"Top 10 Myths about Cannabis"
Okay, let’s get this one out of the way right now. Cannabis is not the devil, despite what your granny might have told you. Here’s a quick rundown of the early 1900s and how cannabis was used and prohibited:
- 1600s to 1890s: Domestic hemp was used for rope, sails, and clothing and legal tender in three states
- 1906: Marijuana was a popular medicine ingredient sold in public pharmacies
- 1900-1920s: Mexican immigrants introduced cannabis to the U.S. following the Mexican Revolution; fear and prejudice followed
- 1930s: The Great Depression exacerbated fear, 29 U.S. states made cannabis illegal with the Uniform State Narcotic Act
- 1940s: The La Guardia Report found that marijuana does not lead to violence, insanity, addiction, sex crimes, or additional drug use; the “Hemp for Victory” campaign began
You’re familiar with the rest of the story: cannabis was outlawed right up until California re-legalized medical marijuana in 1996.
Cannabis is Highly Addictive
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana use can lead to “marijuana use disorder” which may lead to addiction in “severe cases.” Addiction is generally associated with THC, the chemical that produces the “high.” Hemp extracts contain very little THC, so are not addictive at all. The NIH noted that 4 million people were considered dependent on marijuana in 2015, which is not the same as addicted. Dependent means that people rely on marijuana in the same way that people rely on coffee, tea, alcohol. So, the data is “controversial” and we can’t say for sure if people are addicted to marijuana or merely dependent on it.
Children are in More Danger of Getting Cannabis Now that It is Legal
From everything I’ve seen, it’s more difficult for children to get into a parent’s stash now. Packaging regulations prevent most kids from getting in accidentally, and rates of cannabis use among teens have remained about the same as prior to legalization.
Marijuana Causes Cancer
Smoking anything can lead to lung complications, but when compared with tobacco the effects of smoking marijuana are relatively small. The American Lung Association recommends that you don’t smoke marijuana, but vaping, hemp extracts, and consuming cannabis in food products is much better for you. Marijuana has been shown to suppress the immune system, which might make you more susceptible to other illnesses, but it has not been shown to cause cancer (bronchitis, yes, cancer, no). Honestly, we just don’t know all the effects of cannabis on the body, and that’s why we need more medical studies.
Marijuana is a Gateway Drug
You may have heard that marijuana is a gateway drug, but that all depends on who you are, and why you are consuming cannabis in the first place. Some people have what are called “addictive personalities,” and can become addicted to the feel-good aspect of cannabis – and some people don’t. As with many other studies on cannabis, some studies show that people who consume marijuana then go on to use alcohol or cigarettes, and some people don’t. Even the NIH admits that “the majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, ‘harder’ substances.”
People Who Consume Cannabis are High All the Time
On the contrary, most people consume cannabis responsibly, and don’t consume it at work. If they do, they generally have a tolerance and can still function at their jobs perfectly well – some even better.
THC Stored in Body Fat Keeps You High
No. No, no, no. As THC enters the blood, it produces the euphoric high, which goes away in a few hours. When you eat cannabis, the blood doesn’t register much THC at all. The difficulty of how THC reacts to your body makes it nearly impossible to correctly measure how high a person is, too. Although, if you’re stumbling around and incoherent, you shouldn’t get behind the wheel of a car; agreed?
Cannabis Consumption Leads to a Life of Crime
We know this is not true, because all kinds of people have revealed that they, too, consume cannabis, and are still not criminals. If you’re like most of the world, you know plenty of people who consume cannabis without the urge to rob the local liquor store.
Cannabis Makes You Stupid
Come on! This idea is based on a New Zealand study that failed to control for other factors in an 8 point I.Q. drop for heavy cannabis users – it is now obvious that socioeconomic status instead of their cannabis use was the main factor. Some recent research has also found that, rather than killing brain cells (which die daily anyhow), cannabinoids may actually protect them.
Pharmaceuticals are Safer than Cannabis
This has been proven to be untrue. Cannabis therapy often has less side effects than prescription drugs, and hemp extracts can be part of a holistic health routine that can keep your body in homeostasis and keep you healthy. If you don’t believe me, talk to anyone who has used opioids consistently, and anyone who consumes cannabis or hemp extracts and ask them what their side effects are.
Consider yourself debunked. Let’s keep fighting the good fight and show everyone that cannabis can be a beneficial, healthy, and healing plant that will lead to many more scientific and medical discoveries in the future.
About Julie Godard:
Julie, a guest blogger of Green Lotus Hemp Products, is a strong advocate of cannabis, both in medical and recreational forms, for expanding our knowledge of medicine, culture, and the reality of our planet. She is an experienced freelance writer, content strategist, and cannabis industry researcher with a deep concern for social welfare and love of scientific discovery.
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