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CANNIBIS Marijuana mixture of leaves stems and flowering tops of the Indian hemp plant Cannabis sativa smoked or eaten for its pleasure-giving effects The psychoactive ingredient of marijuana tetrahydrocannabinol THC is concentrated in the flowering tops hashish a drug prepared from the plant resin has about eight times more THC than marijuana Marijuana grows throughout temperate regions with the more potent varieties produced in dry hot upland climates Except for limited medical purposes cultivating marijuana is illegal in all but a few countries Known in Central Asia and China as early as 3000 BC marijuana was used as a folk medicine In about 1900 it started to be used as a pleasure-inducing drug and by the 1960s and 1970s its use was widespread among students Although marijuana has not been proved to be physically addictive and no physical withdrawal symptoms occur when its use is discontinued psychological dependence does develop Many users describe two phases of marijuana intoxication initial stimulation giddiness and euphoria followed by sedation and pleasant tranquillity Mood changes are often accompanied by altered perceptions of time and space and of ones bodily dimensions The thinking processes become disrupted by fragmentary ideas and memories Many users report increased appetite heightened sensory awareness and pleasure Negative effects can include confusion acute panic reactions anxiety attacks fear a sense of helplessness and loss of self-control People say cannabis is a gate way drug but cannabis is not bad or a gateway drug Even if it is true that most heroin users have also used cannabis this could be a also true of other substances such as alcohol and b an association rather than causation Legalize cannabis and cut it free from the hard drug subculture Cannabis is a safer drug than alcohol It leads to fewer deaths direct and indirect suppresses the violent tendencies that alcohol releases and has fewer long-term effects on health Lets have a sensible statement
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