Marijuana Should be Legalized for Medical and Recreational Use

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JJ is a 7 year old boy. He has post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and impulse control disorder. He has been thrown out of numerous preschools and admitted to several hospitals for psychiatric issues. His mother has pursued all forms of medical and behavioral help for her son’s hyperactivity and aggressiveness. She came across medical marijuana while trying to research JJ’s problems and after discussing it with his doctors decided to give it a try. She took him off all his medications and put the marijuana in a muffin in amounts prescribed and monitored by the doctor. JJ’s behavior issues declined almost immediately. He is polite, eager to learn and interacts well with teachers and students at school. Now he talks…show more content…
The hemp plant and marijuana has been around for a long time and has had a variety of purposes. What is marijuana and how is it consumed? “Marijuana is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of Cannabis sativa—the hemp plant.” (, 2012). It is a naturally occurring plant. It can be consumed by smoking it, eating it or brewing the leaves into a tea (, 2012). The preferred method of ingestion is by smoking. Once it is inhaled into the lungs it enters the blood stream and moves quickly throughout the body eventually making it to the brain. What physical and mental effects does marijuana have on a person? Smoking or ingesting marijuana creates a euphoric effect for the user. The effects can range from being in a mellow or calm mood to sleepiness. Users also exhibit an inability or lack of desire to use critical thought processes and show little or no motivation to complete normal activities of daily living. The active ingredient in marijuana that causes these effects is “THC or Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol” (, 2012, July). According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “THC binds to specific sites called cannabinoid receptors (CBRs) located on the surface of [the brain] nerve cells. These receptors are found in high-density in areas of the brain that influence pleasure, memory,
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