Top Myths About Cannabis
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Top Myths About Cannabis

Five myths about cannabis.

1. It Gets Stored in Fat Cells

Myth: The active ingredient in cannabis, THC, gets stored by the body in fat cells. As a result its effects can occur days or months later.

Reality: While THC does enter the body's fat cells, like many other drugs do besides Cannabis, the residue of the drug is all that remains. The active parts of the cannabis drug are used up very quickly and as a result the THC stored in fat cells has no effect on the body or on the mind. However, its remains are what allow Cannabis to be detected in drug tests.

2. Cannabis kills brain cells.

Myth: Smoking cannabis causes irreparable brain damage to an individual.

Reality: In actual fact, there is no evidence that cannabis causes any kind of long term effect on a person's mental ability. While it is true that smoking cannabis can cause panic, paranoia and fear in a person who smokes it, these effects of cannabis pass quickly and are not permanent despite what the myth claims. However, it is possible for a person to smoke so much cannabis that they suffer from toxic psychosis. However, this is not unique to cannabis and can be caused by alcohol as well.

3. Cannabis is Addictive

Myth: Cannabis is an extremely addictive drug.

Reality: Cannabis is in no way addictive, with less than one percent of Americans smoking cannabis more than once per day. While people can form a mental addiction to cannabis, this is not unique to cannabis nor indeed is it unique to drugs. Mental addictions can be formed with books, video games, a particular food.... Cannabis does not cause physical addictions, which harder drugs do cause. Individuals who smoke cannabis cannot get sick when they try to quit like they can when they quit smoking. In fact, cannabis has been shown to be about as addictive as caffeine.

4. Cannabis causes cancer

Myth: Smoking one joint is the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes when it comes to lung damage.

Reality: Many anti-cannabis campaigns perpetuate the myth that cannabis is a massive contributor to lung cancer, and that smoking cannabis is more carcinogenic than a packet of cigarettes. Unburned cannabis is not a carcinogen, but cannabis smoke (like all smoke) contains cancer causing agents. However, unlike the what the myth states, people who smoke cannabis are no more likely to develop cancer than people who smoke regular cigarettes.

5. Cannabis Causes Crime

Myth: Cannabis usage leads to an increase in crime levels.

Reality: There is no certifiable evidence which supports this myth. In fact, serious research into tis area has shown that cannabis users are actually less likely to commit crimes, primarily due to the reduced aggression that cannabis causes. In fact, crime statistics probably go up because people who smoke cannabis are criminals simply for owning the drug, rather than these cannabis owners going on to commit other crimes as the myth suggests.

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