The health warnings about Cannabis products have been on the verge since the global drug study released its findings. Based on the famous saying, “Grow your brain before you expand it”, the authors of major global study have showed their concerns against the use of Cannabis products by people of ages less than 21.
What is GDS?
GDS is the the global drug survey known to be conducted by the largest network of experts in the different fields related to drugs and health. Anonymous surveys are conducted to collect information regarding any drug and findings are then used to raise awareness among people.
The global drug survey findings have recently raised its concerns about labeling Cannabis products with health warnings to make people aware of the potential impacts on their health.
The New Zealand’s referendum was carried out for Cannabis which further clarified that the sale of cannabis required harm minimizing messages labelled on them for precaution although it is still not clear what messages should the labels convey.
What Does Grow Your Brain Label Mean?
The “grow your brain before it expands” label clarified that adolsecents under the ages of 21 are posed to greater risks and harms with the use of Cannabis products containing THC.
Regular use of such products will affect the mental development of adolescents more than older adults. Majority of the people taking part in the global drug survey also agreed to what the label stated.
What did Survey Participants Say about Having Labels on Cannabis Products?
The majority of survey participants were happy to know that even legally purchased cannabis products will have health warning labels on them. However, a small percentage of people were against the labels while a small percentage did not care about the lebelling concerns.
What Role Can Cannabis Labels Play?
The cannabis labels can educate people about the health warnings to change their behavior potentially. Also, it was stated that it would be more effective to have the warnings about side effects labelled instead of just the harm based messages.
Although the alcohol industry does not support the idea of labelling on health warnings, people are ready to support such an initiative for cannabis labelling.
There is no doubt that advice labels on cannabis products should be mandatory to warn adolsecents of having adverse brain effects with regular use.
Such labels will treat customers with respect and honesty as the products sold should be transparent about any harms they can cause. This is also a way to advice them on how to use cannabis for their wellbeing.
Honesty is the only drug policy that can put positive light on private companies and their relation with customers. The messages conveyed in the labels were factually correct and most people in the survey were happy with what they stated.
What are the Cannabis Health Warning Labels About?
The labels are about adolescents, memory deterioration, dependence, driving, smoking, and motivation were are very clearly stated in the Canadian health warnings.
The global drug survey also stated that forgetting things can be frustrating as it makes you less productive. Also, it advised people to go off cannabis use and see the difference themselves.
Regardless of the cannabis legal status, these health warnings can have a strong and powerful impact on how people use cannabis. This will be a way to communicate the harms of cannabis with public.
The Malburians stated on the cannabis referendum debate that regulating the drug will make the government have more control over cannabis health warnings issuance.
Cannabis Use by Respondents
Around 69.3% New Zealanders were surveyed to have used cannabis containing THC regularly whereas only 24.1% of them wanted to use less of the drug in future.
In India, more than half of the participants of global survey wanted to use less cannabis in the next 12 months. Also, 22.7% kiwis had access to cannabis drug through friends and only 17.7% were concerned about using less in future.