Cannabis may be a lifestyle, but it doesn't have to fit a stereotype

Published Oct 10, 2020 01:00 p.m. ET
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Stereotypical stoners have long been portrayed by the media as a staple and example of what cannabis culture could do to anyone who chooses to get involved. This is a stark reminder of what was once believed to be a complete truth and widely used to discourage people from experimenting with cannabis, but it is far from reality, and nearly the opposite of what it truly means to be a lover of the plant.

The stereotype of average stoners

Stereotypical stoners are known as a hilarious bunch that likes to toke all day and get as little done as physically possible. They’ve been used time and time again in comedies, to show a lighter side of cannabis use, but they’ve had unintended consequences that have far too many convinced of in factual rumors. The most widely believed stereotype says that pretty much anyone who partakes in cannabis culture is lazy, unkept, and unsuccessful at life in general, but we now know that the truth is just a little bit more complicated than that.

The reality

Some of the most famous characters in our lives are stereotypical stoners, including big names like Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin, or Willie Nelson. These staples of cannabis culture, are excellent representations of what it once meant to be a stoner, but now that we’ve seen some of the greatest minds who admit to using weed succeed, it’s pretty clear that loving the plant, doesn’t have to mean any certain look, energy level, or rate of success.

Snoop Dogg, Montel Williams, Ricky Lake, and Whoopie Goldberg are just a few of the most wildly popular names from the big screen, with all of them reaching ranks of fame and fortune that many of us could hardly dare to dream of. Though every single one of these success stories has faced their fair share of criticism, there is no denying the millions that they have all managed to make from taking a fast and hard leaf into the cannabis industry.

Not just for a good financial investment, but with a goal and a dream, to prove all of the naysayers wrong about what it means to truly benefit from this nature-based form of therapy. The swift shift in society that we’ve seen is, in part, thanks to each and every success story that openly enjoys some cannabis. Though we might not like to admit it, sheer exposure to the possibility is the push that some people need to believe that it can be possible to enjoy getting high, without turning into a stoner stereotype.

The true effects of cannabis

Sure, you can always use cannabis to get so relaxed that all you really want to do is sleep and eat the days away, but most consumers don’t. In fact, over half of cannabis consumers partake only occasionally, at less than three times per week, as a way to unwind or soothe aches and pains in a responsible way. Those that do use it all of the time, are more prone to experiencing the sleepier side effects, but only if they’re using the wrong strains, in larger quantities.

Most full-time cannabis users do so sparingly, with a session every few hours or so to maintain a consistent buzz. This is an effective way to self-medicate without going overboard, but it’s not just the technique that matters when it comes to being a successful stoner, it’s also just as much the strains that they chose, as some can be uplifting, improve focus, increase motivation, and send sparks of creativity flowing through, which can all be useful attributes if you’ve got things to do.

That’s right. Some weed strains will leave you feeling lazy or even induce an intense level of sleep that makes it difficult to wake, but just as many others can offer benefits that can help you to reduce stress and expand your mind, as long as they aren’t used excessively. Some of the world's most successful artists and actors love to smoke pot because it helps them to get better quality sleep, rest, and to be at peak performance levels for their job.

Not everyone has a lifestyle that is compatible with getting high all of the time, but those that do, very rarely fit into a group that looks anything like stereotypical stoners.

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