Do your part to erase the stigma surrounding cannabis

Published Jan 10, 2023 02:00 p.m. ET
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This beautiful plant has been vilified for years, resulting in cannabis myths, stereotypes, and nearly irreparable damage that’s going to take years if not longer to correct. Luckily, if all enthusiasts and allies do their part, we can speed up the process, even if it’s only a little bit at a time. Every positive move you make will have a profound impact on how future generations relate to and interact with cannabis, so why not help to reduce the stigma by following the tips and tricks on this list?

1. Be a good role model

Shop, consume, share, and partake responsibly no matter where you might be. Though we all may go slightly overboard from time to time, setting a good example for others is one of the most effective ways to eliminate the stigma surrounding cannabis and the community. It’s not always easy, but it’s so worth it.

2. Teach future generations

Talking with kids about cannabis-related topics isn’t exactly highly encouraged even in today's society. Here it’s a legal product that children may come across in their day-to-day lives, but this is something that needs to change if we want future generations to have a healthy and knowledgeable relationship with cannabis. Start small with things like plant and product identification before expanding into the medicinal uses and finally ending with explanations of why it’s taken as a recreational substance. Honesty truly is the best policy.

3. Educate at every opportunity

Teaching our children about the facts surrounding cannabis is important but so is educating the adults that still believe in the many cannabis myths that still circulate today, and you might be surprised to learn just how insane some of them are. Those who grew up in the time of Reefer Madness campaigns and ‘just say no to drugs’ sessions in school may have a hard time changing how they feel, but with your help, it is possible.

4. Avoid contributing to misinformation

Misinformation is rampant in cannabis. In some cases, it’s even industry professionals who are spreading lies and half-truths as marketing tactics to sell products at a time when it’s nearly impossible to differentiate from the competition without making some kind of health claims. These claims cause confusion resulting in a lack of confidence for those who hear them and aren’t sure what to believe, so do your best not to repeat facts you think you know unless you’ve researched them

5. Support educational resources

Education is key, as it’s a powerful tool that can change the minds of people for the better, but those going to the greatest lengths to teach others are often not fairly compensated for the time they spend making the world a clearer place. Luckily, you can show your support through purchases, monetary donations, and even by visiting your favourite contributors regularly, and showing others where to turn. True educators should be applauded for the time they put in. So give them a round of applause and support them in any way you can.

It won’t happen overnight, but we can succeed together

The stigma is heavy and it’s not likely to disappear completely anytime soon, but if we all do our part and work together to spread awareness and educate, the future will be a brighter place for upcoming generations, and that’s a wonderful thing.

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