Cannabis is one of the most popular drugs in the world. In fact, most lists have it as the most popular recreational drug if caffeine is not included. This is backed-up by the United Nations since they recognize it as the most widely-used illegal substance in the world. This is mainly because of its relatively safe trip, being medicinal as well. Add that to the fact that growing cannabis is very easy and you have something that’s also readily-available.
It can refer to the flowering plant. It’s one of the most recognizable plants in the world, with its digitized leaves easily-recognizable. But as a drug, it refers to the final product of the plant itself after preparing it.
It contains a psychoactive chemical compound called THC and this is the compound that’s mainly responsible for the effects. However, it’s complemented with over 400 other chemical compounds that include 66 different cannabinoids.
Historians trace early usage of the drug to as early as the 3rd millennium BC when cannabis smoke was inhaled. Historians believe that they did it for ritual purposes since they found burnt seeds in braziers used for ritual burials. There’s also proof that it was used in ancient China, when they found the plant’s leaves and seeds with a mummified shaman that was estimated to be between 2,500 and 2,800 years old. They also believe that it was used in Nepal and India thousands of years back.
Most countries have set up laws against the drug. However, there are some areas wherein a license can give you the go-signal to handle the drug. In addition, most areas focus more on bringing down the drug traffickers, with small-time users escaping with nothing more than a fine. However, there are areas particularly in Asia wherein selling it can lead to a death sentence and possession can lead to jail time.
There have been legal establishments in the past wherein one can legally take cannabis. However, stricter laws have closed some of them down. For example, they have closed down the coffee shops serving the drug around the Netherlands borders.
Nowadays, a lot of groups have been set up to fight for the legalization of the drug. While some of them want to legalize it for medicinal purposes only, some of them are pushing for complete legalization with minor restrictions.
What Slang Names Is Cannabis Known As?
- Mary Jane
- Aunt Mary
It’s important to note that new slang names are used regularly especially with different strains being developed.
Here are some of the most popular strains:
- Big Bud
- Skunk #1
- Northern Lights
- New York City Diesel
This drug has a lot of users because it poses very little risk of death. THC, the chemical compound found in the drug, has low toxicity levels. In fact, the Department of Justice of the USA concluded that “In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity.” Judge Francis Young of the DEA Administrative Law also said that “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.” Source: http://www.druglibrary.org/olsen/MEDICAL/YOUNG/young4.html
However, it goes without saying that there are good and bad effects. They can be classified as either short-term or long-term. Here are the short-term effects:
- Reduced stress
- Improved reflection
- Food tastes better, music sounds better and comedy seems funnier
- Increased libido
- Sudden urge to think philosophically
- Cotton mouth (dry mouth)
Nothing has been really established when it comes to long-term effects. There have been countless of debates on how it affects the mental health. However, nothing conclusive has been established. In addition, there are some camps that are saying that it works as a “gateway drug”. The gateway effect is when it pushes the users to use more dangerous drugs like heroine.
On the other hand, there have been solid reports on users suffering from withdrawal symptoms after giving up the drug.
Who Grows Cannabis?
Cannabis cultivation is very easy so it’s hard to pinpoint a specific type of people that makes it. However, those that have basic farming and planting knowledge have the advantage because they can easily learn how to grow cannabis. This is the reason why a lot of farmers grow cannabis on their farms. Their crops also make good cover for their cannabis plants.
There are now more and more farms that are being set up. Before, they’re only planted in places like the Mexican mountains to escape detection. But now, they’re receiving a lot of heat so they’re forced to set up farms in the states. In Utah, public lands are being used to grow cannabis. That’s the same case for public lands in Colorado and Nevada.
On the other hand, there are huge farms that are out in the open. A good example is the 20 acre farm of Eddy Lepp in California which is home to $130 million worth of the drug. He argues that it’s perfectly legal in California since he’s using it for medicinal purposes. He also claimed that he lets everyone know about it including the District Attorney. However, his farm has been the subject of many raids through the years.
They can also be cultivated in hidden basements by ensuring proper light, warmth and soil. This is usually done by drug dealers who are making their own strains.
How is Cannabis Grown?
Cannabis itself is planted from seeds. There are several phases involved in growing cannabis:
However, that’s not the final product. For marijuana that you can smoke, you need to harvest the leaves. Afterwards, you need to dry and cure them.
What Does Cannabis Look Like?
The plant itself is recognizable by its green leaves that look like hands with fingers. On the other hand, the marijuana form looks like tobacco since the leaves, stems and seeds are dried and grounded.
What is a Standard Dose Of Cannabis?
The dosage can be determined by the number of “hits”. That’s the number of times that you puff or smoke the marijuana. One or two hits are considered as a single dose since you’ll immediately feel the effects after a few seconds or minutes. It’s advisable to wait for about 5 minutes to take another hit. This is why joints are often shared by passing it around after taking a hit.
How is Cannabis Taken?
In it’s marijuana form, cannabis is taken orally by smoking. The dried-up cannabis are rolled in paper, lit up, and smoked like cigarretes. It can also be added to food with cookies and brownies being the most popular.
Where is Cannabis Taken?
It’s usually taken in the comfort of homes. It’s also taken in cannabis coffee shops and bars that serve cannabis brownies. It’s also very common in parties attended by college students.