In the United States of America, among all other possible candidates, Cannabis is said to be the most commonly abused substance. At an estimated 0.6% (or 22.5 million) of the people in America have said to consuming Cannabis on a regular daily basis. Let it be from it’s widely known and stereotypical psychoactive effects, all the way to it’s supposed and heavily biased medical properties, Cannabis seems to be the topic of the modern century. But there is one side, that not many people have delved into, and that ocean of mystery is what this paper is to explain. The adverse effects of Cannabis use.
For centuries, humans have acknowledged and cultivated Cannabis for it’s seed, leaf, stem, ...view middle of the document...
It can also be used to help AIDS and Chemotherapy patients, for many experience a heavy loss in appetite, and it is known that Cannabis increases the appetite in most individuals (Blacksmith, 2014).
And for some time, in the history of America, hemp production was promoted by many, as it’s structural integrity and many uses is, and was astounding. But on August 12th, 1930, the Treasury Department opened a new unit to it’s branch, dubbed the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. The Bureau was led by Harry Jacob Anslinger, a smart man whose dedication to ending the use of Cannabis in America made him favored by most, and hated by the rest. So as reports flooded in about people smoking Cannabis rapidly increased along the Mexican-American border from 1936 to 1937, Anslinger charged head first into the issue. With his knowledge of the media and politics, he swiftly eradicated all instances of Cannabis’s legal usage and regulation in the country for the next few years. From seeking the support of Congress to push out laws that prohibited any fool’s paradise of Cannabis existence in America, to reaching his hand over the populace for everlasting public reinforcement to eliminate and create a social taboo on the subject. His efforts and attempts definitely proved effective, as this reform to the expanse of Cannabis still stands today, mostly. Although his plans were utterly thorough, there was many wrongs with his ruling, for he had imbedded subtle racism with the issue. Creating the social norm for people to believe that all mexicans (and many African Americans, especially in the
Jazz scene) consumed Cannabis and committed heinous acts while intoxicated, such as rape or murder (Abel, 1980).
But as the years tapered on, people have had many disputes between each other over the continuing war on drugs. And it was only until the late 1970’s and up, did people start rallying and protesting for Cannabis legalization. Such conflicts arose around the country for many years, pleading for it’s law to be rejected. As substitution, many states in America legalized the substance, but for medicinal use only. It’s medicinal properties almost outweigh it’s entirety of negatives, but the plant is still so unknown. It was only later, in 2012, did Colorado and Washington states legalize it for recreational use. And on many accounts, people have lead to sudden conclusions that Cannabis is wholly good, has no negatives, and is a great drug to self diagnose themselves with, but little do they know about what can actually happen behind the smoke.
The psychoactive constituent in Cannabis, is known as Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. This chemical compound has many uses that are primarily beneficial if taken through the form of it’s focused prescription, Marinol or Dronabinol, with very few but severe side effects, such as heavy intoxication and psychedelic occurrences. That is mainly by reason of the fact that it is a pure THC concentration, as compared to consuming Cannabis...