How does the media impact the way medical cannabis is perceived?
With stigma acting as a barrier to the accessibility of medical cannabis, the podcast delved into how the media impacts the way cannabis is perceived. Stevo states that since he posted about his journey with medical cannabis he has noticed that his platform seems to decline, “I get shadowbanned when I discuss medical cannabis”. He emphasises that after his and his mother’s experience with opioids, “I wanted to raise awareness on medical cannabis as an option, it may not work for you but here is another option”.
Soon after this, host Mathilda mentions researching cannabis in the news and found that most of the search words associated with cannabis were ‘gang’, ‘stash’, ‘cash’ and ‘raid’. This explicitly shows the stigma that still exists around using cannabis as a medical treatment, emphasising why we may sometimes see people like Stevo experiencing ‘shadowbanning’ on Instagram.