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There has been a lot of discussion lately about marijuana. Some say it is not habit forming and some believe it is even beneficial. But don't overlook the facts. Marijuana involves mind altering chemicals and harmful smoke. Honestly, it is never a good idea to breathe in burning materials no matter what it is.
Over the past decades research has proven that cigarettes are detrimental to health. However, many do not translate that logic to smoking marijuana. Both greatly increase the risk of cancer, respiratory problems, heart attack, heart disease, and stroke.
Marijuana also has a huge affect on the brain. The main psychoactive ingredient, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), binds to cannabinoid receptors on brain cells. This causes the high from using marijuana. After a period of consistent use your brain can be altered just like any other drug addiction.
The supporters for medical marijuana seem to only want to help those who are suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, etc. But there are already medications on the market that are much safer. Cesamet (nabilone) and Marinol (dronabinol) are used to relieve severe nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy. Marinol is also approved to treat HIV patients with weight loss, muscle atrophy, fatigue and loss of appetite.
Medical marijuana has also shown no better results when it comes to glaucoma when compared to regularly prescribed medications.