ORLANDO, Florida (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Cannabis is now legal for medicinal purposes in 36 states and for recreational use in 17 states. The drug has been touted for its pain relieving and sedative effects, but there are some myths you should know about.
It can be seen almost everywhere and is legalized in more states every year. But there’s more to the story when it comes to cannabis use.
“The common misconceptions and attitudes are that marijuana is harmless, which it is not,” said Cynthia Fontanella, PhD, of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health at Ohio State University.
In fact, cannabis contains three to five times as much carcinogens as tobacco, according to the Drug Abuse and Mental Health Authority. And cannabis can cause permanent IQ loss of up to eight points if you start using it at a young age. Studies have also linked the drug to depression, anxiety, suicide, self-harm, and psychotic episodes. Another myth: it’s not addicting!
“A cannabis use disorder is a high level of cannabis use that causes significant impairment of functioning,” continued Fontanella.
Studies suggest that 30 percent of those who use cannabis have some level of cannabis use disorder.
And our final fallacy: it’s okay to drive with cannabis in your system. Fontanella said the truth is that the drug significantly affects judgment, motor coordination, and reaction time, and can increase the likelihood of a car accident. Helps you understand misconceptions about cannabis.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Authority said people who use cannabis are more likely to have relationship problems, poor educational outcomes, and low job success.
Contributors to this news report include: Julie Marks, producer; and Roque Correa, editor.
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