Ditching Stoner Shame

During the recent Cannabis Health Summit by GreenFlowerMedia, there was an interesting side topic that came up outside of the formal presentations. Max Simon, CEO of Green Flower Media, spoke rather briefly about Stoner Shame. Say What? I’m a long time stoner who has kept a very low profile in recent years. I have Stoner Paranoia. Do to a bush with the legal system from my college years I seek to avoid any interactions with police. So it took me a moment to get this concept.

Early Cannabis users dating back to Reefer Madness days were bombarded with lots of prohibitionist propaganda. Users were from maligned cultural groups like Mexican farm works and Black jazz musicians. The mere fact that marijuana has been illegal in much of the world for the last 70 years or so has cast a shadow over this special plant and the medicine it contains. Historically, many users hid use from non stoners due social pressures and the stain provided by the nasty politics of pot. With the advent of Medical Marijuana reform in 23 states as of this date, and the maturation of our Millennial  generation, the prevailing attitudes have changed for the better. Now clear majorities across almost all US age groups and political parties favor at least medical marijuana reform.

That’s the good news. But many folks are still a little uncomfortable with the notion of using Medicine that was until recently considered an illegal drug. Thinking psychologically for a moment, it seems to me that Stoner Shame has a negative effect on some stoners self esteem. The dynamics may work like this. Prior associations and legal status defined Cannabis as a “dangerous illegal drug”. In fact the FDA’s schedule 1 label perpetuates this notion. The new DEA chief, Botticelli  and others still see’s no medical use for Cannabis. Apparently they are not aware of the huge amount of positive clinical data. One wonders how well and how much research these folks read and can understand?

The other day on MassRoots app I read a short post from one of my Buds. The short dialog that I will share below just seemed to flow. Perhaps you will agree that she both had some Stoner Shame and that she was relieved after the interaction.


So my Bud said she felt dependent and that made her feel uncomfortable. I took the opportunity to share a little more, a mini intervention. lol



Perhaps I exaggerated a tad and only 95% of pharmaceutical drugs have dangerous and potentially fatal side effects. Quick point, Pharmacology 101: When drug trials are started with animals, the first thing they do is calculate the LD-50, the dose at which 50% of the animals die. Next the researchers work backwards to calculate the MED-100, the minimum effective dose for functionality. There is no LD-50 or LD-1 for Cannabis, nuf said.

I’m glad my MR Bud gained some peace of mind. Marijuana is Medicine and using Weed for Wellness is nothing for anyone to feel shame about. Let’s turn the page on prohibitionist thinking once and for all!

7 Responses to Ditching Stoner Shame

  • Thank you for this! Yes, it’s hard when I was raised during the Reagan years and the “Just Say No” era. I was taught MJ is a terrible drug that would lead to my brain being fried like eggs and using Heroin! Guess what, that never happened! Yes, I will take my food tasting amazing, my heart being open and my mind being clear side effects over the foggy anti-depressant haze I had on all those meds.
    I’m sure this will continue to be a struggle for me until Prohibition ends and society educates themselves.

    • Jen, Thanks for sharing more of the origins of Ur Stoner Shame. I wonder how many more folks were affected by those nasty “your brain on drugs” ads? Too many, sadly. You’re helping shine a light in a dark corner. Bravo!

  • I dealt with anxiety, panic attacks, and depression as a teen seeing my mother take pills for pain due to her medical issues i refused to follow that path. I hated the thought of being dependent on a pill that caused multiple side effects in order to function on a daily basis. At a young age i was told MJ was bad for you, and very “unladylike”. As jensativabud mentioned above i was told id become “stupid” and fry my brain cells. For them reasons and for fear of how my family would view me and stereotype me I was always hesitant and felt guilty afterwards. Senior year i experienced a seizure for the first time since the age of 5, it was then when i had enough, I refused to take even more medications than what I was already on. I started smoking MJ more regularly and started feeling better as time went on. I leaned off my medications and i can proudly say that was the last time I had a seizure and i haven’t had the need to take any anxiety, or depression medication since! My immediate family understands and supports my decision, but so many other are still very uneducated over the topic.

  • I don’t know if this is the right section to ask this but I’ll take my chances anyway.
    Hi All, I just want to ask if you ever tried using cannabis for anxiety? I am 35 years old now and been battling anxiety and panic attacks for almost half of my life. I have read many articles about medical marijuana and how it can help you in terms of pain management, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, inflammation, even cancer and a lot more. Like this review on a certain strain called Atomic Northern Lights from:http://www.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/atomic-northern-lights/ . Cbd and thc are also new to me and I don’t even smoke. If this is true I cant find any solid conclusive evidence that speaks to its efficacy. Any personal experience or testimonial would be highly appreciated. Thanks

    • Hi Daniel,
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    • Daniel,
      Our CBD supp administered via Nebulizer works wonders for Anxiety. We’ve tested over 75 people, mostly in a public space with excellent results.

  • I had stoner shame a few years back. Now I have gotten over it. Thanks to advices like yours I have received over the years. Now I understand the real potential of cannabis and there’s nothing to be ashamed of for having a miracle plant. I now run a cannabinoid deficiency awareness campaign so that more people know how wonderful Ganja is!

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