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Cannabis, and it's effects on humans.

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Citizenship Coursework The background to these articles is the debate about cannabis, and it's effects on humans. Cannabis (also known as draw etc) comes in many forms - block, sticky oil, or as dried leaves/buds. The user feels 'stoned', and his\her senses will be heightened. Also, it brings on cravings for food (otherwise know as the 'munchies'). Risks of using cannabis include short-term memory loss, degrading co-ordination and increased chances of contracting respiratory disorders (lung cancer etc). The argument is whether this drug that is widely used by teenagers could be used legitimately in curing certain illnesses. According to a study by a private pharmaceutical company, CBDs improve symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis and reduce pain. It also helps relieve arthritis because of its anti-inflammatory properties. There is strong evidence suggesting that the use of cannabis is dangerous. A study carried out by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital showed that cannabis smokers had worse lungs than tobacco or non-smokers. ...read more.


Consequences of abusing this drug and clearly defined - Andrew was 'hungry', 'exhausted' and completely 'wiped out' by the experience. Connie's article is about legalising Cannabis and other 'harder' drugs to stop violent crime 'fuelled by the drugs trade'. She says that making purified drugs available would make taking them safer and would reduce crime (especially on elderly people). It states that many people are frightened to even go outside because of all the muggings that happen. Legalising would also mean that the drug would get to the user pure (free from contaminants). Andrew's article is biased because it is written from the parent's point of view. Naturally, they want the best for their son and anything that happens to him will be 'magnified' because his health is their main priority. They had 'begged' the security officers to not take Andrew to the hospital - showing they care very much for his well-being. ...read more.


By making Cannabis legal, there will surly be more cases like Andrew's - this certainly isn't what should happen. Connie says that disruption caused by alcohol is the same as that of cannabis, but psychological problems cannot occur from drinking alcohol - only from the smoking of cannabis. I think that the government needs to reconsider the downgrading of cannabis, with cases like Andrew's, how could making the drug 'less dangerous' in the eyes of teenagers be a right move to take. Teenagers think that the risks involved in taking cannabis are much less than of other drugs, their attitude is that it's 'ok' and just like a cigarette. More money should be put into educating children from a younger age about the dangers of cannabis. The answer might be to start a campaign of hard-hitting television/poster commercials, showing the real dangers of smoking cannabis. Also there should be more people for teenagers to talk to about their problems, and cannabis shouldn't be frowned upon so much by adults, as this is a fundamental problem of modern society. 1 ...read more.

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