Thanks to misinformation and old stereotypes, many people have misconceptions about marijuana. However, it’s important to be informed of the truth about marijuana and how misleading those misconceptions can be. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about marijuana and what you should know before shopping at a marijuana dispensary in Denver.
Misconception 1: Marijuana Causes Cancer
Marijuana does contain known carcinogens like tobacco, but it is not clear whether exposure is significant enough to develop cancer. The epidemiological evidence from population studies shows no clear signs that groups who smoked marijuana had higher rates of cancer than other similar groups that abstained. A study from UCLA in 2006 concluded that even heavy marijuana use does not lead to lung cancer. “We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use,” said the study’s author. “What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect.” These findings along with other studies indicate that cannabis even has the potential to inhibit the growth of cancerous cells.
Misconception 2: Marijuana “Makes You Lazy and Stupid“
While some studies indicate that regular cannabis consumers can develop lower levels of dopamine leading to lower levels of motivation, contrarily, other studies have found little evidence that cannabis causes Amotivational syndrome. Remember that there are all different types of cannabis consumers, and one stereotype cannot label the entire community. Some people are lazy by nature, while others are naturally more energetic, people tend to gravitate towards their preconditioned thought patterns developed throughout their lifetime. Marijuana is not the defining factor of a person’s behavior and motivation.
Misconception 3: Marijuana Is Illegal for A Reason
Marijuana remains illegal on a federal level but not because of negative effects, toxicity, or behavioral reactions. Many years of fear mongering, xenophobia, and misguided drug labeling has severely contorted society’s view on cannabis. Once viewed as a valuable cash crop in the textile and medical industries, campaigns against marijuana have delayed society from utilizing all the benefits available with marijuana cultivation and consumption.
Misconception 4: Marijuana Is A ‘Gateway’ Drug
Statistically, adolescents who use marijuana are more likely to use other substances in the future, but there is absolutely no evidence that cannabis directly causes the use of other drugs. The driving factors to use marijuana in the first place most likely explain the use of other drugs. The Institute of Medicine found “no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are casually linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit substances.”
Misconception 5: All Marijuana Produces the “High”
The level of intoxication from marijuana depends on the concentration of THC and CBD in each strain of cannabis. Studies have found that CBD does not seem to have intoxicating effects when consuming it at medically relevant doses, while THC is the principal intoxicating compound in marijuana. This means that not all marijuana will result in a euphoric feeling, especially if your strain of choice contains high CBD concentration with little to no concentration of THC.
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