Regardless if you are for or from the Prohibition of Cannabis, it is important to be aware of the reality all around the cannabis plant and also the consequences of prohibiting its use. Since the inherent focus of cannabis Prohibition may be the plant itself, that’s a fine place to focus the discussion.
The overt reason why cannabis is against the law is because of its purported effects on human health. People who insist upon cannabis’ continued placement in Schedule I (no accepted medical value and high possibility of abuse) declare that smoking cannabis creates a number of negative health problems. The most notable are that cannabis contains much more tar than cigarettes, and can lead to the same health issues as cigarette smoking, for example cough, lung cancer, emphysema, bronchitis, along with other conditions. Nevertheless there is a small correlation with heavy cannabis use and bronchitis in certain individuals, there is no correlation whatsoever for other concerns. In fact, the biggest study conducted that examined the relationship between lung cancer and cannabis use found that people who smoked cannabis actually had slightly lower incidences of cancer of the lung than non-smokers! Also, for those who smoked cigarettes and cannabis, the rate of lung cancer was significantly less than for those who used to smoke alone. This is just one bit of proof of cannabis’ anti-cancer effects, and dozens of peer-reviewed research has found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) contain potent anti-cancer properties. It’s because of this that cannabis smokers in addition have a 62% less chance of neck and head cancers.
Cannabis is also claimed to cause amotivational syndrome, slowed and reduced thinking, contribute to other cancers, and result in harder drug use. All of these claims are simply not the case. There isn’t any evidence that people who use cannabis experience sharp drops in motivation for worthy endeavors, like exercise and their career. If that was the situation, how are our last three Presidents, the late Jobs, the Google founders, and some from the smartest scientists, lawyers, and doctors on the planet admitted past cannabis users? There are lots of successful individuals who continue using cannabis rather than alcohol, and therefore are most often better off than their alcohol-consuming friends. This is evidence that cannabis does not significantly slow thinking, and although while one is on cannabis there might be short-term memory loss and slower processing, these inhibitions leave entirely once all of the tetrahydrocannabinol is fully metabolized. And as referred to above, cannabis doesn’t bring about cancers, it protects from their store.
Finally, the gateway theory is also false (surprise!) Contrary lends to the truth, it is the proven fact that cannabis is illegal, and that people exposed to it are exposed to other illegal drugs too. However, people don’t use cannabis after which need to find a “better high”, as so many Prohibitionists claim. Frankly, cannabis users are not stupid and won’t choose a destructive substance if cannabis wasn’t performing anymore. There is no other “drug” like cannabis. You cannot substitute alcohol, cocaine, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, or anything else for it, because those things hurt the body. Cannabis may be the only thing that doesn’t permanently damage your body, even though there are several those who don’t worry about their very own safety and lives, the vast majority of individuals are not looking to discard their futures for any quick high.
If cannabis was legal, it might help reduce the burden on police force and reduce the size and power of prisons. It might attract billions in tax revenue and jump start the economy. And irresponsible use could be combated with education, not incarceration, out of the box the case for alcohol and tobacco. The damage from Cannabis Prohibition is simply too at the top of all fronts, and that we need to end this madness as quickly as possible.
By: Mandinga Roma