This history of marijuana information shows us that most of what we have been told about this drug is either embellished fabrications or outright lies. In the Depression Era, American were given marijuana propaganda through the movie “Reefer Madness”, where it was shown that smoking marijuana could change you from a loving friend to someone killing your friends and loved ones and becoming a drug crazed psychotic.
In the 60s and 70s the youth of America rebelled against any untruths from the “establishment” and the idea that “you can’t trust anyone over thirty” led to the idea that any negative information about marijuana was propagated by special interest, such as the alcohol industry, to manipulate society.
Today, the use of marijuana marijuana is perceived by the public as a somewhat safe drug that doesn’t need be overly regulated or kept illegal. Celebrities and other opinion leaders are continually talking about their marijuana use as a truly recreational drug with only slight inference to negative aspects of its use.
An educated and informed public is essential to a prosperous democracy and a stable society, but when it comes to marijuana, most of us are still unsure of whether it should be a legal commodity or even if the idea of medical marijuana is well founded.
First of all, one needs to challenge the assumption that man needs to have some chemical to help him “unwind” or to relieve the stress of modern life. Most people would argue with that idea, but it is one of the major tenants in alcohol marketing.
The public should be able to make our own personal evaluation on the use or legalization of marijuana since there have been over forty years of good and reputable research on the effects of marijuana marijuana treatment that can show us the truth about this drug.
Many tout that marijuana isn’t addictive, like alcohol, but the research shows that long-term use of marijuana leads to compulsive seeking of the drug in spite of knowing that its use is detrimental, which is one definition of addiction. About 9 percent of marijuana users become addicted, with that number being as high as 17% for those who start smoking in their youth.
There is ample research documenting that marijuana use is associated with increased anxiety and depression as well as many cases of marijuana psychosis taking high doses of the drug.
Marijuana increases the heart rate marijuana from twenty percent to a doubling of the normal resting heart rate. This side effect translates into a nearly five-fold increase in heart attacks in the first hour after marijuana smoking.
Marijuana smoke contains approximately 60% more carcinogens than tobacco smoke, which is accepted as a public health problem.
These are other studies that show the impact of marijuana reduces one’s ambition and worsens personal problems.
It is vital to know the truth about marijuana before we become apathetic about its use in our society or in our families. Alcohol and many other drugs have similar and other side effects, but marijuana isn’t as benign as users wanting to believe and enlisting your support for their denial. All drug use has its consequences and none of them are life supporting.