Cannabis Education to Teach Safe and Legal Cannabis Use
In 2018, cannabis was finally legalized In Canada, creating a huge divide between the people who grew up in a society that shunned cannabis use versus the socially acceptable norms of today.
In short, people were raised to avoid cannabis altogether instead of proper, safe (and responsible) use. Yet, now with the legalization of cannabis, a team of researchers from Newfoundland and Labrador has concluded that education was, in fact, the best way to teach people about health and safety.
An international survey concerning cannabis showed that around 90% of cannabis consumers were at higher risk of consumption behavior — in other words, they were more likely to smoke or take high potency products; smoking is considered a high-risk behavior due to the harmful effect it has on our lungs (owing to the combustion process).
Over the past few years, Canada has spent over $100 million in federal funds to educate the public about cannabis. Still, over 20% of the population says they haven’t noticed any campaigns regarding cannabis as of yet.
In the past, cannabis education was mostly done at the school level. However, children are not the only ones that should be taught about proper cannabis use. Teachers, health professionals, and law enforcement all need to be re-educated, so to speak.
Consequently, there are a lot of innovative programs nowadays that help both children and adults get informed about cannabis. The aim of these programs is to inform people and educate them about safe and responsible cannabis use. The “for youth from youth” program, the Blunt Truth, was created mainly to teach youth how to use cannabis responsibly.
After all, the whole point of legalizing cannabis is to help protect the public (both from the aspect of health and public safety). And to do this, the general public has to be better informed — hence the new education programs.