Blogger, mother, gardener, wife, Instagram personality and cannabis user.
These are just a few ways to describe Jo Poirier and the journey that has taken her from feeling criminal and secretive about her medication to finally opening open and embracing (and being embraced) by a supportive world of cannabis users.
“A lot of people are still scared to talk about it, particularly parents,” says Poirier.
“Since legalization (recreational marijuana use was legalized Oct. 17, 2018), I entered tentatively because of perception, because I have a daughter,” Poirier says.
Online, Poirier goes by The Lettuce Lady, so-called because lettuce was the first thing she grew in her garden on the way to attempting to grow her own marijuana.
She now advocates online for the normalization of marijuana use, both medicinal and recreational, while she chronicles her adventures from trying new products and pairing a certain strain to an activity to growing her own plants.
Although she has smoked marijuana on and off for almost 20 years, Poirier says she did not start using it for more than recreational use until she was around 30-years-old. At the time, Poirier was experiencing the physical and emotional manifestation of symptoms stemming from trauma, including crippling anxiety and PTSD. She discovered cannabis use actually provided relief and a return to functionality that the psychotropic drugs she had been prescribed in the past, just hadn’t.
Ironically, it was the legalization of recreational marijuana that prompted Poirier to finally pursue a medicinal prescription.
“Legalization really opened that door for me to try to manage it medicinally,” she says, adding that bad experiences with the health-care field made her want to explore alternatives.
She says she is welcomed with more compassion and feels like the medical professionals she is dealing with take more time to really understand what she is going through and how to best fit her needs in the cannabis space. Now she has satellite appointments with her doctor through Canada Cannabis Clinics every few months right in the comfort of her own home.
“It’s a kinder, gentler place to be.”
Poirier feels that many who use weed recreationally, are using it for medicinal purposes, they just don’t know it as there is so much grey area.