CANNABIS AND ITS MANY FACES
Cannabis is consumed by people in a few popular ways, smoking, vaporizing, brewing or ingesting it, and there are many more. These are done using a combination of the dried buds found on the plant when harvested. A recent poll found that 1 out or 8 people smoked Cannabis regularly, and 43% of American adults admitted to trying it. These numbers have steadily increased throughout the last 50 years and continues to gain popularity with legalization happening. The most common method remains smoking the plant in some sort of pipe-like device.
The chemical that provides for the infamous intoxicating sensation is called THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. To cause these desired affects the chemical reacts with many different neurotransmitters in the brain. Then it starts to cause a high feeling that we know and most enjoy. The average amount of THC in Cannabis has increased from around 1% almost 40 years ago, and around 20% in the last 5-10 years. There is Cannabis reported at around 30%.
Cannabis reacts with multiple pleasure-chemical centers in the brain. Thesecan be targeted bydrugs such as heroin, cocaine, and alcohol. Cannabis can cause a euphoric feeling, or commonly refered to as “high.” The degree of this effect is dependent on the quality of Cannabis andthe method used for consumption. When smoking as opposed to other methods, the high is stimulated in the brain almost instantly because our brain is naturally wired to receive and break down THC. Many report a feeling of overwhelming calmness and strengthened sensory perception after smoking the herb. Then the high feeling is followed by an increase in appetite, or what is referred to commonly as the “munchies”
Cannabis has many amazing benefits and little to argue against it. With the country and world legalizing this miracle plant and becoming more and more comfortable with recognizing its health benefits, the world of cannabis will only be able to expand and get a better.