Is marijuana a drug?

Published Feb 12, 2019 11:20 a.m. ET
Classifying marijuana as a drug is somewhat vague. Should the cannabis plant be considered a drug similar to cocaine, methamphetamine and other street drugs?

I believe that marijuana is a unique drug. Drugs like heroin and cocaine fit into particular categories of drug identification. Cannabis does not. The ability to impair the central nervous system, to excite and depress causes marijuana to be difficult to classify.

If it is not a drug what is marijuana? Is it a substance to use for recreational pleasure? Is marijuana alternative medicine? Some people would certainly argue in that direction. To some people, it is viewed as a depressant, due to its ability to slow down the messages between the brain and the body. Cannabis can also loosen inhibitions, relax tense muscles and calm nerves. Marijuana and traditional medication that are used as depressants have a few things in common:

  1. Sleepiness
  2. Short-term memory loss
  3. Dizziness
  4. Relaxation

Marijuana drug classification

What type of drug is marijuana, and does it have a drug classification?

Marijuana and its derivatives in Canada are classed as a Schedule II controlled substance. Canada’s laws state that a controlled substance is any type of drug that is categorized as having a higher than the average potential for addicting and abuse. Whether or not marijuana can be abused or enables addicts is highly contentious often debated topic.

Schedule II deals with marijuana, its derivatives, preparations, and any synthetic preparations, exceptions are non-viable seeds and stalks of mature plants.

Marijuana is a psychoactive drug that comes from the cannabis plant. It is used both medically and for recreational purposes. One of the main parts of the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant is the compound THC.

Marijuana or cannabis goes by many different street names: let’s start with:

  1. The grass is a term used by over 30% Canadians
  2. Blunt is used by about 16% of Canadians
  3. Reefer seems like a dated term but is used by 1 in 5 Canadians
  4. Ganja is associated with Caribbean culture and used by about 26% of Canadians
  5. Weed is the number one term used when referring to cannabis.

Marijuana, whether you consider it to be a drug or not does and continues to be beneficial to our well-being and helpful in dealing with:

• Nausea or vomiting associated with chemotherapy
• Seizures associated with epilepsy
• Multiple Sclerosis and the symptoms like stiff muscles and spasms in the muscles
• Sleep problems associated with long-term chronic pain like fibromyalgia, cancer and sleep apnea
• Anxiety, depression both of which are symptoms of PTSD
• People living with AIDS whose appetites are suppressed and have weight loss

I’m not sure about your feelings on marijuana or whether it should be classified as a drug but I do know that it is a beneficial substance for both medical and recreational use.  Why not try a few of the different strains I have mentioned below.

Blue Dream: a sativa-dominant great for daytime use

OG Kush: this indica-dominant is perfect for a total relaxed feeling

Master Kush: if it is a strain with higher levels of THC that you are looking for, you’ve found the one for you. THC levels are between twenty to twenty-four percent.

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