So, let’s talk about weed.
It’s pretty typical to grow up with “weed is bad” drilled into your skull. I mean, it’s understandable in one sense: Weed (marijuana, cannabis, pot…grass if you’ve just stepped out of a time machine from 1967) is considered an illegal drug in most of the world. Nobody wants their kids to do drugs, so naturally, it’s demonized. But in recent years, there’s been a movement to demystify weed and start getting honest about how strange its illegality is. In the United States, for example, you can buy cigarettes and alcohol, which are both responsible for thousands of death every year due to overdose, organ failure, cancer, etc. While weed isn’t the healthiest thing for your body either (smoking anything tends to make your lungs pretty angry), nobody has overdosed on it, and it’s nowhere near as dangerous as tobacco. In fact, any doctor worth their salt will tell you that alcohol is more dangerous than weed will ever be.
There are states that are slowly, but surely, coming around to legalizing pot, and Canada might soon become one of the first developed countries to make weed legal. Can you imagine? But this still might leave you with questions: If weed isn’t that bad, why is it illegal? And does weed have any actual benefit other than making you mellow? Is it really the gateway drug that you’ve been led to believe? Get some answers with these nine facts about weed that’ll surprise you.
Pot Is Great For Dealing With PMS And Other Aches And PainsYou’ve probably heard of medical marijuana, which is marijuana that is allowed for medical purposes. Well, it’s not just for people who are experiencing a lot of pain due to terminal illnesses or chronic pain. Pot can help ease everything from menstrual cramps to back pain and even nausea. Pot works the same way that a lot of pain killers do: It blocks the brain’s ability to recognize pain in the body. Also, it’s a great muscle relaxer, which is good news to anyone who experiences cramps from hell during that time of the month. The Craft
Weed Is Less Dangerous Than Cigarettes Or AlcoholAs I touched on earlier, weed is a lot less dangerous than alcohol or cigarettes. You can’t overdose on it like you can with alcohol, the chances of getting cancer from weed is incredibly low compared to cigarettes, and it’s nowhere near as addicting as alcohol, cigarettes, or hard drugs like heroin, cocaine, and meth. Clueless
Pot Can Make Your Sex Life BetterNeed a way to make your sex life better? Pot might be the answer. Yes, seriously, pot. First of all, people swear by products like lube infused with cannabis for people who experience painful sex, because the cannabis helps relax the muscles, which can make penetration more comfortable when applied to the vaginal area. Also, scientific studies have proven that weed can increase sexual stamina and stimulates the part of our brain that controls euphoria, leading to better sex and potentially better orgasms. Skins
Kids Today Are Smoking Pot A Lot Less Than They Used ToAny parent clutching their pearls about how lost this generation is should calm down, because teens today are smoking and drinking at an all time low. They’re smoking less pot too, and some are speculating that smartphones are at least somewhat responsible for the decline. Bored teens have a lot more options at their disposal these days than lighting up a joint, I guess. It’s worth noting, however, that pot is more acceptable socially than ever before, even if people are smoking it a little less. Dazed and Confused
There Are A Lot Of Potential Economic Benefits From Pot LegalizationIt’s amazing that in a country that will happily capitalize on anything from cigarettes, to colored sugar water, to handguns, the powers that be are so hesitant to capitalize on the money that could come in from the marijuana industry. Taxed and regulated marijuana is estimated to potentially garner $113 billion of revenue. This money could help build schools, pay for health care, provide scholarship money to students, etc. Legalization can also help cut prison costs, which are often wasted on prosecuting, housing, and feeding people charged with marijuana possession. In Colorado alone—a state where marijuana has been legalized since 2014—legalized weed has raked in $2.4 billion for the state’s economy and added 18,005 new full-time jobs. Oh, and all the violent crime that people were worried about? It hasn’t changed at all. Broad City
Racism Is A Big Reason As To Why Marijuana Is IllegalYou might have wondered why pot is illegal in the first place. Well, in the case of the United States, its illegality has a murky past thanks to—you guessed it—good ol’ fashioned racism. Back in the day, the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics said that pot had an evil effect on “degenerate races.” Check out this ridiculous quote from him: “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.” “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.” He also fabricated statistics about the negative effects of marijuana. It’s worth noting that racism in marijuana policing hasn’t gone away. Black people and white people have very similar rates of drug consumption, but black people are four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people. Pinterest
Pot Isn't A Gateway DrugYou’ve probably grown up hearing about how smoking pot leads you to experiment with other drugs. One would think that other mind altering substances like alcohol would do the same thing, but apparently it’s just pot that does all the dirty work. Well, is it true? No, at least not according to any reputable study. A lot of factors could go into one’s use of marijuana before harder drugs, most obvious of which is accessibility. It’s just plain easier to find pot casually than it is to find cocaine or meth. Plus, someone who starts to do harder drugs could do so for a variety of reasons, such as depression, boredom, or just hanging out with people who are into hard drugs. Marijuana is just a convenient scapegoat. Friday
Smart Kids Are More Likely To Try PotThere might be a reason why all the smart kids in your class are also low key stoners. A small study out of the UK determined that high achieving students were twice as likely to try pot. Why? Well, the researchers determined that this was due to their curiosity, and curiosity is a trait that many smart people share. The Breakfast Club
Smoking Pot In Your Early Teens Is A Lot Worse Than Smoking In Your Later TeensHey, don’t start smoking pot just to get some A’s. Another study indicates that teens who smoke pot as early as 14-years-old mess up your brain when you’re in your early teens; waiting until you’re a little older is a safer bet. Fast Times At Ridgemont High
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