The gateway to a life of being unaware. Confusion and not remembering can be a common symptom while high on this drug, Marijuana. As this drug can be found in almost every neighborhood now. It can be found in a wide range of things. It is one of the most common drugs and the drug with a massive legalization wave that’s hitting almost all states in the United States. Marijuana can be mixed in drinks and foods; it can also be used in water bowls, dry bowls, joints, and blunts. The drug is manly smoked but can be eaten as it is used in more recent cookbooks and baking goods. Marijuana has many nicknames through its days: pot, herb, weed, buds, blaze, grass, white, widow, ganja, dry high, astro yurf, bhang, dagga, dope, hemp, homegrown, J, Mary Jane, reefer, roach, puff, Texas tea, chocolate, and hash. Those are only the most common names and there is hundreds of names that could be used. 29 states in the United States have legalized marijuana in either medical or recreational. Marijuana is a light drug, but the DEA classifies it as a schedule 1 narcotic. It is scheduled with drugs like heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. As its reaction to the human body is different compared the heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. Marijuana is an organically grow drug. It can be grown at your house, in a lab, mainly anywhere. It is used for more medical use now but can be used for recreation if made at home. As it a few states that it is legal you can grow a maximum of 6 plants and hold up to 2 ounces on you publicly. Marijuana can not be used in public locations even if legal, as it can be used in the privacy of your home. It does follow alcohol laws and you could get a DUI if found high while driving. When found with marijuana you must be 21 years or older to keep possional and not getting in trouble with law. As it follows alcohol laws there too. In the books, alcohol and marijuana are similar.           Cannabis has been around for thousands of years Some of the first documentations of cannabis use dates to 2900 B.C. where Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi referenced the use cannabis for medical purposes. The first cannabis plants were documented to have originated somewhere in central Asia; then over time moving east into china, then south to India, and expanding worldwide to Europe, Africa and the Americas. Cannabis was used by many ancient cultures using the plant for its natural hemp fibers which were used for clothes, food, textiles, and oil. The ancient users did also know about the plants mind altering effects and it is documented that some ancient users bred the plant in different ways to strengthen its mind-altering effects. Some of the oldest evidence of recreational cannabis use has been documented from the ancient Greek historian Herodotus. He described the people of the Scythian Empire putting cannabis seeds and flowers on heated rocks and inhaling the vapors. The oldest evidence of medical use of cannabis has been documented in the graves of shamans and witch doctors in China and Siberia dating back to 500 B.C. Some of these graves contained burned cannabis seeds and burned cannabis buds. Shamans enlisted the use of cannabis to try to cure sicknesses and other illnesses that plagued regions of the earth during these times. These shamans believed that cannabis was a serious religious healing tool brought by spirits of the heavens. In modern times cannabis is known for being a very successful nausea and stomach pain relieving medication. Although the earliest documentation of cannabis being used for nausea dates to ancient Egyptians and ancient Greeks who described using it for stomach problems in ancient medical texts. During the 1500s, the first mind-altering drug to rival alcohol was tobacco, which was imported from America during this time. Cannabis smoking in Europe never really caught on with its popularity not matching that of alcohol, tobacco, and coffee. However, the use of cannabis boomed in middle eastern countries most likely due to the spread of Islam. The Koran prevented its followers to consume alcohol or to partake in other intoxicating substances, but it never directly mentioned cannabis. Cannabis was an utterly important source of grain and fiber for thousands of years with European colonialists bringing the plant over to South America and North America during the 1500s. Hemp fiber was extensively used for making valuable products such as rope, clothing and bread. The early leaders of America have been documented to grow cannabis on their land during the earliest days of America, they were documented using the plant for its hemp uses, but not its mind-altering effect. It is theorized that the amount of THC (the active chemical in cannabis that gives a high like feeling), was too low in those times to give an effect. The American colonists were known to smoke tobacco extensively, but not cannabis, however it was still a major portion of America’s economy during that time. Cannabis during the 1800s was used in America for medical purposes. In the 1830s an Irish doctor working in India discovered that cannabis extracts can lessen the vomiting symptoms pronounced by the fatal disease cholera. After this breakthrough, the use of cannabis for medical purposes grew exponentially. By the late 1800s cannabis extracts were widely available in American pharmacies for ailments such as nausea and vomiting. During the 