The use of drugs are becoming more common today. Marijuana is the most used recreational drug, although this drug is illegal in most states. Other states are legalizing its use for recreation and others for medical purposes against the recommendation of the FDA. Is marijuana beneficial to patients suffering from serious illness or should it remain illegal to save the lives of many?
Marijuana is sometimes referred to as hash, hemp, weed or pot. The word Marijuana was created in the 1930’s to tarnish the good image and phenomenal history of the hemp plant (Yurchy).“Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa, which contains the psychoactive (mind-altering) chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), as well as other related compounds” (DrugFacts of Marijuana). Marijuana leaves and flowers are dried and usually smoked by hand-rolling it into what is called “joints” or by using a water “bong”. A person will have immediate sensations of increased heart rate, lessened coordination and balance, and a “dreamy,” unreal state of mind-about thirty minutes after smoking the drug. Marijuana smoke has a distinctive smell that is described as being both a sweet and sour. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “marijuana can be brewed as a tea and mixed into foods as well.”
According to Webmd, “Occasional marijuana use is rarely seriously harmful, but smoking pot has important medical effects.” Short term effects of using marijuana include dry mouth, rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, increased rate of breathing, red eyes, dry mouth, increased appetite or “munchies”, and slowed reaction time. “The psychological short term effects include distorted sense of time, paranoia, magical or “random thinking”, short-term memory loss, and anxiety and depression” (Webmd). These short term effects last a few hours but lingering effects can last weeks after the initial high. National Institute on Drug Abuse states,
“that the main effects of marijuana on mood vary and may include euphoria, calmness, anxiety, or paranoia” (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Marijuana has been around since ancient times. It was used for euphoria, “a feeling of great happiness or well-being.” The marijuana cultivation goes all the way back to 2737 B.C. when China used it as a treatment for malaria and other things. The main focus on marijuana was for medical use for certain diseases. Marijuana became recreational in 1000 B.C. America was finally introduced to marijuana when the Spanish brought in 1545. In 1611, marijuana was grown as source of fiber in Jamestown, introduced from the English (Narconon). Hemp was one of the first crops grown in many states (Yurchey). “The War of 1812 was fought over hemp. Napoleon wanted to cut off Moscow’s export to England” (Yurchey) In 1850 until 1942 marijuana was prescribed for labor pains, nausea, and rheumatism in the United States. According to the Department of Agriculture...