bar laced with a natural hallucinogen or do people actually still care about Maureen Dowd?

7:59 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A few Twitter users were surprised by Dowd's choice to wear green corduroys:

Were the green corduroys part of Maureen Dowd's hallucinations or were they for real?

Gloria Fallon@GloriaFallon123

Were the green corduroys part of Maureen Dowd's hallucinations or were they for real?

8:51 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

yo so maureen dowd got dressed in green corduroys before getting high?

katie honan@katie_honan

yo so maureen dowd got dressed in green corduroys before getting high?

8:26 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Others enjoyed summarizing the article:

While many were just blown away by the whole thing:

How I felt after reading Maureen Dowd's column on pot is the same way I felt when I had pot the first time... This:

Josh Shahryar@JShahryar

How I felt after reading Maureen Dowd's column on pot is the same way I felt when I had pot the first time... This:

8:49 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Every night I tell my daughter reading Maureen Dowd will destroy her brain cells & hamper her cognitive capacity.

Jeet Heer@HeerJeet

Every night I tell my daughter reading Maureen Dowd will destroy her brain cells & hamper her cognitive capacity.

8:31 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Maureen Dowd, setting a standard for being impaired on the job that even I can't hope to meet.

Drunk Predator Drone@drunkenpredator

Maureen Dowd, setting a standard for being impaired on the job that even I can't hope to meet.

8:36 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

People on Twitter were also critical of Dowd's conclusion:

.@NYTimesDowd pigged out on a pot cookie so entire industry _must_ be strictly regulated! http://t.co/Ws0jcSIL1f #BetThereWasADosageLabel

Justin Raimondo@JustinRaimondo

.@NYTimesDowd pigged out on a pot cookie so entire industry _must_ be strictly regulated! http://t.co/Ws0jcSIL1f #BetThereWasADosageLabel

7:57 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Too much booze: death Too much cocaine: death Too much heroin: death Too many pills: death Too much pot: HILARIOUS MAUREEN DOWD COLUMN

BitterOldPunk@BitterOldPunk

Too much booze: death
Too much cocaine: death
Too much heroin: death
Too many pills: death

Too much pot: HILARIOUS MAUREEN DOWD COLUMN

8:39 PM - 03 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Dowd told Business Insider she she still favors marijuana legalization, "but given all the tourists streaming into Colorado, it would be better to err on the side of conservative cautions."

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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