Should Marijuana Be Legal Essay

935 Words Nov 8th, 2015 4 Pages
When examining the prevalence of alcohol and marijuana it becomes apparently that alcohol use is more prevalent than marijuana use. This was evident with a recent study stating that 77% of 12th grade students having tried alcohol in past month, which is more than triple the marijuana use, with only 20% of students reported use in the same time period1. It is important to note, the reports that the low number of marijuana use can be contribute to the illegal nature of the drug. However, later in the report it states that the 58% of adolescence drinkers also have used marijuana1. The lifetime prevalence rate for marijuana is 49.7% among high school seniors, annual rate is 37.8% and the 30-day rate is 23.1 % 1. Meanwhile, the alcohol lifetime …show more content…
Concurrent use of cannabis and alcohol actually reduces blood alcohol levels3. However, users were shown to report behavioral problems more often than single-substance users (i.e. poor school performance, operating a vehicle) and represent the fifth largest group presenting with drug problems to emergency rooms and legal problems3.
One of the main reasons why people use alcohol and smoke marijuana in conjunction is to improve their intoxication, or to increase the effect of the first drug taken3. Marijuana doesn’t affect the alcohol absorption in the body, but the alcohol supports the marijuana use effects3. Alcohol has the ability to act as a depressant of the CNS and when it is administered orally, is rapidly absorbed by the gastrointestinal tracts and enters the bloodstream3. Alcohol enables the blood vessels to absorb Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) more readily yielding enhanced marijuana effects and intoxication3. Some of the short –term effects include changes in emotional behavior, compromised judgment, decreased attention, perception and memory loss, impaired motor coordination and “greening out”3. The “greening out” phenomenon is where people feel sick after smoking marijuana and experience pallor, dizziness, nauseous, perspire excessively, and may vomit3. In the long term users may see liver damage (i.e. fatty liver), improper brain growth, mental illness (i.e. dementia), heart diseases (i.e. hypertension), lung diseases (i.e. bronchitis), decrease sperm

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