Stoners coming out – beyond the marijuana monster myths | David Schmader | TEDxRainier

In this funny, informative talk, David Schmader makes the case for thinking more broadly about what a marijuana user is and can be.

David Schmader is a multi-talented writer, playwright, newspaper columnist, and performance artist. With wit and intelligence he blends personal experience and biting humor to provide insight on difficult cultural issues. He creates autobiographical solo plays that include, Letter to AXL, (homophobia and the unifying power of anger), Straight (“pray away the gay” conversation therapy), and A Short-Term Solution to a Long-Term Problem (angst, escapism, and forgiveness). His shows have toured the country, with productions at New York City’s Dixon Place, Los Angeles’s Highways Performance Space, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Arts Festival, and the Wexner Center of the Arts in Columbus, Ohio.

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I am about HEALING earth and the ADVANCEMENT of HUMANITY.
I am not about becoming rich !
I am creating gold to prove that THC restores brain injuries.
The proceeds I will use to create a self charging generator that will run HYDRO drive with 0 carbon output.
Then will focus on getting DC electricity from atmosphere !
I am the CREATORS 'healing' warrior.
I came forwards with how GOLD and PLATINUM were created to 'prove' my brain injury is being restored with THC so earth can be restored by growing HEMP.
How else could a 5.5 TBI patient do this ?
Growing HEMP will restore the 'soil', will restore the 'atmosphere'.
Will create BIO-DEGRADABLE plastics.
This is the only way I can get this message out; HEMP plastics is the future for earth.
I wrecked my Harley not wearing my helmet that stopped my heart 3 times, crushed my chest breaking all my ribs multiple times puncturing both lungs, put me into an 87 day coma waking with a 5.5 brain injury requiring relearning life. Once returning home I tried having my doctor do an MRI of my brain to compare to my wreck. He refused telling me that BIG PHARMA will financially destroy any doctor that proves THC restores brain injuries.
This upset me so much that I taught myself MOLECULAR SCIENCE and went to the gold shop in KALISPELL MONTANA showing JB how copper transitioned into gold. This got me kicked out and he told 'city council' that I am making FOOLS GOLD from copper pass tests
Boiling water proves that 'heat' excites MOLECULES allowing ATOMS to escape.
This is how copper transitions into GOLD and nickel into PLATINUM.
Earth must be restored by growing HEMP world wide.

Weed is not made for all?😍

We going to ignore the fact that he said "Negros"

I have to agree with him about smoking at a young age.I don't smoke anymore,but I started at 16 and now I feel like it seriously held me back,but I still fully support It for occasional recreational use and medical use.

I agree with the age he says, most people start smoking as teens but as teens our brains are still developing and don’t stop developing until around the age of 25

People are so stuck on it the blindly defend it in the comments sad seeing addiction that society calls normal

Oh man I started crying... sent virtual joint. *

I'm a Gov contracted employee and I use cannibis as medicine. Come out. Decriminalize this plant!

Its bad if i started to smoke regularly at the age of 17?

Nobody will probably read this but...I've been an alcoholic for a number of years due to issues from Anxiety and Depression since High School and it has done a number on me. I require a third of a 1.75L of 40% ABV Vodka a night to help me get a mild buzz and then pass out due to my insomnia most likely due to my drinking. I recently tried Marijuana and I feel that it is SO MUCH better than alcohol since it gives me a buzz along with so many other feelings but still keeps me awake and able to focus so I can enjoy my day instead of recuperating from drinking just to pass out again and continue the cycle. I just switched so wish me luck! I hope this helps any other Alcoholic out there who is in a similar situation. I loved alcohol too but it is just slowly killing you so please take it seriously and make the right choice!


If anything the stoners have always turned out to be the smartest people I know lol

I smoking weed for 7 years , and I can tell for 100% if I didn’t use this drug my life been much better now .
What about the psychological side effects ? It’s an mental addiction much worse then “normal” addiction

Fear and money. The govt knows it’s too good so they both demonize it and grow it themselves to sell

8:26 wonder why haha

i'm a physics graduate student and i'm stoned rn

I use food, water, and oxygen from the Earth. My mental and emotional needs are not dependent on a plant.
My emotions and thoughts and emotional maturity I am responsible for.

