Marijuana has been surrounded by negative propaganda for decades. So much so that its medical benefits have been overshadowed by the misconceptions people hold about it.
However, after years of research, a total of 33 U.S. states have now legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Research shows that the unprocessed marijuana plant can be used to treat a number of illnesses including, epilepsy, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, and more.
When there are so many benefits of medical marijuana, it’s only right to clear all myths about this medicinal herb.
Here are some of the common medical marijuana myths debunked.
1. It Causes Cancer
Medical marijuana is often dismissed as a medical tool as it’s believed to be unsafe and a cause of lung cancer in users. However, research conducted at UCLA shows that phytocannabinoids present in the cannabis plant have anti-cancer effects and it doesn’t cause a risk of cancer and other lung diseases.
2. It Kills Brain Cells
It’s a popular misconception that using medical marijuana damages neurons in the brain. On the contrary, a study conducted by the National Institute of Health, states that medical marijuana is a neuroregenerative. This means that it actually builds new brain cells; not kill them.
3. It Has To Be Smoked
Medical marijuana doesn’t necessarily need to be smoked. There are many alternative ways for consumption that patients can opt for such as oils, tinctures, or THC pills.
4. It’s Addictive
Addiction is defined as the compulsive use of a substance that can have harmful consequences. Patients who use medical marijuana aren’t driven to use the herb compulsively. They can stop when they need to. However, quitting after prolonged usage to treat illness can result in the recurrence of the symptoms of the illness.
5. It Isn’t Supported By Health Organizations
The use of marijuana for medical therapy is supported by a number of health organizations. The Epilepsy Foundation of America, the American Nurses Association, and the American Public Health Association among others recognize the use of cannabis for treating illnesses.
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