The Addiction to Marijuana

1533 Words Jun 17th, 2018 7 Pages
In the United States, marijuana is being categorized as a Class A Drug, but in reality marijuana has been known to help cure and fight many sicknesses and diseases. Marijuana is being criticized by people that never studied the drug or even know about the medicinal benefits from the drug. Over the years, marijuana has been called a gateway drug to harder narcotics, but this isn’t the case. Marijuana has many medicinal benefits that the media and government avoid releasing to the society but it's about time we come forward with the facts and truths about this herb called marijuana. Marijuana should not be illegal or even be considered a Class A Drug.
Marijuana in the early 1800’s to 1936 was being used as a cash crop was being grown more
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In the June 2013 issue of Scientific American, Roxanne Khamsi looks at how the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana, THC, mimics the structure of molecmolecules produced naturally by the body. In the article; "Marijuana ingredient slows artery hardening." That says “The mice ate a high-cholesterol diet for 11 weeks, which facilitated the buildup of thick plaques within their blood vessels. For the last 6 weeks of the diet, Mach's team gave some of the mice daily oral doses of THC. The scientists found that the mice given a minute amount of THC had significantly smaller plaques and less inflammation than did those that hadn't received the chemical or that got larger doses” (science news).
"The science of marijuana: how THC affects the brain." That explains scientists identified the sites in the brain and body where marijuana acts and called them cannabinoid (CB) receptors. Scientists then discovered the body's own natural chemicals--anandamide and 2-AG (2-arachidonoyl glycerol)--which also act on CB receptors. These chemicals (called cannabinoids), along with their receptors, make up the endocannabinoid (EC) system. The EC system is found in many areas of the brain, which explains why it affects so many different body functions. Cannabinoids exert their influence by regulating how cells communicate--how they send, receive, or process messages” (New York Times).
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