One of the most interesting things that has always bothered me was the bias laws when it comes to smoking. As of today Cannabis is considered an uncontrolled substance which is illegal in many states. However Cigarette smoking is completed legal and accepted by the people of America. My only question is why is cigarette smoking legal and cannabis smoking is illegal? For those who don't know the effects of these two substances I will give a brief explanation.
Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a hallucinogen which produces a "high" among the active participants. The chemical THC found in cannabis is said to reach the brain and attaches to Cannabinoid receptors. The blocking of theses receptors increases the flow of Dopamine, allowing it to flow freely, and the body experiences a heightened focus, a greater level of perception, and sometimes results in elevated emotions and feelings. Some short term effects include, increased heart rate, dry mouth and reddening of the eyes. Also it increases hunger, it makes you sleepy and for those who have ever tried, it tends to make you laugh. Most important, IT DOESN'T LEAD TO AN ADDICTION.
Now to take a look at Cigarette smoke and tobacco usage. The addictive Nicotine located in the cigarette is said to give you a calm and relaxing feeling. Now both of these pose the risk of cancer due to the increased smoke blockage in the lung area but the breakdown of seriousness extends far beyond this.
Worldwide an average of 5 million people die per year due to the smoking a cigarettes. In addition to this people who smoke "squares" lose about 14 years off their life. Also cigarettes are the major cause of catastrophic diseases and death. This is funny considering that "weed" doesn't produce this type of effect at all. In fact we rarely hear about anyone dying from the smoking of cannabis but there are sometimes instance when people do ridiculous things while being "high". This may be the reason this drug is considered illegal. However, many states have legalized cannabis due to the fact that it has had some medical breakthroughs. "Weed" can be prescribed to you if have had chronic headaches, temporary blindness, to cancer patients, to aids patients and to patients with the eye disease glaucoma.
These stats leave a puzzling look on my face because at the end of the day Cigarettes are legal and cannabis is not. Since continuous usage of "squares" causes death then the manufacturers are committing murder. The ethical question here is why continue to sell cigarettes if so many people die from them? The reason being is that cigarettes can be taxed. Simply put it is a money maker. This shows a certain bias when it comes to the legal standards of smoking. All I'm saying is smoking is smoking, on area of smoking is a plague and the other is a joyous pastime. If "weed" is illegal so should cigarette smoking.