Cannabis is a substance that has been put through a lot of condemnation and negative publicity unfairly. While everything has its upsides and downsides, marijuana is always a different case, according to the public’s perception. Due to the publicity, the public understands it as something that only has several disadvantages without any advantage.
The reality, however, is that weed has significant upsides besides the downsides, and it’s unfair that the society often only looks at the downsides rather than every side. The many bad things you hear about marijuana are usually based on just myths and propaganda. Here are the top 5 marijuana myths and facts you need to know;
1. Marijuana Affects Your Mental Stability
There has been a common myth that smoking weed degrades your mental stability because the substance supposedly kills your brain cells. We would like to state that that’s a complete hoax.
After many years of research, the University of Louisville has recently found that cannabis use doesn’t, in fact, murder your brain cells or affect your mental stability. The research validates a 2003 report published by Cambridge University making the same claim.
2. Marijuana Is More Harmful To Your Lungs than Cigarettes
Some people claim that smoking cannabis is worse to your lungs than smoking cigarettes. They are of the opinion that marijuana causes lung problems twice as much as cigarettes. How true is that?
Marijuana contains fewer chemicals than cigarettes. The substances include cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). On the other hand, smoke contains nicotine, tar, CO2, formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT). These chemicals are more harmful to your lungs than the compounds in marijuana.
3. Marijuana Can Make You Crazy
There is another common myth out there that weed can make someone go crazy. Crazy individuals are many times associated with it—people just think someone is high on weed when they seem to be acting crazy.
A lot of research has been done to establish the relationship between marijuana and mental health. Up to now, there’s no evidence, showing that the two are related in any way. It is just bad press.
4. Marijuana Makes Sex Uninteresting
Due to propaganda and negative publicity, many people have been made to believe that smoking marijuana affects sexual performance. There are many ads both online and offline warning teenagers that weed makes you antisocial, unable to talk to the girls, and poor in bed.
According to a particular Canadian based research group, smoking marijuana makes you better in bed. The organization found that more than half of the participants(men and women) who had sex after taking a few puffs of weed reported it as more enjoyable than regular sex.
There is a lot of misleading propaganda in the public domain regarding cannabis. Some people will tell you that marijuana affects your mental stability or damages your lungs twice as much as cigarettes. Others will tell you that it can make you crazy or reduce your sex appetite. But the truth is that none of these claims holds any water.