Cannabis smokers face tons of scrutiny from people who believe stereotypes suggesting they are dumb, lazy and unmotivated, and even criminals. In reality, cannabis adds a special kind of happiness to the day that isn’t found in any other substance. It’s been used for recreational and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. As research continues telling us more about the benefits and effects of cannabis, the number of people who enjoy dabbing a little Sapphire Kush THCa Diamonds Live Resin and consuming other cannabis products continues to increase. Whether you’re a new cannabis consumer or have puffed and passed for years, the misconceptions listed below are some of the many stereotypes you’ve likely heard. We’ll uncover the truth behind these common misconceptions, giving you more peace of mind when you partake. Misconception 1: Cannabis Smokers are Lazy & Unmotivated One of the biggest misconceptions about cannabis consumers is that they are lazy and unmotivated. Stream any movie or TV show portraying cannabis smokers and you’ll immediately notice they generally perpetrate this misconception. Sure, some cannabis smokers are lazy, unmotivated, and may not make it far in life. But, that isn’t the result of cannabis use. Many highly successful people regularly consume cannabis, from Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps to Martha Stewart, the world’s greatest gardener! Other famous people who’ve admitted to consuming cannabis or regularly using it include: Seth Rogan Snoop Dogg Miley Cyrus Steve Jobs Further, several studies prove this is merely a misconception. In the Journal of Addictive Diseases, a study concluded that there was no significant difference in work performance between employees who consume cannabis and those who do not. The next time you hear someone say cannabis consumers are lazy and unmotivated, hit them with the facts of the matter! Contradictorily, many cannabis consumers say it actually motivates them and inspires them to do more. It enhances their creativity and productivity as concentration improves and stress is reduced. Relaxing is easy once a person consumes. Misconception 2: All Cannabis Consumers are Young Cannabis smokers tend to be younger adults with about one-third of consumers between the ages of 18 – 25. However, cannabis use is not limited to young people and you’ll find people of all ages consuming. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported the number of adults 50 and older who use marijuana increased by more than 6% in the past 10 years. As cannabis research continues and Science tells us more about its long-term effects, the number of older adults who consume is likely to continue to increase. Remember, age is nothing but a number. Everyone can consume cannabis and enjoy its euphoria and other benefits. Whether you prefer to chill out and relax with Hot Blonde hemp flower or prefer trying new things like the amazingly awesome HHC vape, do so without fear of age discrimination. Everyone is welcome into our world of cannabis pleasure. Misconception 3: Cannabis Smokers are Criminals Maybe this is true in the sense that cannabis is illegal in some places. So, cannabis consumers who live in states without legalization laws technically are criminals. However, people who smoke cannabis are not all hardened criminals as many people stereotype them to be. So, don’t worry: your cannabis-smoking friends will not rob you blind to get cash to support their ‘habits.’ Most cannabis smokers are hardworking, law-abiding citizens who use cannabis responsibly. They enjoy the way it makes them feel and does not condone illegal activities. Misconception 4: All Cannabis Smokers are Drug Addicts Cannabis may have psychologically addictive properties, although, unlike other drugs, it does not cause a physical addiction or dependence or painful withdrawal symptoms such as those associated with heroin or meth. The majority of cannabis smokers do not find themselves bothered by even a psychological dependence, although it certainly can happen. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 9% of people who use cannabis become addicted, a considerably lower rate of addiction than for other drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Individuals who find themselves addicted to marijuana experience mild symptoms such as irritability, decreased appetite, and insomnia. Misconception 5: Cannabis Consumers Are Dumb An untrue and hurtful stereotype and misconception, cannabis consumers are not dumb nor do they lack intelligence. Cannabis can affect cognitive functioning, although it doesn’t mean that consumers lack critical thinking skills nor suggest they never pick up a book and read. In fact, cannabis consumers often find nothing more pleasurable than consuming, then making an evening educating themselves about various topics through documentaries, self-exploration, books, workshops, groups, and other avenues. Common Myths About Cannabis Along with the common misconceptions about cannabis consumers we’ve listed, you’ve likely heard plenty of myths about the plant itself. Common myths about cannabis include: It kills your brain cells: I remember in Middle school in 1992 when all my classmates talked about how weed kills your brain cells. That myth still goes around today, though it is untrue. It’s a gateway drug: A popular myth suggests using cannabis will lead to using harder drugs like cocaine or heroin. This simply is untrue. No scientific evidence supports this myth. People who use cannabis are not more likely to use hard drugs than people who do not consume cannabis. Cannabis is addictive: We discussed cannabis addiction in detail above, providing statistics proving this generally is not an issue facing cannabis consumers. Why do People Believe Misconceptions? People believe misconceptions regarding cannabis and its consumers for any number of reasons. A handful of common reasons why people believe them to be true include: Limited knowledge: it’s hard to believe that people have limited knowledge of a topic when the world of information is at their fingertips but all too often, people believe what they hear simply because of their limited lack of knowledge about cannabis and cannabis consumers. Confirms their beliefs: People tend to lean toward information that confirms their own suspicions and beliefs, so it’s natural that a person who already thinks poorly of cannabis consumers would believe misconceptions like those we discussed here. Social influence: Other people and media have big influences on our own opinions. If our favorite celebrities or social influencers say something is true or believe it themselves, we may follow in their footsteps, whether or not intentional. Culture and religion: Culture and religion play a big part in our lives. Some people are so dedicated to their religion and lifestyle, they do not evaluate or use reasoning to make decisions, instead rely on the information given to them by other people. Authority bias: Scientists, politicians, lawyers, doctors, advocates, and other authoritative figures may find themselves offering information about cannabis consumers (or other groups of people) and the plant itself. We tend to believe those with those fancy titles attached to their names, often without conducting our own research. This is yet another reason why some people believe unwarranted misconceptions. Don’t Believe Everything You Hear It is hard to not judge someone when the media, books, and other people toss them into one pot and portray them in a certain light, especially cannabis consumers. Cannabis has long been a controversial topic that many still have not come to terms with despite its legalization in states across the U.S. Yet, this list proves why judging others or accepting everything you hear as true is a bad idea. Cannabis consumers certainly may be anything but what you think of them. Which of the myths listed above have you heard before? Was there ever a time when you believed it to be true?