Here’s a word, “Cannabinoid”. Cannabinoids refer to any of a group of closely related compounds that are the active constituents of cannabis, the plant from which we get marijuana. Cannabinol is one of the compounds whose primary derivative is THC, Tetrahydrocannabinol, the primary intoxicant in marijuana. I love these scientific definitions. And there are more like cannabinoid receptors that are in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain and are part of the endocannabinoid system which is involved in a lot of our physiological processes affecting appetite, mood, memory and pain sensation.
You might ask why I am even looking up and talking about these things and it’s because I like to learn as much as I can about a topical subject and the impending legalization of marijuana is a hot topic. I conjured up this image in my mind of jumping into a time machine and going back 45 years. I step outside and it’s October, 1972. Guess who is Prime Minister? Justin’s dad, Pierre, who had set up a Royal Commission to study the non-medical use of drugs that had just recommended decriminalizing marijuana. However, nothing came of it due to a mixed reaction in Parliament plus it angered Richard Nixon’s administration. Can you imagine if I had told people in October ’72 that in 2018 Pierre’s then 10 month-old son would be PM and that using pot…grass….weed, for recreational purposes, never mind medicinal, would be perfectly legal? You know they would have laughed at me and accused me of having smoked so much of the stuff I was having delusions.