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|Cannabis sativa L., the hemp plant, grows wild throughout most of
the tropic and temperate regions of the world. Prior to the advent of synthetic fibers,
the cannabis plant was cultivated for the tough fiber of its stem.
||It was cultivated for many purposes in the United States, including a
large variety of industrial and medical products. It was grown here in the United
States, up until it was outlawed in 1937, and even after that, during World War II.
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| In the United States, cannabis is legitimately grown only for scientific
research. In fact, since 1980, the United States has been the only country where cannabis
is licitly cultivated for scientific research.
||The DEA is not telling the whole truth. In other countries it is
grown as hemp for industrial use. The US maintains a marijuana farm from which it
distributes smokable marijuana to medical patients -- as a medicine -- after being ordered
to do so by the Federal courts. This research shows clearly that the DEA's stance on
medical marijuana is flatly wrong.
| Cannabis contains chemicals called cannabinoids that are unique to the
cannabis plant. Among the cannabinoids synthesized by the plant are cannabinol,
cannabidiol, cannabinolidic acids, cannabigerol, cannabichromene, and several isomers of
tetrahydrocannabinol. One of these, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is believed to be
responsible for most of the characteristic psychoactive effects of cannabis. Research has
resulted in development and marketing of dronabinol (Marinol), a product containing
synthetic THC, for the control of nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapeutic agents
used in the treatment of cancer, and to stimulate appetite in AIDS patients.
||So, obviously, because there is a prescription drug extracted from the
plant, then it must naturally follow that the plant has medicinal properties -- the same
as an orange has medicinal properties because it contains Vitamin C.
|Cannabis products are usually smoked. Their effects are felt within
minutes, reach their peak in I0 to 30 minutes, and may linger for two or three hours. The
effects experienced often depend upon the experience and expectations of the individual
user, as well as the activity of the drug itself. Low doses tend to induce a sense of
well-being and a dreamy state of relaxation, which may be accompanied by a more vivid
sense of sight, smell, taste, and hearing as well as by subtle alterations in thought
formation and expression. This state of intoxification may not be noticeable to an
||The truth is that the casual observer may not be able to tell when someone
is stoned on pot. In fact, the only reliable indicator is to ask them. This is
true primarily because marijuana is such a mild drug in terms of its effects. It
does not produce the same lack of physical coordination and judgment that alcohol does.
| However, driving, occupational or household accidents may result from a
distortion of time and space relationships and impaired coordination.
||Coordination is not terribly impaired by marijuana. Distortions of time
and space (such as they are) are easily compensated for by experienced users. There
is no evidence that marijuana is a serious factor in any kind of accidents. Alcohol
is by far the biggest drug factor in accidents, and we have the good sense to recognize
that it wouldn't be productive to try to throw all the casual beer drinkers in jail to
solve the drunk driving problem.
|Stronger doses intensify reactions. The individual may experience shifting
sensory imagery, rapidly fluctuating emotions, a flight of fragmentary thoughts with
disturbed associations, an altered sense of self-identity, impaired memory, and a dulling
of attention despite an illusion of heightened insight. High doses may result in image
distortion, a loss of personal identity, and fantasies and hallucinations.
||The DEA keeps talking about marijuana which causes hallucinations and,
uniformly, marijuana users keep asking where they can get some of that stuff.
Marijuana does not cause any of these problems in any regular use. Doses high
enough to cause these sorts of problems would be outright deadly if one consumed the same
relative quantities of beer or tobacco.
|. Three drugs that come from cannabis--marijuana, hashish, and hashish
oil--are currently distributed on the U.S. illicit market. Having no currently accepted
medical use in treatment in the United States, they remain under Schedule I of the CSA.
|Today, cannabis is carefully illicitly cultivated, both indoors and out,
to maximize its THC content, thereby producing the greatest possible psychoactive effect.
||Why? Because, under prohibition, it is to the drug dealer's
advantage to deal in the most potent stuff they can. A similar trend happened during
alcohol Prohibition as bootleggers moved to stronger alcoholic beverages because they made
a higher profit for the same risk.
|Marijuana Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in america
today. The term mari-juana, as commonly used, refers to the leaves and flowering tops of
the cannabis plant. A tobacco-like substance produced by drying the leaves and flowering
tops of the cannabis plant, marijuana varies signifi-cantly in its potency, depending on
the source and selection of plant materials used. The form of marijuana known as
sinsemilla (Spanish, sin semilla: without seed), derived from the unpollinated fe-male
cannabis plant, is preferred for its high THC content. Marijuana is usually smoked in the
form of loosely rolled cigarettes called joints or hollowed out commercial cigars called
| Joints and blunts may be laced with a number of adulterants includ-ing
phencyclidine (PCP), substantially al-tering the effects and toxicity of these prod-ucts.
||In the first place, lacing marijuana with other drugs isn't all that
common. Marijuana users prefer marijuana, not the other drugs, and will quickly
abandon any dealer who gives them a polluted product. Such marijuana is easily
detectable to the experienced user by both taste and the effect.
In the second place,
the pollution of relatively benign marijuana with really nasty drugs, such as PCP, is the
result of prohibition. The same thing happened during alcohol Prohibition when
bootleggers sold wood alcohol for drinking.
| Street names for marijuana include pot, grass, weed, Mary Jane, Acupulco
Gold, and reefer. Although marijuana grown in the U.S. was once considered inferior
because of a low concentration of THC, advancements in plant selection and cultivation
have re-sulted in highly potent domestic marijuana. In 1974, the average THC content of
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