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- July 12, 2014 at 3:09 am #104423Ed NKeymaster
- July 14, 2014 at 9:39 pm #105447Tuedon A.Guest
Drug problem is already a big issue without the legalization of marijuana in the United States. Marijuana might not be the most dangerous drug in the United States, but it has contributed to the drug situation in the country today. Now, let us be very clear – Marijuana is classified in some states as a medicinal herb, and it is prescribed just like off the shelf medication by approved authorities. CNN had a documentary where marijuana was used in the treatment of seizures. Marijuana can be deadly and addictive if taken for pleasure by both teen and adult. Legalization of Marijuana is bad for the country. Scarce resources such as financial and services would be diverted to rehabilitation of increasing number of drug addicts with legalization of marijuana.
- July 16, 2014 at 12:09 am #105996EdeworGuest
Legalization of marijuana in the United States and other countries will present myriad of problems of an epic proportion. First of all, let’s start with the definition of marijuana and some of its nomenclatures. It is a bundle of dried leaves, green and brown combination of flowers, stems and seeds from the plant called Cannabis Sativa(National Institute on Drug Abuse(NIH), MedicineNet.com). It has other various names such as Fertilizer, Morocco, Igbana, Igbooo…, joint, Cigartte of fear no body, grass…etc. It could be consumed in numerous ways: smoking, cooking, in pipe or water pipe, put in drinks, and some people chew the root.It contains a psychoactive chemical compound called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol(THC)(NIH).
Marijuana is synonymous with bad things and the list is unending. It is the number one illicit drug in the United States. After been smoked, the compound THC quickly passes from the lungs into bloodstream and this chemical is transported to the Brain and other parts of the body(MedicineNet.com).THC acts on particular molecular targets on brain referred to as cannabinoid receptors and these are crucial for brain development and functioning under normal circumstance. These recptors are found in parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory,sensory and time perception, coordinated movement and concentration(NIH).The overactivation of the endocannabinoid system causes the euphoria of “high”in the user.
Some of the problems associated with the smoking of Igbana(marijuana) are: It irritates the lungs, respiratory problems of cough, phlegm and lungs infection. It causes distortion of perceptions, dificulty with thinking and solving problems, impaired coordination and problem with learning and memory(MedicineNet.com). Its consumption raises heart rate by 20-100% and this could last to 3hours and evidence abound that users have a 4.8-fold increase in the risk of heart attack in the first hour after smoking it(NIH). It is Addictive in 9% of the consumers but could go up in percentage with younger people(NIH). It causes problems with fetus’ brain if consumed by the mother. It causes hallucinations, paranoia, depression, anxiety, personality disturbance and suicidal thouhts amongst adolescents…….mental health issues. It is causes more car accidents, increases missed work hours or days, higher dropped out rates is schools, relationship turbulence, career and academic issues amongst users compared to non smokers(NIH).Long term users show withdrawal symptoms including irritability, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, anxiety and drug craving(NIH). Do we want to further compound our drug issues? Do you know what economic impact the smoking of joint will cause? Are all the religion groups going to be quiet while this “monster” grows? Somebody speak out please!!!
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