Health Benefits of Marijuana Essay example

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Toni Porter
Quincy Norwood
English 1520
Research Project

Health Benefits of Marijuana

Can any health benefits be received from marijuana? Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 100 million Americans. According to government surveys, some 25 million Americans have smoked marijuana in the past year, and more than 14 million do so regularly despite harsh laws against its use. Marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco. Around 50,000 people die from alcohol poisoning and 400,000 deaths attributed to tobacco smoking. By comparison, marijuana is non-toxic and cannot cause death by overdose. Under the Federal Controlled
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In the Chinese culture, one of the early medicinal uses of hemp was for "absent-mindedness." Shen Nung, the "father of husbandry," who probably lived some time between 3494 and 2657 B.C. experimented with cannabis for its drug potential. In his pharmacological book, he wrote that hemp should be prescribed for "female weakness, gout, rheumatism, malaria, beriberi, constipation, and absent-mindedness." In India, there is evidence of migrating tribes being the first to introduce hemp into the region. The earliest synonym for hemp in ancient India was bhanga. In old Indian folk songs, "ganga or bhanga was the invariable drink of heroes before performing great feats of heroism." The traditional hemp intoxication was a means of stimulating confidence, bravery, and success. In the XV Fargard of the Vendidad, a compilation of religious laws and myths, hemp is referred to as a substance that stimulates abortions. In the Din Yast, a devotional treatise dedicated to the goddess Kista, hemp is referred to as being used for inducing euphoric feelings and righteous actions. Despite of all the evidence supporting marijuana's historical use for medicinal purposes, there is still much to be learned about its risks and benefits. On March 17, 1999, the US Institute of Medicine (IOM) said that smoking marijuana has benefits for the terminally ill. They suggested that studies begin on

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