My education of marijuana was through street knowledge from family, friends, and strangers. I learned from my youth that the notorious history of American propaganda had influenced the nation that marijuana was a gateway drug and anyone associated with it is evil. My family had mixed views. Many of my relatives smoked ganja, and some deno
My education of marijuana was through street knowledge from family, friends, and strangers. I learned from my youth that the notorious history of American propaganda had influenced the nation that marijuana was a gateway drug and anyone associated with it is evil. My family had mixed views. Many of my relatives smoked ganja, and some denounced it. Friends and strangers had the same dynamics. Some were, and others were against it. Throughout my life, I was taught not to consume narcotics and the encouragement that I found to not partake in cannabis. I understand that I did not know anyone successful and recreationally consumed in any form of the street product.
It was not until my last year in college when I consumed marijuana, and I loved it. During my college career, I had developed chronic back pain due to old sports injuries and being overweight. I met with a pain specialist that managed my discomfort with the maximum milligrams of Norco's. After several follow up my pain was not decreasing. The next option was steroid shots and possibly surgery. The pain killer affected my mood and my well being for nearly a semester. I had several college professors that spoke to me about my performance and character was not normal, but the only one cared enough to help find me a solution. The solution to my back pain was applying marijuana in the form of homemade balm and tincture. My experience with the product changed my perspective on cannabis, and I was pro 420 ever since. A year and a half later I went from 386lb to 237lb. I lost 149lb and been pain-free ever since.
My story is one of many on how the stigma of cannabis is inaccurate and that there is more to marijuana than the black markets recreational product. I did not become lazy or used other narcotics as a gateway drug, but I improved my lifestyle using cannabis for pain management and weight loss. My professor told me he used to be a trimmer before he changed his career path. He still grew his plants, but enough to help him with his medical conditions. Thankful for his support and sharing his story, I graduated with a bachelors degree and started my journey in the cannabis industry as a trimmer. It took me only one year and 11 months in the industry to climb the ladder into a career making $80,000.00 with full benefits. My take away from this experience is that marijuana did not only help improve my health, but it also allowed me to find a successful career that allowed me to help others improve their life just like my professor did for me.
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