There is no hope with dope. Crack is whack. Hugs, not drugs.
Rhyme schemed proclamations have been fanning the flames of the War on Drugs since the first shots were fired. Despite the epic failure of our current drug policing strategies, the United States government is doubling down on the theory that non-FDA approved drug users are the scourge of mankind and looking to lock us all up (starting with minorities, of course).
So it seems that the United States could stand to learn a bit from our little brother to the north. In only a few months Canada has taken the reigns of North America and declared itself the fresh, cool, progressive world leader not willing to kowtow to wonky policy and unsubstantiated claims against the benefits of cannabis.
A new study titled Intentional cannabis use to reduce crack cocaine use in a Canadian setting: A longitudinal analysis concludes that using cannabis can reduce the use of crack cocaine for those who prefer their coke on the rocks. Detailing their methods and findings in a piece for The Conversation, MJ Milloy and M. Eugenia Socias “found that people who intentionally used cannabis to control their crack use showed a marked decline in crack consumption, with the proportion of people reporting daily use dropping from 35% to less than 20%.”
Perhaps it’s time for a new slogan in the name of harm reduction—Weed is all you need.
Those of us in the know have been extolling the virtues of marijuana based maintenance programs to eye rolls and feigned interest since Jump Street.
Damaging and dangerous activities induced by hard drinking and drugging are all but erased while enrolled in a lifestyle that incorporates cannabis use as a replacement for far more detrimental substances. Anybody still considering marijuana consumption a reprehensible endeavor is unlikely to be swayed fact, science or reason and are thusly inconsequential to the future success of the human race.
Tremendous insights into the efficacy of cannabis as a means for fall down and stand up drunks to get off the sauce and on with their lives can be found in Cannabis as a substitute for alcohol: a harm reduction approach by Tod H. Mikuriya (1933-2007).
Presented in his research are gems like,
“Nine patients reported that they had practiced total abstinence from alcohol for more than a year and attributed their success to cannabis. Their years in sobriety: 19, 18, 16, 10, 7, 6, 4 (2), and 2.”
“Three patients reported a sad irony: they had “fallen off the wagon” when they had to stop using cannabis in anticipation of drug tests. Patient S., a 27-year-old cable installer, had six alcohol-related arrests by age 21, “ . . . after not smoking herb (for probation drug test) and blacking out on alcohol, I found my drinking getting out of hand and I began getting into more trouble.” He later relapsed when denied use of cannabis at a residential treatment facility.”
In the face of these finding and other anecdotal evidence a litany of defenses is used to discourage people from experimenting with cannabis and psychedelics as wellness tools or a way to remove their dependency on harmful drugs and destructive tendencies. Preachers, teachers, and coaches have been peddling these lies to impressionable youths and foolish adults with blind faith in the hopes of not corrupting the system in place but they don’t have to.
That system is broken. It was never even operational. It’s been gumming up the works ever since it was implemented. Independent thoughts and deviations from the norm are at a premium these days and need to be encouraged and championed instead of repressed.
Free your mind and your ass will follow.