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Marijuana as a Dangerous Drug

Cannabis may well be the most hotly debated drug, with some advocating for its legalization, others maintaining that it is a gateway to the so-called hard drugs.

Argue the case for marijuana being a dangerous drug on its own merits (regardless of your personal view).
Include dangers to the individual or society.
Discuss the DSM-IV criteria for cannabis abuse and dependence.
Discuss what strategies would you use for intervention, diagnosis and treatment of a Cannabis using client?

A short answer in 300 words.

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As you argue the case for marijuana being a dangerous drug on its own merits (regardless of your personal view), evidence suggests that it contains THC, "a fat-soluble substance and will accumulate in fatty tissues in the liver, lungs, testes, and other organs" (www.acde.org/common/Marijauana2.pdf). Chronic marijuana users are also prone to conditions such as increased "chest colds, bronchitis, emphysema, and bronchial asthma. Persistent use will damage lungs and airways and raise the risk of cancer. There is just as much exposure to cancer-causing chemicals from smoking one marijuana joint as smoking five tobacco cigarettes. And there is evidence that marijuana may limit the ability of the immune system to fight infection and disease" (www.acde.org/common/Marijauana2.pdf).

In terms of long term physical ramifications, marijuana also affects the body's hormones. "Regular use can delay the onset of puberty in young men and reduce sperm production. For women, regular use may disrupt normal ...

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This solution briefly argues the case for marijuana as a dangerous drug on its own merits, using brief references to validate.