Another in our occasional series on common understandings about cannabis.
Myth 7: CBD is non-psychoactive
Technically, CBD is non-psychoactive—it doesn’t create euphoria, cravings or compulsion, and its use is non-impairing. It does, though have positive impact on the brain, reducing anxiety, psychosis & cravings, and creating greater alertness.
Myth 8: Weed Is not addictive
While weed is rarely addictive, it can be abused—data indicate almost one in three regular cannabis consumers have some degree of use disorder, meaning they may have difficulty controlling their use, crave it, and have problems at work, school or home because of it. Studies suggest that 9% experience physical/mental dependence. Compare this to alcoholism, which afflicts about 11% of monthly or greater alcohol users.
Sources: verywellmind; American Psychiatric Association; National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Myth 9: George Washington and other founding fathers grew weed
Records show that at least four of our founding fathers—Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and George Washington—grew hemp, a variety of cannabis, as a cash crop used to produce rope, paper, clothing and oil. Rumors that Franklin and Washington smoked weed to alleviate pain are probably not true—the THC levels in hemp are too low to get high. We do know, though that four modern presidents are likely to have experimented with it—JFK, Bush 2, Clinton and Obama. While Trump swears he’s never smoked weed, in 2018 he said he’d support a bipartisan bill to end the federal ban on pot and defer to states’ legalization.
Sources: Wikipedia; The Daily Beast; USA Today