WHAT IS CANNABIS? (POT, MARIJUANA, WEED)

CANNABIS – History and Background 

It’s familiar to all of us, most of us have tried it, and now that it’s legal, we’re all going to have to accept it as part of the Canadian culture: cannabis. Cannabis has a storied past that is riddled with intrigue and incident. Cannabis is also called marijuana, weed, pot, or dope, among many other names. Can you tell me what cannabis is?

What is Cannabis?
What is Cannabis?

Other than those inclined to participate [and Cannabis is beneficial medically]; As a hobby, it can be enjoyable to pursue. CBD topicals and oils are also common methods of absorbing cannabis’ effects. A huge demographic is sure to benefit from the legalization of cannabis edibles in the near future.

From the early 1900s, cannabis was considered a controlled substance, illegal and associated with drug trafficking. For decades, speculation has surrounded it, but with recent developments there’s been some breakthroughs The legalization of marijuana being the first act of a G7 country For many Canadians, cannabis has become a part of daily life. “Reefer Madnes”. Reefer Madness” propaganda and negative stereotypes about cannabis around the globe. With the scientific community exploring the plant’s medical benefits, more and more people are becoming aware of its-changing natural remedy.  

It is a culture filled with passionate, experienced, and innovative people that surrounds the cannabis industry like a smoke ring exhaled by a particularly impressive joint hit.  Canada has had a profound impact on people’s lives through cannabis, which makes sense that we are leaders in this craft.

WHAT IS CANNABIS?

Cannabis in Canada - What is it?
Cannabis in Canada – What is it?

We will explain cannabis – It refers to the plant species that belongs to the Cannabaceae family, which includes cannabis, hemp, hops, etc.  Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis are the three major subspecies of the cannabis family. Each type of cannabis species grows in a specific climate, although they are found throughout the world.  Currently, most cannabis plants are cultivated indoors due to its tough nature and the need for extreme control throughout its life cycle. This can also cause cannabis prices in different areas to vary based on access, supply and demand.

There are a lot of components in marijuana, making it a very complex plant.  Understanding its inner workings can take years, so we’ll just mention the “need to know” parts and leave you to refer to the detailed anatomy of a cannabis plant here.

HOW DOES CANNABIS WORK?

How weed ‘Works’ is a complex answer. Phytocannabinoids (or cannabinoids) occur naturally in Cannabis plants. Several hundred of these substances have been identified, but many more are thought to be stored within the trichomes of the plant. Trichomes are the small, mushroom-like protrusions that grow from the cannabis plant’s flowers and leaves.  It’s the tiny receptacles that cover the flowers of the cannabis plant that make the plant look like it’s been covered in sugar.There is an endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the human body and brain that interacts with cannabis.

The two most powerful chemical compounds found in Cannabis are THC and CBD. Those who have used marijuana know that THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) provides an intoxicating effect. Conversely, CBD is a non-psychoactive drug with healing health benefits associated with it.  For fun or relaxation, THC is your best friend; for a more relaxed, purposeful experience, CBD is the better choice.

Whether it’s for medical use, industrial use or commercial purposes, cannabis has many potential uses.  Several Cannabaceae relatives, such as hemp and hops, are popular cousins of marijuana, as previously mentioned.

CANNABIS PLANT TYPES

Cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and cannabis ruderalis can all be classified as types of cannabis. Humans use and react differently to each subspecies.

CANNABIS INDICA

CANNABIS INDICA

The leaves of the Cannabis Indica plant are thick and broad. Cannabis Indica plants are smaller and bushier compared to Cannabis Sativa. It is an ideal Cannabis for indoor cultivation because of its high resin production and short flowering time. This drug’s effects can help those who want to relax, improve their quality of sleep, reduce anxiety, relax muscle tension, increase appetite, and increase dopamine (a neurotransmitter that affects reward centers in the brain). The relaxing effects of cannabis Indica make it popular as a nighttime drug. Indications are known for their full-body effects which is another reason some people prefer to take them at night or for pain relief.

CANNABIS SATIVA

CANNABIS SATIVA

It is possible for Cannabis Sativa to become a very large plant. Its long, narrow, and dainty leaves are great for growing outside, considering their height potential. Cannabis sativa is known as day time marijuana due to its association with social aspects, creativity, and energy. Contrary to the commonly associated Indica strain which is usually a more mellow, movie portrayed weed, Cannabis Sativa is used by some for anxiety, depression, chronic pain, increasing serotonin (that is associated with mood, learning, appetite, sleep and more).

