We've seen the memes, we've dealt with thousands of unsubstantiated claims, but what reality with pot smokers. What are the real misconceptions?
Does everyone with the memories of Jeff Spicoli (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”) sitting in front of his stash and weed rolling tray while burning a joint and vegging out think this is how it works for everyone who indulges?
I was curious, so I did some research and here's what I found. Here are the top 5 misconceptions about daily pot smokers.
1. Daily pot users are lazy.
There is no scientific proof that smoking weed makes you lazy or unmotivated. Yes, smoking pot may make people relaxed and makes people want to chill out.
The way I see it, people are either motivated or lazy and what they choose to smoke has very little to do with that. Coming from someone who does smoke weed every day, I can honestly say that I have smoked weed and written papers, cleaned a house, ran errands, gone to work, etc. It all depends on what type of person you are.
If you're the type who smokes and melts into the couch for hours, maybe it's a good idea to take care of your tasks first, then smoke up.
2. Daily pot smokers are unmotivated
This is another one that I'd have to disagree with wholeheartedly from a personal stance. As a three-time college graduate, full-time employee, and full-time parent,
I can honestly say that I am a motivated person with or without smoking weed. If I have a goal in sight, that goal is on the forefront of my mind.
Smoking weed doesn't inhibit me from attaining that goal. It doesn't push me to the goal either.
I will say, that when I feel like my plate is too full, and I have too much going on, smoking bud calms my mind and makes me feel relaxed. Definitely not unmotivated.
3. Daily pot smokers kill an enormous amount of brain cells
No study has even been done that has scientifically proven that marijuana kills brain cells.
4. Daily users are addicted to marijuana
Yes, it’s pretty easy to get into the habit of smoking pot on a daily basis, but it’s not physically addictive. Marijuana does not produce any withdrawal symptoms, no matter how heavy someone uses it.
When I was pregnant, I quit smoking pot for a year and had no problems doing so. No cold sweats, no chills, no puking, or gross bowel movements.
I was a little cranky but not 'sick' by any means. However, everyone is different so quitting may be harder for some than others, but there is no universal withdrawal for every user.
5. Daily users will eventually move on to heavier drugs.
No matter how you dice it, there are people arguing over such topics as regular cannabis users losing hair while others are claiming cannabis regrows hair.