People have been turning to marijuana throughout history for a number of different reasons. From insomnia, anxiety disorders, to the nausea that often goes hand in hand with most cancer treatments, humans are finding new uses for cannabis almost on a daily basis. Despite legalization efforts and the mainstreaming of marijuana use in America, there is still a prevalent negative perception of its users. Unfortunately, the typical stoner stereotypes of lazy, shiftless, irresponsible individuals immediately come to mind for many people, with others viewing users as drug addicts and even as criminals.
However, proponents are fighting back against this unfair perception citing the very beneficial aspects of marijuana especially when compared to substances like alcohol. Despite how destructive it can be, most people won’t bat an eye if they hear that someone drinks every day to calm down and relax. But, if the same person said that they smoked marijuana everyday for the same reasons, like the essay’s author confesses that they do, it could prove to be both socially and professionally problematic.
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I moved to Northern California when I was 18 and was plunged into the world of marijuana. It was all new to me — and I soon realized that I really enjoyed the mellowed-out feeling I got when I smoked. I have dealt with anxiety and OCD for most of my life, and I found it really quelled any stresses I was managing. Despite this, I barely smoked in college. It wasn’t until I started working and managing the stresses of being in my early 20s that I considered it again.
It was actually a friend training to be a therapist who suggested it. In her learnings, she had encountered a lot of studies that had shown weed in moderate amounts was helping people sleep better, reduce anxiety, and even have better sex. I decided to try smoking a bit of weed before bed, and within days, it completely transformed my life.
Sleep and getting to bed have always been tough for me. I found it difficult to unwind after a long day of work and switch off my mind. Before I started smoking weed, I would sometimes lie in bed until 3 a.m. just going over everything I had to do the next day and not getting any rest. I found that smoking weed not only helped me fall asleep quickly and quiet the anxiety in my mind, but it also gave me a bedtime routine.