5 Reasons why so many people use cannabis

Published Aug 14, 2020 01:00 p.m. ET
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We all know that cannabis is great for when the urge to get stoned hits, but that isn’t the only reason that millions of consumers around the globe are using derived products. The motivation for cannabis users is typically quite clear, it’s either for medicinal or recreational purposes, but the reasons behind why they choose pot-based options instead of alternatives are clear. To explain, we’ve compiled a list of the top five reasons why so many people choose to use cannabis, and you might be surprised to learn that it’s about a whole lot more than just getting high.

1. It’s affordable

Other cannabis alternatives, such as alcohol, are getting more expensive by the day. They cost a whole lot of money to buy, take up precious time when they induce side effects like intoxication and hangovers, and they are difficult if not impossible to make at home in a reasonable amount of time. Cannabis, on the other hand, can be grown on an incredibly small budget, supplying an entire year's worth of product for mere pennies compared to market prices.

2. Medicinal benefits

Some people spend hundreds of dollars every month to fill doctor prescriptions that aren’t covered by insurance plans. This leaves them with a difficult choice to make, as these kinds of bills can add up quickly month after month. They can either continue with their prescribed medicine, go without, and have money for other necessities, or meet somewhere in the middle by using cannabis as an alternative.

Many pharmaceutical medicines also come with unfortunate side effects that can degrade other aspects of your health while you’re trying to treat a problem. A trade-off that more and more people realize just isn’t worth the cost. Cannabis has very few side effects and no real long-term impacts, which makes it an ideal option for medically fragile consumers.

3. A safe recreational choice

There are very few legal drugs that are available to the general public to consume for fun, as the majority are illegal, but even if you take into consideration all potential drugs including alcohol, pharmaceuticals, and other nature-derived options like magic mushrooms, there is no safer choice out there than cannabis. Its effects are short and limited, and it leaves the body almost entirely as quickly as it enters, meaning that you can enjoy yourself and sleep off any potentially uncomfortable effects.


4. It’s entirely non-toxic to humans

Most substances that can alter your state of mind have a toxicity level, which means that there is an amount that you could take that could cause problems or even be fatal. Alcohol poisoning is a common phenomenon that we witness with alcohol drinkers, and overdoses from pharmaceutical options like narcotics are a daily occurrence all over the globe.

Cannabis, on the other hand, is completely safe, not because we know how to use it, but because it is impossible to overdose on. Even the most highly concentrated cannabis products do not contain enough of the powerful cannabinoids to cause risk to a healthy human being, which means that you can indulge as much as you like without feat of things turning sideways.

5. Social purposes

Cannabis is a social drug that is centered around a culture that encourages social activities. This is obvious when you take a look at common stoner sayings like puff puff and pass to the left, or sharing is caring, as it is almost expected to share your stash with your closest friends if you want to truly experience all that the plant has to offer.

Though we aren’t entirely sure why this is, it is relatively safe to assume that it has something to do with the fact that cannabis is so good for relieving anxiety and stress, two things that tend to make social gatherings awkward and uncomfortable. This small difference alone is enough to encourage everyone, including those who are not normally social to mingle, which is probably why it’s one of the driving forces behind cannabis products gaining in popularity.

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