Cannabis is a relatively new phenomenon, only being brought to the forefront in the latter half of the 20th century. It’s difficult to believe that this plant has been around for such a short time – and yet it has managed to capture the imaginations of so many people.
There are plenty of myths surrounding cannabis. With so much misinformation floating around, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. In today’s article, we will be debunking some common myths about cannabis and explaining what is true and what isn’t.
Many of these false assumptions have arisen because of stereotypes rather than reality. So, as you read through this article, keep in mind that most statements concerning cannabis are likely exaggerated or untrue…
Weed is addictive.
This is somewhat misleading. Yes, cannabis can be addictive. It’s not for everyone, and it affects about 9% of people who try it.
There is also some debate around whether or not cannabis is truly addictive. The definition of “addictive” is “able to make someone feel a strong physical need to have something,” and the scientific consensus is that cannabis does not meet this criteria.
Cannabis can be very psychologically addictive, though. You may find yourself constantly thinking about your next cannabis fix, and you may even find yourself unable to consistently consume without it. While this is concerning, it does not mean that you are physically addicted.
Cannabis smoking leads to cancer.
This is false. There is some evidence to suggest that smoking cannabis could cause damage, but many other studies show no such link. The research is not conclusive, and the evidence is very mixed. What we do know is that there are far more dangerous things you could be smoking!
Cancer is a very broad term.It could be anything from lung to skin cancer. If you look at the statistics for cancer in people who smoke cannabis, it’s important to also look at statistics for tobacco. People who smoke cannabis are also likely to smoke tobacco, and tobacco is responsible for over 5 million deaths per year.
Cannabis use is still relatively new, so we do not have statistics specifically for cannabis use, but statistics show that tobacco use is on the decline. This means that people are dropping their consumption of both plants.
Marijuana is a gateway drug.
This is false. There is no data to support this claim, and the idea that marijuana leads to harder drugs is a common misconception. It’s actually the opposite. People who use cannabis are less likely to try other, potentially more harmful drugs.
Studies have also shown that people who use cannabis are less likely to be involved in crime, and they tend to be less aggressive than non-users. This does not mean that people who consume cannabis are “good” or “law abiding,” it just means that people who consume cannabis are less likely to engage in criminal or violent behaviour than people who do not.
There is no “gateway” to using harder drugs. People make their own decisions. The cannabis “gateway” has been debunked, and it’s a dangerous claim that has no basis in reality.
Hemp is the same as cannabis.
Hemp and cannabis are both plants that contain cannabinoids, but hemp itself is not cannabis. Hemp is a type of cannabis plant that is cultivated specifically for industrial use – like food and clothing.
Hemp and marijuana are both part of the cannabis species, but hemp does not contain cannabinoids that produce a “high.”
Cannabis plants produce multiple cannabinoids, but CBD is the only cannabinoid that has been shown to have medicinal benefits. Other cannabinoids are present in trace amounts, and they do not produce any “high” effects.
When we talk about hemp, we are usually referring to the non-psychoactive variety of the plant. Hemp is used for fuel and food, and it’s used to produce items like clothing, paper, and plastic. Hemp has 0.3% THC, so it’s not a psychoactive plant.
There are no advantages to consuming CBD.
This is false. CBD is a cannabinoid that has become increasingly popular in the medical community. It is only present in trace amounts in cannabis, but it is present in high amounts in hemp. CBD is not psychoactive, and it is not present in large amounts in marijuana. It’s often used in conjunction with the THC compound in cannabis to treat various ailments.
Studies have shown that CBD can be beneficial for treating anxiety and pain, and there is some speculation that it may even have the potential to help treat some forms of cancer. CBD also has no side effects and is non-toxic, so it’s a great alternative to drugs like opioids and opioids.
You should only consume THC when consuming CBD.
This is false. The two compounds work together to produce medicinal benefits, and it’s not necessary to consume one or the other. You can consume both compounds together to reap the full benefits of both cannabinoids.
Some people choose to consume CBD on its own because they wish to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC. CBD is a great compound, and it can be consumed whenever you’d like to reap its health benefits. THC, however, can produce more intense effects, and it can be consumed whenever you’d like to feel “high.”
Cannabis is safe.
This is true. Like any other plant, cannabis can have side effects. The important thing to remember is that cannabis is a plant – like hops, tobacco, or oranges are plants.
People commonly confuse cannabis with other drugs. It is important to remember that cannabis is a plant, and all plants can be consumed safely. There are plenty of other plants that are dangerous. Always take cannabis in moderation.
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