Cannabis: The Beauty & CurseJanuary 23, 2018
As a cannabis educator I still come across one common statement on almost a daily basis, “ But I don’t want to be high! “
When we look at cannabis as medicine, many of us seem to still unfortunately have a Reefer Madness point of view. I have heard it all, “ I don’t want to be a stoner! “ “ My family must not know about this! “ “ If powerful meds didn’t cut it, how can a street drug help?! “
Statements that would never in a million years be associated with “ normal “ synthetic medications.
Much like this common daily statement, I also have a common daily reply, “ THC is not even on the table yet! “
I remind patients that they are lucky enough to much like their desired method of consumption, now can choose not only how but when, where and to what learned personal strain and cannabinoid percentages they can medicate.
Sparking and engaging in informative and educated conversations is the first step for patients, who may have never even seen cannabis before let alone think they would now be consuming a product that has always been taboo to them in the past.
A reference or mantra if you may I use quite often in these same educational settings is:
The Beauty & Curse of cannabis.
A way to set an example of how as a patient on this new journey, unlike their past personal conflictions or negative experiences with synthetic medications, the Beauty now is that for the first time, THEY are in control.
What does that mean exactly?
With medical cannabis available not only in its natural flower form, but also with the multiple smokeless options currently available in Canada, I remind patients that they are lucky enough to much like their desired method of consumption, now can choose not only how but when, where and to what learned personal strain and cannabinoid percentages they can medicate.
Long gone are the days of take 2 and call me in the morning, especially with cannabis. As we see the beauty in many things, I encourage patients to gain the confidence they need to embrace their new medical options with them at the steering wheel and myself as an informative co-pilot. As things progress in a positive manner, now long gone are some former synthetic medications and past negative behaviours that were hindering this patient from progressing forward with an easy to comprehend and symptom management lifestyle.
Now here comes the Curse:
This new style and freedom is not for everyone. Many people do not have the time or patience to take charge, they want to be directed and have a simple plan to follow. A reason I personally feel that many medical professionals are still leary to prescribe medical cannabis is the simple fact that there is not enough current education for a proper dosing regime. How does a pharmacist work without a D.I.N. number?! How does one with no prior knowledge in this area decipher a gram of dried cannabis to a concentrated gram of cannabis oil? Many think that if they are legalized for 4 grams a day that they need to consume 4 grams a day, this is not the case at all! Again, this is where proper education and ongoing encouragement become much needed pillars if we as a medical community plan to continue to spread the great word of this life changing, all natural medication.
So how do we teach patients to embrace both this Beauty and Curse? By reminding them that if they truly jump in with both feet and have a positive attitude, cannabis can be the answer that they have been searching for. It may be an interesting and challenging journey but a journey nonetheless.
“Let us accept truth, even when it surprises us and alters our views.” – George Sand