Legalization of Cannabis Essay

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There are medicinal properties in Cannabis that have been recently discovered in a modern research setting which have been shown to cut a lung cancer tumor in half. Also discovered was marijuana’s ability to stop the spread of the tumor. The findings reported in this particular research study were performed on mice over a period of three weeks. They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), inhibits EGF-induced growth and migration in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expressing non-small cell lung cancer cell lines. Lung cancers that over-express EGFR are usually highly aggressive and resistant to chemotherapy. Aside from the ability to slow tumor growth and spread, marijuana appears to be a social elixir as well, perhaps even allowing one’s self to have a better relationship with others, as well as a better relationship with one’s self. Perhaps these social abilities were what contributed to marijuana’s place in religious events in ritual ceremony. Whereas the psychoactive properties of cannabis were first recognized thousands of years ago, these mind-transcending qualities were valued primarily as religious adjuncts. In the West before the mid-20th century, recreational cannabis use was restricted to such fringe or marginalized groups as European intellectuals, rural Brazilian blacks and fishermen, and impoverished Mexicans for whom it was “the opium of the poor.” Use became increasingly popular in African American and immigrant Hispanic neighborhoods before 1950. The “explosion of its consumption for hedonistic purposes” to the point that up to two-thirds of US young adults, transcending social class and race, had tried cannabis did not occur until the 1970s and 1980s In addition to social and physical benefits, there are also mental and pain threshold benefits that have been found as well. It
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