The Benefit of High There for People With Disabilities

The impact social media has on our ability to connect with others is undeniable. It gives us the opportunity to engage with like-minded individuals passionate about the social, political, and health issues that are important to us. 

Whether these people are local or all the way on the other side of the world, social media is removing geographical barriers preventing communication. Most importantly, it has enabled people with disabilities to effectively share their opinions, learn from others, find employment, and advocate and/or protest government policies and programs that adversely affect their quality of life. 

People of all ages with disabilities are using social media, blogging platforms, business websites, and forums to share their experiences. Additionally, it provides a platform for people with disabilities to have a voice regarding changes they want to see in expanding disability concerns, such as inclusion and employment. 

Now, there is a new social media platform specifically designed for cannabis users. 

This app, High There, has broken down barriers to allow people of various limitations to display their presence within the cannabis community. This platform has opened doors when it comes to communication, educational growth, cannabis business, and even therapeutic progress for adults ages 21+ with disabilities. 

While cannabis social media platforms provide an excellent way to unwind by scrolling through pictures of different strains, or showing followers what you’re currently cultivating, for many others, it’s a lifeline. 

Continue reading to understand the ways in which the High There app benefits people with disabilities. 

High There Provides an Inclusive Community for People With Disabilities 

1. The Ability to Connect With Others 

Many people with disabilities can connect with others facing the same challenges through the platform. They can also use High There to keep friends in the community updated on how they are doing. 

The app is far more than just pictures of cannabis, but rather a full community of people who regularly check on one another and form lasting friendships. High There gives these individuals a space for themselves and for others to advocate for the use of medical cannabis to a selective audience under the anonymity of a username. 

With the stigma surrounding cannabis still an issue, High There makes people feel accepted, and helps people with disabilities to feel less alone. There is a content category, Pain, Mood, and Sleep, within the app where people can share content related to mental health, chronic illness, and other wellness issues. This enables people to connect with others who have the same conditions and understand the same challenges. 

There is also a Cannabiz content category, where people can share content related to cannabis employment, business, and the industry in general. This provides opportunities for people with disabilities to more easily search for and find cannabis jobs that fit their limitations. 

2. Amplifies the Voice of People With Disabilities

Many people with disabilities find written communication to be the most accessible way to communicate with others. 

A big part of the cannabis community that benefits from High There is the Hard of Hearing / Deaf community. Many people who have a hearing disability know how to sign but, unfortunately, the number of hearing people who know ASL is very limited. 

Social media platforms like High There give them a way to discuss cannabis through text with anyone, anywhere, without either of them needing to know how to sign. This is also true for those with speech impediments, such as a stutter, who find verbal communication far more difficult than typing on a platform. 

3. Aligns With Mental Health Needs

Many people who struggle with socialization, such as those with mental health or autistic people, find social media platforms like High There help them to access social opportunities otherwise denied to them. By participating in online forums or talking to individuals through platform messenger systems, they feel they have more control over being able to reduce the impact of potential issues. 

For example, someone who becomes triggered by a conversation can simply close the application without explanation or further interaction, which is considerably more acceptable online, and especially on social platforms like High There. 

4. Provides a Means of Connecting With Local Cannabis Users

With the Nearby feature, people with disabilities can find other disabled individuals in their area who also consume cannabis. This provides a chance to form social connections with someone with whom they already have common ground. 

In a society where stigma still surrounds cannabis and cannabis consumption, it can be difficult to discuss the topic with others. You don’t always know who will be offended or who will share your interest. High There takes the guesswork out of socializing, allowing users to interact only with other cannabis users. 

5. Gives a Means of Learning at Each Individual’s Own Pace

People with disabilities who want to learn more about cannabis can do so at their own pace. The use of a cannabis-focused app like High There helps individuals to gain access to more useful information, to connect with learning groups and other educational systems that make cannabis education more accessible. 

The High There website regularly publishes blog articles related to a variety of cannabis topics, from cannabis basics and CBD to lifestyle trends and infused recipes. The High There app also posts cannabis news round-ups and articles related to the cannabis market. 

This social media app affords people with disabilities with multiple opportunities to learn about the plant that helps them so immensely. Through this platform, users can share and interact with informative content, such as furthering the discussion with their own insight or asking questions that further their learning. 

The great thing about using the High There app for education is that users soon learn who the experts are in different cannabis niches. When the users follow these experts, they learn more and gain applicable information from them, which empowers the users to share what they have learned with others. 

6. Enables a Space for Disability Advocacy 

High There app users with disabilities can use the platform for disability advocacy by posting articles, photos, and video related to the ways in which cannabis benefits them and provides therapeutic benefit. 

Many users on the app discuss their mental health issues, illnesses, and other disabilities – sometimes for their own support, but often to help others understand that discussing these issues is an okay thing to do. 

A lot of society hedges around discussions about disabilities and mental health issues, and this platform gives users a space to openly talk about them. 

While users don’t use the app to formally research their disabilities, it does allow them to see how other disabled users manage and use cannabis as medicine.  

The app allows chronically ill and disabled people to connect with others who face similar challenges and use cannabis to manage. This app, with its extended connection reach, breaks down the barriers of geography and time, so those who would otherwise be isolated are able to join a community in which they inherently fit. 

7. Serves as a Useful Tool for Medical Practitioners

The High There app is immensely useful for medical practitioners just as much as it is for consumers. Being involved and listening in on the app provides insight into patients’ experiences outside of the sterile confines of the examination room. Practitioners can share knowledge with patients and consumers online, highlighting the ways in which cannabis can benefit them. 

8. Reduces the Feeling of Isolation 

Feeling heard is so validating for people with disabilities. It can often be quite isolating to have a disability or chronic illness, and often able-bodied people speak for those with the disability. 

High There allows with people with disabilities to share their experiences and their stories on their own terms, as well as connect with a community of other disabled cannabis users. Someone in a small, rural town far outside of the city may have never met another person with their (or even a different) disability. Yet, with High There, they can now chat with someone living with a similar impairment or illness anywhere in the world, and can learn how they use cannabis to manage their disabilities. 

Final Thoughts 

The bottom line is that cannabis social media apps like High There has become a lifeline for people with disabilities who use cannabis to manage. Consumers, patients, and medical practitioners should be encouraged to make use of this app for patient and general consumer communication. 

The benefits of High There for people with disabilities are obvious, starting with connecting with others and all the way to reducing isolation. High There has permanently expanded inclusiveness in the cannabis space for people with disabilities. 

Written by Alexia P. Bullard

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