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Why Does Cannabis Have a Bad Reputation?

The stigma behind cannabis is fading. Thailand, the first Southeast Asian country to legalize cannabis for its medical benefits, is proof that we are beginning to accept cannabis more than for recreational purposes. But why did we have that stigma in the first place?

Before we talk about cannabis, we should mention that hemp is a cannabis plant with low THC and high CBD. Marijuana is a cannabis plant with high THC and low CBD. THC is known for its recreational use and for getting high, while CBD is known for its medicinal properties, such as reducing stress and improving sleep. High-THC cannabis is also known as weed and/or marijuana, but the term marijuana is considered racist by some. In order not to offend anyone, we use the term cannabis for high THC and when we are talking specifically about cannabis with low THC and high CBD, we use the term hemp.

Cannabis can indeed cause toxic reactions in a person's body, but the same goes for alcohol. Alcohol has a few health benefits compared to cannabis, but cannabis carries a bad stigma and is still criminalized in Thailand. Only hemp is allowed.

Can you die from cannabis?

Not a single death has been registered with the cause of 'cannabis'. You are not at risk of dying from toxic changes in your normal body. However, if you overdose on THC, you could experience serious, potentially dangerous changes in your mental or physical well-being. On the mental health side, potential consequences of an overdose include:

• Psychosis or paranoid psychosis