Marijuana’s modern day popularity has not come without negative blowback. The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 deemed cannabis a Schedule I drug, meaning the federal government considers pot to have a high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use, and lacks any sort of safety for use. Forty-six years after the fact, both medical and recreational users spanning multiple generations know that this label is ridiculous but marijuana myths persist. No foolin’ around, people in 2016 still consider weed to be a dangerous narcotic and its users to be lazy stoners. It’s time to bust these inherently incorrect assumptions so cannabis can become a more widely-accepted part of our culture and society.
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Despite its Schedule I categorization, scientific research proves that marijuana can treat conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and help those suffering from illnesses like cancer. Furthermore, doctors in California found cannabis to be “several hundred times more powerful than aspirin” without the addictive qualities of prescription-strength painkillers. Seriously, this one plant can help treat patients experiencing discomfort and shortened life sentences even though the United States’ federal government continues to ignore the loads of evidence proving this to be true.
Think Albert Einstein, Not Cheech and Chong
Cheech and Chong best embodied the bumbling stoner stereotype as they found themselves in scenarios that anyone with half of a brain would immediately know how to get themselves out of without hassle. For a long time, people believed using weed killed brain cells but research shows us that’s not the case at all. The opposition to marijuana legalization heavily relied on information from study conducted by Duke University that claimed cannabis decreases IQ. However, these findings have been widely discredited over time. Actually, it is believed that brilliant minds such as Albert Einstein and William Shakespeare used marijuana so maybe this Schedule I drug is far more beneficial than naysayers would like to acknowledge.
Tell record-breaking Olympic athlete Michael Phelps that marijuana makes people lazy and we’re sure he’d laugh directly in your face. Yes, some cannabis strains will mellow you out but that is simply not how it is for all weed across the board. Actually, exercise can help improve your high, according to a study from the University of Sydney. Researchers found that those who regularly exercise experience better highs than those who lead less active lifestyles. Additionally, many students have found that using sativa strains while studying has helped them drastically. But sure, all cannabis users are couch potatoes who only make the effort to get high and snack on munchies. If you believe that, we also have some magic beans we can sell you.
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