The reason why smoking weed daily does not equate to dependence
Control. I often talk about how much I love smoking weed which is very true. But I don’t think I talk about control and balance much. I ensure I always maintain control and balance with my use of cannabis so that I’m still able to be productive and a good mom. My cannabis use never hinders my ability to function, perform my responsibilities aka get shit done. I would also never say I’m dependent on cannabis.
Yes, I reach for a joint if I’m having a stressful day, just had an argument with my partner, or if I feel overwhelmed and overworked. However, I realize that after I come down from my high whatever issues or dilemmas I may be facing won’t just magically go away. I still have to acknowledge those things and figure out remedies for them, which I usually do. I’m a work in progress just like you.
I use cannabis because honestly it makes me happy. There are some days I don’t smoke at all even if I am stressed, I’ll just binge watch “Grey’s Anatomy” instead or I’ll smoke then watch it ha! What I’m trying to say is something I think I say often which is weed can heal. It helps me get lifted for a moment so I don’t get bogged down by the millions of things going on in my life. But it’s not the cure to my problems. It simply helps me unlock ways to find solutions or just gives me a moment, aka “me time,” where I can reflect within myself so I can then go back into the world ready to get shit done.
I smoke weed because it helps me to decompress and find balance
Blunt Blowin’ Mama would like to spotlight @crunkdinosawrs⠀
“Some may think that it is nuts but we each have different minds. It helps ESPECIALLY at night to fall asleep when you finally have time for your own — just to decompress and balance yourself. Laying on the couch, I smoke in the privacy of my own home. I’ve been smoking since I was a young teen, started to help cope with life I suppose.”
When I became pregnant, of course, I chose to stop and honestly I had never been more content and happy. After she was born, I continued that path. But as the days got longer and the nights got shorter, I totally picked up smoking [weed] again. It helps bring me to center and helps me focus more on my child — with the postpartum depression and anxiety going wild.” – @crunkdinosawrs
Weed is how I take care of myself
Smoking marijuana is at the top of my list of ways to take care of myself emotionally, spiritually and physically. ⠀
When I was stressed in college, I would pull out my pipe and smoke a bowl to calm down and ease my worries. Now, after living in New York City for over 5 years, I live in California where I have this amazing opportunity to live in a place with tons of like-minded people. Growing up in the South in a black Baptist family it was unacceptable to smoke “reefer” or whatever other unfair labels were placed on cannabis. I now realize it was due to ignorance and lack of understanding of something very few people are educated about in the first place. Cannabis can be used to treat anxiety, insomnia, appetite loss, depression, and more. ⠀
I don’t consider myself by any means the “stoner” stereotype as I have two degrees in journalism (one from Columbia University) and my resume isn’t too bad looking. I’m not saying all this to brag but to back up when I say: I am a hardworking and smart black woman who just so happens to smoke weed. After many years of constantly worrying about outside perceptions of my choice to smoke cannabis, I can honestly say I don’t give a fuck. I’m owning this part of me and it’s nothing to be ashamed of because it’s how I take care of MYSELF. ⠀⠀
I’m sure I’m not alone.
Why for this brave woman cannabis is her self-care method of choice
Blunt Blowin’ Mama would like to spotlight a brave woman, who requested to remain anonymous.
She opened up to share why she uses cannabis for self-care. Her story is so necessary because the reasons women use cannabis aren’t so black and white, as no two women are alike in their experiences.
“Cannabis is a crucial part of my self-care routine. I am currently battling PTSD [post traumatic stress disorder] from rape and sexual assault. Cannabis helps keep me in a safe space. If I do not actively practice self-care, cannabis included, I fall deeper into my symptoms. Cannabis helps keep nightmares, flashbacks, and intrusive thoughts at bay. It has helped me reclaim myself and for that I’m thankful.” – anonymous
Cannabis helps this woman focus and combat her anxiety
Blunt Blowin’ Mama would like to spotlight DeJanae Evins, creator of @greengoddessglow⠀⠀
“And it seems like yesterday that I was first asked to ditch third period to buy swishers for friends who hadn’t yet turned 18. I bought my first eighth my first semester of college. I would smoke, do my homework, and watch the Olympics. Cannabis helped me focus; it helped with anxiety and the pressures of transferring to a university across the country. It helped me make friends and connected me to the person that gave me my first zip at no charge. Receiving my first zip made me consider selling cannabis.
“It was also the first time I ever really thought about cannabis itself. By that time I’d made a friend studying botany and began learning little things here and there about the science of the plant, and how it interacted with the body. She would emphasize cannabis was a plant and it was medicine. That sparked my interest in not only the medicinal uses but the sustainability and eco-friendly benefits.” – @greengoddessglow