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!