There are a lot of cannabis myths, many of which have been peddled by international governments to discourage use of the herb. That is why we have decided to debunk some of those cannabis myths you may have heard from your grandmother during family Thanksgiving.
Myth #1: Weed is Bad for Your Brain
One of the most common reasons that people do not support marijuana use is that they believe it leads to the loss of brain cells. However, this is simply not true.
According to a study from 2015, cannabis does not kill your brain cells. Cambridge University took the lead foot in the study, which can be found in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.
Myth #2: Marijuana is a Gateway Drug
Many people are concerned that cannabis leads to the use of harder drugs such as methamphetamine and heroin, which is false.
While most people that have used harder drugs started with marijuana, that does not mean that correlation equals causation. Marijuana just happens to be the most easily accessible mind-altering drug. Alcohol is a more common gateway drug than marijuana.
Myth #3: Marijuana Stays in Your Body for 30 Days
Yes, marijuana will stay in your body for thirty days, but that’s only if you smoke daily. If you only partake occasionally, your body can rid itself of THC in a week or less.
Myth #4: Marijuana Smoke is More Harmful than Tobacco Smoke
The fact of the matter is, cigarette smoke is actually much more harmful than marijuana smoke. Vaporizing marijuana is a bit healthier than smoking it, but tobacco smoke is much more harmful than either method of consuming cannabis.
Myth #5: Cannabis Causes Cancer
Cannabis does not necessarily cause cancer, though it does have cancer-causing carcinogens. Most doctors agree that oral ingestion is entirely safe and some studies even suggest marijuana users have cancer less than other demographics.
Myth #6: Stoned Driving and Drunk Driving are Equally Dangerous
This is one more of many dangerous cannabis myths. Drunk drivers killed 10,076 people in 2013. While 88% of drunk drivers cannot pass a field sobriety test, only 30% of stoned drivers could not.
Myth #7: All Weed is the Same
You probably have a buddy or two that harass you for paying a little bit more for that medical grade Orange Kush. You should pay a little more for the good stuff, though! Every strain is a little different, so no, regs are not as good as Golden Goat.
Myth #8: Marijuana Makes You Lazy
Obviously, some stoners are lazy, but that is more of a personality trait than an effect of cannabis. Plenty of active, successful people have been regular pot-smokers. Some examples include, but are not limited to: Morgan Freeman, William Shakespeare, Barack Obama, Woody Harrelson, and Oprah.
Myth #9: Cannabis Users are Violent
There is no direct correlation between cannabis and violent crime. While criminals are more likely to smoke marijuana, that does not mean that cannabis is the reason for any violent decisions that they make. In fact, cannabis has been known to treat causes of violence, such as PTSD.
Myth #10: Doctors Oppose Medicinal Marijuana
The numbers actually show quite the contrary to this cannabis myth. The overwhelming majority of doctors support the use of medicinal marijuana.