Why is Everyone so Angry?

You know, just once, I would like to get up in the morning, and not see something about Donald Trump in my fucking news feed.  Yes, we get it, people are angry, he’s an asshole, and he doesn’t even try to hide the fact that he’s full of shit.  Oh America, you never cease to entertain.  I’m Canadian, and the most exciting political news we get is Trudeau saying, “if Trump calls, tell him I’m not in”.  Oooooh, scandalous.

Bullshit in politics is nothing new.  Hell, dig deep enough, and you’ll find some pretty nasty shit from virtually every government across the globe – yes, even Canada.  But when did it turn into such an obsession, that we have to hang on every piece of insignificant shit that comes our way, and call it news?  The more insane, the more absurd, the more attention it gets.  Aren’t there better ways to spend our time?  Isn’t there anything else we could be doing to contribute to society?  Well, according to the media…no.  

The world runs on money, and a huge money maker is advertising.  The more you pay attention to something in the media, the more eyeballs on the ads they try to push.  The news could be complete pop fluff shit – and in the case of FOX news, about 99% of the time, it is.  But they make it exciting by stirring up emotions.  Personally, I don’t care what you say, you can take a pile of dog shit, swirl it into cotton candy with strawberry flavoring, and I still won’t eat it.  But not everyone is as discerning…that’s a polite way of saying, there are a lot of stupid mother fuckers in North American society.

People like me get angry at that.  We wonder, where did all these sock Muppets come from all of a sudden?  Surprise, surprise, they’ve always been there.  But before social media, we really didn’t have access to all of them.  Oh sure, everyone knew at least one person they suspected of drinking Drano in their youth, but because our circle of friends was limited 

to geography, the idiot ratio was pretty low when compared to the rest of someone’s social group, unless of course, you’re in the kkk, where stupidity is a membership requirement.

But today, the social structure has changed.  Everyone has a mobile device that lets them plug into the internet, that wondrous invention that we use it to share ideas and knowledge across the globe.  We also use it to send pictures of cats doing crazy shit.  With social media, we can connect with thousands of “friends”.  As the social group gets bigger, the idiot count invariably goes up.  Remember, just because someone has the IQ of a walnut, doesn’t mean they can’t go online and make you rethink “planned parenting”, so, thank you Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg for your contribution to society.

Suddenly, everyone has a voice, including the ones you kinda wish didn’t.  Idiots may have saturated society,  but they’re not the 

dominant crowd – they just make the most noise.  Go to a party with fifty people, and one guy sets the bathtub on fire – what do you think people will be talking about the rest of the night?

It’s different, it stands out, it provokes an emotional response, and it screams “look at me, I’m angry!  You should be too!”  This is the same formula that the media uses to push all the horse shit we come across, and right now, the king of horse shit, is Donald Trump.  Whenever he does something stupid, which is about every other hour, or so, it finds its way onto everything, and right on cue, people jump on that bandwagon, and vent their two cents…and yeah, I’m no exception.  But that argument takes on the tone of a Jerry Springer show, when stupid people weigh in, and after about 20 minutes, the comments section looks like a race war run by toddlers. 

The problem isn’t just the stupid people, it’s the misinformed people, that follow stupid people by giving them the benefit of the doubt, which ends up giving many, a bad taste and leaving them questioning their place in society. 

I see so many people, angry at the injustice that’s happening in the world, weighing in, essentially the same way, with memes and those little Facebook posts that ask you to “share if you agree.” 

Gathering at a public protest take a lot of effort, I get it.  there’s parking, you need a sitter for the kids, and in the back of your mind, you’re always wondering if you shouldn’t have worn that old shirt that’s already ruined, because nothing gets the smell of tear gas out of clothes.  But believe it or not, public protests are still the best way to get your voice across – even if that voice often goes ignored.  But social media?  Well hey, I can weigh in on everything that’s trending, and I don’t have to go anywhere!  But the problem is that, most people on social media don’t reallygive a shit, because it’s an impersonal setting.  A lot of the time, it’s more of a, “well, I should be mad at this, soooooo…click like and share.  Wonder what’s new on YouTube.”

