Cannabis or more commonly referred to as “Marijuana” is a herb which exists since the dawn of human life. Weed, Pot, Ganja, Hemp, Grass, Dope, Roll, Joint, Spliff etc. are some of the other names it is associated with. There is evidence of inhalation of cannabis smoke from the 3rd millennium BCE, namely charred cannabis seeds found in a ritual brazier at an ancient burial site in present-day Romania. Cannabis became illegal during the early 20th century in the United States following Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 which effectively banned its use and sales. But, since then, people are becoming more and more aware that the ban had little or nothing to do with the plant and it was a blatant attempt to stop immigrants from entering the country. If we legalise marijuana it’s not gonna harm.
Thanks to the hippie movement in the 60s, more people became aware of the extensive benefits of the plant and thus, Marijuana began to legalise all around the world backed up by scientific research & hardcore facts. While some countries face issues to legalise the plant completely, baby steps have been taken to open the minds of people towards marijuana.
For all the people who still have doubts about the herb: here’s a list of 13 reasons to legalise Marijuana.
1. Marijuana does not cause death.
A total of 17,465 people died from overdosing on illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine in 2014, while 25,760 people died from overdosing on prescription drugs, including painkillers and tranquillizers like Valium, according to CDC figures.
Death from Marijuana overdose? ZERO! Legalise it already.
2. Marijuana’s active ingredient THC is less toxic than nicotine.
While chemically very similar, there are fundamental differences in the pharmacological properties between cannabis and tobacco smoke. Cannabis smoke contains cannabinoids (THC) whereas tobacco smoke contains nicotine. Available scientific data, that examines the carcinogenic properties of inhaling smoke and its biological consequences, suggests reasons why tobacco smoke, but not cannabis smoke, may result in lung cancer.
3. Medicinal Properties
Despite the notion many anti-cannabis people have that medical marijuana is nothing more than a lie, studies are starting to show marijuana’s potential in shrinking aggressive cancerous brain tumours. Furthermore, a recent American study found that treating epilepsy and other seizure disorders with CBD reduced seizures by 54%. Use of THC reduced spasticity in sufferers of multiple sclerosis by 30%. Cannabis may also reduce depression and relieve anxiety. While more research is needed to better determine how cannabis can help treat diseases or symptoms, there’s a reason why so many states in the USA have legalised medical marijuana. Please legalise it here too.