Is Marijuana A Harmful Drug Or A Beneficial Medicine?

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Is marijuana a harmful drug or a beneficial medicine? A Review of the Literature Marijuana has been utilized for many years by a diverse selection of people. Each user having their own unique reasons for their strong believe in one natural plant’s ability to heal and enlighten. However the plant remains to be classified as a scheduled one. As stated by the United States Drug Enforcement Association, “drugs, substances, and certain chemicals used to make drugs are classified into five (5) distinct categories or schedules depending upon the drug’s acceptable medical use and the drug’s abuse or dependency potential” (DEA). Among marijuana, schedule one also contains heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. Since cannabis is compared to a drug like heroin, the uninformed society often questions the legalization and use of medical marijuana. This review of literature considers the use of marijuana and whether utilization of the drug is beneficial or detrimental by responding to the following questions: What is marijuana? What are its effects on the human brain? What are its effects on the human body? Is marijuana addictive? What can medical marijuana be used for? Legal medicines also have side effects; are marijuana’s any worse? Does marijuana even do the good things proponents claim it does? Why hasn 't marijuana been legalized nationally yet? Understanding marijuana and the drug’s effects will help society realize that cannabis is not a severely harmful drug, but a medicine that may have the

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