The stigma around the use of marijuana needs to stop because there are many statements being made that are in fact false, with no substantial scientific evidence.
First, marijuana and cannabinoids are not two different things. Cannabinoids, also known as phytocannabinoids, are chemicals found in cannabis. THC, (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are the two most commonly known phytocannabinoids. The body naturally produced a cannabinoid called endocannabinoids which with phytocannabinoids binds to special receptors in the body and in turn help regulate mood, anxiety, stress, nausea and pain.
Next, the term ‘smoking pot’ and saying that cannabis is only used to ‘get high’ is misinformation in itself. Cannabis based medications come in many different forms, including tinctures, oils, and even vaping. Along with these CBD-based medication is non-psychoactive. This means that you can use the product but you will not be impaired or feel the ‘high’.
Lastly, When a group of people or a person decide to place cannabis use for medical reasons and recreational reasons in the same group it give a disservice to the medical side of using marijuana. You wouldn’t judge someone for taking an aspirin for a headache, or taking opioid based pain killers for an injury would you? So why is it that the people using marijuana for personal medical issues should be looked at as if they are smoking to get high and ‘do nothing’?
Recreational smoking and using of cannabis will probably have a stigma for a long time coming but removing the stigma on the medical use of cannabis should be something we teach everyday and share with our friend, family, and neighbors. All we need to do as a community to stop the stigma is yo educate those around us to be sure they know what they are fighting for and against.