Cannabis: Everybody’s talking about it, your friends are using it, even your children know what it does…but you can’t get a firm understanding of the word and what its potential uses are. Don’t stress; this article is for you and anyone else who wants to understand what this word and plant really mean! Let’s start with the most basic question:
What Is Cannabis?
Cannabis is often referred to as a drug, but in fact it’s a plant and is non-addictive. It has three main species: Cannabis indica, Cannabis sativa and Cannabis ruderalis. Initially, all species of the cannabis plant originated on the Asian and Indian continents but have since travelled all across the globe.
Today, cannabis exists in every corner of the earth and has various names such as pot, weed, reefer, dope, ganja, skunk, hydro and blow, to name just a few.
Why do people like it?
Cannabis is rich in molecules called cannabinoids, which are naturally occurring and react with our bodies in various ways via the Endocannabinoid System present inside all of us. Animals have the same system and even more receptors inside their bodies, which is part of the reason why cannabis works so well for them.
People consume it in various ways and, for the most part, are doing so to absorb the molecule THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol). This cannabinoid is very well known for producing a euphoric high. THC is psychoactive and can affect humans in different ways.
It is made to be shared and consumed together, and as humans. We relate to the social environment of consuming it together as a positive interaction.
How do people use it?
Smoking is the oldest and preferred method for using it. By smoking the organic material in a rolled joint, it will ensure the natural cannabinoids are absorbed into the bloodstream via the lungs, which will result in an almost instant effect.
This may be the quickest way to ingest canabis, but you can also use a vaporiser, or smoke concentrated forms of cannabis known as hashish, or even eat it in your favourite food.
North America has a very well-established edibles market and products such as chewing gum, sparkling mineral waters, and chocolate cookies are super popular. Because it is gaining mainstream popularity, there are now many choices on how to get high or medicate yourself.
How does cannabis make you feel?
After you consume canabis and depending on the person and how much they consume, the effects can vary greatly. The most common symptoms of using cannabis include feeling:
- Happy and elated
- Unable to concentrate
- Laughing and talkative
There are physical symptoms as well that can affect people at different levels of intensity:
- Red eyes
- Dry mouth
- Munchies (increase appetite)
- Increased heart rate
- Loss of coordination
It’s important to note that consuming cannabis with THC in it can affect your response time and decision-making skills. It’s not advisable to drive or operate heavy machinery while under the influence of THC.
Does CBD get you high?
The answer is no, this is not a psychoactive molecule and is mainly used to relax people and treat certain conditions. In fact, CBD has been used to help reduce dependency for people that are addicted to smoking THC.
Is cannabis legal in Canada?
It has been legal in Canada for adult/recreational use since 2018. Canada is the second nation (after Uruguay) to legalise the beneficial flowering plant cannabis.
If you still have questions relating to cannabis or any other part of the industry, please feel free to comment below.