I Was Not High When I Wrote This
...But I get the feeling that many of you reading this might be. We’ve been hearing a lot about cannabis lately (can’t call it marijuana any more), haven’t we? It might be the answer to every question. How do we solve the opioid crisis? What stocks do we invest in? What industry will Canada lead in? What should we do tonight?
Don’t get me wrong. I have no axe to grind. I’m neither an opponent nor advocate of cannabis. Rather, I’m an occasional user with some opinions and questions. As you can imagine I get pitched with a lot of editorial ideas about cannabis from a health and wellness perspective. It can be a difficult thing to write about, as there isn’t a lot of scientific evidence to rely on. This is understandable, because as a previously criminally banned substance very few put their resources into conducting peer reviewed scientific testing and studies. That is changing, and I’m interested to see which propositions will bear out. For now, most data is empirical and/or anecdotal.
I accept that people taking medical cannabis are being helped. But assertions that you can’t overdose on cannabis, or it isn’t addictive - aren’t definitively proven. Studies have shown that cannabis affects cognition and brain development of teenagers. It may not be as addictive as opioids, but I, and I’m sure many of you, know long time users who can’t function without it. I don’t know of anybody who’s “overdosed” on cannabis in the sense that they needed to be resuscitated or have their stomach pumped or went into a coma. But even advocates admit that everybody’s reaction to cannabis is different. For example, you can have an allergic reaction to it. Empirically speaking, edibles can be specifically “tricky”. Subject “JB” (let’s call him) reported that after two gummies failed to kick in after an hour or so, he took a third...and found himself unable to get off the carpet in his Denver hotel room for four hours. That being said, Subject “JB” is a fan of edibles and much prefers them to the expensive vaporizer he invested in.
...ahem. My questions about our national embrace of cannabis are macro as opposed to micro in nature. Despite our head-start against the USA, can we sustain our position as world leaders of the industry? Was the decision to legalize recreational cannabis altruistically and socially driven, or is our current government motivated to source a new tax base (to replace sandy oil for example)? What unintended consequences might arise? Will there be an increase in car accidents and thus higher insurance rates? Will the alcohol industry dry up (pun intended)? Or will we all be too high to give a damn?
This month’s issue of Tonic is a lot like cannabis in that it is empirically proven to make you feel better. Joel Thuna and Claude Gallant explain the benefits of Magnesium. Just in time for Valentine’s Day Megan Horsley explores natural ways to increase your libido and Carlyle Jansen explores the interconnectedness between sexual satisfaction and relationship satisfaction; and all three can be heard discussing their articles (together with great interviews with cannabis industry leaders and educators on THE TONIC Talk Show. As always if you want to comment on anything you’ve read in this note or this issue of Tonic, feel free to contact me.