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World Health Organisation (WHO) on Cannabis/Marijuana

Cannabis is a generic term used to denote the several psychoactive preparations of the plant Cannabis sativa. The major psychoactive constituent in cannabis is ∆-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Compounds which are structurally similar to THC are referred to as cannabinoids. In addition, a number of recently identified compounds that differ structurally from cannabinoids nevertheless share many of their pharmacological properties. The Mexican term 'marijuana' is frequently used in referring to cannabis leaves or other crude plant material in many countries. The unpollinated female plants are called hashish. Cannabis oil (hashish oil) is a concentrate of cannabinoids obtained by solvent extraction of the crude plant material or of the resin. Epidemiology Cannabis is by far the most widely cultivated, trafficked and abused illicit drug. Half of all drug seizures worldwide are cannabis seizures. The geographical spread of those seizures is also global, covering practica

History of Marijuana

 Marijuana, also known as cannabis or pot, has a long history of human consumption. Most ancient cultures didn’t grow the plant to get high, but as herbal medicine, likely starting in Asia around 500 BC. The history of cannabis cultivation in America dates back to the early colonists, who grew hemp for textiles and rope. Political and racial factors in the 20th century led to the criminalization of marijuana in the United States, though its legal status is changing in many places. The cannabis or hemp plant originally evolved in Central Asia before people introduced the plant into Africa, Europe and eventually the Americas. Hemp fiber was used to make clothing, paper, sails and rope, and its seeds were used as food. Because it’s a fast-growing plant that’s easy to cultivate and has many uses, hemp was widely grown throughout colonial America and at Spanish missions in the Southwest. In the early 1600s, the Virginia, Massachusetts and Connecticut colonies required farmers

Marijuana(Cannabis) Vs Prescription drugs

 Marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance ever since 1970. A decision  justified by a suggestion that weed offers ‘no medical value' and is ‘highly addictive’. This thinking is outdated, it's almost half century since, thousands of studies have proved the potential benefits of medical cannabis treatment. Now being legal for medicinal purposes in 33 states and more to join, it remains federally illegal. At the same time, dangerous prescription drugs are everywhere. Despite their constant price hikes, they continue to sell rapidly. Average American, spends more than $1,100 on prescription annually. A report by IQVIA released in May 2017, showed that spending would increase by up to 7% in the next four years. By 2021, total annual expenditure on these drugs could exceed $600 billion. “That’s understandable,” you say. “After all, people get sick and need medicine.” While this is an unquestionably true statement, it fails to look at the overall picture. Not all p