n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Cannabis sativa : a plant with multiple utilities, misunderstood, and a victim of controversial hypocrisy

Volume 5, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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Cannabis Sativa, also known as marijuana, is a plant grown all over the world, and has been in use for more than 10,000 years ago, during the stone-age. The term "marijuana" is thought to be based on the Portuguese word "mariguango", which translates as intoxicant. Initially the plant was grown for its fiber but later for its psychoactive properties, thus its popularity, particularly, among the youths, who use it for recreational purposes. Though Cannabis sativa is useful industrially, medically, and recreationally, it remained a schedule 1 drug and banned by the government of America for controversial and hypocritical reasons, which experts debunked. This ban prevented humanity from harnessing the inherent values of cannabis sativa for sustainable development. In spite of the ban, though, major cities in America, such San Francisco, Colorado and Washington operate tea pads, where marijuana is supplied and used freely by HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Glaucoma and other patients. Therefore, this paper concludes that Cannabis sativa is beneficial to humanity, and so, it was recommended that the ban placed on the drug be lifted forthwith, for it to be legally produced, distributed, sold and used for sustainable development; and that more researches be conducted on Cannabis sativa to further enhance the agricultural, medical, recreational, and industrial opportunities in the plant for human development.

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