Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a widely-used drug that is now legal in many states for medicinal and/or recreational use. However, there are many myths surrounding this drug that may not be true. In this blog post, we will be debunking the top 5 myths about cannabis.
Myth: Cannabis is medicine.
It’s true that medical marijuana has been shown to help alleviate pain, muscle spasms, and nausea, among other conditions. However, it’s not a cure-all; in fact, it isn’t known to cure anything. Cannabis may be used for medicinal purposes—similar to how, for example, ginger is used medicinally for stomachaches—but it is not medicine itself.
Myth: Cannabis is safe.
Cannabis is less dangerous than other controlled substances but it can also have harmful effects on the body. This is especially true for young people, whose brains are still developing. Cannabis use can lead to addiction, impaired memory and concentration, respiratory problems, and other health issues. Additionally, it can be dangerous to use cannabis in combination with other drugs or alcohol. Cannabis can even interact with medicines prescribed to you, like antidepressants.
Myth: Cannabis has no effect on driving.
Cannabis can and does impair a person’s ability to drive safely. It affects coordination, judgment, and reaction time, which are all necessary for safe driving. It is illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis and can result in serious consequences, including fines, jail time, and even loss of driving privileges.
Myth: Cannabis has no effect on schoolwork.
Cannabis impairs our ability to concentrate and remember things, both of which succeeding at school. In addition, regular cannabis use can lead to a decrease in motivation and productivity, making it even more difficult to keep up with assignments or recall information during exams.
Myth: Cannabis is not addictive.
Cannabis use can lead to addiction, especially in young people. It is estimated that 1 in 10 cannabis users will become addicted, and this number increases to 1 in 6 for those who start using before the age of 18. Cannabis withdrawal symptoms can include irritability, anxiety, insomnia, and decreased appetite.
It’s important to know the facts about cannabis and its effects on the body. While cannabis use has medicinal potential, it is not totally harmless. Regular and unsupervised use can have serious consequences for both short-term and long-term health, especially in young people. Learning more about cannabis and its effect on your body can help you make safer and better-informed decisions.