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
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