10 Myths About Marijuana True or False
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Since: Mar 12
#1 Mar 3, 2012
Uncle Sam wants YOU to believe him, but do you?
Because most of these so called studies and tests were performed in the 1970s and 1980s with outdated technology and a outdated way of thinking, professors (working for the government) made up a lot of lies and even faked test results to give the people a false illusion that marijuana was evil and bad for you, they even claimed that it would alter your brain waves and make you a retard.
I will reveal the Real Truth behind the 10 Most Lied About Myths of all time, that still haunts us, even today.
With that said, lets begin.
Myth #1: Marijuana causes brain damage
Myth #1: Marijuana causes brain damage
None of the medical tests currently used to detect brain damage in humans have found harm from marijuana, even from long term high-dose use.
An early study reported brain damage in monkeys after six months exposure to high concentrations of marijuana smoke. These tests arent to be taken serious, because these monkeys were tested with outdated technology thus making the result inaccurate.
In a recent, more carefully conducted study, researchers found no evidence of brain abnormality in monkeys that were forced to inhale four to five marijuana cigarettes every day for a year. This clearly proves that marijuana leaves NO brain damage.
The claim that marijuana kills brain cells is based on a report dating back 25 years and has never been supported by any scientific study.
Myth #2: Marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to hard drugs
Lets take a real life example. in Holland weed has been legally available at every corner of the street. Weed in Holland has been made legal in the 1970s from that moment on they had a huge drop in hard drug users.
Lets get real, if marijuana is a gateway drug to hard drugs why are the number of hard drug users going down and not up?
Its like this, if I tell you not to do something you would still do it and enjoy it 10 times more because its illegal! Making it legal takes away the secrecy thus taking away the fun.
Even studies in the U.S. have shown that over 75 percent of all Americans who use marijuana never used hard drugs.What even more interesting is, studies have show that most people who are hooked on hard drugs started with alcohol. But since there is no money to be made in marijuana for the government (because everyone can grow it) they made it illegal.
Do you see the bigger picture now? Its all about the money! If they would legalize marijuana then a lot of people will trade in there liquor bottle for a bag of weed and liquor sales will go down and that will hurt Uncle Sams pocket a lot, since they make a lot of money on liquor sale taxes.
Myth #3: No one has ever died from an overdoses Marijuana
This myth is TRUE
Animal tests have shown that extremely high doses of marijuana is needed to have lethal effect. In fact, tests show that you would have to consume 40,000 times as much marijuana as you needed to get stoned before you will overdose. Thats a ratio of 1:40,000!!
Lets say you would get stoned from 1 joint, that means that you will need 40,000 joints in 20 minutes to get a overdose of marijuana.
2 joints per day, that is like 672 joint per year. It would take about 60 years for you to smoke 40,000 joints at that rate. There is no way that anyone could overdose for marijuana, period!
Now lets take alcohol, the ratio on alcohol varies between 1:4 and 1:10 depending on the persons health. So if you would get drunk from half a bottle of whisky, 2 bottles later you could die from a overdose of alcohol!
In America, every year 10,000 people die directly from a alcohol overdose and dont get me started on alcohol related deaths, we are talking 110,000 deaths per year on alcohol related deaths.
No one EVER died from a marijuana overdose.
Since: Mar 12
#2 Mar 3, 2012
Myth #4: Marijuana is more dangerous than tobacco
This myth is FALSEBecause,
Smoked marijuana contains 2 times more tar and carbon monoxide as tobacco, but you should realize that someone who is a heavy tobacco smoker, smokes a lot more tobacco then a heavy marijuana smoker.
So a heavy tobacco smoker inhales much more smoke then a heavy marijuana smoker. As a result, the risk of serious lung damage is far more lower with marijuana smokers.
Then there are always people that say stuff like this:
Someone told me that one joint equals 8 tobaccosSome scientist said this 20 years ago on TV and people still believe this ferry tail.
Allow me to bust this myth once and for all and hit you with the facts.
Tar and carbon monoxide are the main reason why tobacco and marijuana are dangerous.Tests have proven that the amount of tar and carbon monoxide in marijuana is about 2 times more then the amount of tar and carbon monoxide in tobaccos.
This would mean that 1 (pure) joint equals 2 tobacco's. But, like I said before, Marijuana smokers smoke lesser joints then people that smoke cigarettes and there are only a very few people that smoke there joint pure.
