Stated by the National Institute Of Drug Abuse marijuana is a dried up leaf that comes from a hemp plant called Cannabis Sativa, this plant contains the mind altering chemical called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol also known as THC. When smoking marijuana from the lungs into the bloodstream at a very fast pace. The blood is the carrier of the chemical which sends the THC to the brain and other organs throughout the body. The brain and other organs in the body uses “natural” THC-like chemicals in normal brain development and functioning, however THC affect’s certain brain cell receptors by over activating the amount you would need to function correctly.
Some short term effects this drug can have on you are:
• altered sense of time
• altered senses (for example, seeing brighter colors)
• changes in mood
• impaired body movement
• difficulty with thinking and problem-solving
• impaired memory
Medical marijuana has been legalized in 23 states and the district of Columbia, so it is becoming more and more accepted in society. Much of its acceptance has to do with the research in treating diseases. Researchers from the University of South Carolina discovered marijuana's potential to treat autoimmune diseases in which chronic inflammation plays a pivotal role. These include arthritis, lupus, colitis and multiple sclerosis (NyDailyNews, 2014). Research has also found that the drug helps with pain relief related to chronic migraines, muscular skeletal pains, and cancers. Medical Marijuana has been developed, over the past few years, to remove the portion of the drug that impairs senses. This drug could help many people who are in a “no treatment” situation such as terminal cancer or those seeking an all- natural solution.
Marijuana should be able for use for people who suffer from diseases. If there is a solution that can alleviate pain and help treat people the government should make it legal. As it stands, there are some states that do not allow it, which leaves them without the drug or they are forced to buy it illegally. This is a dangerous because more and more people are becoming aware of its benefit, including the elderly, and if they are forced to buy unregulated drugs it could make the situation worse or possibly kill them. In a report published in Scientific Reports at the end of January, “compared the potential of death from the typical, recreational use of 10 drugs: marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, diazepam, amphetamine and methadone. Marijuana was, by far, found to be the safest, even when compared to alcohol and cigarettes”(Warren, 2016). Although some might argue that marijuana less harmful to the body than alcohol and tobacco, it should not be used for recreational use, it’s a bad drug the devil’s drug if I may and I have never used it a day in my life.