Any politicians, practitioners, doctors, teachers, parents or clergy who respond by saying “There is not enough evidence!” is simply not reading, researching or practicing to the level of current knowledge about cannabis. Refusing to discuss or entertain the 50 plus years of scientific research concerning the uses of medicinal cannabis undermines legitimate research, the public’s trust and ultimately the truth. There are well researched and funded U.S. government studies done in the Nixon era that showed, among other things, Cannabis is not a gateway drug and it is not physiologically addictive. Medicinal and social use of cannabis and its many compounds hold too much potential to be held back by stigma and laws that are not consistent or reflective of the science available to anyone knowing how to use Google.
As new generations come of age, they have pushed aside the stigma and lies that have dogged this plant-based medicine and used it as part of a balanced life. The FDA and the DEA have approved big pharma’s use of CBD and therefore recognize that cannabis does have medicinal usages. And with today’s accessibility of information thanks to the internet, generations young and old are finding real solutions to medical and social challenges utilizing this plant based medicine.
(Original painting by Jeff Ham)
Younger Americans’ love of cannabis appears to be coming, at least in part, at the expense of alcohol, which saw alcohol sales decline in the U.S. in 2018 for a third straight year. Americans young and old view cannabis, broadly speaking, as a healthier option; free of carbs and calories, and with far fewer addictive and negative side effects.
Rather than going to the bars for social gatherings or business meetings, many millennials through Generation Z, take some of their business meetings and get-togethers to dog parks, dinner parties, paint nights and cooking classes touting a joint, vape, tincture and/or edibles.
Research shows that cannabis consumption rates among adults aged 65 and older had the largest increase of the plant's use. As the older adult generation (aged 65 and older) continues to grow to roughly 83.7 million by 2050 in the U.S. alone, this plant based medicine may change the trajectory of aging. Cannabis helps with inflammation, pain management, anxiety, depression, insomnia, Alzheimer’s and other medical conditions associated with aging.
To be able to work longer and experience a well-being boost due to cannabis consumption, without a multitude of pharmaceuticals, could shift longevity and continued wellness dramatically. In states where Cannabis has been legalized both medicinally and recreationally, Medicare claims have gone down significantly.
As more and more research is done, released and becomes
self-evident, all generations can determine their own ideas, experiences and practices around the use of cannabis.