People like you and me use marijuana to calm their minds, heal their bodies, and achieve great things. And you can too.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been talking with some of Instagram’s coolest users. They’re advocating cannabis as a medicine and a way of life, and by talking with them, we’re helping to tell their stories — and showcase just why MMJ rules the world.
This week, we chatted with Mackenzie, of the macdizzle420 Instagram account. An ADHD patient, Mackenzie chooses to treat her condition with cannabis, rather than prescription amphetamines. She found that the herb helped her vibe to a better frequency — and now she’s using her Instagram to tell the community all about it.
What inspires you to be a cannabis advocate?
Well, I first got into cannabis when I graduated high school. My junior year, I was diagnosed with “severe ADHD” and had been prescribed Adderall to help me with my focus and behavior. I always hated taking pills and the feeling they gave me was so artificial and unnatural.
I had a lot of friends that smoked weed but I was always scared to try it because I grew up in a household and society that puts a negative stigma on cannabis. I truly believed cannabis was “the gateway drug” that the government portrayed.
Once I graduated, I started to realize more and more that the world really isn’t what our teachers and parents portray. So, I decided to find out for myself if I really needed a pill to calm myself down and focus.
My friend had ADHD and had always recommended that I tried cannabis so I figured, ‘he’s doing fine in life, I’ll try it.’ I loved the way it evened out my energy and slowed my thoughts down — I felt like I was finally moving at a regular pace and I didn’t need to wiggle or move 24/7.
I still take Adderall sometimes when I have super busy days at work but I use cannabis every single day and can’t imagine where my life would be if I didn’t open my mind to it.
What’s your favorite strain/product/extract?
Hmmm, I would have to say my favorite strain is Blue Dream.
Tell us (if you’re comfortable sharing) the story of the first time you smoked cannabis.
The first time I smoked I was with 3 of my guy friends at a pool; It was the summer that I had graduated (around July 2010). I remember being paranoid because there were other people at the pool but we were in the back corner of the pool kind of hidden in a gazebo.
My friend Ian packed me a bowl and I had no idea what I was supposed to do. They just told me to breathe in the whole time they were lighting the bowl and they did the rest.
This being my first time, I had no idea what a big bong rip was, so, I didn’t take notice the giant cloud of smoke slowly growing in the bong. They pulled the bowl piece and told me to suck in super fast anddddd that’s where I pretty much died. I was coughing, spitting, and tearing up for a solid 15 minutes before I was even able to talk. To my credit though, I totally cleared it ;).
I definitely got high the first time I smoked; if you don’t, you are doing it wrong haha. It wasn’t the same kind of high that I get now but I was definitely up there.
In your opinion, what’s the best way for someone, whether or not they smoke, to advocate for legalization?
Educate yourself and others. One of the best things we can do is bring the facts to the table. Whether you use cannabis or not, the strongest tool we have is information and knowledge.
Many, if not all, of the negative stigmas about weed have been disproved; a lot people just aren’t aware of it and continue in their old way of thinking. Bringing this new information to light, I think, is the key to e acceptance and legalization.
What do you think the “weed world” will look like 10 years from now?
I think it is going to have a lot of the faces of people who used to oppose weed. I can already see so many different kinds of people from all walks of life using cannabis- it could really have a use for everyone whether you are smoking it or not. 10 years from now, if weed is not legal in the U.S, I’m moving to Sweden haha.
Be sure to follow Mackenzie on Instagram at macdizzle420, and leave a comment below to let us know what you think! [All photos: Instagram/macdizzle420]