Should Ireland Legalise Cannabis? Get your facts straight.
Before we begin, I want to clarify I am not a regular cannabis user nor am I an advocate against its legalisation but merely a by stander. I’m just a dude on the fence trying to understand if it should or should not be legalised, it’s health benefits and consequences and societies whole perception on it.
Currently there is a debate going on regarding should Ireland legalise cannabis, so I decided to look into the facts.
So, let’s begin.
What is Cannabis?
Cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant intended for medical or recreational use. There are hundreds of compounds in marijuana, but scientists believe the one responsible for the drugs’ psychoactive effects is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC binds to cannabinoid receptors throughout the body, and marijuana’s “high” comes from THC’s binding to brain regions responsible for pleasure, time perception and pain, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
THC stimulates cells in the brain to release dopamine, creating euphoria, according to NIDA. It also interferes with how information is processed in the hippocampus, which is part of the brain responsible for forming new memories.
THC can induce hallucinations, change thinking and cause delusions. On average, the effects last about two hours, and kick in 10 to 30 minutes after ingestion. I won’t continue to talk about THC, that’s not the topic of discussion but it does have numerous of benefits and risks and you can read all about THC right here.
Ok so now we know what cannabis is, let’s move onto its benefits and consequences.
Should Ireland Legalise Cannabis Based On It’s Perceived Benefits Of The General Public?
There has been a ramped vote for the legalisation of cannabis in Ireland. With people screaming left, right and centre on the benefits of the drug but not backing it up with studies or any kind of research. They’re mainly just assuming what someone else told them is right. Which is kind of a bullshit argument so I decided to take a look at some studies regarding its heath benefits and consequences in determining it’s legalisation. Also, comparing it’s benefits and negative effects to other regulated drugs currently offered such as alcohol and tobacco. The studies will take in both considerations of medical and recreational use.
For those of you who think pot is harmless, get that idea out of your head right now. Nothing is harmless. Anything in excess is abuse. Everything has its negative effects.
From the studies I reviewed I definitely came to one conclusion, theres not enough studies done to prove whether it is good or bad. This is mainly due to it being illegal all these years. However, there is some facts I did derive from the studies conducted.
Let’s look at the facts in determining “Should Ireland Legalise Cannabis”
Out of the studies conducted, most people claimed medical majurana for the treatment of depression, appetite, aniexty, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain conditions and some more synthoms. From a recreational stand point, some 9% of those who try marijuana develop dependence compared to, for example, 15 percent of people who try cocaine and 24 percent of those who try heroin. However, with its legalisation this % is most likely to increase.
Think pot cures cancer? Think again. Heavy use can be harmful. Since pot smoke is chemically very similar to tobacco smoke, heavy pot smokers are at risk for some of the same health effects as cigarette smokers, like bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses. Again, though, the risks are from smoking, which isn’t the only way to use marijuana.
However, in an interview with The Huffington Post a pair of scientists from California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco found that cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-toxic, non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant could stop metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancer.
So let’s make that point clear, it doesn’t cure cancer, it helps slow down its development. Other academic studies showed similar results.
Case Study – Joe Rogan
Ok so you’ve heard some facts now that might add clarity to the regular arguments. Now, let’s listen to a case study from a dude who loves his dope and how he felt being off it for a month.
Take a look at Joe Rogans experiences below!
Joe does show signs of dependency, wonder if he could without it for year. He does say it makes him a better person but surely we shouldn’t have to rely on a drug to help us be better, should we?
Conclusion – Should Ireland Legalise Cannabis
I don’t see why not. I’m definitely down for its decriminalisation to help us undertake more studies. Sure it has its negative effects but in respect to whats available at the moment, why should it be illegal? Studies have proven it to be alot safer than booze and cigs. However, pot heads need to stop harping on like its the cure for all illness. Sound like a bunch of snake oil merchants. They’re also always trying to push the great value of weedology on you. No one gives a shit. I think pot smokers are more of a problem than pot. (Sorry stoner friends).
Going off topic here for a second, in all seriousness, think before you speak. Don’t let your final answer be your first assumption. I know we’re lazy and very impressionable species but do the research. It pays to know whats up.
So what do you think? Should Ireland legalise cannabis? Leave your answer in the comment section below.
Anyway till next time bitches, stay green!
SJB & GQ.
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