Hurry Up Essay

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Hurry Up



Sean P. Silverman
8 December 1999

Hurry Up

Long recognized as one of God's greatest gifts to mankind, Ganja truly can heal the earth. Unknown to many today,
cannabis hemp was used worldwide in paper, fiber, lamp oil and nautical applications
throughout the 19th century, constituting

"possibly the largest agricultural and industrial businesses in America" (Herer 83). In
the early part of the 1800s cannabis was

the number one medicine in the US (83). It held that spot tightly, until it was nudged to
second place by morphine in 1863,

unseated again in 1901 by aspirin (83).
Throughout its usage history, doctors did not consider the effects of cannabis to be habit
forming, anti-social, or violent.

As Herer explains, "Mary Jane" contains sixty compounds that are currently known to have
therapeutic value. Unlike tobacco

smoke, cannabis smoke does not alter the small airways in any way. Small airway damage is
where cigarette smoking causes its

most long-term and permanent damage (110).
In total, cigarettes are responsible for the deaths of 430,000 Americans each year (110). Despite the fact that tens of
millions of Americans smoke pot regularly, there was still not one death attributed to the
drug as of 1997 (110). A 1976 report

by Dr. Tashkin, M.D. of UCLA found that cannabis was more of an irritant than cigarette tobacco in just
one of the twenty-nine areas of the human lung under study (110). In the large air
passageway marijuana smoke is fifteen times

more irritating than cigarette smoke. Often glossed over is the fact that tobacco causes
only minimal disruption to this area;

hence the improper statistic that one joint causes lung damage equivalent to several
cigarettes. On a hugely ironic note, the US

government followed up this finding by limiting cannabis pulmonary studies to only the
large air passageway, the very next year

(111).
Another popular falsehood is that marijuana causes permanent brain damage. After multiple Freedom of Information Act
lawsuits, mainly by cutting edge periodicals, the government was forced to release the
methods it used in its brain damage

studies. Herer's book details how Dr. Heath of Tulane University forced a group of Rhesus
monkeys to inhale the equivalent of

thirty joints per day.
He concluded that the monkeys began to atrophy and die after ninety days. Heath then killed off the dying monkeys, then
opened their brains counting the dead brain cells, to compare his findings with the
control group (107). Even the heaviest pot

smoker on the planet doesn't come close to smoking thirty joints in one day! It's
important to note Dr. Tashkin considers that

smoking sixteen or more "large" spliffs in a day could lead to hypoxia, or a condition
where the lungs are over saturated with

smoke, and become deprived of the oxygen necessary to remain healthy (110). Meanwhile, a 1981 UCLA study of the Coptic
religion in Florida, whose worshipers are some of the heaviest pot smokers in the US,
metered absolutely no brain differences

between smokers and non-smokers (112).
Water pipe technology, often referred to as "paraphernalia," has been proven to remove many of the carcinogens that do
occur in marijuana smoke. Ingesting cannabis orally can wholly avert any possible lung
damage. Marijuana can be enjoyed in

various eatable forms ranging from brownies and space cakes to the festive ganja goo-ball
and refreshing hash orange juice.

Often, anti-drug groups tout that marijuana causes an increase in crime. Such claims are simply incorrect. In the most
complete study of "reefer" consumption in its natural setting, Vera Rubin and Lambros Comita confirmed that, aside from
marijuana busts, there is no real link between cannabis and crime. They also found that the heavy
use of ganja is unlikely to curtail one's motivation to work (112).
Legalizing marijuana guarantees many positive effects. Currently, prohibition forces drug
profits into the hands of crime.

Ideally a drug dealer is a local, selling a small amount of marijuana to turn a mild
profit, either financially or in "bud."

Unfortunately, many drugs are trafficked through criminal organizations. Without any
oversight these organizations are free to

turn innocent cannabis profit into other, harmful ventures. On the other hand, "[s]ince
adopting a policy of tolerance and

non-prosecution of cannabis/hashish smokers… Holland has seen a substantial reduction in cannabis consumption among
teenagers and a 33% drop in the number of heroin addicts" (113).
Anyone with firsthand experience using marijuana knows that it typically induces a mellowing effect. It does not produce
the type of roudy, aggressive behavior typically associated with alcohol abuse. During the
late 1800s, cannabis was successfully

used in treating opiate, chloral hydrate, and alcohol addiction, with some patients
recovering after only twelve doses of cannabis

extract. Marijuana continues to be an effective tool in the modern treatment of alcohol addiction (113).
According to the American Medical Association claims that smoking cannabis would be beneficial for 80% of America's
15 million asthma sufferers (112). Records dating back over thousands of years indicate
the use of marijuana for the treatment

of asthma, and today California residents who suffer from the disease can legally use
cannabis under state law, with a doctor's

permission. Additionally, marijuana can be used to treat epilepsy, back pain, and muscle spasms.
As a topical preparation, cannabis can provide pain relief from rheumatism as well as arthritis. Pot can also bring
headache and stress relief, along with a reduction in blood pressure, and the relief of
numerous other ailments. Thousands of

Americans suffering with cancer and AIDS stand to benefit greatly from the increase in appetite that marijuana can often
provide.
Grass or weed, is linked by many to enhanced creativity. Authors such as Lewis Carroll, and jazz greats like Louis
Armstrong and Duke Ellington are all said to have used cannabis for creative stimulation.
Discussed so far have been primarily the social and medical aspects of cannabis usage. The healing power of hemp,
however, extends much farther than just an improvement for humans on a personal basis. As a crop, hemp can produce four
times a much paper per square foot than a tree can, according to government estimates.
Hemp is an easy crop to grow, with a

brief growing season, and it can be raised in all fifty states of the union.
Substituting hemp paper for standard tree paper would be a very wise move. Every grade of paper can be made from
hemp, and with the enormous growth possibilities for hemp, valuable, oxygen-producing trees could remain standing in
service.
From 1631 until the early 1800s, cannabis hemp was valid legal tender in most of America, good enough to pay your
taxes! The government's motivation was to encourage farmers to grow more hemp. As Herer reports, there were several
reported shortages of cannabis in Virginia between 1763 and 1767 that led to legislation,
which jailed farmers who refused to
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