Cannabis or marijuana is a plant that contains the chemical THC. Cannabis is psychoactive, which means that it changes the way you experience and perceive things around you. It may be used recreationally or to treat health conditions.
The BC Compassion Club Society can now claim “12 years of civil disobedience and 12 years of non-profit medical cannabis distribution in Canada. . . . The BCCCS will continue to work towards ensuring that those who use cannabis as a medicine never have to choose between their liberty and their health .
We’re regularly exposed to anti-smoking campaigns. Ads on TV, on websites and on buses warn us about the health risks linked to smoking cigarettes. Tobacco smoke contains many harmful substances that can lead to cancer, heart disease, stroke and lung disease.1 Furthermore, people who inhale second-hand smoke are also exposed to toxins that can cause breathing problems and irritate the eyes, lungs and throat.2 “Butt out,” the ads warn, before your health and the health of those you love is compromised.
A growing number of people with chronic illnesses use marijuana to help them cope with their symptoms. In fact, it is estimated that up to one million Canadians use marijuana for its medicinal effects.1 There are a limited number of clinical trials supporting the effectiveness and safety of marijuana. However, observational studies2-5 and other personal observations suggest that marijuana helps people cope with a number of symptoms, including pain, nausea, muscle spasms, depression and anxiety. In addition, marijuana may improve sleep and appetite.
People develop patterns of cannabis use that fit their needs. As their needs change, people tend to change their patterns of use. For some this means stopping the use of cannabis completely. For others it means stopping temporarily or cutting back.
All those cliché sentiments about high school being the “best years of your life”—well, the opposite has been true for my son. Imagine navigating high school while coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). That has been Matt’s journey.
It started in the summer before high school. I mysteriously developed strange vibrations in my neck and head that caused pain and headaches—and fear.