Cannabis 101: Everything You Need to Know About Cannabis

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Marijuana, weed, pot, cannabis – whatever you call it, there’s no denying that cannabis is big business. With new strains and products being developed all the time, it can be hard to keep up with everything there is to know about this versatile plant. 

If you’re new to cannabis, it helps to have a comprehensive guide that covers everything from how it works to how you can use it to relieve various symptoms and diseases. Here is your guide to learn everything about cannabis!

The History Of Cannabis

The cannabis plant has been used for medicinal, spiritual, and recreational purposes for centuries. Its usage can be traced back as far as the 3rd millennium BC. It was used for ceremonial or religious reasons in India, Nepal, and Tibet. 

In many countries, it was used as a form of medicine until it was made illegal in 1937 with the passing of the Marijuana Tax Act in America. Despite this legislation, the use of marijuana has grown exponentially since then and is now considered one of the most widely used drugs in North America.

How Does Cannabis Work?

The main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana is THC. When you take cannabis or any other plant-based medicine, your body breaks it down into different compounds. These compounds can then interact with different receptors on our cells and influence how they function. 

For example, one compound called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) binds to receptors in our brain called CB1 receptors; this causes the “high” that people experience when they smoke or ingest cannabis. 

When another compound called cannabidiol (CBD) binds to these same receptors instead of THC, this doesn’t cause any psychoactive effects but does relieve pain and inflammation.

The effects of smoking marijuana are felt within minutes and can last anywhere from 1–3 hours depending on a variety of factors such as metabolism, tolerance, and method of consumption. 

For example, someone with a high tolerance may feel relaxed after only 5 puffs whereas a new user may need 15-20 puffs to get feeling similar effects. Effects of marijuana include euphoria, relaxation, increased appetite, and time distortion. 

Marijuana is also considered an aphrodisiac by some due to its ability to slow down time perception which increases awareness and allows for heightened sensations during intimacy. 

The Different Types Of Cannabis

There are three main types of cannabis: sativa, indica, and hybrid. Sativa produces a more uplifting cerebral high while indica is more of a body stone. Hybrids fall somewhere in between the two. Sativa is typically used during the day while indica would be best suited for evening use. A typical strain will have an 80%/20% ratio. 

Sativa plants contain higher levels of THC which gives them a stimulating effect while indica plants have higher levels of CBD which creates a more relaxing or sedating effect on the user. 

Hybrid strains usually include equal amounts of THC and CBD so it provides both the euphoric feeling that comes from THC as well as some pain relief from CBD. One thing to remember about hybrids is that they won’t give you the same effects if you smoke them versus vaping or consuming edibles. 

If you’re looking for more of a heady experience then vaping might be better since vaporizers allow you to adjust temperature settings and don’t burn as much plant material releasing toxins into the air as smoking does. 

The Benefits Of Cannabis

Today, cannabis is used as an alternative treatment for a variety of ailments including chronic pain, sleep disorders, cancer-related symptoms, and  AIDS. It can also be used as a form of relaxation or a way to reduce stress. 

It’s important that you understand how cannabis works before using it for any purpose. For example, you should make sure you know the difference between marijuana and hemp products so you can find the right product for your needs.

Cannabis has been used for thousands of years to treat pain, improve mood, and even help with relaxation. Many people use it as a medicine to manage chronic pain and other ailments. Some people use it to deal with anxiety, depression, or other mood disorders.

How can cannabis relieve pain? Cannabis may be able to help relieve chronic pain by blocking nerve receptors called CB1 receptors which are responsible for sending pain signals to the brain and spinal cord. 

This can reduce inflammation and swelling associated with arthritis, muscle spasms, and other conditions that cause chronic pain.

Studies have shown that CBD can help reduce epileptic seizures in children who suffer from epilepsy by reducing electrical activity in their brains caused by abnormal repeating patterns of nerve cell activity known as seizure foci or epileptogenic foci (EF).

How To Use Cannabis

Cannabis is a diverse plant that can be consumed in many different ways. It can be smoked, vaporized, or ingested in food or drink.

Smoking cannabis is the most common way to consume it. The effects of smoking marijuana are almost immediate. Smoking cannabis delivers cannabinoids (the active chemicals in marijuana) to your brain via the lungs and bloodstream. 

The lungs absorb THC and other cannabinoids into the bloodstream so that they can travel throughout your body and brain.

Vaporizing cannabis concentrates is another popular method of consuming marijuana. When you inhale vapor instead of smoke, you avoid most of the health risks associated with smoking. 

Vaporization heats marijuana just enough to release its active ingredients (cannabinoids), but not enough to burn the plant material (THC). The result is a smooth, mild method of medicating that has little to no odor compared with smoking flowers.

Ingesting cannabis as an edible offers a variety of options for people looking for alternative ways to ingest their medicine. Edibles come in all shapes and sizes and deliver cannabinoids through different mechanisms than smoking or vaporizing. 

Edibles can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours before they kick in which means that it may take longer for users to feel high.

Should I Start Using Cannabis?

A lot of people are curious about smoking weed, but they’re nervous to try it. A lot of times there’s a stigma around smoking cannabis that makes people feel like they’re doing something wrong. There’s also the fact that it’s illegal in some places around the world and you can get arrested for possession.

Smoking weed can be a great experience that brings people together in ways that other things don’t. Some people even say that smoking marijuana helps them slow down and appreciate life more fully than they did before they started using it regularly.

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