Free IELTS General Reading Practice Test 3- Section 3 (27-40 questions)

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SECTION 3

Read and answer the questions Q.27-40

READING PASSAGE 3

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 27–40, which are based on Reading Passage 3 below.

LEGALISATION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA

According to WebMD, a popular e-magazine, a study has concluded that nearly 10% of the people using marijuana are likely to be addicted to the plant. Consumption of marijuana for recreation often ends up in overuse to such an extent that it is often called the abusing pot. Then, why is it that winds of change regarding marijuana have begun to blow?

Use of this psychoactive substance, marijuana, has been a debatable issue across the world. The use of this unusual plant dates back to 4000 BC- used for medicinal purposes in ancient China. More recently it has been banned. But, the debate continues to rage. People supporting the use of marijuana for medical purposes say that it can be helpful to alleviate pain while there are others who believe that marijuana should be completely banned. 
It may be useful to understand the chemical composition of marijuana leaves that attribute to its analgesic properties. There are two active chemicals, which are of interest for researchers: Cannabidiol (CBD) which causes the high and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which results in the removal of pain. Dronabinol, which is a THC pill can be used for the same benefits. Since these pills are in a concentrated form, they are more effective than smoked marijuana in a few ways.
Marijuana strains which are rich in Cannabidiol can be used to treat severe disorders such as Dravet Syndrome, known to cause developmental delays. The sufferer is racked with numerous seizures. When this strain was used on one patient, it was found that the number of seizures reduced from 300 in a week to only once in 7 days. Approximately 40 children are being treated for this disease in the United States of America, and marijuana seems to work. Cannabidiol from the plant creates interaction between brain cells to cut down excessive activity, causing a reduction in the number of these seizures. It is surprising to note that, until 1937, the extract called Cannabis Sativa was among the top three medicines prescribed by doctors in the United States of America. However, once its usage was criminalized, medical uses of marijuana were put on hold. 
Marijuana has also been known to prevent and treat the eye disease Glaucoma, caused by increased pressure in the eyeball then damaging the optic nerve and causing blindness. Marijuana is known to decrease pressure inside the eye. Studies from the early 1970s have shown that marijuana, when ingested via smoke, reduces intraocular pressure (IOP). From a study published in the Journal of The American Medical Association in 2012, it was found that marijuana does not impair the functioning of the lungs. It was also seen after this research that while tobacco smokers lost lung function, over time, marijuana users demonstrated increased lung capacity.
Many doctors have recommended the usage of marijuana to treat medical ailments. Phillip Denny, a reputed MD and Physician, says, “I have found in my study of these patients that Cannabis is really a safe, effective and non-toxic alternative to many standard medications. There is no such thing as an overdose. We have seen very minimal problems with abuse or dependence, which at worst are equivalent to dependence on caffeine. While a substance may have some potential for misuse, in my opinion, that’s a poor excuse to deny its use and benefit to everyone else.”
There has been a sizeable growth in the number of people supporting the use of marijuana in the United States. A majority 53% opine that the drug should be legalised. Back in 1969, when the question was first asked, only 12% in America wanted cannabis to be legalised. 7 out of 10 people in the United States feel that alcohol is more harmful than marijuana. Around 15% of the population believes that marijuana is harmful. After another study was conducted, it was found that if cannabis was as easily available as alcoholic drinks, 63% of the population would still believe alcohol to be more harmful. While there has been a substantial increase in supporters for legalization of marijuana, around 62% of Americans stated that they would be bothered by the use of marijuana in public, even if it happened to be legal. But, 57% of the people said that they would not be hassled if there were a marijuana dispensary or any other legal business selling cannabis in their neighbourhood. 
The main reason for this increase in support for the drug is that it is proving to be an effective cure in many cases. It has been found that the people suffering from nightmares as a result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) have had much better sleep cycles after consumption of marijuana. It has also been noticed that marijuana is a better sleep aid than medicines and alcohol currently used widely across the world. It has lesser side effects as compared to sleeping pills sold commercially. Although marijuana for recreational use will remain illegal, therapeutic use of extracts should be allowed to alleviate patient's suffering. Mike Whiter, a citizen of the United States, and a war veteran, says that Cannabis helped him out of the hole of depression resulting from PTSD. After he began using marijuana, he was able to interact normally with people, and also experienced a reduction in social anxiety. He also stated that he was being “numbed” by the pills he was prescribed.
The evidence is overwhelming, showing that marijuana can be used as a remedy to cut down pain and in some cases prevent the onset of disease. What differentiates marijuana from conventional medicine is that its healing potential comes with remarkable levels of safety. Indeed, it is much safer and less toxic as compared to what doctors usually prescribe. Prescribed quantities of marijuana are not only therapeutic but also render the user a degree of serenity, without any fatal outcomes.

Questions 27-32

Complete the summary. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER from the passage in each gap. 

While one view advocates prohibition of marijuana on medical grounds, another view strongly supports the drug use as it can 27___________  . Medical properties of marijuana have been known since 28___________  . But the notion that it is addictive has set off a debate on its prescription. The tipsy sensation is caused by 29__________  Whereas THC acts as an analgesic. The varieties of Marijuana, that are rich in the former component, can remedy many types of disorders. Up until the early 20th century, American doctors widely prescribed the content Cannabis Sativa. Studies show that it can prevent potential damage to vital organs like 30 ___________ and . Many medical experts dissent on the addictive properties, comparing marijuana dependence to only that of 31_______________  and others assert that it is, in fact, less harmful than 32 __________ consumption. Evidence of its usefulness in many otherwise stressful medical conditions has altered people’s views about the “abusive pot”. 

Questions 33-36

Choose TRUE if the statement agrees with the information given in the passage, choose FALSE if the statement contradicts the information, or choose NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this.

33 Medical use of marijuana in any form is an offense by the law. 
34 Patients with neurological disorders get nominal relief with cannabidiol. 
35 One out of 40 children had fewer seizures after treatment with marijuana strains. 
36 Criminal usage of marijuana has put its medical use on hold. 

Questions 37 - 38 and 39 - 40

Answer the questions. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS from the passage in each gap.

37 - 38 Which TWO effects after trauma can be eliminated with marijuana strains? 
37 
38 
39 - 40 What TWO properties make marijuana different from regular prescriptions?
39 
40 

Also check:

 IELTS General Reading Practice test 3- sample answer 

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