Have you ever smoked weed?
Those who have may already know its various effects on the body, the good and the bad. Those who have not may not be fully aware of the potential of cannabis in the field of science yet. If you’re on this page to know more about the infamous plant, keep reading.
Cannabis, also known as Marijuana, is one of the most controversial plants of all time. It is used by individuals as a drug for medical purposes, however mostly smoked for recreational purposes.
The plant has always had a bad reputation. It is said to have been linked to various negative effects on the body, especially to the most crucial part of our system; the brain. It changes the way we think and process, and this is why the negative effects are more publicised than the positives.
Many individuals use the plant for recreational purposes illegally, however, marijuana has no known scientific basis of being dangerous– contrary to what many experts claim it to be.
Before the boom of the most popular plant in the world, it was not used to be abused. It was not even planted to be smoked. It was used as a form of herbal medicine.
It was said that cannabis helped in the improvement of so many health conditions and other physical infections in the past. This claim has led modern-day science into studying the benefits of cannabis to human health again.
While many scientists believe that it could be a miracle plant, after all, the majority still ban marijuana from being used especially in the medical field.
Back in the days, the marijuana fibers were used to make paper, ropes, and cloth. The seeds were then used as food. It was popular in Asia for that use. People planted weed in order to trade and it was actually a good business.
Over the years, people learned to use it recreationally due to its euphoric effects and smoking it became a trend.
Cannabis was originally discovered in Asia and brought to the different continents of the world. This started growth of the plants variety of uses and the rise in its popularity and demand.
People then became addicted to it and so the plant grew to be more and more popular worldwide.
The plant is banned in many places due to its psychoactive effects. Many believe that too much of the product could harm the user. Thus, governments regulated the production and usage of cannabis.
FUN FACT: Some of the famous people that have used the drug are Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, and The Beatles.
Currently the states where cannabis use is legal are Oklahoma, Washington, D.C., and California. While weed may be legal in a few places, possession is only limited to 1 to 2.5 ounces per person, and only a couple of plants per household, depending on the state.
What is in cannabis that drives people crazy about it?
Among the hundreds of components found in the plant, three of the most plentiful are: THC, CBD, and Flavonoids.
One ingredient is called THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol. It is responsible for the illusions, hallucinations, and delusions created by the mind of the user, through the use of marijuana.
If you have seen anyone who uses it and he acts overjoyed for no reason at all, this is the effect of THC.
Another term that is commonly used to describe the effect if THC is ‘high’. The user would literally feel like he is on cloud 9, way up high above the skies. This is because of the altered perception caused by THC.
For this reason many do not agree with the recreational use of marijuana.
CBD or Cannabidiol is an anti-inflammatory and anti-psychotic ingredient. If used alone, the chemical could potentially treat mood disorders and could possibly cure cancer. This is one of the reasons why some places have reconsidered using cannabis as a medical herb.
Users claim that cannabis has almost unlimited health benefits, but because modern-day science denies the fact that it could potentially be the answer to many incurable illnesses, only a little information is publicly known about its advantages.
This is also why we should urge researchers to put more effort into studying cannabis as it could save lives in the future.
Another one is called Flavonoids. This chemical has some good medicinal benefits since it is linked to fighting against cancer and other incurable diseases. Scientists are still researching about the real deal about flavonoids and are currently studying if it can really help cure anything, though it is being an antioxidant is clear.
These three chemicals are among the many chemicals that are found in marijuana. It could possibly be beneficial to a patient to be treated with the plant under doctor’s orders due to its abundance of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
However, taking it alone by smoking it is a different story.
What marijuana looks like
Before the plants head on to be used, it would look like a regular healthy plant with green leaves. How one can tell if a certain plant is cannabis is simply by looking at its shape. It comes in different sizes, however, its shape is very distinctive.
Its leaves look like a high five showing off its sharp details and slim design, although some kinds do have wider leaves.
When they are harvested, ready to be distributed, it would then look something like an herbal medicine usually used by the Chinese or most Asians. It is dried and turned into a shredded mix of leafy fibers.
To use it, people commonly take a small amount, like an ounce of it and roll it into a cigarette like “joint”, then smoke it. Some smoke it, others, mix it in to their food, then serve to guests in a form of brownies, cookies or even tea.
However one chooses to use it, the effects remain the same.
Why people use marijuana
People who use marijuana for medical reasons may not be very common since the use of the plant as a medicine is not fully accepted and legalized yet in most countries. While smoking cannabis is also very illegal in most places, there are still so many people who have and still use it for relaxation purposes.
The reason why many are still inclined to using it even if it is illegal is widely known: to get high.
As mentioned above, the plant consists of a chemical called THC; the one that’s responsible for the mind-altering effects of the drug. People who use it would feel elated, high and very much ecstatic throughout the entire duration of its effects.
Weed is most commonly use by people who undergo a high amount of stress regularly such as people in the entertainment industry. This is not to generalize everyone but to make a point that marijuana helps stressed people ease their burdens a little bit.
People like the feeling as it helps them escape reality which can be a sad truth as to why people choose a fake reality than a life without a high.
Cannabis is a very powerful drug and a little goes a long way. It can also get very expensive once you are hooked. A gram is estimated to be $20 and above.
Only if it is legal in your country or state and only if you at the right age, try a little first before buying an entire bag of it.
A gram may look overwhelming but it is all you need to start. How to eyeball a gram of weed is by visualizing a big coin or a broccoli. That is how a gram would most likely look like.
Though there are claims of its health benefits, the question really is, are the so-called “benefits” worth the risk to try cannabis? Isn’t getting high and taking on a surprising amount of THC in the body more dangerous to one’s health?
While some strongly believe that smoking it will bring wonders to their body, it could also be just an excuse to continually escape from reality. Should this drug be given special time and attention, well it could be used to treat illnesses without its harmful components.
The use of marijuana should never be abused. Since only a little-verified information is known about its benefits and danger, taking caution should always be on top of our list. If you think cannabis is the only thing that can treat your illness, talk to a doctor and do not self-medicate.
You can request to be treated to a state where taking cannabis as a medicine is acceptable and legal. That way, you get to experience its benefits with the guidance of the professionals, thus, diminishing the chances of being put into danger.
If you intend to use it for medical reasons, it is best to see doctors who believe in the positive uses of cannabis. To go through proper guidance is also very helpful in regulating the amount of drug that goes into your body.
Its addictive properties could bring you the worst physical, emotional and psychological consequences if you do not take the proper precautions.
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