MYTH: MARIJUANA USE LEADS TO CRIME
Despite the stereotype, taking a bong hit won’t immediately send you into a life of crime and delinquency.
In fact, there’s never been a clear relation between marijuana and forcible crimes.
Early evidence from Washington and Colorado suggests violent crime and property crime dropped in the year after retail marijuana businesses opened in 2014.
A prior academic study, federally commissioned in 2012, examined “whether the density of medical marijuana dispensaries is associated with crime”.
It concluded: “There were no observed cross-sectional associations between the density of medical marijuana dispensaries and either violent or property crime rates in this study.”
It is easy to find statistics that seem to unite marijuana use with crime and violence, but these rely on a roundabout spin of an analysis.
Basically, the association with weed and crime comes from the fact that cannabis itself is illegal in many places.
A Norwegian study found that the laws, not the drug, were to blame:
“The study suggests that cannabis use in adolescence and early adulthood may be associated with subsequent involvement in criminal activity. However, the bulk of this involvement seems to be related to various types of drug-specific crime. Thus the association seems to rest on the fact that use, possession and distribution of drugs such as cannabis is illegal. The study strengthens concerns about the laws related to the use, possession and distribution of cannabis.”
Another research supports this conclusion.
A subsequent British study found that crime rates dropped during this period.
Really, this shouldn’t seem too profound.
Stoned people are more likely to stay home and watch a movie eating snacks rather than suddenly decide to rob a shop or kill a person.
Moreover, cannabis, unlike alcohol or any other drug, doesn’t generally give away aggression and provoking behavior, so it’s much harder to link it to a violent crime.
MYTH: MOST WEED SMOKERS ARE HEAVY USERS
Some research suggests that cannabis use is likely to precede use of other legal and illegal substances and the development of addiction to other substances.
Forty years ago, cannabis was classified a Schedule I Controlled Substance, along with ecstasy, LSD, and heroin.
Does weed have a high potential for abuse?
Hardly: while upwards of 42% of American adults have smoked weed at least once in their life, less than 1% smoke it on a daily basis.
And whereas alcohol is linked to over 75,000 deaths per year, and cigarettes roughly 400,000 per year, the world is still waiting for the first-ever instance of marijuana death.
This is a drug on which it is impossible to overdose.
It is important to note that a lot factors, such as a person’s social environment and biological factors, are also critical in a person’s risk for drug use.
Many people falsely believe that cannabis use precedes rather than follows initiation of other illicit drug use.
In fact, most drug use begins with alcohol and nicotine before weed, making alcohol and nicotine the two most generic drugs of abuse.
Evidence indicates marijuana is usually not the first substance abused before more dangerous and risky illicit drug experimentation.
An alternative gateway may just be the trials and tribulations some kids face while growing up.
According to Dr. Karen Van Gundy, an associate professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire,
“Whether marijuana smokers go on to use other illicit drugs depends more on social factors like being exposed to stress and being unemployed, not so much whether they smoked a joint in the eighth grade. Because underagesmoking and alcohol use typically precede marijuana use, marijuana is not the most common, and is rarely the first illicit drug used.”
Weed is not, repeat not, a gateway drug!
MYTH: SEX IS LESS ENJOYABLE
Normally, individuals that smoke marijuana claim that everything tastes, smells and feels that much better when you’re high.
People think that getting high causes your sex drive to decrease.
In reality, it makes it much more fun! An Australian study found that women who used marijuana reported having more than 2 sexual partners in a year and men doubled their likelihood of having more than 2 sexual partners in a year.
A 1984 study cited by Psychology Daily found users to have an increased libido after smoking weed.
This study shows that users feel more relaxed, euphoric in the bedroom.
All what you need.
There’s even a cannabis infused lubricant called Foria that claims to make sex more pleasurable for women in the form of extremely long and intense orgasms.
Their testimonials seem to back up the hype too, having users discuss their unbelievable experiences, but this first-hand experience really drives the message home.
In the same study cited above, the cannabis users claimed that their perception of time was stretched. This is good news for both parties involved!
If sex doesn’t last as long as you’d hope, it’ll probably feel like it’s minutes longer. While that not may sound like much, it could make all the difference.
Countless numbers of weed-users say that they’d rather have high sex than to do it sober.
That’s why make love and enjoy your life!
MYTH: YOU CAN GET HIGH FROM RAW WEED
Another popular belief is that you can get high from eating raw marijuana (not edibles).
But weed needs to be cooked in order for it to get you high.
To understand why eating raw weed is such a waste we should understand the difference between THC and THCA.
When a marijuana plant is growing it is non-psychoactive.
This is because there is no THC, which doesn’t get you high.
If you take weed from a growing plant it won’t do anything to you. THCA has to be turned into THC. This transformation will happen when the THCA is heated (e.g. smoking or cooking).
So, when you just eat cannabis raw you’re losing out on a bunch of THC that never got transformed.
Raw weed is very hard for your body to process so you end up with some of your THC just passing through your digestive tract.
This is why practically all people cook their weed into edibles and do not eat it raw.
If you mix the THC with fat or alcohol, you’ll get the effect you want.
So can you eat marijuana?
Sure you can.
But it’s a waste, tastes awful and will probably irritate your stomach.
MYTH: MARIJUANA CAUSES CANCER
This myth couldn’t be more false, especially nowadays.
Do not believe it anymore.
Weed is being legalized for medical and recreational use in many places of the world.
It’s actually known to help cancer patients and is used frequently for treatment.
Marijuana has been used in herbal remedies for centuries.
A number of small studies of smoked marijuana found that it can be helpful in treating nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy.
Studies have long shown that patients who took marijuana in clinical trials tended to need less pain medicine.
The American Cancer Society supports the need for more scientific research on cannabinoids for cancer patients, and recognizes the need for better and more effective therapies that can overcome the often debilitating side effects of cancer and its treatment.
It’s time for a medical marijuana revolution!