Working to Reform Marijuana Laws

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Marijuana. That forbidden, troublesome substance most people are afraid to try mainly because of what people might think if they do. Cannabis is a plant that comes from Mexico and South America that has been used by ancient Indian civilizations for over centuries. There are three species of the plant: Cannabis Sativa, which is tall and stalky, Cannabis Indica, smaller and bushier, and Cannabis Ruderalis, found primarily in Russia and Eastern Europe (Armentano.) This plant has historically been used for medical purposes such as decreasing nausea and vomiting, increasing appetite when in loss, chronic headaches, anxiety, and depression, amongst others. This drug, however, is nowadays considered very dangerous in most of the nations because it is seen as the “gateway drug” for trying harder, heavier drugs, and so the governments have outlawed it. What most people do not know is that the human body has a system called the endocannabinoid system. Many might ask, “Is that a real thing? How does it work?” and the answers are yes, it is a real thing, and it works as it follows. The endocannabinoid system is a central regulatory system that affects a wide range of biological processes. It consists of a group of molecules known as cannabinoids as well as the cannabinoid receptors that they bind to. There are two types of cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. These receptors are found in various parts of the body, but are most prominent in the brain and immune system. While cannabinoid receptors are primarily expressed in the brain and immune system, researchers have identified cannabinoid receptors in a variety of other places as well, including the peripheral nervous system, cardiovascular system, reproductive system, and gastrointestinal a... ... middle of paper ... ...live.com/mapes/ index.ssf/2013/11/marijuana_legalization_gains_w.html>. • "Marijuana." NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse. National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dec. 2012. Web. 19 Nov. 2013. publications/drugfacts/marijuana>. • NEWS Medical. NEWS Medical, 15 Oct. 2012. Web. 1 Dec. 2013. Cannabis-and-the-endocannabinoid-system-an-interview-with-Dr-Leonora-Long.aspx>. • Noticias Terra. Terra, 31 July 2013. Web. 28 Nov. 2013. legalizacion-de-marihuana-genera-interes-de-consumidores-y-pasividad-general,c66c 5bd106430410VgnCLD2000000ec6eb0aRCRD.html>. • Truth on Pot. Truth on Pot, 22 Mar. 2013. Web. 4 Dec. 2013. the-endocannabinoid-system-an-overview/>.
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