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Intro to Cannabis

Essential Guide to Understanding Weed

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Mary Jane, Weed, wacky tobacky; whatever you have heard it by, cannabis is a plant that is on the fast track to being a common household item that can be used in more ways than just a means to get lifted. From grandmas to children, all ages can feel the beneficial effects of marijuana not always having to experience the THC high that some users do.

When smoked, vaped, or ingested, weed can not only get the user high, there are scientific studies that show there are CBD compounds that help with helps with appetite, pain reduction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and the list goes on. People not only use it for chronic pain relief, but many cancer patients use it and say it helps with combating the disease. Unfortunately, there are those who still oppose it and try hard to prevent patients from having weed to medicate. They hold fast to the old fables from the era that sprouted the reefer madness craze. Then there some that do believe in the healing reliefs of weed but are silenced by the government who still hold weed as a Schedule 1 drug which is listed among others such as heroin, LSD, and ecstasy just to name a few and is categorized as "Drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined by the federal government as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule 1 (I) drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence." When the whole thing is evaluated, it seems to stand on outdated and false statements and the drug laws should definitely be changed.

It also promotes a social aspect of it. Many stoners enjoy having a smoke sesh with friends or on popular social media sites such as Instagram or Facebook with the live feature. Those in the cannabis community are generally kind to one another and are down to earth people.

Not only is cannabis good on the body it is also good for the economy. Colorado in the first year of legalizing and taxing legally bought weed, they brought in $699.2 million quickly becoming the cornerstone of cannabis movement. The pot industry would generate more jobs and be healthier for the environment rather than Trump's plan of using the coal industry which not only is dangerous on the earth but presents dangers to those working in the mines. With the opening of dispensaries, the need of smoking devices lighting a movement of engineers and artists to work together and people creating platforms on which stoner can make content and feel safe with people in their community.

But as with all things, there are people trying to hold back information from the people. Taking away their right to know of a natural plant that does no harm. Even with the stronger strains and extracts such as distillate and dabs, there are no users that have problems like those who drink or do other, harder drugs and there are those who oppose weed try to say that weed is a gateway drug to the harder ones which lost of scientific data shows that is untrue and can help those with addictions to get rid of them.

In my opinion, weed is a great tool to help those with pain or just to make an evening a bit better. I think every adult should have the right to choose to use it such as they do with alcohol since there are more deaths attributed to alcohol such as alcohol poisoning, drunk driving, and drunk people not thinking straight resulting in injuries. Weed is safer than alcohol.

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