Most of the time people mix there marijuana with tobacco, so that also lowers the above value of tar and carbon monoxide.Lets take an example, if john would smoke 1 (pure) joint per day, versus Steve that smokes 6 cigarettes a day (most people who smoke cigarettes, smoke a lot more, but Im going easy on them).
That would mean that the 1 pure joint that john is smoking, equals 2 cigarettes that Steve is smoking. So Steve would be smoking (6-2=4) 4 cigarettes or with other words 4 times as more tar and carbon monoxide then Steve. John would have to smoke 3 pure joints a day to match up against the 6 cigarettes that Steve is smoking, and 6 cigarettes a day is not a lot for a heavy tobacco smoker.
So if you look at the facts, it is true that marijuana contains more tar and carbon monoxide then cigarettes, but when you look at it in a real life situation you see that the cigarette smoker loses against the marijuana smoker!
Also, There have been no reports of lung cancer related solely to marijuana. Where there are millions of people that we know of that died of lung cancer, solely from smoking cigarettes
Unlike tobacco, marijuana causes no problems with the lung's small airway.That shows that people will not develop emphysema (chronic lung disease) from smoking marijuana.
So we can conclude that marijuana is much SAFER than tobacco.
Myth #5: Legalizing marijuana would cause carnage on the highways
Early studies showed that people who smoke marijuana have about the same amount of car accidents then people who drink alcohol.
However, a more closer examination revealed that 85% of the people who used marijuana and had a car accident also consumed alcohol!
For people only intoxicated on marijuana, the rate was much lower than for alcohol alone. This finding has been supported by other research using completely different methods.
For example, states that had reduced penalties for marijuana possession experienced a rise in marijuana use and a decline in alcohol use with the result that fatal highway accidents decreased.
This would suggest that, instead of causing a "carnage" on the highways, legalizing marijuana might actually save lives!
Tests have also shown that people intoxicated on alcohol drive a lot faster then people who didnt used alcohol, while marijuana smokers drive a lot slower and approach other cars more cautiously.
This is because the effects of marijuana makes you more aware of your surrounding so you pay more attention to the things happening around you, it also feels like you are going 60 miles a hour while only driving 30 miles.
Since: Mar 12
#3 Mar 3, 2012
Myth #6: Marijuana impairs short-term memory
This myth is true but misleading, impairment of the short-term memory disappears when you are no longer under the influence of marijuana.
Laboratory studies reveal that people under the influence of marijuana have no trouble remembering things they previously learned.
However, they have difficulties learning and recalling new information. This effect only lasts when they are high on marijuana. There is no evidence that heavy long-term marijuana use permanently impairs memory.
Then there are always people that say stuff like this:my friend was a very good student and now that he smokes pot, he became a retard and he cant even tie his own shoes
You really need to ask this person 2 simple question, which are:
Question 1: "How much marijuana do you smoke per day..?"Question 2: "When do you smoke your marijuana..?"
Il bet that 9 out of 10 say: "As much as I can" on the first question and "All day long baby!" on the second question. And that 1 person that tells something else is either lying or was born retarded!
Like I said before, smoking marijuana all day doesn't have a positive effect on your life. Like everything, To much is always bad.
Smoke your weed with care. 1 to 2 joints per day is no problem at all and more important, only smoke when you are done doing your daily things. Going high to work isn't the way to go!
The affects of marijuana are temporary. Dont fool yourself into believing it will make you a retard! There are enough retards running around already
Myth #7: There are over a thousand chemicals in marijuana smoke
Again, true but very misleading let me hit you with the facts!
There over 1500 chemicals present in roasted coffee!Only 21 of those chemicals have actually been tested on animals and 16 of these cause cancer in rodents. Yet, coffee remains legal and is generally considered fairly safe.
Coffee contains 1,500 chemicals. Rat poison contains only 30 chemicals. Many vegetables also contain cancer-causing chemicals. So it all depends on the type of chemical.
This misleading statistic is often used to make marijuana look dangerous.
Things like this really irritate me. There are so many things worldwide that causes cancer, we got factorys emitting toxic gasses on a daily bases into the air and dumping toxic waste into the sea. Yet they choose a misleading fact like this to bring fear into peoples mind, so they wont smoke marijuana.
