What Are The Biggest Misconceptions About Cannabis?
THC’s Effect On Decision Making
The biggest misconception about cannabis is to do with the psychoactive cannabinoid called Tetrahydrocannabinol, also called THC. We often hear people claim that there are no risks in taking THC, regardless of the quantities or regularities of the dose. This claim is unsupported by science and pushed mainly by the portrayal of cannabis in films and music.
THC works by binding to the CB1 cannabinoid receptors found in the brain. Albeit, there are doses that we would consider harmless and should not cause any concern when taken occasionally. But the science indicates that regular exposure to THC, especially in the teenage brain, can delay the maturation of the prefrontal cortex, a region involved in complex behaviours and decision making. The disruption alters how the area processes information when teenagers become adults.
How To Reduce THC’s Effect On Decision Making: Supplement your THC consumption with CBD to reduce overstimulation of the brain and avoid damage to your decision-making process. This study shows how CBD blocks the ability of THC to overstimulate the ERK pathway in the hippocampus and thus prevent its adverse side effects. We also recommend avoiding regular THC use before the age of 25 years, as this is when the prefrontal cortex is fully matured. Mix CBD flower into your cannabis routine for an easy way to switch up your routine.
Cannabis Smoke’s Effect On Lungs
Another misconception is that cannabis smoke doesn’t harm the lungs. The issue isn’t with the actual cannabinoids, like CBD and THC, but more in burning plant material. Even though cannabis is less carcinogenic than tobacco, it still poses risks. Smoking cannabis can cause chronic bronchitis, and its smoke has been shown to injure the cell linings of the large airways. It is thought that this is why cannabis smokers often find themselves dealing with chronic cough, phlegm production, wheeze and acute bronchitis.
How To Avoid Lung Harm From Smoking Cannabis: You can inhale the cannabinoids found in cannabis without burning the plant. Using a vaporiser device, you can heat cannabis to the optimal temperature to not burn any plant matter and extract the essential cannabis compounds. We highly recommend using the Dynavap M vaporiser as it is a precise, portable and economical option that we find excellent for first-timers.
Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome
Many cannabis users who have fallen for the notion that cannabis is entirely harmless will be surprised to hear that you can develop cannabis hyperemesis syndrome (CHS). This condition is induced by regular use of cannabis and causes severe bouts of vomiting and nausea. Only one cannabinoid is responsible for this condition, THC, commonly found in people consuming vast quantities regularly, especially in those that use THC extracts. Once CHS has developed, the only way to cure it is to stop consuming THC - even then, the symptoms can take months to go away.
How To Avoid Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome: Since CHS is most prevalent in consumers of THC extracts and the act of dabbing, we recommend mixing those extracts with CBD extracts. Products like CBD wax and CBD shatter can be used to carry forward the effects of THC and prevent you from flooding your system with too much THC. Also, consider keeping a record of how much THC you consume daily. Overusing THC can affect our decision-making abilities, and you might accidentally become over-consuming.