Cannabis is increasingly becoming a substance that is being accepted by the mainstream population in many countries across the world, not just for medicinal use but for recreational purposes as well.
There are still just two countries that have legalized the recreational use of cannabis on a federal level – Uruguay and Canada just last year in October 2018.
There are also a few states in the U.S. that have legalized its use for adults and more are certain to follow in the years ahead. Whether cannabis is legalized across America from a federal perspective in the next decade or two has yet to be seen, but as its avid supporters grow in size – so too will the pressure put on the government to make it legal.
This article outlines a few aspects of cannabis – some of which you likely already know, but one or two that you may not.
What is Cannabis?
Cannabis is a plant that is grown throughout the world, mostly illegally, for the sale and consumption of its most valuable portion – the flowers which have the most significance in terms of the high or buzz given to its users. The main active ingredient in cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that is found throughout each plant, but the highest concentration is located in the flowers. Throughout North America and most parts of the world, cannabis is the most popular drug used by people.
What It Looks Like Visually
Cannabis has green leaves that can have five, seven, nine, or more jaggedy points, the flowers have a white crystal-like substance on them – the highest concentration of THC on the plant, and are covered with white, orange or reddish hairs depending on the level of ripeness and strain. For more information, head over to the Royal Seed Bank.
Alternative Names For Cannabis
There are more than 200 slang and formal names for cannabis including marijuana, pot, weed, herb, grass, ganja, Mary Jane, chronic, dope, reefer, bud, and many others.
There are also lots of names for smoking cannabis such as toking, blazing, smoking trees, blasting, firing one up, going loco, puffing, and countless others depending on where it’s consumed and by whom.
Ways To Consume Cannabis
The most common way to consume cannabis is by smoking it – either through a joint, blunt, bong, pipe, or other such ways. Vaping it is steadily rising in popularity due to it being convenient, discreet, and for health reasons with it being a less harmful method than smoking it. Edibles are gaining in traction with the ability to eat cannabis-infused food, and drinking cannabis related beverages are starting to pick up as products become more readily available on the market.
Effects Of Cannabis
Depending on the strain used and how it’s used, there are all sorts of effects that can be felt from consuming cannabis including elevation of mood and happiness, relaxation, euphoria, creative thinking, increase in appetite, sleepiness, anxiety, paranoia, lack of attention and focus, impaired memory, and many other physical and mental effects can be experienced.