Lately, cannabis use has been a highly controversial subject. Some talk about decriminalization, some are all for legalization, and others want harder laws altogether. Although there are currently laws prohibiting its use, cannabis still grows wild in many parts of the world. It is much like other plants such as the red poppy, a national Remembrance Day symbol, which is rich in a much more potent and dangerous drug, opium. Cannabis should be legalized. Its uses should be maximized, ranging from medical treatment, to responsible use and growing, though not trafficking. It could be regulated much the same as alcohol. After all, we are allowed to make our own beer, wine, and spirits in the confines of our own home. Marijuana should be the same.

Common to many prize roses and flowers cannabis has been grown and crossbred for about sixty years. The most important things when crossbreeding a cannabis plant with another cannabis plant for drug uses are: the size of the plant, the bud to leaf ratio, the yield, the taste, and the hardiness of the plant. The two main varieties of cannabis found in the world are Cannabis Sativa, and Cannabis Indica. The Cannabis Sativa plant is much the same as a small pine tree with light green foliage. It is native to Mexico, Columbia, Thailand, India, and Africa.

The second variety of the two plants is the Cannabis Indica. The Cannabis Indica is a smaller plant that has wide dark green foliage. The Indica is of the hashish variety and matures much quicker than a Cannabis Sativa. The Cannabis Indica is much hardier than the Cannabis Sativa and is indigenous to the high northern mountain ranges of the Afghani Hindu Kush, Pakistani Kara Korams, Russian Pamirs, and the Indian Himalayas.

There are two main stages in the life of a cannabis plant. The two main stages are the vegetative, and flowering stages. The cannabis plant will continue its vegetative stage until the days begin to shorten past twelve hours of sunlight a day. Sensing winter is on its way, the plant will begin to bud and produce flowers. Depending on the breed a typical cannabis plant will flower for six to ten weeks. For example: a cannabis plant, which has been crossbred with eighty percent Sativa, and twenty percent Indica, will flower for nine weeks. The highest concentration of THC is in the buds of the cannabis plant. When deciding the right time to harvest the harvester must harvest just before the plant stops flowering. This will be when the most buds are available.

THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) has many side effects. They can vary from user to user, the method that the THC was consumed, and the content of THC in whatever was consumed. Some users of THC have negative short-term effects with their memory; perception, coordination, heart rate, and some people experience panic attacks. On the other hand THC has some good side effects as well. The main reason THC is a popular drug is because one of the side effects of the drug is having a feeling of well-being.

Although THC has many short-term side effects that are pretty harmless, THC also has many long-term effects, which are not so harmless. Smoking marijuana is more harmful than smoking cigarettes and has many of the same effects on your body due to it having many of the same chemicals in it as cigarettes. The resinous hash oil is a purer form of THC and has less ill effects, however it must be used with caution as it contains such a high concentration of THC. Hash, Hashish, and Hash Oil are the most common forms of marijuana used when baking. When marijuana is ingested without heating it to its combustion point it is relatively harmless when used responsibly. Some of the side effects of smoking marijuana are: cancer, respiratory problems, immune system deficiency, decreased testosterone and sperm levels in men, and some people may also experience diminished or extinguished sexual pleasure.

Marijuana seems to damage short-term memory because the THC alters the way in which information is processed by the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a brain area that is responsible for memory formation. A study was done that exposed laboratory rats to THC every day for eight months, which is approximately thirty percent