There are many misconceptions about marijuana’s effects. How many of the ones you’ve heard come from a credible source? Have a look at this post for more info on this. Do you believe your friend’s uncle when he says something about the subject? Let’s take a closer look at these theories.
- Marijuana is a highly addictive substance.
This is untrue! Marijuana does not cause addiction. Alcohol, nicotine, and even caffeine have all been shown in medical research to be more addictive than marijuana. Consider the opioid painkiller OxyContin. Both drugs are used to relieve extreme pain, but OxyContin was used illegally by 20.4 million Americans in 2006. Medical marijuana is a much more secure choice.
- Marijuana is harmful to one’s health.
Thousands of people die each year as a result of FDA-approved medications. Surprisingly, marijuana has been identified as the cause of death in ZERO of the confirmed cases. Many people are afraid of marijuana smoking because it is linked to the cancers caused by cigarettes. Remember that smokers consume twenty or more cigarettes a day, every day. Marijuana’s medicinal levels are nowhere near that extreme.
- Marijuana weakens the immune system, even though it does not directly cause death.
This argument is based on a 1980 study that found that when white blood cells were exposed to THC, they transformed more slowly in response to threats. Such findings have never been able to be replicated since then. Marinol, a synthetic form of THC, has also been approved by the FDA for the treatment of diseases that attack the immune system, such as HIV.
- Marijuana has no therapeutic value.
Quite the contrary! In California, medical marijuana is used to treat cancer, AIDS, arthritis, migraines, and anorexia. According to studies, it can be used in conjunction with, or sometimes instead of, existing drugs for those suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, or insomnia. It is currently being studied to see whether it has any impact on Alzheimer’s disease.
- Marijuana will be exploited and illegally sold until it becomes legal.
The idea of banning a drug because it would be abused by some is absurd. Sleeping pills and pain relievers are often abused, despite the fact that they are available over-the-counter. Also, why does someone who has AIDS and relies on a drug to keep them from being in excruciating pain want to get rid of it?