Ask Old Hippie: How Can You Cope With Unemployment and Loving To Smoke Marijuana?

Well, here’s the way I see it…and no disrespect to anyone who “just smokes to get high”…because there’s nothing wrong with that…

If I was just smoking because it was fun or I liked to…it’s really no different than anything else you like to do (movies, drinking, concerts). If you can no longer afford it, you should stop and save money for survival.

If I’m smoking for true medical or mENTal reasons, and that’s the one thing that keeps me alive/sane/productive/positive/non-suicidal, then it’s no different than anything else you actually need to do.

I take (and in fact, literally just sat down after taking) well over a dozen pills every day. Some of them are prescription meds that keep my blood pressure/cholesterol/etc in check; some of them are vitamins and other supplements; some of them help my mENTal outlook (5-HTP and Sam-E are highly recommended BTW). Together, they help keep me alive. Without the addition of my MMJ every day, I would be back in that twilight existence called “depression” where I was physically alive, but not much caring how any particular day went because they were mostly all the same.

About Old Hippie Old Hippie is a father of two boys and thankfully living in California where all this kind of thing is legal. He started smoking marijuana in 1967 in high school, experimented with mind-expanding drugs of all kinds, and then straightened out 15 or so years later to become an airplane pilot. After being diagnosed with depression in 2000, he lost his job and most of the following decade to prescription medications (such as antidepressants) which sapped his energy and will. Finally, a chance conversation with a friend led to a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana (MMJ). This changed his entire life, health, and outlook for the better. is his continuing story. It’s also his way to provide experienced advice on using medical marijuana effectively and responsibly, as well as advocacy, activism, and support for others. Old Hippie teaches about safe use of cannabis edibles, Canna Caps, vaporizers, dosing, and even microdosing.


I love your site man and I’m glad that you’re able to enjoy life with the help of the right medicine. It’s just a shame that the rest of the United States wont lighten up and legalize the use of medicinal marijuana for the people who need it.

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