Marijuana is a gateway drug! Weed turns your brains into sunny side up eggs! Smoking dope causes psychosis…in children…just by saying the word marijuana around them!
We’ve all heard the negative spin regarding the devil’s lettuce. It’s been hammered into our brains for decades. The war on drugs created a big propaganda campaign against this substance which made legalization a long complicated process. Previously we covered the negative lies and myths regarding marijuana. Today we are going to cover the propaganda from the other side of the argument.
While we strongly believe in legalization we at Captain Vape do not believe in blindly advocating the benefits of marijuana without considering its negative effects. There’s no such thing as a miracle drug. Let’s look at 5 positive myths about marijuana.
You Can’t Overdose on Weed
When we think of overdosing hard drugs like cocaine or heroine usually come to mind. It’s hard not to when we hear about famous cases like Kurt Cobain or John Belushi. People who advocate for marijuana will argue that consuming a lot of marijuana won’t lead overdoses like those harder drugs.
While it may be true that you probably won’t end up like Uma Thurman’s character in Pulp Fiction it’s a little irresponsible to say that you can’t overdose on weed.
For someone with a low tolerance or a “noob” as the kids say these days, a heavy dose of marijuana can be pretty dangerous. For example let’s say Sally has only tried marijuana a few times and is curious to try it again now that it’s legal. She’s at a party and is rocking a buzz after three hard lemonades. Someone is passing around a joint filled with White Rhino. It’s an indica strain with a THC percentage of 26%. The joint is the size of her forearm and now everyone thinks she’s cool after she takes a long haul.
Sally is now on her fourth vodka lemonade and she starts to feel funny. The room is spinning. She feels pale and has turned quiet. All of a sudden she can’t socialize because her brain is filled with paranoid thoughts. She doesn’t realize it but her heart rate is racing. She’s sweating but she feels cold. The paranoid thoughts start to intensify. She feels like she can barely breathe. That’s because she can’t. She makes her way to the bathroom just in time to vomit. Her stomach feels better but she is very light headed and can’t catch her breath. Is she having a heart attack? Is everyone there talking about her? Oh god when will this end for poor Sally?
Just try and explain to Sally while she’s in that condition that marijuana is medicinal and you can’t overdose on it. Knowing your limits is very important when partaking in cannabis use. If you are a very light user be careful. When you have an anxiety attack it feels like you’re going to die. No matter how many times someone tells you it’s harmless it still feels that way.
Marijuana Isn’t Addictive
In order to combat the stigma that marijuana is the same as cocaine or meth an argument has been made that it’s not addictive. While it is true that cannabis does not belong in the same category as those hard drugs, to argue that it’s not addictive is not exactly accurate. In fact we’ve covered this very topic in a previous post.
You can be addicted to anything. While that’s true marijuana is a drug and all drugs can have negative withdrawal symptoms. We all know that guy or gal who doesn’t shut up about weed. They smell like it, they talk about how high they got and they talk about how high they’re going to be. They can not experience any of life’s pleasures without being high as a kite. Even if you had tickets to Disney On Ice and invited them you know they want to get high in the parking lot before the show. When they’re asked about the show they’re not going to tell you about Donald Duck doing a summersault on skates they’re going to tell you how high they got.
“How was the show?”
“Oh man I got so messed up it was hilarious”
We all know this person. If you had the power and could take all their weed away from them how do you think they’d react? Imagine locking them in a room with no weed. According to The American Addiction Center here’s what they can expect:
- Increased nervousness
- Night terrors
- Decrease in appetite
- Onset feelings of depression
If you experience any of these symptoms when ceasing cannabis use please seek help.
Medical Cannabis Has No Risks
While it is true that medical marijuana can be a great solution for someone experiencing chronic pain it is not without some risks.
While everyone’s biology is different and marijuana can affect people differently it’s important to note that marijuana has not really been classified as medicine. While it can be prescribed for treating pain it has not been known to “cure” any ailments.
For example, there is a risk for using marijuana to treat a mental illness such as psychosis. While cannabis use has been unfairly accused of causing psychosis as we’ve covered before, it actually can make it worse. This is how the myth of cannabis causing psychosis has started. During further studies it was shown that cannabis was not the cause but some strains could actually intensify the symptoms of psychosis.
Of course there are risks when talking about pregnant women and medical marijuana. While CBD treatments do not use any THC the jury is still out on CBD. While it could be seen as a treatment for ailments even during pregnancies there is still a lot we do not know especially long term effects.
Advocating that marijuana is medicinal and therefore good for you is a pretty shallow point of view. Maybe it helps your insomnia but it could make someone’s mental illness even worse. It can certainly be used as a treatment but it is definitely not without risks.
Marijuana Will Decrease Opioid Use
Currently we are faced with an opioid epidemic and marijuana has been seen as an alternative treatment.
Opioids are commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. This is not without risk as some patients may develop a dependence on the drugs. Marijuana is argued to treat the same pain but without the addiction or severe withdrawal symptoms. While this sounds like a sound argument and a great alternative it doesn’t really hold water.
According to a study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information:
There is currently a large and growing body of evidence showing that cannabis use increases, rather than decreases non-medical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder, based on follow up of more than 33,000 people.
CBD Oil is 100% Safe
CBD oil seems to be all the craze lately. When you read the news these days (it’s 2020 as of this writing for those of you in the future) you will see Trump, Covid 19 and some article about CBD.
People love CBD so much that they’re giving it to their pets. But why? What is it and what does it do?
CBD stands for cannabidiol (pronounced ka-nuh-bye-die-all). It is one of many cannabinoids in the marijuana plant but is the main ingredient for medical marijuana. It stimulates receptors in your body responsible for pain but does not have any intoxicating effects
Those who advocate for medical marijuana and the legalization of the plant site CBD because it can treat the follow ailments:
- Chronic pain
- Drug addiction and withdrawal
- High blood pressure
- Muscle spasms
- Parkinson’s disease
While CBD is being touted as a miracle drug that can cure all sorts of ailments it should be noted what the risks are. CBD is definitely not 100% safe and should not be mixed with medications that affect the liver. So if you are taking Advil to treat a headache which can affect your liver mixing it with CBD oil can do some damage. Be sure to talk to your doctor especially if you are already taking medication.
According to Mayoclinic CBD usage is known to have the following side effects:
- Dry mouth
- Reduced appetite
- Interact with other medications such as blood thinners
If CBD is a treatment you are curious about, its important to consult your doctor and do research before downing some oil.
Marijuana is always a hot political topic and therefore it’s imperative to look at it at all sides. It’s controversial to be sure and because of that it seems to breed myths both positively and negatively. Nothing in this world is not without its risks so be sure to do your research and talk to your doctor.