Cannabis is truly a magical herb. People can use cannabis for both recreational and medical purposes. Cannabis has gained popularity due to the medical benefits it contains. It can be used to help in the treatments of various health conditions like cancer, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, and many more. Cannabis is known to manage the different symptoms associated with these conditions, such as chronic pain, inflammation, sleep disorders, stress, anxiety, depression, and more. If you also suffer from such a condition, you can use medical cannabis for your help. You just need a medical cannabis card to buy your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.
Now, you must be familiar with the basic information about medical cannabis. But, there are also many myths associated with medical cannabis that everyone must avoid. As the medical cannabis industry is growing, it’s important for you to avoid falling for myths. There are many people who believe these myths and make wrong perceptions about medical cannabis. So, it’s important for everyone to acknowledge the true facts related to medical cannabis. Having said that, let’s bust some of the most common myths surrounding medical cannabis.
Myth #1: There is no proven medical use of medical cannabis and it can’t be a medicine
At the federal level, cannabis is still kept as a Schedule 1 substance in the USA, which means there is no medical value of cannabis. But, more than half of the U.S. states have now legalized the medical use of cannabis. This indicates that there are medical uses of cannabis.
There are various studies that prove that medical cannabis can be used for various medical conditions, including nausea, PTSD, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, and more. In fact, some of these treatments even work on children, especially those who are suffering from epilepsy that can result in having hundreds of seizures a day. Studies show that medical cannabis can help cancer patients as it can help in managing the symptoms of various cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy. Many patients have even reported that cannabis seemed to be the only thing that worked for them due to its ability to reduce nausea, loss of appetite, pain, and inflammation.
Myth #2: You will get addicted to medical cannabis
Well, I will not deny this myth completely, there is some credence to this one. It is true that 9 percent of medical cannabis users can get addicted to it. But, this is simply not true for the majority of the users. They can stop using medical cannabis whenever they want with ease. Many people also confuse the dependency on medical cannabis with addiction. Medical cannabis is way less physically addictive than tobacco and caffeine. Many people experience headaches when they miss their morning cup of coffee. Well, it will not happen with medical cannabis. In fact, medical cannabis can help many people recover from harmful addiction to opiates and other drugs.
Myth #3: Medical cannabis is a gateway drug that leads to other drug use
I have heard many people saying this, but this is simply not true. Medical cannabis is now replacing other risky and addictive drugs such as opioids and tranquilizers. In fact, researchers have found that CBD (the non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis) can help in managing the scourge of opioid medicine addiction.
You don’t have to worry about getting addicted to any other drug because of medical cannabis. A survey shows that cannabis can help in reducing the use of opioids, and many believe that it is more effective than opioids.
Myth #4: Medical cannabis can kill you
Keep this in mind, that no one has ever died because of medical cannabis. The reason for this is that you will have to consume a lethal amount of cannabis, which is impossible. A person will have to consume 15,000 pounds of cannabis within just 15 minutes to die from medical cannabis. And it is obvious that it is next to impossible.
And here’s a fact, there are many prescription medicines that are deadlier than medical cannabis. And as I mentioned above, medical cannabis can even be used to help people who are suffering from drug addiction. Medical cannabis is also often used as a treatment for people addicted to methamphetamines. Also, various studies done in states that have legalized medical cannabis showed a drop in the number of pharmaceutical drug casualties. So basically, medical cannabis is a lifesaver, not the one that takes it.
Myth #5: People use medical cannabis just to get high
I have a few friends who are not the fans of the psychoactive effects of cannabis, or the “high” associated with cannabis. They use medical cannabis simply because of their medical conditions. Their goal is to relieve symptoms so that they can function and work properly daily with the help of medical cannabis.
Also, there are many types of medical cannabis that will not get you high, not as much as recreational cannabis. Two of the biggest examples are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA). And do not get confused with THCA and THC, they both are different components of cannabis.
Myth #6: You become lazy and unmotivated after consuming medical cannabis
There are many medical cannabis strains that you can use to relax. And yes, some of them can make you feel lazy, but they are not inherently bad. You just have to figure out when and how to use them to reap the benefits and get the best results. It is better to consume these strains just before going to bed at night.
Also, there are many cannabis strains that can even boost your mood while increasing your creativity. You can consume these strains during the day time without worrying about feeling sleepy or lazy. And you can also choose some strains that do not get you high, they simply offer therapeutic effects.
Final thoughts on medical cannabis myths
So, these are some of the most common myths revolving around medical cannabis. Cannabis is used for various medical conditions, but it is important for you to stay away from these myths. I hope after reading this article you will be able to get familiar with what is true and what is a myth. This will help you make better decisions about your health.