We Don’t Know Who Needs to Hear this, But Weed IS a Drug
Just like there are good and bad people in this world, there are good and bad drugs. Weed is a drug. Here’s why that’s important for legal cannabis advocates to understand and accept.
On behalf of evidence-based, woo-free, science-minded legal cannabis advocates and responsible, professional herb consumers nationwide, we are taking it upon ourselves to deliver this very important public service announcement: cannabis most definitely is a drug. You might hold the opinion that cannabis is not a drug, and that’s okay. You are entitled to your opinion, even if it’s wrong. Here are the facts, even if they hurt your feels:
Drug (/drəɡ/) noun, medicine or other substance that has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body.
Again, weed is a drug – that’s not an opinion. It’s a fact. There are many things that are drugs that people might not realize – caffeine, chocolate, alcohol. These are all drugs. And so is cannabis. Just because we accept the fact that cannabis is a drug absolutely does not lump it in with highly addictive and potentially deadly drugs like heroin and methamphetamine. They’re not even in the same ballpark and that’s okay.
Shedding Stoner Stereotypes
Gone are the days of the stereotypical stoner who lives with their parents, sits in their basement taking bong hits and playing Xbox all day. Legal cannabis consumers are making up more and more of America’s workforce, their families, communities, charities, and so on. Still not convinced? Thanks so much for reading this far and not for rage quitting. Let me please invite you to take into consideration a 2018 study conducted by New York-based strategic research agency Miner and Company. The study echoes our sentiment: it’s time to shed the antiquated stoner stereotype.
“Half or more of the legal cannabis consumers surveyed are employed-full time earning $75K per year, have never been arrested, are in long-term successful marriages and have children, and they are sick of stoner stereotypes” according to the study.
The Saga Continues
Two-thirds of Americans now favor legal cannabis. The remaining one-third might be convinced otherwise if we present them with the right factual arguments. Despite this, it is still a schedule one drug at the federal level, with debunked claims that the plant has no medicinal value.
Arming with facts is the best way to advance the cause of legal cannabis – both medicinally and recreationally.
Educate While Your Elevate
We need to educate ourselves and cut the nonsense. Speak with conviction and back up what you say with research. There are far too many pseudo-snake-oil salespeople selling cannabis, CBD and other products as miracle cure-alls when that’s not true. The proper terminology is treat, not cure. Cannabis treats a myriad of conditions and ailments. Yes, we believe that cannabis is a special substance drug for many reasons we still don’t even understand yet – namely the 100+ cannabinoids that we still need to research. As special and perhaps intrinsically linked to the human brain as cannabis is, weed is a drug.
If you’re still mad at us for presenting these facts, that’s okay – we still love you. That’s what cannabis is all about, anyway – peace and love.
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