Cannabis is a popular plant belonging to the Cannabinaceae family. It has psychoactive properties in the sense that it can alter brain function, mood, behavior, and consciousness. For hundreds of years, people have used cannabis for various purposes, including medicinal, spiritual, and recreational. Recreational cannabis changes your state of consciousness and makes you feel happy and exhilarated.
People above the age of 19 can buy recreational cannabis from a physical or online dispensary. Medicinal uses of cannabis include pain relief for illnesses such as arthritis and cancer and relief from symptoms associated with chemotherapy. Cannabis can also offer relief to people living with epilepsy, glaucoma, and asthma.
Components of Cannabis
Cannabis contains over 500 compounds, which are collectively referred to as cannabinoids. The two main cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC has mood-altering effects, also known as psychoactive properties and is responsible for the ‘high’ that people feel when they consume cannabis. CBD, on the other hand, is non- psychoactive. It does not make you feel ‘high.’ It, however, helps with anxiety, nausea, and seizures. CBD can also help minimize inflammation. Cannabis products may contain THC or CBD. Others may contain a mixture of the two.
Categories of Cannabis
There are three main categories of cannabis, namely sativa, indica, and hybrid. While both sativa and indica have been cultivated since the 18th century, hybrid cannabis is a relatively new category.
Hybrid cannabis is achieved by hybridizing sativa and indica plants. Indica is said to originate from the Hindu Kush region in India, and has one of the most potent cannabis strains.
The cannabis indica plant is characterized by thick coats of resins covering the upper leaves to promote flowering and protect the flowering tops. There is a whole range of indica flavors to choose from including Granddaddy Purple, Northern Lights, and Purple Haze to mention a few. Indica makes you want to relax, catch a movie, and spend some quality time on the couch. Sativa is a little different from indica. While indica makes you want to sit around and relax, sativa energizes you. It also uplifts your spirit and helps bring out your creative side.
Sativa also has some medicinal value. It can help people cope with mood disorders and acts as an alternative treatment for ADHD. The cannabis sativa plant has small branches and can grow very tall. Like indica, sativa is also available in a variety of flavors including Lemon Haze, Jack Herer, and Sour Diesel.
Want to experience the best of sativa and indica? Try a crossbreed of the two worlds. Hybrid cannabis strains offer a combination of relaxing and energizing effects. Some popular hybrid cannabis to try out includes Jilly Bean, Banana Kush, Blue Dream, and Dutch Treat.
While both medicinal and recreational cannabis is illegal in most parts of the world, it is becoming increasingly legal in many countries. Countries like Australia, Croatia, Canada, the Netherlands, the United States, and many other countries have legalized cannabis for recreational and medicinal use. Many other countries are also in the process of legalizing cannabis use.