According to Holland, “Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.” (141) There are millions of people that use marijuana annually, and many that use daily. This paper will go over the medical benefits and effects, the political effects, and the laws associated with the drug. Marijuana legalization is creating a huge debate in the United States, and both sides provide extensive research and information on the topic.
According to Holland, “there have been no substantiated deaths related solely to marijuana use. (Grotenhermen 2003)” (145) According to my research, marijuana can have positive and negative effects on the user. The negative effects on the user are usually minimal, but in some cases they could become serious. The positives on the other hand seem to help people’s lives substantially.
Today, many people use marijuana as a way to better their lives. In several states there have been laws passed that condone the use of marijuana for medical use. These laws enable patients with problems to use marijuana as a type of medicine. Essentially, doctors are prescribing patients marijuana in place of pain pills or other medications. There are numerous things being treated with the use of marijuana, and it seems to be working for most of the patients. Some of the medical uses include treatment of nausea, vomiting, low appetite, muscle pains, anxiety, and depression. The main use for marijuana is chronic pain in individuals. Many people think that there is no way that marijuana can solve a chronic pain disorder, but THC in all different forms has been scientifically proven to lessen numerous pains in people. Scientific studies reviewed by Holland state that, “results showed pain relief significantly better than placebo.” (329) Numerous studies have been done, and there are an array of positive impacts on people’s lives from the use of marijuana.
After hearing all of these positive things about marijuana use it may seem like a one sided battle, but that is not the case. Health problems in marijuana users are usually not serious, but there is a possibility. Marijuana isn’t as destructive to the lungs as cigarettes, but this does not completely rule out negative pulmonary effects on the user. Marijuana smokers experience negative effects such as shortness of breath and lightheadedness much sooner than that of a nonsmoker while working out. This is because of the smoke that is inhaled into the lungs. Also, marijuana can cause problems with blood pressure and your heart. The problems all stem from an oxygen shortage to your heart caused by the smoke entering your body. Many marijuana advocates use cigarettes as a base for their argument. Cigarettes are arguably more harmful to a human body than marijuana. Cigarettes cause cancer and COPD and many other serious conditions, but this doesn’t mean that marijuana isn’t harmful as well. Marijuana use is not completely safe, contrary to popular belief.
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