5 debunked marijuana propaganda myths from the Reefer Madness era

1. Weird Orgies and Wild Parties!

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Social gatherings using cannabis as a creative and entertaining tool are used to promote positive social interaction with both friends and strangers. Even though marijuana use may be used at orgies and wild parties, the majority of gatherings will probably have less self-destructive and dangerous behavior attributed to marijuana use-like a game of Jenga!

2. Pot opens the door!

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Marijuana is not a gateway drug. It is true that marijuana users may eventually try harder drugs in search of a more intense high. Experimentation also may lead to harder drugs and addiction. Overwhelming studies on this topic shows us that for most people, marijuana is not a gateway drug and that medical marijuana legalization might be associated with decreased prescription opioid use and overdose deaths.

3. The Smoke of Hell!

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Medical marijuana or CBD might be the only type of medicine that relieves pain and suffering or treats symptoms of various medical conditions, without debilitating side effects. Marijuana use has been shown to alleviate symptoms of a variety of medical conditions. Some studies have shown that medical marijuana eases symptoms of multiple sclerosis, AIDS, glaucoma and cancer. It is also can be an effective alternative to prescription painkillers. With all the benefits of medical marijuana, it is definitely not the “Smoke of Hell”.

4. Marihuana-Shattered Hopes! Shattered Lives!

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According to the ADAA, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. These disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older every year. Anxiety disorders prevent many people from engaging with others or simply leaving their homes. Most need a daily dose of prescription pills to get through their day. Instead of marijuana shattering lives, scientific reports on marijuana use has demonstrated that marijuana may create a calming experience that temporarily relives symptoms of anxiety for many people. This gives people with anxiety an alternative to improve their quality of life.

5. Assassin of Youth!

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In 2016, rates of marijuana use among the nation’s 12-17 year-olds declined to their lowest level in more than twenty years. This trend defies the warnings of those who oppose marijuana legalization. This prediction of loosening restrictions on marijuana would lead to the increase of marijuana use by teens. This is simply not true and should not be used as a talking point.

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