Marijuana has continued to make headlines throughout this year as new laws go into place around the world allowing for its use legally. With so many pieces of news coming out about cannabis, many are wondering about its uses and how it works.
For starters, cannabis has been around and used as a medicine for thousands of years. After growing the plant, the flowering buds are extracted and then can be dried to be smoked or turned into anything from edibles to oils. In recent times, vaping marijuana oils has become one of the most popular methods of consumption.
There are several reasons for using oils as opposed to traditional forms of marijuana. For starters, one of the biggest issues with using marijuana at least in a medicinal sense, is that it can be hard to properly dose the substance. With vaporizing, dosages can be extremely important as properly using the substance can be the difference between feeling better and not. Additionally, for those whose lungs may be compromised, vaporizing cannabis can be done at a much lower temperature than smoking flower which means less irritation to the lungs among other benefits. One Yale study recently stated that “This is a relatively novel way of using marijuana.”
Cannabis contains hundreds of various compounds which are known as cannabinoids. These cannabinoids work within the brain to activate certain receptors thus reducing pain, inflammation and more.
The high that individuals get when using cannabis comes from one of the two main chemicals in the plant known as THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is able to bind to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain and release euphoric chemicals thus resulting in the ‘high’. Interestingly enough, the high that users report is extremely subjective which can be due to many aspects of the human body such as gender, biological makeup, weight and more.
Those who use medicinal marijuana report that there are many positive effects. Everything from reducing nausea and increasing appetite to lowering pain amounts can occur when using cannabis. This is one of the main reasons that so many individuals choose cannabis when compared to traditional pharmaceuticals.
Marijuana has also been cited as being a very valid alternative to using harsh pharmaceutical drugs such as opioids and more. These drugs can be extremely addictive as well as not truly effective. Cannabis, on the other hand, has little to no side effects and presumably no way to overdose on the substance. Additionally, cannabis also has no reported deaths in the history of its use which means that it is relatively safe.
Marijuana has become extremely potent in the past several years. In the early 1990s, cannabis was reported to have around 4% THC which compared to today’s 15-20% is markedly different. All in all, marijuana has a wide variety of uses that are being researched and studied in greater detail as we move into the future. Only time will tell how many new medicines and pharmaceuticals can be created with a drug that has only become readily available in the past few years.
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