The endocannabinoid system includes a complex network of receptors spread across our bodies. These receptors are predominantly found While cannabis is arguably the world’s most recognized herb, still, many know only a little – or practically nothing – about the ‘international herb.’
Are you still trying to find your way in the cannabis world? Or you’re wondering why the whole buzz about the controversial cannabis and its products?
Reading on, you’ll discover the basics of cannabis and find answers to some common questions new and prospective cannabis users ask.
Before we get into the details, first,
What is cannabis?
Since ancient times, the cannabis plant has been used across many parts of the world, particularly for medicinal and recreational purposes.Researchers have found that the plant contains over 100 chemicals – called cannabinoids- which births these effects.
CBD and THC are the most popular compound in the plant. Although they both deliver potential therapeutic benefits to users, THC is most known because it causes the ‘high’ you feel after smoking.
Among other features, the plant is widely celebrated – well, still widely criminalized – for its widely reported mind- and body-soothing effects.Although most of the claims are anecdotal, early research reports so far back most firsthand testimonies.
What’s the difference between hemp and cannabis?
Too often, you hear people use “cannabis,” “marijuana,” and “hemp” interchangeably. But they are not the same thing.
Hemp and marijuana are both species of the cannabis Sativa.Although it may difficult to tell them apart visually, legally, hemp refers to cannabis products with less than .3 percent THC concentration.
Health Canada is responsible for cannabis and hemp regulations. They regulate the hemp strains producers should grow. These strains are typically THC-low, reducing the chances of a high.
How can I use cannabis?
Cannabis consumption is flexible. Common ways to consume cannabis products include:
- Brewing the herbs for tea
- Inhalation – smoking or vaping
- Eating raw
- Edible – candies, gummies, brownies, etc.
- As supplements or capsules
Topical applications like creams, balms, and lotions
What are the effects of cannabis?
Cannabis delivers several degrees of effects – depending on the administration mode, dosage, user experience, mental state, social environment, etc.
However, generally, cannabis is associated with the following effects:
- An altered state of mind. Users feel happy, relaxed, euphoric, sociable. That’s basically what it means to get ‘high.’
- Distorted perception of space and time. Cannabis users become highly sensitive to their environment. They may also feel an exaggerated taste, smell, sight, and even hearing.
- Bloodshot eyes, increased heart rate, dilated pupils
- Increased appetite – that’s the ‘munchies.’
- Inability to focus on tasks. This makes operating machines, driving, and the like riskier and discouraged after using cannabis – particularly for starters.
- Adverse reactions such as panic attacks, paranoia, self-consciousness, hallucinations, mood swings, and anxiety are common and more likely with higher doses.
Also, high amounts may cause sedation, restlessness, and or psychosis – losing touch with oneself, their environment, and time.
Other risks of using cannabis
Cannabis usage comes with some risks, including,
- Immune response
A study says regular cannabis usage may have negative effects on users’ immunity. Yet, the authors say more data is needed to make substantial claims.
- Impaired judgment
Research says people are more susceptible to road accidents when driving an hour or two after smoking weed.
Research revealed that users of higher-potent strains are more exposed to severe memory loss.
How Long Does it Take cannabis to work?
When smoked, cannabis’ effects come almost immediately. Like, in seconds. The effects may reach climax in 10 to 30 minutes and stay for up to three hours.For edibles, the effects may start 30 minutes or so after dosing and last 6 to 12 hours – depending on the amount consumed, the strain’s potency, and the user’s cannabis experience.
Will I get addicted?
Frankly, addiction is most likely with long-term cannabis use. Chronic doses can cause brain disorders.For instance, regular cannabis users may begin to feel some withdrawal symptoms if they stopped smoking.
Quitting after prolonged usage is almost never a cakewalk. The withdrawal comes with some discomforting effects, including:
- Mood changes
- General discomfort
- Decreased appetite
After you quit, the symptoms may peak somewhere a week after and may linger up to the second week.
Am I of legal smoking age?
Across most Canadian provinces, 19 is the legal age to buy and possess marijuana. But it differs in Albert and Quebec with 18, and 21 min-age respectively.
Can I smoke anywhere?
Both cigarettes and cannabis remain banned in pubs and workplaces.Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia jurisdictions allow smoking cannabis in places cigarettes are permitted.
Can I grow my weed?
The Cannabis Act allows that across all territories and most provinces, recreational users may grow, but at most, four cannabis trees per household, for adults.Manitoba and Quebec are exceptions, though. These regions stand unflinchingly against the decision and have set their unique regulatory framework, prohibiting raising cannabis in the home.
Some experts, however, perceive an ultimate constitutional challenge.
How much cannabis can I possess in Canada?
Canada allows legal possession and distribution of not more than 30 grams of cannabis – to adults. That’s an average 70 pre-rolled blunts and should cost around 150 to 400 CAD in cannabis shops. The cost varies across locations.
There’s more to uncover about cannabis and health – both potential health risks and benefits.
While the short term effects are usually more interesting, increasing campaigns educate people about the health concerns linked to using cannabis – particularly for children and women.The Canadian government created a website to educate on cannabis’s adverse effects – both in the short and long terms. While the short term effects may involve impaired motor skills, severe heath scares like lung damage are long term effects.
You may visit cannabis dispensaries to discuss your cannabis needs and desires or your experience on your first attempt. Staff at licensed cannabis dispensaries are usually experienced and can be helpful as you begin your greenly journey.