cannabis

Cannabis

Overview

Cannabis, also known as marijuana or weed, is a plant that has been used for various purposes for thousands of years. It contains over 100 different chemical compounds known as cannabinoids, with the most well-known being delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabis is consumed for recreational, medicinal, and industrial purposes, and its legal status varies worldwide.

Experience

Cannabis consumption can lead to a range of experiences. These experiences can vary greatly depending on factors such as the strain, method of consumption, and individual tolerance. People often report feeling relaxed, euphoric, creative, and occasionally paranoid or anxious when using it. The experience can be social, introspective, or simply enjoyable, depending on the individual and their surroundings.

Effects

The effects of the plant include altered perception, changes in mood, relaxation, increased sensory perception, and potential impairment of motor skills. THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects, while CBD is non-intoxicating and may have calming properties. Short-term effects can include dry mouth, red eyes, increased heart rate, and impaired short-term memory.

How to

  • Smoking: This is one of the most traditional methods. Cannabis flowers can be rolled into a joint or packed into a pipe and then smoked. The effects are usually felt quickly but may not last as long.
  • Vaping: Vaporizing cannabis involves heating the flower or concentrates to a temperature that releases the active compounds without combustion. Vaping is considered a less harmful alternative to smoking and provides quicker effects.
  • Edibles: Cannabis-infused edibles include products like cookies, brownies, gummies, and beverages. The cannabinoids are absorbed through the digestive system, so the onset of effects can be slower (usually 30 minutes to 2 hours) but can last longer.
  • Topicals: Cannabis-infused creams, balms, and oils can be applied directly to the skin. They are often used for localized pain relief or skin conditions and do not produce psychoactive effects.
  • Tinctures: These are liquid extracts of cannabis, often placed under the tongue using a dropper. Tinctures can provide faster onset compared to edibles because they are absorbed through the mucous membranes.
  • Capsules: Cannabis capsules contain measured doses of cannabinoids and are swallowed like regular pills. They offer a consistent and discreet way to consume cannabis.
  • Dabbing: Dabbing involves inhaling the vape produced by heating cannabis concentrates, such as wax or shatter, on a hot surface. It results in rapid and potent effects.
  • Sublingual Strips: Similar to tinctures, sublingual strips are placed under the tongue, where they dissolve and are absorbed into the bloodstream.
  • Suppositories: Cannabis suppositories are inserted rectally or vaginally and are absorbed through the mucous membranes in those areas. They are often used for medicinal purposes.
  • Beverages: Cannabis-infused beverages are available in various forms, including teas, sodas, and energy drinks. They provide an alternative to traditional edibles.

Can you mix it with other substances? Click here for a detailed chart of safe drug combinations.

Benefits & Risks

BenefitsPain relief.
Reducing nausea.
Alleviating symptoms of certain medical conditions (e.g., epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and chemotherapy-induced nausea).
Promoting relaxation.
CBD, in particular, is being researched for its potential in treating anxiety, depression, and other conditions.
RisksAddiction.
Impaired cognitive function (especially in adolescents).
Increased risk of mental health disorders (particularly in those with a predisposition).
Impaired lung function (when smoked).
Potential for impaired judgment and coordination, which can lead to accidents.

Therapeutic Use

Cannabis has been used medicinally for centuries and is now legally prescribed in some places for various medical conditions. Medical cannabis can be used to manage chronic pain, reduce muscle spasms, improve appetite, and alleviate symptoms of certain neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Personal Growth

Some individuals use cannabis for personal growth, citing increased creativity, self-reflection, and altered perspectives as valuable experiences. However, it’s essential to use it responsibly and in moderation, as excessive use can have negative effects.

Legality

The legality of cannabis varies widely around the world. Some countries and states have legalized it for both medical and recreational use, while others maintain strict prohibitions. The legal status often changes, so it’s essential to be aware of local laws and regulations.

History & Stats

Cannabis has a long history of use, dating back thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal, industrial, and recreational purposes. In recent years, there has been a global shift towards the legalization and decriminalization of the plant. Statistics related to cannabis use, sales, and legalization efforts can vary by region.

Myths

Several myths and misconceptions surround cannabis, including:

  • claims that it is a gateway drug to harder substances
  • that it is entirely harmless, or that it can cure any ailment

It’s important to approach Cannabis with caution and understand its effects and risks. Have you had an experience with Cannabis and need support to integrate it? Or do you plan on having one and want the best setting possible? Book a session with one of our coaches.