Last year, the world made one major step toward the global legalization of cannabis: Canada became the first G7 nation to legalize it both for medical and recreational use (and the second country to do so in the world).
Other countries may follow their lead: New Zealand plans to hold a referendum about the matter next year, Mexico’s interior minister is expected to push for its legalization in the country, the Netherlands is also considering to better regulate it, and many other countries are at least discussing the legalization of cannabis as we speak. We have many articles answering the most frequent questions about cannabis so today, let’s take a look at some common myths and misconceptions about it that should finally disappear in 2019.
The question of addiction
Many sources claim that cannabis is not addictive – not physically, at least. There is truth in this misconception – cannabis is far less addictive than, say, alcohol and hard drugs but saying that it’s not addictive is wrong.
Statistics say that about 9% of all marijuana users become physically addicted to it. While this percentage is lower than in the case of alcohol (15%) and heroin (23%), it still exists.
You can’t overdose on cannabis
Another misconception about cannabis is that it’s impossible to overdose. Actually, this is only true for a lethal overdose – for cannabis to kill you, you’d have to consume about 1000 pounds (or around 450 kilograms) of it in a minute, which is physically impossible. But, given the strains with a higher THC and CBD content, it is indeed possible to overdose on cannabis – it causes dizziness, anxiety, paranoia, and loss of coordination.
Cannabis doesn’t harm your lungs
Of course, it doesn’t – if you don’t smoke it, that is. Inhaling smoke of any kind is bad for your lungs, no matter if the smoke comes from a campfire, a cigarette or a joint. Even if you smoke it, the quantity you smoke in a day is far smaller than in the case of tobacco – but this doesn’t make it harmless at all.
Cannabis cures cancer
First of all, let’s get one thing straight: cancer is not one disease – there are more than 100 types of malignant abnormal cell growth documented to date.
Dr. Manuel Guzmán, a biology professor at Complutense University in Madrid, Spain, has run a clinical trial of his THC-based concoction on humans with an aggressive form of brain cancer known as “glioblastoma” that have resisted traditional treatments and found that all of them have responded at least partially – so there is some science behind this misconception. His work surely does call for further research on the subject but this doesn’t mean that cannabis cures cancer. Not to mention the fact that Dr. Guzmán’s test subjects had the mix injected directly into their brain – not the most recreational way to consume it, right?
Smoking pot is best
No, it’s not – because it involves smoke (see above), it’s not the best way to consume cannabis. Aside from edibles, there are many other ways in which you can consume cannabis – vaping, tinctures, topicals or oral sprays, to name just a few – that are far less harmful to your body than smoking. Choose the one that’s best for you.