Cannabis has gotten a bad reputation for years. Political fear-mongering, Reefer Madness, false propaganda, and parents going crazy about their children lighting up have made weed seem like a drug that has a high potential for abuse and makes people commit serious crimes due to their addiction.
Because of the stoner stigma, there are plenty of persistent myths floating around cannabis. If we want to put an end to these misunderstandings and make people see marijuana in a completely different light, we must set the record straight and debunk some of the most common myths around weed.
There are over 400 chemical compounds in the cannabis plant, but so far, we know the most about the two particular cannabinoids, that is, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). They work by attaching to cannabinoid receptors in our bodies, triggering chemical reactions that have an effect on both the mind and body.
Source: Barry Moltz
The relation between THC and CBD can be described as ‘yin and yang’, where CBD is the yin to THC’s yang. Contrary to its psychoactive counterpart, CBD has no mind-altering effects. Moreover, researchers have found cannabidiol to reduce anxiety, relieve stress, reduce inflammation, fight depression, and counter the psychoactive effects of THC. Depending on the CBD to THC ratio, you may expect a different type of ‘high’ when smoking weed.
It’s easy right? Well, apparently, for some people it’s not. It’s high time we jumped in for debunking some of the dumbest myths around cannabis.
Nope, it’s not. Actually, it’s the other way round. Recently, cannabis has been found to alleviate opioid and alcohol withdrawal symptoms in patients addicted to booze and prescription pills, so there’s hope that one day, medical facilities will treat addiction with weed, which would totally demystify the lie that marijuana can lead you to taking hard drugs like heroin or cocaine. In fact, the only place cannabis has ever led me to is my refrigerator – and I was damn hungry then.
From the physical point of view, it’s impossible to become marijuana-dependant. And when it comes to psychological dependence, we should talk about the use disorder rather than addiction. Besides, let’s be honest, you can get addicted to virtually anything nowadays, be it the Internet, religion, coffee, sex, toxic people, waking up at 6:02 AM, etc. Given this, if you use too much of that green goodies, there’s nobody to blame but you.
From the logical point of view, especially in countries where weed is prohibited, this sentence couldn’t be more true. After all, if you smoke weed in a country where marijuana is illegal, you commit a crime according to the law. That being said, it’s more likely to get caught when you regularly do something that’s considered a crime by the authorities, isn’t it? Now, let’s be serious for a moment. Despite the popular stereotype, hitting a pipe or lighting up a joint will not send you into a life of a criminal. In fact, there’s no clear link between marijuana and violent crimes. On the contrary, researchers found that marijuana use has nothing to do with higher crime rates and might even be associated with lowering these rates in countries where the use of weed is legal.
Well, a person who said that must’ve smoked much weed should that be the case. Let’s make it straight, cannabis doesn’t make you stupid. In fact, CBD has been found to support neurogenesis in the brain. What CAN make you stupid, on the other hand, is alcohol which destroys the dendrites that are responsible for conveying signals to brain cells. Bob Marley once said ‘Marijuana reveals you to yourself,’ and he couldn’t make a better point. If someone is stupid by nature, it’s only them to blame, not some plant.
I love this one. When things get classified into categories – and weed has been shown as a harmful drug in the media for a long time – it’s easy to start throwing stones at a particular substance. Weed is no exception, my friends. I bet that, at least once in your life, you’ve come across someone saying that weed can kill you if you overdose on it. Yes, you can overdose on marijuana and experience (nonlethal) symptoms like anxiety or dizziness, but in order to die, a person would need to consume about 15,000 pounds of marijuana in about 15 minutes, so I wish you good luck with this challenge. Try as you might, but it’s physically impossible to die from the cannabis overdose.
I couldn’t disagree more. Synthetic cannabis – also known as fake weed, spice, or K2 – can be up to 100 times more potent than natural weed. The trick with synthetic cannabis is that it can be distributed legally because its manufacturers mutated the genetics of natural cannabinoids, making a spice an entirely different substance in the light of law. Fake weed manufacturers get away with their insolence by labeling their products as ‘not for human consumption’. More importantly the majority of such strains don’t contain CBD, so smoking fake weed can induce psychosis and other dangerous side effects.
I believe that most conflicts, from home quarrels to global wars, arise because of the semantic misunderstandings of basic terms. With weed, the problem lies in the irrelevant distinction between medical and recreational marijuana. You see, weed is weed, simple as that. You can either use it medicinally or for recreational purposes, but it’s still the same plant you can grow in your house. Of course, some marijuana strains are bred in order to draw the most out of the therapeutic qualities of the herb, but again, there is no such a thing like medical or recreational marijuana.
What about you, fellow stoners? What hurts you the most when you hear people fear-mongering on weed?
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