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Top Ten Drug Culture Myths

 

Drugs have been around for as long as man.  As such there have been many myths and urban legends thrown around.  Here is a list of the Top Ten drug myths we could think of.  Feel free to add your own.

Myth #1

MythPot isn’t as bad for you as cigarettes.

Fact:  Marijuana smoke has more cancer-causing chemicals in it than tobacco.

 

Myth #2

Myth:  Coating your stomach with a greasy or milky solution will slow the absorption of alcohol and keep a person from getting drunk or sick.

Fact:  The stomach cannot be “coated” to prevent alcohol absorption.  However, individuals are encouraged to eat foods rich in carbohydrates and proteins before consuming alcohol because this reduces the amount of alcohol that is absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the mucous membrane lining of the stomach.

 

Myth #3

Myth: Smoking large amounts of crystal meth can cause it to recrystallize in the lungs.

Fact:  This is a false claim as crystallized methamphetamine is always in the form of a salt (usually methamphetamine hydrochloride)—which is highly soluble in water—as well as hydrophilic, and is instantly absorbed into the user’s blood stream via the alveoli.

 

Myth #4

MythRodney King was on PCP at the time of his arrest.

Fact:  Because King resisted arrest and several officers were needed to subdue him, he was assumed to be on PCP at the time, since the drug is notorious for inciting violent and unpredictable behavior coupled with an inability to feel pain (often misinterpreted as “superhuman” strength).  However, toxicology results show that the only drugs found in his system were alcohol and traces of marijuana.

 

Myth #5

Myth:  Hallucinogenic mushrooms were the inspiration for the Super Mario power-up mushroom.

Fact:  There is no evidence to back up that claim.  According to Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of the Super Mario series, it was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, a story in which eating specific mushrooms cause one to change size.  In fact, Miyamoto decided to call it a “Super Mushroom” instead of a “Magic Mushroom” in part to avoid the likely association with the psychedelic variety, which often goes by the latter nickname.

 

Myth #6

Myth:  Drinking coffee, taking cold showers, and exercising will help sober someone up.

Fact:  None of these methods work.  The blood alcohol concentration only diminishes at a set, slow, pace as the liver metabolizes the alcohol.  Drinkers may feel more alert after drinking coffee or taking a cold shower, but the BAC will remain unchanged except for a certain metabolic rate per-hour.

 

Myth #7

Myth:  Drinking vinegar will help you pass a drug test.

Fact:  Consumption of vinegar will lower the pH (i.e., increasing the acidity) of the blood and urine and drugs that contain amine groups (such as amphetamines) will be cleared out somewhat faster as their water solubility increases due to protonation.  Also, the reduced pH can potentially throw off the pH-sensitive enzymes in a particular type of bioassay (EMIT) often (but not always) used as the initial screening test, even for non-amine-containing drugs such as THC.

However, vinegar is not necessary to do so, as there are other things (such as high doses of vitamin C) that can do the same thing but without the almost inevitable diarrhea and vomiting that vinegar can produce after consuming large quantities.  Also, the effects of urine acidification on detection times for any substance are modest at best—often practically insignificant—and drinking vinegar is thus not very reliable as a standalone measure for beating a drug test.

 

Myth #8

Myth:  A person caught selling LSD can be charged with attempted murder.

Fact:  No state or federal law allows for a seller of illegal drugs to be charged with that crime under any relevant legal theory.  This myth may have origins in stories about long prison sentences for possession or sale of LSD, that may have been comparable to sentences given to those convicted of murder.

 

Myth #9

Myth:  Second-hand exposure to marijuana will cause you to fail a drug test.

Fact:  According to a U.S. Army study, the amount of secondhand cannabis smoke needed to cause a false positive result (failure) is quite large and would require being sealed in an unventilated car or small room filled with marijuana being actively smoked for several hours (often referred to as a “hotbox”).

 

Myth #10

Myth:  Keith Richards once kicked a serious heroin habit by having his entire blood supply replaced via transfusion in a Swiss clinic.

Fact:  According to Richards, “It is a super legend — and just as long-lived as I am.  But it is rubbish.  I was at Heathrow Airport on my way to Switzerland for treatment for heroin addiction.  I met some youngsters who asked me where I was going.  I said to Switzerland to exchange my blood.  They didn’t understand me, obviously.”

 

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