Call me a stoner, I don’t care: the story of an over 60 pothead 173



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You can call me a stoner if you like, but I don’t care. I have been smoking marijuana, pot, ganja, weed – whatever you want to call it – for about 15 years now. I’m 64 and started smoking because of chronic back pain.

I have told very few people about my penchant for the illegal substance, as when I have, I have lost friends. I’m not sure why though, because it is a personal choice that shouldn’t involve someone else’s input.

So how did I start smoking pot? Well, I was 49 and in absolutely crippling pain after a car accident 20 years earlier than left me in a wheelchair for 8 hours a day. Nothing else would help; I’d tried acupuncture, chiropractors, osteopaths, physios, Bowen therapy, remedial massage – you name it, I’ve tried it. I was feeling quite low as I was approaching what was supposed to be the most free part of my life. I had my retirement planned but I knew I couldn’t bear to go on the cruise I’d dreamt of while I had such terrible pain. I’d tried surgery as well and it was slightly effective, but it was only when my son offered me a joint of marijuana at his birthday party that I finally felt better.

I can’t explain it, but after a couple of joints, I could walk around freely. I felt happy and relaxed, but also well. I didn’t want to go back to my painful life and so I asked my son to get me more of it. He wasn’t really keen on the idea, so I sourced my own through a number of people. I knew it was illegal and I knew it was deemed as wrong by society, but I’ve watched my own father die from alcohol abuse, so I’d much rather hedge my bets on a drug that has never killed anyone, than on something that wreaks havoc on my body. I know a few other people who also use marijuana for their various ills and they have also found it to be incredibly helpful. They’ve gone from feeling like they’ve been hit by a bus, to feeling ready to take on anything. I smoke about 4 or 5 joints a day…what someone would consider to be indicative of a “pothead”. But I guess the difference is I don’t do it to get high.

In fact, I don’t even enjoy being high. I smoke just enough to make myself feel mobile, and so I can go about my day. I have also experimented with marijuana oils which have also been fantastic, though they are expensive and hard to come by. It’s such a shame that parts of America and other countries have decriminalised marijuana yet Australia essentially classifies it as worse than alcohol and cigarettes, despite both of those things killing so many people.

But really, I don’t need to explain my love for marijuana to anyone. My doctor can’t even deny my progress and he is a medical practitioner. I don’t want to seem like I’m encouraging people to try marijuana for their pain, but just know that it is a medicine and it really does work – I am evidence of that.


Have you ever smoked marijuana for medical reasons? What effects did it have? Do you think this writer should stop smoking or is it each to their own?

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  1. I wish they’d make the oil legal, then this gentleman and people like him wouldn’t have to be breaking laws to get relief.
    I am in chronic pain, which will be corrected by surgery in a couple of weeks, so l understand how you feel. I am one of the lucky ones. To have unresolved pain with no “legal” solution would be horrendous.
    If it relieves your pain, go for it.

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  2. If he is out of pain that is great, however I would hate to get high to be out of pain.

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    • The proper medicinal oil being produced in Colorado in vast quantities is made from a cannabis strain very low in THC and much of that is removed. Users don’t get ‘high’. Drug companies are fuming at their loss of revenue and are spending massive amounts of money trying to ‘smear’ the use of this oil.

  3. Well done . . . I would happily join you if it didn’t have to be smoked . . . . prefer popping pills, having never been a smoker

  4. When are we going to face reality? The pharmaceutical lobby doesn’t want to lose the Pain Management side of their market. As for not wanting to be high some of the medications I was prescribed made me nonexistent! Now after more than thirty years I just put up with it.

  5. I don’t waste my life worrying about what others do, I live my life and let everyone else live theirs..I am not an illegal drug taker but that is how I choose to live, I can’t and won’t live everyone else life for them.

  6. If it helps you, then go for it. No- one lives your life but you and if you prepared to take the risks of being charged to stop the pain…I say your a brave person and good on you mate

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