As the sun rises over our nation today (Wednesday October 17th 2018) we welcome in a new era – the end of almost a century of cannabis prohibition.
Today Canada has become the first western nation to legalize cannabis for adult-use consumption. Though the regulations are strict and the penalties harsh, I’ll celebrate today for this is positive progress in the right direction.
Prohibition of cannabis has affected your life whether you realize it or not. Whether it be the pharmaceuticals your doctor has prescribed, the materials we build our living spaces from, or the tax dollars that go to towards enforcement of the war on drugs, the impact is broader than many of us are aware of.
The positive is of course that we are now more freely able to talk about cannabis, yet the mainstream media will call today’s legalization ‘recreational’ cannabis, which to me feels like misuse of a term that suggests that all purchases from now on will be for just for fun.
Today marks a new chapter in the history of cannabis, one in which we understand that cannabis can be used for wellness or it can be misused.
When I purchase oil drops to consume sublingually in BC’s first federally legal cannabis store in Kamloops, I am going to use my cannabis knowledge to choose the right ratio of CBD and THC that helps relieve my sore muscles without feeling too high.
If I also buy flower to vapourize, choosing a strain that helps me relax in the evening and sleep deeper, is my consumption for fun or is it therapeutic?
What we will learn in the years to come is that cannabis legalization will bring more positives than negatives. That choice is up to each of us as we work together to undo the harm of years of misinformation surrounding cannabis.
So take the time to understand your body’s endocannabinoid system. Learn the difference between THC and CBD, take note of the aromas and the terpenes that drive the mood and feeling of each different strain. Take a moment to understand the different consumption methods, it’s not all about smoking or even getting high.
Legalization is a process not an event that happens in one day. Access adjusts but it is the freedom of knowledge, our understanding what’s in the flower, that is so important at this time.
Legalization is here and Canada is on the world stage. Welcome to your Flower & Freedom.