Cannabis Is Critical To Trans Health And Self-Care (Sponsored Op-Ed)

Cannabis Is Critical To Trans Health And Self-Care (Sponsored Op-Ed)

“As transitioning brought my full and true self to the world, cannabis helped my true self achieve its full potential.” This post is sponsored by Weedmaps. by Blossom C. Brown Medical cannabis’s critical role in the health and self-care of transgender individuals isn’t talked about as much as it should be. Additionally, credible resources about medical cannabis specifically for the trans community are practically nonexistent. The need for that information, and access to it, is paramount. The 1.5 million adults in the United States who identify as transgender have unique physical health needs. The community’s mental health needs are also unique and are of major concern: more than 40 percent of trans individuals in the U.S. have attempted suicide (compared to 4.6 percent of the entire US population). And the rates and risk factors of addiction are considerably higher for trans people than those of their lesbian, gay, bisexual and straight peers. It’s time we acknowledged that legal medical cannabis is important to the trans community. I am a health educator, advocate and an expert on being a black trans woman who has found physical and mental health-enhancing benefits through medical cannabis use. I was introduced to the plant fairly late in life, by today’s standards at least. I grew up in Mississippi and didn’t know cannabis in my youth. I was 28 years old and visiting a friend in Washington, D.C. when I tried it for the first time—a college-educated adult and free from any perceived peer pressure with…

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