It has been some time now since the use of cannabis was legalized. Cannabis is proven to be immensely helpful when used in medical capacities and is also used recreationally by plenty of enthusiasts. The number of users and supporters of cannabis are growing every day, and it is safe to say that the time has never been better to use marijuana. However, despite having such a huge positive impact and so much support from fans, recreational marijuana is still not free from the stigma of society. In this article, we discuss the stigma recreational marijuana faces in society, and how to free it from such stigma.
Use of Recreational Marijuana Makes People Lazy
This is one of the most common misconceptions society has regarding marijuana. People seem determined to believe that smoking marijuana will make users ‘lazy’ and ‘useless’. However, that is not the case. Plenty of users feel more energetic after smoking marijuana, and often use recreational marijuana to get the much-needed boost when handling difficult tasks. For example, cannabis enthusiasts will often recommend smoking Green Crack or some other similar Sativa strains to get through a long and tiring day. Strains such as Green Crack, Pineapple Express, Sour Diesel, Trainwreck and Durban Poison have all reached legendary status as a result of their ability to induce extremely energetic vibes in the user.
Besides, Barack Obama himself admitted to smoking marijuana, and he is not exactly lazy, is he?
Marijuana is Illegal
This reason is partially valid – marijuana is still illegal in only a few places nowadays. Thanks to the numerous benefits that marijuana provides, it has been legalized in lots of places for recreational use. For example, the use of marijuana is now legal in 28 states in the USA, with the latest states to legalize it being Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania. If marijuana was harmful, then it wouldn’t be legalized in more than half the states, would it?
Marijuana is More Harmful than Alcohol
One of the biggest and most important points that society chooses to ignore, or is unaware of, is that alcohol is much more harmful compared to marijuana, and not the other way around. Despite this, society is used to alcohol more than marijuana, which seemingly puts a stop to the alcohol vs. marijuana debate. However, let’s look at some ways in which alcohol is more harmful than marijuana:
Number of deaths from alcohol use is far greater than that of marijuana
According to a report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 37,000 deaths stem from the use of alcohol every year in the United States. Compare this with the fact that the CDC does not have any records of deaths caused by the recreational use of marijuana, and you can have a clear picture of which is the more harmful substance.
There have been no cases of deaths from marijuana overdose
Although many people die from overdosing on alcohol, there have been no such tragedies regarding marijuana. Alcohol is one of the most toxic drugs to be used by mankind, but no one seems to question it as much as marijuana, do they?
Health-related costs of alcohol are far more than that of marijuana
A report published by the British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Journal states that the health-related costs for alcohol consumers are eight times higher than the costs incurred by marijuana users.
Consumption of alcohol damages the brain and may lead to cancer
Another hugely significant difference between alcohol and marijuana is that using alcohol damages the brain cells, while certain marijuana strains have been found to have neuroprotective properties. Moreover, consuming alcohol can lead to many kinds of cancer, such as esophagus, stomach, colon, lungs, liver, pancreas and prostate. In contrast, marijuana is thought to have cancer-battling properties, which certainly makes it more preferable than cancer causing substances. Still, society will find ways to question the recreational use of cannabis.
In short, it is high time that recreational marijuana was recognized for what it is, and the myths dispelled. It is not half as bad as people seem to think and is certainly much less harmful than other socially accepted substances, such as alcohol. Hopefully, marijuana will be recognized for all its positives, and, with the passing of time, be free from the social stigma it is faced with.