4 Common Cannabis Myths Debunked 

With the use of cannabis becoming more widespread, there’s also a lot of misinformation about its use floating around. It’s important to separate the myths from the truths because, by doing so, you can use it more responsibly if you choose to use it at all. You’ll also be in a good position to advise others on the truths and myths that are associated with it, which can help them make better decisions for their health. Here are four common cannabis myths debunked to help you stay informed.

1. You Can Drive While Using Cannabis

This first myth is a very dangerous one because of the risk associated with driving while impaired in any way. Marijuana impairs motor coordination, judgment, and also reaction time. This means that using marijuana can leave you in a state that’s not fit for driving. You’re more likely to make a mistake that might have a grievous outcome. There’s also the legal aspect to consider, even if you don’t cause any accidents. Various states have different penalties for people caught driving after using marijuana. In Texas, for example, a first DWI charge can lead to between three and 180 days in jail. There may also be fines and a ruined reputation, all of which are things that aren’t worth risking.

2. Secondhand Cannabis Smoke Isn’t Harmful

Another cannabis myth is that secondhand smoke from marijuana isn’t harmful. This is a false myth that’s been debunked by a number of studies. These show that secondhand smoke from marijuana has many of the same carcinogens and toxins as those found in wood burning and tobacco smoke. By smoking marijuana in mixed company, one can affect the health of those around them just as adversely as they would smoking a cigarette.

Secondhand marijuana smoke may also be irritating to other people. For instance, in the case of a driver whose passenger is smoking marijuana. This may cause irritation and distraction that may lead to an accident, a serious matter in the United States. This is because the average number of car accidents in the United States every single year stands at six million, according to Driver Knowledge.

3. Cannabis Use Leads to Crime

This myth suggests that the use of marijuana is linked to higher incidences of delinquency and crime. While more offenders than non-offenders use cannabis, this is not a direct result of using cannabis. It’s suggested that in this case, the causality actually applies the other way around. This is to say that criminals are typically more likely to use drugs, of which cannabis may be an attractive option. Since cannabis doesn’t cause aggression, as is the case with alcohol, it’s hard to link its use to crime, especially violent crime.

4. Cannabis Use Causes Cancer

The final myth is that the use of cannabis causes cancer. This may have arisen from the fact that cannabis smoke contains carcinogens, just like tobacco smoke. While this is true, people who use cannabis typically use much less than regular tobacco smokers. This means that they’re exposed to fewer carcinogens and other problematic substances in the smoke. There are also different ways to consume cannabis, and this may be the reason why its use isn’t high enough to cause a health risk. For example, one can use edibles, which usually produce effects within an hour of ingestion and reach their high point after around 2.5 to 3.5 hours.

These myths about cannabis use should clear the air for anyone who has concerns. While moderate use may not be too dangerous, remember that too much of anything is not recommended. That said, it’s important for anyone who decides to use cannabis to proceed with caution. This can help them safeguard their health and avoid a number of issues down the road.  


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