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mr.delmonte23
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dmussi12
Con (against)
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Weed isn't bad for your health.

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dmussi12
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/17/2014 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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mr.delmonte23

Pro

I feel like weed isn't bad for your health because if it's used medically only an over dosage could be of some harm if anything.
dmussi12

Con

Since my opponent did not provide definitions, I will:

health : the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor
bad : not good in any manner or degree

I will try to show that marijuana is harmful to one's mental and physical health.

I will defer to my opponent to begin the debate since he did not specify if the first round was only for acceptance or not.
Debate Round No. 1
mr.delmonte23

Pro

My bad lol. But yeah marijuana doesn't do anything besides calm you down, kind of like other medications. It doesn't get you messed up like alcohol or other drugs that are addicting and dangerous. Weed has no addictive chemicals in it. And it's used to make tea even.
dmussi12

Con

Introduction

Weed is harmful to you health in various ways. It contains a known carcinogen and produces carcinogenic effects, leads to psychological and physiological dependency as well as other mental problems, and has been observed to harm cognition and mental development, especially among teens. Still, there are more detrimental effects of marijuana.

Cancer

Statistical analysis has shown a correlation between marijuana and various types of cancer, especially in the head and neck. [1] Now, correlation does not imply causation, but it should be noted that the correlation is there.

Marijuana smoke contains 50% more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke. Weed also has acetaldehyde like tobacco, which likely can harm DNA and lead to cancer. [2]

One of these hydrocarbons is benzopyrene, which not only causes lung cancer, but actually mutates the gene responsible for suppressing cancer, rendering many cells defenseless to the disease. [3]

Weed also contains four times more tar than tobacco. Tar has been linked to lung cancer as well. [3]

Additionally, studies have shown that marijuana is more cytotoxic than tobacco, meaning it does more harm to individual cells. It is also mutagenic, meaning it has the ability to harm/mutate DNA, greatly increasing the risk for cancer. [4]

Physical Effects

Marijuana users experience an increased heart rate while high, which in turn increases the chance for a heart attack five times. [3]

Pot damages the reproductive system in both men and women, since the most important ingredient, THC, disrupts hormones that regulate reproductive organs. [5]

It also hurts the immune system. Weed has been shown to reduce disease-fighting cells, leading to a high risk of a number of serious infections, including lupus and cancer. [6]

Weed has also been shown to actually spread and prolong pain, contrary to popular belief. It does so by blocking inhibitory neurons, which are supposed to suppress pain. [7]

Addiction

Weed can be mentally and physically addicting.

It has been shown to produce withdrawal symptoms like fatigue, insomnia, and irritability. [8]

It can also cause psychological dependencies where users become obsessed with the drug.

Mental Effects

A common effect is that users become more irritable, aggressive, or just plain unpleasant. They usually have emotional issues as well. [9]

When people start smoking pot at a young age, mental deficits abound. Studies have proven that it causes adolescents to experience slower emotional and mental development and maturity. [9]
Additionally, teenage smokers fail to perform well on cognitive exams, showing that they cannot compete with others on a mental level. They don't perform a basic function of the human brain: learn from errors. Moreover, teen smokers tend to use the drug more often that older users. [10]

Finally, marijuana has been linked to an increased chance of paranoid schizophrenia, and worsens it among current victims. [11]

Conclusion

Evidently, marijuana has various detrimental effects, and is certainly unhealthy for the human body and mind.

Sources
[1] http://unmaskingmarijuana.org...
[2] http://www.sciencedaily.com...
[3] http://alcoholism.answers.com...;
[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov...;
[5] http://www.healthcenterinternationalresearch.com...;
[6] http://phys.org...;
[7] http://phys.org...;
[8] http://www.psychologytoday.com...;
[9] http://www.healthcenterinternationalresearch.com...;
[10] http://phys.org...;
[11] http://www.livescience.com...;
Debate Round No. 2
mr.delmonte23

Pro

"A common effect is that users become more irritable, aggressive, or just plain unpleasant. They usually have emotional issues as well. [9]"

I feel that this is untrue due to the fact that I know a lot of people that are now really calm now that they started smoking weed, even kids with anger issues who now no longer get that angry ever. And I know I don't have emotional problems and I smoke marijuana. And neither do my friends as it appears. Life is good.

"When people start smoking pot at a young age, mental deficits abound. Studies have proven that it causes adolescents to experience slower emotional and mental development and maturity. [9]
Additionally, teenage smokers fail to perform well on cognitive exams, showing that they cannot compete with others on a mental level. They don't perform a basic function of the human brain: learn from errors. Moreover, teen smokers tend to use the drug more often that older users. [10]"

This is also untrue just due to the fact that after me and my friends started smoking weed my grades and many of theirs went UP. I'm also an active kid I participate in football and baseball. I'm the starting pitcher and shortstop and a starting running back on both varsity teams. My cognitive skills haven't been impaired and my grades are good. I made all league ITCL honors last year for shortstop. So I feel like that statement doesn't exactly ring true.
dmussi12

Con

My opponent uses mere anecdotal evidence to support his claims. Even if he or his friends to experience some of the immediate effects that many still do, there could be a number of explanations.

1. They are exceptions.
2. They haven't smoked long enough to experience the effects.
3. They do not smoke enough to experience effects.
4. He cannot assess his own emotions/cognition without clinical analysis, so his conclusions are inherently untrustworthy.

Additionally, I have provided many more ways that weed is unhealthy, including damage to the respiratory, reproductive, and immune systems. Marijuana and its ingredients have been linked to cancer and mental/emotional/developmental deficits. These effects are accepted among the scientific community and have been supported by various trials and studies.

I thank my opponent for this debate.
Debate Round No. 3
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Vote Placed by IwinYoulose333 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro is so wrong. Just because it isn't addictive doesn't mean it isn't bad for you.
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Reasons for voting decision: Well, I wrote a good amount of stuff, but it all got deleted. Anyway, to sum it up. Pro had lack of grammar and evidence and never really seemed to take it serious. He also got off topic. Con on the other hand, had sources and proper grammar. Basically he actually tried. Obvious winner.