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I’m Jessie, a cannabis nurse, writer, and mom who is committed to educating about cannabis and fighting the stigma against marijuana users.

How do you feel about cannabis?

Maybe you’re like me, a patient who’s suffering, failed by traditional medicine and desperate for guidance?

Maybe you’re a cannabis connoisseur who’s s looking for camaraderie and real facts?

Maybe marijuana still scares the crap out of you and you’re trying to figure out why everyone suddenly wants it legalized?

Or perhaps you clicked my site simply because the name “Marijuana Mommy” seemed a little wacky and you had to see what it was.

Whoever you are, and however you got here — I’m glad you’re here!

Please stick around and discover!

Open your mind, and let me teach you about a new medication that’s given me my life back.  You can read about my personal cannabis journey here:  About 

Keep scrolling for a list of my favorite MarijuanaMommy posts.

MarijuanaMommy.com’s mission is to use science and hope to combat the stigma against cannabis users.

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Have a question?  Reach out:  jessie(at)marijuanamommy(dot)com.

 

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Official Bio:  

Jessie Gill is a cannabis nurse and writer 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 help combat the stigma against cannabis users.  She’s been featured on Viceland and bylines include GoodHousekeeping, Cosmopolitan, MSN, and more.

 

What’s a cannabis nurse?

A cannabis nurse is a registered nurse with a special focus on cannabis.  Cannabis nurses advocate and educate about the legitimate, science-backed uses of medical marijuana.

Nursing school and medical school do NOT teach about the medical applications of new medication.  Cannabis specialists fill the gap.  Learn more at the American Cannabis Nurse Association.

 

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What is a Holistic Nurse?

What do you think of when you hear the word “holistic”?  Some think of crystals, energy, and spiritual advisors.  Not exactly. Those things may have a place in a holistic approach but they do not define it, nor are they practiced by every holistic nurse.

Holistic nurses are professionally licensed nurses who treat the patient as a whole – mind, body, and spirit– instead of strictly as a body.   Whereas western medicine primarily addresses physiological issues, holistic nurses consider the impact that mental health and spiritual health have on physical health (and vice versa).

Western medicine is important and needed, but it doesn’t fix everything.  We’re more than just a body.

Visit the American Holistic Nurses Association for more information.

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Why I use the word Marijuana

Not only does controversy swirl around the cannabis plant itself, but controversy also swirls around the name of the plant.

Marijuana & Racism

The word marijuana is not racist, but racism was the instigator of cannabis prohibition, and racism still drives the war against cannabis today.  Read more:  How Cannabis Prohibition Was the First Mexican Wall

Cannabis or Marijuana?

Some in the industry avoid term “marijuana” and only use the word “cannabis”.  They often admonish the word marijuana for its Mexican origins.

In racist testimony from the 1937 congressional hearings, Doctor Woodward, from the American Medical Association stated, “The term ‘marihuana’ is a mongrel word that has crept into this country over the Mexican border.”

Doesn’t it seem racist to bleach a cultural word from society because we’re uncomfortable with the origin?

But doesn’t the word marijuana have a negative stigma?

Sure, and that negative stigma is another reason people hesitate to use the word marijuana.  Many medical professionals only use the term cannabis, because they fear the negative stoner stigma attached to the word marijuana.

But the word marijuana isn’t going anywhere.

It is indelibly rooted in American history.  It would be like trying to rename French fries or spaghetti – it’s silly.

Instead, we need to reclaim the word marijuana by altering the stigma attached to it.

How Marijuana is Like the Word Queer

Historically, the word queer was not controversial or negative until the 1950’s – 1980’s when it emerged as a slur.  If you grew up during that time, the word queer might still trouble you because from the 1950’s to the 1980’s, the term queer was a terrible insult.

But by 2017, we reclaimed the word.  In the LGBTQ+ community, many individuals have embraced the word queer as an identity, a sign of inclusivity, and a source of pride.

The word queer is often used as an umbrella term to encompass the entire LGBTTQQIAAP community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, and pansexual).

I’m queer.

I identify as bisexual for ease of reference, or pansexual if you want to be accurate – but I’m way cozier with the simplified term queer.

Just like the word queer, the word marijuana needs to be reclaimed.

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Nutrition

Slightly Crunchy; Not Full-on Hippie. 

I might be slightly natural obsessed.

If you measure me on a natural living scale from 0-10 –  Zero being “Tang & Cheetos”; Ten being “Organic Chia Seed/Alpaca/Wind Farm” –  I’m about a 6 ¾.  That means if you live off of tang and cheetos you’ll probably think I’m nuts.  If however, you run an organic chia seed/alpaca/wind farm – you probably think I’ve got a ways to go before I’m hippie-healthy.

Examples:

I will not eat McDonalds or Burger King, but I fantasize daily about Dairy Queen’s Peanut Butter Cup Blizzards (with chocolate ice cream).

OR

I won’t eat non-organic apples, but wine is wine – even though those grapes were likely bathed in pesticides.

OR

All my cleaning products are natural, but I haven’t given up my oh-so-awful-traditional deodorant.

No Particular Nutritional Creed

I’m not paleo, or vegetarian, or GAPS, or gluten-free, or Atkins, or raw.  I don’t follow a specific diet.  The path to wellness is as individualized, and I find beautiful qualities in all of these nutritional mindsets.

I feed my family natural, wholesome, minimally processed food – organic as often as possible. Here are my rules: Food should provide nutrition; Empty calories must contain chocolate.

 Hippie Ideology

Even though I’m not hippie-healthy, I’m a full-blown hippie at heart.  I’m so into peace, love, and unity that I poop rainbows.  Equality is groovy.  Bigotry makes me queasy.

 

Heads Up

Occasionally, I express strong opinions.  You might love me, or you might hate me.  Being hated makes me sad, but not sad enough to keep my mouth shut.

 

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