Marijuana, also commonly known as weed and pot is one of the most abused drugs in the world. Marijuana is extracted from the Indian hemp plant and the drug is found more abundantly in the flowers (also known as “buds”) of the plant than its seeds, leaves, and stem. Marijuana is sold as a mixture of dried out leaves, stems, flowers and seeds of the hemp plant and are usually found to be green, brown or gray in color. The marijuana when smoked gives a distinctive, sweet odor. In order to avail the “drug” with legal permit knowing what states have legalized weed would be essential. It is composed of over 400 chemicals, which includes the THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol). This chemical is identified as causing the intoxication or the “high” in its users whose effects alter the mind which enables marijuana to qualifying as a drug in the first place.
Like animals, plants too are provided with certain traits that enable them to sustain themselves in the wild. It could be colors and patterns that camouflage them to their surrounding keeping them out of sight from the predators or toxins that, when consumed by the animal can alter their mental capacity and make them sick. THC is thus a protective mechanism of the marijuana-producing plant. Taking marijuana is equivalent to poisoning one’s self by a toxin that leads to changes in the body and mind. This adds up to reason why the person gets addicted to the drug and feels constant urge to live in its dependence. Some say that what is natural can never harm, but it is not so, as hamlock being a plant is poisonous enough to kill. The marijuana is smoked from a cigarette (joint) by some people while others prefer enjoying it from a dry pipe/water pipe also known as “bong”.
Now, after letting you know all the drawbacks of using marijuana, here are some of the fair share of beneficial properties the drug is known to possess: 1) The chemical called CBD( short for cannabidiol) that has medicinal uses.
2) Gives pain-relieving sensations.
3) It can be used to treat glaucoma, an eye disease that increases pressure in the eyeball, damaging the optic nerve that leads to loss of vision according to research done by The National Eye Institute.
4) It helps in the controlling of epileptic seizures and decreases anxiety.
5) The chemicals present in Marijuana has been concluded by researchers and scientists, of having the potential to prevent diseases like cancer and Hepatitis C.
Though the drug’s usage has its own ill-effects, people were forced to believe the myths and misconceptions due to lack of knowledge about the drug’s actual benefits. Researchers and scientists are still studying the medicinal benefits of the drug and suggest that breeding the plant with a higher concentration of the chemical CBD would be highly advantageous. While some still feel that the marijuana is no different from the other drugs, others believe it to have a great scope of bringing vast developments in the field of medicine. Thereby having stated the drug’s pros and cons, it is upon you to decide whether its advantages overshadow its disadvantages or is it the other way round.
Here’s what states have legalized weed:
- States that approve recreational marijuana:
- States that are with medical marijuana:
- New Mexico
- New Jersey
- New York