There is an ever-growing gap between the latest science about marijuana and the myths surrounding it. Some people think that since it is now legal in some states to buy and smoke marijuana recreationally, it must be safe to smoke.
However, your body doesn’t know a legal drug from an illegal drug. It only knows the effect the drug creates once you have taken it.
Marijuana comes from the Indian hemp plant, and the part that contains the “drug” is found primarily in the flowers (commonly called the “buds”) and much less are in the seeds, leaves, and stems of the plant. There are over 400 chemicals in marijuana and hashish. The chemical that causes intoxication or the “high” in users is called THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol). THC creates the mind-altering effects that classifies marijuana as a “drug.”
You may have heard someone say that because marijuana is a plant, it’s “natural” and that makes it harmless. — NOT TRUE!! Hemlock, a poisonous plant, is also “natural,” but it can kill you. In addition, burning dried leaves and buds and inhaling the smoke into your lungs is definitely not “natural”. Just like smoking cigarettes, using marijuana can be harmful to your body and cause serious health consequences.