Seth Andrew J. Salih December 4, 2012ENGLCOM WC NO5B Argumentative Essay (Final Draft)Marijuana, Good for your Health? A Playboy cartoon once depicted an ordinary couple with their college-age son in front. The words are shown in front: “Dear, your father and I would like some pot”. Just like the couple,millions of Americans would like to obtain the so-called “pot” or marijuana. Marijuana, unlike thepopular myths today, it is not what it is thought to be.Marijuana, like any myth, has its true properties, facts, and history concealed by a mass of misconceptions, misrepresentations, and misunderstandings. Solomon (1966) says marijuana, or
sativa, is a plant cultivated for its flowering tops and leaves. Also called hemp, it is a sourceof rope, fibers, birdseed, and medicinal products. In fact, the Philippines once provided the US withrope from this plant before the Japanese cut the supply line. In the year of 1937, however, marijuana was banned as the people misused it. When people hear the word marijuana, they think of drugs, addicts, and ruined lives.However, marijuana has its buried good side. Marijuana has long been used to treat a number of sicknesses affiliated with pain. Most of these diseases are those that either make people suffer ormake them terminally ill. Examples are glaucoma, arthritis, and cancer. Aside from medical benefits,the plant is also shrouded by psychological myths. Marijuana is not highly addictive, unlike what thepopular belief says. Marijuana users do not come from the hardened criminal class and there is no
As a kid growing up, you’re constantly told of the dangers of drugs, and since it is illegal, marijuana is a drug and therefore it is dangerous. Again, the “dangers” of marijuana can be traced back to the 1930’s and the negative propaganda that surrounded it to appease private interests and reinforce racial stereotypes; never on actual dangers to your health. In 1974, Dr. Robert Heath of Tulane University conducted a test in which lab monkeys were given thirty marijuana joints daily to test for harmful side effects. After 90 days, many of the monkeys started to die and the university reported that the monkeys had died from a mass dying of brain cells and they concluded that the consumption of marijuana destroyed the brain. The official test observations and results, however, were withheld from the public for six years until finally, in 1980, they were released to NORML (The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) due to a lawsuit NORML had brought to the university. Upon further investigation of the study, it was revealed that Dr. Heath actually pumped the equivalent of sixty-three joints via gasmasks into the monkeys everyday in just a five minute time frame; much more than the first reported thirty joints a day. The monkeys were reported to have died because of brain damage, but in reality they died of suffocation; when the body doesn’t get enough oxygen, one of the first things to start dying off are brain cells (http://www.jackherer.com/chapter15.html Accessed June 7, 2010). To this day, there has been no test like the Heath/Tulane study.