7 Marijuana Facts And Reasons Why Activists Are Trying To Legalize It In India
India’s first ever Medical Cannabis Conference to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, starts in Bengaluru on 10th May 2015, followed by Mumbai, Pune and Delhi.
Viki Vaurora, a 23-year-old musician and recording engineer, is the prime activist behind the campaign. He helped a girl fighting with stomach cancer get cured of the disease in November, 2014 using cannabis oil.
The activists are spreading awareness about the movement on various social platforms under the name of ‘The Great Legalisation Movement India’.
Here’s all you need to know about the legality of marijuana worldwide and its effects on human body:
1. The reason for the high
The ‘feel good’ factor by consuming marijuana comes from the compound tetrahydrocannabinol or THC present in marijuana that binds to its receptors in the human brain, and stimulates the release of dopamine in the body.
2. Medicinal benefits
The two primary compounds of medical importance found in marijuana (THC and CBD) are useful in reducing pain, inflammation, epileptic seizures, etc. These have also been found to kill and slow the growth of cancer cells.
3. Risks vs Benefits
Marijuana is not an FDA-approved medicine yet because of the lack of large-scale clinical trials done on it till now, proving that there is a debate between its risks and benefits.
4. Worldwide Legalization
Possession of marijuana for personal use is legal in many countries like Netherlands, Uruguay and states of Oregon, Alaska, Colorado, Washington, etc in USA.
Countries like Canada, the Czech Republic, Israel and almost half of the US states have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes for treating cancer and alleviation of various illnesses.
5. Less harmful than Alcohol
Nearly 69% of Americans believe that alcohol is more harmful to health than marijuana, as per a survey by Pew Research.
6. Low Risk of Overdose
It is lethal to the human body only if the amount of marijuana taken is 20,000-40,000 times the quantity found in one marijuana cigarette.
7. Still an addiction
Contrary to popular belief, marijuana can be addictive (about 9% get addicted to it), the risk increases if taken daily (25%-50%) and among those who start taking it in teen years (17%).
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