Throughout history, marijuana has been perceived in many different ways. In the Book of Genesis, it is written ” And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” (Genesis 1:29). In other words, the writer of Genesis believes that God, created everything on the earth for our use. Weather or not we agree with everything placed on earth, I believe that everything has a purpose. When somebody consumes marijuana, the effects are usually pleasant. The most well known chemical in the makeup, Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC is similar to the brain’s chemical anandamide. Their “similarity in structure allows the body to recognize THC and to alter normal brain communication” (NIH,1). Upon consumption, cannabinoids such as anandamide act as neurotransmitters sending messages between neurons throughout the nervous system. This causes effects in our brain “that influence pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, movement, coordination, and sensory and time perception.” (NIH, 1). Over time, THC is able to alter functions of the hippocampus as well as the orbitofrontal cortex, which help with focus and memory. Even though these effects may seen scary to some people, marijuana can have some helpful health benefits if consumed correctly. According to Harvard Health, “The most common use for medical marijuana in the United States is for pain control.” (Havard1). They even go as far as to state that ” it can take the place of NSAIDs such as Advil or Aleve,” (Harvard 1). In many cases marijuana has been used medicinally as a pain reliever for cancer patients suffering through chemotherapy as well as veterans suffering from PTSD. Unfortunately, marijuana is still classified as a schedule 1 drug, which is the same category as heroin and ecstasy and only legal in some states. But fortunately, in New York State, marijuana is decriminalized as well as legal for medicinal use. I have attached a hyperlink below to the NYS of health website which shows the qualifications for medicinal marijuana.