10 LIES You Were Told About Marijuana

10 LIES You Were Told About Marijuana

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So, depending on where you live,
weed is either legal or it’s not.
But, regardless there is
a lot of misinformation
and confusion out there about it.
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– This is good.
– Marijuana has been both applauded
as the miracle drug that
has helped many people
as well as the gateway demon drug.
So, I know it’s confusing.
Today, I decided to focus
on the most common pieces
of misinformation that’s
out there right now
that we’ve all heard of that aren’t true
but that everybody believes.
Oh, man, don’t worry, this isn’t
like preaching or anything.
I’m just giving you facts, bro.
Here are 10 lies that you
were told about marijuana.
Number one is 420 is a police code.
420 is a popular code for smoking pot.
And 4:20 p.m. has also
become the popular time
for pot smokers to light up.
Not only that but April 20th has widely
become the unofficial weed smoking day
in many countries.
Now, many people have
theorized that 420 was pulled
from some official police code that stood
for either juvenile delinquency
or possession of marijuana,
but it didn’t.
420 actually came from
five stoner teenagers
back in 1971 who learned
about a secret stash
of pot plants that had been abandoned.
This group of California high school kids
planned to meet at 4:20 everyday
to look for these plants.
But after weeks of searching,
the plants were never found.
But they started to use the
term 420, as did their friends
and their friends of their friends, etc.
Eventually, the term reached the ears
of the rock band, The Grateful Dead
who made it popular with their fans
and it took off from there.
Number two is weed is a gateway drug.
I’m pretty sure you’ve
heard this one before.
Some people think that
weed is a gateway drug
and that users will
build a tolerance to it
after using it several times,
which will lead them to seek out a bigger
and more intense high,
which means that they’ll be looking
for stronger and stronger
drugs to get them there.
But, it’s just not true.
In fact, in studies conducted in 2013,
it was found that over
32% of American students
of various ages had used marijuana
but only 1.8% of them
had ever tried cocaine
and only 0.6% have ever used heroin.
So, weed simply doesn’t make you want
to crave stronger stuff.
By that same logic, you
could just as easily say
that energy drinks or
alcohol are gateway drugs.
Number three is weed kills brain cells.
Oh, man, sorry I’m late.
I smoked weed a few days ago
and I forgot where I lived.
Some people believe that smoking cannabis
or even breathing it in second-hand
is a great way to make
your brain cells die.
But, believe it or not,
this is actually a myth
that was created by a US
government-funded study
by Dr. Robert G. Heath.
The study, which was
published back in 1974,
involves forcing monkeys
to smoke two joints a day
for almost a year.
That actually sounds
like a fun movie premise.
The data from electrodes that were wired
to the monkey’s brains showed that they
had suffered severe brain damage.
But, in the early 90s, two
major studies were conducted
to replicate these results
but found no change
in the monkey’s brain activity.
It should also be noted
that Heath once claimed
to have successfully
converted a homosexual man
into a straight man by zapping
his brain with electrodes.
So, you know, he’s
completely out of his mind
and thus should be just
more than a bit discredited.
Number four is holding
in smoke gets you higher.
Anyone who’s ever smoked pot
will have heard there friends say
that holding in smoke as long as possible
after inhaling it will allow your lungs
to fully absorb the
THC and get you higher.
But, it’s not true.
A study from the University
of Chicago in June of 1989,
found that any THC inhaled into the lungs
is absorbed into the bloodstream
almost instantaneously.
So, in other words, the
time that it takes you
to inhale deeply and then exhale
is more than enough to get
the chemical into your body.
Holding your breath only
actually deprives your brain
of oxygen, making you feel light-headed
and this lack of oxygen
is what many confuse
for the effects of getting higher.
Also, holding in breath for too long
can damage your brain cells.
So, don’t hold in the pot
in your lungs for too long
or you’ll just pass out.
Number five is weed causes cancer.
When it comes to health
risks, smoking pot has a few.
But, does smoking cigarettes
like smoking marijuana
contribute to the
development of lung cancer.
Many people equate them
to being the same thing
but that’s far from the truth.
According to a 2006 study
by the National Institute of Health
there’s no relation between
cancer and marijuana whatsoever.
That’s right, so, at least in one way,
it’s actually healthier
than smoking cigarettes.
When conducting the
study, Dr. Donald Tashkin,
from the University of California,
thought that smoking marijuana
would lead to an increased
risk of lung cancer
which is a logical leap as
it’s a chemical-filled smoke
you inhale into your lungs.
But, instead researchers actually saw
that any cells that were
damaged from the marijuana smoke
were somehow kept from turning
infectious or malignant.
Now, yes, smoking pot
is not the best thing
for your lungs due to the
carcinogens in the smoke,
but, it won’t lead to cancer
the way cigarettes will.
Number six is weed is addictive.
Okay, this one comes
down to the difference
between the terms addiction
and physical dependence.
Cannabis itself is not
an addictive substance.
