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A currently illegal drug that has inspired such controversy that both sides of the argument have resorted to shamelessly making false claims.

The truth is that marijuana is undeniably harmful to our physical and mental functioning. However, the argument against it cannot be made from this fact alone, as many legal products (including alcohol and arguably cigarettes) are more damaging to our medical and social wellbeing.

Arguments that it is a socially damaging practice and should be prohibited (which I will not support or deny due to it being considerably weighted with opinion), cannot be effectively made from a medical standpoint as long as similar or more damaging products are legally and socially allowed to rip our families and the lives of our citizens apart. However, arguments that it should be allowed without restriction are equally fallible if made from the stance that it is helpful, as much research indicates that it is actually very counterproductive to physical and mental health. As this statement is more ambiguous than a marijuana-alcohol comparison, I will now state several medical facts reinforcing the validity of it. All quotes are from confirmedly unbiased medical research. However, as it has come through myself, it should be viewed as a secondary source; regardless of your personal views or intent, it would be best to do your own research.

On general effects, the following analysis was provided. "Within a few minutes after inhaling marijuana smoke, an individual's heart begins beating more rapidly, the bronchial passages relax and become enlarged, and blood vessels in the eyes expand, making the eyes look red. The heart rate, normally 70 to 80 beats per minute, may increase by 20 to 50 beats per minute or, in some cases, even double. This effect can be greater if other drugs are taken with marijuana.”

"As THC enters the brain, it causes a user to feel euphoric - or ‘high’ - by acting in the brain's reward system, areas of the brain that respond to stimuli such as food and drink as well as most drugs of abuse. THC activates the reward system in the same way that nearly all drugs of abuse do, by stimulating brain cells to release the chemical dopamine."

"A marijuana user may experience pleasant sensations, colors and sounds may seem more intense, and time appears to pass very slowly. The user's mouth feels dry, and he or she may suddenly become very hungry and thirsty. His or her hands may tremble and grow cold. The euphoria passes after awhile, and then the user may feel sleepy or depressed. Occasionally, marijuana use produces anxiety, fear, distrust, or panic."

On the subject of mental damage over time, the report had this to say: "Marijuana's damage to short-term memory seems to occur because THC alters the way in which information is processed by the hippocampus, a brain area responsible for memory formation. Laboratory rats treated with THC displayed the same reduced ability to perform tasks requiring short-term memory as other rats showed after nerve cells in their hippocampus were destroyed. In addition, the THC-treated rats had the greatest difficulty with the tasks precisely during the time when the drug was interfering most with the normal functioning of cells in the hippocampus."

"As people age, they normally lose neurons in the hippocampus, which decreases their ability to remember events. Chronic THC exposure may hasten the age-related loss of hippocampal neurons. In one series of studies, rats exposed to THC every day for 8 months (approximately 30 percent of their lifespan), when examined at 11 to 12 months of age, showed nerve cell loss equivalent to that of unexposed animals twice their age."
Shamelessly Untruthful/Uneducated Anti-Marijuana Advocte: "Marijuana is more harmful than alcohol! All perscribed drugs are better than pot! It causes cancer! If you've smoked anything in your life, you're evil!"

Shamelessly Untruthful/Uneducated Pro-Marijuana Advocate: "There's nothing wrong with pot! You can't get cancer from smokin' the stuff! You're a goody-goody who just wants us to have no fun! It causes no problems with your brain or body!"

Intelligent/Educated Person: Any drug, illegal or otherwise, that has such a profound effect on the human body and brain is a powerful substance that should be viewed and used with some degree of caution. We, as modern citizens of the world, should do our best to make large-scale political and legal decisions based on facts, and not the outrageously asinine blatherings of 'extremist 'conservatives' and 'liberals' who are taking a stance on the topic solely to garner support.
by a_voice_of_reason June 29, 2009
 
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God's gift to mankind
And God saith "Let there be happiness", and there was marijuana
by what do you care June 16, 2003
 
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This is to shut the anti-weed mofuckas up.
1st of all...I could say that weed is a natural plant.....then all you haters would say "oh, but not everythin made in nature is good fo u" rite?....then i would say "is weed that harmful that it would kill you?"...then you couldnt say nuttin

2nd....the business itself.....do you kno how much paper you could make if you deal good shit? ud be a millionaire.....imagine if the US government legalized weed.....do u kno that we'd never have to worry bout economic problems ever again because they'd b so many people buyin and sellin it. supply and demand

3rd....its safer.....more people are addicted to alcohol and cigarettes than weed.....AND DONT EVEN GIVE ME THAT BULLSHIT CUZ CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL CANNNN KILL YOU.....weed cant....drinkin and driving accidents accidents are more likely to happen by 3x than a smokin and drivin accident...

