Despite the fact that more and more states in the US are now legalizing the use of cannabis, the stigma that comes with cannabis use is still there. This is all thanks to the negative publicity that media outlets paint about cannabis that the stigma still remains a battle that’s hard to win. Because of this, so many people keep their cannabis consumption a secret. They fear that they will be judged so they would rather keep their cannabis use behind closed doors.
Effects of Cannabis Stigma
It’s unfortunate to know that the lives of some people using cannabis for medication are often plagued by stigma and discrimination that could greatly affect their overall wellness and self-esteem. Perhaps, you are a doting mom who relies on cannabis in order to treat your anxiety or depression. But because of the stigma that comes with it, you might think of yourself as a bad mother for relying on weed. So instead of treating your anxiety or depression, it might just get even worse.
The public often sees consuming cannabis as a form of “self-indulgence” and this is what triggers guilt among the users. If this stigma remains unsolved, people who rely on cannabis for medical treatment will be left feeling broken.
Getting Rid of Guilt and Shame
There are ways we can rid ourselves of the guilt and shame that comes with cannabis use. We have to first unlearn the negative stereotype that comes with it and forget about the bad publicity that the media is trying to paint about the use of cannabis. We should understand that cannabis is, in fact, an effective form of medication that’s capable of treating even the worst medical conditions.
People should start seeing cannabis just like any type of plant that grows and blooms. It’s not something that we should be scared of. In fact, it might just be the only thing that can help enhance people’s quality of life, given the modern-day stresses that we all have to face every single day.
The stigma on cannabis use will continue if people avoid fully understanding the psychological, emotional, and physical benefits that come with consuming it. There are lots of scientific pieces of evidence and medical researches that prove that cannabis is great at elevating the mood, relieving pain, reducing nausea, and treating inflammation. All these studies are available online for the public to view. If only people could take the time to read these, then perhaps the stigma that comes with cannabis will finally disappear.
When people have the right knowledge about the many benefits of cannabis to our body, cannabis users will be less shaken by the harsh judgment from the public. Using different kinds of cannabis products is another way to de-stigmatize cannabis use. For instance, you can have cannabis-infused lotion in your bathroom or perhaps, a hand cream that can help to improve the quality of your skin without the harmful psychoactive effects that come with consuming cannabis internally.