As there are no highly
addictive compounds added to it,
unlike nicotine in cigarettes.
However, heavy users do have a 9% chance
to develop a physical
dependency on the drug.
Addiction is classified as having strong
and uncontrollable
craving to use a substance
even if the user is harming
themselves or others.
So, without the intense mental cravings,
there is no addiction.
If there are any symptoms,
it’s likely from a
dependency for the drug.
This is characterized by your body gaining
a tolerance for a substance
and creating a chemical imbalance
when it doesn’t receive it,
causing withdrawal symptoms.
Some weed smokers may display
an addict-like tendency
but it’s certainly not comparable
to the addictions of cocaine and heroin
or even cigarettes.
Number seven is weed
makes you more creative.
Oh, man, I get to paint the greatest mural
the world’s ever seen.
Just let me hit this bowl first.
There are so many authors,
painters, and musicians
that swear that marijuana is their muse,
claiming that being high on
it enhances their creativity
and gives them direction while
creating their masterpiece.
However, a study by Leiden
University on October 7th, 2014,
found that the consumption of marijuana,
even pot with a high THC content,
does not improve creativity at all.
In fact, the study actually found
that it had the complete opposite effect,
making it harder for creative people
to come up with ideas.
Additionally, it was
revealed that even though
they weren’t actually more creative,
the effect the marijuana had on them
made them think that they were.
A lot of high people believing
that they had amazing
ideas while they were high
is likely where this rumor got started.
So, if you’ve had any plans
to try this or already have,
just know that a sober
brain is much better
at coming up with ideas.
It’s just that your stoned brain
will be a lot more impressed
with any ideas good or bad
that you do come up with.
Oh, man, I’m gonna, like, pour grape juice
all over a canvas and roll in it.
Oh, it’s next level.
Number eight is pot
makes you less ambitious.
When you think of a stoner,
you probably picture some dude or dudette
laying on a couch half asleep
and wearing a hoodie
with a pot leaf on it,
maybe, motionless, eating
Cheetos and brownies,
watching Netflix.
It kind of sounds like a good time.
Well, you would not be alone.
In many people’s minds,
smoking weed has always
seemed to be linked
to utter laziness.
But, while it may make you feel relaxed,
it doesn’t necessarily make
you lazy or unmotivated.
Many tokers have gone on
to achieve amazing things,
like Barack Obama for example,
who, you know, just kind
of held the presidency,
no big deal.
Yes, he used to smoke in his younger days
and even Virgin Records
magnate, Richard Branson,
still smokes.
Even the rap legend, Snoop Dogg,
can be seen smoking blunts in
just about everything he’s in,
even pajamas, and he’s seen in a lot.
But that’s not all.
Other notable tokers include Carl Sagan,
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe
Rogan, and Stephen King.
Just because stoners enjoy relaxing
under clouds of pot smoke,
doesn’t mean that they lack ambition
or a drive to be successful.
Number nine is weed is all the same.
There’s a widely believed theory
that no matter what type
of marijuana you purchase
it will simply get you
high in the same way
and that all those fancy
strains and bizarre names
are just for marketing purposes.
However, this could not
be further from the truth.
Cannabis strains fall into
three basic categories,
indica, sativa, and hybrid strains.
Indica weed gives you a
strong relaxed body high
that makes you calm and sleepy.
Sativa gives you a more mind high
with uplifting and energetic effects.
Then there’s the hybrid strains
which include mixtures of
both indica and sativa strains
and are a little more custom-tailored
to the effects that the
user wants out of them.
Each strain also has
different medicinal properties
with indicas helping
pain relief and insomnia,
while sativas help with
depression, ADD, and fatigue.
And number 10 is you can
overdose on marijuana.
Okay, this one is huge.
Some people think that if
you smoke too much weed
you can overdose and
wind up in the hospital
or worse, dead.
See, the thing is there
is absolutely no record
of anyone ever having died
from smoking too much weed.
According to numerous doctors,
doing so would be damn near impossible.
See, unlike opioid drugs,
marijuana doesn’t affect
the parts of your brain
that control breathing,
so no overdose.
But, just for argument’s sake,
even if you tried to overdose on pot,
it has a therapeutic index
of 40 thousand to one.
But, Matt, what does that mean?
That literally means that
you would have to smoke
40 thousand joints in
order to kill yourself.
And let’s face it, you’d be asleep
holding a box of Pop-Tarts by five.
Even if you tried to consume the weed
in brownies or cookies,
you would be more sick from
the amount of chocolate
or breads that you consumed
long before the weed physically hurt you.
So, those were 10 lies that
you were told about marijuana.
So, today’s question is,
what do you guys think of weed in general?
Do you think it’s dangerous?
Or do you think it just
shouldn’t be a big deal at all?
I’m genuinely curious to hear
what you guys have to say.
So, leave your comments below
because I’ll be looking through them.
And I am going to pin
the best one to the top.
As always, thank you guys
so much for coming by today.
Remember to come back tomorrow
and every weekday at 3
p.m. Eastern Standard Time
because I’ll have a
brand new video for you.
I’ll see you then.

