Spilling my YouTube Tea | The Stoner Mom Show
Hello, my dearest friends,
Well, after four years of sharing and with over 42,000 subscribers, YouTube suspended my channel. I feel like have been talking about this a lot, in several recent podcast episodes and all over my social media, but I’m sure there are many who will be confused when they try to access my channel and cannot. In this episode of The Stoner Mom Show I bring you up-to-date on YouTube’s recent purge of cannabis content, how it affects creators, and the very basics of running a business like The Stoner Mom. This is a good one to watch especially if you yourself are a cannabis creator.
In short, in recent weeks YouTube has gone on a fierce anti-cannabis campaign, suspending and deleted cannabis related channels and issuing strikes on all manner of cannabis videos. Grow videos, stoner sessions, product demonstrations, videos about CBD, terpenes, cannabinoids, all of it. First slowly, and then quite rapidly, huge cannabis channels like Leafly, CutsomGrow420, Strain Central, Silenced Hippie, The Gay Stoner, Positive Smash, The Dab Spot, and literally a hundred more were shut down. Still more have been issued strikes, the harbinger of a channel deletion. If you are currently operating a cannabis related YouTube channel, you are more than likely sitting on at least one strike. Three strikes within three months means your channel is suspended. This is what happened to me.
As I’ve stated many times, my online home has always been thestonermom.com, started back in 2013 with a stock template and just a few posts about being a mom who greatly benefited from using cannabis. Since then I’ve created and shared over 500 pieces of content here, far more than I ever had on YouTube, be they articles, diary entries, product reviews, podcasts, videos or photography posts. YouTube has never owned my business or dictated my content. YouTube doesn’t own the relationships I’ve built with my amazing sponsors and brand partners, all who find themselves in danger of having their own business content censored. And YouTube definitely does not own my relationship with my viewers, readers, and listeners.
In the upcoming weeks I’ll be working on the navigation and user experience on this website, so that it’s easy for viewers to find both recent videos and to browse all the old ones. I thank all of you for joining me on YouTube in the past, and I hope you will continue to learn and grow with me here on my own platform.
You can interact with me in the comments here on my site, by getting on my newsletter list, following me on Twitter and Instagram (as long as I’m welcome there) and by listening to my podcast. From the bottom of my heart, I am eternally grateful to share my cannabis journey with you, and I thank you for allowing me to do so in these different forms and mediums. Thanks for the many years of support, and I look forward to continuing to provide content for years to come.