From the beginning of time, people have sought escape from their everyday lives through the use of alcohol, drugs, or other substances. Although I would not deem marijuana healthy, it is certainly a lot healthier than booze, or prescription pain pills. It it less habit-forming, and makes you less likely to lash out and act up. Marijuana is the best of a bunch of bad choices.
Marijuana is still largely illegal due its ostensible hazards. However, as more research and knowledge about the plant comes to light it is becoming obvious that marijuana carries less risk than many other prescription medications, and is less physically addictive and harmful than alcohol. Much of the physical harm of marijuana can be negated by vaporizing or eating the plant instead of smoking.
Marijuana is useful in certain painful medical conditions when other medications are not helpful in controlling pain. It is effective in controlling painful medical conditions thanks to its impact on the GABA receptors in the nervous system. Marijuana gets negative publicity because it is seen as an illegal drug; however, legal medications such as Oxycontin and Oxycodone are also abused as well.
Medical studies indicate that the habitual use of marijuana is detrimental to a person's heath. Inhaled marijuana smoke is a carcinogen, similar in its harmful effects to cigarette smoke. Both marijuana and tobacco smoke are considered to be harmful to the lungs. Smoking marijuana also dulls a person's perceptions and slows reaction time.