Marijuana, weed, hashish, pot, it goes by many names. Many people argue that it should be legalize because it’s no better than alcohol and cigarettes. Although these claims holds some truth, marijuana is still a dangerous drug and adding one more problematic drug into the mix will not improve America’s health and safety issues. Although marijuana has its medical benefits, using it for recreational purposes is dangerous for both us and our society.
There are countless debates whether marijuana should be legalized for creational use or if it should remain illegal. Marijuana has been legalized in some states for medical use such as pain caused by cancer, glaucoma and nerve pain. In a survey I conducted in a class of 27 students, 15 opposed the legalization of recreational marijuana. Yet 25 of the students were in favor or medical marijuana. This goes to show that people are willing to embrace the medical benefits of marijuana but recreational marijuana is still seen unfavorable to most people, rightfully so.
Marijuana has its fair share of negative health effects. For one, it increases the heart rate by 20 to 100 percent shortly after being smoked. This increases marijuana user’s chances of having heart complications such as a heath attack. These risks are increased in older individuals. Also, if smoked it has considerable damage on the lungs. Marijuana smoke irritates the lungs and yields similar effects to tobacco smokers. For example, frequent cough, phlegm production, difficulty breathing Etc. Studies show that marijuana smokers miss a lot more day of work, than non-smokers due to these symptoms. Moreover, extensive use of marijuana has been shown to be associated with mental illnesses. Chronic users have temporary psychotic breaks. Marijuana can also worsen the symptoms of people with schizophrenia. Other mental illnesses have also been linked to marijuana such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Marijuana use during pregnancy has been linked to neurobehavioral problems in babies that later in life manifest as problem with attention, memory, and problem solving.
Many people claim that there is no known case of people dying due to marijuana. This is a half truth since it’s not the marijuana itself that kills; it’s its side effects. Marijuana causes lung and throat cancer much like cigarettes. As a matter of fact, marijuana is worse for the lungs, since it contains three times as much tar as cigarettes and it’s usually smoked without a filter. They also claim there is not nearly as much crime due to marijuana use compared alcohol. This is also true but for one simple reason. Alcohol is legal and more easily accessible than marijuana. It’s the fact that marijuana is illegal that is keeping these numbers so low. Legalizing marijuana would be like adding fuel to a fire. If marijuana were to be legalized these number are sure to increase.
Marijuana also has similar effects on the brain as alcohol. Some effects of marijuana are sleepiness,...