ENG 1102 Assignment 2: Comparing Sources (Marihuana) Essay


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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC53126... (FIRST ARTICLE I USED) need to find another if its too hard to use that article feel free to find two new ones.

Assignment 2: Comparing Sources ENG 1102

Assignment Details:

Style and format: MLA

Essay Prompt:

At this point, you have read at least one article about the topic that you will be researching throughout this semester. Starting from that article, you will now have the opportunity to compare two author’s views on the same subject, and determine which author employs stronger argumentation.

Getting Started:

Find an article written by another author that either supports or conflicts the opinion(s) of the author from the article you wrote about for our first assignment. If, for instance, your topic is embryonic stem cell research and the author of the article you read for our first assignment supports stem cell research, try and find another article—by a different author—that does not support the first article’s opinions. Or, you may want to find an article (again by a different author) that supports the first article’s author, but provides a different argument (by making different appeals, citing different types of evidence, etc.).


  • You must use specific quotes and paraphrases from the sources to draw your conclusions.
  • All borrowed material needs to be properly cited in MLA format (both within the text and on an accurate works cited page).
  • As with the first essay, the purpose of this assignment is not to fully explore your research topic. Instead, you will be focusing on the argumentation that the two authors employ, and you will be pointing out specific places where the two authors agree or disagree.
  • Your thesis statement should reflect the way the two authors argue their points, and you should craft a strong, opinionated response about which author provides the “better” argument and why.
  • In addition to a strong thesis statement, your essay should include an engaging introduction, several well-developed body paragraphs that support the thesis, and a powerful conclusion that reiterates your main ideas.

Think of this essay as building upon first assignment. Again, you are focusing on breaking down the authors’ arguments and explaining which author makes the better argument and why you believe one author successfully argues his or her points over the other. As mentioned above, the authors do not have to have conflicting viewpoints; however, it may help you better understand the argument surrounding your topic if you have exposure to multiple points of view.

You may use the article that you discussed in your first assignment as one of the articles for this assignment.

Keep the following questions in mind for evaluating sources & arguments:

Evaluating sources:

  • Who is the author & what are his or her credentials? Background? Expertise?
  • Who sponsors the publication & what is their purpose?
  • Why is the information provided? Is there an ulterior motive?
  • How many sources have been consulted? Are they trustworthy? Can you verify?

Evaluating arguments:

  • What is the author’s thesis or purpose?
  • How well is the main idea supported? Are there gaps in the author’s reasoning?
  • What appeals does the author make?
    • Logical, emotional, ethical? How effective are these appeals?
  • What evidence does the author use?
  • How thoroughly and professionally does the author address opposing views?

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Armstrong Christopher Armstrong Professor Cayce Van Horn English 1102 27 Feb 2019 The medical benefits of Marijuana: Rhetorical strategies in Bridgeman and Daniel’s “Medicinal Cannabis: History, Pharmacology, And Implications for the Acute Care Setting." Medical Marijuana has become popular in recent years with various groups coming forward to push for its legalization. However, there is still a lot of a grey area regarding the health benefits and risks of the drug owing to the inadequate research and clinical trials. Bridgeman and Daniel wrote the article “Medicinal Cannabis: History, Pharmacology, And Implications for the Acute Care Setting” published in 2017 in Pharmacy and Therapeutics journal to explore the significance of Cannabis and the health benefits in the healthcare setting. Marijuana remains a schedule I drug and is highly controlled due to the potential for abuse. Although the drug is not accepted for regular use in the health setting, there are various speculated health benefits from research. The purpose of the article is to address the historical aspect of Marijuana use and review how the drug works in the human body. The report also discusses some of the medicinal use of Marijuana with evidence of the implication for its use. Also, the authors review some the effect of the changing regulations on the drug and the potential application to the acute healthcare setting (p.180). The article concludes by examining the relevance of medicinal marijuana to health care professionals. Throughout the article, the authors utilize some substantial evidence to strengthen the credibility of the information presented and appeal to ethos. The authors use data from recognized regulatory bodies like the World Health Organization, the Food and Drugs Armstrong Association and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency(p.181). Also, the authors have cited various authors who have researched the topic of marijuana citing evidence presented from the multiple studies. Besides, the authors are recognized professionals in the field of clinical pharmacy which broadens their understanding of the effects of various drugs and substances. In addition to the use of ethos, the article has a strong appeal to logos through the use of various statistics, facts and clinical trials evidence. The authors start by introducing some interesting statistics regarding the worldwide use of Cannabis and public opinion polls regarding legalization.Bridgeman and Daniel state that, "In the United States, cannabis is approved for medicinal use in 28 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico as of January 2017(p.180).Besides, the article explores the pharmacology and the mechanism of action which enables the reader to deduce the various effects of the drug in the body. The authors state that the receptors for endocannabinoids are present throughout the human body and have a regulatory function. Although the drug is involved in the pathology of various conditions, it is to protective in multiple illnesses. The article explains the conditions such as fibromyalgia and migraine which can arise due to low levels of endocannabinoids. The pharmacological explanation of how cannabinoids work helps in understanding the importance of the drug from the primary level. The article is useful in various settings to include clinical studies and clinical care settings. It provides the necessary knowledge regarding the use of marijuana, the historical application and benefits, the pharmacology and legal issues regarding the drug. Therefore, the article will be of use in my research as it will be a baseline for the evaluation of other relevant materials regarding the evidence presented. In conclusion, this peer-reviewed journal gives a broad perspective of Marijuana. In explores the mechanism of action and adverse effects of the drug. Besides, it lists some of the Armstrong benefits that can be acquired with the use of marijuana. Therefore, the article will be a baseline for the initial search of relevant articles related to the use of medical marijuana. Armstrong Work cited Bridgeman, Mary Barna, and Daniel T Abazia. "Medicinal Cannabis: History, Pharmacology, And Implications for the Acute Care Setting” P & T: a peer-reviewed journal for formulary management vol. 42,3 (2017): 180-188. ...
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Article Analysis and Comparison
The first article entitled ‘Medical Cannabis and Pain Management: How Might the Role
of Cannabis Be Defined in Pain Medicine?’ is published by the Journal of Applied Laboratory
Medicine and seeks to underscore the importance of the evolving views on the use of cannabis in
the management of pain among human beings. The article does not offer much insight into the
authors but the publishing site is renowned for its quality work, and this renders credibility to the
article. In the article, the main goal is to evaluate whether marijuana offers the next front...

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