Marijuana, the Best Study Bud-y

Updated: Apr 11

Marijuana has a lot of stigmas around it, giving it a bad name in many states throughout the U.S. Growing up, I would hear it being linked to laziness, munching, the usage of hard drugs, and failure. I was warned when I was younger by adults that people who smoke weed don't go anywhere in life. I'm just lucky that my own family is more understanding and knowledgeable about the plant, otherwise I may have believed those same lies, rather than seeing it for what it is: A natural plant that has the potential to benefit many in various ways. And though, like any substance, weed can be abused, it is not deadly or nearly as dangerous as the overuse of alcohol, which is completely legal in all 50 states.

In recent years, more and more states are seeing that same truth and thereby getting on the weed-train. Currently, 12 states have fully legalized the use of marijuana - including my home state, Maine.

Before weed was voted to be recreationally legal, I had a medical card while living at home and I would use weed to treat my anxiety. I can honestly say I am more productive because of it, for when I smoke, my creativity and art peak, and I can focus on my writing and reading for school work with ease. The same goes for my friends who use it regularly, too.

In fact, weed is being used to treat more and more people who deal with ADD, ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and other mental health illnesses every day. It improves quality of life, focus, and enhances happiness and creativity. Now, even without a medical card, more and more people are able to reap the benefits of weed without fear of arrest. And hopefully with time, those who are serving sentences for marijuana-related charges will be released as they should have never been persecuted for using or selling the plant in the first place. Especially not when I, a privileged, white, college student uses it to complete her homework.

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