Sure, there are cases when people get together for a cause; 

raising funds for someone through kickstarter, for example, or connecting someone who needs life changing medical attention with people across the globe who can help – people they wouldn’t have found in a million years, otherwise. 

So why do we focus on the negative shit?

Because the negative shit gets our blood boiling, and, believe it or not, it’s easier to make someone angry, than it is to make them happy.  Humor is subjective.  Tell someone to go fuck themselves, or better yet, tell your wife she looks like she’s gained five pounds.  Watch what happens.

Actually no, don’t do that, I don’t want to be responsible for any 911 calls.

Negativity is easy.  It’s quick, and it fits with the stress and speed of North American culture. Remember the words of Yoda; “the dark side is quicker, easier, more seductive.”  It’s easy to feel that rush of anger and shake your fists in the air, but in the social media world, a lot of the time, it’s temporary, hence the meme posts.  There’s that prevailing calm that sits in the background of your mind, watching as you go through a tantrum of yelling at the screen.  It knows you’ll calm down – right after you hit like and share.

Like it or not, we’re social creatures, and no amount of texting and posting will ever replace the real feeling of an emotional connection, that’s why people still get together at things like barbecue’s and birthday parties.  People often seek out ways of bonding with others of like mind, especially in a world that can make you question your sanity.  A world where, sometimes, you just need to vent with someone so you don’t feel like you’re the only one.  People need to feel something, in order to retain that connection to humanity, even if that feeling is anger from something out of your control.


But if it makes you feel any better, there will always be someone there to make money off it.

Education High

CANNABIS CULTURE- Let’s get one thing out of the way: under no circumstances did medical schools in New York give any type of training on cannabis in the early-to-mid 80s (1982 to 1986, to be precise). Cannabis was never really mentioned or even bought up as an option or alternative to other pharmaceutical medications. Cannabis was just a “drug…

They would not teach anything like that at the traditional medical schools in the United States. Sure, there were some studies knocking around in the 70s and 80s looking at cannabis’s efficacy for epilepsy, glaucoma, chemotherapy treatment and AIDS/HIV, but these were not establishment views, and cannabis was pretty much considered a “drug” by most medical practitioners. Now, it was still used

 – on the black market, obviously –  but as far as medicine was concerned, cannabis was definitely not considered medicine in any way.

 Yes, there was some research in the 60s, 70s and 80s looking at cannabis from a medical viewpoint, but it was all under the covers. You couldn’t get any kind of federal funding, just like today. Most of the research that was being done was being done in Israel and a little bit in the Netherlands, but nothing was being done in the United States. And you know, with the way Americans and the American Medical Association (AMA) think (and, to be fair, there are medical associations the world over that think similarly), it’s “If the research is not done in the United States, it’s not valid.” That’s just the sort of strict or “Catholic”-like view that the AMA has. The sort of “If it’s not American, it’s not good enough.”

I myself am not so parochial in my thinking. I prefer to follow the threads where they lead. It doesn’t matter where the threads come from, you just follow them. I don’t have that sort of worldview. I’m a globalist, not a nationalist. As for my personal view of what myself and so many others thought of cannabis in the 70s and 80s? It was purely recreational.

However, what you have to realize is that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) wasn’t discovered and various cannabinoids hadn’t been properly isolated as of yet. Cannabidiol (CBD) as an entity wasn’t discovered until the 90s, even though phytocannabinoids had been identified as part of the makeup of the cannabis plant in the 40s and 50s. We just didn’t know how they worked, and many parts were overlooked. They didn’t have it broken down properly at the time. Those who were growing and breeding at the time focussed mostly on THC-hunting, and in some ways the medical establishment followed suit whenever they looked at cannabis, looking only at THC rather than all the other cannabinoids and terpenoids.

There was Raphael Mechoulam’s amazing work in the 60s, but it wasn’t until the 90s that the baton was picked up again properly. This was when the ECS was found to exist, and trying to figure out how cannabis worked helped researchers find it. This was all found out when I completed medical school and even my residency! So none of this research seeped in, especially to my world. At the time I was doing spinal surgery. The thing about surgeons is that, once you get a hammer, everything looks like a nail. So, you don’t think about just using the medicine. You don’t think about incorporating cannabis into your medical practice, especially as a surgeon, because you start to believe that “You and your knife are all that anybody needs.”

