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Cannabis Myth Busting



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Let's talk about common cannabis myths and reveal the truths behind them. For decades, whenever cannabis is the subject of discussion, the statements most often made reflect a negative light. We hear about the dangers of overconsumption, the lazy stoner stereotypes, and the gateway drug theories that come as warning labels from those who are uneducated about the plant.


The lazy and unproductive stereotype you often see portrayed in pop culture shows people stuffing themselves with calorific concoctions that end in a food coma nap. The stereotype is further portrayed as unaware, unmotivated, and unproductive. However, this is not the case as recent studies are showing that individuals who use cannabis frequently compared to those who do not are no less likely to be motivated.


As a matter of fact, it was found that patients were actually more likely to be physically active, and that there is a growing interest in combining fitness and cannabis. From gyms and workout classes, to hikes and much more, cannabis and exercise go well together because of the potential pain alleviating qualities they both have, making exercise an overall more positive experience.


It is also important to note that not all cannabis will make you feel tired and hungry. Cannabis compounds such as terpinolene and THCV may help keep you focused, give you a boost of energy, and curb your appetite. CBD, myrcene, linalool and caryophyllene can potentially help with recovery. PHG strains to keep in mind for exercise are Jack Herer, Durban Poison, and Lavender 1:1 for potential muscle recovery and pain relief.


The idea of overdosing on cannabis is yet another myth that is perpetuated by Reefer Madness era propaganda. Overdoses occur when one consumes enough of a drug that it puts them in life a life-threatening condition, or results in death. To date, there are no reported cannabis deaths or incidents as described. If you experience any negative side effects, the worst that can happen is an increase in heart rate and paranoia, but you will not meet your maker. In most emergency medical cases that involve cannabis, the individual over consumed edibles due to lack of desired effects, resulting in paranoia and anxiety. The goal is to find a therapeutic dose where you consume just enough to receive the desired effects.


The gateway drug myth was popularized in the 1930's with the idea that individuals were

more likely to try other "harder" drugs if you consume cannabis. This theory does not correlate to factual evidence, and cannabis has recently been used to help with opiate recovery. It's been known to give patients an appetite and ability to sleep while experiencing symptoms of withdrawal. This makes recovery an easier journey, and one that is less likely to lead to relapse.


Anxiety, depression, and cannabis don't work well together... another myth! For some, cannabis works to treat anxiety and depression because of its capabilities to ease tensions and interact with serotonin receptors in the brain. CBD and terpenes like limonene may be good at activating these receptors, helping to put you in a better mood. PHG's Clear Syrup contains a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC which is great for calming anxiety.


So next time you hear a stereotype or propaganda about cannabis, investigate it before you consider it fact. This miracle plant has too many beneficial qualities to be overshadowed by rumors.

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