I have never tried Marijuana – and to be fair, I don’t use any recreational drugs or smoke.
To each is their own with a recreational drug as — like everything — it has its harm too but really, why do we ban any drug? Sure, the obvious answer to that question is that drugs can cause harm to an individual but are we not entitled to the right to abuse drugs even if it may kill us. The important factor is to keep everyone else safe and so that is all another debate but have you ever heard the frequent stories of marijuana-influenced killings?
The important thing to know is that there are many health concerns when using marijuana but the more unpublicized facts are the health benefits. The major pharmaceutical companies are worried about the more natural choice to their expensive chemical products.
In the 1930’s a propaganda film called “Reefer Madness” would spark the opinion that cannabis would harm ‘our children’ and ‘ruin everyone’s lives’ but the fears and traditionalism of those days has since passed and the public is slowly opening to the idea that drugs may be of value if used appropriately. It’s also worth pointing out that Reefer Madness and a conservative church group funded the campaigns beside it.
It’s perplexing that medicinal marijuana is not legal in most of the world and that the herb still has such a negative standing in parts of the world that have learned to embrace the once unspoken taboos like homosexual marriage and abortion.
There are a lot of unfounded rhetoric that states smoking pot can give you lung cancer since you’re inhaling smoke (like cigarettes). Cigarette smoke sources cancer because the tobacco is radiated whereas marijuana isn’t. On the other hand, the Association for Cancer Research has found the marijuana actually helps slow down tumour growth in the lungs, breasts, and brain substantially, therefore demonstrating the opposite. People suffering from seizures have also reported that marijuana has been a treatment with fewer side effects than prescribed medication. This is because cannabis has “antispasmodic” abilities, which have proven to be very effective. From migraines to multiple sclerosis, Tourette’s and Alzheimer’s – Marijuana has been proven to be very favourable in slowing down the symptoms and successfully aiding the issue.
Many psychologists, counsellors and general medical health practitioners that I have met over the years share support in the legalization of the drug as it would open the doorway to a more natural alternative to treating mental health disorders such as Bi-Polar and Schizophrenia. Anyone who has built a long list of previous failing medications will know that most medications offered barely provide improvement or that they work well with too many undesired side-effects. Without a pension, health care card or concession rate; these medications often tend to be roughly the same cost as shady alleyway merchandise.
There are, however, plenty of risks involved with the use of marijuana but considering the statistics stating that more deaths are caused by easy-to-acquire cigarettes; this all goes hand in hand.
Former London Mayor Boris Johnson once campaigned for the legalization of medical marijuana after admitting that he used it to treat pain and former Prime Minister David Cameron too expressed his support for the decriminalization of the substance as a means of reducing local courthouse cases. (Plus it’s interesting to note that P.M. Cameron practically admitted to using cocaine before he was in power) In the mid 1800’s Queen Victoria was a Cannabis user as it naturally eases the pain of childbirth and more specifically cramps and discomfort caused by menstruation.