What Brought Me to Cannabis?
I can honestly say that I didn’t try marijuana until I was 20 years old. Seeing the lifestyle that I live now I can see how it is unbelievable to some, but growing up I had always been taught that marijuana was a drug and that it wasn’t something to get involved with. I can remember being eight or nine and being on a road trip with my family the first time I ever smelled weed. We lived in New Jersey and would take vacations as a family to Disney World or Hilton Head Island. We stopped at a gas station to fill up and use the restroom when my mom cracked the window of the car.
“Do you smell that?” She asked us.
A pungent and skunky smell filled the car immediately, but I couldn’t place what the smell was. I had never smelled anything like this before, and was unsure of why my mother was commenting on it.
“That’s marijuana. You should always remember what that smells like for future reference. If you every recognize this smell get away from the people who have it. Good girls don’t do drugs; please promise me that you girls won’t do drugs.”
D.A.R.E. and other programs that I went through in school would affirm what my mother had said to us that night at the gas station. I went through my entire childhood and adolescence believing that marijuana was a bad thing and would ruin my life. Little did I know it would be the only thing to make me feel normal again.
Growing up I always knew that my cycle wasn’t right, and that there had to be another reason for all the pain that I was in. I was a senior in high school when I was diagnosed with having cysts on both of my ovaries, after being rushed to the ER by my mother and boyfriend when a cyst ruptured. All through college I tried every type of birth control under the sun to reduce the size of the cysts and the consequent pain, but nothing helped.
Which leads me to weed. I started out using cannabis when I was 21 for the anxiety I developed in college. We all know college is a stressful time, and I was having a hard time finding myself and where I belonged. From there I realized that cannabis could reduce my pain levels and make it manageable on a day to day basis. This meant no more days spent in bed, and that cannabis had given me my life back. I did a lot of research on the different states that have legalized cannabis (medically and recreationally) and Colorado seemed to be the only state with a good regulatory system in place. Plus it also seemed to be the up and coming state on the knowledge and technology of cannabis which is the most important.
The reason that the nation fears cannabis is because they do not understand it. I however do understand cannabis and its medicinal benefits and I’d love to share those benefits with you all! The purpose of TheTravelingStoner is to share my knowledge, opinion, activities and all aspects of cannabis with you. I am here to change the stereotype of cannabis and make it more culturally acceptable across the nation.