Marijuana has been used for a number of purposes in culture. It has a variety of applications, including medical, ceremonial, and recreational uses. Marijuana has been classified as a controlled drug since the early 1800s. Another new federal legislation focused on the legality of the substance’s use by people under 18. The big question now is whether or not to legalize.
Marijuana is currently a controlled drug. There is, however, concrete evidence that it is not as harmful as it is presented and graded. The medication has been shown to alleviate depression, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, and other chronic illnesses. Despite the important uses that the drug has to the body, the Federal government has classified marijuana as harmful as LSD and heroin and even more harmful than cocaine under the controlled substance act of 1970 (Mitchell, p.314). Subsequently, teachers give awareness to the students regarding the all those related to marijuana like heroin, meth, and cocaine rather than focusing on cannabis only.
Marijuana drug is obtained from a cannabis plant whose ingredients are mainly concentrated in the leaves. The leaves contain certain chemicals that have a psychoactive (mind-altering) reaction effect on reacting with the body. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive chemical that comes into play in marijuana. The THC chemical is primarily produced and concentrated in the leaves of the cannabis plant and in particular the female one. The female cannabis plant consists of over 500 chemicals, of which more than 100 chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids, are related to THC. These cannabinoids chemicals are the ones the scientist are against because of their effects.
In the recent years, marijuana has been found to have immense use in several areas like textiles, medical resources, religious rituals, and other uses. For instance, it has been used in Northern China for textile purposes since 7,000 BC. Marijuana was socially accepted in Asia. This was proved in 2008 when the archeologists discovered more than two pounds of marijuana in the grave of an old mummified Sharman that had been buried 2700 years ago in Central Asia (Laura, Laurie and Spetz, p.1499).
In the contemporary society, this research has shown the plain truth about the positive effects that marijuana can have in the body and mind of a human being. Argumentatively, the drug can be used emotionally, medically, and spiritually to the people whenever a need arises. The major concern on the on the legalization of the drug is that most organizations have come to realize the importance of marijuana in the body for example: “The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found THC to be safe and effective in the treatment of vomiting, nausea, and wasting diseases like anorexia” (Mitchell, p.315). Since it is capable of minimizing such side effects that are often associated with chronic illnesses, then it is evident that it can remarkably make the nervous system relax by relenting the serious pains for illnesses like spinal injuries, cancer, and Crohn’s disease among others.
Other organizations that have sanctioned the use of marijuana as a therapy includes Arthritis Research Campaign (UK), AIDS action council, Canadian AIDS Society, and American Public Health Association(Laura, Laurie and Spetz, p.1501). A meta-analysis done on the THC compounds revealed several therapeutic properties that were attributed to cannabinoids. Such properties include anti-cancer, neuroprotective, anti-diabetic and anti-bacterial properties. The aforementioned properties are exhibited when the body reacts comes into contact with balanced and high levels of essential fatty acids and amino acids which then reacts in the receptors system. The reaction does not harm any of the crucial body cells. Instead, it induces a positive response to the pain receptors in which case it helps the patients suffering the chronic illnesses to sustain them.
US National Institute of Health ascertains that cannabis is suitable for human health as it helps in fighting off the diseases (Alison and Joy, p.49). The cannabis products used have never been recorded to result into an overdose use as compared to the common drugs and alcohol. The only risks associated with marijuana are potential for addiction, anxiety and paranoia, increased heartbeat and diminished memory. However, in such scenarios, the medics come into play and institute the right dosage for the patients. They also advise the patients accordingly depending on their health status. For instance, people with heart problems are denied their use.
Despite the fact that marijuana is now illegal, many scientists have proved that it has remarkable effects on the human body and not as perceived to be like opioids such as heroin. Marijuana triggers the nervous system to reduce pain. However, in the current learning systems, the students are never sensitized on the dosages and that is why most tend to use a lot of dosages thus receive a high dosage of chemicals than required (Alison and Joy, p.50). This because it does not show overdosage like the way other drugs such as the alcohol does. Therefore marijuana has high chances of surviving in the medical industry. It is obtained from natural sources unlike other pain relievers made of toxic chemicals. This adds up to its effectiveness in the medical industry.
Earleywine, Mitchell. Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011: 312-320. Print.
Laura, Schmidt, Jacobs Laurie and Joanne Spetz. “Young People’s More Permissive Views About Marijuana.” Public Health 106 (2016): 1498-1503. print.
Mack, Alison, and Janet E. Joy. Marijuana as Medicine: The Science Beyond the Controversy. Washington, D.C: National Academy Press, 2014: 48-55. Print.