Despite the laws prohibiting cannabis in the past, marijuana is becoming a mainstream substance in the United States as government officials are starting to consider, or have already, passed legislation for medical and recreational use of the drug. Does the prospect of cannabis become a legal product mean it is safe, or does research tell another tale? In this article, we discuss how marijuana affects regions of the brain.

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Farewell, the age of Reefer Madness—madness in itself—in which advocates in the mid-20th century United States claimed that marijuana consumption would cause Lucifer (Satan) to spoil the innocence of a person’s soul and provoke him or her to partake in utter degeneracy. Indeed, gone are the days of the FBN (Federal Bureau of Narcotics) Commissioner, Harry Anslinger, oozing deceit from his gums just as he proclaimed cannabis prompted absurd unpleasant effects amongst individuals of African and Hispanic descent upon consuming marijuana. This means that Anslinger used the plant as a form of propaganda to incite racial tensions in the United States.

 

Instead, welcome to the present day, where science humiliates baseless claims into nothing more than jocularities, and common sense ensures nearly every person can comprehend that marijuana does not have fatal unpleasant effects, nor is it a maddening stimulant. According to a survey conducted by the Marist Poll with about 130,000 respondents, more than half of the legal-aged adults residing in the United States consumed cannabis at some point in his or her lives.

 

Marijuana use is unquestionably becoming a normality in the United States, even triggering some States, such as Colorado, Maine, and Michigan to legalize the recreational use of cannabis altogether as the perception of the habit continues to change. However, whatever the status of marijuana may be, whether illicit or sanctioned, ingesting the plant may result in short and long-term unpleasant effects depending on the contexts of usage (amount and time).

 

One study from the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology) indicates cannabis can hinder the capacities of the frontal and temporal lobes of the human brain. The frontal lobe is the root of behavior, judgment, and attentiveness, while the temporal lobe processes complex languages and memories. The study suggests the frontal lobe of a person faces an array of unpleasant effects when compared to the temporal lobe; cannabis can inhibit the awareness of an individual immediately and remain until about a month later. Yet the long-term consequence is indifferent; fundamental reasoning skills suffer temporarily. The permanent repercussions from marijuana consumption and perhaps the most severe result in the study is that marijuana influences impulsiveness and self-control. Although the long-term findings vary as does the natural variability of behavior in itself predicting behavioral outcomes; memory capabilities experience a brief hindrance. But researchers could not pinpoint any permanent harm. Lastly, verbal communication abilities do not alter abruptly, but there is evidence of the enduring degradation of those skills.

 

Overall, the study highlights the unpleasant effects that cannabis has on the cognition. Nonetheless, science possesses flaws, meaning even the data gathered from investigations can result in information with fallacies. Hence, science practices trial-and-error methods to establish legitimacy when attempting to comprehend a matter, rather than seeking absolute certainty that does not exist in the grasp of knowledge fabricated by the perception of humanity alone, meaning all information is inherently artificial.

 

This article published by the British Broadcasting Network provides more insight on how citizens of the United Kingdom perceive recreational marijuana usage.

 

Now with the needless philosophical babbling out of the way, young adults in the United Kingdom remark that marijuana is less harmful than, say, tobacco, alcohol, or narcotics. Of course, the viewpoint expressed in the last sentence is adequate because cannabis is undoubtedly a better alternative than the other items listed. Despite that, research insists heavy marijuana use will have unpleasant effects on an individual. Furthermore, the prominent manner of administering marijuana to oneself through smoking it, which is terrible no matter what substance a person may use. If Mother Nature intended for humanity to smoke, then her process of evolution would compensate the species with an organic chimney protruding from their spines, unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case.

 

Conclusively, cannabis is not the worst substance a person could consume, but it is needless, and the unpleasant effects remain somewhat harmful. In the coming years, marijuana will likely become an authorized substance, not only in the United States but conceivably across the world. Thus, investigations are necessary to establish the ramifications of using cannabis.

 

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