Myth vs. Fact

There are a variety of negative myths about cannabis. The Patient Care Advocates at Garden Remedies are trained to help educate you about the benefits of cannabis, and can also help debunk some of the negative attributes that you may have heard over the years.

MYTH: CANNABIS MAKES YOU LAZY.

FACT: Certain terpenes in cannabis, such as limonene or pinene, can help create a stimulating, focused awareness and clarity of mind. Cannabis is used by people from all walks of life for various effects.

Some patients use cannabis as a non-addictive sleep aid — helping them accomplish more when they're awake. Others use cannabis to treat chronic pain or physical ailments that would otherwise hinder their ability to do work or enjoy life.

MYTH: LEGAL MARIJUANA WILL CAUSE A SURGE IN TEEN USE.

FACT: Teens don’t use more marijuana in states that legalize cannabis.

As more states have adopted medical marijuana and now adult or “recreational” use, the number of teens using marijuana stays stable or even declines.

According to the Drug Policy Alliance, state surveys of teens in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska show that after legalization, the number of students who used or who had ever tried marijuana stayed stable or decreased slightly. Further, findings from the Colorado Health Department show that the rates of use among the state’s teenagers are essentially unchanged in the years since adult-use was legalized in 2012.

 

MYTH: CANNABIS KILLS BRAIN CELLS

FACT: In 2015, the Journal of Neuroscience published a study that concluded that daily marijuana use is not associated with brain morphometric measures in adolescents or adults. The study, which measured a variety of brain areas among daily marijuana users versus non-users, indicated that there was not a noticeable difference in the the nucleus accumbens, amygdala, hippocampus, and cerebellum between users or non-users.

MYTH: ALL CANNABIS MAKES YOU HIGH

FACT: There are two main components to cannabis - Cannabidiol and Tetrahydrocannabinol (CBD and THC for short, respectively). THC is the primary component that produces a “high” effect, but only when ingested. THC products do not produce a “high” when applied topically, but topical applications have been shown to reduce pain and inflammation in the areas to which it is applied. Generally, cannabis containing THC is referred to as marijuana.

CBD does not produce intoxicating effects, but has been shown to relieve pain and inflammation, in addition to a variety of other benefits. Generally, cannabis containing CBD is referred to as hemp.

The reason these two cannabis components have different effects on the body is because they are received differently by the human brain. THC activates the CB1 receptors, producing an intoxicating “high.” CBD, on the other hand, is not well-received by the CB1 receptor and does not have intoxicating effects.

 

MYTH: SMOKING CANNABIS IS UNHEALTHIER THAN CIGARETTES

FACT: In a 2012 study led by the University of California San Francisco and supported by the National Heart Lung Blood Institute, researchers found that there were no adverse consequences on pulmonary function among occasional marijuana users. In fact, air flow rate increased rather than decreased with increased exposure to marijuana up to a certain level.