Drugs and Society

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Drugs and Society

Made by: C.A
BA(HONS) Criminology
Drugs and Society

Assignment Title:
Each student should choose a drug of his/her own choice and discuss the following in about 2000 words: * The Use and Abuse of the drug
* The Legal Aspect of the use of the drug
* The Socio-Psychological explanation of its use
* Punishment/Treatment and Prevention aspects
Due Date: 11th February 2011

Contents:

1. Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………pg 4

2. The Use and Abuse of the Drug………………………………………………………………...pg 5

3. The Legal Aspect of the Drug………………….………………………………………………...pg 8

4. The Socio-Psychological Explanation of its Use…..………………………………………pg 7

5. Jack the Ripper…………………………………………………………………………………………pg 9

6. Bibliography…………………………………………………………………………………………….pg 11

7.

Introduction

Marijuana also known as either grass, Mary Jane, pot and herb amongst many other slang words is a common name for a drug which originates from the upper leaves of the flower of Cannabis Sativa. Cannabis “remains the most widely used illicit substance in the world” is also a term which is referred to marijuana and to other drugs that are made from the same plant. It is generally smoked or ingested and it comes in three forms mainly being Marijuana or herbal cannabis, Hashish or hash and Hash oil or resin. Marijuana comes in the form of a mixture of dried leaves, stems and seeds which come from the plant and can be a greenish, brownish or a greyish colour. It contains a harmful mind-altering chemical called THC also known as Tetrahydrocannabinol which can have many adverse effects on the user’s organs but it also contains more than four hundred other chemicals. The amount of THC in the drug determines how strong the effects will be whilst other factors such as the plant itself, the soil and the time of harvest determine the strength of the marijuana. The amount of THC has been on the increase since the 1970’s and this poses more health problems for the user since there is an increase in the physical and mental effects the marijuana causes. Herbal cannabis that is imported into Europe may originate from South East Asia, The Caribbean or West Africa but usually the resin comes from either Afghanistan or North Africa. In Malta, the resin mainly comes from Morocco whilst herbal cannabis is generally grown locally. 

The Use and Abuse of the Drug

The use of marijuana can be explained through a number of reasons. Teenagers might start using and smoking marijuana from a tender age because they see others using it and are influenced to start using it as well. Others might be encouraged by their friends to use marijuana so they could be ‘’included’’ in the group. Researchers found that the most usage of this drug begins in later teens and early twenties whilst it declines in the later years. Marijuana could serve as a remedy for some teens to escape from problems at home or school which may seem a big burden for them whilst for some others it may be cool to experiment and try it out just because they are influenced by the media or just because they hear songs about it! One may ask how marijuana is used. Users usually roll some loose marijuana into a cigarette which is mainly known as “joint” or “nail”. It has a varied THC content between 5 and 150 milligrams whilst it contains round 0.5 and 1 gram of cannabis plant matter. Marijuana can also be smoked in a pipe which can be referred to as a bong. Other marijuana users may use another method which consists of slicing open a cigar and replacing the tobacco with marijuana. Marijuana cigarettes which may contain other substances such as crack cocaine. Some may even decide to use marijuana to brew tea or even mix it into foods! Marijuana smoke is associated with “a sweet and sour odour.” When it is smoked, the drug enters into the bloodstream and then spread all over the body whilst when it reaches the brain; it...
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