Hope you all had a nice weekend. For many of you, like me, the weekend continues. With stay-at-home orders still in place and without a job, it’s hard to remember what day of the week it is. Well, today is a special day. It’s Monday, but it’s also April 20, or 4/20, you know “weed day” as CNN refers to it. I know this is a controversial topic, but I invite you to continue reading.
420 is celebrated by cannabis enthusiasts worldwide. The origin of 420 started in the late ‘70s somewhere in San Rafael, California. Cannabis, weed, marijuana, whatever you want to call it, has not always had the best reputation. In 1936, the movie, Reefer Madness showed how marijuana addiction can ruin the lives of teens. The D.A.R.E. program warns that marijuana is the gateway drug. There is a lot more that can damage the life of teens and adults in my opinion. The unresolved trauma from childhood abuse: sexual, physical, or verbal; parents fighting, bullying, etc. Trauma left unresolved can do a number on a person’s mental health. It's no wonder we have people turning to drugs.
From my experience, there are good and not so good drugs. Cannabis falls under the good category on my score sheet. Teens and adults will try cannabis for several reasons. Not all come from a negative place.
Curiosity - As humans, it is an instinctual desire to gain more knowledge and information.
Creative Outlet - Cannabis has the ability to alter the mind, creating space for creative-inspiration.
Escape - When there is unresolved trauma and/or another addiction is present, one turns to a substance to escape their pain.
Peer Pressure - Sadly, one hasn’t yet learned how to self-advocate and often gives in to persuasion from family, friends, or their partner.
Welcome to Connecting With Cannabis. A spiritual journey of self-healing with the help of some pretty great plant medicine. The seed of this project was planted long ago and the bud is now flowering. In this series, I will be discussing the many benefits of this sacred plant and how it can be used in a responsible, positive, and balanced way. Stay tuned and stay connected.
All the best,
Photo by: Kristen Marie Parker