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
a very good herb that i smoke :)
lets go roll a marijuana joint and smoke it
by potty mctokealot June 18, 2003
Relax newbie, I will make you experience an intense feeling just from this text alone.. When you are high you feel so heavenly, and it's hard to think or be angry.. But you don't need to.. Just drift off into the information pool by the mountainside. You will never have to worry again because you will be lifted off to heaven.. I'm here for you, and so is everyone else. Life will go on no matter what happens, and you will never hate again. Please, no need for thought, just relax and enjoy yourself.. I'm sorry, but I must be getting off! I don't want to be late for school!
marijuana is the best thing ever and the government is watching you. The Government doesn't care for you! Snap out of it! We must stop Uncle Sam!
by Douchebag82 October 17, 2011
Now before reading this definition know that in this i am ONLY talking about quality marijuana. I know nothing about non quality but that doesnt matter because quality is the only way to go.

Marijuana is the Physcoactive plant known scientifically as cannabis sativa or cannbis indica. The herbal form of marijuana consists of dried mature flowers and subtending leaves of pistillate ("female") plants or resin glands. The chemical in marijuana making it phsycoactive is "delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol" commonly known as THC.
Marijuana is commonly known as: Marijuana, pot, bud, weed, grass, dank, chronic, kill, stress, ganja and way too many more to name.

Look: Dried leaves stuck together in bud form usually bright green but can be any hue of green sometimes with some purple also. Good marijuana has hairs on it all over the place usually red but again theres far too many types of marijuana to be specific And also it has visible thc all over it if its really good its almost powdery theres so much thc. Good marijuana in nug form is going to have stems going through it. Theres seeds every once in a long while but theyre very uncommon with good pot.

Smell: Can smell like anything from skunks to car oil (always in a good way) different kinds of weed have different scents and no two are exactly alike.

Feel: Good marijuana has a lot of different textures sometimes its very dense meaning compact and hard and other times its very sticky and moist and easily crushed. Its never a good idea to break apart pot with your fingers because you bruise the thc making the herb less potent. Experts in marijuana smoking use only grinders when they smoke.

Marijuana measurements:
Quarter pound- 4 ounces
Ounce- 28 grams
Quarter(fourth)- 7 grams
Eigth- 3.54 grams
Half eigth- 1.7 grams

Average price for good marijuana in grams:
1 to 1.4- 20$

(half 8th)1.7 to 2.3- 25$ or 30$ if your dealers an ass.

(8th)3.4 to 3.7- 50$ to 60 dollars depending again on if your dealer is an asshole or not.

(Quarter) 7.0 to 7.5- 90 to 100$ depending on how much more than 7.0 he is going to give and quality of the weed usually quarters or super kill are 100 dollars but you can get them as low as 90 some times.

(Half ounce) 14 to 15- 150$ or as much as 185 if your dealer is worried about profit.

(ounce) 28 to 30- about 300 to 350 depending on quality and dealer.

If your in the market for some marijuana and it does not fit into the above criteria say no. If its brown turn it down.

"Hey man! i just got 2.7 of some killer for 30 lets get baked!!!"
20 minutes later...
"i love you dude"
"i love you too dude but i love marijuana more"
by kirkabis September 23, 2007
1.the least harmful drug on earth.
2.has no long term effacts at all.
3.a great way to party!!!
1.Hey Nigguh puff puff pass daauuyymm!I need my marijuana!
by VIIZZZZZIICKE February 02, 2007
Da Good Shit! that god created on the 8th day!
"Nigga we out to smoke some of dis fine sticky icky icky!"
by g style March 21, 2005
the most beautiful thing in the world!!!!!!!
"Did you have marijuana today? I sure didn't and i'm depressed."

"Yes, mama dearest, i did, and in my world the sun is shining."

"Damn, i wish i had marijuana today :("
by sublimeyes! October 16, 2007

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