As a former political science student, I tend to watch a lot of news and current affair-type shows. Interestingly, during a lot of these types of mainstream news shows there is an overwhelmingly negative spin on cannabis edibles and successful cannabis users are easily found across the world. The stigmas associated with marijuana are slowly starting to disappear. However, I find that the demonization of cannabis edibles is still pervasive in the media.
Legalizing marijuana, both medicinally and recreationally, is a huge fear for the pharmaceutical industry. In The United States, opiate overdoses dropped approximately 25% in cities and states that have legalized cannabis.
In addition, locations that have marijuana dispensaries in the United States have seen a 15-35% decrease in substance abuse admissions.
Over $100 million per year is collected in tax revenue from cannabis sales in Colorado. This means that citizens get rebates, public amenities are paid for by marijuana sales, and the state has seen less opioid abuse and overdosing on the whole.
The Demonization of Cannabis Edibles
Generally speaking, many of these news anchors are not cannabis consumers and tend to use sources that they already have access to in order to produce a quick story that fits within the news cycle.
One such example is the fact that news companies will often use nurses as their sources on how dangerous cannabis edibles are to children. These nurses are generally ignorant to the fact that the opioids and prescription drugs they feed their patients daily have a far worse effect on children.
Not to mention, no child has ever died from consuming a cannabis edible. The harm brought to a child who consumes cannabis may be traumatizing, but will more thank likley not physically harm them.
Many nurses and doctors featured on mainstream media use anecdotal evidence as their “source” to demonize cannabis edibles. This is highly ignorant and needs to stop.
Quote a study, some statistics, or anything we can actually verify to be true, and maybe this type of source will gain credibility within the cannabis community.
The Pharmaceutical Industry Has Also Demonized Cannabis Edibles
Information surrounding the benefits of cannabis has been suppressed for over 100 years by major corporations, governments, and the medical industry. (See Sources)
Pharmaceutical companies would rather have the population on addictive, expensive, and harmful opiates. Also, the pharmaceutical industry has made false claims, as well as planting media stories, that marijuana edibles are easily ingested by children.
Facts About Cannabis Edibles
Facts are facts, and marijuana-related hospital admissions have gone up in Colorado (one of the longest standing legal cannabis areas in the USA) from 1.2 children every 100,000 to 2.3 children every 100,000. Is this minuscule increase is enough to warrant weekly news stories about the demonization of cannabis edibles?
Here are two statistics about accidental pharmaceutical medicine intake that are far more alarming and should be spotlighted by the mainstream media:
Hospital visits for children who have taken pharmaceutical narcotics (such as opiates) in Colorado rose 225% from 2004-2011.
318 children out of every 100,000 in Colorado are admitted for accidentally taking their parent’s prescription medicine. Accidentally ingesting pharmaceuticals is approximately 160 times more likely to happen than a child ingesting marijuana edibles.
Cannabis Use And Happiness
A recent study from BDS analytics surrounding cannabis users in California and Colorado came to some interesting conclusions.
This study used extensive data and found that cannabis users were, in fact, more successful and happier than non-cannabis users. This study also found that 20 percent of cannabis users had graduated with a master’s degree. In contrast, the figure was 12 percent for those who stated they would never consider trying marijuana.
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