Weed myths debunked


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Kyra Stemplinger

Stoners are not looked at by society as the smartest bunch of people. Book smart or not, there several are marijuana myths that can only be proven or denied by stoners themselves.

Myth One: The more you cough, the higher you get.


According to the Marijuana Mythbusters, this myth is true. Coughing expands the lungs, exposing them to smoke that wouldn’t have otherwise reached those areas. Though coughing after one simple hit isn’t going to bring on a significantly more intense high, coughing does make you higher.

Myth Two: Drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry pills helps THC leave the body faster.


The 420 times reports that cranberries are a natural diuretic or antioxidant and that THC can be flushed out of the body using cranberry juice, cranberry pills or cranberries themselves. However, it won’t be a fast detox. Even using the cranberry method, THC will leave the body after an extended period of time.

Myth Three: The purpler the weed, the better the high.


The purple color sometimes seen in weed strains is because of the environment in which it is grown in. The actual color has very little to do with the quality of the weed. As told by Stuff Stoners Like, good or “dank” weed is identifiable by a high quantity of crystals and by the intensity of the smell.

Myth Four: Marijuana isn’t addictive.


Explained by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana is addictive. Though the withdrawals are listed as irritability, insomnia and others alike rather than the more brutal withdrawals associated with harder drugs, regular pot smokers do experience side effects when they smoke less.

Heavy marijuana users also often have a hard time stopping, especially when the drug is used as a coping mechanism. This is not called an addiction. Rather, it is called Marijuana Use Disorder. Users who start below the age of 18 are almost always seen to fall more victim to this as opposed to smokers who started in later adulthood.

Myth Five: No one can overdose on weed.


An overdose doesn’t necessarily have to be fatal. Greatist produced a marijuana myths list and busted the no overdose myth, explaining that there is a way to overdose on marijuana. Anxiety, dizziness and loss of balance are actually signs of a THC overdose. To die from smoking weed, a person would have to smoke 15,000 pounds of marijuana in 15 minutes, making fatal overdoses almost impossible.

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