While we are becoming a smaller and smaller global village with each advancement in technology, some customs and cultures remain very regional.
Cannabis Global Culture
Cannabis or Marijuana is one of the most widely used drugs in the World https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/most-commonly-used-addictive-drugs
Now with the global move to explore more of medical marijuana use and to legalize it, cannabis appeal would widen https://www.marketwatch.com/press-release/cannabis-reaches-new-demographics-due-to-its-medical-appeal-2019-03-14-920200
Surely a plant, a “herb”, some say “healing of the nations” being put to good use must be a good thing.
Cannabis in Caribbean Culture
Apart from its medical uses, recreational use of marijuana remains for most its real appeal. Within the Caribbean context, where, ‘chilling out’, ‘liming’, ‘hanging out’ is a standard stress-buster, alcoholic drinks are often included as the relaxing substance.
Aside in private, with the current criminalization of cannabis or marijuana, similar stress-buster ‘chill outs’ ‘limes’ ‘hanging out’ take place in private with marijuana being the relaxing substance.
Now, with the movements to decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana, soon we would find marijuana being included in Friday night limes, legitimate parties etc.
What makes Marijuana so special?
We use alcohol and cigarettes, as socially-acceptable drugs, so what’s the big deal with marijuana?
Firstly, let’s review the definition of a drug; “a chemical that has a therapeutic effect on a disease or its symptoms” …
It’s already established that a drink or two, creates a relaxing feeling and helps many unwind.
Think of marijuana, then as 10X over alcohol and here is
Legalized Marijuana a Teen Treat
With the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana, now more and more teens can comfortably easily access an anti-anxiety “pull”, stress-at-home, social-anxiety, relationship challenges…you name it!
But along with its anti-anxiety self-medicating treat are the subtle dangers…
Marijuana repeatedly found to possibly provoke psychotic-like responses in vulnerable populations. During teen time the brain is yet developing…how do we now reach the teen in time who might be showing real symptoms of a mental health concern before self-medicating and potentially casing more harm to their mental well-being?
Furthermore among a region with a preference for religious-oriented approaches to address most day-day concerns, we now add an easy-to-get, stress buster, as one client put it….
“when I take my little ‘pull’ I feel so good, so relaxed, then I take a few minutes and back at it again”
Meanwhile the concern remains unaddressed, but the anxiety it provoked is reduced for the while, and it can be done again, and again and again…
More and more then counselling in the Caribbean would be a thing for those who dare, for the courageous who would endure momentary discomfort, for greater comfort in time to come http://www.karryonservices.com/therapy/