There is information and misinformation about marijuana. Here are 6 facts common misunderstood about the drug.
- Marijuana is not as mainstream as we make it out to be. One of the common arguments for marijuana legalization is that “everyone is doing it”. Most experiment with marijuana for the first time under this notion. Though many do try it, only a small percentage of people actually identify themselves as regular marijuana users- about 13%.
- Medical Marijuana is not a new idea. Since () marijuana has been used medically. For example, in the 19th century, a physician in Ireland used marijuana to treat symptoms of arthritis like joint inflammation. Stretching all the way back to just 200 years AD, a surgeon in China used marijuana as an anesthetic.
- Marijuana is not carcinogen free. Smokers often compare marijuana to tobacco, claiming that marijuana is more healthy. Cigarettes with tobacco are known for containing carcinogens which are harmful for the mouth, the lungs, the throat, and the environment. Though marijuana is not as carcinogenic as tobacco, it still contains carcinogens which can be harmful.
- Marijuana is not legal now. In the last few years, multiple states have passed legislature regarding marijuana. Marijuana can be medicalized (legal for prescription medical use), legalized (legal for recreational use) and decriminalized (made entirely legal). States in America have both medicalized and legalized marijuana. State governments are not the same as the federal government. According to the federal government, marijuana is still a Schedule I drug. As a Schedule I drug, marijuana joins the ranks of heroin.
- Marijuana can cause an overdose. When pitting marijuana against other substances of abuse for being less harmful, the lack of evidence for anyone ever having overdosed on marijuana is brought up. To date, there is no record for death due to marijuana overdose. Studies have discovered, however, that a fatal dose of marijuana would have to be 40,000 times the amount of what is in a typical marijuana cigarette.
- Marijuana is addictive and dependency forming. For the fifth edition, The Diagnostic And Statistical Manual listed “marijuana use disorder” under the substance use disorder category. Regular recreational use of marijuana can cause dependency, resulting in symptoms of withdrawal. Users have experienced cravings, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, eating, and concentrating.
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