Cannabis Myth #6: “Marijuana” is a Spanish word
Why is Marijuana spelled with a J? The answer might surprise you. Hint: it is not because marijuana is a Spanish word.
When most cannabis users smoke or vape for the first time, their friends tell them to hold it in their lungs to get more THC out of it. But this is another myth that science does not support, and unlike a lot of the myths that circulate around cannabis, it is mostly users who believe in it. In fact, holding in your smoke is such a part of the experience, it is hard to break the habit even if you know better.
Anti-cannabis proponents claim that if you use marijuana you will automatically start using and become addicted to more dangerous drugs. In the past, drug addiction commonly referred to street drugs like cocaine and heroin. The prevailing sentiment was that people got used to breaking the law by using marijuana so they had no further compunction against other illegal drugs. That having gotten used to the high from marijuana, users would automatically start looking for something stronger. Addicts who used marijuana along with other drugs were presented as evidence of cause and effect. What was missing from all this was a […]
Canada’s law enforcement agencies want a roadside THC test to assess impairment, similar to a breathalyzer. Even if such a thing existed, THC levels do not indicate impairment. The Roadside Sobriety Test is the only test we have that can take into account the complexity of THC’s effects on the body.
Humans have been using marijuana for medicinal purposes for millennia. Noticing other mammals eating the green flowers from the leafy bushes, early humans tried it themselves. Liking the way it made them feel, they began to experiment with ways to use it. For centuries, shamans, herbalists, and medicine men used marijuana to treat ailments of all kinds. Without going into the political reasons for criminalization, I will just point out that they were strictly political. Governments began to propagate false information about marijuana to justify new legislation restricting the use of cannabis in any form. (Oddly enough, while trying to […]