I've been out since I started. Love me some weed!

alcohol is the same high or drunkyness time after time, I enjoy that weed is sorta like a Pandora's box when useing an Indica or Sativa is designed to enhance motivation or hit the sack


I've smoked pot 20 years, of which I had brain cancer at 20 years old... I've had only good side affects from and form of it. And its legal here from the exact 50+ healing property's Canada's discovered.

It's not for everybody but that are definitely people who need it. If we could just let ppl know how to use it

Who else watching this baked asf

marijuana is very very bad for you.

You just stated basic facts that everyone already knows.

I’m a stoner but you ruined it for me.

Weed kills productivity


I'm of the mindset I want to quit.

I mean, I smoke with tobacco, tobacco is the main issue, but weed is too expensive in the UK to smoke it on its own?

Plus I've built up and immunity and I just don't get high, I get sluggish that's about it.

Believe me. Weed was nice for me. But it made me lose my life.

This is awesome

if u live in north hatley. or are in town i bee looking fo some kush comment on this post whod10609@@t or email me what ever

“Sorry about the notecards, I’m really bad at memorizing”... huh that’s ironic.

Marijuana causes one or more of the following at some point for every user: acute anxiety or panic attacks (anxiety disorders), paranoia, mania, visual and auditory hallucinations (bipolar and schizophrenia). This is most of the major mental illnesses. Most come back to normal after bad experiences but there are many who don't. The only way is education. Most people enjoy their cannabis and it has medical potential but we must protect peoples lives too. For people who want to try it. They should start with homeopathic C.Indica 1 part per 1000. Put 1 drop (1/20th of a ml) in a litre of water and take 1 drop of that, and then increase that by concentration of 10 slowly over weeks until they build up to around 5-20 mg and see if they can handle that. A drop is 1/20 of a ml. They should never use weed at that dose more than twice a week if they want to play it safe. And if at any point in increasing the dose to see if they can safely use the drug, they experience anxiety, panic, mania, or come down depression they should definitely stop before they ruin their lives. Paranoia is another very common reaction but if the user finds it "very" unpleasant then they should stop immediately and the same goes for auditory and visual hallucinations - these are indicators of schizophrenia. This is nothing to do with set and setting, but to do with the delicacy of the human mind, esp. as it pertains to the endocannabinoid system which plugs straight into the limbic system.

Legal now in Canada and all that fear mongering and concern for chaos was for nothing

Smoking weed has helped me on lots of ways possible,kept me away from alot of unecessary people and situations,I've been clean for a month now and i just can't wait till I have my first hit in a while
No more puff puff pass though ,the glory days are over .

so wonderfully and truly expressed the man covers some real fact quite succinctly hilariously :) everything from the war on drugs to public brainwashing and association of stoner stereotypes has prevented a valuable herb from healing many peoples-im glad its changing now in the west but i can only hope that the transformation in the east will be as rapid, because it is sadly ironic that the indigenous home of cannabis where ganja was an essential part of our religion culture, now has more stigmas prosecuting innocent proponents than do those who forced us to ban it.


LMAOOOO he was talking about the LIESSSS that surround it and everyone clapped like they really didnt like snoop or dragqueens

I honestly don’t know how bad my mental state would be if it wasn’t for weed. I was diagnosed with clinical depression when I was younger. Always dealt with intrusive thoughts and sleeping problems. Weed has been the only thing that really helps treat my mental illness.

The only danger is that u might get dry-mouth ahaha

Glorifying pot, is dum, all drugs and alcohol leads to suffering, unless it goes down good

Government will never allow the natural medicine to be legal coz they know the truth about marijuana. 🤣

I've yet to hear a doctor say that smoking high-grade marijuana in public or in the home can lead to involuntary intoxication of minors. Filter less marijuana also increases your chance of developing lung cancer or having a heart attack. Monsters like this are profiteering off the general ignorance of the community. I agree medical marijuana is medicine. However, CBD is not a safe alternative to THC, nor is CBD part of an approved addiction rehabilitation program similar to methadone. In addition, if these drug users are putting FSC chemicals on the smokable marijuana product it will likely cause nausea or vomiting if consumed. The "crystals" from marijuana can also aggravate people's pollen allergies. Furthermore, it is unknown if people can suffer from a general allergic reaction to Marinol or other marijuana based medicine.

