Is cannabis a drug that is viewed down upon by many countries or is it a natural substance that is now becoming more scientifically studied? Mexico and The United States of America will be the base of the research being conducted on the different policies of the drug marijuana. This paper will show the differences as well as the similarities of culture norms or what is socially accepted on the cannabis in two very different countries. I will also talk about how cannabis effect the two different societies both medically and recreationally. Seeing how Mexico is a big drug cartel location, does it affect The United States marijuana use? Does Mexico and The United States of America see cannabis the same way in each other eyes? I will talk about what is legal and what is illegal in these different countries that involve cannabis both medically and recreational use.
Rapidly growing population, poor education, low income, high poverty rates, and a lack of health insurance is a result of how the Mexico border is seen from the inside. Many of these problems are known to be what makes a person of Hispanic decent to have or be self- diagnosed with anxiety and anxiety disorders. “In their study of Hispanics and African Americans with post-traumatic stress disorder, Montoya, Covarrubias, Patek, and Graves (2003) found self-medication was used as a mechanism to relieve anxiety symptoms, particularly for persons in the process of acculturation” (Chavez-Palacios, Blanco Jr., Graf, 2012). The Self-Medication theory and the Tension-Reduction theory are the theories that help influence a person to develop anti-coping strategies on different stressful life events. “The Self Medication theory purports that an individual’s emotional response to trauma may cause an emotional disturbance (i.e., anxiety,
irritability, and/or depression) thereby motivating them to use alcohol and/or illicit substances to “relieve the pain associated with the trauma.” (Chavez-Palacios et al., 2012). The Tension-Reduction theory suggest that the individual with fear, nervousness, excitement, and restlessness to trigger the use of marijuana as well as other drugs.
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