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Marijuana has long been the subject of many heated debates and political platforms. With lack of un-biased materials on marijuana, it quickly became victim to publications and political propaganda in the early 1900s. Richard Isralowits writes, “Publications from the period had such titles as Marijuana-Sex Crazy Drug Menace, Marijuana-The Weed of Madness, and Marijuana: Assassin of Youth”(Use of Marijuana,105). Surely in this modern age and heightened public awareness our marijuana laws, drafted in a time of extreme bias, have got to be obsolete. Although many people still have strong opinions against the legalisation of marijuana, after review of current un-biased studies and reports they will find that this is not the case.
There are two forms of medical cannabis which can be used by a patient and they are called hashish and marijuana. Marijuana is the most common form of cannabis consumption which is the unprocessed dried leaves and buds of the female plant. One can smoke, or vaporize the dried leaves and buds to achieve the desired effect. Hashish on the other hand is a concentrated resin that comes from the female plant. It is often more potent than marijuana and can be smoked, vaporized, or chewed.
One of the major reasons for increased use of marijuana despite of its health risks is that it helps relax an individual and elevate his/her mood. The drug is also used because it contributes to... ... middle of paper ... ...increased use of marijuana is associated with some major long-term consequences. The three major long-term impacts of the use of the drug are mental illness, memory and learning, and fertility. According to the findings of research, marijuana use affects the ability to learn and remember information through compromising ability to focus, maintain, and shift attention. It’s also associated with enhanced prevalence of schizophrenia, depression, and psychosis and suppresses the generation of hormones that help to control the reproductive system.
Or it could be; what is the sole purpose for making it illegal? Marijuana or as it is sometimes called “the gateway drug” is commonly used as an immediate fix and tends to be abused also. So the question is why hasn’t marijuana be legalized yet? Maybe the issue is that Marijuana happens to be one of the most abused recreational drugs available. Defined by TheFreeDictionary.com Marijuana is a preparation made from the dried flower clusters and leaves of the hemp plant (Cannabis Saliva), usually smoked or eaten to induce Euphoria (a feeling of happiness, confidence or well-being).
When the active chemical in cannabis, THC, enters the bloodstream through the lungs and reaches the brain, it triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that induces pleasure (Gettman). This causes several effects upon the user, such as increased sensitivity of the senses, a dry mouth, the inability to keep a train of thought, and fits of laughter, among others. Cannabis remains a legal though partially restricted substance in several countries. The Netherlands, for example, has mostly decriminalized cannabis. Portugal and Spain recently partially decriminalized the possession and use of recreational cannabis.
The legalization of marijuana has been a debated subject in America since the 1970's. The pro-marijuana society in America has made claims as to how marijuana can help cure or lessen the effect of some diseases and that by legalizing the drug; the use of pot will actually decline. The fact of the matter is that marijuana is a drug that can be placed into a similar category as cocaine or heroine. Like these other drugs, pot (marijuana) smoking carries with it serious side effects that can effect the user forever, and sometimes-even cause death. Marijuana was first cultivated in America during the colonial time period and was used as a fiber for rope and even clothing.
This debate has been very prevalent in society and in politics. Experts, politicians, and people alike have been debating among themselves whether or not marijuana should be legalized in America. Marijuana is a drug that can be smoked or eaten. It is grown from the ground and gives the user a sense of a hallucinogenic high. It goes by many names such as Mary Jane, kush, grass, weed, pot, green, cannabis, hemp, or chronic.
In Jamaica, weed is a popular glaucoma drug. This drug also imposes numerous negative health effects, one of which being erectile problems and reduced sperm count. Other effects include cancer, loss of memory, and euphoric effects. Marijuana also has at least four times as many toxins and cancer causing chemical as cigarettes. Though many people see it as cool or safe, marijuana definitely has is health effects that affect the human body negatively.