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5 Frustrating Misconceptions about Cannabis

In today’s growing cannabis industry, the number of people having an opinion about it has largely grown to become one of the biggest topics of mainstream conversation. We respect and believe that everyone should have a voice and opinion on this matter. Misconceptions have greatly divided the public. In a wider context, our discipline is also more vulnerable to misconceptions by politicians and policy makers who have very little exposure to sociological knowledge.” We respect all’s opinion, and we beg to differ with those who can’t look past their personal opinion over facts. Our goal is to educate the public in order to break the stigma! Here we present to you 5 frustrating misconceptions about cannabis.

 

Misconception: Cannabis does not have medicinal benefits.

Medical cannabis is currently being used medicinally by millions in the United Sates. Although scientists are limited to carrying out research, the research that has been conducted shows evidence of its medicinal properties. On the other hand, the Drug Enforcement Agency claims that cannabis has “no currently accepted medical use” and a “high potential for abuse,” adding to the confusion and debate.

Cannabis is listed as a schedule I drug by the DEA, while other substances like oxycodone and methamphetamine are classified as Schedule II. Unfortunately, the schedule I classification means it’s difficult for scientists to do research on the potential medical benefits, despite having the DEA grant permission to grow or create restricted compounds like LSD or MDMA in the lab. This is because Federal laws make it difficult for researchers to obtain legal necessities. The approval process for doing any kind of research on cannabis is long, hard, and for some discouraging. This is especially difficult when having to go through the FDA, Drug Enforcement Agency and National Institute on Drug Abuse to be considered and permitted to research and access federal funding and federally-provided cannabis.

Decades of debate, has led the public to stand up against the government’s defamation of a healing plant. So much so that it is now being translated into states making changes by legalizing medical cannabis. NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse has also listed medical uses for cannabis. Along with living testimonials and the connection between the many discovered cannabinoids in the plant and our Endocannabinoid System, it is evident that medicinal cannabis is aiding users in many ways. Fortunately, other nations such as, the United Kingdom are moving cannabis from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2, allowing for medical research to develop appropriately.

 

Misconception: Legalized cannabis is a bad thing for the country.

Legalization of cannabis is not a bad thing for the country. Legalizing cannabis could improve the country in many ways. It can set the cartels to lose billions of dollars, according to The Washington Post. Allowing legal purchase of cannabis cuts off their criminal revenue. In addition, tackling-down community black markets can serve as clear evidence as to how cannabis legalization can decrease criminal elements all over the continent.

Not only would legalizing cannabis strip a criminal of its sources, but it would supply a ridiculous amount of money in taxes and create thousands of jobs to the state or country. Take Colorado, for instance. It topped $1billion in legal cannabis sales in 2016, creating over $150 million in tax dollars that will go toward schools, public programs, and the elderly. Along with thousands of new jobs created so far, this is not a bad thing.

 

Misconception: CBD from cannabis is better than Hemp

CBD from cannabis and hemp are the same. It has been concluded that “both hemp varieties and marijuana varieties are of the same genus, Cannabis, and the same species, Cannabis Sativa. Further, there are countless varieties that fall into further classifications within the species cannabis Sativa.” However, it is all dependent on how the plant is grown and utilized. For instance, the term cannabis (or marijuana) is used when describing a Cannabis Sativa plant that is bred for its potent trichomes. These trichomes contain high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid most known for its psychoactive properties. Hemp, on the other hand, is used to describe a Cannabis Sativa plant that contains only trace amounts of THC, which is less than 0.3% THC, and typically bred for industrial uses such as oils and topical ointments, as well as fiber for clothing, construction, and much more. This single factor (0.3%) distinguishes between what is classified as “hemp” and what is classified as “cannabis.” CBD is CBD and the quality does not differ.

 

Misconception: Cannabis is a gateway drug

No, cannabis is not a gateway drug. According to many studies, cannabis seems more like an aid than a stepping stone into life-destroying drugs. In fact, research increasingly shows not only that the “gateway” theory is incorrect, but that cannabis may actually help people with addictions stop taking other drugs, rather than start. A growing body of evidence suggests that cannabinoids can be effective in alleviating pain. Experts suggested it is a safer option for some kinds of pain relief and could even help to reduce the number of people addicted to opioids, for example.

It is likely that a heroin user may have first tried cannabis. Most of the research linking cannabis to harder drug use comes from the correlation between the two. Yet as scientists constantly remind us, correlation isn’t the same thing as causation. The gateway hypothesis doesn’t make sense to those who use marijuana or have used in the past without any gateway opening. In fact, research shows that the vast majority of cannabis users do not go on to use hard drugs.

It has also been suggested that cannabis use tends to come before hard-drug use simply because opportunities to use cannabis come earlier in life than hard drugs. Perhaps, another explanation could be that those who use drugs may have an underlying tendency that is not specific to any one drug. Furthermore, there is some support for the “common-factor” model in studies of genetic and environmental factors influencing drug use; including but not limited to povertymental illness and criminalization.

 

Misconception: Cannabis can kill you

No, cannabis cannot kill you. The Drug Enforcement Administration stated, “No death from overdose of marijuana has been reported.” It takes 20-40,000 times the amount of cannabis consumed in order to overdose. If you do the math, that’s over 100,000 hits of a blunt in one sitting! That’s more than most people will smoke in a lifetime! There have been more deaths reported involving consumption of tobacco, alcohol, and even caffeine.

The truth is, it is likely impossible to overdose from ingesting cannabis. Science has proven cannabis is not a primary cause of death. Ingesting the psychoactive component of cannabis can be sedative and its impairment can cause incidents that lead to death. Additionally, smoking cannabis with pre-existing cardiovascular conditions can cause complications and death. In many cases, the use of cannabis was mixed with other substances, such as alcohol or opioids where death occurred.

In reality, the negative connotation of cannabis and death, cannot be more far apart. People all over the world have been using it for its medicinal properties. It is time to face the facts and most importantly understand them. There is a lot more to the cannabis plant than we currently know and as new found information surfaces, it is important to keep an open mind to the changes. Much can be gained if we took the time to understand. Knowledge is power!

 

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