Here “post” quarantine and marijuana is now classified as an essential business.

weed causes you mental health my ex did it he turned mad and handicapped and thick but the problem is you alwyays blame the women

Other than the opening, which definitely breaks the ice, I'm glad to see a serious take on a great medicine. I'm lucky to have a script for this medicine, rather than on narcos that have awful side effects, but help mitigate pain. Everyone should be educated, and this medicine should be regulated, and even taxed, if it helps people gain access to this great medicine. If people want to avoid Opioids/opiates that are used in hospitals, this is a great alternative. After 30+ successful neurosurgeries for brain cancer, I use this to help mitigate chronic migraines, nausea, and even seizures, all successfully I might add, without the side effects of opioids/opiates that were given inpatient that really messed me up while I was on it. Great vid.

no! no! no! sir!!!...weed is bad for us humans, because ive got a psychosis..after i smoked weed and did shrooms for the first time, i realized that the world, life and existence is beautiful!..and i'm here to have fun...this can't be true, so i must have lost my mind, logically...therefore, people think im wonder!

I’d rather roll my son a joint than treat him to takeaway..

In the right amount , weed helps me with my anxiety. If I get too anxious, I smoke a small bowl and then I’m chillin. Completely operational but much more relaxed and focused.

Whenever I’m struggling with course work, I smoke a little. Come back and my mind is open and cranking out answers.

Too much smoke and I get paranoid or nauseated

i cant eat in the morning without weed. how do i break this cycle. please help

Nixon has been dead for years.
Can't you guys roll back his deliberately discriminatory policies soon, and get in with it!?
When you eventually do, my country will probably FINALLY legalise as well, because your country's wide spread propaganda promoted the illegality of weed here in the first place.

Weed....for me generally it is a bad thing in life. Not as bad as other vices...but it so addictive it leads to being numb, depression, overweight, getting up late, unable to work, a social recluse, bad health/lungs, high strung.

Of course these are generalisations. Weed has many positive attributes, and anything in moderation is fine - however if you smoke on your own, smoke too much/ cannot control, smoke early, smoke and destroy your lungs - you have an addiction. And this can be self destructive.

The main good thing? Changing your perception, making you see things in as different light, making you relax your concepts.

Ive been smoking weed for two full years now everyday. I just walked NYFW and I am also a day trader. Do not be irrational by making all weed smokers look generic.

I cant believe this guy wasted so much of my time trying to be funny smh

Bro whats wrong with The audience. Sounds like a laugh track.

Yeees, legalize weed in all states already 😎

I met the three most intelligent people I’ve ever known in my life in grad school. All three of them were very avid marijuana smokers. The key though that marijuana naysayers miss is that everyone who is promoting its use is talking about using it in moderation. You can do too much of literally anything. So, are we going to ban sugary snacks because too much of them can cause diabetes and obesity? And that’s proven fact, while weed skeptics are always people who have never tried it, or got way too high on their first time using, causing paranoia. Usually this paranoia is caused by the fear of being caught using it, which wouldnt exist if it was legal. I’ve used it instead of alcohol in times of relaxing and celebrating with friends, all while graduating and getting a Masters degree in computer science (which was the most “intense thinking” I’ve had to do in my life). I agree that it can alter your judgment in large doses so I don’t agree with driving or working with hazards while using it, but I will say that some of the most miserable days of my life have been days after a night of boozing, while a comparable intoxication level involving only weed leaves me peaceful, rested, and still lets me get a nice night’s rest while it’s only “nagging” side effect the next day after use is only a possible “fog” or a bit of sleepiness in the morning after waking up. Most of the time this doesn’t even happen anyway. All this considered, it just absolutely blows my mind that anyone who participates in the consumption of alcohol could put down the legalization of weed.

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I have asthma...due to smoking weed it has stop an I breed better

marijuna is way to ultimate truth....

