Cannabis has been long used for medical and recreational purposes, our ancestors found that this herb could potentially have a wide variety of application. From curing ancient maladies like early arthritis and serving as an old anesthetic to treating modern-day medical conditions like cancer and glaucoma, cannabis has had a long history of use that people started to come up with different opinions and different beliefs about the plant itself.
Today’s ideology and ethical principles, as well as our political upbringing, dictates and associates the use of cannabis to harder and more hazardous drugs such as cocaine and heroin.
In the United States, during the early 1850’s until the late 1920’s cannabis was listed and was recognized as a prescribed substance for several medical conditions such as nausea and labor pains.
During the late 1930’s a campaign led by the U.S. government sought to draw a different picture of the cannabis plant due to a particular political propaganda. Since then, cannabis has experienced several highs and lows branding it as an evil plant instead of a universal panacea which it was originally was known to be in ancient times around the world where cannabis grew and was used for its curative properties.
Thanks to recent studies and clinical trials to test cannabis’ efficacy, we are now backed by substantial proof and evidence which discredits some of the most common myths about the cannabis plant.
Without further ado, here are some of the oldest and most common canna-myths you need to stop believing – right now.
Cannabis in General Makes You High
Cannabis has always been connected to getting high. It’s been branded as a lifestyle and as a cultural object by iconic legends like Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix and has been passed on to later generations of music and lifestyle paragons like Wiz Khalifa, Willie Nelson, and Snoop Dogg.
It’s influenced societal philosophies like the Rastafari Culture and other radical traditions that include the use of cannabis for its psychoactive high.
People who have been exposed to such media and other collective social beliefs began seeing and recognizing cannabis mainly as a psychedelic substance.
While cannabis high is symbolized by these personalities as a vehicle for their artistic passion, most people see this extramundane effect as a negative and addictive vice that leads to more negative consequences such as those that can be categorized as unlawful and criminal offenses.
Cannabis contains over a hundred different cannabinoids which interact and influence our body once introduced to our system.
Two main cannabinoids, THC and CBD, make up a large number of the cannabinoids in most common cannabis strains. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the cannabinoid responsible for cannabis’ psychotropic properties while CBD or cannabidiol is what causes cannabis’ curative effects.
A large variety of specialized cannabis strains like the Aurora’s Tower contains significantly larger portions of CBD and significantly lower quantities of THC. These strains are used mainly for medical applications and do not cause a person to get high.
Cannabis in General Makes You Lethargic
Like the myth of the general cannabis high, the slothful and sluggish behavior people display after consuming cannabis depends on what strain they use.
Modern-day cannabis strains display higher doses of CBD cannabinoids compared to THC cannabinoids, some of these specialized strains are used for medical marijuana that are bred and are designed to be used by medicating patients, professional athletes, working individuals, and the elderly, the likes of those who need to consume cannabis for its curative properties but still want to function normally without getting weary, tired, and languid.
Medical marijuana consumers aren’t lazy people. Because of the negative perception of those who are unaware of cannabis’ uses the general public continue to brand cannabis as a lethargic substance.
In the actual fact, some cannabis strains improve focus and productivity like the Green Crack. A CBD dominant strain that induces a cerebral and focused effect helping people stay centered on their tasks from sun-up to sun-down.
Inhaling Cannabis Causes Lung Cancer
Compared to smoking conventional cigarettes, smoking cannabis proves to be way less harmful to the human lungs compared to commercial tobacco.
Traditional cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 harmful chemicals including cancerous toxins while cannabis smoke consists mainly of cannabinoids (95%THC and CBD) and small amounts of irritants (5%) due to combustion. Inhalation allows the consumer to absorb the extracted cannabinoids – that mix with the smoke – through their lungs and directly into their bloodstreams making for a faster more efficient delivery method.
Modern science allowed the use of safer and more convenient alternatives in vaporizers like the Yocan Hive 2.0, designed for use with cannabis concentrates, this portable vaporizer can facilitate the vaporization of extracted cannabinoids without reaching the point of combustion furthering the elimination of lung-related diseases like lung cancer.
Cannabis Is Bad for Your Brain
Contrary to the common belief, cannabis promotes the growth of brain nerves instead of damaging them.
Cannabis stimulates neurogenesis, allowing the growth of new brain cells which is why cannabis is good at combating stress, anxiety, and depression. Furthermore, cannabis can help the brain recover from traumatic injuries, advancing cognitive function and recovery amongst patients who have experienced physical damage and neurodegenerative diseases. Instead of killing and destroying one’s brain cells, the cannabinoids in cannabis effectively promote the growth and the preservation of our brain cells.
The phytocannabinoids from the cannabis plant effectively trigger this unique phenomenon through our natural endocannabinoid system making for an organic and natural means of promoting overall brain health.
Our society has led us to believe and dwell on the negative effects of cannabis consumption which led many of us to believe in these myths.
Thanks to people, institutions, and dedicated professionals who believe in the true potential and positive benefits of cannabis consumption, we now know better than to believe these stories that were fabricated to keep us from this beneficial and practical plant.
However, regardless of how positive the effects of cannabis consumption may be, one is still recommended to practice cautious and responsible use of cannabis.
Do you know other cannabis myths you reckon we need to stop believing? Hit us in the comments and let us know!