Many arguments support the hypothesis that cannabis is a hazardous substance which only leads to further drug abuse. This is dubbed as the gateway theory.
If you read an article on this topic on a pro-cannabis website, they will of course side against the gateway theory, with some very persuasive arguments.
Other, more mainstream, publications tend to support this theory.
But what is the real truth: Is cannabis really a gateway drug?
As weed becomes more and more available worldwide, this could be reframed that the gateway theory is more of a social issue than a real “addiction” problem.
Cannabis gateway drug theory
The term gateway drug is very simple to understand—gateway drug is a substance that ultimately leads one to experiment with more “advanced” and dangerous narcotics.
Gateway theory originally gained momentum during the cannabis prohibition era, and back then, people started claiming that mild drugs (like cannabis) make users more open to try out more potent substances.
However, early on in the prohibition, they were also saying that smoking cannabis will turn you into a crazed killer, …