Medical Marijuana Persuasive Speech

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SPCM 200-002? Oct 17, 2017 Medical Marijuana Versus Effects on the Brain Specific Purpose Statement: To Invite my audience to explore both sides of medicinal marijuana and the possible cause of damage to the brain. Thesis: Marijuana has been around for many of years, but has technology proven that it harms the brain, or have new advancements revealed this unlikely medical discovery? Introduction Intro(attention getter)- Brownies, brown, oozing and yummy; you take a bite and it’s all that you hoped for. Later on, while doing your homework, you feel kind of weird, can’t concentrate and feel “high.” You realized that the delicious brownie that Jimmy gave you had marijuana in it. You react in one of two ways, the first is relieved because you were stressed about homework and needed to get your daily dose today to help with your seizures, the second is you freak out because you are only 19 and you are afraid that it might affect how your brain develops. (Reveal topic) There is a vast amount of debate on how marijuana affects the brain versus how it is used medicinally. (Establish credibility) I have many friends who have used marijuana or Cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, to help with seizures. Even my father, a very traditional man who doesn’t approve of tattoos or piercings, is considering using marijuana to help with his shaking. (Thesis/ summary of points) Marijuana has been around for many of years, but has technology proven that it harms the brain, or have new advancements revealed this unlikely medical discovery? Together we will look at both sides, for and against, the use of medical marijuana, but first, let’s look at the history of how it even came to be. Body 1. Marijuana has been around for decades. a. It is described as “a greenish-gray mixture of the dried flowers of Cannabis sativa” as described on The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) website in their article titled “Marijuana” (2017). b. According to an article titled “Cannabis History: Where Did Marijuana Originally Come From?” written by Ab Hanna on GreenRushDaily.com, Marijuana dates back to over 12,000 years ago in present day Taiwan. Hemp, the part of the marijuana plant that is non-psychoactive, or better described as the part that

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