Medical marijuana is gaining ground not only in the United States but also in other parts of the world such as Uruguay, Canada, and the European nations. Despite this development, many people share traditional beliefs about this wonderful plant, leading them to oppose the legalization of it.

To facilitate healthier discussions and to open people’s minds about the plant, it is important to dispel some misconceptions about it. Here are just three myths about cannabis that you should avoid:

Cannabis is More Harmful than Alcohol

As cannabis becomes more mainstream, many people are comparing it to alcohol. Some say it has negative socio-political effects like alcohol; especially since there are several recorded marijuana-related crimes in the past. However, it is important to keep in mind that alcohol also used to be banned in the US in the 1920s. This Nationwide Prohibition resulted in the rise of gangs which also led to a spike in crime rates. Remember, Al Capone ran his illegal liquor business which earned him $60 million. When they lifted the ban, murder rates decreased, while organized and gang-related crimes went from the alcohol business to other illegal markets.

This can be compared to the banning of cannabis, especially because marijuana-related crimes began to fall after the legalization. In fact, there was a reduction in property crimes in some areas after the plant became legally available for use.

Aside from the reduction in crime rates after its legalization, cannabis and cannabinoids have medical properties that give it an edge over alcohol. Of all the marijuana users, only 9% have the possibility of developing a dependency on the plant, while 15% of liquor consumers are likely to be addicted to alcohol. Moreover, it is found to be a viable aid in addicts’ recovery from substance dependency.

It Has Minimal Benefits

Many opposers of this plant argue that while consuming this herb has benefits the advantages are minimal. However, it is good to remember that medical cannabis is legal because it has the potential to treat the symptoms and effects of debilitating medical conditions. This ranges from immune diseases to brain degeneration, making it an important development in the medical field. They also know it helps treat tumors and other symptoms of cancer such as vomiting, nausea, and cachexia.

If you think fatal illnesses are the only conditions marijuana can treat, you are wrong. This plant is found to have relaxing and uplifting effects, making it a feasible treatment for mental and mood disorders. Those having sleep problems can also turn to this plant for help. Other conditions that this herb can treat include epilepsy, spasms, inflammation and many others listed in qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.

Cannabis Products Always Gets You High

Another popular misconception is that any kind of cannabis product will get you high. However, this is not the case as there are items that only contain cannabidiol (CBD). If you are not familiar with CBD, it will help to know that this cannabinoid is a non-psychoactive compound. This means that it will not make you high, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the primary psychoactive component of cannabis. Moreover, CBD is known for being rich in medicinal properties, which makes marijuana a great medical aid.

Information and knowledge are keys towards a healthier perception of this so-called miracle plant. By clarifying myths about marijuana, there are higher chances of opposers opening their minds to cannabis, increasing support for its legalization and making it easily available for those who need it.