Essay Legalization of Soft Drugs

732 WordsJun 9, 20133 Pages
This essay is to examine both the pros and cons of legalizing “soft drugs”. Hard and Soft drugs are terms to distinguish between psychoactive drugs that are addictive and perceived as especially damaging and drugs that are believed to be non-addictive (or minimally addictive) and with less dangers associated with its use. The term "soft drug" implies that the drug causes no or insignificant harm one such drug is cannabis (marijuana).Cannabis is a psychotic drug. The main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but there are more than sixty related chemicals in marijuana, which are called "cannabinoids." Cannabis also contains other unrelated compounds that have similar psychoactive effects. The…show more content…
There is increasing evidence that use of marijuana precedes and causes higher rates of psychotic illness. Short-term effects include a temporary increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and blood flow to parts of the brain. Marijuana is also being studied by organizations such as the Physician’s Association for AIDS and the National Lymphoma Association, their findings they have prompted them along with others to fight for legalization of marijuana in order to treat terminally ill patients. In aids patients they have found marijuana stimulates their appetite so they can fight off dangerous emaciation, cancer patients find it aids in nausea from chemotherapy, blindness in glaucoma patients and although marijuana can be addictive for some, the potential for forming an addiction to marijuana is lower than some prescription drugs and other abused drugs. Whereas marijuana results in an “altered state of consciousness,” the depressant drugs have been described as producing “altered states of unconsciousness” (Sugerman and Tarter), allowing for relaxation without awareness. The Physical benefits of marijuana are far-reaching, widespread, and long-term. Because of the way marijuana impacts the Autonomic Nervous System which expands the breath and relaxes the body, its potential for health
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