- Written by: Francesco Nicoletta
- Category: Cannabis culture
Fake news about Cannabis's world
Technological progress and the advancement of digital communication allow people to have free access to the most disparate sources of information.
Today, thanks to this progress, anyone can use the infinite catalog of articles and material that the web makes available to us.
Index of sections
- Legalizing will not take money away from organized crime.
- Would legalization imply an increase in users among young people?
- The classic hoax is to consider cannabis a gateway drug.
- Cannabis extracts mistaken for a new drug.
- Who doesn't know the world famous cannabis overdose?
- Smoking cannabis doesn't make you lazy or addictive.
But, despite this, the phenomenon that characterizes the era of digitization is that of the so-called fake news; By now we all know what fake news is; yet, not everyone is able to defend themselves against it. The progressive increase of the phenomenon is reinforced by the general disinformation that exists in the field of cannabis and topics belonging to its semantic sphere. Cannabis fake news is older than you might imagine. They go back to the invention of the manipulation of journalism itself for social or political purposes. At the beginning of the last century, the campaign that resulted in the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 marked the beginning of the now well-known prohibitionism. A century ago, however, people did not have all the sources and information channels established today, so it was difficult to deny a belief or a prejudice. Today we have no excuses, everything goes against the trend in a period in which cannabis is becoming more and more powerful and slowly returns to shine with its own light. From newspapers to uninformed politicians, anyone who has their say without the necessary skills, does nothing but further feed the cauldron of lies that has been created over time.
Legalizing will not take money away from organized crime.
Anyone who thinks that taking cannabis from the black market does not serve to fight the mafias, we can say that they are wrong! No, no more deterrents, there is no impact on the increase in motorway accidents. According to research conducted by ISTAT, accidents caused by the consumption of cannabis are not even mentionable among the main causes of accidents caused during the year 2020. In the first places attributable to the first places:
- distraction (15.7%),
failure to comply with priority (14.7%)
speed too high (10%).
According to some data collected by the general command of the Carabinieri and the traffic police service regarding road safety, it highlighted that accidents caused by alcohol are 9.2% of a total of 40,310 accidents per year, while 3 , 5 is the percentage linked to drug use; in the field of traffic offenses, those related to the use of narcotic substances amounted to 3,831, of which 0.06% of these tested positive for cannabis, against the total 25,902 committed in the state of intoxication.
A study conducted in The American showed that the legalization of cannabis is not associated with an increase in the percentage of victims of these accidents. By examining road accident data from states where weed is legal and comparing them over the past 12 years with states where it is not legal, it was possible to detect the percentages of both cannabis-positive and cannabis-positive people. those positive for alcohol. The result showed an overall increase in the use of cannabis in both liberalized and prohibitionist states, indeed in California and Oregon the percentage has been decreasing over time.
A study conducted in The American showed that the legalization of cannabis is not associated with an increase in the percentage of victims of these accidents. By examining road accident data from states where weed is legal and comparing them over the past 12 years with states where it is not legal, it was possible to detect the percentages of both cannabis-positive and cannabis-positive people. those positive for alcohol. The result has shown an overall increase in the use of cannabis in both liberalized and prohibitionist states, indeed in California and Oregon the percentage has been decreasing over time.
Would legalization imply an increase in users among young people?
The answer is no! A 2019 study in Jama Pediatrics analyzed the situation in Washington state, concluding that the legalization of cannabis does not encourage consumption among adolescents, and that the legalization of recreational use could even reduce it. In Canada, preliminary results from the 2019 National Cannabis Use Survey indicate that there has been no increase in consumption among young people following the 2018 legalization and that the only ones to increase consumption were men among the 45. and 64 years old.
The EMCDDA (European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction) in charge of publishing the European Drug Report which contains data and statistics on drug use in the 28 EU countries, plus Norway and Turkey. In that of 2019, in the section dedicated to Italy we read that, based on the surveys relating to 2017 which is the most recent year for which data are available, one third of the Italian population corresponding to 32.7% included in the between the ages of 15 and 64 he has used drugs at least once in his life and that a tenth has used it in the last year, but it is estimated that the numbers are much more.
The most consumed drug in the statistics turns out to be precisely cannabis, at least one in ten people have used it once in the last year. The search for cocaine, opioids and Spice (synthetic cannabinoids read here) remains significantly lower. Considering that the average of the European Union settles at 27.4%, Italy is fourth, out of 30 states, behind France with a percentage of 44.8, Denmark with 38.4% and Spain arriving at 35.2%.
The classic hoax is to consider cannabis a gateway drug.
How many times have you heard this phrase? We bet infinitely, but what is the passing theory? The gateway drug theory was born in the United States in the 1930s thanks to the federal agency on narcotics which took the commitment to promote a campaign in favor of the prohibition of cannabis, indicating it as the responsible for several cases of narcotic addiction. . This basic theory is the subject of criticism over the years, generating extensive debates to verify its real scientific substantiation.
