For years there has been a stigma surrounding cannabis and the individuals that use it. From criminal to lazy, pot-smokers have heard it all regarding labels. But that’s all starting to change, and it’s about time. In today’s world, people are much more accepting of the herb. Not only is weed legal for medical purposes in 29 states and Washington DC, but it’s also being used by people from all walks of life including doctors and lawyers. Finally, everyone is starting to realize that weed isn’t so bad after all. From job opportunities to its proven medical benefits, here are 10 reasons why the stigma of weed is melting.
1. It isn’t killing anyone
Unlike opioids and alcohol, weed is responsible for exactly zero deaths each year. That’s a fact. If anything, it’s saving people. For example, in states where the herb is legal for medical use, the annual opioid overdose mortality rate is 24.8% lower than states that lack medical weed laws.
2. Legal pot is creating more jobs
Unemployment is an issue all across the globe. But for states with legal marijuana laws, not so much. The cannabis industry is creating dozens of jobs. From baking edibles to growing plants, the possibilities are endless.
3. The weed industry is making bank
During 2014, Colorado brought in almost $70 million dollars from pot-related taxes. At the present time, the US is making close to $6 billion dollars every year from weed sales. By 2021, sales are expected to reach over $17 billion.
4. People from all walks of life are using it
For some reason or another, some people think of pot-smokers as lazy and worthless. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only are athletes like Michael Phelps using the herb, but so are doctors, teachers, lawyers, and so on.
5. Kids are benefiting from it, too
When it comes to epilepsy, cannabis is a life saver for kids. But that’s not all. It’s also effective in treating cancer symptoms in children, including nausea, weight loss, and trouble sleeping.
6. Legalization is keeping weed away from the wrong hands
Not only is legal pot ruining business for the black market, but it’s also making it harder for teens to get high. That’s right; in states like Colorado and Washington, the rate of teens smoking weed isn’t going up.
7. You don’t have to smoke it
One thing about pot that turns many people off is the fact that people smoke it. But nowadays, you can do a lot more than just inhale its smoke. You can rub it on your skin with topicals, vaporize it, and even eat it. You certainly aren’t limited to bong rips and blunts these days.
8. Just because you use it, doesn’t mean you have to get high
Indeed, thanks to CBD, you can enjoy the benefits of cannabis without the high. CBD, aka cannabidiol, is entirely nonpsychoactive.
9. Weed makes you smarter
According to a recent Harvard study, marijuana is capable of improving cognition. Be sure to tell that to the next person that swears it rots your brain.
10. Great sex is made possible by weed
Decent sex is hard to come by, but not when you smoke the ganja.