Cannabliss!

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.

Stance

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,
Baer Necessities

8 thoughts on “Cannabliss!

  1. Been doing it for over 50 years, but not so much any more. I don’t like the new one-hit wonders. Makes me pass right out. I call it napping, but friends called the EMT’s who took me to the ER. Nice, huh? Concocted a believable story on the spot and everyone bought it. Something about going off my strict Vegan diet, eating turkey and passing out. Secretly, they were all laughing behind my back and going, “Hah! Hah! He stoned!” There I was, 75 years old, laying on the stretcher. Talk about embarrassing. Not really. Much too old for embarrassing. So I’very done nearly everything imaginable stoned and did fine. Got straight AAAs in four different college majors and on and on. However, this new powerful stuff causes serious imparement. It’s nothing like the normal pot from the sixties and seventies. I don’t like the idea of teens doing it because I think it hurts their mental development.

    Essentially, in my life today it’s no biggie anymore.

    And that’s the truth. Pffffstt!😎

    1. Jim, Your friends are so bad, but nice at the same time. At least they were looking out for you. Like alcohol, I don’t think cannabis is for teens. It still needs regulations.

      Thanks for stopping by and letting us know about your…situation. 😀

  2. I used it to help control nausea when I was on chemo. It worked better than either type of anti-nausea pill I was giving, and even today at the Livestrong exercise program, one of the women there was going on about how great THC oil can be for pain. I’m fine with pot being legalized for medical or recreational purposes, but potheads really make me sad. Then again, the same can be said for the junk food eaters, etc. What I most discovered while using it while going through cancer treatments is that I am not a smoker in any way shape or form. My lungs can’t take it. I’ve learned how to make a few neat edibles though 😉

    1. Jeri, I’ve known people who used it to control their nausea for chemo, and what they liked most was that there weren’t any side effects. Glad to hear it worked for you. I just started taking cannabis CBD oil (legal in Germany) on a daily basis to see if it will help with my migraines. So far, I’ve had the most relaxed sleep in years. Unfortunately, you’ll have potheads out there along with drunks. Some people don’t know what moderation is and abuse it. I’ll admit that I don’t mind a hit once in a while since I’m not a drinker. Like you, I’m not huge on the smoking aspect, especially since I quit smoking almost 10 years ago. Edibles sound nice. 😀

  3. Really interesting discussion, it’s true that ‘education is key’, can’t add much from my own experience, tried once as a student, but as I never learned to inhale (even though I was doing my best to smoke ‘Gauloises’ at the time in a bid to look like Juliette Greco 🙂 ) it had no effect one me. As a Brit I’ll stick to a good old G and T to unwind in the evening…Cheers!

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