Should Marijuana Be Banned Marijuana?

1796 Words May 6th, 2015 8 Pages
Weed, bud, ganja, chronic, herbs, grass, trees, pot, reefer; these are all names of one of the most widely used illicit drug in America, Cannabis. Cannabis’ history is dated back over 10,000 years ago in Central and South Eastern Asian countries. There are several ways a person can consume marijuana. The first and most popular way is by smoking it. Cannabis can be rolled into a joint, or smoked through a pipe. The next is by vaporizing. Vaporizing the marijuana heats it up to the point it becomes a vapor. Vaporizing is a safer alternative to smoking marijuana. Vaporizing the marijuana reduces the amount of harmful smoke that will affect the throat and lungs. Another way is by using topical agents. This means the marijuana is applied directly to the skin or muscle. This includes lotions, balms, sprays, and creams. The final way to consume marijuana is through edibles. The marijuana is infused into butter or oil and then cooked. The effects of edibles take about twenty minutes to an hour to take effect. Cannabis is classified as a schedule I substance because of its dangerous effects and high potential for abuse. Cannabis is a psychoactive and physiological substance used for both medicinal and recreational purposes. A psychoactive substance is a substance that changes the brain’s function and alters perception, mood, or consciousness. Although, many people are aware of the negative side effects of marijuana nearly half of all Americans say they have tried marijuana. Due to…

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