As cannabis in Canada nears legalization, advocates are coming out of the closet as consumers who have been using the substance (responsibly) for years. They’re our lawyers, doctors, city workers and innovators and they’re productive and proactive as anyone else we look up to.
Statistics Canada reports that the cannabis industry has surpassed the tobacco industry and is on par with the beer industry nationally, with Canadians spending about $5.7 billion on bud in 2017 alone.
Marijuana is historically known for its healing properties, but prohibition dampened most attempts at researching its effects on pain, mood disorders, and other ailments.
The two chemicals in cannabis that have attracted the most attention for their healing properties are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC has long been known as the agent that makes us high, hungry and stoned. CBD, on the other hand, has a much subtler overall effect that anecdotal evidence tells us helps return us to homeostasis, including areas of inflammation.
One study found a combination of high CBD and low THC was useful for reducing short-term depression. They also found low CBD and high THC was best for reducing stress.
In some cases, cannabis is even considered a viable replacement for certain prescription drugs, and a growing number of seniors in Canada and the United States have begun ditching opioid painkillers for cannabis oil. Pro-marijuana patients say it beats Big Pharma’s solution of highly addictive, under-effective tranquilizers.
Cannabis has grown so mainstream in such a short amount of time that we’ve gone from total prohibition to ganja yoga classes in a matter of years.
And it won’t stop there. New studies are in progress, and the wellness community is incorporating cannabinoids into their therapies at an enthusiastic rate. No doubt even more benefits will become evident as the legal marijuana market springs into existence. But it’s safe to say that we’re about to say goodbye to “stoner” image and hello to an all-around more lifted lifestyle.