Top 10 Marijuana Myths and Facts
September 27th, 2013
Categories : Blog
Marijuana is an often very misunderstood drug. There is a lot of misinformation out there about the drug, as well as a lot of assumptions based on the misinformation. Plenty of research from legitimate sources can combat ignorance on the subject of marijuana and how it affects the human body. Here are ten fascinating facts and myths about marijuana.
1. Fact: Marijuana is one of the most used drugs worldwide. It is second only to alcohol. Millions of people use the drug on a daily basis, and even more at least once in their lifetimes. It is estimated that around 6,000 Americans alone will try marijuana for the first time every single day.
2. Myth: The gateway theory. The gateway theory was one that said the use of marijuana often leads to the use of other drugs. There has been no evidence to support this theory.
3. Myth: A lot of people think that marijuana can be just as damaging to your body as alcohol is. This is a myth. People who consume marijuana are less likely to have damaged brain tissues compared to those who use alcohol. It is also a myth that smoking large amounts of marijuana will lead to lung cancer, as studies into the topic have returned results that do not support this statement.
4. Fact: Marijuana has many useful medicinal purposes. People that have cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, and neurological disorders can all benefit from the use of marijuana for varying reasons. Some of these reasons include its ability to stimulate appetite, reduce nausea, and relieve nerves.
5. Myth: Marijuana is a dangerous drug. Marijuana is probably the least dangerous drug of them all. When compared to legal drugs like alcohol and tobacco, it is actually very safe. Consider the fact that there has never been even one marijuana overdose. There really is no way possible to die from marijuana, as you would need to smoke about 800 joints in order to die; and even then it wouldn't be from the marijuana, it would be from carbon monoxide poisoning.
6. Myth: Most pot smokers are heavy users. The fact is that a good chunk of people who have smoked pot (40% to 50%) either do it sparingly or have only smoked pot in their past. A lot of people do not make smoking marijuana a habit, but this brings us to our next fact...
7. Fact: Marijuana does have some adverse effects. One of these is that it is possible to become dependent on the drug. The percentage of people that do become dependent on it is very small though, and most of these occur within the small group of heavy users. Other adverse effects are that marijuana has a negative effect on a users ability to drive, and women who smoke marijuana while pregnant have higher chances of having babies born with birth defects.
8. Fact: Utilizing the hemp plant for more than just marijuana can be very beneficial for the environment as well as people. Hemp makes some really amazing paper and rope. It is also great for use in clothing, building materials, soaps, diapers, fuel, and many other things that people use quite often. It is far more renewable than our current resources that we use to make these and other items. The seeds can even be used for food! Growing hemp would produce jobs, help alleviate world hunger, provide pain relief, and even help cut back on greenhouse gasses.
9. Fact: More than 800,000 people are arrested every year for crimes concerning marijuana. Just over half of all drug arrests in the United States are due to marijuana. Some of these arrests even lead to incarceration, which unnecessarily bogs down the prison system.
10. Fact: A study done by CBS News finds that nearly half of Americans now
support the legalization of marijuana. Many states in America are considered medical marijuana states. These states allow marijuana to be used with a doctors note. There are also several states now that either have already legalized the sale and use of recreational marijuana or are working on it. It is estimated that many states will soon follow suit.