Cannabis has been dragged through the mud for many decades. Even today, myths that suggest cannabis is linked to everything from an increase in crime rates to cancer deaths still prevail. Because of its long history as a controlled substance, cannabis continues to face the rap as a gateway drug that opens the doors to addiction and is, by many accounts, a danger to any society that embraces it.
To the contemporary cannabis conversation, the connection of the plant and its extracts to mental health and wellness is a tenuous and contentious topic. While a wealth of anecdotal evidence suggests that medical cannabis may well hold the answers to complex ailments like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the science is still very much trying to determine whether a viable, and safe, connection does exist.
Cyclist Floyd Landis relied on opioid-based painkillers for years, both before and after he was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France victory for taking synthetic testosterone. He soon realized smoking cannabis could help him kick his opioid habit, and then in 2015 a friend in the cannabis industry suggested he try CBD instead.