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Everything everyone should know about Marijuana

Everything everyone should know about Marijuana

Everything everyone should know about Marijuana

 

We are going to explain the benefits & detriments of marijuana, the plant itself & the effects & the medical advantages.

 

Marijuana is used for many reasons by many people, please read this post with an open, non-judgmental mind.

 

Marijuana is a very well known plant, the legality of cannabis for medicinal or recreational use varies from country to country. It is legal or decriminalized for personal possession or medicinal use in the following countries as of 01 August 2017;

South Africa, Uruguay, The Netherlands, Argentina, Australia (Northern territory, south Australia, capital territory), Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, turkey, Ukraine, United States (9 states legal, decriminalized in 18 states and medicinal legal in 25 states) Indian reservations U.S &  U.S virgin islands.

If you didn’t read every country listed, that’s understandable, there is a total of 45 countries. Here is an easy map with each countries laws. Each country has they’re own laws, please follow up if you would like to know a specific countries legality, do not assume.

 

 

 

History

The oldest written record of cannabis usage is the Greek historian reference to the central Eurasian Scythians taking cannabis steam baths back in 440 BC Classical Greeks and Romans were using cannabis, while in the Middle East, use of marijuana spread throughout the Islamic empire to North Africa. In 1545, cannabis spread to the western hemisphere where Spaniards imported it to Chile for its use as fiber. In North America, cannabis, in the form of hemp, was grown for use in rope, clothing and paper.

 

Effects

Cannabis is mostly used recreationally or as a medicinal drug. It may also be used for religious or spiritual purposes. Cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant. The main psychoactive part of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabis can be used by smoking, vaporization, within food, tea, or as an extract. Effects is within minutes when smoked, and about 30 to 60 minutes when cooked and eaten. The effects last for between two and six hours, short term side effects may include a dry mouth, space/time awareness, change in perception, red eyes, increased hunger (munchies), feeling of euphoria/relaxation. Long term side effects are scientifically unproven due to most studies are taken with the consumption of tobacco.

 

 

The Plant

✖Some cannabis strains have been bred to produce minimal levels of THC, Many plants have been selectively bred to produce a maximum of THC (cannabinoids), The leaves of Indica plants are broad and chunky, whereas sativa strains exhibit thin and pointy leaves. It should be noted, it’s not always easy to quickly identify the different species solely by their appearance, with the fact that cannabis plants are now bred to produce higher grade plants, growers breed Sativia, Indica & Ruderalis together to achieve the strain and level of THC wanted. The variation in form is primarily due to the different geographical regions in which each originate — Indicas from the mountainous regions of Asia and the Middle East and Sativas from more equatorial regions around the world.

✖Hash, is made from cannabis, while herbal cannabis is referred to as Marijuana/Weed, hash is cannabis resin.  It varies in color from black to golden brown depending upon purity and variety of plant it was obtained from. It can be consumed orally or smoked, and is also vaporized, or vaped. 

 ✖Industrial hemp products are made from cannabis plants selected to produce an abundance of fiber. The term hemp is used to name the durable soft fiber from the Cannabis plant stem. Cannabis for industrial uses is valuable in tens of thousands of commercial products, especially as fiber ranging from paper, cordage, construction material and textiles in general, to clothing. Hemp is stronger and longer-lasting than cotton. It also is a useful source of foodstuffs (hemp milk, hemp seed, hemp oil) and biofuels. Hemp has been used by many civilizations, from China to Europe (and later North America)

✖Kief is a powder, rich in trichomes, which can be sifted from the leaves and flowers of cannabis plants and either consumed in powder form or compressed to produce cakes of hashish.

✖The plant material can be mixed with a solvent and then pressed and filtered to express the oils of the plant into the solvent. Examples of solvents used in this process are cocoa butter, coconut oil, dairy butter, cooking oil, glycerine, and skin moisturizers. Depending on the solvent, these may be used in cannabis foods or applied topically.

 

Medicinal use

Cannabis is used to reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, to improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and to treat chronic pain,  muscle spasms, neuropathic pain, multiple sclerosis, sleep and stress disorders, as well as stress relief, anxiety, inflammation, epilepsy, seizures (in dogs too!), rheumatoid arthritis, and glaucoma.

One of the best things to understand about cannabis as a modern medicine is that you no longer have to smoke cannabis or ingest a food/liquid, like traditional modern medicine, cannabis can be precisely dosed in different forms. 

Consumption

Cannabis effects everyone differently. Different strains and methods of consumption give users different effects. And new users generally feel different effects than more experienced users.

