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Myths Dispelled

Learn Facts. Forget Myths.

While many people find medical marijuana effective in treating the qualifying conditions in NY, there are still people who have their doubts and misconceptions about medical cannabis. It’s time to dispel these untruths and state facts.

Myth No 1: There Has Been No Research Conducted on the Efficacy of Medical Marijuana.

While conducting research may be challenging, due to the FDA classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug. In a review of 80 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) patients, cannabis use reduced symptoms in the Clinician-Administered Posttraumatic Scale. (Greer 2014).

Myth No 2: No One Has Proven That Medical Cannabis Is Effective for Pain Relief.

While there is no federal program in the United States that currently legalizes medical marijuana, many countries worldwide offer medical marijuana to people suffering from chronic pain. There are also over 60 peer-reviewed studies published about medical marijuana, and over 68% of them concluded that there were considerable benefits to medical cannabis.

Myth No 3: Cannabis Leads One to Use Hard Drugs.

Medical marijuana is about relief, not about getting high. It is ingested by people suffering from severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions. Medical marijuana is not a gateway drug and is a safer, more organic treatment option than addictive opioids.

Myth No 4: There Is a Considerable Danger of Overdosing on Medical Marijuana.

There have been no deaths reported in the United States attributed to cannabis consumption. However, the fatalities caused by FDA-approved synthetic drugs are on the rise. Medical marijuana is a safe way to relieve numerous debilitating symptoms. “In strict medical terms, marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis, marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care.
[DEA Administrative Law Judge – 1988]”
― Francis Young.

Myth No 5: People Take Medical Cannabis Just to Get High.

When somebody is suffering from chronic medical conditions and cannot perform everyday activities easily, they are not thinking about getting high. They are thinking about relief. Choosing to treat your symptoms with medical marijuana is a safe way to battle the symptoms of the qualifying medical conditions.

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