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My good friend Barbie was diagnosed with AML Leukemia in May of 2011 Chemotherapy was hell on her body and soul Nausea and anxiety were serious obstacles Her doctors tried various prescription medications to ease her suffering nothing helped In desperation Barbie smoked marijuana The effects were immediate back came the appetite everyone thought was gone for good Out came the feeding tube and her mood improved drastically Her crippling anxiety became manageable instead of all consuming Barbie lost her fight with cancer and toward the end was incoherent but for a few moments before her disease progressed with marijuana she was Our Barbie again this is the reason I support the legalization of marijuana According to the Encyclopedia of Womens Health Marijuana Cannabis sativa also called grass weed or pot is prepared by drying the leaves and flowering tops of the plants and may be smoked in a rolled cigarette joint in a pipe or more recently in a cigar blunt Marijuana2004 THC the active ingredient in marijuana enters the blood stream and causes feelings of euphoria and wellbeing as well as causing hunger the munchies Marijuana use has been touted as organic and natural as opposed to the chemical properties of todays prescription medication Marijuanas strongest advocates applaud the fact that marijuana is considered a safe drugKayla Webley 2010 a writer for Time Magazine concludes that Marijuana has a long history around 2000 BC the Egyptians used cannabis to treat sore eyes A millennium later doctors in India could be found mixing the weed with milk to use as an anesthetic In 200 BC the Greeks used marijuana to remedy earaches Pot even enjoyed its freedom in Americas early days Farmers in colonial Jamestown were urged to grow hemp and 19th century medical journals praised the plants medical effectiveness As stated in the Encyclopedia of Womens Health between 1850 and 1937 cannabis was used in American medical practice for a wide
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