On October 17, Canadians will officially be able to spark up across the country, not only without fear of getting arrested, but without the stigma once associated with marijuana. This comes with a slew of other benefits, not the least of which is the ability to research the plant for reaffirming and finding further positive usages.
At this time, Canadians are only officially allowed medical marijuana, but what’s the reality? It turns out that in mega hubs like Toronto and Vancouver B.C. there are pot shops lined up that will sell an adult cannabis, no questions asked.
Access to cannabis is beyond cool for many, many people. It can be a lifesaver or even a simple life enhancer, that alleviates enough aches, pains and complaints to live a happy, healthy existence. There are a handful of patients, however, who need more than a couple joints a day to keep symptoms at bay.
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From severe seizures to Alzheimer’s to cancer, more research is desperately needed as to how cannabis works on these diseases and disorders, how much of it is needed, in what form it works best and if it is truly the first line of defense that many proponents believe it could and should be.
South China Morning Post reported that the University of British Columbia announced the first cannabis professorship of its kind at its school. They hope to learn more about how cannabis can be used to combat the opioid crisis and other addiction problems.
It’s been predicted that as Canada is only the second country in the world to legalize cannabis and is certainly now the largest legal country, that they will become the world leaders in cannabis research and likely development as well. Research grants are already flowing in.
Alongside opiate reduction and cessation studies, research into soldiers returning home with PTSD is another area of focus for scientists looking to make a difference and raise the medical bar. As with people experiencing pain, those with PTSD report a lessening of symptoms when they use cannabis, to the point that they don’t notice the stress disorder at all.
There are many miracles like this to be found, researched and treated. Canada is set to lead the way and it will be exciting to see and hear what comes out of their libralized cannabis laws. One thing’s for certain, their efforts will be a blessing to all.