How my weed-shy accomplice helps my medicinal hashish use

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Former partners would despise cannabis. And then I met Andy

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Danielle Guercio

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February 12, 2020 • • 5th March 2020 • • Read for 3 minutes Andy, who does not use weeds, and Danielle, who does so for medicinal purposes, have been together for nine years.  Photo: Maria Penaloza (@ohmiamore) Andy, who does not use weeds, and Danielle, who does so for medicinal purposes, have been together for nine years. Photo: Maria Penaloza (@ohmiamore)

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That means if you’re using cannabis medicinally, as I do for chronic pain and ADHD, it can be difficult to meet people who are at least unfamiliar with the plant. No matter how much or how little your significant other uses cannabis, they should support your health and wellbeing. And I’m blessed to have a partner – nine years old and counting – who does just that.

Here’s how he does it (and Happy Valentine’s Day, Andy!):

He doesn’t judge me

If there is a stigma on cannabis use in legal countries like Canada, you’d better believe that medical-only states like New York, which I live in, are still awkward places to be a canna fan.

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Former partners rolled their eyes, made passive aggressive jokes, or showed general contempt for cannabis. My friend doesn’t, so I feel safe to attend at my own pace.

You’d be surprised how Not It’s relaxing to have a little puff when you know someone is going to make a rude comment. And if you’re using it for medicinal purposes, that’s the last thing you need.

It gives me space and time to burn

We’re both pretty sociable, but we can feel burned out if we’re too involved in parties and events. When I consume cannabis socially, it maintains my mood and energy in ways that alcohol never could.

For me it’s more than just support if I am sparkling. A good friend like me doesn’t mind when. I’m sure it’s no fun having to wait five to 15 minutes longer before walking out the door or hosting a social event. But by letting me take medication in my spare time, he also supports my social life.

The payout? We both can enjoy the party longer overall – not having to leave because of pain or party fatigue is a blessing.

He is curious

The best part about meeting someone who is for cannabis without being consumed regularly is their curiosity about novel products. Issues, lubricants, and extremely low doses – like that of a vape pen – are always there for him when his heart so desires.

I think if non-cannabis users are comfortable reaching for a CBD ointment or taking a mini-hit to enjoy video games or an in-depth documentary, it is evidence of progress. And for us it may be months between each exploration, but knowing that I have my friend’s trust when he wants to attend is a lovely thing.

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Andy gets away with satisfying snacks.  Photo: Danielle Guercio Andy gets away with satisfying snacks. Photo: Danielle Guercio

One word: cannagifts

Okay, this one is purely selfish, but sometimes Andy gets samples of all kinds of weed treats. Instead of saying no thank you, these joys often come to my waiting hands. It is even better if we visit a place that sells legal recreational cannabis. This curiosity mentioned above usually leads him to try something new – that I usually share or quit.

He lends his voice

Being in a loving relationship where we support each other means that he supports advocacy and access to cannabis for all, and he talks about it too. Rather than being silent about his girlfriend’s still subversive career and wellness program, he gleefully tells anyone who hears about the benefits of weed.

Whether or not it is helping his health usually just helps him feel very anxious – a common complaint that only time and research into the endocannabinoid system can unravel. Like many other people who have paranoid side effects after a token or an edible, he’s still open to the future of cannabis technology.

One day we’ll know what works for whom, and flowers will be as common as coffee and hopefully as cheap as french fries.

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