The man is a creature that almost invariably wants to succumb to some temptation. Be it something less of a grave crime, like sweetened beverages, or something more dangerous, like smoking weed, there is always an audience for nearly every product. In an attempt to curb consumption and use of things that are deemed harmful to individuals and society as a whole, governments strive to take action and prevent people from having such products at their disposal.
People who are addicted to substances, be it drugs or alcohol, find it hard to seek medical attention and help. There are many reasons for it: some are too ashamed to admit that they need such help; others do not believe in the ability of doctors to help them recover and get rid of their addiction. But there is one more factor that comes into play when considering the possibility of rehabilitation – its price.
In this day and age, when 31 states have adopted policies legalizing medical marijuana, when more countries are following this trend (and some even have legalized recreational use, like Canada), it makes US veterans wonder: why is our access to the alternative to opioids restricted?
While cannabis remains a highly controversial drug, its constituents being extensively researched are gaining ground in the medical field. It is especially true of cannabidiol, or, as it is often abbreviated, CBD. It has recently been linked to a range of positive effects on the body, and the brain and nervous system as a whole are affected as well. A new study also suggests that it could be used to treat patients with psychosis.
Following 95 years of prohibition, weed is once again legal in Canada. It is another triumph of a controversial right, of which there are plenty in the land of hockey, maples and beavers. Medical use has been allowed since 2001, and now even those who want to smoke marijuana for fun can do it in broad daylight without being punished – and many have already celebrated the change with a few puffs.