Extensive studies have shown that cannabis does not cause a switch to the use of hard drugs, tell the truth, you can barely let the idea of getting up from the couch touch you. Seriously, in the vast majority of regular and occasional adult users it is considered as an end in itself, for pure entertainment or for a condition of therapy rather than a gateway drug; the likelihood that someone will land on other illegal drugs is determined more by personal inclinations and above all by those social situations that a law in favor of legalization would aim to counter, that is the presence and contact with the black market in which one is forced to know and dealing with unsavory people to find poor quality cannabis.
Those who grow up in an environment where many illicit drugs circulate will be more likely to try them and cannabis, the most accessible, may be the first. This does not mean that it will condition the individual to take hard drugs but will simply be tempted to experiment with these substances as he comes into close contact with them. We can also infer that widespread prohibition may be the main culprit in considering cannabis as a gateway drug. The liberalization of cultivation for personal purposes would allow the user to stay away from it and to re-evaluate cannabis and its thousand and one uses. The advice we would like to give you is that if you really have to buy cannabis from the black market, always avoid buying it already chopped. This could be a trick to hide some adulterants, or some weed with mold that is equally chopped and sold. Try to buy only whole buds from trusted people, get some contacts from friends, word of mouth often works better than going looking for it on the street or by disreputable subjects.
Always check every purchase, never take blindly, situation permitting, examine with eyes and smell, in case of strange forebodings for the olfactory or visual characteristics, trust only your instincts and remember that it is always better to throw a couple of grams of weed black which cause unknown damage to the lungs.
« “Drugging someone who is unaware of what they are taking is a petty form of violence. Our consciousness, however limited it may be, is still ours alone. It is a personal element. Thanks to her we can get in touch with the divine conscience. So if we drug a person without them knowing we are negatively interfering with their connection to God. Doing this just for fun or revenge is an abomination to say the least. It would be disgusting and an act of sheer recklessness. This is a pity »
Cannabis extracts mistaken for a new drug.
With the consequent legalization in some American states, we have seen how technology has immediately flanked the production processes of companies (read here) allowing you to be able to obtain cannabis concentrates or the well-known extracts. What for a regular consumer can be a very common wax (read here) for the local media ends up being mistaken for a new type of drug derived from cannabis. Lots of specific cannabis strains, perhaps self-produced, are seized and pointed out as a very dangerous new marijuana because it consists of higher THC percentages than those found on the black market, but we want to remember that there is no enhanced natural cannabis, if anything in addition to the various Thc percentages can vary the substances with which drug trafficking cuts and bathes them to increase their quantity and weight.
You can even find sand and glass dust, to simulate the appearance of trichomes, giving the buds a sparkling and powerful appearance that could easily fool an inexperienced consumer. Buds can also be submerged in water to gain weight resulting in the development of fungi and molds that are potentially harmful to the bronchi, lungs and brain. Another reason a person might want to cut their substances is to increase their potency, namely by using marijuana as a base on which to add alkaloid compounds that can be dissolved in alcohol and evaporated onto plant material.
Who doesn't know the world famous cannabis overdose?
First of all, let's say that the abuse of any substance is never a good solution, the use must first of all be aware, the user must know the substance with which he interfaces, positive and negative effects, finding the right means. But the idea that a cannabis overdose that could lead to death could occur is absolutely excluded. The negative effects of cannabis, in addition to lung damage due to classic burning, can manifest under an intense high effect that leads to tachycardias and temporary states of paranoia. The discomfort is temporary and will tend to disappear in the worst case within 1 hour and a half, remember you need to stay hydrated and breathe fresh air. The concept of overdose, however, goes beyond what is the drug problem, for example it can manifest itself in relation to foods used daily such as coffee, with water, with sugars.
you may be wondering how difficult it is to reach a lethal dose of cannabis. Well, to die under the effect of a cannabis overdose you would first have to smoke around 680kg of marijuana in 15 minutes, not to mention that the effects of the smoke itself and the respiratory failure caused by its inhalation would kill you much sooner than THC would. With edibles you could get more THC without having to inhale smoke, but there are still some things to consider. A grown man can only have a 50% chance of dying after taking 50 grams of pure THC.
Smoking cannabis doesn't make you lazy or addictive.
Of course, we conscious consumers know the difference that can exist between an Indica and a Sativa (read here) and it certainly cannot be denied that some cannabis varieties have the ability to weigh down the body by gluing it to an armchair with the sole desire to laze around. the day, but there are other genetics that have the opposite effect, making consumers feel more energetic, alert and focused. Despite the typical characteristics of cannabis, there are plenty of successful figures from the business and media world who have claimed to be cannabis advocates (read here) and yet lead a life of well-being and success. The frequency with which it is consumed and other factors certainly affect the chances of developing a lazy attitude. Sure, smoking all day can make you lazy and unmotivated, but smoking to improve your lifestyle at the most appropriate times of the day can have positive results.
If we looked at the substance dependency chart, we might notice that cannabis doesn't create the same addiction induced by hard drugs as opioids, but it can definitely be addictive. While there are withdrawal symptoms associated with a lack of marijuana, such as irritability, difficulty sleeping, and nausea, these are not serious or life-threatening problems. In this sense, addiction is perhaps more comparable to coffee or video game addiction, both of which are associated with physical withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, our addiction classification remains in a gray area. So the advice we can give you is that if you feel like you can't quit smoking weed, as an informed consumer, you might at least consider cutting back.