18 Cannabis Myths Explained

18 Cannabis Myths Explained

If you know anyone diagnosed with cancer, have a dog or cat and/or struggle with anxiety or depression (uh, I think that covers everyone, right?), you can’t afford to be afraid of cannabis anymore. While there are so many more conditions and diseases cannabis can treat. It’s also not to say that the medical or mental health condition, disorder or disease you struggle with can’t also be treated by cannabis.

Currently there are over 100 tests being done on cannabidiol/CBD which is just one of the compounds in the cannabis sativa plant. But some can’t wait for testing to be complete. I urge you to reconsider your preconceived thoughts and ideas about cannabis. In order to help you, it’s time to set the record straight! Here’s a list of cannabis myths and the information that negates them!

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Myths About Cannabis:

All cannabis products produce a high or psychoactive effect

Not true at all. There are two main compounds in cannabis- THC and CBD. THC is responsible for the psychoactive effect in connecting with the CB1 receptors in the brain. (SOURCE) CBD doesn’t act on the same receptors and therefore does not produce a high effect. CBD can also be used to mute the psychoactive effects of THC. (SOURCE)

Marijuana is the preferred term for the drug

Nope. Nope. Nope. There are all kinds of synonyms for what some have called “marijuana” like weed, ganja, 420, pot and many, many more. If you read through some history about the plant, you’ll find that the term marijuana holds a whole racist history. Originally spelled “marihuana,” recreational use was originally associated with “those crazy Mexicans.” 

The rough Spanish translation is Mary’s stuff- noting a certain Catholic-friendly term. It was brought to the west coast by Punjabi immigrants. Eventually it was considered the “opium of the ghetto” as young African-Americans were accused to using it and becoming violent. While many terms have been used interchangeably, the medical term is cannabis and the preferred choice of this writer. (SOURCE)

Cannabis kills brain cells

This idea has been around for awhile but it’s been tested and proven to be wrong. Both the University of Louisville and the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society published research refuting this myth. In fact the compounds in cannabis are now thought to help the growth of new brain cells (SOURCE).

Cannabis is addictive

This is still being widely debated and disagreed upon. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) reported that cannabis use is not harmless and nearly six million people experience marijuana use disorder. So just like some people maybe addicted to sugar or chocolate other develop the same kind of relationship with cannabis. It can be a hard habit to break. That’s different than addiction or dependence. Ultimately you want to be a conscious consumer using ethically grown cannabis and for meaningful use. (SOURCE)

The Declaration of Independence was written on cannabis hemp paper

While every activists wishes this was really true, it’s only kind of half true. The Declaration of Independence was DRAFTED on hemp. The final copy housed in the National Archives with written on animal skin as it was thought to last longer. It is, however, worth noting our forefathers used hemp for many, many thing- the sails of their boats, paper, ropes, etc… (SOURCE)

Smoking cannabis is worse for your lung than cigarettes

Scientists at the University fo California San Francisco are going to shock you because this is surprisingly just not true. They created a large-scale study comparing cannabis and nicotine use. They concluded, “the more you use, the more loss you have.” Essentially because more nicotine tends to be use more frequently, there’s a great risk involved in using nicotine.

Cannabis does not have any medicinal qualities

There is more and more evidence of the medical use of cannabis being brought to light everyday. There are currently hundreds of studies worldwide about how cannabis can treat many different physical and mental health ailments including cancer, lupus, autism, PTSD and more. 

Eating and smoking get the same results

There are many different ways to use cannabis these days. Smoking and eating edibles aren’t the only options. To discover other applications, take a looking at my blog post Don’t Want to Smoke Cannabis? Other Ways to Benefit from Marijuana.

Eating raw cannabis can get you high

You’ve probably seen cannabis oil, butter and/or brownies around, and debates about smoking versus vaping. The reason for that is cannabis needs to be heated and combined with a fatty substance to be effective. Therefore you can’t just chew on a leaf or nugg.

Drinking bong water will get you high

I have to admit I know the answer to this one from personal experience. When playing truth or dare in your college dorm room, never accept this as a dare. Stick with truth or you’ll get sick but you definitely won’t get high. 