This is the complete opposite of the way I see it now, but that’s the way I saw it then. I have started to prefer an “inside-out”, non-invasive view of medicine. Do no harm, and if there’s the possibility to help a person heal themselves without the need for surgery, or at the least reduce our reliance on it if it’s at all possible. When I was practicing spine surgery, it was important to find out how I could surgically help someone.

And then, because I believed that my surgical skills were all that was necessary, it lulled me into a false sense of confidence. Then there was the aftermath… Back surgery doesn’t yield results for people who are never in pain, and even for many of those who are in pain! So now, not only do I have this skewed view that surgery is the most important thing, but now in the follow-up, I’m putting them on large amounts of opioids to beat the pain of surgery! Moreover, whilst the back surgery may or may not have helped, spines are complex, and pain doesn’t always go away.

So now I’m compounding the situation with opioids, purely based on the way I was trained. The idea that surgery will always work on your back, well, it’s not true most of the time! And the consequence of that surgery is often opioids, which is even more devastating, based on the addiction and compared to what you were trying to achieve in the first instance. It’s one thing to have back pain that maybe you can fix or learn to live with. It’s another thing to now put all these people on opioids, who might now die, and their back pain has not necessarily subdued. Medical school at that time generally told us that, if you want to eliminate pain, you use opioids. Our options were “surgery” or “opioids”!

That cannabis could be an alternative never entered our minds. We started off with a negative rather than a more neutral, more scientific view, and latched onto any of the negatives we found but none of the positives. This is not the best way to do science. The federal government allows the University of Mississippi to grow cannabis for research every year. They usually have 15 or 20 different research projects that they allow the cannabis to be grown for. Of those 15 research projects, they’ll have about 14 trying to prove cannabis is bad, and only one is trying to find any of the more positive effects.

It’s almost like some so-called “scientific” establishments are doubling down. They’re saying, “Not only do we believe, without any kind of research, that cannabis is bad, but we’re going to prove that it’s bad.” This is opposed to actually seeing what cannabis does and then following through on that, whether that thread is positive, negative or neutral. If the scientific and medical establishment follows only the negative threads and doesn’t look at the whole picture, then once discoveries are being made about cannabis’s medical efficacy, they’ll be walking around with egg on their faces.

This would not only harm the image many have of the medical association, but finding out that cannabis can help with so many things could well make a big dent in pharmaceutical companies’ bottom lines. It’s almost as if the deck is stacked against cannabis, and nobody really wants to use scientific logic anymore when it comes to looking at it. They can use scientific logic with everything else, but not cannabis!

Why are so many medical establishments (not all of them, I might add), companies and government officials doing this? Well, quite simply, if there’s something you can grow in your backyard that can help you, that detracts away from pharmaceutical sales. There is almost a perverse incentive to prescribe opioids, even if doctors are doing so without any malicious intent. The hypocrisy of the federal government’s stance comes even more into light when you realize that they have the patent on CBD! It’s almost as if they’re saying, “We want ourselves and our buddies in the pharmaceutical industry to make money out of this, but we’ll throw you in jail if you try to do the same.”

To elaborate on the above, many doctors essentially work from a statistical sheet. A patient describes their symptoms, the doctor works out the most likely causes, and then the doctor prescribes a course of action to help alleviate those symptoms. Now, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Western medicine has worked wonders and saved millions of lives. However, science moves forward by challenging old assumptions and solving new problems wherever they may arise, even if some of those solutions are unpalatable to some people.

Right now, doctors are told, “If a person suffers from pain arising from condition x, the solution is opioid, NSAID or benzodiazepine y.” Now, some of these drugs may work very well for short-term or acute pain, but for chronic pain, they don’t necessarily work. In fact, they can cause more problems than they solve. Why can’t cannabis be a solution to chronic pain, when what we have now doesn’t even work? This is an ethical dilemma, and one medicine needs to solve before the opioid problem becomes worse.