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It is an overwhelming task for someone who is new to medical cannabis to make a decision on what they need to order as cannabis patients for their medical conditions; let alone if they are deaf. How do you use sign language to make an order from a cannabis dispensary? The word “endocannabinoid” is not something that you would find in the vocabulary of someone who uses sign language, especially cannabis patients.
A non-profit organization in Boulder, Colorado is trying to bridge the gap so that people with a hearing disability can also benefit from cannabis products as a way to treat their chronic illnesses.
Deaf professionals and ESC Therapy Center in Boulder, Colorado are both working with interpreters to produce a video that will incorporate new sign languages for deaf cannabis patients so that they can order from different cannabis dispensaries. The plan is to send a petition to the Sign Language Academy so that they can add these ‘cannabis words' to their lexicon.
This would pave the way for cannabis patients with disabilities. This will help them to engage inside to the legal cannabis market without feeling left ‘out of the loop.' Generally, cannabis has some ‘weird' sounding words that are not included in the sign language lexicon, but should be. Right now, a deaf person who wants to inquire about something from a cannabis dispensary would have to spell the word out using their hands. The word, “endocannabinoid' would be difficult and take some time and effort to do so.
The initiative that ESC Therapy Center wants to put in place would include everyone including deaf cannabis patients. It would be overwhelming and challenging to come up with new sign language that fit into the cannabis world. The main words to consider are:
- CBD oil
- Cannabis Oil
- THC level
- Vaporizers and vape pens
- CBD ratios
- THC ratios
- Terpenes and trichomes
- Cannabis concentrates
- Cannabis buds
In addition to the words above, cannabis patients would have to consider the names of cannabis strains. If you have not thought about this, cannabis and all the names associated with it has a language of its own and this includes cannabis strains. For the deaf cannabis patients, it is going to take effort to figure this out with sign language.
Deaf people are often forgotten because they are one in twenty individuals who are deaf and living in the United States. Some are fully hard of hearing and others are functionally deaf. In both cases, it is still challenging and can be overwhelming. Even though deaf people are not the majority of the general population, we should include them so they can benefit from sign language as cannabis patients.
There are several ways for cannabis to help people who are hearing impaired. Many of these deaf cannabis patients are already frustrated with their situation and to add the difficulty in signing cannabis language is making it even harder. It is difficult for them to communicate on a daily basis with as much as 95% of the population. As a result, deaf cannabis patients are going to get angry, stressed and agitated. Something has to be done. Some deaf people have to live with chronic migraine due to their disability. Others have to live with stress and anxiety as well as depression.
What ECL Therapy Center is proposing for these deaf cannabis patients is welcomed by the hearing impaired community. The petition for cannabis sign language has no official timeframe. However, they are currently working on it and there is hope that it will be sooner rather than later.