In its widest definition, a drug is a chemical substance that changes how the body operates, garnering a biological effect that deviates from "normal." Now, normal is a hard to thing to define. Medically speaking, normal might be considered as everyone but the last few percentage of the population on either side of the spectrum. Tall and skinny, short and fat — there is quite the disparity between friends and even relatives. So if someone needs to go through a process in order to eat or sleep "normally," it is not fair to call them drug users.
A few days ago, I went on a bitchy tirade about the scare tactics often utilized by legalization opposition, essentially calling out anti-reformers for their lack of education and their convenient use of a one-person study outlining the harrows of weed. In fact, we are all responsible for own education.
Yesterday in a surprise victory Canada voted to elect Liberal Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister, effectively ending the 10-year reign of Conservative Stephen Harper. Liberals celebrated their new Prime Minister and surprise majority of parliamentary seats (184 of 338), but none rejoiced more than the nation’s cannabis industry.
A recent article in the Chicago Tribune poses the question, "Could medical marijuana users become addicted to pot?" I am here to tell you no, idiot, medical marijuana poses the same threat to your addiction-prone self as "turning into an absolute monster" when forgoing a morning meditation and your post-savasana acai bowl breakfast. Addiction is defined as the compulsion to engage in rewarding stimuli, often while forsaking responsibilities like work, relationships, and even one's health.
They backlight your glittering new phone and light up the dust on your trusty Burning Man bike; LEDs have wedged themselves into every facet of our lives, consuming more of our attention as the electronics that depend on them become omnipresent. They have now been developed to the point that they are quite useful for indoor horticulture operations, and therefore, weed. Though, that hasn't always been the case.
Besides all of the health benefits obvious to those that already regularly get outside and go for a run, a new study's findings might be motivation for those looking for extra encouragement to join the droves of morning joggers: the "runner’s high" that has oft been associated with an endorphin rush may in fact be due to the release of cannabinoids in the body.