It will make you go crazy. It’s a gateway to harder drugs. It will ruin your life. For too long, these marijuana myths have been pushed on the American public. Now, even as public opinion continues to rise in support of cannabis, this stigma continues to hinder cannabis’ medical, therapeutic, and even recreational potential.
Whether it’s the lazy stoner stereotype, fabricated mental health concerns, or myths about marijuana’s effects on your personality, the stigma around cannabis continues to make life difficult for recreational and medical users alike. Medical marijuana patients are too often afraid to disclose their medicine of choice to their families without judgment. Recreational marijuana users are still ashamed to admit that they would rather smoke a joint and watch a movie than get drunk at a bar.
As cannabis continues to emerge as a safer alternative to recreational habits like drinking, and medical treatments like opioids, dispelling these marijuana myths is paramount.