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The Medicinal Benefits and Legality of Cannabis

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By: Leejay Hamidi & Dennis Hill The Medicinal Benefits
and
Legality of Marijuana What is Marijuana? Marijuana/Cannabis is a naturally occurring plant with a myriad of uses found across the globe. It is also considered an illegal
drug by several countries
including here in Canada. Marijuana: A History Cannabis comes in 3 main forms:
Plants cultivated for fibres and seeds. These contain an extremely low amount of intoxicants and are expressly for resource purposes.
Plants cultivated for drug use. These plants contain high amounts of THC and CBD, the active ingredients in Cannabis that produce the "high" effect. The potency of these plants has exponentially increased in the last 30 years as growers produce stronger and stronger strains.
Plants that occur naturally, these are called Cannabis Ruderalis, it is low in chemical value but extremely hardy and resistant to insect and climate. This makes it grow in the harshest of conditions, including the Himalayas! Cannabis has two main sub-species:
Cannabis Indica
Cannabis Sativa Cannabis Indica is considered the "night" species of Marijuana. It produces a stony, heavy feeling high that relaxes and relieves tension. It generally affects the users full body, versus Sativa's energetic high. It is characterized as a stalky, low growing plant, roughly 6-8ft. It's leaves are shorter and broader than those of its counterpart, and it matures considerably faster as well. Cannabis Sativa is considered the "day" species. It produces a spacey, cerebral high. And it generally preferred for daytime use because of this. It is greatly taller than its opposite, Indica, and takes longer to mature and flower. It's leaves are thinner and longer than the Indica's. A large concern with the population that are anti-cannabis is that legalizing it offers an avenue to harder drugs. However, because of its illegal status, cannabis users are more likely to be exposed to other illegal drugs. With the removal of this status users wouldn't have to be put into dangerous or potential gateway situations. If marijuana was legalized, it would also create a multi-billion dollar industry that would provide thousands of jobs and, being a taxable product, would generate a large quantity of money for the government. CBD is a cannaboid that has many medicinal benefits. It has shown to relieve pain, soreness, swelling, convulsion, inflammation, anxiety, lack of appetite, and nausea, as well as greatly inhibit cancer cell growth. Studies show that it can slow down the progression of cancer cells by as much as 40%, as well as limiting their ability to spread to other parts of the body. It also demonstrates a strong ability to suppress Schizophrenia and Dystonia, both conditions considered incurable. This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the medicinal possibilities. Marijuana contains two active ingredients that produce it's "high" effect. These two ingredients are THC & CBD. THC is an active ingredient in Marijuana that produces a psychoactive high. This means the high is head oriented and mostly mental. The effects of THC include but are not limited to:
Reduced depression, elevated mood
Relieves headaches and migraines
Increases focus and creativity
Energizes and stimulates
Boosts appetite
Relief from nausea
Muscle relaxant Possibly the largest stereotype about marijuana is its level of addictiveness. Because it is illegal marijuana is thrown into the broad category of illegal substances. This leads people to believe it is highly addictive and potentially deadly. This just isn't true. The fact of the matter is to overdose and die from marijuana you would have to inhale the smoke from 2 pounds, and even afterward the cause of death would be from carbon monoxide
poisoning, not THC. As for
the addiction level, it is
nearly non-existent. It is
possible to get addicted,
however it would be to the
same level of addiction as
being addicted to drinking
tea. More people die every
year from bees than Cannabis 1737 2000 1800 Here are 5 proven health benefits of Marijuana:

Treats migraines - Cannabis has been proven to relieve migraines almost instantly as the effects are felt. Doctors have treated more than 300,000 cases of migraines.
Slows the growth of cancerous cells - The AACR has concluded that Marijuana not only slows the rate of cancerous cell reproduction, it almost completely stops the tumor from traveling to other parts of the body.
Relieves symptoms of chronic diseases - Marijuana helps to treat chronic diseases like Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn's Disease because it treats nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
Prevents Alzheimers - In 2006 the Scripps Institute did a study that discovered Marijuana stops deposits in the brain that cause the disease, thus preventing it.
Treats Glaucoma - Studies have found Marijuana to reduce intraocular pressure in the eyes. In fact, the American government only legally supplies marijuana to 4 people in the country, all diagnosed with glaucoma. The Chinese began using Marijuana as a pain reliever The production of Hemp is encouraged Marijuana is examined and tested over the next several hundred years, finding new uses and new products 1900 1907 All over-the-counter products containing Cannabis must be labeled Marijuana is considered a "problem" and is outlawed by 29 states Reports show that it is significantly less dangerous than once thought The Shafer Commission recommends the decriminalization of marijuana California legalizes the use of medical Marijuana 1970 1940 1930 The End Obviously Marijuana has a few downsides. When high, one is not 100% clear and therefore one should not operate a vehicle or any type of machinery. Reaction time can decrease, and it has shown to induce short term memory loss when under the influence of Marijuana. However, there are virtually no long term negative effects of Marijuana, especially when it is ingested in a healthy way, such as vaporization or food. Some say it can increase risk of Schizophrenia, but this is still unproven and has only showed promising results if the patient already had a predisposition to the disease. The United States Federal Government introduced bills legalizing marijuana and regulating taxes on it 2013 The United States congress introduced 2 laws on February 5th pertaining to the legalization or cannabis. The first bill sets a sales tax on marijuana distribution, as well as removing it from the 'controlled substances' category, and erecting 'The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana and Firearms'. The second legalizes possession, consumption, and growth of marijuana for personal use. Mass botany requires a permit.
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