10 things that we should start doing with cannabis

Published Nov 13, 2020 12:00 p.m. ET
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The world seems to be heading in a positive direction where acceptance of cannabis and its uses are concerned, but this journey has only brought us partway to where we need to be. The current way we do things is working for the moment, but it’s only a matter of time before the cracks in the system will start to show, which is why now is the ideal time to start working towards a new and improved version for tomorrow.

We’re getting some things right. However, there is still a lot wrong with the way we treat and use cannabis, and that hurts consumers most of all, which is why it is essential for us to start making changes and to help cannabis enthusiasts who genuinely want to make a difference. We’ve compiled a list of ten things that every one of us should be doing, to make this green world so much better moving forward.

1. Recognizing the benefits of CBD

Most people associate cannabis use with the average stoner, but that’s because very few are willing to accept the importance of CBD for the medicinal world. We might not have a precise dosage figured out down to a science. Still, we do know that it can be helpful for several different things, and we should be doing everything that we can to promote that over recreational possibilities. Everyone knows that you can use weed to get high, but few know that it can work quite well as medicine.

2. Normalizing cannabis use

Cannabis consumers in legal regions are rejoicing at the opportunity to toke in public without fear of repercussions. Yet, most of us still keep our pot use on the down low, be it that old habits die hard or that we just don’t want everyone to know. While pot remains a taboo subject, we must band together and make using it a regular thing, which is most effectively done by being open about our consumption.

3. Honoring the important role of the black market

Now that weed is legal in so many places; the black market is being pushed to a back burner in hopes that it will eventually boil over and go under if we wait long enough. What was once the inspiration for the movement has quickly become shunned from society and the government, that’s a mistake. Without all of the hard work of the legacy market, nothing that we know and love today would exist, and we must see that before casting judgment on those that the system refuses to let in.

4. Utilizing the cannabis plants other benefits

Part of normalizing cannabis use is recognizing all of its potential benefits. Otherwise, people will be more likely to assume that anyone using it is doing so just to get stoned, and it’s got a whole lot to offer the world even in it’s inactivated form. Did you know that cannabis roots can be ground down into antiinflammatory cream or that cannabis flower can be juiced for omega fatty acids and more? These are the kinds of things that we need to hear and talk more
about so that we can use them.

5. Exploring healthier ways to consume it

Cannabis health products benefit millions of people all over the world, and recreational consumers get a safer alternative to the other widely legal option, alcohol. It’s a win-win situation all around, but most still prefer to smoke cannabis, and that poses some risk to lung health. No one is suggesting that we have to stop smoking, but with the evolution of cannabis technology, there are many more options out there, and everyone should be learning about how to use them.

6. Adopting strain-specific recommendations

If you visit your local dispensary, you’re likely to find a budtender who is more than willing to offer helpful suggestions that are intended to help you to find a strain or product that works for you. However, what you won’t see is a universal system based off of scientific research or evidence. Instead, the focus remains on THC or CBD content, and that’s a problem because we know that each strain is unique. If consumers want the best experience, we need to start advocating for reliable strain-specific recommendations.

7. Showing support for local cannabis businesses

You don’t have to be a cannabis user to benefit from showing support for our local cannabis businesses. Though purchases surely help them to stay in the game, it’s vocal supporters who make that opportunity possible. Cannabis businesses are often forced to fight for the chance to set up shop in residential neighbourhoods, and we can help by speaking up in their defence when we see a company that’s being targeted based on biased or outdated views.

8. Being honest about cannabis

It’s easy for the average stoner to get so caught up in trying to convince others of the benefits of cannabis that they feel the need to exaggerate a little bit in hopes of making a point, but being 100% truthful is the only way to ensure that what we say doesn’t backfire. If you tell someone that pot will rid them of anxiety, and they try it only to find that it makes it worse, they will be less likely to believe anything else positive that they hear. We need to break that cycle of misinformation by being honest now.

9. Accepting that every situation is unique

Some people have such great success with a specific strain or product that they can’t help but tell everyone they know about it. This often convinces others to try it too, only for them to find that they don’t receive the same results, and that can be discouraging. The only way to find the best products is by experimenting, because each person and situation is unique, and it’s time that both the users and the companies making broad claims acknowledge that.

10. Staying up to date on our knowledge

Ten years ago, we didn’t know half as much about cannabis as we do today. Now that a general acceptance of the plant has occurred and we’ve advanced technologically, we’re seeing more in-depth research and studies every single day than ever before. Even the most experienced cannabis consumers have trouble keeping up with the latest research, but if we want to be advocates and sound examples for the cause, then one of the best things that we can do is try our best to keep up with it all.

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