Debunking the Myth: Cannabis Is a Gateway Drug

Separating Fact from Fiction: Cannabis and the Gateway Theory

At New Standard, we believe in providing accurate information to our customers. One of the most persistent myths surrounding cannabis is the idea that it’s a gateway drug leading to the use of harder substances. Today, we’re here to debunk this misconception and provide you with evidence-based facts.

The Origins of the Gateway Theory

The gateway drug theory gained popularity in the mid-20th century, suggesting that using cannabis would inevitably lead to experimenting with more dangerous drugs. However, modern research has consistently challenged this notion.

What the Science Says

Recent studies have shown that:

  • The majority of cannabis users do not progress to using other illicit substances
  • Correlation does not equal causation – while some people who use hard drugs may have tried cannabis first, this doesn’t mean cannabis caused them to use other drugs
  • Social and environmental factors play a much larger role in drug use patterns than any inherent property of cannabis

The Role of Responsible Use

At New Standard, we promote responsible cannabis consumption. Our knowledgeable staff can guide you through our selection of top-quality flower, edibles, and other products, ensuring you make informed choices about your cannabis experience.


By dispelling myths and providing accurate information, we hope to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of cannabis. Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or a curious first-timer, we invite you to explore Michigan’s premier cannabis dispensary and discover the truth about this versatile plant for yourself.