3 Marijuana Myths Debunked

Cannabis myths debunked

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Misconceptions about marijuana are being laid to rest across the country, as Americans warm to the idea of legalizing medical marijuana and even recreational pot. Most people are waking up to the fact that they’ve been fed a steady diet of pro-Drug War propaganda, and that marijuana isn’t only relatively safe, but a powerful medicinal plant.

From the days of Reefer Madness and before, marijuana has been vilified. Though nearly everyone knows that marijuana won’t make you crazy, some hold fast to equally flawed marijuana myths, myths such as:

1. Marijuana is a “Gateway Drug”

Contrary to what DARE officers told you in elementary school, smoking pot won’t turn you into a heroin junkie. As Owen Poindexter at AlterNet points out, “Correlation does not equal causality—most heroin users have worn jeans at some point in their lives, but it’s unlikely that one leads to another.”

People interested in trying mind-altering drugs are likely to try pot, and perhaps LSD, and heroin, or cocaine. But that doesn’t mean marijuana caused a progression, merely that certain people are attracted to certain behaviors. Marijuana, being the most common illicit drug is usually where these people start. On the flip side, however, this also doesn’t mean that everyone who tries marijuana is interested in shooting heroin; that’s a leap of logic that simply doesn’t hold any weight.

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    2. Marijuana Has no Medical Applications

    A ridiculously perplexing truth, the federal government refuses to recognize marijuana as having any medicinal value, despite countless people treating their seizures, depression, and even cancer with the plant. It’s their entire justification for keeping marijuana classified as a Schedule I substance. In clinging to this myth, they are ignoring the mounting evidence that cannabis is able to treat a variety of conditions: seizure disorders, nausea, glaucoma, cancer, chronic pain, Lyme disease, and even possibly depression.

    3. Legalizing Marijuana Increases Crime

    One of the most recent studies on marijuana effects found that legalizing marijuana does not increase crime rates. This trend has been seen in communities where medical marijuana dispensaries have popped up and in Colorado where recreational pot was legalized. Crime rates have held steady and even fallen in some cases.

    Marijuana isn’t as Dangerous as They Say

    There are numerous myths about marijuana use, particularly as it applies to those who actually use the marijuana—that they are lazy, have consistent battles with the munchies, or that they are your stereotypical “pot head” 20-somethings, celebrating 4:20 and playing video games in hazy apartments.

    In reality, marijuana advocates come from all walks of life, all age groups, and all socioeconomic backgrounds. The changing attitude towards marijuana will only increase the diversity among pot users and supporters, hopefully making these and other myths things of the past.

    Source: Natural Society

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      3 comments on “3 Marijuana Myths Debunked”

      1. I WILL BE GLAD TO STAND IN COURT AND PLACE MY HAND ON A BIBLE TO SAY THAT CERTAN STRAINS OF MARIJUANA WORK BETTER FOR BACK PAIN OR ANY PAIN BETTER THAT HYDROCODONE, OXYCODONE, AND UP TO MORPHINE. I HAVE BEEN ON ALL THREE AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER FOR A COMPRESSED SPINAL CORD. NOT ONLY DOES IT REPLACE THESE STRONG OPIOID (NARCOTICS) BUT IN A WAY THAT KEEPS U FROM GETTING HOOKED ON THESE STRONG PAIN PILLS. IF U TAKE THESE PILLS U HAVE TO TAKE THEM EVERYDAY OR U GET SICK FROM WITHDRAWS. POT CAN BE USED AS NEEDED. YOU DONT GET HOOKED ON POT. IF ANYTHING IT STOPS THE USE OF THESE PAIN PILLS THAT THE DOCTORS WRITE SCRIPS FOR AT THE DROP OF A HAT. MARIJUANA HAS BEEN USED FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS FOR MORE THINGS I CAN LIST AND NOT TILL THE 1930’S DID IT ALL OF A SUDDEN BECOME THE EVIL PLANT THAT GROWS ALL OVER THE WORLD. YES IT SHOULD BE MADE LEGAL AND JUST LIKE ALCOHOL CONTROLED SO PEOPLE UNDER 21 WOULD BE FINED OR JAIL IF THEY ARE USEING IT. AND IF ONE USE THE PLANT IT SHOULD BE IN THERE HOME AND NOT PUBLIC. MY GOD PEOPLE USE COMMON SENCE AND LET PEOPLE USE THIS PLANT FOR ALL THE GOOD IT DOES AND HOLD PEOPLE FOR THERE ACTIONS JUST LIKE IF THEY WERE DRUNK IF IN PUBLIC. OTHERWISE OPEN YOUR EYES. GOD HAS GIVEN US A GREAT PLANT FOR HEALING. USE IT.

      2. It’s only a gateway drug because in Iowa we have to get it illegally at place where other illegal drugs r or r being sold u watch enough people do meth at these places u start to think its alright to do it to. Decriminalizing it will save people from seeing that shit. Its time we all need to say enough is enough. I have adhd and am bipolor &i it helps better than any drugs they give me.