19th century doctors described cannabis extracts being beneficial for treating diseases ranging from coughing fits and fevers to STDs and rheumatism. Cannabis however got caught up in the mix when herbal products such as rattlesnake venom were sold as universal cures. This lead to Congress passing the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906 which required herbal products, such as cannabis, to be properly labeled. This began a chain reaction of extensive regulations on the sale of cannabis. As the years passed in the 20th century increasingly more restrictive laws were passed on cannabis-based medications as people thought that it could be habit-forming. In 1911, the state of Massachusetts became the first US State to formally outlaw cannabis. This came at the time that prohibition was setting in and regulations on all forms of recreational drugs increased 10-fold. In 1936, when cannabis prohibition was steadily increasing a movie called “Reefer Madness” came to cinemas across the United States. The movie depicted that cannabis use caused people to kill each other and be admitted to mental asylums. It really was just over the top exaggeration of cannabis use funded by religious groups during the 30s. During 1937, the hammer came down on marijuana hard when the first person by the name of Samuel R. Caldwell, was convicted of possession of marijuana went to federal prison for 18 months. The first mandatory prison sentences for marijuana came in 1951 with the passing of the Boggs act which outlined the minimum prison time that anyone convicted of cannabis possession had to serve. The penalties increased for marijuana possession in 1957 when cannabis was added to the Narcotics control act. The new prison sentences for cannabis possession increased to 2-10 years along with fines up to $20,000. Under the Nixon administration, congress passed the Controlled Substances Act which classified cannabis as a schedule 1 drug, as having no accepted medical use whatsoever. In 1976, the people of the Netherlands had a referendum which ended up with the legalization of cannabis. Under the law the possession of cannabis remains a crime, but governmental law enforcement will not enforce the law. America however didn’t follow this path when in 1986, President Ronald Reagan passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, which absurdly classified 100 grams of cannabis to have the same criminal penalty as 100 grams of heroin. Reform finally came during 1996 when California historically passed a bill legalizing medical cannabis. Bills legalizing medical cannabis also passed in Oregon Washington and Alaska. The decade of 2000 was historic for cannabis when over 13 states legalized cannabis for medical use. However, the federal government of the united states still firmly believed and classified cannabis to be as harmful as heroin and proceeded to conduct DEA raids specifically on states with legal medical cannabis. During the early 2010s, 11 states followed in California’s footsteps and disregarded the federal government and legalized medical cannabis. It wasn’t till 2014 that the federal government finally softened its stance on cannabis saying that the US Justice department will not challenge states decisions to legalize medical cannabis. In the late 2010s Florida, Arkansas, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia all legalized cannabis for medical uses.Marijuana can alter your physical appearance and the smell of you and your clothes. It can give you distortion, anxiety, disinterest, emotional withdrawal,and pleasant feelings. Your heart will accelerate while smoking, your breathing passages will get thicker and air flow to your brain gets reduced, and your eyes get bloodshot and puffed. The distortion will affect your brain and give you problems thinking, learning, and memorizing. When high you will get anxious and start to overthink and get negative thoughts. You will gain an disinterest in things you like while smoking. When smoking you will feel happy and at peace with yourself, but you would want to get that feeling more often and then lead to smoking more. Over time your brain cells will slowly die off and you’ll start thinking slower. As this can mess with you mentally and effect your brain. Marijuana if used an excessive amount of times it can be taken as a marijuana use disorder. This is a longer term for just saying that it can be a form of addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that many teens under age 18 are 4 to 7 times more likely to get this disorder. Marijuana can be quit usually after 2 weeks if not using it. You know when you have this when it battles with your normal life and makes you drop important things to smoke. When it takes over your life, you know you’re addicted.Marijuana can be fun to learn about though after everything! Some people don’t know that there is no know overdoses with marijuana as no hospital records or police records show this at all. Obesity rates are a low 33% in all cannabis users, as the drug slows you down your metabolism is increased and breaks down food faster. 3 years ago in 2014 the DEA confiscated 74 million joints for the people of the United States. California and Colorado bring in the most sales in marijuana as together they have 75% of sales. Some users who smoke marijuana will gain IQ, as focusing and relaxing can be easier for them.  


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