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A Cannabis Christmas

Will Cannabis change the holiday season?

How would you feel if you arrived at your regular holiday dinner and instead of wine or beer, you were to see an assortment of cannabis, or cannabis-infused treats and beverages? Would you feel unable to enjoy the company of your friends and family? Would it not be the holiday that you’re used to?


Of course the holidays are about a lot more than drinking alcohol, whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s or others. Holidays are about family, celebration, taking care of each other and getting through the bitter cold. But if you’re like most Canadian families, alcoholic drinks will be enjoyed throughout.


Now that cannabis is entering a new state of acceptance in our country, how might it infiltrate our holidays and disrupt these trends?


It may not seem like it, but traditions are always changing. We hold on to certain vital aspects of the holidays we celebrate, but we sometimes choose to modernize them, to make them more appealing. For instance, our modern image of Santa Claus, with a friendly smile, plump belly, white beard and red jacket was created by Coca Cola in the 1930’s. Now that version of Santa Claus is obligatory, we just accept that that is how he is and always has been.


Alcohol has become the go-to drug when we’re looking to lift our spirits and enjoy the company of our family and friends during the holidays, but even it was prohibited in the past, and the holidays were still celebrated. In many people’s minds, cannabis can provide the same or even better effects, but because of its illegality, cannabis has never been a welcome guest to our family celebrations.


For many people, like the patients I see regularly, who have reduced their pain, improved their mood, or reduced the mental fog they get from their opioid medications, seeing an assortment of cannabis products at their holiday dinner would be a very welcome addition.


Some people will still prefer to celebrate with alcohol. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. But perhaps now that our country is undergoing a massive change in its treatment of cannabis, we can finally invite it to the dinner table. That doesn’t mean that the holidays will no longer be about family and celebration, all it really means is that we’ll have more choice.


Whether you see inviting cannabis to the holidays as a positive change or an unwelcome one, it seems certain to happen. It may not happen all at once, but as the stigma slowly washes away, cannabis and the holidays may become as obligatory as a Santa Claus with a white beard and a big plump belly.


Michael Murchison is a Cannabis Counsellor working out of Canadian Cannabis clinics throughout the GTA, offering free knowledge and guidance to hundreds of medical cannabis patients every day.,