We want to clarify some marijuana facts for our readers. There’s a lot of myths about marijuana out there, so we’re debunking some of the most common misconceptions — and providing you the true facts instead. There has also been a drop in public awareness of marijuana’s negative health effects… and of its possible positive medicinal benefits.
Getting The Munchies – Fact
Many studies have shown that cannabis triggers hunger pangs by controlling a portion of the brain called the hypothalamus. This part of the brain controls your hunger and fatigue. It essentially helps you feel things in order for you to recognize what your body requires, even if your body does not require it.
If you’ve just smoke pot or had an edible, it won’t be long before your looking to devour all the junk food in reach.
Marijuana Is Not Harmless – Fact
Excessive use can be dangerous. Heavy pot smokers are at risk for some of the same health risks as tobacco users. Such as bronchitis and other respiratory disorders, because pot smoke is chemically identical to tobacco smoke. This danger comes from smoking marijuana, which isn’t the only way to use cannabis.
Another danger is traffic fatalities caused by intoxicated driving, however the risk is smaller than drunk driving.
Marijuana Is More Powerful Today – Fact
THC levels in cannabis have been increasing throughout the years and are much higher today than they were previously.
Biology has jumped into cannabis research. They have genetically developed plants to be greater in THC. This does not mean that everyone is getting high. But it does mean that THC potency has increased in many strains.
Synthetic Marijuana Is Not Safe – Fact
Spice, K2, and fake cannabis are all examples of synthetic weed, which can be up to 100 times stronger than natural weed.
Anxiety, agitation, and paranoia are common side effects of synthetic cannabis use. But psychosis and seizures have also been reported.
When the body’s adrenaline is released, anxiety and psychosis can cause the heart to race and potentially induce heart attacks or strokes.
With synthetic cannabinoids, many people also experience stomach distress and vomiting.
Cannabis Safety Fact Tips
- First, eat a big meal.
- Mixing alcohol with cannabis use is not a good idea, especially if it’s your first time.
- Start with a small quantity and wait two hours to see how your body reacts, especially if you’re using edibles.
- Everyone reacts to THC differently, so don’t make assumptions based on what a friend has said.
- Expect a different high if you smoke or eat marijuana.
- Know where your edibles originated from and what’s in them before you use them.
- Do not operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana.
- If you overdo it, stay calm, locate a safe location to relax, ask a friend to keep an eye on you, and seek medical assistance.