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Top 5 Common Misconceptions About Cannabis

There are so many misconceptions about cannabis that we thought we'd list the five most common myths about this magical substance...

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Cannabis Acts as a Gateway Drug

Cannabis Acts as a Gateway Drug

Many people believe that because cannabis is a "soft drug", it will open users to the world of drugs and get them hooked on other more harmful and powerful drugs. This is not the case, as the opposite effect is more commonly observed. For example, those who are addicted to opioids, they have managed to be weened off their addiction by using cannabis instead.

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All Cannabis is Psychoactive

All Cannabis is Psychoactive

This is another common misconception. In fact, there are over 100 different cannabinoids present in cannabis, with each producing a slightly different effect from the other. Plus, not every strain of cannabis contains every cannabinoid.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are two of the most common cannabinoids found in cannabis, and their concentrations varying across the different cannabis strains. THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid, which produces the effect on the brain, but many strains do not contain this. CBD has no psychoactive effect on the brain. Strains which are high in CBD and low in THC tend to offer the best medicinal properties for users.

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Safe to Drive Under the Influence

Safe to Drive Under the Influence

We would strongly advise against driving under the influence of cannabis, as this can affect your reaction times and concentration levels, and you may be involved in an accident as a result. The effects of cannabis make driving any sort of vehicle dangerous, as well as heavy machinery. It can be dangerous to yourself and to those around you, so don't do it!

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Everyone Can Use Medicinal Cannabis

Everyone Can Use Medicinal Cannabis

Like any other medication, medical cannabis will have different benefits and risks to each individual user, so make sure you seek advice before using medicinal cannabis for the first time. For example, if you suffer from a chronic respiratory condition, you should exercise caution when using this treatment method.

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Cannabis Makes You Lazy

Cannabis Makes You Lazy

For those who use medicinal cannabis, they are some of the most active people I know. It’s the negative perception associated with cannabis usage in the 80s and 90s that many people believe still exists today. Opinions are changing!