People are being diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) from using bootleg THC cartridges containing hydrogen cyanide, and I can’t help but wonder how we got to this point. The tests on legal vaping carts did not contain hydrogen cyanide, so we can’t blame this on vape nation. However, the tainted THC carts show us symptoms of a larger problem in America. Cannabis is considered a schedule one narcotic federally in our country. This means that we do not recognize it as having any healthcare applications and believe that it is highly addictive. Another Schedule I narcotic is PCP. Even methamphetamine is considered a Schedule II narcotic, which is legal to prescribe in the US under the name Desoxyn. As research has shown us, cannabis has a myriad of health benefits from anti-inflammatory and pain relief to seizure and PTSD, and the scheduling of medications in the US is extremely political. Because of the extreme anti-marijuana propaganda from the 1930s, cannabis was thrown into Schedule I, and being caught selling or using it can send you to jail and cause hefty fines.
As the leaves fall and crunch under my feet, I can’t help but start lighting fall’s eve scented candles and curling up with my favorite scary movies. But I feel a bit somber this time of year, because part of me misses the halloweens of my childhood. Those crisp eves where I fought with my mom because I didn’t want to wear a jacket with my cool witch outfit while out trick or treating. I miss running around with my friends around the neighborhood that wasn’t usually this alive at this time of night. I miss those dads that got really into hay rides and ran one for their suburb. I miss the friends whose birthdays were around Halloween so they always got Halloween-themed parties and parents would make mud pie with gummy worms because it was more creepy.