What Do People Think of Cannabis After Legally Trying It for the First Time?Rebecca KelleyOctober 5, 2015
Reddit’s “Ask Reddit” section consists of users asking any sort of question for the rest of the community to answer, from the helpful (“What’s the coolest thing I can buy for under $25?”) to the absurd (“If everyone [were] cows, what are some song titles you’d expect from Emoonem and other cow rappers?”). Recently a user asked the following:
“People who have tried Marijuana for the first time due to recent legalizations, how has your opinion on Marijuana been affected?”
The thread was quite popular, amassing over 9,600 comments and 4,200 upvotes. Here’s a compilation of some of the more profound responses from people who were willing to share their stories and experiences from legally using cannabis for the first time.
Cannabis Helped Loved Ones Battling Cancer
Several redditors shared stories of relatives and loved ones supplementing their cancer treatments with cannabis, providing them with an improved quality of life before they succumbed to their battles.
One reddit user shared how cannabis helped his uncle who was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer:
“…my [uncle] has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer (<6 months). My mom took him on a road trip and they passed through Colorado in the middle of their trip. Until that point, he was in unbearable pain, irritable, couldn’t sleep, eat, or be remotely comfortable.
“I wouldn’t typically peg my mom as a marijuana supporter but she was desperate and went to a dispensary. She cried when she told me how the man helped her pick out individual items to help with each of his issues. Hard candies to soothe his throat so he could eat, etc. After a restful nights [sic] sleep, they were able to take a short hike the next day together and enjoy the last few days of their trip.
“My mother is now a big time supporter after experiencing it first hand through my [uncle]. She has expressed how grateful she is that they were able to make it through his last big trip and see the mountains like he always wanted.”
Another reddit user recounted how his grandfather who was dying of bone cancer was able to approach cannabis with a new perspective:
“My grandfather was very conservative and fought in WW2 and never did any illegal drugs and was under the opinion that anyone who smokes pot was a total loser. He never suspected my cousin and I (or my dad for that matter) smoked because we had jobs and went to college and got good grades. He was brainwashed by the war on drugs to think that only losers smoked pot.
“Anyway we got him really high and he laughed and he cried and we listened to Johnny Cash and it was a pretty amazing experience for all of us. It wasn’t so much getting high that was a revelation for him, it was the fact that he understood finally that people can smoke weed and not be total drugged out losers. He even talked about how dumb it was that it was illegal because it was just a plant and obviously not as dangerous as he was led to believe.
“As far as therapeutic effects, this guy had nausea so bad that he was taking a 750 dollar a pill anti nausea medication that didn’t work. The weed relieved his nausea and my grandma even made us all pancakes. Before that he was pretty much living off morphine and hard candies.
We left the bong and the weed and he used it daily for the last two weeks of his life.”
Cannabis Helped Another Cancer Survivor Get Her Sexual Groove Back
One woman credits cannabis to saving her marriage:
“I’ve lived in Colorado all my life. Never was interested in smoking it when I was younger. Fast forward to 3 years ago. Got diagnosed with ovarian cancer, had a hysterectomy and along with my uterus, I lost my sex drive. Don’t use weed while on chemo, but decide to try it once it got legalized for rec. I use edibles and when I get stoned, I get horny. It’s single handedly saved my marriage.”
Cannabis Helped Someone Ease His Sore Muscles…With an Unexpected Perk
Muscle relief and a newfound appreciation for Pink Floyd? That’s a win-win!
“I grew up hearing nonsense from DARE and seeing all of my friends be those annoying ‘stoner’ stereotypes. As I got older, I decided to try it because my neck and back are pretty screwed up and nothing the doctors did were helping. It helped my pain A LOT. Relaxed all the muscles that were causing me issues. I didn’t lose my job. I didn’t lose memories. I didn’t get dumber.
“Plus, The Wall finally made sense.”
Cannabis Helped With a Person’s Bladder Problem
Cannabis has already been associated with a 45% decreased risk of bladder cancer, and one 54-year old Reddit user noted similar relief when using cannabis to help treat his bladder problems:
“What I can report so far:
“1. A bladder problem I’ve had for 10 years is about 90% better. Much better than what Flomax or Uroxatral was able to do.
“2. Enhanced enjoyment of music and funny videos on Youtube.
“Edibles work best for me.
Cannabis Brought About Anger Towards the Very Idea of Prohibition
One redditor realized he’s felt “high” from other perfectly legal substances throughout his life:
“I obeyed the rules and never did cannabis because of the warnings. I did it, and realized I have felt ‘high’ many times in my life through sleep deprivation and/or medicine. It was really no big deal, it was really a let down compared to what I thought it was based on all the dangers people talked about.
“I have done it and really it is such a simple thing I don’t get how anyone can think it is the horror they claim it to be (excluding abusers, anyone can abuse anything). I just really wish it did not smell so bad, but that is a side thing.”
Cannabis Helped Make Everything Awesome (Including, Yes, Sex)
This man’s wife must especially love legalization.
“I went to the store and bought about $15 worth.
“I took it home and got pretty damn stoned. I played with my dog and it was AWESOME. I ate dinner and it was RAD. I had sex with my wife and I WAS FUCKING BLOWN AWAY by how great it was.
“It makes everything better. Food tastes better, TV is more entertaining, sex is amazing. It was straight up awesome.
“Then I went to sleep. I woke up and I felt 100% great. No hangover, no jonesin for another hit, I went to work and rocked it for that day.
“It really made me pissed off that it was ever illegal in the first place. I think of all the lives ruined over a plant. A plant that makes sex with your wife better.
“Think about that. There is a plant that makes sex EVEN BETTER and it is illegal in 95% of the world. That is straight up bullshit.”
Did We Mention Sex Yet?
Yet another redditor chimed in sharing how cannabis positively impacted his love life:
“My wife and I are ‘responsible’ adults (32 and 36) who never drank, smoke or used any drugs up until about 3 months ago. We live in WA and after pot was legalized we both joked around about how now we should try it while in reality both of us were seriously interested. One day I went to one of the local recreational shops and picked up some chocolate for us to try. My wife was surprised to see it, but clearly very excited that I actually went through with it.
“It really was better than I could have imagined. We were happy, giggling morons and loving every minute of it. We were also extremely uninhibited in talking about other things that we secretly wanted to do (mostly in bed). Since that night we have had a much more passionate love life and more satisfying relationship trying new things that we were always afraid to bring up because we thought the other would disapprove. We have children so we can’t get high everyday, but we have gotten high a couple of times per month and look forward to it each time.”
Cannabis Isn’t for Everyone, Though (and That’s Perfectly Fine!)
One reddit user admitted it “wasn’t as awesome” as he thought it would be:
“I have a lot more fun drinking alcohol than I did getting high.
“I don’t think it was whatever I was smoking either, because my friends were having the times of their lives.
“Guess some drugs just hit people different than others.”
Check out the other responses in this Ask Reddit thread — it’s a great glimpse into what everyday people think about legalization.
Time for you to weigh in! If you never tried cannabis before your state legalized and have since tried it in various forms, how has your opinion been impacted by the growing cannabis movement?