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 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 enthusiast who’s s looking for camaraderie, data, and fun facts?

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

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



Please stick around and discover!

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


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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.


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.


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

Racism was the instigator of cannabis prohibition, and racism still drives the war against drugs today.

READ:  How Cannabis Prohibition Was the First Mexican Wall

However, there’s a common a myth that the word, “marijuana,” is a racist term itself.  This is a myth.

The origin of the word marijuana is the Spanish-Mexican culture and the word itself, like the culture, is quite lovely.

Yes, racists attacked the word marijuana.  Racists tried to eliminate Mexican immigrants from the US, and they used marijuana prohibition to do it.

Racists continue to try to whitewash the emerging cannabis industry.  Maybe the insistence on using the European term cannabis is a subconscious emergence of the racist forces embedded in society.

Maybe, it’s time to reclaim this plant and all of the beautiful words to describe it.

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, of attacking a word, let’s attack 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.

Not to say some people aren’t still uncomfortable with the word queer.  Many still are.  I’m sure there will always be some people who are uncomfortable with the word marijuana.


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