Good morning everyone we hope you are doing well. Today we’re going to talk about just a few of the many myths and urban legends that follow marijuana. There is so much disinformation out there that you could spend a whole doctor’s appointment on it. We thought we’d cover a few of these today in an effort to clear the air. We’ll start with a few today and follow up with more in the future. Let’s get into it:
#1 – Marijuana can cause or make worse psychosis.
“Psychosis may occur as a result of a psychiatric illness like schizophrenia. In other instances, it may be caused by a health condition, medications, or drug use.” – thanks, Google! This is an old one but also a story that refuses to die. It is implied that regular or heavy use will cause people to be psychotic or dangerous, the stereotypical mentally ill straightjacket patient.
This is a falsehood pushed by the media and pharmaceutical companies. It has never been backed up by data. There have been a few studies in which marijuana use with patients who are already susceptible may have had negative reactions, but all the studies so far have really proven is that there seems to be some kind of association between the two, we don’t even know what that association is yet, and that we need more studies.
#2 – You can die from a weed overdose.
The lower estimate of the lethal dose of marijuana from the U.S. government is thought to be about 1/3 of your body weight, consumed all at once. As you can imagine, that would be VERY difficult to complete. There have been tests in which a dog and a monkey were given extremely high doses of marijuana and “was unable to produce death or organ pathology” (link). The doses given would be equivalent to a ~150 lb. human eating 45 pounds of marijuana. So it would literally require a superhuman feat to consume enough marijuana to overdose.
Well that was a good start. I hope that was helpful. Next week we will continue and cover a few more. Let us know if you have any myths you’d like to dispel or questions you’d like answered. Have a great week!