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These Are The Most Common Reasons People Start Smoking Cannabis

owadays, cannabis is becoming a normal and accepted part of life, and this is a great thing. The image of a stoner is no longer the TV/movie stoners who are foolish and forgetful. It’s radically different in 2019 compared to how it used to be portrayed by those DARE campaigns in the ’90s. Today, the average stoners are educated professionals, employed full time, making a good salary, family oriented, & active.

As more states in the US and countries around the world are legalizing cannabis for both medicinal and recreational use, people are more open-minded about cannabis, and there’s a rise in demand for it. But what are the most common reasons people are attracted to cannabis? If you ask a few of your friends, you will probably get a variety of reasons, so let’s look at some of the most common.

It’s Medicine!

This is the most obvious reason for people to use cannabis. With all it’s amazing healing properties, it’s the original reason many ancient cultures turned to the plant, to begin with.

Luckily, most of my friends live in the US and many US states have now have some kind of law in place that legalizes cannabis. Whether it’s hemp and CBD or marijuana THC, with all the new research boasting the potential benefits of cannabis, it is hard to ignore it.

A lot of pharmaceutical medications are expensive and come with a lot of side effects that people don’t want to deal with. This is why people are trying cannabis as a healthy alternative. Another reason it’s interesting for many people is that so many conditions can be treated without getting high (with CBD).

Peer Pressure

It’s the same reason many people have their first cigarette or try their first drink. It’s pretty common in the US for many people to start smoking weed in high school or in college with friends at a party. While peer pressure is never a good reason to start anything new, many cannabis users have been initiated in this way. Peer pressure to smoke cannabis — or do anything at all — is incredibly irresponsible and can lead to negative and sometimes long-lasting effects. We advise anyone who feels under pressure to try cannabis to avoid the situation where possible; marijuana, along with anything, should be each and everyone’s individual’s choice.

They’re Just Curious

Now that research and discussions around benefits of CBD are so frequent, it seems obvious that people want to try it out. Some people are trying marijuana for the first time simply because it is legal and accessible. When they go to parties or when they hang out with their friends, marijuana is there just like alcoholic beverages. There are those who wonder, “What does it feel like to be high?” After seeing it in movies or on TV.

Now that everyone’s talking about cannabis, it’s natural that people who never thought of trying cannabis could be curious about the effects and benefits.

To Relax After A Long Day

Anyone who follows any cannabis social media pages has seen the meme that says “Mommy needs a joint should be just as socially acceptable as Mommy needs a glass of wine.” I get it, and I agree that it should be just as socially acceptable because some people have their joint at the end of a hard working day the same way people have a beer after work. Cannabis is a great way to wind down and relax after a long stressful day. The same way it’s nice to put a buzz on, people use cannabis is to get stoned. Its especially good for knowledge workers with mentally demanding jobs such as engineers, lawyers, and graphic designers. With hundreds of strains all offering various types of highs, it can be a rewarding and beneficial experience.

Studies have shown that cannabis is an excellent and natural way to relieve stress. Some people prefer to smoke a high THC strain while others use high-CBD strains. Strains high in CBD have been known to help with PTSD, panic disorder, OCD and general anxiety disorder.

Bottom Line

There are so many reasons for trying cannabis, and your experience trying something new should be personal. Whether you fall into one of the above reasons mentioned or have other reasons for smoking, the important thing is you should do your homework before exposing your body to something new.

If it’s your first time using cannabis, take time to read about the different strains and method of consumption would be appropriate for your needs. Don’t take too much THC for the first time or you could end up having a negative experience. Cannabis can be a great and simple pleasure in life when researched and done correctly and it deserves to be appreciated.

Why did you start smoking cannabis?

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Alyssha Bal

Cannabis connoisseur | Philly native | based in Berlin, Germany