Cannabis and Gun Ownership

Recent news articles have published the Honolulu Police Chief decision to ask a few selected cannabis patients to voluntarily surrender their guns. This request has since been rescinded. However, this does point up an important item. 

First, the Site of Hawaii has created a system to allow cannabis to be used, produced commercially and sold to legitimate patients as certified by the State of Hawaii Dept. of Health, despite the Federal laws that prohibit such activity. There is no reason that a similar system can't be developed to protect gun ownership rights. There are a number of legal reasons that the various police departments should not discriminate against cannabis patients when it comes to gun ownership. These legal challenges will likely be addressed during the next legislative session. 

I strongly encourage all patients to become active in the political process, so that your rights can be protected. This includes registering and voting in the elections, writing letters to your representatives and members of congress, and following legislation as it moves through the State legislature in support or opposition of those bills that are under consideration. 

Up to now there has been no major challenge to the police departments' policies of prohibiting new gun registration for cannabis patients, and no request to relinquish existing guns. This new development will probably change that in the coming legislative session or two. 


Cannabis Entourage Effect

Cannabis has many compounds besides THC. The most commonly known ones are CBD and CBN, but there are dozens of Cannabinoids, and also Terpenes and Flavonoids. Research is demonstrating that the balance of these different compounds in cannabis products has a profound effect on the therapeutic outcomes that patients experience. This is known as the Entourage Effect, in that the sum of the compounds is greater than any one of them alone. 

The most interesting of the Entourage Effects that I have come across is the science supporting the finding that CBD tends to reduce the paranoia that some people experience from high THC strains. As a psychotherapist, I find this to be very interesting, as in my vast experience with thousands of cannabis patients as well as recreational users, about 7% of the overall population experiences some level of anxiety or paranoia when using cannabis. 

Here is a good article from the United Kingdom that describes, in scientific terms, the Entourage Effect:

Science is just beginning to investigate the uses that individual cannabinoids have on humans, let alone what these many compounds do when used in various combinations.

I look forward to learning more on this topic, and I hope you do, too.