Marijuana Use For Medical And Recreational Purposes

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The history of marijuana use goes back thousands of years. Marijuana is a potent, mind-altering substance derived from the Cannabis plant. It has been used for both medical and recreational purposes. It is a Schedule-1 drug or a controlled substance under federal law in the United States, which means it is an illegal drug. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse Center (2014), marijuana is the number one most commonly used substance among adolescents and synthetic marijuana is second, which has a severe concern on health (NIDAC, 2014). Research on marijuana for medical purpose is ongoing. In the United States, the legalization of marijuana has been a debatable subject in recent years. More and more states are legalizing…show more content…
He tried marijuana for first time at his high school prom. After that, he started using marijuana occasionally with his friends during party. Marco said that he started experiencing leg pain when he was 2nd year in college. In addition, he was experiencing loss of appetite. He stated, “I lost 20 lbs. of weight in one month. Doctors did not find any reason of my weight loss. My parents would do anything to get rid of my pain.” (Marco, personal interview, September 15, 2015). According to Marco when he start to take prescription marijuana, his leg pain started to subside and he started to regain his weight back (Marco, personal interview, September 15, 2015). According to the article of Arenas 2015, recent research finding human body has endocannabinoid system just like endorphin, which is a form of body’s natural painkiller. “This endocannabinoid system controls the regulation of movement, pain, appetite, memory, immunity, blood pressure, bone density, reproduction, inflammation, etc.”(Arenas, 2015, p. 15). This research cleared many peoples doubts about effectiveness of marijuana use for chronic pain, improve appetite, spasticity, etc. Marijuana contains Tetrahyrocannabinol plus 400 other chemicals. Chemical compound calls tetrahyrocannabinol (THC) is the main mind-altering or psychoactive component of marijuana. THC activates brain cell to release a dopamine (a chemical released by nerve cells to send signals to other nerve cells), which makes people feels high
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