Sunday, August 29, 2010

Marijuana is safer than Alcohol and Tabacco

Have you actually ever asked yourself: Is marijuana as bad as people make it out to be? More and more people are beginning to fall prey to the claims that marijuana is a harmful, addictive and morally unacceptable substance. However, a person under the influence of cannabis is calm and relaxed. Marijuana is NOT addictive and causes way less damage to your lungs than tabacco. Marijuana is proven as a useful medicine for many serious conditions.
First of all, let's consider the behaviour of the person under influence. Under the influence of alcohol, a person is often violent and suffers from a lack of control over their motor skills. Drunk people are difficult to reason with and have a tendency to take more risks. This behaviour often leads to serious injury or even death. To top it all off, hang-overs are an unpleasant side-effect. Now, compare this to the effects of marijuana. A person under the influence of cannabis will act docile, quiet and relaxed. Marijuana does not incite violence. Under the influence, people tend to sit or lie down and rarely feel the need to take risks. Cannabis heightens the sights and sounds around you. Offering a peaceful, new outlook on life. The person often thinks in ways that they have never thought possible. Many new ideas can spring forth. It is highly unlikely to feel sad or depressed while under the influence. However, it is important to realise that marijuana does affect the motor skills, but not to the degree that alcohol would. Although, tabacco may not have as much of a noticeable effect as alcohol and marijuana, tabacco is a highly addictive substance. Tabacco is also extremely harmful to the lungs and can result in cancer and many other terrible conditions. Both tabacco and alcohol are highly addictive. Marijuana is not.
Why does societey openly accept the use of tabacco and alcohol but condemns marijuana as harmful and dangerous? If we are willing to say that drinking and smoking are morally acceptable when they both do so much damage, we should be willing to accept marijuana as well, as it is a much less harmful substance than both alcohol and tabacco. Although, this argument is for the legalisation of marijuana I do not promote irresponsible and harmful drug-use. Marijuana, along with tabacco and alcohol, are to always be used in a safe and responsible way as substance abuse can lead to a variety of illnesses, both physical and mental.