Stigmas are something that we have to deal with in life. Often times these stigmas lead us to feel negatively toward an object, a movement, or a thought process without any real justification. When I began thinking about using medical marijuana, the stigma attached to the herb definitely made me hesitant to use it.
The thought that medical marijuana could really help me almost seemed like an afterthought. I was tied up on that I didn’t want to become a “stoner”, or be lazy, become addicted, and be looked down on by non-using members of society.
However, after doing some serious research I started to find out that the stigma attached to medical marijuana was dead wrong. In this blog I want to share some of these falsehoods and hopefully help with your choice to use medical pot.
Some of the biggest misconceptions about medical marijuana that I found are:
- Marijuana causes memory loss: This is not true. Sure, memory is affected while you are high on the herb, but it does not erase your memory. You will not become Alzheimer’s like just because you smoke.
- Pot will kill your brain cells: Another big falsehood. You can definitely get some harsh effects from your medical marijuana, but they are not the result of brain cells being killed. Your noodle will be in the same shape after you light up as it was before. You will also likely get the relief that you need.
- Marijuana is addictive: I think this is the biggest one I was worried about. Having used regularly now, I cannot say that I would feel any specific urge to use if I could not anymore. Medical studies back this up. There is simply no data to back up this claim, other than a person’s brain tricking them into thinking they “need” to get high. There is no addictive molecule in marijuana, and you are safe in using it.
These are just a few of the big misconceptions attached to medical marijuana. I could go on and on about how many myths are floating out there, but these are the three that I wanted to get out of the way. If you make the decision to medicate with cannabis, you are making a healthy, safe choice.
Don’t be attached to a stigma, it may turn out that you were wrong and possibly missing out on something big.