In a video produced by Green Flower Media, cannabis users, from parents and grandparents to medical patients and successful young professionals, “come out” and speak openly about their smoking, vaporizing and edibles-ingesting — all on camera. Shot in black and white, the three and a half minute video is a testament to the changing tides that are sweeping the nation when it comes to the healing herb, which has been stigmatized by the Draconian drug war for decades.
Below the video post, Green Flower Media writes that, “As of the time of this video was released, cannabis possession and cultivation remain illegal under federal law. Even states that have passed medical cannabis laws have not made cannabis possession and cultivation legal in all circumstances.”
As increasing evidence builds to show the medicinal potential and relative safety of cannabis, courage is building and its prohibition is crumbling. Almost half of the states in the U.S. have legalized cannabis for medical purposes, and four states also allow its recreational use amongst adults.
To learn more about why cannabis users are “coming out” and speaking up about their use, watch the video below and follow the #ComingOutGreen hashtag on Twitter:
Jake McCarthy says
I LOVE THIS!
I came out Green to my friends and family more than 2 years ago and it really allowed everyone in my life to open up to talking about it. I was a little nervous at first, esp. with my grandmother, whom I love dearly.
But once that conversation got started, it really hasn’t stopped.
We don’t sensationalize it, or overly celebrate it. It’s just a part of our lives now, something as common as going to the grocery store or seeing a movie.
I’m a disable retired veteran, and I didn’t start using cannabis until after I was out of the service for some time. Even I had a negative stigma toward cannabis, at the time.
But thanks to a very open minded, welcoming community, I was able to ask questions, research and try cannabis in a safe environment with people I trust and it allowed me to see cannabis for the wonderful thing that it truly is.
I take the opportunity now to share that experience with other people and be for them what others were for me; open, accepting, comforting and understanding.
It’s great to see this being more publicized and I encourage everyone who uses cannabis to be open and talk about it. It’s the only way to remove the stigma and make it something that is more widely accepted.
P.S. Amber and Co., keep up the good work. Let me know if there’s anything I can do.
This video really speaks to me. Can’t wait ’til California votes to legalize it in 2016. I’ve been smoking for almost 30 years and the effects of herb are way more benign than those of alcohol. Keep up the good work.
Juergen Meixner says
Cannabis is the least toxic therapeutically active substance known to man. Its Therapeutic Ratio (TR) is so high as to be virtually impossible to calculate but is believed to be between 1:20000 and 1:40000. Thus if 1000mg of cannabinoides (THC:CBD…) would produce an heavy medicinal effect, between two to four kilos (taken at once) would be lethal. This amount is, of course, impossible to consume.
Therapeutic Ratio (TR) is the ratio of effective dose for 50% of users (ED50) to lethal dose for 50% of users (LD50). The TR of alcohol is 1:20. TR of heroin is 1:5.
Also, cannabis works on our body because it modulates the human Endocannabinoid System (ECS) which consists of a network of CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout the body and endocannabinoids which are the body’s natural chemicals equivalent to the phytocannabinoides in the Cannabis plant. The CB1 receptor is now believed to be the most prevalent receptor in the brain but does not exist in the brain stem which controls the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. This is why, unlike opiates, alcohol or other drugs, cannabis cannot depress basic life functions to the point of death.
Many doctors are unaware of the human ECS, because it was only discovered in 1988 and so has only recently been documented in medical education. It is now believed to be the most important physiological system in our body, regulating the central nervous system, immune, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and reproductive systems.
Finally, this is why mankind has found Cannabis such a safe and effective medicine for at least 5,000 years for such a wide variety of conditions.
Cannabis – The Benign Herb
The official Empirical Studies into actual use of cannabis conclude:
1) use of Cannabis has no adverse effect upon mental or physical health: Cannabis is harmless;
2) use of Cannabis does not cause any impairment to mental and physical abilities: Cannabis is safe;
3) modern Medical Case Histories show Cannabis to have numerous beneficial results to health: Cannabis is benign.
Thank God for this great plant.