FAQs about cannabis – answered

Published Feb 4, 2023 02:00 p.m. ET
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People really want to know the answers to these questions, and with so much misinformation floating around, it can be difficult to find trusted sources that aren’t biased. We’re lovers of the plant but also firm believers in the importance of informed consumers, so we’re going to do our best to give you only the facts.

1. Is cannabis harmless?

Cannabis is a safe way to unwind, relax and medicate in most cases, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any risks associated with its products, especially when they’re taken in large doses or at the wrong time. Some people actually develop a condition called CHS which can make cannabinoid consumption deadly. Taking too much can result in an uncomfortable feeling often called “greening out”, where fear, panic, and other sensations become overwhelming.

Using cannabis products while operating dangerous machinery or driving a vehicle can also be incredibly hazardous. However, when compared to other legal alternatives such as alcohol and pharmaceuticals, cannabis is relatively harmless.

2. Do most people use cannabis?

If you’re a cannabis consumer, then it makes sense that it feels like pretty much everyone smokes it, but that’s only because we design our lives and social circles in a way that makes us feel good by surrounding ourselves with others who have similar lifestyles or opinions. A lot more people than most realize use cannabis because far too many still feel nervous about the prospect of going public, but as many as 58% of Americans have never even tried it before, so no, not everyone is a consumer.

3. Is cannabis addictive?

Chronic cannabis use especially long-term may result in a dependence on these products, which can make it hard to quit. However, this “addiction” is more akin to giving up caffeine for coffee drinkers than it is comparable to other drugs.

4. Do cannabis taxes generate significant revenue?

According to the California Board of Equalization, cannabis taxes could generate approximately $1.4 billion of potential revenue in the United States alone. So yes, this is an excellent way for the government to increase revenue that can go into improving society through things like education, policing, or basic structural improvements.

5. Is there anyone who shouldn’t use cannabis?

Anyone that is under legal age should most definitely avoid cannabis, and for a good reason because we now have scientific evidence that suggests it could be harmful to a developing mind, body, and brain. Other than that, the only real concern is for those with prescriptions that may be adversely impacted by cannabinoids, so if you’re on prescribed medications, it’s a good idea to discuss options with your family doctor.


6. Why are there cannabinoid limits on cannabis products?

Most experts point to the fact that no one has ever died from cannabis alone as a primary reason to erase cannabinoid limits, but regulators fear for the potential of overconsumption, especially among those who are new to this substance. Limiting cannabinoids prevents overdosing, which is a good thing for everyone, including consumers.

7. Does tight regulation make the cannabis industry safer?

One of the biggest complaints from cannabis companies is that regulations are far too strict, and the reality is that there is no proof to suggest that it’s any safer for consumers now than it was when people were accessing black market products. There are theories surrounding things like mould and chemicals that are entirely valid, but it’s just not possible to determine how much if by any measurable amount, it’s any safer with regulatory oversight.

8. Why does it seem like I need more cannabis to get high?

The main downside of using cannabis on a regular basis is that it will increase your tolerance, which is a fancy way of saying you’ll smoke the same amount but feel far fewer benefits. To counteract this effect, you’ll need to either increase intake or take a good, long tolerance break.

9. Do medical cannabis patients get stoned?

Yes, and no. It might sound confusing, but it’s a difficult question to answer because it really depends on the individual. However, a good comparison for reference is prescribed medicines, which often only take away the pain. Those same medications could make the average person without pain feel quite loopy, whereas medical patients, for the most part, are only getting relief, not a buzz.

10. Is the cannabis industry bad for the environment?

Absolutely! It’s not a happy thought nor is it a common belief, but the cannabis industry as it exists today is terrible for the environment. Where a crop might help to clean the air and soil, indoor operations generate tonnes of waste while burning through electricity and applying various fertilizers, pest control solutions, and other additions that have a negative impact on the environment. That’s not even mentioning the packaging, which is just as bad, if not worse.

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