The Truth Behind the Marijuana Misconceptions
Myth: Smoking Cannabis kills brain cells.
Fact: A 2015 study from the University of Louisville found that cannabis didn’t damage brain cells. This verified a 2003 report in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, published by Cambridge University. The 2015 study was in response to a 2014 study based on junk science that could not be duplicated.
Myth: Marijuana is Addictive.
Fact: Marijuana is not addictive, despite the fact that many people develop a mental dependence and feel they “have to have it”. This is especially true for medical marijuana patients who depend on it for quality of life. There is no physical withdrawal when quitting marijuana cold turkey. It may lead to appetite loss, problems sleeping or even overall irritability, but these are not caused by dependence on cannabis – instead, the use of cannabis had kept them under control. Mentally, some people do struggle to quit.
Myth: George Washington Grew the Chronic.
Fact: George Washington, like many founding fathers, grew hemp.
That's right, America’s First President Grew Hemp
Myth: Using Marijuana Causes Memory Loss.
Fact: It’s true that using cannabis can cause short-term memory loss, though it doesn’t impact existing memory, nor does it cause long-term memory loss. In fact, cannabis has been shown to slow the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Myth: You Can Overdose on Marijuana.
Fact: Humans cannot consume enough cannabis fast enough to build up toxic levels. You cannot overdose on cannabis, but you can overmedicate and have a very uncomfortable experience. Beware of the high potency edibles, drink lots of water, and have some CBD standing by to counteract the THC.
Myth: Marijuana is a Gateway Drug.
Fact: Marijuana is not a gateway drug. This is completely made up and untrue. There is no physical dependence associated with the use of cannabis and the gateway theory was debunked by the Institute of Medicine, which states “no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are casually linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs”.
Myth: Smoking Weed Makes You Lazy.
Fact: Simply not true. Cannabis Sativa gives you energy and cannabis Indica makes you want to chill but cannabis does not make you lazy. Cannabis magnifies what you already are.