Stereotyping & Cannabis

Last updated on October 23, 2020

Let’s talk about stereotyping & cannabis

The definition of stereotype: a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.

We’ve all been stereotyped before and if we’re being honest with ourselves we’ve also been guilty of also stereotyping others at some point in our lives.

I’m not saying it’s right, but it’s definitely human nature.

I’m writing this blog to shed some light on how reefer madness has contributed to the stigma and stereotyping that surrounds Cannabis consumption.

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Common stereotyping and misconceptions….

People who smoke pot are dangerous criminals.

People who smoke weed are lazy.

Cannabis is a gateway drug that leads to harder drugs so people who use cannabis must use harder drugs.

People who smoke pot don’t have a job or money.

Stoners aren’t successful.

People who smoke weed are bad people.

People who use cannabis have mental health problems.

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Now most of us stoners know that these misconceptions are bullshit, right but some of them can be dangerous and hurtful.

For a start I am the epitome of cannabis is not a gateway drug. I have never tried any other harder drugs. The extent of my drug use is Cannabis, tobacco, Coffee and occasionally alcohol. It’s fair to say I’m successful in my field, I’m not the laziest person you will meet and I am a good person to my absolute core.

I’d also like to add that the majority of cannabis consumers do so to help with any mental health issues. Only a very small percentage of people have mental health disorders because of cannabis and there is usally something else other than cannabis involved.

The most important thing we can do as cannabis consumers is be conscious of our actions and remind the people judging us that we are not their stereotype.

In my next blog to follow on form this topic we will have a look at some of the worlds most successful stoners and prove further that people’s stereotype’s are wrong and we encourage more open mindedness and acceptance.

Be sure to check out Simpa’s article here https://ismokemag.co.uk/cannabis-mythbusters-challenging-myths-stereo-types/

And be sure to give my episode a listen to hear some questions I was asked on facebook https://ukpotcast.co.uk

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  • I am not a Doctor.
  • The MHRA or the FDA have not evaluated any of these statements.
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