Let’s Debunk Some Cannabis Industry Rumors and Myths
The internet is filled with false information. When the cannabis industry spiked in popularity so much and so quickly, non-credible online news sources and blogs used this as an opportunity to capitalize on public interest.
Sometimes this misinformation becomes so widespread that it seems real. If you’re interested in entering the cannabis industry as a business owner or customer, it’s essential to know what’s real and what’s not. Let’s talk about a few rumors and myths being spread across the internet that just don’t hold water.
RUMOR: Coca-Cola is developing a CBD-infused beverage.
Last year, a YouTube video was circulating with claims that Coca-Cola created a prototype for a childproof can in the hopes of developing a CBD-infused beverage to sell commercially.
These claims are false. Coca-Cola has released multiple statements about their position on CBD as an ingredient, and CEO James Quincey has gone on record saying that Coca-Cola has no intention of selling a CBD-infused drink.
MYTH: Synthetic Cannabinoids are safe alternatives to marijuana.
A drug called K2 has gained popularity recently. K2, often called Spice, is a synthetic form of marijuana that often causes overdose. There is no antidote, and it leaves the system quicker than opioids, so it’s challenging to get users the help they need.
According to the CDC, marijuana overdoses are unlikely. They’re much more familiar with synthetic marijuana products.
According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse, synthetic cannabinoids are made of chemicals similar to those found in the marijuana plant. They are often called “fake weed,” and marketed as a safe, legal alternative to marijuana.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Substances like K2 are extremely unsafe and are not recommended. They produce psychoactive effects much more potent than what THC produces, so resulting health effects are more dangerous and unpredictable.
RUMOR: Weed cures the Coronavirus.
CBD has a lot of healing benefits, but it should not be offered as a cure for the Coronavirus. Fact: No reliable research studies have been done to show evidence that CBD helps cure COVID-19.
Drug trials have been planned to test certain strains, and some scientists see marijuana as a possible treatment, but anyone claiming that cannabis cures COVID-19 is spreading misinformation.
MYTH: It’s safe and beneficial for women to smoke weed while pregnant.
A 2019 study from JAMA Network found that a rising number of pregnant women used cannabis during their pregnancy. There is reason to believe marijuana use could help relieve morning sickness.
Still, a study from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that this practice could cause the child to have behavioral or memory problems. There isn’t a ton of evidence either way, but the risks seem to outweigh the benefits.
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