These stigmatizations also come with myths and misconceptions that only add oil to the already burning fire which will make you think twice about what you believe you already know about weed now. This article aims to set the record straight and put the facts on the table. Here are eight such myths that you should stop believing immediately.
Myth 1: The munchies aren’t real
Fact: in a study performed by scientists, research found that weed usually causes hunger to its users. It does this by hijacking the hypothalamus (part of the brain responsible for hunger, sleep, libido, etc.) The study also found that the neurons that regulated and also suppressed sexual arousal and alertness were also heightened. In other words, the drug fools the central feeding system of the brain.
Myth 2: Weed isn’t as strong as it was before
Fact: Ryan Vandrey, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, explains that the concentration of THC that you find in marijuana now is way higher than it used to be in the 60’s. In other words, you don’t have to take the same dose as a person in the 60’s used to for you to achieve the same high. In fact, you will only need a small dose for that. Potency and dose are not the same things.
Myth 3: All weed products give the same high
Fact: Most people only know of two strands of weed, the indicia, and the sativa, but some scientists still can’t confirm that this is true.
Cannabis sativa is believed to mostly produce more of a cerebral, psychoactive effect on its user while the cannabis indica puts its user in a more relaxed and sedated mood. It is, however, difficult to tell how each person will react to both drugs.
Myth 4: Synthetic weed is safe
Fact: again, a false misconception that if you adhere to, you may end up having harder times in the future. Synthetic weed, also called K2, spike or fake weed, can at times be up to 100 times stronger than the normal, natural weed. Yes! If you call that safe, then you are in for a rude shock. It’s very powerful, in fact, much more powerful and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Myth 5: D.A.R.E will help keep kids away from weed
Fact: The D.A.R.E. program was widely popular back in the 80s and 90s, which aimed at keeping kids away from drugs. But after some research, it was found that it never really did what it was meant for, and kids still ended up trying drugs.
Myth 6: You can’t overdose on weed
Fact: whoever told you that you could never overdose on weed lied. In fact, you will know that you have taken too much weed when you experience symptoms of anxiety, dizziness, paranoia, and even loss of coordination. It may be impossible to die from taking weed, but an overdose is very possible.
Myth 7: You can cheat a weed urine test
Fact: the truth of the matter is, you can’t, and you probably won’t. Currently, there are many products out on the market claiming that they can flush drugs out of your system which is often never true. The only way you can a urine test is by substituting your pee with that of someone else who doesn’t take the drug.
Myth 8: Weed turns people into criminals
Fact: another big lie. Taking weed will not lead you down that thug life road. In fact, even scientists are yet to prove the link between weed and crimes. Also, studies have found that weed takers are less likely going to commit suicide or assault you.