Welcome to the 15th edition of Boomtown. If you’re reading this for the first time, welcome to Boomtown. We’re tripping as usual and it’s another Saturday, another weekend to blaze ourselves to splits, while laughing at the world around us amidst a pile of emotions that range from one extreme to another, encompassing things like violence and fraud to positivity and hope. We do not seek to place the world neatly into black and white, for such a thing can never account for the sheer diversity of thoughts and beliefs, being flung at us from all sides. All we want to do is trip on them.
Let’s start blazing.
Thank you European Union Justices
A semblance of common sense and scientific temper prevailed at the Court of Justice of the European Union, when the court explicitly said that ‘CBD is not a narcotic’ and should not be treated as one, just because it is derived from the cannabis plant. CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the 100-200 odd cannabinoids (compounds that are biochemical cousins of the human body’s own endocannabinoids) that has been found to have health and wellness properties. Along with THC, CBD is one of the most studied medicinal compounds and its proponents like the fact that it does not induce THC-like highs.
Politico will elaborate:
“The European Union’s highest court ruled today that cannabidiol (CBD) isn’t a narcotic drug. The decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is a setback for EU countries that are cracking down on CBD products, arguing they are harmful to people’s health. At issue was a French case against a Czech company that sold CBD extracted from the whole cannabis plant to use in electronic cigarette cartridges. France only allows extraction from cannabis seeds and fiber — not the whole plant. The court ruled the law that prompted this legal action against the Czech producers was an unnecessary restriction of the free movement of goods because the substance doesn’t pose a threat to human health.”
The decision was to be expected because no matter how far a society or a community assumes matters of a scientific or economic nature, the truth is bound to prevail in the court of law as long as all the sides to the issue have the opportunity to make themselves heard and present their arguments in a rational manner. Time and again we’ve remarked about the fact that, if every side were to have a dialogue about their misconceptions and issues, only the truth would win.
“First, the court set aside EU regulations on hemp — cannabis with less than 0.2 percent of the psychoactive cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — in the bloc’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), because CBD “cannot be considered an agricultural product.” Second, the court wrote that while countries can prohibit the free movement of goods of a banned substance like narcotic drugs, this prohibition doesn’t apply to CBD — because the substance isn’t a narcotic drug. For example, it noted, two key U.N. conventions that classify various narcotics don’t specifically mention CBD, although they do mention “cannabis extracts.” Banning the sale of CBD products because they’re a cannabis extract goes against the “general spirit” of the U.N. conventions, which aim to protect people’s health. CBD, unlike the psychoactive THC, “does not appear to have any psychotropic effect or any harmful effect on human health,” the court wrote.”
Good stuff from the court.
Let’s keep blazing.
To Blazes, The Abject Mediocrity
As experience dictates, we’ve come across our ‘selfish’ side and our ‘societal’ side.
The selfish side is concerned about figuring out how to satisfy one’s own needs and wants like food, beverage, sex, relationships, knowledge – increasing the amount of pleasure neurochemicals so to speak, whilst accepting temporary pains since there’s nothing like a physical or mental pain-free life. The societal side is concerned with the ‘community’ or the ‘nation’ or any other collective identity like religion or politics. Of course this classification is not uniform, and some individuals turn out to be different along different times of their lives.
Our main point is this: understand everything. Don’t leave anything.
Reject the opinions of your friends and well-wishers. Listen to them and acknowledge, but do your own research and make it better. Reject the opinions of your family members. Listen to them and acknowledge, but do your own research. Reject the opinions of people who claim to have your interests at heart, they may or may not have it. Listen to them and acknowledge, but do your own research. The abject tendency of the mind to sit back and be passive is too tempting. Refuse to bow down to it.
Let’s keep blazing.
Cannabis for World Peace
Far far too often and for far too long, we’ve been hearing arguments like “more cannabis use will ensure world peace because people who use cannabis become ‘peaceful’” or “everyone should use cannabis, it’s just so good!” or similar statements of a peaceful, brother-sisterhood nature. While such statements are appreciated and while it is also tempting to think about world peace, we must understand the fact that in reality, things are actually not so easy.
For instance, we all know that everyone must be peaceful or everyone must be happy and healthy and educated and what not. We all know this. Then why does reality not pan out in an ideal sense? One of our closest friends actually believes that all the ills out there in the world, especially in the political discourse, is because people are not using cannabis as they should be. But there is plenty of cause for hope and optimism. You see, negative things have a way of hogging attention and impacting positivity, to feel not so good as well. What do we do?
Let’s keep blazing and think ahead as always.
Have a great day 🙂