- Dec 9, 2021
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Perhaps you didn't read the whole article.Is moonshine a big business? Do criminal elements still control all booze sold in the US?
Yes it is a myth.
From your own link....you really should read things before posting them.
According to a 2020 report published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana (as well as alcohol and nicotine) can have a gateway effect on some people, but does not act as a stepping stone to harder drug use for the vast majority of marijuana users—including regular users.
Cross Sensitization"Multiple studies (in laboratory rats) have shown that exposure to cannabinoids, especially THC, at adolescence tends to decrease brain dopamine activity later on.
This suggests that early drug use could prime or program a brain to respond more strongly to drug use (which involves pleasurable dopamine highs) in the future, potentially increasing the severity and rate at which substance use disorders develop.
This effect is called cross-sensitization, and is known to occur due to alcohol, nicotine, and marijuana use—supporting the gateway hypothesis."
Also, the article nowhere suggests that everyone goes on to harder drugs, only that some do. That can be a significant number of people.