In light of state-legal cannabis, it would be easy to assume that users are safe from the persecution and marginalization of the prohibition era, such as missing out on a job or getting fired thanks to a cannabis drug test – a notorious dilemma for cannabis users. After all, alcohol has a much greater potential for leading to bad decision making, addiction, and affecting your state of mind the following day. Yet, no one can imagine getting fired from a job because your boss heard you were drinking the night before. In fact, Mad Men style office drinking has made a modest comeback in the digital era. So, it might come as a bit of a shock that neither recreational users nor medical patients are widely protected from discrimination by employers.
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There is plenty of misinformation surrounding the question of whether, and exactly how, cannabis can fight cancer. There’s no doubt that cannabis is the perfect way to counter some of the nastiest side effects of chemo therapy – namely, nausea and vomiting. Studies have also shown that cannabis consumption reduces the amount of pain medication needed by patients in clinical trials. As we all know, cannabis is also great for stimulating appetite. These are all great reasons for cancer patients to use cannabis, and there’s not much room for debate on these points – it may not work for everybody for these purposes, but it certainly works well for many.
The benefits of vaporizing have won over broad portions of the cannabis community in recent years. Though modern vaping didn’t really start until the 1980s, the technique may in fact go back thousands of years, to reports of ancient peoples putting cannabis flower on heated stones, which offered a steady temperature. We’re only now rediscovering what vaping has to offer, as a healthier and more nuanced approach to cannabis consumption.
Not only have marijuana sales (both legal and medical) significantly increased over the past few years, but the industry shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, it is growing at a record setting pace. In 2015 the legal pot industry in the US reached $5.0 billion in sales. In 2016, North American marijuana sales grew 34% from the prior year, by topping $6.7 billion in sales. If this wasn't impressive enough ArcView research group’s editor-in-chief puts these numbers into perspective by noting that “the only consumer industry categories [he’s] seen reach $5 billion in annual spending and then post anything like 25% compound annual growth in the next 5 years are cable television (19%) in the 1990's and broadband internet (29%) in the 2000's.
Sonoma county based AYA cartridges takes an interesting approach to marketing their pre-filled oil cartridges. Each of their four, functionally named cartridge offerings combine two strains to produce an oil for different uses, occupying all spots on the spectrum from sativa to hybrid to indica. Along with available shipping to anywhere in California via The Goddess Delivers, AYA offers a 90 percent sativa ‘Awaken’ cartridge made of two sativa strains, a sativa leaning ‘Inspire’, an indica leaning ‘Relax’, and finally an indica/CBD combination ‘Slumber’ cartridge.
With CBD research gaining ever more ground, it seems that we hear less about the story behind Tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC. THC has spent decades as a focus of discussions surrounding cannabis, but how long has it been in the public consciousness? How has it seemingly been known about since so long before cannabis research was conducted in the US? What effect did an understanding of cannabis’s primary psychoactive chemical have on efforts to reform prohibition laws? What effect did it have on public opinion surrounding cannabis? So many of these questions come to mind when thinking about the history of the molecule.
Though it might be pushing it to say 4/20 has become a mainstream holiday, it is certainly accurate to call it a widely celebrated one – especially here on the west coast. In recent years, cannabis, and all things related to it, have made a comeback after a period of prohibition and taboo - in a big way. Cannabis is one of the most used "drugs" in the world today, and to understand the present and the future, an understanding of the past is always key.