Welcoming Weed: Why Cannabis is Important

Welcoming Weed: Why Cannabis is Important

The legalization of cannabis maybe the hottest topic these days. As the country’s most profitable plant, the majority of the country now approves of it’s sale. With this change, many people who have never used cannabis or haven’t considered using as a health option have become canna-curious.

Just before the approval of recreational sales, I had moved to California. This a was a huge change for me. I had been working as a therapist and marketer supporting those struggling with addiction. So I went from being surrounded by addicts striving to maintain their sobriety to California’s looking for the best cannabis products.

New to California, I was also new to medical marijuana cards, dispensaries, and the businesses ideas that were eventually pitched to me. It was all a little shocking. In the beginning, to say I responded with a “knee-jerk no” would be understating it. After awhile, I realized that while I pride myself of being open-minded and even progressive, I wasn’t giving cannabis a chance.

So I did some research. Then I did some more. There was some much new information that in my years of education and addiction services I had never known about cannabis. So while I wasn’t willing to consider producing a cannabis product or working at a dispensary (plant touching), I thought there was some a social worker like me should be doing to support the new direction the country was moving in regarding cannabis treatment.

Talking to people in California about cannabis was easy. Everyone wanted to talk about it. It was far from taboo. For some it was already very much a way of life. For others, they’d had a friend or relative that found comfort in cannabis care. Everyone seemed to approve of it to some degree.

Leaving the west coast, changed the conversation. Or should I say killed it (with the exception of Vegas and Denver.) “OOOH!!! NO!” was the response when I tried to bring it up in Texas. In New York City, there was interest but a lack of information and no resources. I didn’t even bring it up while visiting Milwaukee- just stuck to beer.  

So here are six reasons why I decided to write this blog:

  1. As I mentioned, my colleagues and friends alike- no matter their personal or professional experience- are lacking all kinds of information about modern day cannabis. A blog seems like a great opportunity to provide some much need education.
  2. While cannabis may or may not be the “gateway way” drug its been said to be, and there’s not been a patient death to cannabis overdoes in the past few years- Cannabis is addictive. 
  3. I took a look around and I couldn’t find any other social workers would have have created any psycho-education about legalized cannabis. So I thought somebody should!
  4. As a social worker, we have an obligation- the same as doctors- to do no harm. While other partitioners aren’t even interested in entertaining the topic, I think we have an ethical obligation to learn more about cannabis. Especially now that over 2/3 of the country have legally approved it use.
  5. There’s a lot of media sources out there. The majority are biased- either pro-legalization or anti-cannabis. Some even  seem to lack some validity. I think I there’s room for my voice in this discussion of things to come.
  6. There is new information everyday. That we’ll all need to figure out together how we feel about cannabis. The science isn’t altogether there just yet but with the understanding there should be room for mistakes. I hope we can work through them and truly understand with the plant.

 Ultimately there’s a theory and a goal- it’s healing. Let’s find out how cannabis can help us. 

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This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Very interesting – well thought out reasoning for starting this blog!

  2. I’m interested to read more. I have moved from CO to CA to MA, so I haven’t experienced the vehement anti-weed parties, but I know they are out there. While I don’t partake, as a nurse practitioner, I am interested in learning more and seeing actual research about the benefits of this trend sweeping the nation.

    1. Wow! That’s a lot of moving Megan! Hope you’re enjoying it! Now that you’re in Massachusetts, you may hear some grumbling of Prohibitionist. There were demonstrations in some neighborhoods prior to recent legalization. Would love to hear from you if you encounter anything interesting!

  3. Very interesting blog post. I do love CBD oil and actually recommend and sell it on my website. But I am a bit conflicted about legalization, tbh. i think it’s great for those with cancer and many with illnesses seem to benefit. But as with anything, moderation is so important, and I know way too many people who use it all day, from the moment they get up in the morning. I’m not being judgemental, but I do think we need to realize that it’s not as harmless as many think it is.

    1. Hi Tina! You make a GREAT point! Knowing how and when to use cannabis is VERY important. It’s a topic I plan to cover soon! I hope you’ll keep reading!

  4. That’s crazy you got that response when in Texas. At least where I live in Texas, people must be a little bit better informed on the health benefits of cannabis.

    1. Hi Kristi! That was just one conversation of many about cannabis in Texas. Others were much more open and interesting. But I was met with more resistance in Texas then anywhere else. Glad to hear that hasn’t been your experience! Take good care!

  5. Interesting thought, while I don’t have interest into cannabis, but I heard it is great for the medical purpose especially a type of pain relief!

    1. Hi Ina! Thanks for your comment but I curious…why don’t you have an interest in cannabis?

  6. Isn’t it interesting how topics like this produce such different reactions in people?

    1. Hi Katy! It is amazing! Cannabis prohibition fueled by racism, ignorance and greed will soon come to an end. I just hope to do my part in re-educating people about this very useful plant!

  7. Very interesting, can’t wait to read more!

  8. Congratulations on starting your blog. I hope it is a great journey.

  9. This is a great idea to start a blog and a great subject!!

  10. Interesting concept for a blog

  11. Very interesting topic. I do know a good handful using it for medicinal purposes , but I confess that my knowledge of it is minimal.

  12. When I saw the name of your blog, I wondered where you were going! I think it is great that you laid a foundation for your posts. Like most others, I have extremely minimal knowledge about this!

  13. Good luck with your new blog!

  14. Thanks for putting this information out there. I’m glad people who could benefit from cannabis are slowly getting access to it. Yes, it’s true that moderation is ket, but I;m glad people who need it are getting it, at least in some areas. Hopefully, that will continue to expand.

  15. I like the theme of your blog. This is an issue that should be studied and discussed as our nation explores the introduction of weed into mainstream society.

    1. Dominique! Thank you for your comment! That’s simply exactly why I created this blog! There’s so much information to know about cannabis as it seeps into our worlds- lots of misinformation, too. I hope to lend my voice to the credibility of the use of cannabis! I hope you’ll keep reading!

  16. Love your idea! Thanks for the info!

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