Essay on Legalization of Marijuana

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AIDS (HIV), Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Asthma, Crohn’s Disease, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Hepatitis C, Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, Nausea, Pain, Psychological Conditions, Tourette’s Syndrome, Terminally Ill all have something in common, they all are conditions that can be treated with marijuana. Advances in medical studies have proven that the use of marijuana is beneficial to numerous diseases and illnesses. The outdated belief that cannabis is deemed useless for any medical purpose has been disproven by numerous scientific studies. Almost every typical stereotype and myth about the herb has been proven to be false. Even what seem to be the most logical facts are no longer proven to be true.
THC, the main component in the drug, reduces nausea
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Heath/ Tulane study, doctors experimented on a monkey; testing the effects of marijuana use for a duration of time. They started the experiment by placing a mask on the monkey’s face and exposed it to 63 joints worth of smoke for a five-minute increment everyday for approximately 90 days, until the monkey died. Now the first thing that comes to mind is clearly the monkey died from overdose, but that would be a false assumption. It is almost impossible to overdose on marijuana. To overdose, one would have to inhale 10,000 joints worth of smoke within a single minute. The monkey actually died by a lack of oxygen to the brain. Brain damage occurs when the brain goes four minutes without oxygen, the monkey went five; explaining the monkey’s brain damage as the sessions progressed. A monkey inhales a large amount of joint’s in five minutes every day for 90 days; does not overdose, does not acquire any other medical harm besides the brain damage which was caused by deprivation of oxygen to the brain, marijuana does not seem to be too harmful.
Dr. Donald Tashkin of UCLA conducted a similar experiment of his own, testing how marijuana affected long-term users. Tashkin is a long believer of an earlier experiment conducted by Stephen Sidney, who studied “[…] 64,000 Kaiser Patients and found that marijuana users did not develop lung cancer at a higher rate or die earlier than non-users. […]” Taking this into account, Tashkin conducted a population based experiment based of his

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