For years now, Marijuana has been cited as a vicious emerald Demon that clings onto the backs of adolescents, forcing them into laziness, incompetence and even crime.
Although its complete innocence can't be confirmed, a number of myths about the Class B have been disproven.
Below, six of the most common myths about Marijuana are exposed.
Smoking Marijuana causes Lung Cancer
Unlike Tobacco (responsible for 5.4million deaths per year), Marijuana is illegal in most countries and does NOT cause lung cancer.
Despite previous attempts by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to fool the public, claiming they found 'weed' to contain some of the same cancer compounds found in Tobacco, scientists have proven that this is not the case.
In fact, scientists discovered that no links to lung cancer existed even in regular Marijuana smokers (up to 22,000 joints in a lifetime) and even found a protective effect against lung cancer in the drug.
THC gets stored in body fat and its effects last for days
THC, the principal psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plant, IS stored in the body fat after use. However, claims that the effect of the crystals (including relaxation, alteration of vision, fatigue and appetite stimulation) last for days are UNTRUE.
When smoked the THC present in Marijuana is stored in the body fat, however, the psychoactive elements of the drug are used up rapidly and are not harmful to the fat, brain or any other part of the body.
Although many are aware that this myth is complete nonsense, there are still a number of people who believe Cannabis can cause fatality.
According to scientists, the amount of 'weed' required to achieve your individual 'stoned' state would have to be multiplied 40,000 times to cause death.
'Weed' gives you the 'Munchies'
'The Munchies' (extreme hunger) is proposed as a common side effect of Cannabis use. However, researchers suggest that hunger following use is down to mind set rather than low-blood pressure induced by smoking.
They suggest that if you think you'll get the 'Munchies', you will. In fact, research has found that appetite can depend on the individuals experience (time of day, mind set, etc.) and that 'weed' can actually drive focus towards completing tasks!
There is even some evidence that claims Cannabis can suppress ones appetite!
Marijuana can cause permanent memory loss
Contrary to popular belief, Cannabis has been proven NOT to cause permament memory loss.
Although short term memory is affected when intoxicated, the effect does not continue when one returns to a sober state and memory is restored back to normal.
'Weed' is legal in Jamaica
Even before the Rastafari movement began, Ganja was used by herbalists in Jamaica as a medicine in teas. The movement is still very active to this day and considers Ganja the 'wisdom weed' as its use helps one to gain wisdom.
Despite Marijuana's stereotypical affiliation with Jamaica, the Carribean country holds similar laws to the UK with regards to the drug. You are a liable to be jailed if caught with it and even Rastafarians are punished.