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Health Center: Educate Yourself: Marijuana
Myth vs. Fact
When deciding whether or not to use marijuana, it's important to be informed about the impact of one's use. There is a lot of conflicting evidence out there about marijuana use and its effects that is divided into two camps: 1) that marijuana is harmless and has potential health benefits and thus should be legalized; and 2) that marijuana is harmful, causes health risks, and thus should continue to be illegal, as it is federally. These two camps represent the extremes of the debate, and more and more evidence is pointing towards the facts about marijuana lying somewhere in the middle.
Here are a few common myths about marijuana and facts informed by research:
Myth: Marijuana is a gateway drug.
Myth: You can’t get addicted to marijuana.
Myth: Smoking marijuana helps me sleep better.
Myth: Marijuana takes away my anxiety.
Myth: Smoking marijuana helps me think more clearly and helps me do better in my classes.
The Bottom Line
Marijuana affects different people differently.
When making a decision about marijuana use, the important questions to ask are: "Is It Worth It?" and “Do I Have a Problem?"