What is Cannabis? Also known as Marijuana and many other names is a plant. It is used as a drug and as a source for medicine. The main psychoactive part of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabis is often used for its mental and physical effects, such as a "high" or "stoned" feeling, a general change in perception, euphoria, and an increase in appetite. The possession, use, and sale of cannabis is illegal in most countries of the world. Support for legalization has increased in the United States and several US states have legalized recreational or medical use. In 2015, 43% of Americans had used cannabis which increased to 51% in 2016.

Pain is the main reason people ask for a prescription. It could be from headaches, a disease like cancer, or a long-term condition, like glaucoma or nerve pain. If you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal and your doctor thinks it would help, you’ll get a “marijuana card.” Doctors will not prescribe medical marijuana to anyone under 18. You will be put on a list that allows you to buy marijuana from an authorized seller, called a dispensary. This would help reduce the amount of people getting prescription drugs and abusing the pills that they take. Not to mention, no one has ever died while using Marijuana. Medical Marijuana may be: smoked, vaporized, eaten, or taken as a liquid extract.

Pros of Marijuana: Treats Glaucoma, Reverses the Carcinogenic Effects of Tobacco, Controls Epileptic Seizures, Stops Cancer from Spreading, Decreases Anxiety, Maintains Your Figure, Increases Creativity, and Eliminates Nightmares. There are many other pros that should be added into the list of pros. For example, marijuana can help you cut back on drinking, reduce nausea, stimulate appetite, protect your brain after a stroke, and even protect your brain from concussions and trauma.

Cons of Marijuana: Affects Your Body Negatively in Short-Term (such as: dry mouth, red eyes, psychosis, fatigue, dizziness and increased heart rate.), Makes You Anxious or Paranoid, Impairs Memory, Irritates Your Respiratory System if you smoke the plant, or you could get addicted but that is not usually common. Only 9% of people that smoke pot have been proved to be addicted.


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