100 thoughts on “10 LIES You Were Told About Marijuana

  • I’m pro weed but PLEASE don’t let your kids use your vape pens! Babies and youngsters need to stay away from that stuff at least until they’re an adult, not good for their development.

  • I use to be dangerously skiny then i started stoning now I'm healthy cause of weed so to hell with the negative ppl who is against weed

  • 10 lies? i heard atleast 1000 lies about it from the white media and canada usa europe. being from India, I can educate all ju kids on the Herb nice and thoroughly. I got a nice backyard and frontyard….with a REally Green View….Ommm Namah Shivaiya..

  • i will start with the fact that has broken many hearts each time i said it. GANJA is an INDIA word and the HERB WAS FIRST FOUND IN NORTH INDIA. THE GUD WON YAA'LL

  • Yeh me and my friends hold it in sometimes but its mostly cuz we like seeing how long we can hold it in or were playing Chicago but I got some friends that say it'll get u higher and I just ignore em

  • Weed isn’t bad, it’s actually good. People who smoke marijuana are creative,chill, and it helps with depression and anxiety. It’s actually good for you, depending on how you use it. I personally have smoked weed only three times and only thing it gave me is a massive headache and well, made me not as depressed as I was, but I am still depressed, but now that I am seeing a therapist, I am getting better day by day. So, people, WEED ISN’T BAD!!!

  • Currently studying The terpenes profiles ( smelly oils basically). The smell of lemon, or lavender, or pepper. These foods have the same oils as cannabis and more so than just hybrid, sativa, or indica. The combination of smell is the most determining factor in different uses. The only Doctor in three states would never give advice. Until one in Honolulu where I sometimes visit and have a medical license for cannabis. So that idea comes from a medical doctor not myself. I find my follow up personal research to confirm this idea.

  • marijuana is a gateway to your refrigerator (lol well they already know )5 drunk guys in a bar will start a fight
    5 stoned dudes in a bar will start a band

  • found something wroooong!! found something wroooong!!marijuana has been found to cure cancer kifound something wroooong!!ll cancer cells in both animals and people.. in the same lab during this. THC was added to a petri dish with live cancer cells and kill the cancer that was there. I have found over a hundred studies not done by the government.

  • I suffer from spinal issues, have had 5 spinal surgeries and 1 stroke within the past 10 years and I’m literally in pain 24/7 and I smoke sativa during the day since I have things I need to do and don’t want to feel tired. Before I go to sleep a take many pulls of indica which helps me sleep and I stay asleep. I live in Maryland and just within the last year medical marijuana has been approved and since starting up smoking again (I used to be quite a pothead in my earlier years) I have gotten off of two different opioid pain relievers. It has been the best thing for me and highly recommend those in a similar situations and are able to smoke to inhale away!

  • I love my edibles. It helps my anxiety. And although it might not make me more creative. It helps me relax and let my creativity flow. I have completed more art and made more art thanks to it.

  • I know 2 people who get delusional with some paranoia, mild hallucinations when they smoke weed. They do not know each other.
    One said there were small people living in the cabinet below her kitchen sink, who will provide, for the dishwasher, a pleasurable "service". No she is not just trying to entice people into doing her dishes, she really seems to believe this, at least while she is high.
    Uhhh, idk. Ive never seen nor heard of any others that MJ affects this way! Could this be so? Maybe i should try some of what they are smoking? What do you think?

  • New BILL they are trying to pass!!!

