Today’s seniors have had a mixed history with cannabis. The herb enjoyed huge popularity in the 1960s as a staple of counter-culture both sides of the Atlantic, but in the decades that followed, attitudes toward the plant drifted dramatically in the other direction. The media churned out story after story about the mental health risks of marijuana consumption, and the “lazy stoner” stereotype seemed to fill the rest of the conversation about pot.
Research progressed for years at a snail’s pace, and it was only in the 1990s that cannabis started to garner mainstream legitimacy as a medicine with San Francisco’s Proposition P and later the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 which legalized medical cannabis throughout California. But fast-forward to 2018, and perceptions of the plant have changed further still. The therapeutic qualities of the key cannabinoids in cannabis are now known, and there is a swathe of interest surrounding cannabidiol (CBD) products. These are made using extracts from CBD-rich cannabis or hemp and are essentially non-psychoactive. This is a perfect middle-ground, where many cannabis benefits are on offer for the user, without them having to experience short-term euphoria and altered consciousness. In a nutshell, for the older generation, CBD is cannabis sans the stigma. [Read more…]