Top 5 Marijuana Myths Debunked
Pothead, stoner, loser. From Sean Penn’s character, Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, to Cheech and Chong to Harold and Kumar, there are a lot of stereotypes about marijuana smokers.
Along with the stereotyping comes a lot of assumptions in regard to the effects of marijuana and about the people who smoke it. Some of these are based on facts, but most are myths.
Below are five of the most notorious marijuana myths and what the facts really are.
What is Marijuana?
First, it’s good to know what exactly marijuana is. Marijuana, cannabis, is a hemp plant. The leaves, and sometimes the stems, seeds, and flowers are dried and smoked.
The two most popular strains of Cannabis are indica and sativa. The predominant chemicals in marijuana are THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is what gives marijuana its psychotropic qualities and CBD is what causes sleepiness and a relaxed feeling, although the effects of these chemicals can be different for each person.
Also, marijuana, medical or recreational, is not legal in every state, so it’s important to know your state’s laws.
Marijuana Myth #1: It Doesn’t Really Cause the Munchies
Fact: Marijuana indeed does increase hunger.
Marijuana affects the part of the brain called the hypothalamus. This is the area that is responsible for hunger, sleep, sex-drive, and more. The neurons that regulate, either increase or suppress, hunger, sleepiness, and sex drive are influenced by smoking marijuana.
Marijuana Myth #2: Weed is Not Addictive
Fact: Marijuana can be addictive.
The occasional user is not likely to become addicted to marijuana. However, if marijuana is used on a regular, or especially a daily, basis, it’s likely that that person will become reliant on it for many reasons.
Typically, what a marijuana user is addicted to is the psychotropic, or “high”, feeling that marijuana creates. There is some truth that the addictive use of marijuana can lead to negligence, just like any other addiction.
The adverse consequences of the addiction are that it can cause a person to develop problems at school, work, and at home.
Marijuana Myth#3: Weed Now Isn’t as Strong as It Used to Be
Fact: Marijuana today is even stronger than the marijuana of your parent’s generation.
Marijuana growers have gotten much better at cultivating and selectively breeding strains that have higher concentrations of THC, for instance. However, the plus side of this is that you need far less to get the same effect. Stronger pot means less pot is needed for the same high.
Marijuana Myth #4: Synthetic Marijuana is Safe
Fact: This is absolutely incorrect.
Synthetic marijuana, such as spice and K2, are not only up to 100 times stronger, but are dangerous.
These synthetic forms of marijuana were created to study the effects of marijuana on the brain but have severely harmful side effects, such as hallucination, stoke, vomiting, and can even cause death.
Most synthetic strains have high levels of THC and not CBD to counter the psychotropic effects. Synthetic marijuana has unfortunately killed far too many people.
Marijuana Myths #5: Marijuana is Completely Harmless or Extremely Dangerous
Fact: Heavy use can be harmful, but not nearly as dangerous as cocaine and heroin, and less harmful than alcohol and tobacco.
As mentioned before, marijuana use can be addictive. It also contains chemicals that can cause bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses. Driving while under the influence of marijuana, though not as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, can cause car accidents.
Benefits of Marijuana
Although marijuana can cause the munchies and overuse or misuse of it can cause harm, it does have its benefits.
Marijuana can help with nausea caused by chemotherapy and has been proven to be beneficial for people suffering from glaucoma, insomnia, chronic pain, epilepsy, and many other illnesses.
It also comes in edible forms to alleviate the effects of smoking it. Used properly and purchased through a reputable dispensary, marijuana can be extremely beneficial.
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