But let's say the WCA *did* in fact ban the use of drugs, steroids, caffeine and other stuff... how would the WCA test for this stuff?
It would be impossible. Chess has been in disarray because of some people's desires to get it in the olympics, and hence the drug testing.
NO *bangs head on wall*
THIS THREAD WAS SUPPOSE TO BE DEAD!
Seeing as it's been resurrected;
I tried solving while high the other night...
For bigcubes it's fail, for 2x2 is fail (mostly because going fast actually requires effort), for 3x3 it made me much more consistent (around 11-13) when I could be bothered to turn fast.
It makes teamsolves FAR more amusing though
In terms of it being bad for you, of course it is. But so is burnt toast. It can be used to have an extremely good time, and I've had some of the best moments of my life while under its influence. However I have seen friends go through phases of overindulgence and it makes them less "good" as a person (for want of a better, more fully encapsulating term). Nothing is good in excess, but some things when treated with due respect can be rendered into very enjoyable and otherwise virtually harmless things. I would say there is probably more damage to my self from cubing than smoking weed ( I used a very stiff cube for quite a while and RSI or whatever it is was an issue. I've never had even remotely noticeable after efects of smoking mary jane).
I'd say legalise it but the fact is it doesn't really matter that much because nobody really cares if you are just using it in small amounts, at least where I live. My parents know I've smoked it and all my dad said was "well I've never heard of anybody getting their head kicked in by someone who was hi. Maybe hugged to death..". It's definitely less socially destructive than alcohol or cigarettes. But the govmnt makes so much from these "acceptable" drugs that they can't afford (literally) to turn their backs on it.
Me smoke? Hell no. I got other things like cubing minecraft or girls. But for a simple relax why not? So long as its not everyother day. I doubt trying anything 1 time(except heroin, steroids et cetera) will have a long term effect on you. Unless you go all out 1 day. Then your a dipshit and die.
I have a fair personal history with substances, and have been around to view the affects they have on people over time. Anyone that says marijuana is perfectly safe, has not seen the long term affects. Yes many people who use it very sparsely show no signs, and yes it is fine in small doses. But lets face it, not every one stays this way, once a week, turns into once every few days, turns into every day, Soon you cannot sleep without its aid, paranoia, loss of friends, and the downward spiral into depression. I am not an advocate for anything, infact i dislike the whole 'alcohol is fine' culture. Certain clean narcotics are much safer than all of the above, it has been medically proven time and time again. The main issue is miss education.