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Cannaphobia: What I Say to the Haters

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How to Handle Cannaphobia

For 80 years, propaganda has been pushed, with society declaring cannabis to be an evil substance from which we must protect our children. With all that cannaphobic brainwashing, of course, we will encounter haters in our fight to legalize this plant.

It’s not that these folks are particularly uptight or even small-minded, they’ve just been battered down by a lifetime of brainwashing.

I’m fortunate to receive mostly kind messages, but on occasion, a cannaphobic reaches out and behaves rather poo-ish. I have a fairly standard response to these types. Here’s a screenshot of my recent exchange with a non-fan named Jerome.

Decades of Brainwashing Results in Cannaphobia

Cannaphobia is an irrational fear of cannabis and of things or people associated with cannabis. Cannaphobia is synonymous with the stigma against cannabis.

But honestly, we can’t blame Jerome. It’s not entirely his fault that he’s acting like a douche. His lifetime of programming leads him to believe he’s being a stand-up guy.

Cannaphobia is caused by decades of brainwashing. Jerome is just another victim of history’s game. And part of me can relate because I too was once resistant to cannabis.

How Cannaphobia Began

People often incorrectly believe cannaphobia is a product of cannabis prohibition. It’s not. The truth is cannaphobia caused prohibition.

Cannaphobia began well before marijuana prohibition. It originated in the Catholic church in medieval Europe and is clearly illustrated during the Spanish crusades which obliterated the indigenous people of America.

And originally, cannabis wasn’t the only plant decreed by the church as evil–all ceremonial and medicinal herbs were targeted.

After the Spanish Conquests, Catholic influence grew rapidly throughout Mexico and cannaphobia remained central to society. Finally, in 1920, Catholic-dominant Mexico officially made cannabis illegal.

By 1937, cannaphobia was running rampant in the United States. Our media and government mimicked their southern counterparts and began an (extremely effective and very racist) propaganda campaign against cannabis

At the time, little was commonly understood about the plant. Little, was commonly known about cannabis and most didn’t even know that marijuana and cannabis were the same thing. When the government and media told people cannabis was a dangerous substance, they believed them.

It’s not surprising that humans were so wrong. We’ve falsely believed some wild stuff over the millennia.

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Batshit Things People Once Believed

History is overflowing with bonker beliefs.

  • In the 1900’s people believed radioactive amulets and radioactive drinks offered health benefits.
  • For centuries bloodletting–or bleeding yourself to let out disease–was a standard health practice.
  • Heroin was developed and used as a cough syrup.
  • Lobotomies were once considered a “miracle cure”.
  • Listerine was sold as a vaginal douche.
  • Vibrators were invented for doctors to help treat women’s hysteria.
  • And people STILL believe that going out in the cold will make you sick.

Fortunately, with time and observation, humans learned that radioactive substances are deadly, Listerine is not a douche, and vibrators are for way more than a clinical setting. Sadly, cannaphobia stayed firmly in place thanks to prohibition.

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Education Eases Cannaphobia

Even to this day, because of federal prohibition, studying cannabis is still illegal in the United States. But with regions legalizing and miraculous stories abounding, more and more are discovering the power of this plant.

Recently, a federal judge declared a group of cannabis patients as “proof medical marijuana has health benefits”. Personal stories are transforming beliefs and education is the best way to fight cannaphobia.

But for some, reading or hearing about it just isn’t enough. Jerome might have to see it to believe it, fortunately, it’s only a matter of time before he does.

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Written by Jessie Gill

Jessie Gill, RN is a cannabis nurse with a background in holistic health and hospice. After suffering a spinal injury, she reluctantly became a medical marijuana patient then quickly transitioned into an advocate. Her site, MarijuanaMommy.com combines science with personal insight to educate about medical marijuana. She’s been featured on Viceland and bylines include GoodHousekeeping, Cosmopolitan, MSN, and more.

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