#weeDiversity – Green All Over…

     What is “weeDiversity”? It’s the diversity of marijuana users. It means that marijuana (medicinal or not), is basically for everyone (of course, only if they’re of legal age, UNLESS it’s for specific medical reasons).

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     For many years (decades), there has been preconceived notions of what kind of people partake in the magic puffery of pot. Most usage has been attributed to young males (especially of the “stoner” variety). Also, years of negative propaganda and stereotyping has told us that it’s young Black men that are relying on the reefer to make it through the day.

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     While the majority of users (at the moment) are still young males, it’s actually White males that have a higher (pun possibly intended) tendency to try marijuana. Usually for recreational purposes (https://expo.mlive.com/news/erry-2018/10/8e043e1adb3057/who-uses-marijuana-a-look-at-t.html).

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     But what’s the fastest growing demographic of cannabis users? Senior citizens, who also happen to be the largest demographic out there (https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.thegrowthop.com/cannabis-news/cannabis-use-seniors-canada-rise-what-happens-when-they-light-up/amp).

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     With medicinal (and in numerous places, recreational) marijuana becoming legal and more accepted, more and more senior citizens are partaking in it for the medical benefits. Parkinson’s, arthritis, chronic pain, glaucoma, knee, hip, and etc. surgeries/replacements, and many other ailments can be treated (fully or partially) with medicinal marijuana. Many senior citizens need to take numerous different pharmacological meds to just help them get through the day. Marijuana is helping some of them decrease some of the chemical meds by naturally helping with their issues.

     Seniors are the largest demographic because, for the most part, advances in modern medicine have helped them to live longer. Medicinal marijuana could possibly help them live even longer (and improve their quality of life), which means that demographic will just continue to increase.

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     Also, recent studies have shown that Baby Boomers consume as much marijuana as teenagers (https://www.google.ca/amp/s/beta.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/09/20/marijuana-use-is-now-common-among-baby-boomers-it-is-among-teens-federal-data-show/%3foutputType=amp). Two demographics at the complete opposite ends of the spectrum. Maybe now they can relate to each other and find some common ground for bonding. It’s basically the beginning of world peace.

     The usage of marijuana-related products is also up in women. Women (along with Boomers) are consuming more CBD oils and pot-based wellness products (https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/01/24/us/california-today-marijuana-consumers-by-the-numbers.amp.html). They seem to be less interested in the “high” and more interested in the actual benefits.

     And even though marijuana laws vary throughout the world (many places still aren’t fully legal or legal at all), the usage of pot and pot-related items is truly worldwide (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annual_cannabis_use_by_country). It’s becoming less and less a dark alley, hide-in-the-basement type drug, and a more publicly accepted and appreciated legitimate product and/or medicine.

     So, what does this tell us? Well, the negative stigma regarding marijuana is slowly, but surely being lessened. More and more people (of all ages, shapes, sizes, and backgrounds) are giving it a chance – for any number or reasons or benefits.

     Marijuana doesn’t discriminate. It’s not just for “stoners” or young men or for Black people (you best be taking your racism down A LOT of notches). More and more people are being open minded about it. This is an extremely positive development for marijuana as a whole, across the globe. Eventually, we might just live in a world where marijuana is finally fully accepted and embraced (don’t hug your weed, it doesn’t have arms).

     Marijuana. It’s what’s for dinner (and then you’ll probably need to eat even more food afterwards because of the munchies).

 

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