1. It’s Impossible to Overdose on Weed
For cannabis to kill, you need to smoke about 20,000 – 40,000 times the average amount within a short period of time. That’s like smoking over 75,000 joints in one sitting. If you do die, it would not be from the weed itself, but because of the carbon monoxide suffocating you instead.
2. Cannabis Users Have 33% Lower Rates of Obesity
Marijuana reduces the risk of becoming obese by a third. Studies have shown that weed helps your body regulate blood sugars. It is also said that cannabis users eat an average of 600 more calories a day, but still have lower BMIs because weed increases the metabolism. This will cause individuals to be hungrier, but it acts as a digestive aid and utilizes what they eat better.
3. If Cannabis was Legalized in All States, It Would Earn Over $10 Billion in Tax Revenue
State and federal governments have spent an estimated $3.6 billion per year on the prohibition of cannabis. If it were fully legalized, the opposite would happen: it would generate billions in taxes. According to this infographic, Washington earned $186 million in marijuana tax revenue in their first fiscal year alone. In May 2017, Colorado hit more than $500 million in tax revenue since recreational cannabis sales started in 2014.
4. Cannabis Can Create More Jobs
According to a new report by Marijuana Business Daily, cannabis-related companies now employ an estimated 165,000-230,000 full- and part-time workers, making the industry a major job generator. People working in crop farms, marijuana dispensaries, vaporizer manufacturers, and cultivation lighting businesses are only a few of the tens of thousands of workers who have benefitted from this “budding” industry.
5. Couples That Smoke Weed are Less Likely to Experience Domestic Violence
Because cannabis slows you down, the more it is smoked, the less violence there is. When individuals smoke weed together, they are less likely to engage in domestic violence because they are less aggressive when encountering threatening stimuli.
6. Only 9% of Cannabis Users Become Dependent
While cannabis is not completely harmless, it is less addictive than other substances. When put into comparison with other substances, 15% of alcohol users become addicted, 32% for tobacco smokers, and 23% of heroin users.
7. Moderate Smokers May Have Higher IQs
Carleton University conducted a study finding out that cannabis consumers that smoked around five joints a week had higher IQs than those who did not smoke. Initially they held IQ tests for subjects aged 9 to 12. After a couple years, they had another IQ test when the subjects were between 17 and 20 and categorized by level of cannabis use. The tests results revealed that moderate smokers scored the highest.
One of the biggest problems the cannabis movement faces is that people are uneducated about it. Enlightening them with the truth is one way that can help stop the spread of misinformation. For a society to progress, its people should be more aware and knowledgeable of issues at hand. Through this article, we hope that misconceptions regarding marijuana are cleared out and that people form an opinion of it because of its facts.