People aren’t spending hundreds of dollars to hand out THC candy…
Each Halloween, I have to laugh because credible news outlets seem to run a different “scare” story about the dangers of trick-or-treating.
When I was a kid, the rumor was about razor blades in the candy – especially if you got an apple. That rumor turned out not to be true, and the apples always came from our neighborhood’s dentist. Then the next scare was about cyanide.
Around that time, someone had put cyanide in Tylenol, so at least it’s easier to understand why parents would be afraid about their children’s candy being laced with a deadly chemical.
This year, the scare tactics are still in place.
But the target is different: THC gummies.
You’ve probably seen some stories warning you to be on the lookout for THC candy given out to your children and grandchildren.
But I’m going to let you in on something.
Cannabis Candy Rumors
Cannabis gummies (at least the good ones) go for about $1 a piece or more, depending on the market. Keep in mind those prices are for each gummy. If you live in a kid-friendly area like I do, that’s a lot to spend to deliver just 5 or 10 milligrams of THC to a stranger.
Heck, most people don’t even want to spend money on full-size candy bars to give out to trick-or-treaters!
That’s why this rumor is easy to shoot down. Even if someone wanted to play a cruel joke, they aren’t going to spend hundreds of dollars to try and sneak THC gummies into trick-or-treat buckets and bags.
And whether it’s cyanide in candy or THC products being handed out, the simple truth is that it’s difficult to track down credible reports of people adulterating large amounts of candy and giving it to unsuspecting children at Halloween.
Of course, everyone should still always be careful with their kid’s Halloween haul.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that parents should look at their children’s candy and throw out anything that is not individually packaged.
The CDC also has some other good advice for parents on Halloween that you can access here.
Consequently, when I was writing this story, I was reminded of another big cannabis myth…
These Cannabis Tall Tales Won’t Go Away
People have this sense that cannabis use was widespread in the 60’s and 70’s.
In fact, back then, most people still believed the farcical stories the government was putting out about cannabis – that it caused everything from acne to insanity.
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A Gallup poll from 1969 showed that only 4% of Americans had ever tried cannabis. So those movies where everyone was using it are perpetuating a myth.
Another cannabis myth comes mostly from pro-cannabis people.
That one has our country’s founders – like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson – smoking cannabis from their farms to get high. It is true that both of those politicians/farmers grew hemp. For a time before then, farmers in Virginia were even required by law to grow hemp.
But no one was smoking that industrial hemp any more than people are smoking the CBD-heavy hemp growing across the nation today.
Smoking hemp was not something Europeans and their American cousins did at the time.
Even if they did, it wouldn’t have gotten them high.
The hemp grown by Washington and Jefferson was used for paper, sailcloth, and especially for rope. Washington and Jefferson’s recreational drug of choice was alcohol.
Washington was an enthusiastic beer brewer and opened a distillery at Mt. Vernon after his presidency, while Jefferson was one of the world’s most prominent wine connoisseurs.
And like modern cannabis consumers, both enjoyed their drinks in moderation.
The point is, whether someone wants to stir up a panic or try to add a bit of intrigue into a piece of history, there will always be rumors and myths that need to be scrutinized.
With so much misinformation being spread about the cannabis plant over the last 100 years, I encourage you to always track down the truth.
Executive Director, National Institute for Cannabis Investors
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October 31 2019