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Cannabis Sativa (marijuana) has been thought to
be an illegal and very harmful drug for many years. But as
you read this report you will learn that marijuana has been
around for many years (most years legal) and isn’t as
harmful as some people may think. Marijuana has been
used for many things in the past, including medicine, hemp
rope, crude cloth and enjoyment. Now it is mainly used as
a narcotic. Marijuana is an illegal weed that grows up to
eighteen feet tall with little or no cultivation. The plant has
many branches that extend with large, hairy, pointed leaves
with saw tooth edges. Marijuana grows wild all over the
world and in some states and countries it’s legal. Cloth and
rope are made from the stem which contains a tough fiber
called “hence.” The mind-altering drug in marijuana is called
“Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannibinol,” or THC. The mildest form
of marijuana contains between zero to three percent of
THC. Most of the THC is contained in the resign, which is
secreted around the flowers, seeds, and topmast leaves.

Until recently it was thought that only the female plant
contained the drug. But it is now known that both the
female and the male plants contain THC. THC stays in the
body for about 28 days. Marijuana can be prepared many
different ways therefore it has many different ways of
entering the body. When smoked the THC goes into the
lungs, directly into the bloodstream and to every cell in your
body. The effects depend upon the level of potency and
how much is consumed. The main effects of smoking are:
the heart rate may increase from 80 beats to 150 beats a
minute, the bronchial tubes enlarge and become relaxed
allowing extra oxygen to enter the body, giving a “High” like
feeling. There are no immediate physiological effects. The
feeling usually lasts from one to three hours. Marijuana can
also be ingested as a drink, cakes, brownies or many other
foods. When consumed in foods the effects start after one
half-hour and last from three to four hours. The potency of
Marijuana has increased at least ten times or 275% since
the 1960’s. Marijuana can be measured by it’s “therapeutic
ratio,” (the difference between the size of the dose needed
for the desired effect and the! size that produces
poisoning). The therapeutic ratio in marijuana has yet to be
found. The negative long term effects of heavy marijuana
use are, possible lung cancer, heart attacks in juveniles,
strokes in people under forty, and it depletes the brain of
serotonin and the user may lose his sense of well being or
may become depressed. The user may lose his short-term
memory, but after a week of not using it is usually regained.

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“High Times Magazine.” Marijuana contains about 400
chemicals that break down into 2000 or more. One joint
contains as much tar as fourteen cigarettes. “Human
Relations Media” The traditional medications used to treat
AIDS sufferers cause a wide range of side effects. Virtually
the only medicine capable of treating the entire spectrum of
side effects without causing harm to the user is marijuana.

There are now 30 diseases listed under the condition
known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, AIDS.

Most AIDS sufferers will contract several of these 30
during the course of their illness before finally succumbing
to one of them. The traditional medications used in both
their treatment and as prophylaxis–or prevention–cause a
wide range of side effects, including loss of appetite,
nausea, headaches, depression, pain, disorientation and
fevers. Virtually the only medicine capable of treating the
entire spectrum of side effects without causing harm to the
user is marijuana. Naturally, it remains illegal. Provided by
the “High Times” website. Marijuana is one of the oldest
and widely used drugs in the world. It is the second most
popular intoxicant, next to alcohol. There are two hundred
million users in the country, and sixty million say that they
have tried it. Only 40% of high school students graduated
in 1995 without ever trying it. Approximately 33% of
people who try it become regular users within three to five
years. Smugglers traveling to the U.S.A. from Columbia,
Jamaica, and Mexico bring in five billion dollars worth each
year. Recently a large ship was spotted off of the U.S.

coast unloading thirty-three tons of marijuana onto
American soil. There have been over 9 million arrests for
marijuana-law violations in the United States since 1965,
with another arrest every 2 minutes. Over 80% of these
arrests are for possession for personal consumption,
according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports. Many of
the 20% that are labeled “sale/manufacturing” in the FBI’s
report actually involve cultivation for personal use or
possession of an amount large enough (usually over an
ounce) that the police infer possession with “intent” to
distribute, even though it might actually have been for
personal consumption. But in Singapore and Malaysia it’s
another story. There, the death penalty is handed out to
anyone in possession of drugs. In twenty years two
hundred and fifty people have been hung for possession.

Marijuana can be used for more than just the illegal use of
getting high. As you have read, it helps in medicine and the
stem can be used to make clothes or rope. Marijuana is
one of the mildest drugs out there and the one of the only
drugs that serves another purpose besides a “trip” or a


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