The Evolution of Cannabis Culture
Cannabis has been used by both ancient and modern civilization for millennia and throughout time. Its medicinal uses were first documented by the Chinese around 3000BC and listed in their book of Pharmacopoeia for its use as a medicinal treatment of many conditions. Today we are seeing cannabis being used by a broad range of society from business people through to senior citizens and professional sportsmen. In fact, cannabis is the fastest growing industry in the world from consumer demand through to the financial revenue it is turning over and expected to grow to more than $20 billion legal industry by next year.
Recreational cannabis use only became popular during the 20th century and consumption of cannabis has steadily increased since the 1970s. The flower power generation was, for the most part, were responsible for the popularity of marijuana during this period and one must not forget it was illegal to consume or cultivate cannabis since the passing of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. Regulations and restrictions of the sale or use of cannabis in America had already begun as early as 1906. In the years leading up to the tax act, the use of cannabis for recreation and medicinal use was fairly common, more so than the Mexican slang word “ Marihuana”. After the enactment of the Marijuana Tax Act, both immigrants of US citizens could be arrested and prosecuted if caught with cannabis.
”It really puzzles me to see marijuana connected with narcotics…dope and all that crap. It’s a thousand times better than whiskey – it’s an assistant – a friend.” – Louis Armstrong (American trumpeter, composer and singer)
Cannabidiol ( CBD ) was one of the first cannabinoids discovered by scientists in 1940 and was mistakenly thought to be a precursor to the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC ) which was isolated in 1964 by an Israeli scientist. Since these early years over 100 cannabinoids have been isolated from the cannabis sativa genus of plant. Most of these isolated cannabinoids have shown much potential for medicinal and therapeutic treatments of many diseases, illnesses and conditions.
In 1996 California was the first American state to broaden their laws regarding medical marijuana use. Today almost all American states have either broadened both medical and recreational marijuana laws and 10 states have legalized recreational cannabis use. It seems the likes of “Cheech and Chong” are a by-gone era of stoner stigma and today we are seeing cannabis being used throughout society not just as a medicinal treatment but also for health and wellness.
Cannabis has been researched and tested in thousands of peer-reviewed studies and the results are looking overwhelmingly promising. Cannabinoids have been reported to treat and relieve symptoms of diseases such as cancer, arthritis, HIV/ Aids, glaucoma epilepsy, PTSD and many more. The reason cannabis is such a good treatment is due to its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and neuroregenerative properties. In fact, the US Food and Drug Administration approved its first CBD based medicine in July 2018 that is prescribed for the treatment of rare forms of epilepsy such as dravet syndrome.
This is a big step in the right direction for our government agencies because on federal level cannabis is still classified as Schedule 1 drug with no medical value and a high potential of abuse! This could not be further from the truth and the Trump Administration has also recently passed the 2018 Farm Bill which allows licensed farmers to cultivate and process hemp within regulation. This Bill has opened up the floodgates with regards to the local commercialization of a nationwide cannabis industry and many business and investors are now entering into a rapidly growing industry.
“Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance, defined as (one of) the most dangerous drugs with no currently accepted medical use. Neither of those statements has ever been factual.” – Sanjay Gupta (American neurosurgeon and media reporter)
Cannabis supposedly has over 25000 uses and we are already seeing many industries taking up hemp and combining into their products. The hemp seed oil is being used extensively in beauty and products as well as the cannabinoids like CBD which can be infused into topical balms, salves and night creams. Cannabis oil is used in edibles, capsules, concentrates and even CBD patches you may apply to an area of your skin that is in pain or inflamed.
Cannabis has also been used on animals since the beginning of time and today with the development of technology cannabis can be used safely for your pets. CBD pet treats or tinctures are formulated specifically for your pets. They are natural, non-toxic and healthy supplements that your pets will enjoy and help them relax and feel less anxious. CBD is not psychoactive and will not cause any psychotropic effects in your animals after consumption.
Thousands of people today are starting to use cannabis to improve their health and feel less stressed during the day and night. Cannabis is not only good for your daily but can also be used to treat sore muscles and stiff joints. Using cannabis body products will leave your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated while the effects will be long-lasting.
With easier and safer access to cannabis, many adults are starting to incorporate cannabis into a part of their life. Whether it is used for recreational, medicinal or therapeutic benefits in your life its important to start using cannabis in your daily life. Our endocannabinoid system ( ECS ) that comprises of both our immune and nervous system relies on an external supplement of cannabinoids for optimal body health in all mammals to maintain balance. Supplementing your diet with natural cannabinoids will allow your body to reach homoeostasis and leave you feeling energised and healthy.
If you don’t like cannabis you will not like the future. Cannabis is developing into a sophisticated billon-dollar industry worldwide and the evidence is out there to prove the potential value of this plant in our world. Long gone are the days of it being in the hands of a long-haired, flower power hippie it’s literally painting the world green. The cannabis industry is not called the “green rush” for nothing.
“I think pot should be legal. I don’t smoke it, but I like the smell of it.” – Andy Worhol