Thursday 1 December 2016
Marketplace Tickles the Low-Hanging Cannabis Fruit
I love the program Marketplace, and the host Erica Johnson and I are tight. Well not really, but we did have a nice email interaction last year regarding a local restaurant who takes tips from servers for breakage. For the most part, Marketplace gives voice to the average Canadian citizen, and outs the greedy corporate capitalist time and time again.
However, in their most recent episode titled "Superweed: What's in Today's Marijuana?", I can't help but feel disheartened. Like I felt at the end of LOST. Like they just rushed it all in, using over-simplifications to push an already shaky and often-countered opinion.
They may surprise me though. I mean, if I know there are other dangerous substances being pushed on our youth, then Marketplace must know this too! Maybe next week they'll have one titled:
"SuperBooze: What's in Today's Alcohol?".
We want to discuss recreational substances and the growing mind. I'm game! My niece is 13 and I fear for her and her peers. Do you have any idea how much research and engineering goes into making booze taste like fruit and candy in order to disguise the taste of the ethanol? Some youth have no idea what Passion Fruit tastes like until they take a sip of a Passion Fruit cooler! Peach, Chocolate, Green Apple, Pear, Pineapple-Mandarin-Orange too! Are we sure we're looking out for the kids? Or are we creating these flavours WITH the kids in mind? Yet no one is worried that the taste of the ethanol is disguised?!
Instead, we're worried that today's Cannabis is super weed compared to what was ingested at Woodstock in 1969. Speaking of booze, the act of drinking is a norm while smoking is not. More kids will drink ethanol than will smoke Cannabis! The potential for abuse is greater because Alcohol tastes good and has a delayed onset meaning by the time your little darling is drunk, he or she has drank too much. Interestingly enough, there is no lethal dose of Cannabis because it does not act on the central nervous system the way Alcohol does. Which is more dangerous? The one that can kill you or the other one?
I also look forward to another episode titled:
"SuperBenzos: What's in Today's Pediatric Meds?".
Remember Liam McKnight? The CBC has reported on his success with medicinal Cannabis many times. Well before Liam found Cannabis Oil, he'd already tried ten different Benzodiazapenes. Watch this video to see Liam's journey to reclaiming his health with the help of his family. See him shaking in that one scene? He's withdrawing from Benzos. And we're worried about the Cannabis on the streets? Benzodiazapenes and Neuroleptics are heavily prescribed pharmaceuticals that are all well known to be addictive. The process to wean off of meds like this is dangerous, time consuming, and hellish to experience. In fact, the risk of death from gran mal seizures during withdrawal is greater with Benzos than it is with Alcohol. And the white coats are giving these out like they contain hope!!
And still another one I'd love to watch:
"SuperOpioids: What's in Today's Pediatric Pain Killers?".
In 1969, when a child had their adenoids and tonsils removed, they got a popsicle and an aspirin. Yet a friend told me of an 8 year old relative who was just given a script for liquid morphine for that very same routine procedure. Cherry flavoured no doubt! Why? Has our pain tolerance lessened in the past 50 years? Have procedures become more painful?
What's my point? My point is, if we're going to be real about the dangers of recreational Cannabis then we have to also be real about all of the other clear and present dangers to the growing mind! There are young medicinal users illegally self medicating their depression, anxiety, adhd, stutters, and pain with this plant. They are replacing conventional medications that they've already tried, but found no therapeutic effects from. I and aunts, parents, and grandparents the country over are tired of the over-drugging of our youth. It's time to be real. Study all of these substances regardless of profits made. Our youth are worth more than this rhetoric.