Cannabis has been around as a recreational drug for a long, long time. And across the world, in many languages, there are more euphemisms for the drug than you could shake a stick at.
Increasingly of late, many people believe in using cannabis extracts for genuine, medical reasons. And earlier this month, the Dáil passed a bill to make cannabis available in Ireland for medicinal use. But still, whatever the legalities, recreational cannabis remains enormously popular and it’s consumed in a variety of ways, whether inhaled through smoking or eaten in the form of brownies or pancakes.
On Today with Sean O’Rourke, reporter Paddy O Gorman took the opportunity to meet some Irish people in both of those camps, the recreational users and those who swear by its medicinal qualities, particularly for pain relief.
“For the past 10 weeks I have been using CBD oil. I had an accident in 2010 where I fell from a four-storey balcony and landed on my head. I did quite a lot of neurological damage…. I was on 35 painkillers a day for years after it. So I’ve gone down from 35 very strong painkillers. And for the past 10 weeks, that’s been the longest consecutive run I have done without any headaches.”
These were the words of just one of the people Paddy met outside the Hemp Shop, on Dublin’s Capel Street. The shop sells medical cannabid oil, which is legal and is aimed at people who need pain relief. It also sells grinders, rollers, and other aids for cannabis smoking, all legal in themselves.
Another customer of the shop had just bought the aforementioned grinders, skins and aids for smoking the drug. Previously, he had been at a demonstration at the Dáil, supporting the legalisation of cannabis. “I was at the protest outside the Dáil”, he said. “I was expecting to see a lot of people my age, maybe 20. But it was mainly a lot of older people, with their children. There was really nobody my age.”.
“Can cannabis be harmful?”, Paddy asked. And the reply? “Anything you smoke can be harmful to your lungs, naturally. But put it in brownies or pancakes or anything, I don’t think so.”
But, asked Paddy, “many people listening might think, ‘this is a guy whose brain is fried!’ How would you react to that?”
“My leaving cert, the English paper 2… I was stoned, and I got an A in it.”
Well, if true, he wouldn’t be the first to string a few attractive lines of poetry or prose together while under the influence. William Butler Yeats, Lord Byron, Dylan Thomas, Jack Kerouac…. It’s quite a list.
To listen to the full interview, click here.
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