We’re here to un-fool you.
Looking at the calendar, you’d be tempted to think this is another brand making up silly lies to get attention on April Fool’s Day. We swear upon a stack of stash jars: quite the opposite.
While Eaze believes cannabis should be playful and fun when appropriate, we take it pretty seriously most of the time, and looking out for you is our No. 1 priority. We’re here to keep you grounded in truth, and the truth is, there’s a lot of misinformation out there.
So on this first day in April – the beginning of the high-holy month of 4/20 no less – we want to set the record straight on some of the most dogged distortions in the history of cannabis consumption.
Herewith, consider these 10 long-standing marijuana myths forever to be banished from the kingdom:
1. Holding in your hit gets you more high.
“Don’t hold your breath” applies both literally and idiomatically here – you can hold your hit, if you want to, but it’s not going to change the outcome. Though it’s never been definitively proven proven, enough is known about the mechanics of pulmonary cannabinoid absorption – the lungs are believed to “wick” out the active components from inhaled vapor instantaneously – to finally breathe easy (borne out in a small study from the ’80s). And if you think “Well, it can’t hurt,” think again: Tars and other potentially harmful stowaways in cannabis smoke take a bit longer to absorb, and just irritate the lungs. You’re probably better off not waiting to exhale.
2. Vaporizer cartridges will leak if not stored upright.
Just about every kind of vaporizer cartridge – 510 thread, PAX pods, and the G Pen Gio – is designed to hold its oil no matter its orientation with gravity. You could hang your vapes upside down, Batman-style, at night, and they wouldn’t lose a drop. That said, there are ways a cart can leak (e.g. high temperatures, hard shocks, or a faulty atomizer seal, for example), but proper maintenance ensure against this.
3. Higher THC content means a stronger buzz.
This idea is so 2018. As the medical marijuana market was booming over the past decade, growers raced to cultivate high-THC-count strains to meet demand; consumers were dazzled and obsessed by THC percentages that just kept going up, hitting highs in the mid-30% range in extreme cases. But as we begin to understand the complex matrix of how CBD, other ride-along cannabinoids and, of course, terpenes, can steer a strain’s effects, we’re realizing that more THC doesn’t necessarily mean “more high.” In fact, some research suggests that more CBD-balanced strains can cause stronger intoxication.
4. Cannabis CBD is different from hemp-derived CBD.
Welllll this one’s complicated, because in one sense, it’s true. There are two ways CBD is extracted: as a whole-plant extraction, or an isolate. When you isolate CBD from everything else, it doesn’t matter where it’s coming from – it’s always going to be the same. But if it’s a whole-plant (or full-spectrum) extraction, it’s less cut-and-dried. Since the U.S. considers any plant with less than .03% THC to be “hemp,” that means cannabis cultivars traditionally used for making marijuana have been reverse-engineered to fit that standard; whole-plant extractions from these plants can contain a far wider range of active components than fibrous industrial hemp plants, sometimes including a micro amount of THC that is believed to make CBD work better. If you believe in the entourage effect, seek full-spectrum CBD that was cultivated here in America.
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5. Indica makes you sleepy, sativa is energizing.
This can be true, but it’s certainly not always true. There’s longstanding disagreement as to whether indica and sativa are even separate strains at all – most scientists believe there’s just cannabis, and humans are responsible for developing the diaspora of cultivars. Whatever the case, indica has a reputation for sending us to the couch, while sativa is believed to be a more active choice. But so much has to do with the blend of cannabinoids and terpenes, not to mention the consumer’s intent, as to make this an unreliable guide. The right Indica can be wonderful for a midday hike. Sativa can send anyone right to naptime. It really all depends on the individual strain, and the individual ingesting it.
6. The same edible dose will always produce the same effect.
Ten milligrams of any edible is considered a dose – take half that if you’re just getting started – but that dose will definitely do different things to you on different days. That has to do with myriad factors, from what you had for breakfast to your body’s current PH level, but don’t be surprised if one day 10mg makes you into a gooey bliss-ball, while the next that same dose has you contemplating whether to double up after half an hour (we don’t recommend trying this inside of 90 minutes).
7. CBD is not psychoactive.
To be fair, even we say it all the time: CBD is the “non-psychoactive” cannabinoid. But if we define “psychoactive” as “modulating brain chemistry,” well … now we’re in semantic quicksand. CBD interacts with different receptors in the endocannabinoid system and doesn’t create the strong euphoria that THC does. But it’s been shown to shut down nausea, quell anxiety, create a sense of well being, and even caused some researchers to observe symptoms of intoxication in study subjects. Sounds pretty psychoactive to us.
8. It worked for me, so it’ll work for you!
Everybody has one: that friend who just doesn’t like weed. And you, a cannabis connoisseur, are convinced that if they just tried the right thing, or had just the right experience, they’d be turned. Or maybe you swear that 10 mg of CBD shuts off your back pain, but your aunt needs ten times that much for relief. It all comes down to this: When it comes to matters of taste, the only thing more subjective than cannabis is art.
9. Illicit-market cannabis is the same as legal.
It might be a little cheaper, but you’ll be paying it back in peace-of-mind. Every single batch of legal, licensed cannabis in California and Oregon – including vape oils – is thoroughly tested for pesticides, solvents, heavy metals, and other nasty stuff you definitely don’t want to be inhaling. Growing cannabis is relatively easy, but protecting the plant from all manner of invaders is incredibly hard. Rampant pesticide and fungicide spraying is a cheap and easy solution. No one’s testing legacy-market marijuana. From there, it’s pretty easy math.
10. Stoners get the munchies, so they must be fatter.
We just love this one, because it really speaks to what regular, longtime cannabis consumers have known forever: Wellness isn’t just possible with cannabis, it’s part of the deal. And for whatever reason, men who regularly consume cannabis long-term have significantly lower body-mass index, as well as other lower heart-health risk factors, according to research from Arizona State University and the University of Pittsburgh. And when it comes to happiness and longevity, that’s no joke.
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