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In 1936, Reefer Madness swept America into a mass hysteria over the wildly wicked, and homegrown, plant known as marijuana. It led to a rash of other public service announcements about other frightful subjects like drinking, partying, and *gasp* pre-marital sex. Instead of actually basing any of these videos on fact, they chose to sensationalize these subjects, especially drug use.
While I don’t encourage the use of drugs I do encourage the use of factual information. So here are just a few myths about marijuana debunked.
Pot Is A Gateway Drug:
As recently as 2014, a survey was taken by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that concluded marijuana is not really a gateway drug. The desire to seek out other drugs is often more related to one’s social surroundings and friends. They even did research that revealed tobacco use and alcohol were more likely to be gateways than marijuana.
Driving Stoned Is As Bad As Drunk Driving:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted the “Drug and Alcohol Crash Risk” study in 2014. Over 20 months, 3,000 crashes were examined to determine what, if any, substances were in the driver’s system at the time. The study also includes 6,000 controlled drivers in the same area at the same period of time. The study concluded that drivers with THC in their system had only a 5% higher chance of crashing as a sober person.
Pot Causes Withdrawl Symptoms:
The Institute of Medicine has actively pursued studying the effect, or lack thereof, of marijuana being as addictive as cigarettes or alcohol. The study shows that cannabis addiction is very rare and if withdrawal symptoms are felt they are usually very mild and short-lived. Some smokers report irritability, headache, or anxiety for a day or two after quitting, but symptoms don’t last long.
Pot Is Worse For Your Lungs Than Cigarettes:
In 2012, the University of California, San Francisco and the Univeristy of Alabama at Birmingham gathered a variety of data from 5,000 people over a 20-year period. The study revealed that unlike tobacco use which decreases the amount of air flow a person has, the use of marijuana actually increased air flow and at the very least it doesn’t change the airflow.