Cannabis in the modern world is shrouded in mystery. It has been condemned to be a bad thing. Just because it causes a high, cannabis has been meted out with step-motherly affection. Read on three simple yet powerful things about Cannabis. These 3 must-know things about cannabis, which you will see cover a lot of our day-to-day life go on to say that cannabis is our natural ally. We must embrace the goodness of cannabis and treat it with respect. Even history says that Cannabis has always been on our side, since ancient times.

Cannabis is a plant of many uses to mankind

Cannabis is a plant. In fact, Cannabis is a group of three types of plants – Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis. The cannabis plant grows naturally in warm and humid climes of Central and Southern Asia. However, due to advancements in technology, the cannabis plant is increasingly being grown indoors too. This is due to the high commercial value of the plant.

The cannabis plant like any other plant has many parts. Different parts of the Cannabis plants are flower, cola, bracts, trichomes, nodes, fan leaves, sugar leaves, stems, pistils, and stigmas.

All these parts of the Cannabis plant have commercial value as they are used for making ropes, biofuels, and paper. But the most well-known product is extracted from the Cannabis plant is marijuana. Today marijuana is extracted in many forms and acts as the base of many cannabis-based products.,

Cannabis is being used by man for the last 2000 years, so it is not surprising that there are many other names by which cannabis knew – grass, pot, hash, weed, reefer, dope, herb, mull, buddha, ganja, joint, stick, buckets, cones, skunk, hydro.

People consume cannabis because it helps them in many ways

The history of cannabis points to the cultivation and usage of cannabis to a time as far back as 500 BC. However, in ancient times it was grown and used for medicinal purposes and not for getting high. The cannabis plant contains many chemicals. These naturally occurring chemicals are very much like chemicals produced naturally by the human body. They are known as cannabinoids. As these chemicals are similar to chemicals produced in the human body, they affect many physiological and psychological aspects of human bodily functions.

Cannabis reduces pain, anxiety and affects appetite in a positive way. Medical cannabis is a reason people are turning to cannabis

They affect pain, anxiety, sleep, appetite and cause a cerebral high. Cannabis has a raging reputation as a psychoactive drug. This is due to Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the psychoactive cannabinoid present in Cannabis. It is this chemical responsible for giving you a high. Along with THC, there is another cannabinoid; cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is known to provide relief to managing the symptoms of many common health ailments, including anxiety, depression, acne, and heart disease. Hence, CBD is a crucial part of medical marijuana.

However, the effects produced by cannabis vary from person to person.

It is to experience these effects for the medicinal and recreational purposes people use cannabis. But in the absence of proper medicinal and clinical evidence, doctors do not prescribe cannabis as a medicine. Though people are using cannabis for medical purposes and of course for recreational purposes. Cannabis recreational products available are Cannabis Cakes, Cannabis Gummies, Cannabis Shatter, Cannabis Resin,  or standard cannabis strains such as Garndaaddy Purple, Sour Diesel, Pineapple Express, etc.

Besides the medicinal and recreational reasons, there is another trigger that pushes people to cannabis consumption it is peer pressure. This trigger works in a pronounced manner among young adults.

Under Peer pressure, young adult experiment with Cannabis

Peer pressure is an obvious reason that young adults begin smoking cannabis. As a person adjusts to high school, college, or a new job or vocation, he or she is forming new friendships and sorting out personal identity and ways of socializing.

COVID fear and stress also triggered Cannabis consumption

Also, during the difficult time of the COVID pandemic, Cannabis particularly has been influential in providing relief from stress, fear, and uncertainty. Similarly, people who want to deal with anxiety and fear due to other reasons also take up cannabis as a route of escape

Cannabis is natural, and it affects our physiology and psychology naturally

Cannabis like any drug affects our boy and mind. However, the nature and degree of the effects of Cannabis like that of any drug vary from person to person. The effect on a person is controlled by many factors such as height, weight, and body composition, also if the person is regularly consuming cannabis and other drugs. The effect of cannabis also depends on the dose taken.

Cannabis affects our body and mind through cannabinoid – the chemicals it produces naturally. These chemicals are similar to chemicals produced by the human body too. Chemicals produced by the human body are similar in structure to cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant.

So, when we consume cannabis, cannabinoids interact with human body function through the Endocannabinoid system. The Endocannabinoid system has two kinds of receptors for cannabinoids. This endocannabinoid system is responsible for many of our physiologic and psychologic functions such as sleep, appetite, pain, sex, anxiety, paranoia, etc.

Below are many of the effects felt upon consumption of cannabinoid products

Relaxation

Sleepiness

Lower Blood Pressure

Quiet and reflective mood

Loss of inhibition

Reduced sensation to pain

Spontaneous laughter

Affected perception including sound, color, and other sensations

Confusion

Altered thinking and memory

Anxiety

Paranoia

Altered vision

reddened/bloodshot eyes

reduced coordination and balance

Cannabis fits well into the biochemistry of human physiology and psychology too, so, if used judiciously, it can be beneficial. The world, especially the medical is slowly but surely is waking up to the goodness of the cannabis plant. If it is respected, it can cause more goodness than the harm perceived otherwise.

Of course, too much of everything is bad, one must be always cautious about the doses, even though no one has died of an overdose of cannabis. Neither it is known to addictive.