Because cannabis has been illegal for so long, there’s lots of misinformation out there. Some of it spread accidentally by uninformed people, some of it spread deliberately by prohibition propaganda and now-legendary films like Reefer Madness. We want to take a moment to debunk some of these myths and let you know what the real deal actually is. Here are the top 7 cannabis myths you should know about it.
Myth #1: All Cannabis Will Get You High
What is cannabis really? It isn’t cannabis itself that gets you high, but rather the cannabinoids it contains.
THC is the cannabinoid responsible for producing the intoxicating and mind-altering buzz typically associated with cannabis. But some strains contain very little THC, and many cannabis products contain none at all. Not all cannabis and cannabis products will get you high, just those containing THC.
Myth #2: You Can’t Overdose on Cannabis
This one is partially true. You can’t fatally overdose on cannabis.
But you can definitely ingest way too much and experience negative side effects like anxiety, paranoia, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, and more. How many stories have you heard about people who have eaten too much edible cannabis and had a really bad trip?
Be mindful of your dosage and you shouldn’t encounter these issues.
Myth #3: Holding It In for Longer Gets You Higher
Some people think that holding smoke or vapor in your lungs for longer allows them to absorb more of it and gets them higher. But this is wrong. But it may cause more damage to your lungs than it otherwise would though.
Thankfully, there are other ways to enjoy cannabis, like gummies, tinctures, and even lotions and creams.
Myth #4: Cannabis Is Not Addictive
Cannabis is not physically addictive. But if you’re not careful, it can certainly become psychologically addictive.
It’s important to use cannabis responsibly. Falling back on cannabis as an emotional crutch can quickly lead to overuse and the development of psychological addiction.
Myth #5: Synthetic Cannabis Is Safe
Thanks to the long prohibition of recreational cannabis, many people have sought out other alternatives to give them something similar to that signature cannabis buzz. One of these alternatives is synthetic cannabis.
Synthetic cannabis is often much stronger than natural cannabis. To make things worse, it is often produced using questionable manufacturing processes and made with dangerous chemicals (nail varnish remover is just one example).
This is one of the most important cannabis myths and facts to be aware of. Synthetic cannabis is simply not safe!
Myth #6: All Cannabis Produces the Same High
Many people new to cannabis don’t pay much attention to the strains they are consuming. But the truth is that different strains produce different effects. This can be an especially important point for medical cannabis patients who are looking for very specific effects from their cannabis.
Additionally, this doesn’t just apply to cannabis strains, but also to cannabis products. Different products are derived from different strains and may produce effects similar to that strain. It’s important to always check the label of your product in order to get an idea of just what you can expect from it.
You will want to look at the cannabinoid content as well as the terpene content to learn more about what kind of effect you can expect. The THC: CBD ratio is a great indicator of how a particular product might make you feel. Take note of the ones that work best for you!
Myth #7: It’s Safe To Drive While Under The Influence of Cannabis
Some people claim that it’s perfectly fine to drive while under the influence of cannabis. However, cannabis can significantly impair your decision-making and slow down your reaction time — something that is not ideal behind the wheel.
Be responsible and do not try to operate any motor vehicles while under the influence of cannabis. This includes edibles and THC tinctures.
Topical products such as lotions, creams, salves, and balms, are fine however because even though they may contain THC, that THC does not enter the bloodstream as it does with other consumption methods.
Separating Cannabis Myths From Fact
It’s important to separate cannabis myths from facts. Being mindful of cannabis facts and myths can help you to make good choices so that you can use cannabis to enrich your life. Hopefully, we’ve given you some clarity and helped debunk some cannabis myths!