Cannabis use leads to ‘harder’ drugs. Cannabis is often referred to as a ‘gateway’ drug, insinuating that if you use cannabis, you will go on and use other drugs such as cocaine and heroin. However, there is no scientific research to back this claim up. While those who use substances like cocaine and heroin may also use cannabis, it is likely that other factors play a significant role as to why they use those drugs.
Cannabis is harmless. There are many risks to using any drug, including cannabis. While the potential harms experienced may not be as significant as what you may experience when using alcohol or heroin, as outlined by Nutt et al, 2010 study, there are still plenty of risks to using cannabis. The harms and their severity can also differ from one person to the next. Cannabis can exacerbate any existing or underlying health issues, including mental health, as well as affect your respiratory system, motivation and social aspects of your life, such as relationships.
You cannot become addicted or dependent upon cannabis. Simply put, you can become dependent upon cannabis. However, this occurs in the minority of users. Here at Barod, we tend to refrain from using terms such as addiction or dependency and use ‘Substance Use Disorder’. Typically, around 10% of cannabis users may display signs of having developed a substance use disorder. Other social and biological factors can play a significant role in potentially developing a substance use disorder to cannabis, as well as how much and how often you use the drug. For more information regarding the signs of a substance use disorder, click here.
Cannabis is legal. Cannabis is a Class B drug in the UK. This means it is illegal to possess as well as supply, or intend to supply. However, CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid within cannabis, is legal in the UK. This is why you may see such products sold in shops. Nevertheless, the CBD market in the UK is unregulated and therefore you can never be too sure what is in your sample, especially if you buy online, off unreputable sites.
Holding in the smoke will give you a bigger hit and get you ‘higher’. This is not true. If you hold in the smoke or take bigger ‘drags’, this will result in more tar, toxins and nasty chemicals being absorbed. Around 95% of the THC in cannabis is absorbed within the few few seconds of inhaling.