Over the past couple of decades, marijuana has become a bit of a celebrity, not just in the world of drug culture but also in the realm of entertainment. Besides making cameos in a variety of comedies and dramas, the little green plant has also become the spotlight ingredient for a variety of foods and cosmetics and has also started to gain more attention in the medical field. However, success is not always met with the full embrace of society. With good reason, many people do still dislike this plant, given the fact that it alters the brain and can impede memory and cognition. On the coattails of a controversial Super Bowl ad (which was ultimately canceled) though, the herb has taken center stage on a massive advertisement, one that just happens to be located in one of the most frequently traversed areas in our country: Times Square in New York City. Let’s take a closer look and learn some more.

Green Light for Pot Ads

THE FIRST MARIJUANA ADVERTISEMENT IN TIMES SQUAREWelcoming over 50 million visitors on a yearly basis, Times Square is easily one of the most coveted locations to advertise products. (Also, keep in mind that 1 million visitors will flock to the Square to take part in the New Year’s celebration every December). However, close to the end of 2018, the giant crystal ball wasn’t the only awe-inspiring sight to see in the City that Never Sleeps (at least for some people). At that time, users could cast their eyes to the billboards to see the very first marijuana advertisement of its kind.

Developed by Colorado-based CBD company Elixinol, the ad ran from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM for a span of 15 seconds in a cycle. Needless to say, the battle was not easily won. The Denver Business Journal reports how the company’s initial request for the advertisement was denied one years ago.

Gaining More Ground for Marijuana

So, will there be more pot-based advertisements in Times Square after this? Based on additional sources, these proposals might be difficult to push through the system. In 2014, for example, Weedmaps had made a request for some ad space, but CBS (its tenant) immediately denied this inquiry.

Nevertheless, Elixinol’s advertisement has become a beneficial support beam (of sorts) for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), which supported CBD as a product that is completely safe for humans to ingest. From this point, though, all we can do is watch and wait to see what happens next.

Seeking Treatment for Marijuana Use Disorder

Marijuana may be marketed as an alternative medication, but only a few health benefits can be procured from this reputed “miracle plant.” Although the rate of addiction is relatively rare, you still do not want to take the chance that you could possibly become one of these few pot addicts. Whether you have recently suffered from drug abuse or not, we highly recommend that you proceed with caution when dealing with marijuana.

If you are trying to beat marijuana abuse or have a friend or family member who is coping with this terrible problem, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process detox and withdrawal and guide you through each step of rehabilitation to help you separate yourself from these substances.

If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can kick your marijuana use to the curb.