The Common Stereotype Medicinal Marijuana Users Face
Sometimes people look at medicinal marijuana users in their daily lives as “stoners” and/or “potheads.” I am here to tell you that not everyone that uses marijuana Is just looking to get high or fit in with the “cool” crowd. Some of us use it as a way to live comfortably, eat well, and not feel like absolute garbage everyday of our lives.
Now I know there are people who don’t benefit from marijuana or get more negative than positive consequences from using it. I completely understand that aspect. There shouldn’t be this taboo on medicinal marijuana users who choose utilize it’s healing properties over other mind altering or body harming pills (such as pain killers or amphetamine based prescriptions like adderall). While I understand marijuana isn’t medicinal for everyone, it’s frustrating when people start trying to paint marijuana as this evil thing that can ruin lives. Because in reality its saving the lives of many. With all of that out of the way, I want to explain the difference between recreational use and using it medicinally.
Back when I was a teenager, I started smoking marijuana like most of us did. It was a fun thing to do with friends for socializing and just making things more enjoyable so to speak. I continued to use it and still do to this day. I have been around the block with all kinds of medications (anti-depressants, anxiety, and intestinal health remedies). However, the only thing that didn’t make things worse or almost ruin my life completely was marijuana. And it simultaneously was far more effective at treating my conditions. I can’t tell you how many times I was prescribed something that was either totally personality changing, dangerous, or just out right did nothing.
Also, I have a weird trust issue with doctors at this point in life, so I have not been to see anyone for any reason in over a decade. Every time I did see someone they either made it worse, did nothing, or told me to go somewhere else. I had a scary experience due to my almost ruptured appendix being wrote off as gas over 3 times before they found it. I also had a family member in hospice care who I think was wrongly terminated. Medicinal marijuana is not legal where I live which makes it harder to get effective “medical” treatment. I put medical in quotations because I was told today by a peer that marijuana can help with cancer but its not really a medicine. That is blatant stupidity. Like I said, haven’t been to the doctor in years, but I know I have some kind of chrons or irritable bowel syndrome going on. I always feel like death, not trying to be funny, the only thing to ever stop the pain is medicinal marijuana use. So hearing somebody say something like that really got me angry. They started to argue that marijuana users are all stoners and stupid and we just wanna get high. He used alcohol and tobacco in his argument to say its the same thing as him buying beer to get drunk or smoking cigarettes, just another habit. Once again, utter stupidity. This is why I bring up the difference Between a “stoner” and somebody who uses marijuana to better their life.
I don’t smoke marijuana everyday because its “cool” or just because I like being broke from how expensive it is, I smoke it everyday because without it I would honestly want to die. I am sorry but a cigarette and a six pack will not help me with the pain inside, at best it may only mask it. Some say this is all weed does for the pain is mask it as well, and I understand your view. But hey, if I have to waste my time rolling joints instead of putting highly toxic chemicals into my body everyday, then so be it. A pill will not cure it either. There actually isn’t a cure for some things and idiots like me are too stubborn to go and get diagnosed. So like I said, If I have to be labeled as a stoner degenerate because of the one thing that actually helps, so be it.
I get it, some people smoke it for some kind of image. Taking dabs off of skateboards and what not, measuring their marijuana-peen by seeing how much they can waste in one hit. But not all of us do that, or care to do it. I don’t even care what the “super cool strain” name is, Some of us use it to better ourselves. I hope this has made since to some, and if you are one of those folks who have hatred for a plant that has done nothing but good, I hope you find the time to educate yourself before you start assuming things about others. – Ckyle