Essay on Health Benefits of Marijuana

4128 Words Nov 3rd, 2011 17 Pages
Toni Porter
8-22-11
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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Later it was discovered by Russian archaeologists that hemp fibers were used by the Scythians for certain types of clothing's. After 1700 B.C., nomads possessing use and knowledge of hemp migrated out of central Asia. Ancient Iranian literature implies that the hemp plant was used as an oil source. However, hemp's most significant use in southwest Asia, Egypt, the Mediterranean region, and Africa was for intoxicating purposes. The Assyrians in ancient Mesopotamia used hemp for fibers, incense, cultivation of sesame and flax for essential fats, and most notably, for drug sources. In the Mediterranean region, there is strong evidence that hemp intoxication was a popular social practice. In the first century of the Christian era, Dioscordes, a physician, wrote a book on medicinal herbs. He was unaware of the "dioecious nature of the hemp plant and therefore listed a separate species for both the female (Kannabis Emeros) and the male (Kannabis Agria)." He indicated that for females, cannabis could be used for strong rope, relieving earaches, and inducing menstrual flow. For the male, on the other hand, cannabis could be used for muscular ailments. Claudius Galen (130-193 A.D.), a renowned scholar and author, reported that hemp was a commonly consumed substance on the Italian Peninsula. It was noted that it caused dry mouth but if taken in excess and produced sluggishness. It was often customary to
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