Myth #1: Marijuana Actually Has No Medicinal Value
This, simply put, is just not true. There are hundreds of pages’ worth of studies and research proving the opposite to be true. Even the National Cancer Institute has stated that cannabinoids can have the ability to block the growth of tumors and block the development of blood vessels that can otherwise cause cancer to metastasize. It has even been connected to helping people suffering from PTSD, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, cerebral palsy, and a variety of other medical conditions.
Myth #2: You Will Become Addicted – Without Question
Due to the fact that so many other drugs and substances have such addicting properties, many people believe that if they start using marijuana that they will become addicted to it. Marijuana in and of itself is actually not addicting. Now that is not to say that users cannot develop a dependency on it, but this percentage of people is slim, totaling only about 9% of users according to a study on the topic.
Myth #3: Marijuana Is Too Dangerous to Be a Recommended Medication
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) administrative law judge, marijuana is actually “one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man,” when in its natural form. Additionally, cannabinoids are almost completely non-toxic and have zero potential to cause a lethal overdose.
Myth #4: Medical Marijuana is Not Supported by Any Major Health Organizations
This is quite the opposite actually, as nearly 70 percent of most doctors according to WebMD and Medscape have acknowledged that cannabis has certain therapeutic qualities. Of this number, 56 percent of these physicians also agree that it should be made a legal option for all patients. The American Nurses Association, Epilepsy Foundation of America, and American Public Health Association have all supported access to cannabis therapy for qualifying patients.
Myth #5: Marijuana is Simply a Gateway Drug
There are no studies correlating the use of more dangerous substances after a person starts using marijuana. While some people may move on to other more illicit drug substances after using marijuana, the two are not directly connected. Marijuana runs along the same vein as tobacco and alcohol use, which also could be considered gateway drugs to other substances. Typically the reason that people move onto other drugs after marijuana use is largely due to social factors and general lifestyle choices; it is not because they happened to smoke weed a few times.
If you are suffering from one of the qualifying conditions that we work with here at New Jersey Alternative Medicine, do not hesitate to give our medical clinic a call to discuss whether or not medical marijuana is a viable treatment for you or your loved one.
Call us at 856-351-5277 today to learn more. We treat every patient with confidentiality and compassion.