Killing Mary Jane

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http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/marijuana/it-s-background.html

I found this website and automatically started laughing. This website claims to be putting “TrueDrug Facts” concerning drugs from Cannibis to Cocaine. Their information is mostly outlandish with little to any facts, or outright making stuff up. For example “Marijuana smoke contains 50% to 70% more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke.” then continue to say “one major research study reported that a single cannabis joint could cause as much damage to the lungs as up to five regular cigarettes smoked one after another.” First off there are currently there are two FDA approved drugs containing cannabinoids those are dronabinol and nabilone. They are both used to treat chemo-related nausea. The major research study they claim provided evidence that a single cannabis joint causes damage to the lungs, is neither cited or believable. Most research studies regarding the effects of cannabis support the use of Marijuana as a medical option. The only research  studies I found saying negatives about the drug, mention a correlation between marijuana and lung issues or prove to be inclusive. Lets clarify, correlation is not the same as “cause & effect” which was how the information was reefmapresented in the article. They also go on to say “The Indian hemp plant (from which cannabis drugs like marijuana and hashish are made) was grown for use as an hallucinogen more than 2,000 years ago.” Actually the first recorded use of it was as a medical herb in Chinese medicine around 2737 B.C. and later as it went through Asia to Europe mostly used as fiber (for rope, clothes etc.). One of the worst offenses was “THC damages the immune system. Alcohol does not”.

Alcohol is not only known for destroying your liver but increase immunodeficiency in its users. I was thoroughly annoyed on how the information was presented. Its lack of actually evidence and its outright propaganda. It reminded me of 1930s and reefer madness. Much misinformation and fear which led to illagelization of the drug was created during that time. Weed was associated with the poor and people of color specifically Mexican population who introduced it as a recreational drug during the 1900-1920s. 

Whether or not you agree with the issue, I think anyone can be angered at how a website was created to misdirect its audience just to get people to agree with the authors misconceptions. Anytime a claim is made that is regarding a controversial subject, I expect an author to cite their sources or properly explain their logic.

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About ojedal

I am currently a student at metropolitan university. Majoring in technical communication with a minor in psychology. As I continue in my studies I hope to expand my knowledge and network to be better prepared for my post-graduate ventures.

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