In celebration of 420 and recently have shared my relationship with cannabis, I decided to get even more personal and share some insight into the popularity of this plant. I thought who's the best person to get insight from, none other than my mother. Remember that time cannabis was just, weed? What I mean by this sarcastic statement is, cannabis never use to be as complicated as it is today. Some may argue it's no longer complicated because the education and science continue to grow day by day and be brought to our attention. On the other hand, some may argue that the education and science have made cannabis too complicated. An interesting topic I thought and with that said, let's dig into this a little deeper and travel back in time, shall we. It wasn't until I found old family photo albums that showed me playing outside as a kid in our backyard that cannabis has been in my life from the very beginning. To my surprise, I'm not only playing in my sunny California backyard, but I noticed there was quite the forest of plants behind me. Then it hit me, the dense forest of plants was actually cannabis. That's right, my parents were hippies and grew cannabis, which I think is pretty impressive. My parents used it recreationally and medically, and this was back in the 80's. My father was a musician, always working and traveling, and my mother developed breast cancer while raising me as a young child. They both used it for their personal needs, and honestly didn't even realize or understand they were using it more so for medical reasons. Weird, I didn't either until I learned more about cannabis and the medical benefits it provides me and my health struggles.
Today, when speaking to my mother, she's at times confused and almost has no idea what I'm even talking about when it comes to the knowledge regarding cannabis. People who are in their 60's, 70's, and 80's have been using cannabis for decades. Senior citizens used back then, and today, it's like it's a whole new thing. People didn't care if they got sativa or indica, or Master Kush or White Walker OG, you got what you got and enjoyed the high. Times certainly have changed, and the information surrounding the topic is much more detailed than ever before. What strain is the flower? What is the THC percentage? Are there terpenes? Who are the parents to this particular flower strain? I'm sorry, what? These are just a small handful of questions being asked today, nowhere near what was being asked ten, twenty, thirty and so on years ago. In fact, I can guarantee there were no questions besides one, do you have any weed? The answer was yes or no, and in my parent's position, the answer was always yes.
Not only does the education and science of cannabis continue to develop, but the stigma around cannabis is too evolving. Who said labeling those who use cannabis as potheads, stoners, or any other judgmental word is cool, necessary, or accurate? Who said cannabis was gender specific? Diversity of age? I don't know about you, but all of this needs to be kicked. The stigma surround by cannabis is not only ridiculous but needs to be put to an end, primarily because it's being used more for medical purposes. Labeling those who use cannabis for recreational or medical purposes, in my opinion, only makes the person saying it an example of being uneducated and quite frankly, rude. These people have no idea what we're going through on a daily basis or what our business for using cannabis is for, and guess what? It's no one's business but our own and those we trust to share it with. Cannabis is not just a man's medicine but is just as beneficial for women. No one benefits more than the other based on your gender. An absolutely ridiculous stigma I've learned and more women are embracing it by showing off. Like hey, we not only exist too but we also use cannabis, and it works just as great! I'm all for empowering women, and that means even more so empowering women who use cannabis. I also empower those to learn more about the benefits of the cannabis plant while keeping in mind you're no expert. There's a sense of urgency to learn and obtain all this new information coming out about this plant and let me tell you, the information shouldn't be consuming your life. Sure, learn all and everything you wish however keep in mind, there's most likely others out there who know more than you and many who know nothing at all. My advice is to be your own expert. Kicking the stigma against the use of cannabis will take more time, but in the end, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. More people are talking about it and sharing how it's medically beneficial. Life is all about living happy and comfortable. If that includes using cannabis, then so be it. Happy medicating, and HAPPY 420!