Stoners really do get a bad rap; often stereotyped in the media as lazy, unemployed, overweight potheads with little ambition, however, in most cases, this could not be further from the truth. It is true that marijuana is used as a recreational substance and sometimes gives the user a euphoric high. However, the type of person who uses marijuana can vary in demographic and so can their reasoning behind their consumption. This article takes a deeper look at some popular myths about stoners from a mature point of view.

Myth: Stoners are Lazy, Apathetic, Distracted, and Unmotivated

When you consider that Colorado, as state renowned for “get up and go” entrepreneurs is one of these where cannabis is legal, this myth can hardly be true.

While there has been scientific research to indicate that regular users of marijuana tend to lack the ability to produce adequate levels of dopamine, also known as the “feel good” hormone, mature smokers aren’t exactly deadbeats. A vast majority of the population who partake of weed on a regular basis are gainfully employed, responsible adults. Furthermore, thanks to extensive medical breakthroughs, marijuana plays a strong role in treating and curing major illnesses such as epilepsy, cancer, and HIV.

Myth: Stoners are Unintelligent

An independent study conducted at the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University Center for Mental Health Research found that out of a group of 2,000 self-identified marijuana consumers, cognitive function was rarely affected by marijuana use alone. Data compiled by this research indicates, “…cognitive measures, after controlling for education and other characteristics, [show] no significant differences associated with cannabis consumption.”

Morgan Spurlock, acclaimed documentary maker, even did an expose of the marijuana industry as part of a CNN series titled Inside Man. During his time working closely with the biggest marijuana dispensary in California, Spurlock uncovered the truth about marijuana users and found that patients vary from Viet Nam veterans to business men and women to housewives and soccer moms. Spurlock even admitted that he was surprised to find how articulate and well-informed the clients were about marijuana as a whole. In this revealing docu-series, Spurlock interviewed the owner of Harborside Health Center to find that he was a highly motivated, extremely intelligent entrepreneur.

Myth: Stoners Only Associate with Drug Dealers and ‘Unsavory’ Characters

The possibility is strong that somebody you know is a regular user of cannabis in some form. In fact, depending on which state you live in, the percentage of the population that consumes marijuana regularly ranges between 9 percent in California to upwards of 13 percent in Alaska, and growing. With several states taking measures to legalize marijuana for recreational use, that number is expected to increase. This means, of course, that the likelihood that the person sitting in the desk next to you could very well be a consumer of marijuana.

These are some of the myths surrounding marijuana users that don’t exactly hold water in all cases. This is why the founders of Bud and Breakfast have made it their mission to help those seeking 420-friendly lodging accommodations do just that. Visit the Bud and Breakfast website for more information.