It’s becoming a well-known fact that cannabis was made illegal due to political reasons, and part of the propaganda associated with that are numerous facts which simply aren’t true. Over the years, a significant amount of testing has been done to allay concerns people have had.
Some of these myths are positively preposterous, while others have their roots in some sort of truth. Still, it’s good to know what’s real and what’s not, so let’s take a look.
Myth No. 1: Cannabis is Addictive
A recent studied showed that 9 percent of cannabis users become addicted to the substance. On the surface, this may seem somewhat large, but not as large as the 14 percent who become addicted to alcohol and the 25 percent who become addicted to tobacco products.
Additionally, there may be some issues with the numbers used by the study’s authors. They included people who have been using cannabis for long-term relief of various symptoms. These people don’t have an addiction, per se, they just want to stop their issues from continuing.
Myth No. 2: Cannabis Kills Brain Cells
This is the one we heard most often while growing up. Cannabis kills our brain cells, causing us to be stupid and start forgetting things. Studies, however, have shown that cannabinoids may actually help regenerate neurons in the brain.
This can be seen, to some extent, in how cannabis helps people have have suffered from strokes or may be experiencing problems associated with neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s. Cannabis has been shown to reduce the tremors experienced by Parkinson’s patients, helps with epileptic episodes.
There has been a link made between “chronic and heavy” cannabis users and a reduction in cognitive function, but there was never a value set on “chronic and heavy,” so it’s left open to interpretation.
Myth No. 3: Cannabis Causes Schizophrenia
Connecting cannabis and schizophrenia is a simple issue of misunderstanding data. Testing and studies have shown cannabis does not, in fact, cause schizophrenia. However, there are many people who use cannabis to help with various mental disorders, including schizophrenia. One of the main cannabinoids, CBD, actually is known to help manage schizophrenia symptoms
Side effects of high amounts of cannabis might seem to appear as schizophrenia, such as paranoia and anxiety, but these fade as the rest of the effects fade.
Myth No. 4: Marijuana’s Medicinal Effects are Questionable
Numerous studies have shown the medical benefits of cannabis. From easing aches and pains to soothing nausea and helping with gastrointestinal issues, cannabis is something of a wonderdrug, it seems. In fact, a WebMD survey suggests the majority of doctors in the United States believe it should be made legal, if only for its health effects.