"Medical-grade cannabis" and other stories
Weep for the youth
The Common Sense Substack has a hella sad and hella good piece about the somatic disorders that in some cases are actually killing healthy young women.
Turns out certain types of women won’t just compete with each other in all the usual ways, they will fight over who has the worst case of chronic fatigue syndrome or POTS or, now, Long Covid. TikTok and Snapchat and Instagram give these subgroups a chance to come together in terribly self-destructive way.
But one line in the piece, about Sophie Jacobson, a 22-year-old woman who has quit college and now spends her days watching cartoons and going to doctors, particularly struck me:
Most days she wakes up nauseous and has to vape some medical-grade marijuana [emphasis added] to work up an appetite….
Of course. Jacobson needs “medical-grade” cannabis to help get out of bed. Back in the day, we called that “waking and baking.”
But Jacobson is sick, see, and cannabis is her medicine. It seems to be working great, too - she is now wheelchair-bound much of the time.
If Jacobson had told the interviewer she needed a couple shots of “medical-grade” vodka every morning to start her day, the problem would have been obvious, but the cannabis industry and drug legalizers have sown such confusion over their preferred intoxicant that users and reporters can spout this nonsense with straight faces.
Tell Your Children.
Still a great piece, find it here: