Cannabis has had a bad name since 1906. There are hundreds of lies about the plant, when it reality, the only bad thing about it is getting caught with it! Cannabis benefits all different kinds of people, from recreational users who just want to unwind to cancer patients suffering through chemotherapy. Of course we couldn't include all of the lies that people have made up about cannabis so we picked a few to debunk!
1. It'll kill you.
Chances are, you're not going to die from cannabis consumption. You have a higher chance of being eaten by a shark and even those odds are low. Most people who ingest a good amount of cannabis end up passing out on the couch or eating all of the food that you just bought at the grocery store. No, cannabis is less dangerous then most of the stuff you find in your medicine cabinet.
2. Cannabis is the gateway drug.
No, it's a person's inability to say "no thanks" that is the gateway. Cannabis has been given a negative name and is then associated with other negative things (people assume that every person that sells weed must also deal coke, heroin, and meth). This terrible misconception is taught at a young age, deterring young people from even giving the plant a chance. Cannabis is NOT a gateway drug but instead is used as a scapegoat for people who have no backbone.
3. It's illegal for a good reason!
What reason exactly? In all of my time blogging about cannabis, I have never heard a legitimate argument as to why the plant should be illegal. In fact, the hate towards cannabis makes me think that everything should be illegal. Did you know that 100% of people that drink water die? We should probably ban that shit too!
4. It's bad for you.
While smoking anything is sure to have a somewhat negative impact on your throat and lungs, there are many other ways to ingest cannabis that don't involve smoking it. Cannabis has actually been shown to improve brain function, the digestive system, and help manage pain relief in a safe, non-addicting manner. Not to mention that cannabis doesn't have the awful side effects that pills give certain people.
5. People who smoke weed are lazy, stupid, and unmotivated.
Absolutely not true! There are hundreds of upperclass people that are ripping bongs in their free time! Recently, there was a huge hype about the FBI having trouble finding computer hackers to fight cyber terrorists... Why? Because people that sit behind a computer all day, reading HTML and binary, are also smoking a joint at the same time. Since the FBI's policy states that an employee must be cannabis free for three years prior to their hire, they're having a huge issue finding employees and may be forced to remove cannabis from their policy or face falling victim to cyber terrorists. And if the FBI has to change their policy regarding pre-employment, hopefully other places will as well (including Wal-mart, CVS, and Sears).