Most people that smoke pot are “potheads”

So let me just start by saying that calling everyone who uses cannabis a “pothead,” is a bizarre stereotype. If that were true, then 30 million people who reportedly used cannabis in the past year in the United States would be “potheads.” Please note only 6 million of the 30 million reported daily or almost daily use. So no.

You can fatally overdose on cannabis

Nope. There are no reports of any cannabis overdoses. None. Overuse can certainly send you to the hospital though when you think you are dying from using too much. Some people have reported hallucinations and delusions when they’ve used too much but no one has ever overdose on cannabis. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) also confirms there has never been a single documented case of death due to overdosing on cannabis in the United States.

Cannabis is a gateway drug

And again- not true. The majority of people who use cannabis don’t go on to use harder drugs. Other factors like biological mechanisms, personal risk for addiction and social environment are more determinate than cannabis (SOURCE). A recent study conducted by the Institute of Medicine found no conclusive evidence linking cannabis to the use of other drugs (SOURCE).

Cannabis leads to violent crimes and turn you into a criminal

A recent study proved that cannabis “is not predictive of higher crime rates” and might even decrease the rates of assault and homicide. 

Cannabis can make you sterile

Hey you don’t be silly put a rubber on your willy. Cannabis won’t make you sterile though if used too frequently it can cause abnormal sperm. This effect is only short-term. So you still need condoms.

Cannabis can turn straight people gay

Sexuality cannot be determined by any kind of substance use. Substances like cannabis and alcohol have been credited with lowering your inhibitions, and therefore one more easily pursue their desires. Cannabis isn’t the problem or your high sexual. (SOURCE)

Cannabis users are lazy and unsuccessful

If this is true then I don’t understand how the cannabis industry has already become a $10 billion industry. All the people who make cannabis must not being using it, right? I think not.

Legalizing cannabis is bad for the country

Yes if you look back at the last myth, you’ll see billion. Not million. Billion. With that comes tax dollars, jobs, public programs, etc… Not sure how that’s bad.

Well that’s all folks! If there are other myths you still would like to know the true about, please be sure to add them in the comments and we’ll take a look! 

This Post Has 19 Comments

    1. WelcomingWeed

      Crazy, right? And really sad how misinformed some people are. But NO cannabis does not make you gay.

  1. Eileen

    Thank you for all this great information , we need clarification on this issue as there are a lot of preconceptions out there!

  2. Monica

    Great article. I think Marijuana should be used more openly as long as people are educated. You will always have people who abuse it, but the good it can do needs to be acknowledged. I know a few people who suffer from depression and I didn’t realize it could also help them.

  3. Pam

    Very interesting- I have heard almost all of these at one time or another!

  4. Deanna

    Thanks for setting me straight on the facts of cannabis. Some excellent information.

  5. Melissa Parcel

    I had never heard some of these, I can’t believe so much misinformation is out there.

  6. Jocelyn

    Very interesting article! It’s good to be correctly informed, so thanks for sharing!

  7. Nikki

    Great information and a little crazy about some of the misconceptions out there. As with any drug there will always be misuse but if used correctly there are benefits.

  8. Naomi

    I had no idea that there were so many misconceptions about cannabis, thank you for informing us and setting the record straight.

  9. Tiffany

    I am such a huge lover of herbs! It has always surprised me that this on was villainised. Thank you for spreading factual information about this most excellent herb!

  10. Shar

    This is a great post! So much great information! Thank you!

  11. Di

    Wow. It’s amazing the misinformation out there. Appreciate the clarification. Fear drives paranoia.

  12. Michele

    Thanks for dispelling some of the misconceptions. If we are going to make educated decisions about our health we need to understand the truths versus the myths!

  13. gail

    This is helpful! So many people have no idea!

  14. Tina

    Interesting information about some of the misconceptions! In my state, Governor Rauner just signed a bill allowing medical marijuana to be used legally as an alternative to opioid painkillers, and I see this as a very good thing.

  15. Christa

    Thankfully, I hadn’t heard a lot of these before this post. There is so much misinformation out there affecting people’s perception. This is great and informative.

  16. Shalese

    Who knew all these myths were present in society? Interesting!

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