University was when my mindset and opinions towards cannabis changed. In part because  I started my recreational casual relationship with cannabis.

I graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) with a Bachelor of Design in Textiles. I began my academic career being very stubborn and presumptuous about cannabis and its consumers. I went to art school and needless to say, cannabis was everywhere. It wasn’t until I had the opportunity to study abroad that I finally had my first joint. When I returned to Canada, I was in the toughest year of school, my thesis year. As a senior student, I finally had privileges, like my own studio workspace that I shared with other thesis students. It was one of those amazing experiences where my studio buddies and I bonded over a perfectly rolled joint to take our minds off our projects.

However, it was until recently that I realized the reasons for unofficially starting my cannabis journey. I was chatting with another cannabae and in that conversation, we realized we both had our first cannabis experiences while in university. And we concluded that these are the reasons that allotted us our experiences.

Untouchability 

Once you’ve hit university your mind tricks you into thinking you are the shit. I literally thought I was on top of the world and that I knew everything. University is a higher education status and is an achievement and privilege of adulthood. When you’re on top of the world (well when you think you’re on top of the world), who can stop you from doing anything? There’s definitely a level of fearlessness and bravery that comes with going off to school as an adult. Combined with a limitless amount of freedom cannabis definitely comes complimentary.

Blunt BAE university graduation wearing a red dress

The Day of University Graduation

NO parental limits

Along with untouchability, it goes hand-in-hand with freedom because your parents are usually nowhere to be found! There were nights where I never went home and just stayed at school or hung out at a friends’ place. Without your parents watching over you, the desire to experiment with anything and everything is unignorable. Not to mention you’re meeting new people from literally all walks of life. Cannabis being an international flower of the world, the chances of running into someone that’s packing is definitely at an all-time high (no pun intended). 

Peer pressure

I recall my senior year was one of the toughest years of my early adult life. It was as if everything just decided to go up in flames as I was trying to graduate and get my degree, so the pressure was on. And not the pressure that came from friends and school mates to smoke cannabis. More so pressures of all the deadlines that accompanied the amount of work that had to be done. The freedom and bravery allotted me my experiences and openness to accept cannabis as part of my life. 

Looking back at my academic career feels like looking back at a past life. Everything from the way I dressed, to the way I saw the world was so different compared to now. The biggest change was definitely my personal acceptance of cannabis and most importantly how it has helped me get through my academic career.

Be Blunt, Be B.A.E., just B.

Jess