The Healing Power of Marijuana

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The use of marijuana has been said to be dated back into ancient times, before Christ. It started in China, as a Chinese herbal medicine and then spread across the globe; North America being the last to have the product. However, North America rarely used cannabis for its ‘healing power,’ but instead, used it for its plant called hemp. Hemp had many uses, but was most commonly used for its fibre to make devices such as: rope and cloth. Hemp was actually discovered before cotton, so many clothes and blankets were made out of it. Going back to ancient times, many Egyptian mummies were found to have very high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in their system, which is a psychoactive drug produced by the cannabis plant. Marijuana was used in these times as a medicine and pain reliever and had no recorded deaths and helped thousands of patients. The practice and usage of Marijuana was not illegal in the United States the late 1930’s due to the fact that it was seen as an unsafe drug. Conversely, many places around the world that have legalized marijuana, have not had any marijuana related casualties or problems. This is an uncomfortable topic for many Americans, however, it is quite relevant in today’s society. With “Marijuana [being] the most commonly used illicit substance in the United States,” there is no question that it should be legalized (Carroll 956). Although “the legal landscape surrounding marijuana is surprisingly complex and unsettled,” many see this drug helping the health and economy of our nation (Seamon 1039). As of right now, there are twenty one states that have legalized medical marijuana, but Washington and Colorado are the only two states that have legalized it for recreational use and tax pur... ... middle of paper ... ...aston, and Charla Nich, and Karn Hunkele. `` The Use of Contingency Management and Motivational/Skills-Building Therapy to Treat Young Adults With Marijuana Dependence. `` Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology. 74.5 (2006): 955-966 Academic Search Premier. Web. 1 December 2013. Elliot, Jennifer. ``Pros and Cons: Prospective Predictors of Marijuana Use on a College Campus`` Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 27.1 (2013): 230-235 US: American Psychological Association. Web. 1 December 2013. Joffe, Alain, and Samuel Yancy. ``Legalization of Marijuana:Potential Impact on Youth.`` Pediatrics. 113.6 (2006): 632-638 Academic Search Premier. Web. 1 December 2013 Seamon, MJ. `Clinical Review: Medical marijuana and the developing role of the pharmacist.`` American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. 15.64 (2007):1037-1044 CINAHL Plus with Full Text. Web. 1 December 2013.

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