This article was originally published on The Fresh Toast and appears here with permission.

Cannabis has long been associated with brain damage, but this connection is complex, not wholly understood, and even exaggerated.

There are plenty of myths surrounding cannabis. From being a gateway drug to making people lazy, cannabis has been accredited with a lot of behaviors. Does smoking cannabis kill your brain cells? Is it a myth weed makes you dumber or is this just a prohibition-era misbelief?

Despite how widespread this stereotype is, there’s little evidence out there to support or discredit this belief. Many think this started with the infamous fried egg commercial, which started airing in the ’80s and depicted a fried egg as the encapsulation of your …

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