Out of all the drugs out there—legal and otherwise—weed can be singled out as the most misunderstood. Because cannabis culture is shrouded in a dank cloud of mystery and intrigue, we decided to clear the air, once and for all, and give you the straight dope on every lie you've ever been told about Mary Jane.
Just think of all the rumors you've heard, from the abstinence-peddlers at D. We promise not to blow smoke up your...well, you know.
Yes, I know about the theory that "Stoned drivers are more cautious because they're paranoid," but realistically, any impairment at all is, well, an impairment. The answer is no, marijuana has to be heated and combined with a fatty substance (like butter), and consumed orally, for full effect. A lot of teen-focused Public Service ads warning about the perils of weed will focus on the fact that it makes you anti-social, unable to talk to members of the opposite sex, and even unable to "hang out" with your partner, romantically speaking. Canadian researchers, performing the most applied-for case study ever (probably) found that more than half of participants found having sex while being stoned was actually more enjoyable than regular, sober sex.
That being said, the dangers of driving blazed are significantly less than driving after boozing. After many decades of back and forth studies, a recent University of Louisville undertaking (earlier this year) has determined that marijuana use does not, in fact, kill off those precious brain cells that keep your noggin' humming. This is an admittedly tough (and controversial) one.
This corroborates a 2003 report in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society published by Cambridge University staking the same claim. We all have the friend who "just can't function without weed, man!
" But is there any real proof that it's actually addictive?
Not really..at least not in the way we commonly classify "addiction." Often, with people who can't stop smoking, it's referred to as a "dependency," largely focusing on a mental attachment to the drug.