Let’s talk cannabis, weed, pot, hemp, wacky tobaccy … whatever you call it. Everyone has an opinion about using and legalizing cannabis, but not everyone has taken the time to learn a little bit about it. Over the holidays, I had a discussion with a friend, who was against everything cannabis. She said her and her family drink socially and people who smoke cannabis do it to alter their state of mind. I disputed her comment that drinking socially or not, she is still looking for a high or relaxation, and not everyone smokes cannabis to get high. Some use it for anxiety or other medical reasons. I told her if they legalized cannabis, it would be controlled and safer than buying it off someone who laced it with another drug. Then her husband said that people would be getting high and driving. I told him we already have that problem with alcohol, and he said true, so why introduce something else. After a few more back and forth comments, I asked my friend if she’s read anything about cannabis and she said one article that said it’s bad.
So I’m here to give you a bit of insight into cannabis. This isn’t a post to promote cannabis usage or to change anyone’s mind about legalization. I just think since it’s become such a ‘hot’ issue, people need to be better informed. I believe any subject that effects society is worth researching, whether you’re pro or con. It’s pointless to have an opinion about a topic without knowing a little something about it. Education is key. All my information has come from reading about it, and watching a few documentaries. I’m not an expert on the subject, but I do have an understanding of it.
Types of Cannabis
- Sativa is more of a strong, uplifting strain. It works well with daily activities and creativity. It’s a taller plant with narrow leaves, which is better in warm climates for a longer flowering cycle.
- Indica is more of a sedation—to help a person relax. This plant is short with broad leaves, which is better in colder climates for its short flowering cycle.
- Hybrids are a combination of both, and the traits depend on the parent strains.
The above are the main types of cannabis in regards to how people decipher the plant, but there are so many different strains comprised of cannabinoids and terpenes. Here’s a list of cannabis strains and edibles to fit your needs.
Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds in the flower, such as THC and CBD that provide relief for many symptoms.
– THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the chemical responsible for making us feel hungry and experience a euphoric high. The higher the concentration, the stronger the high. It also has benefits with relaxation and pain-relief.
– CBD (Cannabidiol) is a cannabis compound with medical benefits, but doesn’t provide the high one experiences with THC. It helps with anxiety, depression, and inflammation, to name a few.
Terpenes are what you smell from the cannabis flower, whether it’s sweet and fruity or skunk-like. They are the oils that color the flower with distinct flavors of citrus, berry, mint, and pine. There are over 100 different terpenes with their own unique composition. To learn more about the most common, the effects and medical value, please visit Leafly.
How long does a high last?
Inhaling = There are different strengths of THC. When inhaled, the user feels the effects within minutes, but sometimes the full effect might not kick in until 15 minutes. After that, the experience will start to wind down anywhere between 1 to 3 hours.
Oral = Depending on amount consumed in food or capsule form, the effects take longer to kick in and wear off. It can take anywhere between 30 minutes to two hours for the user to feel the effects. After that, the high can last around four to eight hours.
As for me, I’m pro-marijuana medically and recreationally. Marijuana isn’t going away. I believe dispensaries would make usage safer and employees can inform people as to what to choose per their wants or needs. And I also believe, like alcohol, there should be laws in place regarding driving under the influence…but you can’t control stupid.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Do you think it’s overrated? Do you think it will add fuel to the fire when it comes to human destruction?
Toking Up or Snuffing Out,