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How to Escape the ‘Stoner’ Stereotype

No matter what your source of consumption entails, the process of filtration you choose; assumptions toward you are nevertheless prejudice.

Anybody that enjoys or just partakes in cannabis is bundled up like cattle and announced as stoners. Yet I bet you know an immense amount of people who glorify the post work drink to a religious degree. The careers revolving around the extensive market of alcohol, you can personally earn tens of hundreds of thousands a year sampling wine, scotch, whiskey or beer. A field of expertise funded by the ingestion of a man made intoxicating poison, yet these people are not criminals, and nor should they be. The people purchasing to indulge are not by association alcoholics and neither are the establishments supplying it. If stigma correlated correctly all beer, wine and liquor moderate drinkers shall be subsequently rounded up and herded into the same pen as the degenerates that bend their elbow at the bar 18 out of 24 hours a day; 7 days a week.

Stereotypes don’t equate to logic, rather play with the primal part of the subconscious mind, an area that constantly creates patterns allowing us to try to understand the information changes in our cognitive world, helping us to ‘fit in’. Simply known as thought patterns by the medical industry, these patterns have been thought so many times that they’ve become ingrained as an auto mode of functioning.

For the record, bigotry towards anyone suffering from the claws of addiction is ignorant and I do not condone such malice. But not all alcohol users are addicts and the same goes for weed, especially with the argument of habit-forming v.s addiction. Ones body does not inflict pain when he/she stops smoking marijuana, unlike that of alcohol, methamphetamine and opium based highs and abuse. Drug addiction and drug habituation are similar but different. As stated in The Journal of the American Medical Association by the World Health Organization Committee:

Addiction: A state of periodic or chronic intoxication produced by the repeated consumption of a drug, an overpowering desire to continue taking the drug and to obtain it by any means, a tendency to increase the dose a psychic and generally a physical dependence on the effects of the drug and an effect detrimental to the individual and to society.

 Drug Habituation A condition resulting from the repeated administration of a drug, a desire (not a compulsion) to continue taking the drug for the sense of improved well-being that it engenders, little to no tendency to increase dose, some degree of psychic dependence on the effect of the drug, but absence of physical dependence and hence an abstinence syndrome and only a detrimental effect; if any primarily to the individual.

If you believe not being part of either, Habitual or Addiction groups gives you a right to ridicule there is an explanation (not an excuse) for your primitive behavior. An experiment that outlines; the feeble amount of preordained evidence one needs to determine an individual does not fit in with society, known as the Monkey Experiment or the 5 Monkeys Experiment.

The basic concept/procedure behind Dr. Harry Harlow (and associates) from the Primate Laboratory Wisconsin is as follows:

  • Monkeys are caged, in the middle a ladder stood with bananas on top.
  • Monkey climbs the ladder, scientist soaked the remaining monkeys with cold water, continue process.
  • As time passed if a monkey went up the ladder the others beat him up, after sometime no monkey dared climb the ladder regardless of the desire.
  • One of the monkeys is substituted, the lure of the bananas causing the new monkey to head up the ladder. Instinctively the monkeys beat him up.
  • After several beatings the new member learned not to climb the ladder, even without knowing the reason for the beatings.
  • A second monkey is substituted and the same occurs, the one added prior is involved in the beatings with no prior knowledge to why. A third monkey is added, then a fourth and then finally the fifth.
  • The final group contained five monkeys that, even though never receiving a cold shower continued to beat any one who attempted to climb the ladder.

The obvious conclusion to this brilliant experiment, actions and thoughts that we believe to be socially correct can derive from ignorance, especially decisions leaving innocent people injured, ridiculed and isolated. Just because a group can agree on something backed with no anecdotal evidence doesn’t prove validation, at all. This experiment touches on a plethora of social behaviours not just stereotyping and belittling. The diversified people who call earth home characterise our world, diversification enabling us to achieve stronger offspring; helping to become the species we are today. Nonetheless, as a self-respected human you can’t appreciate Dr Harry Harlow findings, maybe just step back and contemplate are you the 6th monkey? Do you justify your stereotyping?

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