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The Wall Street Journal reports that More Teens Who Use Marijuana Are Suffering From Psychosis. A study in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that cannabis use was associated with a 47% chance of a person developing schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and the average THC content of cannabis...
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Some Teens Smoking More Potent Pot Get Psychotic Breaks

As marijuana (pot, weed) has gotten much more potent in the last 20 years, and easier to get through legalization in many states, some teens are having tragic experiences. We spoke with (cannabis) content creator Edwin Sparks about peer pressure and his amazing 10 vape pen bong.
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Well, that's all for the banter today.
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We're gonna dive right into the stories first up apparently.
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there's more teens using the devil's lettuce marijuana motta,
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whatever you wanna call it.
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And they're actually suffering from psychosis.
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Well, let me know what psychosis is because I have no
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clue. You're lucky because I also wasn't too sure.
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So I googled it prior and apparently it's actually a mental disorder
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characterized by this connection from reality you partake in.
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Well, that actually happened to me the first time I smoked
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weed and were you a teen?
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Yes, I was a teen.
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So there is again some truth here,
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but we're actually gonna go,
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go down the the article and get to the points.
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So, yes, some more potent cannabis and more frequent use
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are contributing to higher rates of psychosis,
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especially in young people.
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A study published by the National Institute on drug abuse concluded the
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following that cannabis might speed up the arrival of psychotic disorders like
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schizophrenia. And if you've got a family history of other
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risk factors, it's like adding fuel to the fire and it
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turns out those who had to use cannabis daily has significantly higher
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odds of having a psychotic disorder.
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Oh, wow. Well,
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I mean, I can totally see that happening because I only
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did it like, once and I got weird after that.
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There's no way I feel like I had like a psychotic breakdown
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when I do. It was crazy.
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I thought my hands were on my lab and I put them
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up and they were still in my lab and it was,
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I was just like this,
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I was just doing this.
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My hands are still on my lap but they're up here.
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It's crazy. I can see the psycho the psychosis that you
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that you say like,
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yeah, I don't know.
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I get weird. The more high potency cannabis use,
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the higher the incident rates of psychosis.
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Oh That is a blunt oh,
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the average amount of THC Yeah,
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from 90 1995 to 2023.
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As you can tell by this visual here has significantly increased.
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So we actually have Edwin Sparks dialing in today.
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Edwin, can you hear?
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Hey, there he is.
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What's up? Nice to meet you.
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Thank you so much for taking the time to join us today
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I'm not sure if you caught any of our conversation
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but we were talking Oh OK.
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Awesome. No. Yeah,
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it is interesting. And I know that you're you
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know, an influencer in the space of,
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of cannabis use and stuff like that.
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So we kinda wanted to get your input on this conversation
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that we were having about,
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you know, the psychosis,
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what are your thoughts?
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There's too many like variables to really like put a measurement on
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this. A perfect example is people can experience psychosis never doing
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a substance in their life.
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PTSD, they can go to war,
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get in a car crash,
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being in a fire and lose a dog,
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et cetera, et cetera.
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So I don't think there's a correct way or variable to
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measure this. I will say.
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However, with stronger THC there are definitely higher chances leading
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up to that, especially with misinformation and peer pressuring
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I think that's where the real issue is where friends call
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you like b you know,
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I don't wanna say bad words or whatever.
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You're a B if you don't get it or whatever,
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but if we take this substance like cannabis and we compare
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it to alcohol. If it's your first time drinking,
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you're not gonna wanna drink fucking like 30 bottles or whatever.
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So it's your first time smoking.
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You shouldn't be smoking so much.
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If it's your first time eating an edible,
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you shouldn't be eating so much.
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And there's actually on the packaging,
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it says how much you should eat.
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Nobody reads it. I didn't read it and I've done my
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fair share of ruining cannabis for a lot of people.
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But now that I'm in this space,
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I'm just trying to do what I believe is my job
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and just teach people,
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educate them. No.
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Yeah. So I guess it's kind of like,
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again, like portion control,
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I guess, right?
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Like you don't wanna start off like at the,
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I don't know if it's a crazy number 500 mg of an
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edible. And it's like,
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yeah, it's like,
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hey, my God,
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you're going 0 to 100 literally really,
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really quick. Shout out Drake.
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Do you think maybe this is kind of like a,
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a situation where our parents or adults out there that kinda are
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looking for something to blame this bigger problem on.
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And they're like, oh it's,
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it's the weed because again,
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like, I mean,
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I, I've heard of other stories where people are,
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they, they consume marijuana,
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whether it be THC or CBD,
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it's for, you know,
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health reasons and it helps.
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It's not always again,
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the negative side of things.
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I'm a what I consider realist and I see both sides.
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Yes, people are abusing it and overdo it and it's leading
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to these issues. But there's a whole part that like nobody
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overlooks and it's just like,
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oh, let's just blame this,
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let's blame that. But,
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and we could look in her and see like,
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did we take the proper precautions to taking the substance?
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It's a fucking substance like,
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you know, when you get your medicine from a doctor,
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you get like a whole booklet of side effects.
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This in a way has some side effects.
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And we just need to educate ourselves more,
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we need to have more people educated,
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we need to stop peer pressuring people.
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because this is how we end up with people who have
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psychosis. This is how we end up with people who never
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want to do something like this again.
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And the benefits are there.
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But there are two sides to the coin.
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How would you recommend people get some kind of education on this
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Whether it be like a website or going to a dispensary
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That's like just asking questions.
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What do you think if they do wanna,
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you know, partake in this recreational use of marijuana?
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I think simply Google,
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if you're at the dispensary,
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ask, you know,
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you mentioned 500 mg.
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I don't know if you know what the correct or the the
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dose is. but the dose is 10 mg.
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So essentially you're like what,
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500% more than the dose in inside.
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But who tells you that?
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Right? Nobody tells you that,
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you know, you get the brownie eat half of it,
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stop, you know.
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So I would just say literally ask people Google it.
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ask your BT Tender at the store.
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I do overconsumption videos.
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You guys can check me out.
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I do it. So you guys don't have to,
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you know, so I'll take 1000 mg just you,
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you just get to watch it instead of actually have to take
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it., but that would be the best way just
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ask, you know,
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you have a phone Google,
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the answers are right there.
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You just gotta look for them.
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Ok? We're actually gonna put up your video really quick.
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So we'll figure it out with you.
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Let's get it. I know I want to get into it
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Yeah. Talking about over consumption.
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This is something you guys definitely don't want to do it.
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That is 10 pens and when you hit it for enough seconds
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it'll power out its battery making alike,
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which is the maximum hit you can get.
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And I took 10.
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You disappear for a moment.
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Yeah, you couldn't see.
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What is that? the Benjamin what brand do you
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use? If you don't mind me asking,
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asking for all sorts of brands,
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dizzy plug play. I work with basically every brand in
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the game. and they're all good if they're legal,
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that means they have to be tested clean a bunch of things
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that go into it.
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All right. Well,
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I mean, I'm glad we got to watch that with you
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but again, thank you so much for joining.
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We'll plug your socials here.
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But thank you.
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Thank you. Thank you for having me.
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Oh, yeah, thank you.
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Have a good one,
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Edwin. Oh my God.
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I didn't expect that.
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Like again he disappeared.
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It was like a magician and for my next trip I'll disappear
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And he was like,
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and then he literally disappeared.
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He's like, I'm done,
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like, damn.