We live in an era where false information spreads faster than facts. The past few months of the pandemic are a great example of this situation. Unfortunately, the same stands true for medical cannabis as well. In recent years, cannabis came through as a medical aid for more than a dozen different medical conditions. It helped millions across the globe find symptomatic relief for their health problems.
But despite the increasing acceptance and consumption, medical marijuana is surrounded by many myths. It can become dangerous for the new and even existing cannabis consumers to come across such false news as facts. So, it’s time to separate the facts from myths. Read along to find some common myths about medical marijuana get debunked by 420 doctors in Santa Clara.
MYTH: Medical Marijuana Is Only Used To Get High
For people who aren’t aware of the experience or working mechanisms of medical cannabis, this green herb is no more than a means to get high. Well, you can’t blame them for their opinion either. ‘High’ or ‘euphoria’ is a characteristic feature of cannabis whether medical or recreational. But, it’s only a half-truth.
Combined with the scientific research and current consumption rate of cannabis for medical reasons, we can safely say that this information is outdated. Medical patients consume cannabis in very specific doses. So the high is usually not that strong or unbearable. Secondly, a patient consumes cannabis for a specific purpose such as pain relief. After a dose, they will experience the difference in their pain level.
Also, one important fact to note is that not all cannabis causes a high. The market is brimming with different strains or types of cannabis which can either be high in THC (intoxicating component) or CBD (non-intoxicating component). Patients can choose a high CBD strain and have an experience without the intoxication or high. And for those who use THC dominant strains, the idea is not to get high but find symptomatic relief. It acts as a sedative or relaxing effect and can help induce sleep or reduce anxiety.
MYTH: The Effects Are Same For Everyone
This statement cannot be farther from the truth. Cannabis does not have the same effects on every person. For example, among two people trying cannabis for the first time, one may feel an intense high while the other may not feel anything at all with the same dose. Why did this happen? Because the effects of cannabis can be regulated by a number of factors that differ from person to person.
The genetics of the person, their metabolism, age, gender, and tolerance level. Also, if a person has a history of use, the effects will be different from the one who has no history at all. Other factors that play a role are the strain type and the choice of delivery method. All of these factors combined can cause major differences in the effects achieved by different people.
Since every patient is looking for a different effect depending on their medical condition, the experience of cannabis will vary for different people. Along with diverse effects, the variable factors also determine the right dose for a patient.
MYTH: Medical Marijuana is Completely Safe
Cannabis still retains the stigma of being a drug and hence unsafe. In fact, the Food and Drug Association doesn’t approve of it being a medicine. But, even then many US citizens are registered as medical cannabis consumers. That’s because California initiated the legalization of medical cannabis in 1996 and today, we have 33 states that allow medical use of cannabis. But, does this mean that the medical use of cannabis is safe? Not really.
There is no difference between medical and recreational cannabis except the fact that they are used for different reasons. It means that all the risks that you may have heard about cannabis still stand true. For patients using cannabis, it’s very important to follow the right dose. A slight change in quantity will cause an overdose and often lead to uncontrollable high and other effects. Increasing indulgence and refraining from following a dose will increase the tolerance and dependence and cause severe withdrawal symptoms if discontinued.
In addition to this, medical cannabis may also have side effects on some people. These effects include red eyes, an increase in hunger and dry mouth.
MYTH: Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Have Any Legal Restrictions
As we’ve already discussed, medical marijuana is legal in 33 states of the US. This means a patient who is a citizen of any of these states can legally use cannabis for their health condition. But, it does not mean that you aren’t subject to any restrictions. Though they are not as strict as those for recreational cannabis, legal limitations do exist.
For starters, you need to get yourself a medical marijuana card to use medical cannabis and enjoy all the perks that come with it. You can apply for one if you are 18 years of age or above. Only a board-certified doctor with a verifiable address can qualify you for a medical card. After getting an MMJ card, you can buy cannabis but only in moderation. The legal limit is set at 8 ounces and 2000 mg of THC per packet. Similarly, if your state allows growing cannabis, the limit is generally set at 99 plants or 100 square feet of plants. The harvest is only meant for personal use.
MYTH: Anyone Can Get a Medical Marijuana Recommendation
A medical marijuana recommendation makes it easier for the patients to buy, use or grow cannabis without fear of legal issues. So all you need to do is get one for yourself. With telemedicine, the process is easier and more convenient too. Sounds simple, but it’s not.
A medical marijuana card is not like an identity card that anyone can apply for. There are certain restrictions and rules that must be met to be eligible to get one. Every state has a list of medical conditions and symptoms that are eligible for an MMJ card. If your health condition falls in the list of these qualifying conditions, you can get a medical cannabis card for yourself. Once you apply for a card, you will undergo 420 evaluations where a professional doctor will access your condition and determine your eligibility. It is only after you qualify that you will get a medical cannabis card.
MYTH: Medical Cannabis Can Treat COVID-19
When COVID-19 fastened its grip on the world, false information spread just as fast. Since there wasn’t much data about this new virus back then, it was easy to start a false narrative such as ‘medical cannabis can treat COVID-19.’ As much as we want a cure and wish it was true, the statement is not a fact.
Currently, there are several studies that are trying to build a connection between cannabis components like THC and CBD and COVID-19. But, the research hasn’t reached a conclusion yet. So, if you wish to have a true experience of medical marijuana while being safe, steer clear from false news. If you do come across such information, take it with a grain of salt and do your research before spreading it around.