The last year and a half has caused us a lot of anxiety. A recent study found that the prevalence of major depressive disorders increased by 27.6%, and cases of anxiety disorders increased by 25.6% during the pandemic.
These statistics speak to the massive effect of a global health crisis on public health and recall that many physical illnesses are rooted in poorly managed stress.
As we cautiously return to “normalcy,” it is clear that we must not go back to a past where we simply allowed people to suffer without the treatment they need.
Instead, we must continue to advocate for the decriminalization of cannabis while addressing social issues.
Here are some ways in which the changing world can help pushes cannabis narrative.
Increased distance work
The pandemic forced us all to stay home and start working remotely, and a recent survey found that 58% of workers prefers remote work.
Both large and small businesses now work from their home offices and this change in the workplace can be used as a way to increase the legalization of cannabis to improve public health.
However, distance work can blur the lines between work and life.
Employees working from home they often suffer from work-related anxiety. They find themselves logging in to emails and checking messages when they are supposed to be closed and may have difficulty distinguishing between work and life.
Studies to support cannabis use as a treatment for anxiety. This is great news for remote workers who are stressed and struggling to maintain a work-life balance.
By using cannabis for post-work stress management, remote workers can make a clear distinction between work and life, while avoiding the harmful effects that other drugs such as antidepressants and alcohol can have. to have in the body.
Lack of doctors
We are suffering from a shortage of doctors across the country. More than 80 million Americans do not have adequate access to a primary health care provider, and the Association of American Medical Schools predicts a shortage of up to 122,000 physicians by 2032.
This problem has been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic, as chronic stress has put more pressure on health care.
Unfortunately, this means that more people will resort to self-medication than ever before. Traditionally, this has meant that millions have been hooked the active ingredients present in over-the-counter (OTC) medicines..
The cannabis industry can respond to this shortage of doctors by offering a low-risk alternative that reduces stress on OTC drugs.
Social Justice and Cannabis
We are finally beginning to address the issue of racism in the United States. While most solutions do not go far enough, critical talks are taking place across the country and public support for anti-racism measures is increasing.
One of the best documented examples of population control and racism is the unrepresentative persecution of minorities based on cannabis use.
Statistics show that while 13% of the population is African American, 26% of drug arrests were African American.
The cannabis industry should team up with activists and community leaders like Ru Johnson and advocacy groups like Mikelina Belaineh. Project The Last Prisoner to show broad support for the end of the war on drugs and the promotion of anti-racist policies in society.
Cannabis can offer real solutions to many of today’s problems in society. Millions around the world are feeling the stress of change and are still experiencing the trauma caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, social justice advocacy movements can count on the support of cannabis stakeholders who should seek to create a fair future for the cannabis industry.
This ever-changing world can be used to drive the cannabis narrative at all levels of government and industry.