People have been smoking pot for thousands of years. Marijuana is an old plant with a long history as medicine and as a mind-altering substance. It has also been used in industry, religion, sports, and recreation. This post will address common misconceptions about cannabis to clear up the clouded issue surrounding marijuana use today.
Cannabis and Drugs:
False. Cannabis doesn’t make you more likely to use other drugs, like cocaine or opiates; in fact, it seems that people self-medicate with cannabis instead of moving on to other substances. There’s also no evidence that casual cannabis smoking leads down a path toward harder drug addiction. In short – weed does not lead to heroin use. Moreover, only about nine percent of marijuana users become dependent after six years, when the rate for alcohol dependence hovers around 15%. Travel Mountain Annie’s Dispensary Durango for buying legal cannabis.
Smoking Weed Affects Memory:
True. Frequent smokers have been found to perform worse than infrequent smokers at remembering words from a list both shortly after being exposed and up to 24 hours later. While the brain may adapt to weed use and lessen these effects over time, it’s best not to smoke before a test or important meeting.
Weed Makes You Unmotivated:
False. Pot smokers often report feeling motivated both during and after smoking sessions because of their “heightened creativity.” Some studies have revealed that people experience increased self-rated motivation immediately following cannabis use; however, this is likely due to increased focus rather than enhanced drive, instead of bouncing from one thing to another with little concentration on any particular task for long periods when sober.
Cannabis Causes Schizophrenia:
False, though there is a link between marijuana use and psychosis in people predisposed to mental illness. For example, a study that followed over 50,000 Swedish men for 15 years concluded that those who used cannabis at least two to three times weekly were twice as likely to develop schizophrenia than nonusers. However, this risk was mitigated to heavy users; i.e., only daily or near-daily smokers experienced an increased risk compared with infrequent smokers/nonusers.
Cannabis Causes Cancer:
False – the largest study to date on this subject found no link between marijuana smoking and lung cancer among over 65000 participants after a 20 year follows up period. Some studies have shown that weed has anti-cancer properties due to its ability to prevent tumors. However, researchers are still unsure whether these benefits outweigh the potential risks involved with long term smoking.
There are many questions about cannabis. Hopefully, this blog post will help you with your research and give you some answers to common weed-related queries.