I hated taking those ridiculous drug awareness classes in elementary college.
It was the 1990s as well as the Reagan-era drug policies were still in full effect in many states nationwide, regardless of the brief change in guard in Washington D.C. at the time. No matter what, a recurring theme that came up repeatedly was how dangerous marijuana was as a “gateway drug” to much more dangerous drugs appreciate meth, cocaine, or heroin. One of the things that frustrated myself and others the most was their desire to put alcohol in a separate category from “drugs” when it is in fact a drug itself, just appreciate tea or cigarettes. But the alcoholic college administrators were more than thrilled to keep feeding the narrative that alcohol is reasonable at a cultural level when the other “drugs” are not. I know that these anti-drug classes are still taught, but they’re not under the same curriculum that the people I was with and I were subjected to back in the day, however thankfully it’s a lot easier these afternoons than ever before to find clear facts about the benefits of medical cannabis as well as its many forms. Aside from pain as well as stress reduction, there is research that suggests many constitutive ingredients in the cannabis plant might contribute to tumor reduction in patients with cancer. Cannabis products are occasionally prescribed to patients with serious epilepsy to good effects. Whenever researchers learn about current benefits of the cannabis plant, they’re published so that the public can consume them for their own purposes. I personally use cannabis as an antidepressant as well as find that sativa strains in identifiable are more effective than SSRIs for treating our chronic depression.