Why Marijuana Should Be Banned Essays

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Marijuana also called weed, herb, pot, grass, Mary Jane, and other slang terms is a greenish gray mixture of the dried, cut up leaves and flowers of Cannabis sativa, the hemp plant. The main chemical in marijuana, that is responsible for most of the intoxicating effects or “the high effect” is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The chemical is produced by the leaves and buds primarily of the female cannabis plant. The plant also contains more than 500 other chemicals, including over 100 compounds that are chemically related to THC, called cannabinoids (What is...). Marijuana can be consumed in many ways the most common way to consume it is by smoking it. When marijuana is smoked, THC and other chemicals in the plant go from the lungs into the bloodstream. The bloodstream quickly carries the THC throughout the body and to the brain. The user begins to experience their effects almost immediately. The user might feel relaxed, cause laughter, and an increase in appetite. People who eat marijuana in their food might feel the effect in 30 minutes to an hour because the marijuana needs to go through the digestive system before it can affect the body. Measurable amounts of THC may remain in the body for days or even weeks after use. The effects of smoking marijuana normally last from 1 to 3 hours and those of marijuana consumed in food or drink may last for many hours (What is…). Marijuana’s effects may last a while but not for a patient who is in constant pain.
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