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Posted on July 27th, 2012, by

Maybe there is more misinformation and complications regarding marijuana than other kinds of drugs. In the 60-ties when the wide use of this drug began, opinions shared. Some people consider it as absolutely safe but others on the contrary made a mountain out of a molehill. The first information about marijuana was inaccurate, and with time, the other beliefs formed, and new information gave cause for new conclusions. In modern society there is the tendency of law liberalization and full legalization of marijuana.

In my essay I try to explain the opinion of using marijuana in recreational use. I think we’ve got accustomed to perceive marijuana as something very dangerous. I want to prove the opposite.

Among all drugs that we use for recreational purposes marijuana is definitely one of the safest. Have you ever heard about in the news about murders when the killer was under the influence of marijuana? NEVER, because all these stories and news about out of control actions of the person are the result of the most popular recreational drug, ALCOHOL.

And if marijuana is so dangerous for the human organism and his consciousness why we’ve never heard about this in the news, via the Internet or read in the newspapers? The person can drink a lot and cripple or kill someone or rob a store and not even remember it happened.

Marijuana is a substance less harmful than either alcohol or cigarettes. And I can prove this fact with the help of this table:

Tobacco 340,000 to 450,000
Alcohol (NOT including 50% of all highway deaths and 65% of all murders) 150,000 +
Aspirin (Including deliberate overdose) 180 to1 000+
Caffeine (From stress, ulcers, and triggering irregular heartbeats, etc.) 1,000 to 10,000
Legal Drug Overdose (Deliberate or accidental) from legal, prescribed or patent medicines and/or mixing with alcohol – e.g. Valium/alcohol 14,000 to 27,000
Illicit Drug Overdose (Deliberate or accidental) from all illegal drugs 3,800 to 5,200
Marijuana 0

Number of American deaths per year that result directly or primarily from the following selected causes nationwide, according to World Almanacs, Life Insurance Actuarial (death) Rates, and the last 20 years of U.S. Surgeon Generals’ reports.( Marijuana. Good or Bad?)

The other argument in favour of marijuana is the low level of dependence. Less than 10% people, regularly smoking marijuana, get the psychical dependence. Physical dependence on marihuana does not exist (in contrast to an alcohol and nicotine, for example).

Nobody died of marihuana overdose. Maximum that threatens you is euphoria, disorientation, loss of coordination, lapse of memory, and dry mouth.

The use of marijuana does not conduce to switch to the narcotic matters.

Marijuana in any way does not influence on a fetation (again, compare with the alcohol and nicotine). One of researches was conducted in the remote of Jamaica, where about 99% of people begin to use it in the womb of mother.

Marijuana does not damage the cells of cerebrum. The results of the British doctors’ research showed that ability to memorize the new material reduces at the insignificant percent of chronic users of marijuana. All other cognitive functions are not affected.

But the problem of using marijuana in recreational use has also dark sides. Unfortunately, not everyone will keep the extent of its using. The experiments with marijuana and alcohol in large quantity can have very deplorable consequences for the human organism. Besides the use marijuana in recreational aims can be the cause for children to begin smoke in very early age.

A lot of people consider that smoking marijuana doesn’t have serious side effect and it is used for the good and jolly way of spending time with friends, for the immersion in the special unusual world from the daily problems as far as possible.

As we have already determined, the influence of marijuana and alcohol is different. I am sure they are much alike. But they should either both be prohibited, or both be legal. At least every person should have the opportunity to make his own decision, define what specifically he wants, and not depend on the government’s point of view.

Millions respectable people smoked, smoke, and will smoke marijuana to relax and even get the new ideas for their activity (I mean such kind of inspiration). But the biggest problem is that a lot of people, who without going into the heart of the matter, stand against it and habits and tastes of other people. They know nothing about marijuana, its good and dark sides, but they all the same say NO.

I think that before saying yes or no to marijuana for recreational use each person must study its properties and only then make the decision and vindicate his opinion. Learn about marijuana and the history of it and you will be able to answer any questions people have and they will not be able to corner you because, well there nothing wrong with it when it really come down to it and they will realize that.(Marijuana. Good or Bad?)

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