For decades, people have been told that consuming Cannabis will make them stupid, lazy, unmotivated, lead to other dangerous drugs, or cause brain and lung cancer. While there are many people who acknowledge the truth about Cannabis, there are still far too many people who have been brainwashed into thinking that Cannabis is a harmful and life-threatening drug. In reality, Cannabis is healthier and safer than alcohol, tobacco, and many other things we consume on a daily basis. Not only is Cannabis less dangerous than alcohol, but Cannabis is also more effective in treating people with illnesses over pharmaceutical drugs. No wonder more than half of the American population wants it to be legalized.
Not only is Cannabis actually beneficial to our minds and bodies, but it is actually healthier than majority of the products we consume every day. So, we decided to come up with 5 things we believe should be illegal instead of Cannabis.
Here are 5 things we believe should be illegal instead of Cannabis:
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco:
- Causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
- Worldwide, tobacco use causes nearly 6 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030.
- Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including nearly 42,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day.
- More than 16 million people already have at least one disease from smoking (HHS).
Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States: 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence.
- (CDC) 100,000 people die each year from alcohol-related causes: drinking and driving crashes, other accidents, falls, fires, alcohol-related homicides, and suicides. (NCAAD)
- Of the 3.9 million Americans who received treatment for a substance abuse problem in 2005, 2.5 million of them were treated for alcohol use.
Oxycodone is an opioid pain medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. According American Society of Addiction Medicine, Oxycodone:
- High potential for abuse and addiction
- May lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
- Can cause respiratory distress and death when taken in high doses or when combined with other substances, especially alcohol.
- Leads to other harmful drugs, such as heroin. Four in five new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers.
- 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2014.
- In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids, which is more than enough to give every American adult their own bottle of pills.
- 94% of respondents in a 2014 survey of people in treatment for opioid addiction said they chose to use heroin because prescription opioids were “far more expensive and harder to obtain.”
- Causes kidney and liver failure, as well as a reduction in the brain’s ability to adapt to new input
4. Fast food
Fast food is highly processed and contains large amounts of carbohydrates, added sugar, unhealthy fats, and salt (sodium). It has many calories and too little nutrition. According to Healthline, fast food causes several implications within the body, such as:
- High blood pressure
- Insulin resistance
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
Soda drinks, coffee, and energy drinks are major sources of caffeine in the American diet. It is the “socially acceptable psychoactive drug,” but in high doses, caffeine can cause:
- High blood pressure
- Gastrointestinal disturbance
- Irregular heartbeat
It’s important to note that there have been 0 deaths recorded in the entire history of Cannabis consumption. I repeat, ZERO. While many people are stuffing their faces with McDonald’s and taking a cigarette break or getting blackout drunk on the weekends, Cannabis consumers often find themselves wondering, “Why can’t I take a smoke break with a one-hitter packed with Cannabis?” But hey, our hopes are high that one-day Cannabis will no longer be suppressed and people will be able to use it to their leisure without being persecuted or judged by other people.
For now, we will continue to spread the truth and enlighten people about the true benefits of Cannabis. We will show people that Cannabis is truly no more harmful than what they are already ingesting/consuming on a daily basis. People should be able to legally consume Cannabis just like they are allowed to consume tobacco, alcohol, oxycodone, fast food, and caffeine.
Help us share the truth and spread knowledge about Cannabis!