Marijuana use and its "benefits" have been the subject of debate for decades. Knowing the truth about what it is and what it does will help shed some light on the subject.
- Marijuana is a drug. Whether it is less dangerous than cocaine or meth makes no difference. The fact is, it still alters the way the mind functions and how a person perceives the world around them.
- Marijuana leads to other types of drug use. The choice to use other drugs rests entirely with the individual. Many marijuana users don't choose to try harder drugs simply because they have no desire too. Others who are always looking for a new high will.
- Marijuana is addicting. Marijuana does cause certain levels of dependence. It does not necessarily create an addiction in the sense the person has severe, physical withdrawal symptoms.
- Marijuana leads to cancer. The tars found in marijuana are much harder on the body than that from regular cigarettes. Some studies show, however, marijuana may actually prevent cancer cells from forming.
- Marijuana is legal in other countries. This must not necessarily true. Decriminalizing drugs does not mean legislation has been put in place banning them. Countries like Holland and Portugal simply choose not to enforce laws governing small amounts of marijuana.
- Marijuana can cause health problems. Breathing disorders are common and heavy drug use can impair a person's mental capacity.
- Not all marijuana smokers do so in excess. Many individuals who smoke marijuana, do so only three or four times a week.
- Marijuana is linked to crime. Because of marijuana as an illegal drug, it can lead to delinquency of minors as well as a wide range of drug associated crimes.
- Marijuana leads to prison time. The fact is most individuals who are in prison for drugs are normally there for repeated offenses and the amounts of the drugs they were in possession of. Marijuana is just one of the drugs responsible for prison time.
- Marijuana can be found almost anywhere, illegal or not. Prohibition will not prevent kids from getting drugs, but education can help them make better choices.
About The Author:
Ken Nersten in 2002 founded Orange County Detox Center, an alcohol treatment center in Orange County to help those with alcohol dependence, successfully break the habit and eventually lead healthy lives. With the understanding that detox is one of the most important decisions ever made by the drug/alcohol dependant and their family; the most powerful and effective programs are provided.