Social Effects Of Marijuana

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Marijuana is America’s most prominent drug. It became entrenched in American culture and became a symbol of the 60s cultural. A brief explanation of the drug itself will help understand the reason for the hype. Marijuana refers is the dried leaves from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa, which has the mind-altering chemical know as THC in it. THC can also be broken down a concentrated resin called hashish or hash oil. It is estimated that each year there are 2.6 million new marijuana users. In 2008, 25.8 million Americans age 12 and older used marijuana at least once in the month prior to being surveyed. Marijuana is the most common used drug in America.
Marijuana has been increasing in popularity among youth since the early 2007s. This corresponds
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This classification is given to drugs that have no medicinal uses and high risk for abuse. However, two states have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use. As well as 21 other states passed laws permitting usage as treatment for medical conditions. These states are California and Colorado. Later in the paper will discuss the effect of legalization.
Marijuana is usually smoked or mixed with food as called eatables. The effects and levels of efficiency do vary with the different methods of consumption. For example Marijuana is smoked in joints or blunts, pipes or bongs. Marijuana when smoked produces a strong overpowering and unique, usually compared to snuck odor. Marijuana eatables it is usually mixed in food, mostly brownies or brewed with tea. When marijuana is inhaled, THC goes from the lungs into the blood. Then its transported to the brain and other parts if the body. Also when inhaled, THC reaches the brain in as little as 14 seconds. Hash oil is concentrated that a single drop can equal the effects of an entire joint. Also THC is absorbed more slowly when ingested in food or drink. There are more than 400
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As stated earlier Colorado and California are the two states that have legalized medical marijuana, which help fight symptoms including pain and nausea caused by cancers, and other conditions. However, clinical studies have not shown the therapeutic benefits of the marijuana plant outweigh its health risks. According to the FDA, ‘to be considered a legitimate medicine by the FDA, a substance must have well-defined and measurable ingredients that are consistent from one unit (such as a pill or injection) to the next.” Due to Cannabis sativa containing other chemical compounds that have different effects, and because it is consumed via smoking, its classification as a medicine is difficult to evaluate. This makes it very unlikely to be backed by the FDA as an actual

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