In a previous blog, District 8 debunked some of the most popular marijuana myths in the game today. Unfortunately, there were just too many myths for a single blog. Here we are again—it’s time to burn through some more myths about that good-good.

Legalized weed is damaging the nation.

Colorado dispensaries made over $1 billion in 2016 alone, generating over $150 million in tax revenue that went straight to public schools and programs, and created over 16,000 jobs—all without any change in crime rates and teen marijuana use. Unless you consider funding public schools as “damaging the country,” it seems like legal weed is having a positive impact thus far.

Marijuana is a gateway drug.

Your mom has probably told you about this one—smoking marijuana, in her eyes, buys you a one-way express ticket to meth use. Not so fast, Mom. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that marijuana is directly linked to the use of other, heavier drugs. Marijuana is, however, a very common drug, so if most people are exposed to it over time, it could lead to the perception that it’s gateway drug.

People who smoke weed all look the same.

Do Snoop Dogg, Queen Victoria, Willie Nelson, William Shakespeare, Pharaoh Ramses II, and your aunt Tammy all look the same? Smokers come in all shapes and sizes and looks—let’s not propagate false stereotypes here.

Marijuana makes you more creative.

Veteran smokers might scoff at us for listing this as a myth—after all, aren’t some of the most brilliant creative minds in history cannabis users? While this might be the case, a Leiden University study discovered that marijuana only creates “an illusion of enhanced creativity” and does not actually engage the brain’s creative side more effectively.

“Creativity” is a nebulous concept in itself—everyone’s definition is a little bit different. With that said, you probably shouldn’t rely on marijuana for creative inspiration or epiphanies.

Weed helps with your anxiety.

Stoners will swear by the fact that weed helps them deal with their anxiety, and for some, it really does. However, a large majority of the population actually gets the opposite effect, especially when they smoke regularly. Paranoia, depression, and anxiety are commonly reported by those who smoke often—not exactly what most smokers want to hear, but it’s the truth. Ultimately, the only way to avoid these symptoms and enjoy your cannabis experiences is to keep your consumption in check.

 

 

Legalizing weed won’t harm illegal drug trade.

A Washington Post report states that drug cartel could lose billions of dollars every year if marijuana were to be legalized in the United States. Those financial losses would most likely trickle down to other aspects of the drug trade. So yeah, this myth is weak.

Weed makes you sterile.

Before you throw away all of your condoms and start ripping your bong aggressively, listen here: studies have shown that, while marijuana can create abnormal sperm count in your body, the effects are merely temporary. Don’t freak out about using cannabis if you’re trying to have a kid, and don’t try to use it as birth control, either.

Your mom doesn’t know how high you are.

Trust us—your mom isn’t stupid. She can smell it on your breath and on your clothes, and she knows those bloodshot eyes at 11 p.m. aren’t from “allergies.” The jig is up.

Weed is just as bad as heroin.

Ha. Haha. Haaaaaaaaaaaa. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions (who probably has never smoked in his life and probably refers to weed as “The Devil’s Lettuce”) was recently quoted telling a group of law enforcement officials that marijuana is “only slightly less awful” than heroin:

“I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana—so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful.”

Let’s put this into perspective: Heroin is an opioid, and 33,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2015. Zero (0) people died of marijuana overdoses in 2015 because you can’t overdose on weed. Those who try to quit heroin often deal with overwhelming physical stress and psychological damage. It’s very rare to see someone deal with physical symptoms of withdrawal when it comes to marijuana.

That’s a hot take, Attorney General Sessions—but if you’re going to speak on matters of public health and safety, you might want to stick to the facts.

All weed is of the same quality.

I’m sorry, have you smoked high-quality marijuana from District 8 yet? The difference between low-level “shwag” and the top-shelf D8 flower is astounding—with exceptional flavor profiles, dense buds, and unrivaled sensations, D8 is a leader in marijuana for those who want the very best. Buy some flower, or try one of our pre-rolled blunts. Shop the collection, and try District 8 today.