Let’s begin here with some myths about ganja that we all may or may not know.
Myth #1: Stoned driving is as bad as drunk driving
Drunk driving kills 28 people a day in the United States, while stoned driving shows little effect. Now I am not saying being stoned shows no effect on driving ability – because for some people it may. However it is more likely to make the driver more cautious. The cautiousness that is associated with smoking makes some smokers opt to not smoke at all.
Myth #2: Pot is Addictive
9%. This is the number of heavy cannabis users who become dependent on use, according to a study from the 90’s. This is significantly lower than alcohol, 14%, and tobacco, 24%. However to this day these number may fluctuate. Regardless, we all know that marijuana is significantly less dangerous than heroin, cocaine, even alcohol and tobacco.
Myth #3: You know what a ganja smoker looks like
Everyone has their stereotypes about stoners. Scruffy looks, squinted eyes like shaggy from Scooby doo, or Cheech and Chong. However this is not true! There are plenty of well-known people who do smoke pot, that do not fit the mold. For example, Morgan Freeman, Justin Timberlake, George Clooney, Lady Gaga and more! Even Barack Obama had a prolonged pot smoking phase.
How about some facts now, when is it not fun to learn something about marijuana?
Fact #1: Marijuana is thought to be one of the world’s oldest crops
Records of use of ganja date back to almost 6,000 years. That is over 60 time older than your oldest relative! Earlier civilisation relied on hemp to be used for paper, oil, fiber and food. One of the oldest known medical references dates back to 2700 BC used with the Chinese. They used it to treat malaria, female disorders, rheumatic pain and more.
Fact #2: Marijuana is safer than alcohol
One of the most common known reasons for this is; Marijuana has never been known to take a life, while alcohol is known to take many year after year. In fact, there were nearly 3.3 million deaths in 2012 alone due to alcohol overdose and more long-term effects of alcohol. Keeping that in mind, it is nearly impossible to overdose on ganja.
Fact #3: Marijuana can be prescribed for many different conditions
The use of ganja is becoming increasingly more common in the US. Medical users can get their bud from any licensed supplier. These can come in vaporizer, liquid, oil, topical rub, and much more. Here is the trick, not all of it gets you high!