4 Myths Marijuana Skeptics Still Believe: Debunked

As rising awareness lowers the stigma against cannabis, skeptics are using their platforms to speak against it. With so many groundbreaking, beneficial discoveries, it’s hard to believe someone would be against a medicine produced by earth itself-- yet, here we are. *sigh*

While we’re no scientists, just potheads with a love of a plant, we’ll be using research conducted by professionals to prove these myths wrong.

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Here Are The Top 4 Myths:

“Marijuana Is A Gateway Drug”
Based on nothing more than assumption, this myth is false. While some may argue that consuming cannabis changes your environment by bringing in other, harder drugs, studies have proven this theory wrong. Although statistics show regular marijuana consumers are 5-9 times more likely to try opioids, only about 4.5% of all users have actually reported ever trying any. 95% of cannabis consumers, stick to cannabis.
Fact check:https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/all-about-addiction/201807/is-marijuana-gateway-drug

“Marijuana Is Not Medicinal”
False. Of over 100 cannabinoids found in marijuana, two of the most acknowledged have blown up in light of their medicinal properties: THC and CBD. While originating from the same plant, they each have their own unique properties. THC is used to treat epilepsy and other pain and movement disorders and CBD is used to treat chronic pain, inflammatory and other diseases. Most medicinal products have a combination of both cannabinoids to maximize the benefits. However, be sure to avoid synthetic cannabinoids like K2 or spice.
Curious about other conditions marijuana can treat?https://www.canabomedicalclinic.com/10-common-conditions-medical-cannabis-prescribed-for/https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana-medicine

“Marijuana Is Addictive”
This one is partially true, however, it has more to do with the consumer than the drug. It is very rare to develop a dependency to marijuana, only about 9% of 8000 people studied even fit an “addicted” profile. With dependency figures like 18% for alcohol, 17% for cocaine and 32% for nicotine; marijuana is one of the least addictive of its kind. The grand majority of consumers should have no difficulty quitting, if need be, and won’t experience any addictive behavior. For this reason, we’ll consider this myth debunked.
Feeling a little skeptical yourself?https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-teenage-mind/201012/is-marijuana-addictivehttps://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-truth-about-pot/

“Marijuana Kills Brain Cells”
If you’ve been pushing your last two brain cells to work to their maximum capacity, we have good news for you. Long term and even daily marijuana usage has no proven link to brain damage. In a study that observed a variety of people ranging from non-smokers to daily consumers of 13 years, brain activity differences were minimal or even unnoticeable. We’re happy to say this myth is not true.
Read more about it:https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20030701/heavy-marijuana-use-doesnt-damage-brain#1

As legality spreads, it’s only natural to face resistance from the opposing side. New research is unfolding benefits in support of federal legalization left and right. As our community continues developing, light will be shed on the true value cannabis holds.
Let’s end the stigma, together.

daniel alexander