Marijuana, the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, is taken from the leaves and flowering tops of the Cannabis Sativa plant. It also comes in a more concentrated, resinous form, called hashish, and as a sticky black liquid called hash oil. Marijuana in the Philippines is also called Aunt Mary, Bud, Dope, Grass, Hash, Herb, Kush, Mary Jane, Pot, Smoke, Weed, and many more. Last February 17, the Philippines’ Health Secretary, Enrique Ona, told reporters that the Department of Health is neither for nor against medical marijuana, but said that more studies are necessary before the controversial treatment is approved. A bill that would legalize the usage of medical pot was filed in the House of Representatives by Isabela representative Rodolfo Albano III; he also cited a recent statement from CNN’s medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta that “[for some patients] medical marijuana is the only thing that works.” Background of the Study
Marijuana is believed to originate in the Himalayas, from where it got spread by people and animals. It is believed that the Aryans, who invaded India, took hemp seed with them to sow for fiber throughout Europe and the Middle East. Ancient records suggest that marijuana was being cultivated in China as early as 2800 B.C. for fiber and people of China used to eat marijuana seed up to 8000 years ago. It is worthwhile to note that hemp seed had been admired since bygone days for medicinal properties and is still cultivated in places such as the Middle East, India, and Mexico. Various methods of smoking marijuana include rolling it into joints or blunts, smoking through a pipe or bowl, through a water pipe (or "bong"), or a vaporizer are also common methods. While marijuana is most often smoked, it can also be ingested. The drug can be ingested alone or cooked into food, most notoriously in "hash brownies." In addition, it can be used to brew tea or "bhang," a highly potent beverage originating from India. The...
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