Cannabis, Marijuana, CBD, etc.
What is cannabis? No, really?
It is a plant, often called marijuana. The plant grows as a weed (a common slang term) in many areas that have decent agricultural weather. There are varying strains, strengths, and uses for the plant.
What does cannabis do?
It all depends on what kind you are using and how you are using it. There are 2 main strains: Indica and Sativa. Indica is the strain most often used for medical purposes while Sativa is used more commonly for recreational purposes. You can read about the two on the Indica Page and the Sativa Page when they are put up.
How do people use cannabis?
There are several different ways, depending on what is being used and what it is being used for. People smoke it in bud or flower form, use drops of CBD oil, or use edibles (food or candy infused with cannabis oil).
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Can cannabis treat medical conditions?
Yes and no. Cannabis has many benefits on the human body, but every body is different and on different medications, have different mentalities, different sensitivities, and different situations. What can cannabis help with?
- seizures and convulsions
- mild pain
These benefits then have a domino effect with certain conditions. The different inhibitors prevent spacity and convulsions of muscle and other internal tissues making the plant beneficial to people with issues such as Tourette’s, epilepsy, asthma, and other health problems that stem from those conditions. The lowering of inflammation helps with gastrointestinal issues, headaches, arthritis, and conditions in which inflammation causes pain or immobility. The help with nausea and vomiting benefits people with immunological issues, gastrointestinal issues, morning sickness, motion sickness, side effects of antibiotics and medical treatments, cancer, HIV, and other issues that cause problems with nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. Lowering stress and depression is helpful not only for the psychological conditions, but for chronic pain conditions in which stress can often cause physical reactions that amplify the pain.
Now, this is a very simplistic and general breakdown of what it actually does. The CBD receptors can do a lot more and can help with many more conditions and symptoms, but this is the general basics. I didn’t go deep into the science of it, at least not yet, but I am working on a full book on The Fine Print of Cannabis and hope to have simplistic and in-depth details about the plant, the benefits, the conditions it helps, how it helps, and the cons of using the plant.
Can cannabis cure diseases?
This one is still being worked on. As of yet, no. Cannabis can be used to neutralize many, and sometimes all, symptoms of a disease or condition, but it has yet to actually completely cure any disease or medical condition. Once the patient is no longer using cannabis, as with any medicine you stop taking, the symptoms will return.
Does cannabis help with all anxiety and depression?
No. This is one of the areas in which cannabis can have a two-sided effect. Anxiety can come in several forms, as can depression. Both can be a mental problem stemming from trauma in one’s past, a physical problem with an imbalance of certain chemicals or damage to certain areas of the brain, or both.
Because of the duality of the conditions, anxiety and depression can be alleviated with the use of cannabis, or they can actually be worsened. If you have ever been prescribed medication for anxiety or depression, you know that one of the side effects to watch out for is the heightened feelings of depression or anxiety, nervousness, paranoia, and suicidal and/or homicidal thoughts. Depending on a person’s chemical balance and mental reactions, cannabis can have the same rare, but plausible, side effects.
Is cannabis addicting?
The plant is not an addictive substance, the effects of the plant are. I have seen this as being most common with people who suffer from ADHD, ADD, severe anxiety or depression, anger issues, and/or other addictive personality traits.
Once someone uses the plant on a regular basis to keep certain symptoms, habits, and issues under control, they begin to rely on the plant to continue doing so. This allows less effort and difficulty in controlling or dealing with the problems on their own. This does not mean the person is lazy or weak, just that the ease at which cannabis can help remove certain issues becomes so advantageous, that when that relief is not there, the person is no longer sure or capable of handling the issues without the assistance. There is also the fact that most issues can not be completely alleviated without the use of an outside substance.
For instance, if you use cannabis to help with an anxiety disorder, you will find yourself experiencing less and less panic or anxiety attacks, insomnia from the disorder, nausea and loss of appetite from the disorder, and an overall feeling of calm and control. Without the use of cannabis, you might get some of the mental aspects of the disorder under control, but any physical issues may remain or at least be more present than they were with the use of cannabis. You might have less attacks over time or find an easier way to go to sleep, but it will be more difficult as it is much easier to relapse into the “bad thoughts” or, if it’s chemical, you have a harder time reacting to an imbalance that you know exists, but you have very little control over.
Is cannabis dangerous?
No, unless you are allergic to it. Cannabis does have downsides, and the more it is used, especially improperly, the more likely those downsides can become a problem. The amount of cannabis required to actually “overdose” is such a large quantity that you would have an easier time, and would be much more likely, to overdose on water.
Cannabis can cause issues with memory if used prolifically over a long period of time. Smoking cannabis is not as dangerous as smoking cigarettes, due to the amount of chemicals and components in cigarettes, but you are inhaling the carbon emissions that come from a biological material being burned. This means that smoking cannabis (again, usually with prolific and long-term smoking) can have detrimental effects on the respiratory system. Issues with fertility, hair loss in men, and other conditions have not been confirmed by the medical institutes, and so those are not something I would feel comfortable stating as side effects.
Those that suffer from the counter-effects of anxiety and depression while using cannabis, could experience a panic or anxiety attack. If you are using cannabis for anxiety or depression, or really for any reason, you should start with the smallest dose or strength available, as with any medicine, to see how you will react.
PLEASE, before you try something you are not sure about, do your research, and if possible, talk with your doctor. Cannabis can react with some medications and herbal supplements, just as any other medication, and should be discussed with your physician.
Let me know if you have any comments or questions and I hope to add to this in the future. Thanks!