Myths, Misconceptions, and Marijuana

The cannabis plant family has a troubled past.

But it’s through no fault of their own. Instead, cannabis has been a victim: of governments, racial tensions, and more. And though the anti-cannabis movement reached its peak a long time ago, confusion still remains to this day.  

Ready to clear up the confusion? Here are a few of the biggest misconceptions surrounding cannabis — debunked. 

Myth #1: Marijuana is the correct term for cannabis. 

Though news outlets and government agencies still seem to like this outdated term, the truth is that ‘marijuana’ has been a misnomer from the start. 

Technically, it’s all cannabis — both the high THC stuff mislabeled as ‘marijuana’ and the high-CBD stuff classified as hemp. Cannabis is a very old latin term that’s stuck around this long for a reason: it’s scientifically correct. 

Myth #2: Hemp is just the male version of cannabis.

This myth has been spread through media sources for years now. While it’s true that male cannabis plants don’t often contain much THC (making them kind of like hemp)...this one’s still incorrect. 

The reality is that hemp and cannabis’s differences have very little to do with gender and everything to do with genetic factors. Hemp is hemp (as long as it contains .3% THC or less), regardless of whether any particular plant is male or female.

All that said, the best, most resinous cannabis plants will almost always be female, regardless of their species. 

Myth #3: CBD is non-psychoactive. 

Also untrue — thankfully! 

Many falsehoods come in the form of half-truths, and this one is no different. CBD is actually non-psychotropic, which just means it won’t get you high in any way, shape, or form. 

Yet CBD acts powerfully on the mind and its biochemistry to provide anti-anxiety, anti-seizure, anti-inflammatory, and antidepressant effects.

That means it’s awesome...and decidedly psychoactive.

 

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