The use of weed is not new. Weed has been used for medicinal purposes in many cultures around the world, and it’s only recently that its medicinal benefits have become mainstream knowledge. The legalization of recreational weed in certain states has also contributed to a general increase in awareness about weed. However, with this increased attention comes plenty of confusion and misinformation about the drug – from how much you should consume to what types are best, people can be left feeling unsure about their next step when it comes to using weed. This article will answer some of the most common questions people have about marijuana so you don’t feel like you’re going at it alone!
What is the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?
Hemp plants are grown for their oils, hemp foods, waxes, resins, fiber used in clothing. Marijuana plants are bred for their potent levels of THC to be used as a psychoactive drug. The major defining legal requirement for industrial hemp is that it must contain less than 0.3% THC. Hemp is naturally high in CBD (Cannabidiol) and has no psychoactive effects. The stickiness of the resin within hemp flowers can be used to make rope, clothing, paper, and other products.
Is smoking weed bad for you?
As with anything, the effects will vary from person to person. It depends on the strain and how it is consumed, as well as a range of other factors. We would say that smoking any kind of herb is healthier than smoking cigarettes! Weed gives your lungs a break and also reduces inflammation and smoothens your breathing.
What happens if you smoke weed?
Well, the specific effects will also depend on your physical and mental state before you smoked, but some common effects are heightened senses (especially of taste and smell), changes in visual perception, an increase in appetite (the “munchies”), relaxed muscles, increased heart rate, dry mouth, and reddening of the eyes. As you can see, some effects are similar to being drunk…
In general, weed smokers become less inhibited and more talkative than their sober counterparts. In addition, your perception of time is likely to slow down a little bit on average. However, these effects can be highly variable from person to person, depending on the strain of weed, personal metabolism, and tolerance.
How long does weed stay in your system?
This depends on the way weed is consumed. If you take edibles or smoke it, then weed can stay in your system for up to 28 days! If you eat it, the THC will be metabolized by your liver before it enters your blood; this process can take up to 4 hours. The effects of eating marijuana are usually different than smoking it, and can take longer to kick in. If you smoke weed, the effects come on more suddenly; this is because the THC enters your blood streams through your lungs and goes straight into your bloodstream. Metabolizing THC (the active component of marijuana) happens at a much faster rate than other drugs like cocaine, amphetamines or heroin. Long-term use of marijuana can cause tolerance to build up, so it may require more weed today than you smoked yesterday for the same psychological effects
Is weed addictive?
This really depends on how you define addiction. Some researchers argue that physical dependence is not necessary for a substance to be considered addictive; others argue that becoming psychologically dependent on a substance is what makes it addictive. If you are smoking weed on a daily basis or having problems controlling your usage, then this could be deemed as an addiction. Studies have shown that around 9 percent of those who use marijuana will become dependent on it at some point in their lives.
Does weed increase your chance of psychosis?
You may have heard from media or from friends that smoking weed increases your chances of going crazy, but the scientific research shows far from it! In fact, studies show that cannabis can actually reduce symptoms in schizophrenics. There has been a campaign recently to remove the stigma around cannabis and add it into the list of other medicinal drugs available for people who need it.
Is weed bad for your lungs?
Smoking anything can be harmful to your health in the long run, and marijuana is no exception in this regard. There have been some studies that show a link between smoking weed and developing lung cancer, but it’s kind of vague at best when put into context with other things. As long as you don’t smoke weed in a confined space, there isn’t much risk to your lungs.
What does weed do for the brain?
THC can increase your memory and ability to learn by increasing blood flow near the surface of the brain. In addition, marijuana has been used to successfully reduce tremors in multiple sclerosis patients.
Is weed bad for your brain?
A lot of people think that weed is harmful to their brain, but the research shows the opposite! Studies have shown that using marijuana does not negatively affect memory or IQ as some people may think. In fact, some studies even show that smoking weed on a regular basis can help with memory and protect your brain from cognitive decline as you get older.
What are strains?
There are different types of weed, called strains. The three most popular ones are Indica, Sativa and hybrids. Each strain has unique characteristics when it comes to growing them, the way they affect you when smoking them and what medical conditions they can be used for.
What is the difference between indica and sativa?
Indica and Sativa are different types of weed. Indica contains higher concentrations of CBD than THC than Sativa or hybrids do. This means that you will likely feel more relaxed after smoking an indica strain as opposed to a less potent sativa. Indica can often put you to sleep at night, but it also may make you feel more sluggish during the day. Sativa usually makes you feel more energetic, happy and creative.
What are hybrids?
Hybrids are a mix between two or more strains of weed. The combination of different characteristics from these strains will give you a unique high that you won’t get from smoking just one.
What is the difference between weed and marijuana?
The term, marijuana, can refer to either the psychoactive part of cannabis or all parts of the plant. Weed is used in reference to the leaves and flowers from the plants, whereas marijuana is used when talking about the actual drug.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or better known as CBD is the other main compound found in weed. Unlike THC, it has no psychoactive effect on people and comes with a number of benefits when used medicinally. It reduces inflammation, helps with nausea and is generally safe with little side effects.
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are chemicals that act on the cannabinoid receptors in your brain. Unlike many other psychoactive drugs, THC activates these receptors instead of completely disabling them like most drugs do. This is what causes the effects of weed to be different than those of other drugs. There are over 100 cannabinoids that have been found in weed.
What is a cannabinoid receptor?
Cannabinoid receptors are the little areas around the brain where marijuana binds to and interacts with them. These receptors can be found all over the body, but it’s much easier to measure their effects on your brain functions. This has led to a lot of research on what cannabinoids can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading about the most common questions related to weed. If this article has sparked any interest in learning more, then we recommend checking out our other blogs. They are packed with information about weed and the different ways it can be used.