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Marijuana. Hemp. Pot. Grass. Hashish. These are just some of many names that cannabis is referred to as, where 'hashish' is termed so, because of the use of the marijuana plant's resin called 'kief', which is taken from fallen trichomes and such, from the flowers and leaves of the plant. Oils and other forms of the drug are prepared using different parts of the cannabis plant, where even edible preparations are readily available (like hash brownies). The driving component present in the marijuana plant is a compound called THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is just one such ingredient in a gathering of 483 known elements present in the plant. It also includes 84 other cannabinoids that constitute the plant's makeup.

Types of Weed and Their Effects

There are two things that one has to bear in mind, when it comes to the effects of smoking marijuana. One, depending on the strain of marijuana, the effects will either be potent or weak. That is, the type of marijuana plays a major factor when it comes to how strong it is for the one smoking it. Two, how the marijuana is grown and where it is cultivated, will also determine its strength in flavor, potency, and price. The powerful sort of marijuana, especially the sort that is a hybrid between two different kinds of the plant (indica and sativa), will vary in price.

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Female Cannabis Flower
Cannabis Plant
Netherlands Cafe
Bubble Hash
Moroccan Hash

Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa are two kinds of marijuana plants that are often bred as one, to result in a unique blend of each one's properties. The former kind of cannabis is known for its mental high, where the latter is known for its calming effects. Those who grow marijuana plants, will know how to coalesce each one's properties with the other, in order to achieve a blend that makes the smoking experience a complete one. It is said that consuming marijuana has a long-lasting effect (4-10 hours) on the system, where smoking marijuana has a lesser time frame (2-3 hours). How one reacts to the use of marijuana depends on their health, stamina, and initial state of mind.

Effects of Weed on the Body
Basic Reactions:
  • Increased heart rate
  • Dryness in the mouth
  • Blood pressure hike
  • Increased appetite
  • Rapid breathing
  • Reddened eyes
  • Slow reflexes
Good Reactions:
  • Heightened sense of smell, touch, and hearing
  • Relaxed state of being
  • Feeling lightweight
  • Increased libido
  • Appreciation for music
  • Increased empathy
  • Physical pain relief
  • Reduced anxiety
Bad Reactions:
  • Potential gateway drug
  • Bad withdrawal symptoms from heavy users
  • Stroke/infarction in heart patients
  • Exposure to contaminants in marijuana
Commercial Types of Weed

There are all kinds of ways that marijuana can be grown, using a variety of strains that are available to those who cultivate them. These are some of the most popular kinds of marijuana found among regular buyers and users.

Rating System: Potency and popularity of weed, symbolized by , with 4 or more being the highest.

White Rhino
Venus
Jack Herrer
Afghan
Master Kush x Northern Lights
K2
Bubblegum
White Widow
Ice
Northern Lights
Buddha
Shiva
Northern Lights x Shiva
Durban Poison
Early Swazi Skunk
Hindu Kush
Big Bud
Citral
Turtle Power
Hawaii Skunk
Medicinal Uses of Weed

Medicinal Cannabis
On a medicinal platform, marijuana is said to be of possible help in treating conditions like asthma, Parkinson's disease, alcohol abuse, anorexia nervosa, depression, arthritis, gliomas, epilepsy, sleep apnea, and glaucoma, to name a few.

Even major health conditions like breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, and brain cancer can be helped by the introduction of cannabis to a patient. Once a person withdraws from using marijuana, the symptoms he/she experiences isn't as violent as those experienced from the withdrawal of hardcore drugs.

Restlessness, anxiety, stomach pain, loss of appetite, aggression, and sleeping problems, were some of the recorded reactions in studies, consisting of patients that ceased smoking marijuana.

Health Risks of Smoking Weed

There has been no conclusive evidence about marijuana being the cause of lung cancer, or even death, for that matter. While a lot of studies have come up with their versions of what is conclusive, others have debunked claims of it being a carcinogen, since smokers would have to inhale a ridiculous amount of joints within a day, everyday, to suffer from any sort of fatal consequence. Which is impossible for a human to do, within the span of 24 hours, especially since he/she will be subjected to the drug's effect and won't be able to continue once its overwhelming hold takes over. Tobacco smoke on the other hand, is far more dangerous than marijuana and has been tagged as a proven carcinogen, where marijuana is a safe bet when it comes to smokers who do not indulge in cigarettes.

Legalizing Weed

When it comes to the legality of marijuana, countries function differently when it comes to its possession and use. It is legal in countries like North Korea and the Netherlands. Countries like Israel, Canada, and the Czech Republic, use marijuana for medicinal purposes, where states like Washington and Colorado are bound by federal law in spite of wanting to legalize marijuana as a medicinal drug, making legalization an uncertain move.

But as of 6th November 2012, these two states were the first to allow the possession and sale of the drug through the Washington Initiative 502, for recreational use where only an ounce of the drug is allowed per adult, aged 21 and above. People are even permitted to grow a maximum of 6 plants in their household, accordingly to Amendment 64, which was also passed by the states of Washington and Colorado. Even Alaska has made possession and use of marijuana legal, as long as adults own a very small amount of the drug, made official by the Alaska Supreme Court.

In conclusion, marijuana is a safe drug to consume or inhale for most recreational-seeking individuals, or those that really need the drug's healing effects when it comes to certain illnesses. Not overdoing the act is what is important, where experimenting with other ways to achieve a high is critically imperative not to try, especially with drugs that aren't as safe as this one.