The myths about cannabis and medical marijuana card online born of global social propaganda are so varied and contradictory that sometimes you can get confused in the abundance of information. In this article, the most common misconceptions and myths about cannabis, which have nothing to do with the real state of affairs, are collected.
So: marijuana: myths and facts.
MYTH 1: Marijuana is a dangerous drug that is physically addictive.
Facts: There is in fact no scientific evidence to suggest that the THC in marijuana is physically addictive, unlike alcohol or the opiate-type drugs. There is only rather indirect evidence of long-term cannabis use, but the line between psychological dependence and physical dependence is difficult to draw. Those who use marijuana for a long time cannot give up their habit, but this does not mean that THC is incorporated into the metabolic processes at all. This claim is not supported by medical evidence.
MYTH 2: Marijuana is bad for your health.
The Facts: Marijuana is a controversial health issue and there is very little scientific evidence to support this common myth. But there is some evidence to refute it, such as theLancet, a U.K. medical journal, which states that in the long term, regular marijuana use is not harmful to one’s health. There is also plenty of evidence on how beneficial marijuana can be. It’s no coincidence that many states in the U.S. today have legalized the cultivation of medical cannabis, which is widely used in pain syndrome therapy, used to treat insomnia, increased anxiety, loss of appetite, chronic depression and stress.
MYTH 3. Marijuana use can make you aggressive and violent.
Facts: This is a fundamentally false statement. If you look at the stubborn statistics, it’s clear that most spontaneous rapes and murders are committed under the influence of alcohol. Crimes under the influence of THC constitute too small a percentage to really claim a correlation. But even looking at the question from a logical point of view – it’s hard to imagine that a person who is under the influence of, say, high-efficiency can be violent. Marijuana lovers since the time of the hippies have been promoting the idea of pacifism, and the THC and CBD contained in cannabis do not increase aggression, but rather calm, reduce stress levels and allow you to relieve stress.
MYTH 4: Smoking marijuana is bad for your brain cells.
Facts: This statement is not proven! You won’t find scientific evidence that marijuana smoke destroys brain neurons. Assuming this cannabis myth is related to the notion that the smoke prevents oxygenation of the brain, this notion has been disproved by experiments on higher primates. The animals wore special masks through which marijuana smoke was continuously administered for 3 hours, and the vital activity of the monkeys was recorded and their behavior monitored. No asphyxiation was recorded, nor were there any abnormalities in physical health indicators.
MYTH 5. Smoking marijuana is the starting point for switching to hard drugs.
Facts: There is actually no direct correlation between the two phenomena. Of course, a marijuana lover may become interested in heroin or LDS, but whether it was the experience of marijuana use that led to this is not definitive.
MYTH 6: Cannabis use causes memory loss.
Fact: There is some truth to this statement. Smoking cannabis produces a short-term memory loss, but only while you are under its influence. A number of scientific studies have shown that it is while under the influence of marijuana that people may have trouble remembering things that are new to them. When the exposure passes, short-term memory functions are fully restored. There is no effect on long-term memory in either case.
MYTH 7. Cannabis has much more potency today than in the past.
Facts: This erroneous belief is due to the flawed methods used to analyze marijuana in the middle of the last century. In fact, it is impossible to claim that today’s varieties are more potent than hybrids created 30 or 40 years ago!
MYTH 8. Marijuana causes persistent laziness, apathy, lack of motivation to work.
Facts: Medical marijuana varieties are often used to bring a person out of depression, to relax, to relieve tension and the effects of stress. What may be mistaken for laziness and apathy while smoking marijuana (especially indica) is just a manifestation of the deep muscle relaxation that allows a person to return to harmony with the world and themselves. When the effects wear off, one is able to go to work rested and with renewed vigor.
MYTH 9. Smoking marijuana hurts your lungs more than regular cigarettes
Facts: First, cannabis users do not smoke as often as tobacco addicts. Many do it once a week or even once a month. Second, by inhaling cigarette smoke, the smoker lets various flavorings and synthetic additives into his or her lungs. Marijuana smoke does not have any extraneous impurities in it. Because of this, many doctors are convinced that marijuana smoke is not as destructive to the bronchi as cigarette smoke.
MYTH 10: The THC in marijuana is stored in fatty tissue.
Facts: Yes, in part, this myth gets confirmed. THC does remain in a person’s fatty tissue and so even some time after smoking marijuana, traces of it can be detected in the body. But these residues no longer have any effect on a person because the psychoactive substance itself evaporates quite quickly and can no longer affect the nervous system, tissues and organ systems.