Myths about Cannabis

Did you know that people aged 65 and older are Canada’s fastest-growing group of Cannabis users according to stats Canada? Additionally, ten times as many seniors of the same age group use Cannabis today as compared to 2012. Despite this increase, there remains a large population of older adults that grew up in an era where pot, weed, marijuana was not legal. And hence there are questions, ambiguities and misconceptions around the cannabis. So, we figured that a Cannabis one-on-one discussion, especially from the perspective of older adults, should be done. So, we invited Arash Taghvai to our studio. Arash Taghvai brought a solid outlook on the subject. Dr. Arash is an international medical graduate who works at Apollo Cannabis clinics in Toronto, where he works to support patients who are looking to improve their quality of life with medical cannabis. Apollo Cannabis clinics prescribe medical cannabis for patients suffering from conditions such as chronic pain, sleep issues, and PTSD.

CBD and THC are two of the many acronyms for Cannabis.

CBD- Cannabidiol is a chemical compound that can be pulled off the plant, and this chemical compound has receptors in our body. These receptors are a part of the endocannabinoid system. This system is already present in your body, and you can tap into it like any other medication to attain a benefit.

THC- tetrahydrocannabinol. There are a whole bunch of additional names on this one, and what that means is that the receptors are different, and again, it is in different areas of bodies.

CBD and THC have a very similar role in the peripheral nervous system, but they have a differing role in the central nervous system. So, what that translates into is, CBD can be used, and it affects mostly the body outside of the central nervous system. THC affects the entire body, including the head, the cortex, the brain, our biggest nerve. So, there are different uses for both CBD and THC, but both are important.

THC is a bit more infamous, and it is what people would abuse or use recreationally, whereas CBD is considered as medical potion cannabis. But in reality, they both have an essential use when it comes to medical cannabis.

When it comes to cannabis, there are a lot of myths surrounding it. These myths need to be busted. Here are few:

Touching Cannabis

A lot of people believe that after touching THC or using the medical cannabis, they are immediately going to be hyper, or believe that they are using the recreational, but that is not the case at all. When cannabis is utilized from a medical standpoint, and when THC is used in a patient’s treatment, it is at 2.5mg or 5mg. But, people who use cannabis recreationally use it in the quantity of nearly 50 mg! So, you are practically worlds apart in terms of dosage, and just like any other medication, the doctors come in at a low and safe amount of dosage and then titrate slowly to ensure safety first and foremost. Only then can the benefit be attained attain. The doctors work on figuring out the right amount of dosage the patient needs. It is going to be different for everyone, as everyone’s body is different.

So, the first myth is that it has nothing to do with touch. It’s just like Tylenol. When you have a headache, two are good enough. If you take 40, you’ll die. So, don’t do that. Talk to a doctor and do it the right way. Don’t overdose. Taking too much THC could be detrimental to a large percentage of people.

Hallucination? It is a myth.

You must have heard that someone tried medical cannabis, and they hallucinated, or they went crazy, or it completely changed their personality. That is never the case. People who have had a bad experience with cannabis were probably not aware of what they were using or were not aware of what their dosage requirement was. There is something else which is quite common is when they say ‘Hey look, I tried this for my migraines and it helped. Why don’t you try the same thing that my doctor gave me?’ And in reality, people do that all the time. People share medications all the time. Your medication might be different from the other person, and your body works differently, so it might react to it, which wouldn’t have happened with your friend. So, the same thing happens with cannabis. Someone says, ‘Well, I tried this, and it worked, why don’t you try the same?’ And, they do, and it’s an unpleasant experience, and now they’re going to label all medical cannabis under one bad experience.

Removing these stigmas or myths is a massive job for the doctors involved in medical cannabis treatment.