Consuming too much cannabis will likely lead to a few unpleasant hours, however, unlike other commonly prescribed medicine for treating pain and other conditions, it is highly unlikely that a healthy individual would experience a lethal reaction from over-consuming cannabis. This fact is principally because the cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brain stem areas that control respiration and cardiovascular function. In the nearly 5,000 years that cannabis has been used by tens of millions of people for both medicinal and recreational purposes, there has not been one credible documented case of someone fatally overdosing on cannabis. 

 

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※We hope to believe Marijuana will be legalized medicinally in more countries in the future, with experience of using the plant recreationally and medicinally, we believe it to have positive effects on us and known individuals. This page has been made to gain awareness to people who currently use marijuana, so they are educated on the plant, for people who would like to know more than your stereotype of a ‘stoner’ and for people who are stuck in the illusion of it being a gate-way drug.※

 

If you would like to know more on this subject there is a documentary called The culture high we recommend.

 



63 thoughts on “Everything everyone should know about Marijuana”

  • I am A little curious to know what is your purpose of this blog to encourage more states to legalize medicinal marijuana or to change the mindset of those who view marijuana use negatively?

  • I am happy that it has been legalized in my state and I hope that those who suffer from constant pain I have easy access to it. In fact it is my hope that more states will legalize marijuana for medicinal use.

  • I have never been one to condemn those who use marijuana. I am happy that it has been legalized in my state and I hope that those who suffer from constant pain I have easy access to it. In fact it is my hope that more states will legalize marijuana for medicinal use.

  • I have never been one to condemn those who use marijuana. I am happy that it has been legalized in my state and I hope that those who suffer from constant pain I have easy access to it.

  • Marijuana has a lot of medicinal use. If handled properly by the right people it could do wonders. I guess it applies to many other things as well, the users should know how to properly use and not abuse. Thanks for aharing posts like this.

  • I didn’t know much about the benefits of cannabis until I read this article. In India, possession of this plant is still a crime, though the government is planning to change that law. It came as a surprise to me that till date there has been no case of any death by over consumption of cannabis.

  • Thanks for sharing the great insights on cannabis! There’s a stigma about this plant in our society but many people are not aware of its medicinal significance!

    • Thank you Gelyka, It’s also a taboo subject where we are from – the U.K. but it needs to be discussed & people should be aware and informed of the plant, hopefully one day the U.K will make a step towards it!

  • It is quite evident that you have done a lot of research for this post. I have known that growing marijuana is made legal in many countries but the details of its benefits came as a surprise to me. If the weed has so many benefits, I m wondering why many countries still ban the weed. Any thoughts on that? I m curious.

  • As a physician, I have known about the uses for cancer patients for many many years. However, only recently have I treated children with unrelenting seizures who benefit from its use. It is a therapy for many medical problems.

  • Living in a country that still recognises marajuana as an illegal drug, it’s always good to read about its benefits. I’ve heard many good things about the health and healing advantages and this is a really informative post. Thank you!

  • I am not very familiar with it. There is such a stigma (and LOTS of regulations) about using it in our Country. never knew it could be used to reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy or that it would help to improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and that you could use it to treat chronic pain. Interesting read.

  • Never heard of Cannabis. Good thing about this post, the readers where given to correct info about the use of Marijuana and it’s side effect. Hope it can be legal to help cure some illness.

  • Very interesting. I am from Jamaica so i know a bit about cannabis but I had no idea that cannabis is legal in 45 countries. I had no idea that it had so many benefits either.

  • Great post and thanks so much for offering a different perspective. We have 2 neighbors who are suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and both rely on medical marijuana to ease their symptoms. A couple times a year, their wives make the trek to a state where they’re able to purchase it legally. It saddens me that it isn’t an option everywhere, especially for people with debilitating diseases. c

  • To me it really is crazy that there is an actual debate of whether a natural plant medicine from mother nature should be legal for medicinal purposes. Yet no one questions the legality of alcohol, tobacco or every single prescription medication out there that is sure to be much more detrimental to your health and no one hesitates to take.

  • I had heard of cannabis being legal in many countries and I have recently heard about a proposal to make it legal in India too. The problem in most mind would be how people will bend / violate rules to put it to wrong use. Great article and an attempt to open those close minds.

  • This is very informative. I believe in the healing power of plants…I use MANY essential oils and herbs for various ailments and I’ve heard of Cannabis oil being very effective with cancer and seizures. I personally don’t like the idea of it being used recreationally and I hope that when people use it medicinally, they aren’t abusing the system. But I can’t deny that it is a natural drug that helps people who need it. That’s for sure.

