People smoke weed for a myriad of reasons. Chronic pain or debilitating social anxiety may be soothed by a dab or edible, or a night in can be made more enjoyable with a toke or two. It’s really about what compels you.
Me personally, I smoke weed to show myself to myself, a sort of repetitive edification I engage in daily. I can’t say I will smoke forever, however, I can say with certainty I will always appreciate that special lens cannabis has provided me.
That being said, why do you smoke?
It’s been reported that smoking weed helps with social anxiety. Could it be possible that it also treats eating disorders?
Some people enjoy a glass a wine or beer after a long day, some a huge bong load. Who are we to judge?
Is smoking weed a coping mechanism? Probably. But do you need to cope? Likely.
Many individuals are switching from mind-numbing prescription drugs to the far healthier alternative of cannabis.
Marijuana has been shown to reduce anxiety and anger. Studies have proven that it actually calms the body and releases tension. However it can also induce blinding paranoia in people, so always do your homework on what you’re toking on.
For some, cannabis provides a clarity that other drugs, such as alcohol, simply do not provide.
Many women have taken to using cannabis to treat menstrual pains. The plant has been known to reduce cramping and ease the aches and pains associated with getting your period.
There still exists a slightly sexist notion that women should not smoke cannabis, that it’s “un-ladylike”. If you smoke and you’re a woman, well bless you for bucking stereotypes.
Let’s face it, there has been a long, drawn-out assault on the legitimacy and benefits of cannabis. Similar to how many political groups and more controversial subjects (such as UFO’s) become the stuff of ridicule and disinformation, so does the science behind cannabis. It’s now known that smoking pot DOES NOT kill brain cells nor does it make you any less lazy or lethargic. More than likely you were born a lazy person.
There’s many folks out there who, gasp, surprise, smoke weed. What you truly may be shocked to know is that these folks are your coworkers, your boss, your kid’s teacher, your doctors, hell even your divorce lawyer. The fact of the matter is you can smoke weed and still be successful. You can also not smoke weed and still be successful. It’s really up to the individual.
My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I’m an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion– not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I’ve lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities.