Our blog

02/03/17
5 MARIJUANA MYTHS YOU SHOULD STOP BELIEVING

A lot of people accept the truth about cannabis, that it is healthier than alcoholic beverages and more effective than pharmaceutical medical supplies and painkillers in treating a number of illnesses.

But marijuana myths still appear in various mass media sources.

Here are five weed myths that persist today, and compelling facts that disrobe them:

MYTH: WEED MAKES BOOBS BIGGER

 

MMJ1

Men who like smoking weed often suspect that marijuana might cause man boobs.  

Gynecomastia, otherwise known as man boobs (or moobs for short), is a condition that affects approximately 33% to 41% of men between the ages of 25 and 45.

In 2012 nearly 23,000 men went surgery to correct the condition.

So can smoking pot really give you man boobs?

This is totally false and was announced so by CNN. The simplest cause of man boobs is an excess of estrogen, the “ladylike” hormone. There is a study that suggests compounds in marijuana cause hormonal imbalances, but the study was of animal, not human. And that study says, buried no deeper than the executive summary, “effects in humans have been inconsistent,” and “the long-term consequences of marijuana use in humans on endocrine systems remains unclear.”

There’s also a page of “Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts,” the 1997 review of studies on the drug by a Ph.D. and an MD.

The review of the evidence then shows “no scientific evidence” to support theories that weed use causes man boobs in men, or masculine qualities in women.

MYTH: SMOKING WEED IS WORSE FOR THE LUNGS THAN TOBACCO

A lot of people are afraid of the fact, that marijuana use can cause a lot of health problems, such as: lung diseases, asthma, bronchitis, in some cases cancer.

Many think so, because weed is usually smoked from bongs, pipes, paper-wrapped joints, without any filter, and our lungs are not protected.

But is it reality or myth?

A 2012 study by a separate team of researchers from the University came up with this conclusion: “Occasional and low cumulative marijuana use was not associated with adverse effects on pulmonary function.”

It was the largest study ever to be conducted on marijuana smokers and involved a sample of over 5,000 adults.

We should understand that pot is not like tobacco.

Tobacco contains nicotine, and marijuana doesn’t.

The smoke from burning marijuana flowers contains a set of chemicals known as cannabinoids.

They are responsible for weed’s effect on the body — the reason why you get high.

Some cannabinoids are psychoactive, others are not.

A large number of studies have found cannabinoids to have great antitumor and anticancer effects.  

So there are benefits from marijuana that you don’t get from cigarettes.

Of course smoking marijuana has some side effects.

The difference may be one of quantity.

Marijuana is not physically addictive like tobacco.

The heaviest cannabis smoker doesn’t exceed more than a couple of joints a day, a dependent cancer-stick user smokes minimum half a pack of cigarettes.

Summing up, the weed user seems to end up with healthier lungs than the cigarette smoker.

By the way, there are a lot of ways to use marijuana without any smoke.

You can drink eat, cook it, take it in a pill form or even rub it in in your skin as a body cream or oil.

MYTH: YOU CAN CHEAT A URINE TEST

he most popular kind of drug test is the urine test, which can detect marijuana for days and even weeks after cannabis use.

How long marijuana is found in the urine depends firmly on the frequence of enjoyment.

There are three main ways to “try” to cheat a drug Test:

  • Adulteration,
  • Substitution,
  • Dilution.

How to cheat on a drug test for marijuana is a very popular question as it is googled over 10,000 times a day.

There are hundreds of websites and detox drinks that say all you need to do is drink one before the test and you will pass it.

Their goal is to sell you their product, but the only true way to “cheat” a urine test is to substitute your pee with someone else’s.

THC can be found in a urine test for up to 30 days for heavy marijuana users and 10 days for casual smokers.

Under U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT aka, “DOT) regulations, DOT- employees whose sample is considered to be tampered with are automatically reported as “positive” on their drug test and they must be instantly fired by their employer.

There are only two real ways to pass a drug test:

  1. to be entirely drug-free
  2. to fully detox your body by nature – honest and most importantly legal way.

Summing up, You can’t cheat a urine test and we recommend you not to waste your time and money on products which want you to help to cheat a drug test.

MYTH: YOU CAN OVERDOSE AND DIE FROM WEED

Weed is known to be pretty safe because of the overdose risk. No one has ever died from marijuana overdose.

There are no recorded deaths due to cannabis overdose. Studies show that marijuana has a therapeutic index of 40,000:1.

This means overdose is theoretically probable at about 40,000 times the quantity required to get high.

For example, the therapeutic index of cocaine is only 15:1.

The question is: “Is it actually possible to overdose on marijuana?”

The answer is no, according to the National Cancer Institute. And here’s why:

“Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from Cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.

Marijuana doesn’t influence respiration, that’s why it can’t cause someone to stop breathing and it doesn’t matter how much they smoke.

Sometimes, cannabis can lead to some physical symptoms that can be quite awful.

For example, some people had symptom of disorientation and headaches, vomiting or anxiety.

Fortunately, these symptoms disappear within hours with no medical treatment required.

Some weed users experience it  regularly like an allergic reaction.

If you feel one of those symptoms after using marijuana, we have some tips for you:

  • Just calm down and relax. Turn on pleasant music. Remember you are in discomfort and not in danger.
  • Find pleasant place. A dark room with a pleasant music without any noise will be the best for you right now.
  • Drink more and eat fruits. Water with lemon or lime, milk or herbal tea will make you feel better.
  • Get some sleep. It is the best solution for you right now. A good nap is all you need.

MYTH: POT SMOKERS ARE UNSUCCESSFUL AND SLUGGISH

A lot of successful people have used marijuana at least once in their lives from President Barack Obama to Microsoft CEO Bill Gates.

One of the biggest cannabis advocacy organizations in the United States of America produced  a scroll  that ranks the most successful and powerful Americans cannabis users — and some of the names can surprise  and astonish you.

The Marijuana Policy Project’s Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Consumers:

  1. Barack Obama
  2. 2016 Presidential Hopefuls
  3. Oprah Winfrey
  4. Bill Clinton
  5. John Kerry
  6. Stephen Colbert
  7. Clarence Thomas
  8. Katy Perry
  9. LeBron James
  10. Jay Z
  11. Bill Gates
  12. George Soros
  13. Jon Stewart
  14. Bill Maher
  15. Rush Limbaugh
  16. Andrew Cuomo
  17. Sanjay Gupta
  18. George W. Bush
  19. Seth MacFarlane
  20. George Clooney
  21. Lady Gaga
  22. Ted Turner
  23. Brad Pitt
  24. Rihanna
  25. Whoopi Goldberg
  26. Morgan Freeman
  27. Angelina Jolie
  28. Conan O’Brien
  29. Martha Stewart
  30. Gov. John Hickenlooper (CO)
  31. Gov. Charlie Baker (MA)
  32. Tom Brokaw
  33. Michael Bloomberg
  34. Justin Timberlake
  35. Aaron Sorkin
  36. Glenn Beck
  37. Al Gore
  38. Matt Damon
  39. Susan Sarandon
  40. Madonna
  41. Robert Downey Jr.
  42. Phil Jackson
  43. Rick Steves
  44. Jennifer Lawrence
  45. Miley Cyrus
  46. Jennifer Aniston
  47. Matthew McConaughey
  48. Snoop Dogg
  49. Hugh Hefner
  50. Maureen Dowd

All depends on the type of person you are.

As we see on list there are a lot of successful weed smokers who have proved the stereotype is wrong.

Weed doesn’t make you lazy, being lazy makes you lazy.

here are thousands of people who have found weed to be the creative aspect of their lives which has allowed them to grow in their understanding of themselves and their lives.

Whatever you enjoy to do when you are high is your delight.

Robert Anton Wilson, one of the most discerning thinkers of modern time used weed regularly to treat the pain caused by post-polio syndrome until his death in 2007.

On the topic of the legalisation of cannabis when it was still illegal, Wilson commented:

“They don’t want anybody to get high, because people who get high get happy, and people who get happy get ambitious, uppity and rambunctious and they want everybody to be depressed. But the high is part of the cure.”

Enjoy your way you know how to!