The argument between those who think that cannabis should be decriminalized and legalized and those who think it should stay illegal is louder than ever. This argument has been going on for decades but in recent years the number of recreational pot smokers has massively increased which means the argument to decriminalize and legalize weed is louder than ever.
Both sides offer valid arguments, those who want it legalized believe that as it’s a fairly harmless drug the government shouldn’t decide if people are allowed to smoke it, people should be able to make that decision for themselves. Those who are fighting to keep it illegal highlight in response to this that it’s not a harmless drug as there are strong links between smoking pot and developing mental health problems. Another one of the main arguments for legalizing weed is that alcohol is legal as it tobacco.
If these two substances are legal and weed is less harmful than both of them then it seems only logical that weed should also be legalized, not only is it less harmful but also has some great medical properties. Those fighting to keep the drug illegal would claim that people do develop a dependence on the drug and by making it legal more people would end up in this position, in particular the youth. People feel very strongly about whether or not weed should be legalized and some states have already made the decision, to help you get a better understanding we’ll break it down into the two main components of the drug and what they are.
CBD stands for cannabidiol. This is an active ingredient in cannabis, the second most prevalent of all the ingredients. CBD is produced from hemp which in the plant kingdom is a cousin of marijuana. For people who wanted to feel the medical benefits of marijuana but didn’t want to feel high, CBD products have become a great alternative as they help to relieve pain just as effectively as marijuana. As CBD has become so popular there are more CBD products than ever on the market, there is CBD oil, CBD gummy sweets, and CBD vape oil amongst other things. CBD vape oil has become extremely popular among people trying to quit smoking cigarettes and smoking weed, however, there are some important things to know before you vape cbd oil, it won’t get you high the way weed does and it’s important to start at a low dosage and work up if necessary, don’t start with a high dosage.
THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol and it is the main active ingredient in cannabis, it’s psychoactive and is the ingredient responsible for giving you that feeling of being high. It works by copying a natural chemical that is produced in the brain and is responsible for communication.
THC changes this process and that’s why when you’re high things like your concentration and your perception of time may be affected. Whilst THC gets a bad reputation amongst those fighting to keep weed illegal it actually has many great natural health benefits. There have been a variety of studies looking into the health effects of THC and some of the findings include that it can be used to help treat depression and anxiety, can help to ease PTSD symptoms, can help those with epilepsy, and can even help people who suffer from eating disorders to recover. If you don’t want to smoke weed but think THC could benefit you then you can also purchase THC syrups, oils, and edibles.
Which states have made it legal?
States either have the option of decriminalizing weed or legalizing it. If weed is decriminalized then the penalty associated with getting caught with weed is relaxed and legalization allows for individual possession but also allows production and sale of cannabis legally. There are 2 types of marijuana in the US: Medical marijuana and recreational, some states may have legalized medical marijuana but have not yet legalized it fully.
California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana back in 1996, they were joined in the following years by Oregon, Alaska, Nevada, Maine, Colorado, Hawaii, and Washington. 20 years ago these were the only states that allowed medical marijuana but now all states bar 4 of them have legalized medical marijuana.
In 2012 Colorado and Washington were the first states to legalize recreational weed. Over the last 9 years Alaska, Arizona, California, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, and Vermont have also seen the benefits of marijuana and legalized it recreationally too. So if you want to get used to medical marijuana most states now allow this, if you want to live in a state where you can smoke weed recreationally without getting into trouble then those great states are your options.