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Weed Myths Debunked Part Two
As we have written before, we have come a long way in both our understanding and perceptions of marijuana. That being said, there are still many, many myths that people still associate with both weed and weed usage. We here at Agate Dreams believe that we should dispel these myths. Some of them are harmful to those of us who choose to work in the industry as well as our customers. Others are just silly and reflect an inaccurate reality. Here are some myths that make us cringe, shake our head, or just groan:
1. Marijuana kills brain cells
many of us have heard this myth before. We’ve been told (usually by the anti-marijuana crowd) that smoking weed kills brain cells therefore causing users to be stupider than non-users. Well, fear not. Anti-marijuana advocates often point to a Duke University study done in 2012. There were numerous issues with this study that makes it easy to dismiss yet it still made the rounds in social media and in political circles. Since, there have been numerous studies to indicate the opposite – that cannabinoids may benefit the brain and actually rebuild cells. Thus, fear not, as there is no proof that marijuana is making you dumber and it may be doing the exact opposite!
2. Smoking weed from a soda can increases your risk for Alzheimer’s
There has been much made about the supposed link behind Alzheimer’s and aluminum. However, the link between aluminum toxicity and Alzheimer’s has been shown to be nonexistent or weak in many studies. It would also stand to reason that human beings are exposed to aluminum in cooking, food prep, consuming canned items, and even in things such as deodorant at a far greater rate than from smoking weed. Furthermore, studies have shown that THC may be beneficial and reverse the plaque linked to Alzheimer’s. While more study is needed on that topic, there is no reason to believe that smoking from aluminum foil or a soda can put you at risk for the disease.
3. The munchies aren’t real –
I’ve heard people say that the munchies are pretend and can be ignored. The idea is that since you THINK pot makes you hungry it does. However, this myth is debunked by science. It turns out that cannabinoids stimulate neurons in the hypothalamus triggering hunger. They’ve tested it on animals and on humans and it turns out that when humans and animals are given cannabinoids it stimulates their appetite. If you consume cannabis you are gonna get hungry! Resist all you want, but you want that bag of chips, my good dude!