Former beauty queen Syanne Centeno advocates for cannabis to treat mental illness after she used it to treat her Borderline Personality Disorder.
“I could barely function. So I decided to look into medical cannabis, which was really scary for me at first, because I was already seen as a role model in the community,” the former Miss Maryland explained.
Centeno had conventional markers of success. She received national and state recognition for Miss Maryland and Miss World competitions. But she struggled with mental illness while in a public role.
As Miss Maryland, she placed in the top 12 at Miss World America. During her reign, she was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.
She was prescribed 10 pills a day, so she started exploring other medical options — including cannabis, which really helped her. She has since become a cannabis advocate and wants to help other women in the pageant world who might be struggling with the same things she struggled with.
“A lot of girls that I’ve met have struggled with some form of anxiety or depression, and I feel like oftentimes they seek validation in pageantry,” Centeno explained. “That’s not always the case, but having been someone who has mental illness myself, I could say that I was attracted to pageantry, also because there was that validation pieces, where I wasn’t feeling good about myself, and being validated by the judges and the audience felt good.”
Centeno is now taking a break from pageantry and works in the weed industry in Maryland at a cannabis doctor’s office and a dispensary.