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When it comes to weed, people are going to believe what they want. That’s just how it is. But as you know, there’s a fine line between facts and bullshit. Despite the numerous studies and countless amounts of information out there proving what’s real and what’s not, people still want to argue against it. Why is it so easy to fall for myths about cannabis than it is the actual truth? That’s a question pot smokers may never know for sure. To point out a few of the most common arguments about weed, here are seven we’ve all had to hear.

1. “If you smoke weed, that means you’ll try harder drugs too”

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Perhaps the number one argument against pot is that it’s a gateway drug. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Even the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences says that statement is complete BS,

In the sense that marijuana use typically precedes rather than follows initiation of other illicit drug use, it is indeed a “gateway” drug. But because underage smoking and alcohol use typically precede marijuana use, marijuana is not the most common, and is rarely the first, “gateway” to illicit drug use.

There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs.

2. “Once you hit it, you’re addicted”

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Lies. Not everyone who smokes weed becomes addicted to it. In fact, only about 9% of people who try it develop dependence.

3. “Pot will rot your brain”

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No, smoking a little jazz cabbage isn’t going to destroy your brain. On the contrary, cannabis can kill brain cancer and even protect against age-related damage. And as for that rumor that weed makes you dumb, studies show that there is no connection between frequent use and low IQ.

4. “It’s illegal for a reason”

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The real “reason” why pot is illegal is pretty sinister. These days, 29 states and Washington DC had a change of heart and decided to legalize it for medical purposes.

5. “Weed is just as bad for you as cigarettes”

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In more ways than one, this is entirely false. To point out an obvious fact about pot, it has never killed anyone. As for cigarettes, they kill nearly half a million Americans every single year.

Oh, and don’t forget about the study released in 2012 by the Journal of the American Medical Association, which stated that weed doesn’t impair lung function.

6. “If pot is so great, then why didn’t I enjoy it?”

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What might not work for you can do wonders for someone else. It’s true; weed isn’t for everyone. But that’s no reason to deny its benefits.

7. “You can’t be successful and smoke pot”

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Actually, yes you can. Just ask the thousands of entrepreneurs out there shaping the cannabis industry. Outside of the green scene, there are plenty of successful pot smokers that work, attend college, and manage to get through life just as well as the next person.

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