Busting Some Cannabis Myths Once And For All
Cannabis has been around for decades, so it’s safe to say there isn’t much we don’t know about this wonderful plant… is there?
Many people are absolutely sure of certain “facts” surrounding cannabis, THC, and CBD—including dosage, effects on the brain, and even how they work. Let’s smash a few of those today.
How does THC and CBD work?
In one of our earlier blog posts, we explained that THC and CBD affect different parts of the brain. The two don’t need to “combine” with each other to work.
THC is a psychoactive compound that affects the brain by reportedly altering our reactions, lowering our inhibitions, and altering the function of the hippocampus (see: "Marijuana, Memory, and the Hippocampus"). Not only that, some report it will have an effect on the orbitofrontal cortex, which enables a person to form memories and focus on complicated tasks. Many believe THC also disrupts functioning of the cerebellum and basal ganglia, which are brain areas that regulate balance, posture, coordination, and reaction time.
In contrast, it’s reported that CBD attaches to different receptors in the brain than THC, providing the same effects as our body’s natural compound, Anandamide, which is tied to positivity, focus, emotional awareness, a calming feeling, and perhaps even opposing the effect of schizophrenia. In 2019, the BBC reported a study in London which showed that CBD may fight signs of schizophrenia, paranoia and anxiety.
Is cannabis addictive?
Yes, for some it can be. It’s reported that the more of any drug you use, the more receptors pop up, and then higher/more regular quantities of the drug are needed to satiate the extra receptors. That’s how nicotine addiction works. The dopamine receptors in your brain multiply with each cigarette, and by the time you’re ready to quit, you have thousands of receptors screaming for nicotine.
Cannabis is safe for animals
THC and CBD are processed by a human’s liver and kidneys—but for animals, THC can be deadly. There are many other things that are deadly to your pets as well—Chocolate, raisins, onions, and grapes, to name a few. So just because you are fine, doesn’t mean Fido will be. So please, don’t smoke around your pets, and before you give them a CBD tincture, check with your veterinarian to ensure it contains 0% THC.
Driving and smoking is fine
THC is psychoactive, and driving under the influence of any psychoactive substance is dangerous. Furthermore, the chances of a car accident double while driving high. So be responsible, and stay home if you’ve smoked, or are planning to smoke.