Will Trump legalize weed before Trudeau? – A case study
Even though both have a varying stance on marijuana, both Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump have used marijuana as a stepping stone to getting elected.
In the US alone there are over 22 million regular users of marijuana. You can see how tapping into this crowd to get elected can be spell success for one’s campaign . That is a huge percentage of the population that can be swayed when selecting who to choose as their new leader.
Both Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump have made lofty promises during their campaign to legalize marijuana. However, both seem to be stalling when it comes to following through on their word.
On Justin’s Liberals website it states; ” We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana. Canada’s current system of marijuana prohibition does not work. It does not prevent young people from using marijuana and too many Canadians end up with criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug. Arresting and prosecuting these offenses is expensive for our criminal justice system. It traps too many Canadians in the criminal justice system for minor, non-violent offenses. At the same time, the proceeds from the illegal drug trade support organized crime and greater threats to public safety, like human trafficking and hard drugs.” Donald Trump seems to feel the exact same way. All the way back in April 1990, Trump stated; ” We’re losing badly the war on drugs…You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars.”
So both seem to feel the same way, when it comes to legalization. Both agree that legalizing marijuana will put the profit back in the nation’s pockets rather then these drug-dealers and/or drug cartels.
For now however, we will just have to wait and see how it plays out. As things progress in terms of marijuana research the road to legalization looks a whole lot brighter!
THC vs. CBD – A closer look
Tetrahydrocannabinol – (THC)
THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is psychoactive as opposed to CBD which isn’t, however both seem to have amazing effects on the human body. In the brain THC binds with cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors. This is because THC closely resembles a neurotransmitter known as anandamide. Anandamide (which is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter in the brain), enhances the simple pleasures associated with basic activities such as eating, exercise and even sex!
Cannabidiol – (CBD)
CBD works to mute the same receptors which are activated by THC, hence resulting in a decrease of the common side effects associated with THC (such as anxiety or short term memory impairment).
CBD is actually showing a lot of promise for those suffering from debilitating diseases or illnesses such as; Chrons disease, PTSD, Dravets Syndrome just to name a few!
Effects and Application:
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) will generally make the user drowsy as opposed to CBD or CBDv (cannabidivarin) which may boost energy; hence why some strains will make you sleepy or drowsy and others will result in wakefulness or alertness!
- Altered sense of sight, smell and hearing
- Fatigue or Drowsiness
- Reduced Aggression
Medical Applications of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol):
- Reduce side effects of chemotherapy
- Alleviate symptoms associated with;
-AIDS or HIV
Effects of CBD or CBDv:
- Reduction of psychotic symptoms
- Relief from convulsions and nausea
- Decreased anxiety
- Decreased inflammation
Medical Applications of CBD or CBDv:
- Schizophrenia (Reduce psychotic symptoms)
- Social Anxiety Disorder (lowers anxiety)
- Reduces symptoms associated with depression
- Decreases symptoms associated with cancer treatment (relief from chemo side effects, such as; suppressed appetite, nausea)
Research in the field of marijuana and especially in the fields of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD or CBDv are still in the early stages. We are only just beginning to understand the powerful benefits of them, and look forward to a future where they can be better understood and studied.
Marijuana vs. Alcohol
(Marijuana vs. Alcohol) The Pros and Cons:
- Marijuana from unreliable sources and drug dealers may have illegal and potentially toxic herbicides and-or insecticides
- Make make you sleepy, or drowsy
- Make result in over consumption of junk foods which may have adverse effects on your over-all well being
- Carbons from inhalation of burning marijuana may possess various health related risk
- Possible paranoia
- Can be healthy for your heart (red wine) – in moderate amounts
- Can help reduce social anxiety
- Contains vitamins (beer)
- Can help maintain or regulate weight
- Slurred speech
- Upset Stomach
- Breathing difficulties
- Distorted vision or hearing
- Impaired judgement
- Decreased perception and coordination
- Unconsciousness or Black-outs
- Nerve damage
- Brain damage
- Ulcers or Gastritis
- Sexual problems
- High-blood pressure
- cirrhosis -of liver
- fibrosis -of liver
- Alcoholic Hepatitis
- Mouth -cancer
- Kidney failure
- Pancreas failure
Clearly it is quite evident when you weigh the pros and cons of the two; which you may want to consume and which you shouldn’t.