Debunking the top 5 myths about cannabis with Four Twenty

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Let’s clear the smoke in the room and address the elephant in it: cannabis, also known as marijuana, also known as weed. Although it has been legal in Thailand for almost two years now, the mere mention of it still tends to evoke sharp responses, divided opinions, and pardon the cliché, a cloud of smoke that blurs our perception. Some swear by it, some swear at it, and some are caught somewhere in the middle, unsure and bewildered. With the help of our friends at FourTwenty, one of Thailand’s most established cannabis dispensaries, let’s separate the facts from fiction and extract the truth from the top myths about cannabis.

Myth: Cannabis has no medical benefits

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As the topic of cannabis gains increasing attention worldwide, especially in Thailand, a common myth that often surfaces is the claim that cannabis bears no medical benefits. This belief stands in stark contrast to history and substantial research, which presents cannabis as a plant with many potential medicinal qualities.

In fact, it has been utilised for centuries for its myriad benefits. Evidence of the use of cannabis for medical benefits has been found since 1632. Patients have reported a wide range of positive effects from its usage. These include relief from chronic pain, insomnia, and anxiety disorders. It’s also widely used for pain management, notably for persistent pain, and as a muscle relaxant. There are also several accounts of its effectiveness in aiding with different medical conditions. These include post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV-related pain and wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, epilepsy, seizures, and multiple sclerosis.

The myth surrounding cannabis in Thailand has prompted dispensaries like Four Twenty to focus on promoting the plant’s medical benefits over recreational use. That’s it’s not a mere “drug” for people to “get high.” Therefore, their expert staff can offer guidance and recommendations to help patients choose the most suitable strain for their conditions. They also aim to educate patients on the different ways cannabis can be used as a form of alternative treatment.

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Myth: Cannabis can cure everything

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We’re all enthusiastic about the potential of medical cannabis. However, cannabis is not a panacea or a universal cure-all. While cannabis holds significant potential as a medicinal tool, it’s no magic bullet that cures all ailments.

As explained above, cannabis has potential benefits for certain chronic conditions, from managing anxiety to controlling nausea related to chemotherapy. It may even contribute to cancer cell growth inhibition and muscle relaxation in multiple sclerosis. These benefits are strongly linked to its chemical structure. In particular, the presence of cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) amongst its over 100 chemical components.

But it’s important to keep in mind that recognising cannabis’ medicinal benefits should not blur the critical necessity for scientific caution. Research into its full range of potential applications continues, with careful investigation required to ensure appropriately safe and effective uses.

Four Twenty recognises that a balanced understanding of cannabis is essential. While the plant offers significant medicinal promise, claiming cannabis as a cure-all is misleading. Therefore, it’s crucial for them to continue the informed dialogue and focus on an evidence-based understanding of this multifaceted plant’s true medicinal potential.

Myth: Cannabis leads to violent crime

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The myth linking cannabis usage to violent crime often rears its head in discussions around the plant’s legality and effects, implying a sense of imminent danger and social disruption. However, a thorough examination of the available evidence upends this notion.

Firstly, the legal apprehension around cannabis varies from place to place. For instance, in Thailand, cannabis has been legal since June 2022. Therefore, there’s no automatic ‘criminalisation’ of individuals who choose to use it. Moreover, the idea that the consumption of cannabis causes an individual to engage in violent crimes or illicit activities finds little support in research. A 2014 meta-analysis of U.S. state panel data found no direct link between the level of cannabis use and an increased number of violent or property crimes.

These claims become more problematic when they are exaggerated or misrepresented. Efforts to associate cannabis use with mass shootings or serious crimes, as seen in the contentious publication “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence,” neglect to consider crucial nuances. It’s true that studies have reported a connection between heavy cannabis use and psychosis, particularly among young users. However, the direction of causality remains unclear. Moreover, suggestions that cannabis induces violent crime have been largely dismissed, with a comprehensive review conducted by the Rand Corp. for the White House concluding that “marijuana use does not induce violent crime.”

Interestingly, rather than increasing crime rates, the presence of medicinal cannabis dispensaries like Four Twenty may actually decrease them. Research from the University of California, Irvine, found that medical marijuana dispensaries reduce crime in their immediate areas, with crime rates increasing once these dispensaries shut down.

Myth: Cannabis makes you lazy

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The image of cannabis users as perennially lethargic, a notion perhaps fuelled by scenes with characters like Jesse Pinkman in “Breaking Bad” or by catchy tunes like Afroman’s “Because I Got High”, is a persistent and pervasive myth. The general perception tends to equate cannabis use with a dip in motivation and resignation to being couch-bound. However, this popular belief deserves a proper examination.

Yes, cannabis use can produce short-term feelings of laziness. After consumption, lethargy can set in after about 10 minutes, peaking around 1-3 hours after use and in some cases lasting up to 8 hours. This period of slower pace and lower productivity, however, is not the whole story.

Contrary to popular belief, substantial scientific research upends the assumption that cannabis users are innately or perpetually lazy. A study showed that cannabis users showed no significant difference in enjoyment or motivation when compared with non-users. Thus, refuting the stereotype often caricatured in media. Moreover, it found no significant link between the frequency of cannabis use and either apathy or lack of enjoyment, even among daily users.

The same study reinforced this conclusion with further examination of physical effort and reward appreciation tasks. It found no significant difference between cannabis users and non-users in these areas. This depiction of cannabis users as equally active and equally able to enjoy rewards challenges the traditional ‘lazy stoner’ stereotype. Unjust assumptions about cannabis users can not only stigmatize but also confound messages around harm reduction.

Myth: The only way to consume cannabis is to smoke it

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While smoking cannabis is a common method of consumption, it’s not the only one available. In fact, many experts recommend oral consumption since it has gentler effects and controlled dosing. Plus, you can avoid respiratory issues associated with smoking.

Other methods of consuming cannabis include edibles, tinctures, topicals, drinking (in infused beverages), patches, and sprays. These alternative methods provide a range of options for you to consume the plant based on your preferences and medical needs. Remember, though, responsible and informed use of cannabis is crucial to ensure a safe experience. Therefore, don’t hesitate to ask the budtenders for more information whenever you’re in a cannabis dispensary. A good dispensary, such as Four Twenty, has expert budtenders who are ready to answer all of your questions, including the best method of consumption.

Ready to separate fact from fiction? Take the opportunity to debunk common myths by visiting Four Twenty today. With multiple locations in Bangkok, it’s convenient for you to engage with their expert staff. You can gain insights and knowledge as you interact with professionals who are well-versed in dispelling misconceptions about cannabis. Connect with Four Twenty via LINE Official or visit their website for more information.


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Cita Catellya

Cita Catellya is a journalist and writer who covers a range of topics from medical and property to leisure and tourism. Her career began as a copywriter 5 years ago, where she worked with several brands in Indonesia to help them increase their online presence. Cita writes in both English and her native Bahasa Indonesia

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