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Should the federal government legalize the use of marijuana for health care use?
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Abstract Marijuana usage has always been a controversial topic. As Marijuana usage could lead dangerous effects on human body, it has been viewed negatively by majority of the people. However, as its medicinal properties came into the open, many have started viewing it positively…
Many ailments including muscle spasms, depression, even cancer, etc., are researched to be treated by Marijuana. Apart from treating the ailments, Marijuana are shown to play a major role in lessening the symptoms or the symptomatic problems like pain, nausea, etc. This way, Marijuana can positively impact the biological, psychological and even social aspects of humans. This paper deals with this contemporary problem and how legalizing Marijuana will aid the humans a lot in the above mentioned aspects. Should the federal government legalize the use of marijuana for health care use? Literature Review Marijuana or Cannabis sativa with its narrow serrated leaves grows in almost all parts of the world. Marijuana is the “dry, shredded green and brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves derived from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa” (Shohov, 2008). The chief active ingredient is Delta – 9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). As Ashton, (2001) states THC can alter the person’s mood because it acts as the primary psychoactive agent. It binds to the cannabinoid receptor of the brain and acts as a partial agonist. Kumar, Chambers, Pertwee (2008) provides further perspective about the role of THC by stating that THC binds to the receptors that are present at the neuronal lipid membranes and acts as neuromodulators. ...
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