Myth #8: Marijuana is highly addictive
Most people who smoke marijuana only smoke it occasionally. A small amount of people (Americans) less than 1 percent, smoke marijuana on a daily basis. An even smaller amount of people become depended on marijuana.
Did you know that tobacco has a 90% addiction rate while marijuana is less addictive then caffeine. You heard that right, you get hooked on coffee faster then you get hooked on marijuana!
Also, tobacco (nicotine) and alcohol can be as addicting as heroin or cocaine, but marijuana is one of the least habit forming drug there is!
Some people who heavily and frequently smoke marijuana can stop without difficulty. Marijuana does not cause physical dependence. If people experience withdrawal symptoms at all, they are very mild.
Surveys show that the large majority of people who have had experience with marijuana do not become regular users.
even people who continue using marijuana for several years or more are not necessarily "addicted" to it.
Many regular users (including many daily users) smoke marijuana in a way that does not interfere with daily life activities, and may in some cases even boost there performance.
Since: Mar 12
#4 Mar 3, 2012
Myth #9: Marijuana causes crime and aggression
Every serious scholar and government commission examining the relationship between marijuana use and crime have reached the same conclusion:
Marijuana does not cause crime
Most of the marijuana users do not commit crimes other than the crime of possessing marijuana. Among marijuana users who do commit crimes, marijuana plays almost no role.
Almost all human and animal studies show that marijuana decreases rather than increases aggression. I quote:Marijuana has a quieting or tranquilizing effect rather then creating aggression
In a more recent study, they took two groups of people, one group drunk and another group high on marijuana. The group that was drunk showed far more aggression then the group that was high on marijuana.
This proves that even in a group format marijuana causes less aggression then todays legal drugs!
So if we would all smoke weed the world would be a better and safer place!
Myth #10: Marijuana is very bad for your health
As early as 1972 The National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse concluded that while marijuana was not entirely safe, its dangers had been heavily overstated.
In 1995, based on thirty years of scientific research, editors of the British medical journal Lancet concluded that "the smoking of cannabis, even long term, is not harmful to the health."
In fact, smoking marijuana helps to reduce the nausea with cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. It also stimulates appetite with AIDS patients and many more benefits of marijuana keep showing up even today.
Today many people use marijuana as a medicine. Although its illegal, they risk being arrested and they could even go to jail but its obviously worth it for these people.
Why would you take away a medicine that helps ease the pain for incurable diseases, let these people smoke there weed and enjoy the time they got left without pain so they can spend there last few years being happy.
This myth is not only busted! The opposite has been proven, and I hope that one day this big taboo about marijuana will disappear and we can all smoke weed in peace.
Still Believe uncle Sam???
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#5 Mar 12, 2012
Scientist say that smoking cigarettes are believed that it ages your brain? If so, will it be the same affect smoking joint?
Since: Mar 12
#6 Mar 15, 2012
Good Question. But i dont know for sure. What i do know is the cigarettes have many more ADDED chemicals than natural tabaco. Such as radio active pesticides and many more harmful chemicals. Cannabis on the other hand is pure narural... Sure i sound like all stoners saying that but its true its just as natural as tea. So yes it is possible SMOKED cannabis can age your brain like its possible cigerettes can too.
But if thats true the good news is there are safer and more natural ways to use cannabis:
Cook it (many more ways than special brownies)
Brew it like tea
I prefer it smoked just cuz i like to have a cig with my nightly bong load. And yea bongs are safer than pipes or joints cus you need less to get Medicated and it filters out most the tar and stuff you usually get from a pipe or joint.
P.S. Mexican dirt swag taste horibly used any way... But the good fresh stuff is better for you and More fun
#7 Mar 15, 2012
Thanks, I was just wondering. I don't use marijuana personally. But, I know someone who wants to get a scrip for medicinal marijuana.
Do you have any site, or any acknowledge if marijuana can conflict with ones prescribe medication such as high blood pressure, anit depressant, or blood thinner medications. It would be a big help for me to decide if it will help matters. And asking a doc, makes it seem I want it for myself. But, I don't smoke marijuana.
Since: Mar 12
#8 Mar 22, 2012
I personnly believ no. But im no doctor so when your Freind does go for his Green Card he needs a marijuana doc look online for one dont just setup a appointment at a doc office cus nine times out of ten they wont suport it but will suport lab made percription drugs with horible side effects.
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