In recent years, with millennials becoming the main consumers of capitalism and beginning to occupy global leadership positions, prejudices regarding cannabis have been disappearing. This has led to reforms in the legislation of its possession and use, and, along with these developments, also to changes in the way cannabis is dealt with in education.
Prejudice in society
For almost a century, misguided myths and prejudices were fostered regarding the cannabis plant. Mankind has used the plant for thousands of years, since 3000 BC, for recreational, medicinal and religious purposes. But during the 20th century, society's mentality changed; the following were disseminated falsehoods and concepts without scientific backing that led most countries to classify cannabis as an illegal substance.
Now, more and more countries are legalising or decriminalising marijuana use, and it is only a matter of time before the majority of the world agrees to regulate cannabis rather than prohibit it.
Cannabis in the institutions
One of the most important changes in society has been in educational institutions, which have already started to talk to students about cannabis. Various organisations and groups are developing educational programmes to inform students about the risks and benefits of cannabis, as well as to encourage responsible and safe use.
These programmes address issues such as addiction, the long-term effects of marijuana use, and laws and regulations. By providing accurate, evidence-based information, these programmes help students make informed decisions and avoid the risks associated with inappropriate marijuana use.
In addition to education on responsible cannabis use, cannabis has become a subject of study in several academic institutions. There are schools and universities that offer courses related to the plant, including studies on its history, medical and legal effects, as well as its impact on society. These courses provide a deeper understanding and provide opportunities for research and advancement in the field of science and medicine.
Information at your fingertips
Another valuable resource is specialised libraries and databases. More and more libraries are adding cannabis collections and resources, making it easier for students and teachers to access up-to-date and reliable information. These specialised libraries include books, scientific journals, research reports and other materials from reliable sources that help to debunk myths and learn from modern science.
Technology has also played a crucial role in the dissemination of information. The emergence of mobile apps and online platforms has facilitated access to information and provide data on cannabis strains, cannabinoid profiles, recommended dosages and methods of use. In addition, some of these tools also include consumption tracking and diaries to help users monitor and manage their cannabis use.
While technology and the use of the internet have made it easier to access information, not all sources should be valued equally. It is always advisable to obtain data from reliable and verifiable sources. It is therefore important that schools and universities themselves teach students where and how to obtain reliable sources.
Advantages of legal cannabis
In countries where cannabis consumption is decriminalised, we are fortunate to have access to cannabis associations or clubs where the staff are trained to advise us. For example, here in Barcelona, the "asos" are a safe space where we can consume and meet people with similar interests, but also where we can learn or consult experts on the subject.
On the other hand, the legality of cannabis allows the consumer to know the exact contents of the products. With good labelling regulations that communicate the percentages of compounds and cannabinoids, each person will know what they are consuming and will be better able to choose what their body tolerates or needs.