  • Interesting article on a controversial subject. I live in Colorado where it’s legal. We’ve been pleasantly surprised to find that there haven’t been really that many problems with it. It’s not for me, but seems that it’s beginning to get a lot more accepted in society.

  • Very informative post on this plant! Unfortunately still not in medicine lists in several countries.
    It can ruin several pharmaceutical companies if implemented.

  • Great post. I just started to use CBD oil for my dog. I’ve been a little unclear about all the ins and outs. I’ve just pinned this to keep on hand and to continue to learn. Thanks!

  • This leaf is truly medicinal. But in some countries, people are abusing it. Marijuana doesn’t serve as medicinal plant anymore but an addiction. And even teenagers engage themselves in such activity and committed crimes. The problem is with people and not the plant. Education is really the solution for this problems.

  • Very interesting and there’s a lot of great information every one may know from this. Thanks for this. It could be a big help to the people specially the young ones who are indeed essential to know about this matter.

  • This is a very informative post. I have read a lot about Cannabis. It is actually very helpful for some people as it helps them overcome their pain & anxiety. Proper knowledge about it’s use should be spread all around the world. It is also very well written.

  • This is a very informative post. I have read a lot about Cannabis. It is actually very helpful for some people as it helps them overcome their pain & anxiety. Proper knowledge about it’s use should be spread all around the world.

  • This is fascinating, growing up in Dubai I never really had access to cannabis until I moved the the UK for 9 months, but then I moved back home and went back to living completely removed from it. I have to say I wish it wasn’t so strict here – having arthritis and getting access to the drug would help me so much, but alas.

  • Great post, may do not know bout cannabis and you shared a good wealth of information on the topic with great graphics too. Thanks for sharing something different to enjoyed reading it

  • Totally didn’t realise it was legal for use in 45 countries – that really interesting. Thanks for providing such insight, I think that views and usage of this plant is going to start changing very soon.

  • It’s a shame I Live in a country that hasn’t decriminalised it. Imagine all the good that could be done with the tax money… maybe find a medicinal programme 😄😄

  • Thank you for a highly insightful post on Cannabis. Though i dont smoke up but recently i was diagnosed with Glaucoma so i wondered how about doing cannabis for medicinal purposes! Through your post, i know the exact reasons for cannabis as a treatment for my ailment!

  • this is an essential information, specially for those who are still blinded by the negative outer opinion about this plant. nowadays some contries allowing it to be use in medicines but some others are still prohibiting it even the usage as medication. hopefully people in the world will be more open minded. thank you for this article

  • I read a lot about medical marijuana when my father was suffering from cancer but unfortunately it was illegal that time in India, but now , things have changed, hope to see many get cured from this wonderful plant

  • Just the title of this article made me smile, good on you for taking a chance and being a bit “controversial”. I am sure you will be pleased to know we are on our way to Amsterdam.

  • I believe that all drugs should be legalised, regulated by the government and sold through pharmacists. This will put the drug barons out of business and give people freedom of choice just like cigarettes and alcohol. I strongly believe that no one has the right to tell me what I can put into my own body.

  • Not my cup of tea, especially because suffering with asthma, smoke in general can really hurt me, but things have recently changed in Italy as well and it will be interesting to see how they develope.

  • this is an essential information, specially for those who are still blinded by the negative outer opinion about this plant. nowadays some contries allowing it to be use in medicines but some others are still prohibiting it even the usage as medication. hopefully people in the world will be more open minded.

  • this is an essential information, specially for those who are still blinded by the negative outer opinion about this plant. nowadays some contries allowing it to be use in medicines but some others are still prohibiting it even the usage as medication. hopefully people in the world will be more open minded.

  • It’s an eye opening and an essential information for those who are in ignorant about the positive side of Cannabis, there are countries who are still blinded by their principle of not allow this to be used even in medical functions, hopefully people will be more open minded. Thank you for this wonderful article

  • It’s an eye opening and an essential information for those who are in ignorant about the positive side of Cannabis, there are countries who are still blinded by their principle of not allow this to be used even in medical functions, hopefully people will be more open minded.

  • Very interesting to know so much facts about marijuana, definitely defeats some stigma which is associated with the drug. Informative article!

  • There’s a lot of great information here. I think for many Americans there is still a stigma with marijuana and I hope more articles like these help to educate those who perpetuate this fear.

  • This article is an eye opening to those who are still ignorant the truth about cannabis, there are still some countries who stand still by their principle of not allowing this to be as medicine. Simply they cannot accept the fact. Great article

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