Five Marijuana Myths and Facts
Marijuana is harmless.
- Short term effects include memory loss,
distorted perception, anxiety and problems sleeping and problem solving.
- Weed can lead to panic attacks, depression and other mental health problems.
- Weed makes you stupid. A study showed that youth who starting using in their early teens and continued
through adulthood had a drop in IQ of 8 points.
Marijuana is not addictive.
- Today's weed is 5 times stronger than the weed of the 1970s.
- Youth users are 3 times more likely to become dependent than adults.
- Addiction rates are highest among 12 - 17 year-olds in states that have medicinal marijuana.
- Those trying to quit report withdrawal symptoms.
Marijuana is not as bad as cigarettes.
- Regular users of weed have the same breathing problems as smokers: coughing, wheezing, more acute chest illnesses and obstructed airways.
- Smoking 3-4 joints has the same, if not greater, effect on the respiratory system as smoking 20 cigarettes.
Driving high is safer than driving drunk.
- In a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study, a moderate dose of weed impaired driving.
- Driving while high doubles the risk of car crashes.
marijuana is medicinal it must be safe.
- Weed is a drug that is smoked, comes in unmeasured doses, is not FDA approved and doesn't require a medical exam with a prescription.
- Weed has high potential for abuse.
- States with medicinal weed have an increase in youth users.