    3. H.R.3754 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for a new rule regarding the application of the Act to marihuana, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Amash, Justin [I-MI-3] (Introduced 07/15/2019) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Judiciary, Energy and CommerceLatest Action: House – 08/06/2019 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

  • Hello Matthew! Thank you for uploading the truth. I knew something was fishy! I was introduced to the “GOOD GREENERY” by a good coworker of mine at age 20 just weeks away from my birthday. I’m 21 now. They say that MJ messes you up, but in reality, it actually does wonders to you all around. minus the munchies

  • naw …wrong. i smoked weed from 12 to 25. and it is a gate way drug. notice he focuses not on any human aspects of it but withdraw symptoms. but the facts are as followed and dont take my self incriminating word for it, research it yourself 1: if you use anything as an escapism, it can be mentally addicting. even sex can be. 2: most if not all drug dealers sell weed as a hook, a catch to get you to try new things. 3: once you try weed, and its fun its the domino effect of " well if i can handle that, i can go one step further". anyone that tells you weed isnt a gateway drug is not only dissing weed itself, they sure as hell havnt smoked as long as i have and from such a young age. nore do they know anything at all about drug culture. he also doesnt go in to how much more potent weed has become and how they now liquify it in to a gel and smoke it off of nails, or how e-cigs basically have a whole black market for doing exactly that. also i like how he says " the president once smoked one time. and then stopped smoking forever. there fore smoking pot does not make you lazy" XD uhhh….ya dude it does….thats why he stopped……get woke bro XD

  • I think weed should be legal, people can do what they want. But I don't care to smoke it, and I don't like to associate with people who do it

  • The only thing weed is a gateway to is the fridge. On a serious note, the only negative effect Ive personally ever noticed is minor short term memory issues.

  • Smoke containing carbon monoxide for a year will cause brain damage obviously. As carbon monoxide prevents the blood from transporting oxygen.

  • A friend of mine says it helps her get through the day.. and I smoke it for the combination of helping me with my anxiety or to fall asleep..

  • I was on adderall because i have adhd odd bipolar and deppression and the adderall made me abusive towards my family so i was wishing i wasnt alive so i quit taking the adderall and smoked weed and it actually helped me calm down and i dont feel as depressed as i used to so i really think that weed can help alot of people

    Edited:alot to a lot

  • I hate YouTube it's not fair on people make contents and they have to ask you to report report for what storm watches show on YouTube it says I have to report somebody

  • I met a monkey at the zoo whom pointed at then looked me in the eyes asking me specifically for my mountain Dew soda drink… he took it, swigged it… and gave it back to me. We shared. Monkeys self medicate as well. I think he was the king of the cage till the caffeine rush subsided.

  • Lmao people try to justify their drug addictions because they’re depressed and have anxiety wow it must be so hard living with normal emotions

  • Dude the point about weed making you not as creative as you are sober is very true , I once mixed chocolate milk and fruit punch together and thought it was a great idea it might have been if I would've put the cap on when I shook the bottle 😂

  • Every negative thing I've ever heard about it is nothing but utter lies.

    It makes me produce art that I wouldn't otherwise.

    It makes me feel healthy.

    It makes working out extremely enjoyable.

    I've played ice hockey while utilizing and broke the glass with a slap shot (yes, that was very awesome).

    When I don't use it, there are ZERO withdrawal symptoms (I've heard so many lies about physical and/or psychological addiction).

    Big pharma and big alcohol are definitely behind the misinformation (or lies) and why?

    Their only concern is money, money, money.

    Why does the government chose to not publish all of the mountains research they've done on it? Or have they?

    Where is it?
    They act like they don't quite understand it after 60 years and God only knows how much money spent studying it.

  • let the hemp be free. so we can make lot of thiongs out of it, run our angines with hem ol…as for did make such car but they syop it… we dont need oli and petrol…gorw in 6 moth so easly and you can make more the 50.000 thhings from it, even build strong houses..shuld let it be leagle, the I dont have to use valium and other sintaic drugs that is hurting me, and stop suffering…allso pain to of bad nack and back..and heart palpatations…dibities…that i already crushe with keto…we are not junkys we jut want to be happy an dlive a longer and fuller life…I am no hippy, we want to have a good sex lifef to..as I say Fuller lives…it will makes us better people, and all this stress put on us by brocracy wont bother and makes us sick any more…it is so natural…I did try it onece jut one puf, I was wopw, ok fell good…an my memory was good…I sleep so good…I was not paranoed…what happine to me, I was so much agans it…I found the truth about it from doctors in Turkey…as I did with how to fix my dibities and I did in 3 weeks now I dont use any drugs …I am not dibatic any more…I cant kill my self for capitalist getting rich…I will do it, I will talk to my doctor in sydney austiralia…if I wanted I can get it from out on the street…so what are you goves oding??? no meter what peole is going to make this happind…and start to grow their own pots….ones that make you high to…that is where the cure is…

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