It is not surprising that a lot of marijuana consumers have CBD misconceptions. This is because this substance is still considered a “legal” drug in many states. While it may not be as physically addictive as other drugs, it can still have the potential to cause serious mental health issues if it is smoked on a regular basis. The abuse of this substance is widespread and marijuana is one of the most commonly used substances. The misconceptions begin with the fact that most people believe that marijuana is less addictive than other drugs such as cocaine or methamphetamines. There are actually a number of reasons why this could be considered a misconception.
First, the amount of the drug that a person takes in every day does not significantly affect their drug use. Many marijuana users smoke between five and seven grams of the drug every day. This amount is far short of the amount of a person would smoke if they were using cocaine or methamphetamines. With that amount, it is unlikely that they would experience any kind of withdrawal symptoms. With that said, even the pot smokers who do experience withdrawals do so rarely last for long.
Second, marijuana users often feel like they have only taken a few doses of the drug and can “self-medicate”. This is especially true of those who start using marijuana during a time when they have been through traumatic events in their life. While it is possible to have withdrawal symptoms from marijuana, the level is so minimal that it is considered rare.
Lastly, marijuana users often believe that the drug “kicks in” the brain, much like an alcoholic “kick starts” the addiction process. While it is possible for one to become addicted to alcohol due to psychological factors such as stress, there is no true science to support this claim. Instead, many marijuana users believe this claim is true because they have grown accustomed to the drug’s effect on their body over time. Many of these same individuals also experience withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop, but often feel like they are unable to overcome the cravings or find the willpower to quit cold turkey. Again, while it may be true that marijuana can increase the likelihood of addiction (and thus addiction treatment), there is simply no evidence linking marijuana with increased risk of addiction.
In short, many individuals experience various CBD misconceptions throughout their lives. These include the notion that marijuana is a harmless drug and that individuals do not require addiction treatment. It also commonly seems like marijuana users are somehow less likely to suffer harmful side effects than tobacco users, or that they can self-medicate and avoid the psychological addiction that comes with using marijuana. While many of these perceptions may be true, they could also be based on ignorance or a lack of understanding of the different varieties of the drug.
Even more concerning are the myths that marijuana is a cure-all, one-size-fits-all type of drug that can replace every other addiction treatment method out there. While marijuana definitely has its benefits, it should not be used in place of additional therapy or counseling. As with any drug addiction, continued use can lead to even worse problems and health complications. That being said, many people still opt to smoke cannabis on a regular basis, for comfort and mental stimulation. While this may not necessarily be the wisest thing to do, remember that with appropriate treatment, cannabis is still a legitimate substance with legitimate benefits for those who choose to use it responsibly.