- Medicine

Personalization for medicine? This seems ridiculous to us.

It is safe to say that the world has changed in so many ways in the past few decades. The way we conduct business has dramatically changed. It was often the view that companies and shareholders hold the power in the market, and consumers are secondary.

You wouldn’t say the same today, would you! With each business pathetically scrambling to modify their outdated mission statements and proclaim themselves as the most customer-centric company, it is fair to say that consumers have risen up the pecking order. All the way to the top, in fact.

And that has caused a tectonic shift in priorities. Companies always used to be shareholder-centric. Shareholders were the first and the last people to appease, and nothing could go against their wishes. Today those very shareholders have been replaced by consumers. Actions of companies such as Amazon, P&G and Apple have resulted in power to the consumer.

All this bodes well for us. We haven’t begun our rant yet. What pisses us off is the pitiful meandering to the consumer today. Yes, we want you to pay attention to us but we also want you to focus on building the best product or service. We aren’t going to kill you if that added innovation means a slight increase in prices. After all, we want the best too.

So why all this? It stems from the fact that companies have apparently begun to offer customizable CBD today. You know, the thing that is the non-psychoactive component of Marijuana. At the right therapeutic doses, CBD helps to cure pain, inflammation and even more serious things such as epilepsy.

We get it, it matters. But customizable medicine, seriously!? We are talking about curing ailments and diseases here, not having the right level of tan in your face! Look, personalization is important for some kinds of products, such as cosmetics, clothes and stuff where it makes sense to personalize. Not something like medicine. Really, the concept of personalization has reached ridiculous levels.

- Marijuana

Why we need some damn laws in place to prevent weed-related deaths

So, what were you doing the day Washington set the wheels in motion by legalizing recreational cannabis usage? I know what I was doing. I was mentally envisaging a day when stoners led our modern economy to the next phase! How appealing!

Okay, I won’t complain so much about legalization. After all, who doesn’t like the occasional “self-exploration”. The problem is that the government doesn’t seem to have considered the full ramifications of this legal act. Americans cannot be really trusted with addictive substances, as has been proven on numerous occasions.

Legalize weed, but for heaven’s sake set some boundaries in place. Do you recall that more than 13,500 people died through drink-driving accidents in 2006? And that people had to massively adopt technology to limit this issue. The breathalyzer was used increasingly, and a decade later drink driving deaths fell by 25%!

Today, we are more educated, wiser and more cautious. We managed to bring down the death toll of drink driving, but may have created another monster – stoner driving. Frankly, I don’t know which is worse, driving under the impact of alcohol or a hallucinogen. Whatever progress we have made in reducing 100% man-made accidents is at serious risk.

Put some controls in place. Colorado has seen a 48% rise in weed-influenced deaths in a matter of six years! 48%! With the legalization, the number of businesses selling weed in the common market has shot up. We have much more supply and prices are more favorable for consumers.

I like my share of fun, but just like every other American I like safety and security. I appreciate the Obama Government’s proactiveness in appeasing American consumers, but the Government should prioritize safety over consumer desires. Let’s hope they act soon.