What Is Marijuana?
Marijuana is from a type of plant called cannabis. There are three types of cannabis, cannabis Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis. When the flowers and leaves of these plants harvested and dried out you get marijuana.
This all-natural drug is made up of over 120 components but most people know about the main two, THC and CBD.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive aspect that gives people a feeling of being high or a euphoric feeling.
CBD, or cannabinoid, is also psychoactive but it’s non-intoxicating and won’t give people the feeling of being high. This compound is mostly used for its medicinal purposes.
Medical use of this drug helps reduce pain for people suffering from chronic ailments including glaucoma. CBD has been known to help people who suffer from seizures and children with epilepsy. It helps control muscle spasms and can increase appetite in people who are going through chemotherapy.
CBD also helps reduce anxiety and depression as well as being a powerful sleep aid. CBD lotions can also help reduce the irritation of allergic rashes and hives. There are many more medical benefits to CBD and cannabis than just this, it helps a lot of people with many different diseases and ailments.
Cannabis is a Top-Selling Agricultural Product
Cannabis is the top cash crop in America right now with the average value being over $35,000,000. The states that have legalized cannabis have been able to tax and regulate the product bringing in between $23,000,000 and $1,000,000,000. Collectively the US could bring close to $28 billion in tax revenue for federal, state, and local governments.
It can also help generate new jobs in these states as cannabis farmers and distributors. It would also help put more money into the economy.
Cannabis is Safer Than Cigarettes
Cigarettes are legal in all 50 states and contain numerous harmful chemicals. With over 4,000 chemicals including 60 cancer-causing carcinogenic components, cigarettes cause lung cancer, heart disease, COPD and, stroke.
Cannabis, while a natural plant, isn’t without its side effects as well, but they don’t compare to those of a cigarette. People may be allergic to cannabis, it is addictive, it can cause some short-term problems with memory and attention but it can also help some people focus and bring out their more creative side.
Burdening The Judicial System
For a first-time offender of someone in possession of cannabis, or marijuana, it’s a fine of $1,000 and or up to 6 months in jail. The second offense is a $10,000 fine and, or up to three and a half years in jail. With an estimate of over 40,000 people incarcerated under cannabis charges, it’s putting a burden on our justice system. Too many young people with first offense drug charges are going to have this follow them for the rest of their lives. Instead of punishing people for buying and using cannabis, it would be much better and profitable to legalize it and sell it. The government would get more money and the jails wouldn’t be as full as they are now with non-violent offenders.
Cannabis Plants Can Be Used For Other Purposes
Hemp, another variation of the cannabis plant, contains more of the CBD than the THC and can be used in more ways. Hemp is also high in fiber. Hemp can be used to make clothing, ropes, paper, a concrete substitute, and the seeds are a good source of protein and can be used in a variety of dishes and drinks.
Hemp clothing is tough enough to be used as sports wear. The ‘hempcrete’ the concrete substitute, is stronger, lighter, and more environmentally friendly. It can be used as a paper substitute as well but is too costly to make to compete with normal paper. They even have hemp plastic that more easy to recycle than other types of plastic.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.