Whether it is for recreational or medicinal purposes, a lot of people have a negative perception when it comes to using marijuana. But if I tell you that accepting marijuana has a lot of benefits, would you believe me? Medicines, nutritional supplements, livestock feeds, textiles, etc. are just some of the many benefits of using marijuana. Accepting this amazing plant can do so much for our world if we only open our eyes and minds.
It is the objective of this article to debunk some of the most popular myths regarding marijuana.
MYTH # 1: You will be addicted.
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One reason why people refuse to accept marijuana is because they believe that this is an addicting plant. This is definitely a myth. Believe it or not, there are even medical studies that say consuming alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine is more addictive compared to using marijuana.
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MYTH# 2: Your health is at risk if you are using marijuana.
Each and every year, thousands of deaths are being reported from using different drugs that were surprisingly approved by the FDA. If I ask you, how many of these reported cases do you think was caused by marijuana, what would your answer be? The answer to this question is ZERO.
MYTH# 3: If you use marijuana, your immune system will weaken.
A lot of people think that this is true because of a single test that was performed in the year 1980. This single study states that once white blood cells are exposed to THC, a slower reaction is observed. The surprising fact about this is that this result has NEVER been replicated again. To prove that this is a myth, even the FDA approved the usage of Marinol (a synthetic form of THC), this is used to cure diseases like HIV that target our body’s immune system.
MYTH# 4: Marijuana has no medicinal properties.
This is obviously a myth. Medical marijuana is widely used in the state of California, the plant is effective when it comes to helping people with cancer, AIDS, chronic pain, migraines, and many other health problems. According to a lot of reliable studies, using marijuana is effective alongside or even instead of other medications used for depression, anxiety, and even insomnia.
Today, several studies are being conducted to see if marijuana has a positive effect on Alzheimer’s disease.
MYTH# 5: If marijuana is legalized, the plant will be abused or illegally sold.
It’s ironic that drugs like sleeping pills and pain medications are being abused everyday but they are sold in local pharmacies. Banning a medicine just because they fear that people will abuse it is not a very wise decision.
The media is very powerful, this affected the way people see cannabis. These are only some of the most common myths about medical marijuana, it is best to do our own research and learn the facts about this plant because it can do so much for us.