What is the Cannabis Plant?
Cannabis is a plant that contains many chemicals called cannabinoids which are found as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). This plant comes in different versions, such as the Cannabis Indica, Cannabis Sativa, and Cannabis ruderalis. The first two are the most commonly grown and popularly found in the marijuana marketplace of the three types.
When this plant is cultivated, harvested, and dried following specific processes, it is sold as one of the most popular drugs in the world. In the marketplace, cannabis is known by many names such as marijuana, pot, and weed.
With many regions of the world legalizing this drug, its use is becoming more widespread and its production more regulated.
What Are the Different Components that Makeup Cannabis?
Cannabis is a mixture of about 120 components divided into tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD), known as cannabinoids.
What Cannabidiol (CBD) does:
CBD is a psychoactive drug that is non-euphoric and non-intoxicating. This means that no matter the content of CBD in your cannabis, you will not feel the typical drug high. This component is beneficial in medical marijuana because it can be used to reduce chronic pain and inflammation in different parts of the body. Research has also found practical uses of CBD for easing anxiety and seizures.
What tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) does:
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary component of cannabis that gives you the euphoric high that cannabis is known for.
How is Cannabis Consumed?
Cannabis can be consumed in many ways. Some of the most popular methods are:
Dapping is a more complex process of consuming cannabis. It uses concentrated THC or hash oil (cannabis oil) as it is widely known that it gets heated to release a vapour which is then inhaled into the lungs.
When you buy cannabis for smoking purposes, the product is already harvested and dried. This dried cannabis is then crushed and rolled into papers or inserted into pipes and bongs for smoking purposes. Usually, this form of consumption is followed by recreational users of cannabis, although some medical cannabis prescriptions can also involve smoking.
A vape device is used to inhale cannabis into the body for this method. There are vaporizers in the vapes which help release the psychoactive components of cannabis. Cannabis used in vapes typically contains a very high amount of THC content which may be dangerous, especially for first-time users.
This method takes the longest to take effect. Cannabis is infused into the ingredients used to make tea, baked goods, and other such edibles. When consuming edible cannabis, its results stay longer than other consumption methods.
For those who are not into consuming physical cannabis, topical solutions such as cannabis-infused balms and lotions are available. You can apply this on your skin for healthcare purposes. They do not contain high THC content, so you won’t get high when you use these products.
Cannabis May Be beneficial in these Areas
- Lowering blood pressure by reducing anxiety and stress
- Prevention of GI disorders like inflammatory bowel disease IBD and irritable bowel syndrome IBS
- Symptom management for many anxiety disorders such as panic attacks and posttraumatic stress disorder by calming the nerves
- It is also used in drug abuse patients to help with the withdrawal symptoms
- Treating epilepsy and its corresponding effects like seizures
- It can treat chronic pain disorder
- Alleviating the side effects of chemotherapy
Cannabis is still evolving and we are continuing to learn more and more about the plant. Cannabis may offer some users benefits as we have listed above, but the majority of cannabis users consume cannabis for recreational purposes.
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