4th....y not?....the shit gives u suchhh a relaxed state of mind....imagine if you wit ur girl....how much better would you feel wit her THAT relaxed....imagine you at a meeting.....imagine how easy it would be for you to cooperate wit every1....that is only if you smoke enuff to get a good high goin.....not a high as fuck episode.

5th....its great for anorexics....people who so afraid to gain some weight.....jus give em some reefa.....those mofuckin munchies will get to em sooner or later.

6th....its great for social gatherins.....wouldn't you rather smoke, get high, and enjoy your state of mind instead of drink, get drunk as fuck, and puke all over yo frends carpet?

7th....introspective.....you think bout so much shit when you high.....no lie....like after you fed yoself and sit down.....you think bout shit...like God, yo life, yo girl and it clears up a lot of stuff too

8th....if it were legalized.....so many more companies would get more business......the glass industry would be huge because of all the bongs it would make....sandwich bags would be goin good cuz u need somewhere where you stash that shit.....all fast food joints would be makin double the business cuz of all the people wit munchies....and every1 would b eatin brownies all day....haha


so you see u fuckheads.....this shit would make our world such a better place.....no wars, no plague, no destruction....jus chillin 24/7.....420 ma niggas........
Mary Jane, AK-47, Buddha, Purple Haze, Strawberry Haze, KB, Rhino, Beast, G13, Blueberry, Maui Howie, Shiva,
by h1ndu January 16, 2005
 
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n. formal name being Cannabis Sativa; a plant containg tetrahydracannibonol, more commonly known as THC, the active ingredient which provides an existential like state of cosmic interaction known as being high. Several different varieties exist, inclduing Sativa and Indica. The physical qualities include tiny red/brown hairs and a white crystalline powder coating. Marijuana is usually grown, dried and then rolled and smoked or used in a pipe or bong. It can also be eaten; it is usually cooked and added to brownie or cookie mixtures. It is sold according to its dried weight in either ounces or grams. The price will vary depending on the quality, amount and/or your dealer. Marijuana is illegal in most western countries, but has currently been decriminalized in Britain. Amsterdam is one country in which the controlled and moderated use of marijuana is not illegal. It can also be cultivated in a solid resinous form known as Hashish or Hash.
Other names include grass, herb, ganja, buddha, mary jane, pottery, herbal refreshment.
"Yo! We just smoked some mary jane up in Olin library! Now let's go down the gorge and hit that shit!"
by Nelai April 04, 2003
 
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a great way to spend "quality time" with your buddies or loved ones.
I think you and I should get together and spend some "quality time" with the marijuana.
by Janna&Denessa March 30, 2004
 
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A God given medicine
"All the doctor's pills in the world can't stop my buddy's MS Shakes like Marijuana.
by ViJay May 06, 2003
 
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a term used for the 'drug' coming from the cannabis sativa plant. Many people look down upon it, many see it as harmless and a good way to relieve stress. to clear up any confusion, here are a few basic facts about the effects of smoking marijuana.
- it's smoke is sometimes considered more harmful than tobacco smoke, but there is some debate to this; there is more of certain carcinogens in marijuana smoke than in tobacco smoke, but there are more of other carcinogens in tobacco smoke than in marijuana smoke. one way or another, puff for puff, marijuana is more harmful than tobacco. BUT, tobacco smokers take a very significantly higher amount of puffs than a mariujana user in general.
- Marijuana alters the way one thinks, perceives the environment, and perceives time. Things seem much more significant when on marijuana, and also time often seems to go by slowly.
- It relaxes the user, as oppose to alcahol, which more often than not, alters a person's judgement and ability to make decisions, and causes viloence quite often (makes you think, why is marijuana illegal and alcahol is not?)
- alcahol and tobacco both cause much more deaths per year than marijuana; it is impossible to overdose on marijuana.
-marijuana is non addictive, and may only become mentally addicting to some users who abuse it over a long period of time.
- If you don't want to smoke marijuana, that's cool, but don't label people who do as losers. It does not have all the negative effects as many people believe, or like to believe.
-marijuana was made ilegal because an entrepreneur who made his money selling lumber was threatened by the economic value of the cannabis plant- it was a cheap way to make rope and paper, and because of this, this man's lumber business was threatened. therefor, this man made up a story of a teen boy who got high on marijuana and killed his family, then himself. After hearing this horrific story, america decided to ban the plant.

I say, legalize it- look at the effects of alcahol! much more dangerous to the user, AND the people around the user. its insane!!
dude, im high on marijuana. im calm and mellow now and i have an appreciation for everything around me.
by jimmy April 05, 2005
 
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you crave it, you love it, if you deny it your lying... marijuana is by far the best shit every created. the one thing everyone says they wont do but once they do they cant get enough of it. Marijuana makes this world a better place.. if only more people thought so.
..if there wasnt marijuana life would'nt be half as good.
by Kitty Kat <33 August 25, 2004