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:
Is Marijuana a drug?
Drug (/drəɡ/) noun, medicine or other substance that has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body.
Cannabis (marijuana) is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant used mainly for medical and recreational purposes. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive component of cannabis, Marijuana has several effects, it has depressant, hallucinogenic and stimulant properties. However, it does not neatly fit into any single one of these categories. Many people refer to the drug as a depressant with hallucinogenic and stimulant qualities
Is weed a psychedelic, hallucinogen, or depressant
So what exactly is weed and what category does it fall into? The answer isn’t as tidy as you might think the effects of weed vary from person to person. Also, distinct strains and types of weed are capable of producing different effects It. can make some people tired or relaxed and give others an energy boost, and increase alertness.
Weed can also help to treat mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression, in some people. In others, it can actually cause anxiety over time. Hence, weed can be classified as a depressant, hallucinogen, and psychedelic.
#TrueFacts about Weed as a Drug
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. We accept the fact that cannabis is a drug but do 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. Kindly 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.
Cannabis substance drug
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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