What Are The Myths Around Medicinal Cannabis?

By Frank Coutinho | Aug 02, 2018
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There are numerous myths and misconceptions concerning the effects of marijuana. Of all the ones you've heard, how many do you know actually came from a reliable credible source? Do you really trust what the general public is saying about the subject, or would you like to learn some facts? In this article, we will explore some of these myths in greater detail.


1. There are no medicinal uses for marijuana.


Actually it is quite the very opposite! Marijuana is used medically in California in the treatment of cancer, AIDS, arthritis, migraines, and anorexia. Studies show it can also be used alongside, or even instead of, current medications for those diagonsed with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and insomnia. Research is currently being conducted to test its effect on Alzheimer's disease and the benefits of cannabis dried flowers.



2. Marijuana is addicting.


This statement is actually false! Marijuana is not addicting. Medical studies have shown alcohol, nicotine, and even caffeine to all be more addicting than marijuana. Compare this to the drug OxyContin. Both medicines are used to treat severe pain, but in 2006, 20.4 million Americans illegally used OxyContin. Medical marijuana is a much safer alternative.


3. Marijuana has a negative effect on health.


There are thousands of deaths each year from various drugs approved by the FDA. Interestingly enough, there are ZERO reported cases where marijuana was listed as the cause of death. Many people fear the smoking of marijuana, relating it to the cancers cause by cigarettes. Keep in mind, smokers will go through twenty or more cigarettes a day, every day. Medicinal levels of marijuana are nowhere near that high.


4. Legal marijuana will be abused/illegally sold.


The idea of banning a medicine because others will abuse it is preposterous. Drugs such as sleeping pills and pain medications are abused daily, yet are sold over-the-counter. Also, if someone is unfortunate enough to have AIDS, and are depending on a medicine to prevent extreme pain, why would they willingly get rid of it?


5. Even if it doesn't cause death directly, marijuana weakens your immune system.


This claim is based on a test performed in 1980, stating that white blood cells transformed slower in reaction to threats when exposed to THC. Since then, such results have never been able to be replicated. The FDA has even approved Marinol, a synthetic form of THC, for the treatment of diseases that attack the immune system, such as HIV.


In this article, we have only covered a few common myths about the uses of medicinal marijuana. Think about all the information you have about weed, and then decide if your sources are truly reliable and credible, in most cases it is just someone else’s opinion. The stigma around this medicine is wrong, and needs to be reversed, for the sake of patients who could benefit from it. Learn the facts about marijuana and its medicinal purposes for yourself, we can only reverse this stigma one person at a time.

Comments (1)
Posted by: George Flimlin | Aug 04, 2018 08:13

Good articla. Perhaps the answers to a few more questions would also be in order, such as:

What forms does medical marijuana come in? Is it only smoked? Can it be taken orally, and in what forms? Can it be administered topically?

How often is it used each day, and does the form matter as to how many times?

Is there accurate information about the potency of which ever form it is prescribed in as in pharmaceutical drugs in mg, etc. And are these potencies based on a standard for dosage, and are they consistent across the providers?

Can you explain the difference between THC and Cannabidiols or other potential important parts of the cannabis plant?

Does medical marijuana leave the patient "stoned" all the time, or can that part of the cannabis ingredients be removed allowing other parts to do their job?

Can you explain the difference between medical cannabis and industrial hemp? And also the difference between medical cannabis and recreational cannabis?  Are they all grown the same way? And are the rules for the production of each the same? Essentially does industrial hemp allow for more freedom of growing since it doesn't have the active ingredients for medicine or recreation?

You have started a good discussion but from my view, there are many questions to which I have no answer as you can see.

Please let me say that I am not at all opposed to either industrial hemp, medical cannabis, or recreational marijuana, I just don't know enough about all of them.

Thanks much

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