The number one enemy of legalization in Europe, tobacco
Europe may seem like an increasingly divided continent on the issue of cannabis. But there is one thing that unites its people: an obsession with using tobacco to smoke cannabis. Until 90% of Europeans combine cannabis with cannabisaccording to the latest global drug survey. In comparison, only 8% of Americans smoke cannabis that way.
Tobacco linked to tobacco
Cannabis is illegal in many European countries. But in reality is that a lot of people smoke, en masse… Therefore, the policy must reflect this reality. For many Europeans, cannabis is a gateway drug to tobacco. So many people are exposed to tobacco when they smoke their first joint
Smoking (burning) is bad for your lungs. Smoking changes the properties of a substance, often forming toxic and carcinogenic compounds. For cannabis (along with tobacco), this includes brain changes that interfere with cognitive functioning, especially in adolescents. And the harmful effects of smoking tobacco are well known. More than 8 million people die every year because of smoking - mainly cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Plus, you don't really benefit from cannabis by combining it with tobacco. The benefits of cannabis are expressed without this sad marriage. Alternatives to using cannabis with tobacco include consumption - sometimes referred to as edibles - and inhalation through a vaporizer, pipe or bong.
Joints are not the only way to use cannabis
Countries such as the United States and Canada have a cultural disdain for combining tobacco with cannabis. Radical regulatory reforms, trade and a variety of concentrated cannabis products have contributed to a gradual shift in consumer habits.
There is now sufficient evidence to promote vaporization as the healthier alternative method for cannabis. These devices contain an electro-mechanical element that heats the cannabis (bud or oil) to a temperature that converts the active ingredients, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) into vapor, but without burning it!
Smokers (with tobacco) have to take more and more strokes to achieve a higher high than common smokers (without tobacco). In countries where smoking is the norm, we must focus on the success of anti-smoking campaigns to help people who enjoy smoking cannabis.
And frame the use of "drugs" as a health problem, rather than a criminal justice issue. This is the key to legalization. Besides the moral arguments supporting such a shift, there are very clear economic gains. UK, researches commissioned by Liberal Democrats show that it costs the taxpayer the sum of £ 2.256 so that the police can arrest a cannabis user ...
And, it is estimated that 67 million pounds sterling are dedicated to the treatment of tobacco-related health problems. A considerable sum that could also be saved for future generations, if we can dissociate cannabis and tobacco.
Legalization cannot reduce tobacco use
Let's be honest, legalizing cannabis won't necessarily be the answer to tobacco. Before people start calling for law reform, we have to realize that the tobacco + cannabis alliance remains one of the strongest arguments of prohibitionists.
The amalgam cannabis - tobacco seen by prohibitionists
The Netherlands has one of the highest rates of smoking in the world! And this, despite a more tolerant approach to drug consumption ... The evolution of cultural consumption norms is difficult. Change requires governments to respect the choices of individuals. People who smoke cannabis should receive practical advice on how to get a “high” without smoking tobacco.
Changing the standards may take a while, but it would be a good start. The amalgamation of cannabis and tobacco does not really benefit a hypothetical legalization. We can no longer refuse or ignore health risks.