With the cannabis industry booming, it’s easy to get excited about the future of weed. But what this future holds is uncertain. Will we see national or global legalization of marijuana? Will we see cannabis cure diseases and extend life expectancies? Will we drive to dispensaries inside flying cars?
5 Future Predictions of Weed
We’ll know soon enough. In the meantime, all we can do is speculate and assume that in the future we’ll see the following:
Legalization on the Federal Level: When California legalized last year, many people argued that that was the turning point: The Golden Gate State is the gateway to federal legalization. One of the reasons for this is California’s population: it’s the most populated state and by quite a bit. Per the World Population Review, the population of California is nearly 40 million. The second most populace state is Texas, a state with “only” 28 million.
Other factors play a role in this prediction – in 2014, recreational marijuana was legal in only two states. Three years later, it’s legal in eight (as well as the District of Columbia). Medical marijuana is becoming increasingly legal too – it’s more legal than illegal when you look at all US states.
This leads us to assume that national legalization is on the horizon
They’ll be some holdouts, sure, but it’ll get to the point where weed will be legal for recreational use in most of America and legalizing federally will become the only thing that makes sense – Uncle Sam can’t stop us all.
Canada is ahead of us, already having decided to legalize federally. This gives the US a front row seat to see what happens.
Acceptance in Professional Sports: Marijuana is a banned substance in most professional sports (it’s not technically banned in the NHL). The degree of this ban depends on the league:
the NFL, for instance, is stricter than the MLB. But, as the nation progresses, sports will as well
Some may argue that a ban should remain because cannabis (when you choose the right strain) can enhance your performance. Yet, it mostly does this by minimizing pain. San Millan, the director of sports performance at CU at Boulder, told Elite Daily, “In certain situations, when reducing anxiety or pain is beneficial, marijuana may be helpful despite its ergolytic properties.” In other words, pot can either hurt or help in terms of performance.
Even so, one could argue the same thing about caffeine, a substance that isn’t banned. According to Men’s Fitness, several studies have linked caffeine intake before a workout to increased performance. Thus, if you’re not going to take the Starbucks away from sports stars, you can’t really keep out cannabis, either.
CBD will Become the new THC: CBD, the cannabinoid that’s stood in the shadows for way too long, is finally getting its moment in the sun. People are now aware of the benefits CBD offers – and it does so without any cerebral effects.
Per Medical News Daily, CBD works by encouraging the body to use more of its own, natural cannabinoids. Some of the conditions it’s believed to help include: pain (particularly chronic pain), smoking cessation and drug withdrawals, epilepsy, psychiatric diseases, cancer suppression (more on that below), anxiety disorders, diabetes, acne, and Alzheimer’s.
Its lack of psychoactivity makes it hard for prohibitionists to argue against – Nyquil offers more of a high.
Women Will Become More Prevalent in the Industry: Pot has always had a reputation for being male-dominated: there are not many stoner movies featuring women. Part of this is warranted as men have always used at higher rates (pun intended). But that’s changing.
According to Eaze Insights, females made up 25 percent of marijuana users in 2016. In present day, they make up 33 percent. Part of this increase has to do with how marijuana is consumed: it’s not just for smoking, anymore. This is inviting to women, a demographic much less likely to pick up a cigarette than their male counterparts (per the World Health Organization, 40 percent of men smoke on a global level compared to nine percent of women).
But the industry won’t only see more women using pot; it’ll see more women growing it, selling it, and making money off of it, too. The market is already showing its feminism: per BiotrackTHC, 36 percent of executive-level positions in the cannabis industry are female-held. This is much higher than the US average of 22 percent.
Cannabis Won’t Cure Cancer, but it’ll Slow it Down: One of the reasons a cure for cancer has proven so elusive is that cancer isn’t really a single disease: it’s hundreds. Different types of cancer behave differently, even when affecting the same organ – there are some types of uterine cancer that are extremely slow growing, for instance, while others spread quickly. Thus, it’s probably not realistic to assume that cannabis can act as a cure-all. But…..
According to Cancer UK, cannabinoids are showing solid promise in the fight. Various cannabinoids can trigger cell death, stop cells from dividing, prevent tumors from growing blood vessels (and stopping their ability to spread), stop cells from moving, and speed up a cell’s internal autophagy (a process that leads to cell death).
It’s important to note that much of the research on cannabis and cancer is the result of using cells inside a petri dish
whether or not this pans out inside the human body is still unanswered. Yet, it’s hopeful and promising enough to get people excited.
At the very least, marijuana acts as an anti-inflammatory. Because inflammation is a major cause of cancer, common sense tells us that anything preventing inflammation also prevents malignancy. Ergo, marijuana should prevent cancer the same way aspirin does.
Cannabis has been around for thousands of years; it’s been used by various civilizations for its medicinal and beneficial qualities. But, in the modern day, it’s just getting started. We can only guess as to where it will lead and hope that it achieves greater acceptance in the years to come. By all indications, the future of weed looks bright.