Marijuana Myths Sending Your Life Up In Smoke

marijuanaHow many times have you heard someone say, “You can only get cancer from smoking cigarettes. Name one person that’s died from smoking weed…I’ll wait”? This along with countless other misguided beliefs are the reason for this back and forth about marijuana being healthier than cigarettes. As Black people continue to suffer from lung cancer at alarming rates, the need to dispel the myths about smoking marijuana are much needed.

Some smokers have ditched their daily pack of menthols in favor of a pulls of the Mary Jane. With marijuana being slowly becoming decriminalized across the nation, and of course it being considered medicinal in some states, marijuana use is seeming like the thing that everyone is doing. But is it really a good thing? The truth behind these myths may offer some food for thought.

Myth: Smoking marijuana makes you focus more.

Fact: Studying high won’t get you high grades like the movie “How High” and countless other stoners say. Research has shown marijuana usage affects the short term memory, aids in memory loss, lowers productivity and makes you procrastinate.

Myth: Marijuana isn’t addictive.

Fact: According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, using marijuana can lead to the development of marijuana use disorder, a severe form of addiction. People who smoke weed can develop withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, irritability and insomnia. Some people also develop a sort of dependence on it to be social, kind of like how people can only have fun if they drink, except this time it’s weed that feeds the feeling.