In a world where cannabis is quickly becoming ubiquitous, we think it’s important to recognize advocates for the great (and often difficult) work they do.
And as marijuana edges towards legal status in many places, we here at DunksnDank want to shed light on the many ways our favorite green plant benefits the world.
We recently chatted with Kelsey, an LA-based cannabis advocate who loves to share her adventures — and constructive information about marijuana — on her Instagram, @kelseydabs.
During the conversation, we learned more about what motivates her to spread the word about weed — and what you can do to make a difference, too.
What inspires you to be a cannabis advocate?
KELSEY: I believe that cannabis is a safe and clean option for medicine but also recreational use. I personally have seen the benefits it has on serious symptoms for cancer, muscular dystrophy, and OCD in my direct family alone.
I spent years taking multiple harsh medications for my ADD, depression, and anxiety; now I feel more myself and healthier with cannabis alone. It’s baffling to me that one plant can help with so many different conditions, yet society prefers pharmaceuticals. I feel it is important to enlighten the unaware of the assets marijuana has to offer.
Tell us the story of the first time you tried cannabis.
KELSEY: My first experience with marijuana was when I was around 13 or 14. My friend Katherine and I somehow acquired around an eighth of something (probably a sativa) by the park next to our junior high school. We each took a hit of a bubbler we found from one of our parents and were instantly flying. I remember thinking my hands were taking over my body and feeling that I finally understood the beauty of life. After becoming more acquainted with my highs I realized that I too saw medicinal benefits to cannabis. Ever since, I have dedicated myself to educate myself on the plant in every way.
In your opinion, what’s the best way for someone, whether or not they smoke, to advocate for legalization?
KELSEY: I think the best way a person can advocate marijuana is to simply educate themselves on the subject. Taking the time to learn about the plant and all it has to offer can benefit you or someone else in the future. It also supports the community when you take the time to learn.
What do you think the “weed world” will look like 10 years from now?
KELSEY: I feel like the future of cannabis is looking bright. I think that that more and more states will consider legalizing recreational marijuana relatively soon. Though I’m not sure that if in 10 years the federal ban on marijuana will be completely lifted.
Don’t forget to follow Kelsey on Instagram at @kelseydabs. And be sure to check back next week for the second installment of our STONERGIRLS OF INSTAGRAM series, where we talk with some of the most dedicated advocates in the cannabis community!