posted on Jun, 7 2005 @ 06:14 PM
Marijuana is one of the safest plants known to man...no chemical in it has ever been conclusively shown to have any harmful effects on the body, and
has only shown to benefit people. Lung problems will of course arise from smoking anything to excess...but marijuana can be eaten or vaporized, thus
eliminating the issue.
It has also been shown in studies that marijuana smoke is not as harmful as tobacco smoke, just because of the effects it has on lung capacity, etc.
Studies have actually shown that smoking marijuana does not affect lung capacity unlike tobacco. One reason for this is that THC actually expands the
lungs and throat, thus allowing a better airflow. Yes, marijuana does contain much more tar than tobacco when smoked...but tar is not very
important, considering most people don't smoke pot that often, and when they do, they will usually smoke a lot less total material than tobacco
smokers who chain smoke throughout the day. Another thing is, it has never been proven that smoking marijuana causes lung cancer. Lung cancer has
ONLY been linked to smoking tobacco. It is possible that all of the extra dangerous chemicals added to tobacco by the companies could be the reason
for the cancer and not the actual tobacco plant.
As far as medical use, marijuana is much safer than any prescription drug or over the counter drug I can think of. If you need a prescription for
pain, you will be prescribed an opiate, which is extremely addictive, and people can overdose on many prescriptions, which is something that can't
happen from smoking pot.
All drugs have benefits, as well as unwanted side effects. When the FDA approves a new drug, the main deciding factor, is if the benefits are good
enough to outweigh the side effects by using the drug. In the case of marijuana, there are almost no side effects I can think of, other than the
smoking problem...and that isn't necessary for administration of the drug. And the positive effects are great for lots of people.
Compare this valuable medicinal herb to the likes of alcohol and cigarettes...well, you can't. While they all produce some type of "high" in
people, marijuana is the only one of the three that is not physically addictive, and has many uses as a medicine, fabric, etc. You may hear of people
out drinking and having a good time, then someone has one too many shots and ends up dead from alcohol poisoning....well, if they had been smoking
pot, they could smoke as much as they want and probably just get tired and fall asleep with no effects. Legalization is a must in our "free"
society, and many people are missing out on valuable benefits from this drug, while slowly being killed by chemicals which destroy the body, thanks to
pharmaceutical companies. You need to see why this issue is so appalling, and completely hypocritical on the part of the government.