Argumentative Essay-Marijuana

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Marijuana is a mood altering drug that has many nicknames, such as pot, weed, ganja, herb and others. It is the number one illegally used drug in the United States. Marijuana is so popular that one out of three people in the U.S. have tried it. Several states have legalized the use of Medical Marijuana. Marijuana is addictive and harmful to the health of anyone who smokes it. It is a drug that is easily abused and the potential benefits of taxing and regulating it are overstated. Marijuana’s main active chemical is THC. Marijuana can be taken in three ways, by eating, made into a tea, or smoking which is the most popular. Different people will get different results when smoking marijuana. When a person is high, normal sights, sounds, tastes or events can seem funny or interesting. They get very hungry and thirsty which is a common effect called “the munchies.” A person who is high can eat huge amounts of food in a single sitting without realizing what they are doing. It does not take very long after a person smokes marijuana to feel its effects. A few minutes after the person inhales they will probably get a dry mouth and rapid heartbeat. Their reaction time and coordination is decreased. Simple tasks can be a challenge for someone who is high. The blood vessels in the user’s eyes will enlarge giving the user bloodshot eyes. Usually within two to three hours the effects will die down and the user will feel sleepy. There are many ways that marijuana can harm the body, both short term and long term. The effect that marijuana can have on the brain and central nervous system are very serious. Marijuana can decrease the amount of blood pumped into the brain which causes short term memory loss. Smoking marijuana reduces the strength and speed of communications between the mind and body. This occurs in the brain and muscles causing
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