2017 and Marijuana: A Year in Review
There were some great moments for marijuana in 2017. While many states (including California) moved a little closer to legalizing both medical and recreational use of pot, many individuals across the country started researching things like the use of cannabinoids and other medicinal properties of marijuana. Based on traffic to large news websites, 2017 was a tremendous year for cannabis curiosity, and many pundits on the issue feel this is largely because it’s going more mainstream as we enter 2018 than ever before. Once thought of as a purely recreational drug, marijuana has come a long way in these past 12 months. Here are three of the top highlights in medical marijuana news for 2017.
CBD and hemp oils take weed mainstream
Google searches for CBD oil and cannabis oil distillate were far higher in 2017 than 2016 or any other year previous, which indicates a clear growth in interest beyond the everyday use of weed. More than ever, parents are using marijuana to medicate children with autism, epilepsy, and ADHD, while adults who never would have dreamed of using pot now take it as a medicine for stress, posttraumatic stress, depression, and other mental health issues.
While it’s true that medical marijuana has been in use for decades for physical illnesses like cancer, it hasn’t been until relatively recently that it has been used as a treatment for mental health. And, medical marijuana like Charlotte’s Web have been the reason entire families have moved from a state where marijuana was illegal to a pot-friendly state like Colorado, allowing parents to legally treat their children. Interestingly, hemp oils that treat mental health and autism spectrum disorders generally have a very low THC count, but very high counts of medium chain triglycerides (MTCs), which trigger a faster release of cannabinoids when compared to other oil types.
Cannabis oil distillate lands on the map
Viscous, amber-colored cannabis oil distillate contains an incredibly pure tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) sap, which is also decarboxylated and distilled. Worth more than any other type or form of marijuana, this cannabis oil concentration represents where marijuana is going in 2018 and beyond. While it’s true that much of cannabis oil distillate science is still in research and development, this 99 percent pure concentration offers an unlimited versatility for use, including smoking, cooking, baking, topical treatment, and much more.
To make cannabis oil distillate, mature plants are harvested for their cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes and distilled to produce a pure, near-perfect compound that can be used in dozens of ways. In 2017, cannabis oil distillate landed on the map—and in the years to come, we’ll get to follow the evolution of this incredible cannabis concentrate. One thing is certain, however: cannabis oil distillate makes marijuana more palatable, easier to use commercially, and purer.
Mexico mainstreams medical marijuana for all
In June of 2017, marijuana for medical use became legal in every state, district, and province of Mexico, making it the largest area where cannabis is legal on Earth. How did this happen? Mexico’s current president, Enrique Peña Nieto, who was at one time opposed to the legalization of medical marijuana, decided to legalize it after a public debate in 2016. Peña Nieto’s announcement was met with applause, as it means Mexico can now import medications, therapies, food and drink, and cosmetics that contain cannabis oils, concentrations, and more. In 2018, marijuana prohibition will effectively be a part of Mexico’s past, and the health and economic advantages of marijuana and hemp very much a part of its future.
With all this now a part of the past, 2018 is already shaping up to be an incredible year for cannabis overall, and medical marijuana specifically. New cannabis oils and concentrations along with more progressive legislation mean better delivery of a better product—all this adds up to enhanced treatment for those who need cannabis for a higher quality of life.