Marijuana Is A Safe And Non Addictive Drug

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In the United States the most illicitly abused drug is Marijuana, which is made from a Cannabis plant (Merrill 308). Many people have come to the conclusion that Marijuana is a safe and non-addictive drug because of the legalization of Marijuana in the United States. Unbeknown to the public, the carcinogenic compounds are actually greater in Marijuana than in cigarettes (Cohen, qtd. in Margolis 9). Subsequently, studies show that Marijuana ultimately impacts every primary system in the body (Margolis 12). Furthermore, over the years Marijuana has caused health risks such as addiction, irregular brain function, and decreased motor skills. Addiction is one of the leading health risks in Marijuana and is commonly found in early adults than…show more content…
In addition, it has been documented that Marijuana stays in the body for five to seven days (Martin, qtd. in Margolis 8). An increasing hospitalizations have been documented due to a slow buildup of THC in the body thus the addict is never “drug-free” (Axelrod, qtd. in Margolis 8). Legalization of Marijuana reveals that, “A growing number of children under the age of 12 have been admitted to the hospital for Marijuana intoxication” (7). Therefore, addiction is at its highest as THC accumulates in the fatty tissues affecting the body, brain, adrenal glands, ovaries, and testes (Axelrod, Kreuz, and Lemberger, qtd. in Margolis 8). Nonetheless, a commonality among all age groups is the inability to stop using Marijuana due to the less intense high they receive from smoking Marijuana. For example, “About one in ten marijuana users becomes dependent on the drug” (Legalization of Marijuana 7). “This findings implies that the regular user must smoke increasing amounts of marijuana to obtain the same subjective high” (Margolis 8). Thus proving that the more the regular user abuses Marijuana will cause an unhealthy addiction. Another, leading health risk of Marijuana is irregular and impaired brain function. Many Marijuana users have a higher risk of psychological problems. These psychological problems include: depression, anxiety, and an increased risk of acute episodes are seen among
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