Drugs, substances used in the prevention or treatment of certain illnesses and disease, are miraculous inventions in medical history – for instance, one certain advancement in medical treatment has produced three million additional years of life, collectively, to Americans with AIDS! The vast potential and profuse research being poured into medicine leads America to be one of the most advanced and relieving country to live in, albeit with the succor of interdependent neighbor nations. However, some drugs are used in “recreational drug use”, the act of using psychoactive drugs for no simpler purpose than recreational purposes rather than the benefit of ones physical or mental health. A large propriety of drugs is relatively harmless with carefully meditated liberal amounts such as: alcohol, caffeine, and other daily used drugs. Many, however, also pose as a double-edged sword, with numerous studies showing that prolonged exposure to repeated amounts of caffeine over 24-hour duration can cause the body to start degrading within a few years and the common knowledge of damage exerted to the internal organs within alcoholics.
Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a psychoactive drug derived from the Cannabis sativa species. Possession of the drug is deftly illegal, much to the protest and dismay of cannabis users. Rebuttals of medical usage for the drug have been very much largely ignored by the federal government, leading to state control of medically-sanctioned marijuana usage. Surprisingly, further medical research on the part has lead to discoveries such as the defect of emphysema and lung cancer occurrences in cannabis smokers. Dependence does rarely happen in users, but only with extremely mild withdrawal symptoms, much less severe than its tobacco counterpart. Myths of cannabis damaging your short term memory has long been withdrew, with new research going further in-depth to the effects on the memory system – some studies even point to an enhancement in brain-memory functions! Cannabis, however, is widely illegal due the logic that a significant majority of teenagers, aging from 10-21, do engage in using said drug for recreational purposes; that period of time is the most critical for a growing human and is highly noted that if possible, no foreign chemicals should be allowed to interfere in the growing process. Cannabis is allowed for sufferers of schizophrenia or eating disorders, supporting claims that it relaxes the nervous system as well as boost ones appetite.
MDMA, or otherwise known by its street name Ecstasy, is a manmade drug used in conjunction with people as a therapeutic drug to deal in psychotherapy and other physiological ailments. Recreational use of this drug is banned aside from the medical usages and is noted as one of the top distributed drugs in America. MDMA creates feelings of self-awareness, euphoria, love, confidence, and sociability, making it the prime tool to evoke in psychotherapeutic counseling. However, recreational users have increased its popularity of its effects markedly by supplementing the drugs with responsive environments. Rave culture adopted the usage of “ecstasy” and greatly enhanced the already immensely popular image of the “love pill”, bolstering its ranking to become of the most commonly abused drugs. MDMA can cause several severe effects if neglected ranging from: fatal dehydration, increased heart rate and blood pressure, long and short-term depression, and the condition of teeth grinding; teeth grinding in parts causes damage to the mouth lining due to repeated contact with molars. Serotonin, the chemical in your brain that dictates your mood and pleasure receptors, is imminently released upon ingestion of MDMA, thus explaining the evocation of the “high”. With already a limited amount of serotonin made usable for your bodily functions, rapid depletion can cause short-term, and tragically in some cases long-term, depression.
In conclusion, the effects of illegal drugs on the human bodies far outweigh the positive benefits received in recreational usage, forcing the fact to be known that such drugs should only be used for medical appropriation.