CANNABIS RUDERALIS

CANNABIS RUDERALIS [HYBRID]

Plants such as Cannabis Ruderalis are the most challenging to grow. Indica evolved from the Indica plant when it escaped the indoor environment and adapted to outside conditions, creating a whole new subspecies of Cannabis. This has led botanists to debate whether Cannabis Ruderalis is actually a separate species or a part of Cannabis. Incredibly, Cannabis Ruderalis flowers extremely early and quickly.

As the Cannabis Ruderalis grows further north, it does not have to worry about changing seasons as it grows further north. Therefore, the plants have to mature rapidly before the cold weather sets in. It is likely that you haven’t heard of this strain since it is well known for being highly psychoactive. Hybrid cannabis plants are bred with it mostly by those who cultivate cannabis plants.

HEMP

For hundreds of reasons, hemp plants can be incorporated into thousands of products. Hemp has become a popular source of CBD (health supplement or remedy that does not cause psychoactive feelings now that it has been legalized in the U.S.).  A plant cultivated for its seeds, flowers, stocks, extracts, and fiber, hemp is a highly versatile crop that will continue to grow (seriously, we don’t mean to keep sarcasm coming). 

Besides textiles and construction materials, hemp’s stalk can be used in the manufacture of paper, biofuel, and plastic composites. Fiberboard, insulation, chemical absorbents, and concrete have been created from the head of hemp stalks. The fiber from hemp stalks can be used for cordage/rope, netting, canvas, carpet, and biocomposites, while the outer stalks can be used to make biofuel/ethanol, paper products, cardboard, and filters.

HEMP
HEMP

Various food and beauty products are made from hemp seeds; hemp oil is also used for commercial purposes. From bread to granola, cereal, oils and protein powder, hemp seed foods can be found. Other uses of hemp seed include fuel, lubricants, ink, varnish, paint, dressings, margarine, body products, cosmetics, animal food, and flour.

In addition, hemp differs in many ways from marijuana in order to clear up the confusion. These differences: hemp vs marijuana are described as best as we can.

HOW TO USE CANNABIS

You can take cannabis in many ways other than smoking; there are many ways you can consume it. Cannabis comes in many forms: buds to smoke, shatter for vaping, infused topicals, and edibles to satisfy your munchies & get your fix.

You name the situation, someone probably lights up a joint to improve the fun of a particularly boring party. Cannabis is often consumed for leisurely reasons as well – to get high, relax, chill, or improve the fun of a particularly boring party.  Most people use cannabis for recreational purposes. 

JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN INHALE CANNABIS, DOESNT MEAN YOU HAVE TO
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JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN INHALE CANNABIS, DOESNT MEAN YOU HAVE TO

Vaping and smoking have obvious health risks, but many stoners only consume cannabis at social events and the like, so their frequency is lower than medical users who consume cannabis multiple times daily.

If you’re reading this right now, chances are you’re basking in the scintillating scented smoke of your favorite strain, whether that’s through weed pipes, bongs, joints, hookahs, or dabbing.  You will probably use this popular, convenient method of marijuana consumption if you want to be a true connoisseur.

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AS A MEDICINE, INGESTING CANNABIS IS EFFICIENT

While smoking is also very popular among medical users, the risks associated with inhaling smoke or vapors lead many of them to choose other methods of delivery.  Many cannabis users are turning to CBD oils, CBD topicals, and edibles to get their daily dose of CBD

Cannabis oil tinctures are popular because they are easily individualized, and can be taken in a variety of ways: under the tongue, topically, or by including them in food or drinks. Other popular options include topicals & THC tinctures which are rubbed onto the skin based on their ability to relieve pain or inflammation, as well as when you have a skin problem and need pain relief right away.

One of the tastiest ways to get the benefits of cannabis is through edibles. Gummies, baked goods, smoothies, beverages and a wide variety of recipes involving cannabis are all the rage these days.  There are different tolerance levels for cannabis in everyone’s stomach – start out with one or two, then work your way up! Then it is sunshine and rainbows once you find the right dose.

  It doesn’t matter which type of cannabis you prefer, or how you choose to consume it, the important thing is that you do. Marijuana edibles are available in a wide variety, with new and exciting products coming out each day.  In this golden age of weed, and since it’s legal now, what’s holding you back from trying everything you possibly can? There is only one thing you need to decide: HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT?

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