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Public opinion has undergone a long-term shift when it comes to cannabis, its use and legalization status. It’s worth noting that there is still a generation, demographic, and even partisan gap in favor of legalization. The topic itself is a source of heated discussions, allowing  for countless arguments and counterarguments to resurface and resonate throughout the public sphere. Sometimes even reasonable opinions fall on deaf ears, especially in case of people who have strong, negative associations with cannabis and its use. However, in many cases, their objections have purely emotional grounds. Many people actually change their minds when they learn a few new, objective facts. We will try to shed some light on this overly demonized aspect. Afterwards, make sure you visit Cannabis Growing Canada for more information!

THC? CBD?

Let’s fact-check real quick. The impact of cannabis on humans was observed in India thousands of years ago. Its use was also religious in nature. As globalization progressed, cannabis spread and reached almost all countries in the world. Why do some countries treat cannabis as an extremely dangerous drug while others allow its free, recreational use? Why do some people fear the mere notion of a joint and dread the day when their children hear the word “weed”? They probably see drug cartels running wild on streets, full-blown anarchy, and countless sunken eyes in rehab clinics. What’s so special in cannabis that results in so many polarized opinions? The answer is simple: THC and CBD, two natural compounds found in plants of the Cannabis group. Both compounds interact with the human body but with very different effects. 

Similar, and yet so different

Both THC and CBD have the same molecular structure and very similar chemical structure. However, they don’t have the same psychoactive effects. CBD is extracted either from hemp or from marijuana. Hemp plants are cannabis plants containing less than 0.3% THC. Higher concentration of THC is in marijuana plants. CBD is available in oils, gummies, gels, extracts, supplements, and many more.  THC is the main psychoactive compound of marijuana that gives the sensation of being high. It is also sold in the form of oils, capsules, edible products, and so on, but it’s mostly known to be consumed by smoking. While THC is psychoactive and produces the sense of euphoria, CBD is a non psychoactive compound that doesn’t result in the “high” associated with THC.

Legalize? What and why?

Many people who oppose the legalization of cannabis are often aware only of its side effects – and even then, their knowledge on the subject is often not sufficient. It’s worth noting that because CBD and THC have different effects on the human brain, they can also be applied to help with various ailments and may result in different – eventual – side effects. First things first, though – none of the compounds are fatal. CBD is generally known to be well-tolerated, even in larger doses. The eventual side effects may occur as a result of interactions between CBD and other medications. THC, however, is known to cause several side effects, such as: red eyes, slower reaction times, dry mouth, coordination issues, or increased heart rate. However, prolonged and high THC use may lead to chronic, negative psychiatric effects. The groups most prone to this undesirable side issue are teens and adolescents. 

Because CBD doesn’t result in euphoric or high sensation that occurs with THC, it’s more likely to be legalized. THC is more likely to be prohibited by law. However, both compounds have similar medical benefits and can even help bring relief in several of the same ailments. CBD is often used to help with conditions such as seizures, pain, inflammation, migraines, anxiety, and depression, while THC can be applied to help with pain, insomnia, anxiety, low appetite, muscle spasticity, or even glaucoma.

Law or low enforcement?

Many opposing arguments come from countless law enforcement officials who believe that legalizing cannabis would strain even further law enforcement budgets. Their concerns are based on the notion that legalization of cannabis for recreational use will encourage people to experiment with other, “stronger” drugs, thus increasing the costs of drug enforcement and prevention. However, cannabis legalization could actually bring long-term benefits to both law enforcement and society. First, funds previously used to prohibit this “soft” drug could be allocated to combating more dangerous and even deadly substances, such as cocaine or heroin. Furthermore, they could be diverted to battling more severe, not drug-related crimes. Additionally, legalization of cannabis imposes government standardization of its sale and quality. As a result, it’s finally possible to levy taxes on formerly tax-free black market deals as local or organized crime rings are deprived of a staple source of income.

Although in the past decades cannabis was demonized and opposed, cultural attitudes towards its medical and recreational use have changed. It’s important to educate yourself about the topic before making a hasty and often emotional decision.