I am 25 now, when I was 21 I was involved in a major car accident. I was driving a vw jetta, and I lost control on some ice and spun around a couple times and the next vehicle to come down the highway was a mack truck. yup. Make a long story short, I was in a coma for 6 weeks, and in the hospital for 6 months total. I was looking at some of the other threads in this section about the mind and the workings of the brain, and I have not found quite the discussion about this topic that I am looking for. So here's my thing - the way it has been explained to me is that a coma is the brain's was of blocking out experiences that are too painful or too traumatic that they would really mess with your head for the rest of your life if you actually remembered them. I have no memory of my accident at all. I remember waking up that day, showering, eating some lunch, and thinking to myself "wow, this weather really sucks." and then starting my car and leaving for work. My next memory is about 2 months later when I was pissed that I couldn't eat any real food, or walk, or talk, or breathe on my own. This is where smoking the reefer comes in to play. I have constant headaches and a dull ache in my knee that won't go away. And since my accident my personality has gone through some changes. When I am tired i turn in to a complete B!tch. But if I am not tired, I am equally as cheerful, if not more cheerful as I was before. Smoking really helps me physically deal with the pain I feel in my body, but it also helps my brain slow down and take a break. My mind is constantly whirring a thousand different thoughts around at the same time. And when I am stoned, my mind is still busy, but I can take the time and ponder each topic as it comes up. It has only been since my coma that my mind is this way. One weird way of looking at this is that my brain shut down for 6 weeks to allow my body to re-build itself. But now 3 almost 4 years later my brain is still trying to make up for that 6 weeks of doing absolutely nothing. I do remember however, that just as I was waking up from the coma (thank you, eldopamine) it was almost as if I knew that I was in a hospital. I didn't know why I was there, but I did know that this was where I needed to be. OK, so now to my other issue with this. There was a guy that I went to highschool with, he was a couple of years ahead of me. On their grad night he was driving drunk and flipped the car, his passenger was killed, but he lived, he was in a coma and went through the same stuff I did with physiotherapy and rehab. He had a football scholarship to play for a university nearby and to get an education for free. But this guy is MESSED now. He has some major anger problems, and he is plauged by nightmares and halucinations about that night. So how come he remembers the accident that caused his coma? Is it because he was in the wrong (he was driving impaired and took someone's life) and is now being punished for it? chew on that for a while.