Marijuana Is A Rich Cultural History

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Marijuana has a rich cultural history that dates back to 300BC China. Ching Neng the Chinese emperor was known to use marijuana for medical, ceremonial and recreational pursuits and the practice has been sustained in the present.
Marijuana is one of the most universally known drug that is composed from cannabis. However, it is the least potent form of cannabis that obtains a green, brown or grey mixture of dried, shredded leaves, flowers, stems and seeds from the hemp plant cannabis sativa. There are over fifty cannabinoids in marijuana but the primary psychoactive constituent is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol which is also referred as THC. THC is the component that is illegal and is the main mind-altering intoxicant that causes individuals to “get high” (Australian Institute of Criminology, 2015). Marijuana is currently more potent contrary to historical times because there are growing techniques and selective use of the seed therefore, increasing the strength of the drug.
Substantial debates surrounding the use of marijuana for therapeutic purposes, has immensely increased since the 1990s, due to social movements, interest from pharmaceutical industries and growing research on the therapeutic value. Although it is considered illegal by the Australian federal government, debate about the significant benefits has seen the rise of legalisation in many countries. Though, it is illegal in many Australian states the Victorian government has recently legalised medicinal marijuana…

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