Concerns of Medical Marijuana Persuasive Essay by Nicky

Concerns of Medical Marijuana
A discussion on the adverse effects of the long-term use of marijuana.
# 148260 | 1,088 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 05, 2011 in Medical and Health (Drugs) , Criminology (Drugs Enforcement)

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The paper discusses how marijuana, the product of the Indian hemp plant, has been utilized for centuries to help alleviate nausea, dizziness, pain and other complaints. The paper then addresses the concerns with the legalization of medical marijuana that focus on cannabis dependence, the development of psychotic disorders and cardiovascular disease. The paper argues that these downsides to the use of medical marijuana cannot be ignored, and they must be addressed before there is any hope that the acceptance of its use will be nationwide.

Overview of Marijuana
Marijuana's Use Medicinally
The Concerns of Medical Marijuana

From the Paper:

"Marijuana comes from the Indian hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. The leaves and flowers are typically dried and crushed, for use in pipes or rolled into cigarettes for smoking. It can also be added to foods and beverages, for consumption. The active ingredient in Marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is present in all parts of the marijuana plant and in both males and females. However, THC "is most concentrated in the resin (cannabin) in the flowering tops of the female" ("Marijuana"). The effects of marijuana on the user vary considerably."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Degenhardt, L. & Hall, W. "The Adverse Effects of Cannabinoids: Implications for Use for Medical Marijuana." Canadian Medical Association Journal 178(13) 17 Jan 2008: p. 1685-1686. Proquest. Proquest. University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ. 26 Apr 2009 <>.
  • "Marijuana." Encyclopaedia Britannica. 2009. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. 26 Apr. 2009 <>.
  • Martin, B. "Medical Marijuana - Moving Beyond the Smoke." The Lancet 360(9326) 6 Jul 2002: p. 4-5. Proquest. Proquest. University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ. 26 Apr 2009 <>.

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