Facts about marijuana

Call it pot, grass, weed, bud, or any one of nearly 200 other names, facts about marijuana show that it is the most commonly used illicit drug.

Marijuana has been around for a long while. Its source, the hemp plant (cannabis sativa), was being cultivated for psychoactive properties more than 2,000 years ago. Most often it is smoked, sometimes in a pipe, water pipe (bong), but most often in looseley rolled cigarettes called "joints". Facts about marijuana show that most of marijuana's short-term effects wear off within two or three hours.

Facts about marijuana show that there are benifits of smoking the herb. Several states have already made it legal for physiscians to write precscriptions for medicinal marijuana. For thousands of years, throughout the world, people have used marijuana to treat a variety of medical conditions.

Today, in the United States, such use is prohibited. Although 36 states have passed legislation to allow marijuana's use as a medicine, federal law preempts their making marijuana legally available to patients. Facts about marijuana have shown that the drug is effective in reducing nausea and vomiting, lowering intraocular pressure associated with glaucoma, and decreasing muscle spasm and spasticity. Today, many people use marijuana for these and other medical purposes, despite its illegal status.

The continuing illegality of medical marijuana is based more on political than scientific considerations. Although during the 1970s the government supported exploration into marijuana's therapeutic potential, its role has become one of blocking new research and opposing any change in marijuana's legal status.

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