5 Cannabis Myths You Probably Believe
In October 2018, Canada became the second nation (after Uruguay) to legalize marijuana, but legalization did little to dispel some of the myths and misinformation that have always haunted marijuana’s reputation.
We’re going to lay out 5 myths that many cannabis users still buy into—and then we’ll give you the facts.
Myth: Cannabis is a Gateway Drug
Weed as a gateway drug is a myth that has been around for a very long time. You might even remember various versions of this myth being told to you during the DARE presentations that police officers used to teach in schools. The thing is, though, marijuana is not a gateway drug. It’s simply not true.
Fact: Statistically, kids who use marijuana are more likely to end up using other drugs, but this doesn’t mean that smoking weed causes the use of other drugs–correlation doesn’t equal causation. The relationship between recreational marijuana use and the use of other illicit drugs isn’t as harrowing as it’s sometimes made out to be.
Trauma and hardship are the true gateway drugs, not pot. People typically turn to hard drugs to numb pain that is too hard to bare.
Myth: Marijuana Makes You Tired and Lazy
While “in-da-couch” is sometimes a nickname for Indica and weed has been known to help with sleep, cannabis doesn’t cause fatigue.
Fact: A new study coming out of New Mexico found that smoking cannabis flower helped relieve symptoms of fatigue. 1,224 people took part in the study from 2016 to 2019 using an app called Releaf. The study concluded that, on average, 91.94% of participants actually experienced a decrease in fatigue after a toke or three.
Myth: The Legalization of Weed Increases Daily Use
It’s been said that the legalization of cannabis products will turn regular users into heavy users, but there’s evidence to suggest that this isn’t true.
Fact: Researchers from Columbia University found that legalization did not increase daily cannabis use in a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA). They conducted this study from 2008-2017 and surveyed the same 838,600 participants yearly. There was no association found between more frequent use among cannabis users and the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Myth: The Munchies Aren’t Real
In the stoner film classic, Half Baked, starring Dave Chappelle and Jim Breuer, a munchie-run that goes terribly wrong sets the stage for the entire film. Having the munchies isn’t just a big stoner joke though–there’s actually science to back it up.
Fact: THC has a thing for the parts of your brain that control appetite and pleasure. First, THC binds to the receptors in the olfactory bulb in the brain, which helps you smell food either through inhalation or by scent rising from the mouth (e.g. while you’re chewing food). Bottom line, food tastes better when you’re high. Second, THC increases the release of dopamine—a brain chemical that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers—so eating feels great when you’re high. Basically, food tastes better and makes you happier after consuming cannabis.
Myth: You Can’t Get Addicted to Weed
Most people don’t think of cannabis as addictive, but that’s not entirely true. Dependence, formerly known as cannabis use disorder (CUD), is definitely a thing.
Ultimately, no, cannabis is not as addictive as other narcotics. Yes, it can be addictive.
Fact: While it only happens in a minority of the already relatively small category of heavy users, it is possible to become addicted to cannabis. This becomes clear when you acknowledge that some people experience symptoms of withdrawal, like irritability and trouble sleeping when they stop consuming marijuana. We think it’s also worth noting that there are studies showing that marijuana can help treat or reduce the misuse of opioids, alcohol, and other substances that have more dangerous impacts on people’s health and wellbeing. So, while potentially addictive, cannabis has also been used to combat other addictions.
Though we’re well past the fear-mongering days of Reefer Madness, many people still misunderstand cannabis. Myths about weed include scientific, clinical, psychological, social, and criminological misinformation, with the vast majority of said myths having been set ablaze by researchers all over the world.
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