May 21, 2020
There are still many debates that happen about cannabis and its use. This also leads to people falling for various myths revolving around cannabis.
You must be familiar with the medical benefits of cannabis and how it can help people deal with various health conditions and symptoms associated with them. You can buy medical cannabis if you have a medical condition that qualifies for the medical marijuana card. The qualifying conditions for a recommendation card include cancer, arthritis, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, and more. And you can also grow medical cannabis at your home by getting a medical marijuana grower license. But with all the legalization and popularity of cannabis, we still come across many people having some misconceptions about this magical herb. And we all know that misconceptions can lead to wrong beliefs, creating a negative image. So, if you use or are thinking of using cannabis, it is important for you to stay away from these myths and misconceptions. I have listed down a few misconceptions about cannabis with the truth behind them. So without any further ado, let’s go through them one by one.
Myth #1: Overdose of cannabis can kill you
Before tackling this myth, first, you need to understand what overdose means. When you simply consume something more than the recommended or normal amount, it is called an overdose. But, overdosing on cannabis is different than overdosing on other drugs including opioids. The symptoms of overdosing on cannabis are non-lethal, opposite to what people think. This means you can not die because of the overdose of cannabis.
In the worst-case scenario, the symptoms of cannabis overdose include anxiety, dizziness, loss of coordination, and paranoia. But, these are not life-threatening. In order to fatally overdose on cannabis, you will have to consume approximately 15,000 pounds of cannabis in just 15 minutes. And this is next to impossible for anyone. So, basically, you can not die because of cannabis overdose.
Myth #2: Cannabis can cause brain damage
There is no evidence to back the claim that cannabis causes brain damage. Back in the 1970s, Dr. Robert G, Heath did a study on monkeys by heavily dosing them with cannabis. He reported brain damage in two of them, but later this was disproved. And there is no evidence that shows that cannabis has neurotoxic effects.
Cannabis can sometimes affect your motor skills, short term memory, and attention span while you are under the influence of cannabis. But, all these effects are temporary and you get back to normal as soon as the effects of cannabis fade out. Many people have this misconception that cannabis, like alcohol, can damage or kill brain cells. But, this is not true. In fact, some preliminary research has found that THC and CBD, the two main cannabinoids found in cannabis, can help in reducing neurotoxicity.
Myth #3: Cannabis is a gateway drug
This is one of the biggest myths that many people still believe. But, be assured that cannabis does not make people turn into opioid or other drug addicts. In fact, many people use cannabis as a safer alternative to many other addictive drugs and opioids. People are now using medical cannabis instead of other pharmaceutical medicines.
There is no correlation between the use of cannabis and other hard drugs. A person who is willing to try hard drugs will try them anyway, and it has nothing to with cannabis. There is just a small percentage of people who use hard drugs in comparison to cannabis use. This shows that cannabis does not act as a gateway drug.
Myth #4: Every cannabis offers the same kind of high
There are widely two known species of cannabis plants – Indica and Sativa. However, scientists are still doing more research on this. But for now, let’s take these two. Sativa cannabis plants are mostly known to offer a cerebral, psychoactive effect, while Indica cannabis plants are known to offer more sedating and relaxing feelings to users. Also, every cannabis strain contains different levels of THC and CBD. And due to this, every strain affects users in a different way.
Myth #5: Vaporizing is as bad as smoking
Although smoking is the traditional and most common way of consuming cannabis, many people don’t like smoking cannabis. This is especially true for people who use cannabis for medical purposes. And this is why many people choose to vaporize over smoking, as it is considered less dangerous than smoking.
In vaporizing, cannabis is burnt below its combustion temperature and hence does not produce any smoke. Then the user can consume cannabis just like they would via other ways of delivery like edibles, oils, and tablets.
Recently, there were some deaths from recreational vaporizer use. But, the reason behind them was the poor construction of those vaporizers that contained poisonous chemicals. This happened because of the unlicensed operators who were not working in the regulatory environment and did not follow proper manufacturing processes. Licensed medical cannabis manufacturers work according to strict standards. These manufacturers do not produce products that can be harmful to users.
Myth #6: Every medicinal cannabis product will get you high
This is absolutely false. There are many medical patients who do not like the psychoactive effects, or the “high”, of cannabis. That’s why they use medical cannabis products that do not produce psychoactive effects.
THC is the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects associated with cannabis. While on the other hand, CBD is known for not producing any psychoactive effects. If you are not a big fan of the psychoactive effects of cannabis, you can buy the CBD products that do not contain THC. Hence, these products will only provide medical benefits, and will not get you high. There are many CBD products on the market now for you to buy.
Myth #7: Munchies are not real
Yes, there are people who believe in this myth. You simply can not separate munchies from cannabis consumption. You are bound to get munchies after consuming cannabis.
A study on mice showed that cannabis causes hunger by hijacking the hypothalamus, a part of the brain. The hypothalamus is responsible for hunger, sleep, libido, and more. With this study, scientists found that the neurons responsible for regulating and suppressing alertness, sexual arousal, and hunger worked harder when under the influence of cannabinoids. This resulted in rampant hunger.