Even after nearly three years of legalization, there are still many medical cannabis misconceptions. No other plant on the planet has sparked as much debate as the cannabis plant. Some will call it a miracle cure, while others will call it evil. Shroom Garden works to eliminate the stigma associated with cannabis and educate you on what we have discovered through real-world results and data.
Some of these myths include how harmful cannabis is to our brain cells, how it acts as a gateway drug, and how it can lead to addiction. We will discuss some common misunderstandings about cannabis, as well as the process of obtaining a medical cannabis prescription.
Cannabis can kill brain cells
Cannabis use in adults is known to affect motor skills, focus, attention span, and short-term memory but has not been shown to affect anyone long term. Researchers discovered that both short-term and long-term users had very little effect on the brain and had much less impairment than alcohol or opioid drug users. Cannabis therapy for brain development in people under the age of 25 requires more research. Research is still being conducted on the long-term use of cannabis.
Vaporizing is as bad as smoking
Smoking is generally not advised due to the health risks. Vaporizing is a much safer way to consume cannabis than smoking because you can control the temperature at which it is heated. You can avoid producing smoke by staying below the combustion level.
You may have read about unexpected deaths among recreational vaporizer users in the media. These occurred as a result of unlicensed operators producing poorly designed vaporizers containing hazardous chemicals in an unregulated environment. Licensed producers who manufacture and distribute medicinal cannabis must follow strict standards and regulations and provide what is in their products to ensure that their clients are not harmed.
All cannabis products are psychoactive
This is one of the most common misconceptions about cannabis. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the most common cannabinoid, and it can cause euphoria or a “high” feeling. However, there are hundreds of other cannabinoids found in cannabis plants that have varying effects. CBD (cannabidiol) is another cannabinoid you may have heard of; this cannabinoid does not produce a high and has numerous health benefits. Do your research before consuming or ordering cannabis. Before consuming, educate yourself about cannabinoids and terpenes, as well as what is in your product, so you are aware of any effects you may experience.
Cannabis is addictive
If a client uses cannabis responsibly for medical purposes, the risk of developing dependence is low. Keeping track of your dosing and meeting with your doctor on a regular basis will help you decide what is needed for your medical condition. Cannabis is known to be safe, and when compared to opioids, the risks of cannabis addiction are very low.
Cannabis is a gateway drug
Cannabis, like nicotine and alcohol, is widely used and available, making it one of the first drugs people try. As a result, it is very common for someone who tries harder drugs to have previously tried cannabis. However, that doesn’t mean cannabis use was the reason for them wanting the other drugs. More people have tried cannabis, quit, and never tried another drug than having progressed to harder drugs. Those who chose to progress to harder drugs were likely to have tried them first if they were widely available, such as cannabis. In most cases, a medical client is only trying cannabis after completing opioid therapy.
Obtaining a medical cannabis prescription is difficult.
If you know where to look, the process can be simple. We can assist you in making the process of obtaining a medical cannabis prescription as simple as possible. We have a full team of healthcare professionals to help educate and guide us through the whole process.
If you have a prescription, you can travel anywhere with cannabis.
Cannabis can be transported within Canada. However, you should check each province’s cannabis regulations before traveling there because you must follow the laws of that province. Even if you have a medical cannabis prescription, international travel outside of Canada is still prohibited. Within Canada, you can carry up to 150 grams medically or 30 grams recreationally, depending on your prescription amount.
If you have a cannabis prescription, you can have as much as you want
A medical cannabis prescription must be used in the same manner as any other prescription from your doctor. It only allows you to possess the amount specified. You must also order your product from the licensed producer with whom you are registered. Always keep your product in its original packaging, and keep your medical documentation handy. Unless it is from your licensed producer, you are not permitted to carry more than the legal limit. Furthermore, your medical cannabis prescriber may refuse to renew your prescription if you are not actively ordering from a licensed producer.
Your prescription covers all cannabis products
It’s amazing how many consumers believe this when, in fact, the opposite is true. Medical cannabis prescriptions only cover products purchased from your Licensed Producer.
If you are stopped while carrying cannabis, you will be asked to provide proof of purchase (invoice) for the product. Your prescription is only valid for the amount of product from your Licensed Producer that you are permitted to carry, not for any cannabis from any source, including recreational cannabis purchased at a licensed retailer. If you use a prescription to transport a product purchased on the street, you may be held legally liable and lose your cannabis prescription entirely.