Smoking weed can most definitely be detrimental to your life if you are not fit, capable, responsible, and dont do it moderately . And when I say detrimental, I’m putting it lightly..

Good crowd - damn

I love weed. Makes life so much easier ♥️♥️♥️

I know more people addicted to pain pill than pot

"I hate to disappoint, so I'm doing both"
Best Ted comment ever😅😂🤣😭


Unfortunately weed is very harmful for young people while their brain is developing and you still don't understand why it should be band? Marijuana must be available only as on prescription.

Drug use has always and will always be for the weak minded.


Helped me...i have only been stoned once.

The stoners will know what i mean...====#~🤔😁

RIP Charlotte

And yes, someone has died from weed... I yound child recently....

...happy 420

9:39 sips tea

Having personally experienced it, I believe marijuana being a gateway drug

Seeing this recommended by YouTube on 4/20, coincidence? Maybe.
Hotel? Trivago!!

Happy 4/20 everybody....wait..what?

Anyone else getting this recommended on 4/20

i definitely abused it for a long time due to my depression. sober thoughts terrified me too much so i woke up and got high everyday. i’m doing better now after cutting back and taking prescribed medicine, but it just goes to show you how different it can be for everyone. i still support it. i will still smoke. it just took me a long time to use it in moderation. if anything, it just shows how the schedule one label needs to be rid of so more research can come about so it’s no longer scary for everyone. i’m glad this was in my recommended

For some reason, weed helped me gain motivation to hit the the gym. Even tried resistance training while high was just a pleasant experience! But one should be aware of it’s effect on each individual because it is not the same for everybody.

In europe and asia we smoke it with tobacco and it makes it 50x better

Thats two this week....just found out Graham Hancock is also a stoner!

The stigma is unnecessary.


And now we at Northern Michigan University are studying medicinal plant chemistry and psilocybin for use to treat severe PTSD. What a long way we have come!

Trauma is the only gateway to drug addiction

Lol these old gessers dont know half of what u said. They are all afraid of weed haha, drugs are baaaaaaad mmmkaaayyyy

its been about 5 years since this video, and things still aren't where they should be!! this needs to be talked about more.

The most dangerous thing about weed is getting caught with it....

Yes speaking straight facts !!

Weed isn’t harmless though. I got addicted and ended up going to treatment cuz I couldn’t stop on my own. Now that’s just me. For me it was an escape and a way to avoid myself. There is nothing to wrong with weed. But something wrong with me smoking it all the time. Now that’s a personal call. Just know that people like me out here do exist, and I certainly would’ve gone to harder drugs if I had more time in active addiction (thank god I didn’t)

I'm a proud weedsmoker for over 15 years and have always told other people about it. Even though I live in the Netherlands it's still not the norm but we get there eventually. It is funny to see that the some USA laws are less strict than ours. We are fallin back on this subject.

John Nash
Richard Feynman
Young metro


How many folks like to get a buzz before hitting the gym ?

I've been a hardcore smoker for the past 5+ years, I'm 28. Weeds been the best thing to ever happen to me. It really brought me out of my shell and very chill these days. It's a great relaxer and good for body aches with little to no side effects.

“Non remarkable queers” that phrase made me lol as did “I love drag queens and snoop dogg”

Here is the secret behind 420. Most people are done working after 4pm. 4:20 is twenty minutes after work. 420 means for me that you do what you have to do, either school, work or chores. Because if you smoke before the things you have to do, you most likley wont do it. Do what you have to do sober and when you're done... Get high! When I was younger I didnt get that. I got high from when I woke up to the time I went to bed. And got nothing done. Moderation is the key word here, as in anything.

ive smoked a gram a day for 5 years, im 22, graduating college on time, landed a great job right beginning in june. Even my friends always "joked" around saying I would be the broke bum growing up... Weed has given me some anxiety issues, but I can honestly say I am a much kinder, empathetic, better overall person now.

You guys legalize marijuana when here we still struggle with homosexuality and other level one struggles lmao
_third world countries

“And the world turns.”

Look up John Erlichman’s interview in the 90s to understand Nixon’s political motivations for the controlled substances act