There is a growing movement in Barbados to free up the weed. BU sees compelling arguments for and against. There is the economic argument to support decriminalizing/legalizing marijuana will go along way to relieving congestion in the court system. Then there are the touted medical benefits -many of us have seen the miraculous recovery on CBS documentaries and other media. The following is reproduced from Healthline Website to stoke discussion. Should we?
The Effects of Marijuana on the Body
Marijuana comes from the Cannabis plant. The flowers, seeds, leaves, and stems of the plant must be shredded and dried before they can be used. Most people who use marijuana smoke it, but it can be mixed into food, brewed into tea, or even used in a vaporizer. One of the ingredients in marijuana is a mind-altering chemical called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
When you inhale marijuana smoke into your lungs, it is quickly released into your bloodstream on its way to your brain and other organs. It takes a little longer to be absorbed when you eat or drink it.
The effects of marijuana on the body are immediate. Longer-term effects may depend on how you take it, how much you take, and how often you use it. Since its use has long been illegal in the United States, large-scale studies have been difficult to manage.