Weed - Salk, Jonathan Mr. Baker ENG 102 4-7-11 Marijuana...

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Salk, Jonathan Mr. Baker ENG 102 4-7-11 Marijuana Pot, cheeba, cannabis, bud, smoke, ganja, hemp, reefer, spliff, grass, kush, chronic, hydro, diesel, skunk, Mary Jane, weed, and marijuana are all just few names for the world’s most commonly used illegal drug. Some say that marijuana is not a drug but rather a natural plant and part of life, while others debate about how lethal the drug can be. So where can the line be drawn to distinguish whether marijuana is a drug or not? According to dictionary.com, a drug is “a chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being”. Well, marijuana has been apart of history since the ancient times and documentations show that the hunters and gatherers, Native Americans, and the Ancient Egyptians all used some form of marijuana. In 1970 the Controlled Substance Act Law was put into check making marijuana illegal and considered a substance one drug. Marijuana is a plant that gets smoked in the form of joints or sometimes put into pipes. When an individual smokes marijuana, that person inhales a chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, along with approximately 400 other chemicals, and some which can be carcinogenic (abovetheinfluence.com). These chemicals are mind-altering, or psychoactive, and change how the brain works. Smoking marijuana can lead to impaired judgment and motor coordination, anxiety and panic attacks, problems with memory and
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learning, lowered motivation, addiction, increased heart rate, increased risk of heart attack, and more.
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2012 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Byrkit during the Spring '08 term at ASU.

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Weed - Salk, Jonathan Mr. Baker ENG 102 4-7-11 Marijuana...

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