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How Dose Cannabis Work?

Marijuana works by

affecting the brain it’s a drug like

many others with different effects on

different people the active ingredient

is called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC

THC bonds to protein specific receptors

in the brain to produce a number of

results it can have a mild sedative

effect and it can also lower your

inhibitions marijuana can increase your

pulse lower your blood pressure and

increase your appetite it can also

interfere with short-term memory lower

your reaction time and make you unsteady

on your feet but so can lots of other

things that we like to eat drink or

smoke the real question is whether it’s

dangerous enough to be made illegal and

that’s where the screaming usually

starts there’s no evidence that

marijuana causes a physical dependency

like heroin does some argue though that

it can become psychologically addictive

some will argue that the smoke is

carcinogenic and causes lung cancer or

respiratory disease others argue that

regular use can affect the immune system

still more argue that increases the

chance of developing a psychotic illness

but as I have to point out lots of things in

life have both a benefit and a harm no

one should be under the illusion that

marijuana has no harms the question that

we should care about is how much harm is

there a marijuana and does that harm

outweigh the benefits so much that it

should be made illegal and now the

benefits there’s a growing body of

evidence that marijuana has use in many

medical conditions to improve quality of

life and you need only talk to one of

the gazillion marijuana users out there

to hear about its other benefits as well

moreover there are lots of things in the

world that can absolutely harm us that

are totally legal the two most obvious

choices are tobacco and

alcohol both of these substances are

regulated but legal in most of the world

they can provide us with a useful

benchmark against which we can compare

marijuana don’t blame the messenger I’m

just telling you what the science says

to the research two years ago a study

was published in the Journal of the

American Medical Association

investigating the effects of marijuana

and tobacco and pulmonary function

researchers followed a cohort of more

than 5,000 men and women over 20 years

they wanted to see how smoking tobacco

and marijuana affected lung health what

did they find

not surprisingly tobacco use had

significant negative effects on lung

function marijuana used though had none

no lung effects at all

they couldn’t even show that very high

use of marijuana was bad for lung

function although the study wasn’t

powered for that specific analysis their

conclusions and I quote from the Journal

of the American Medical Association

marijuana may have beneficial effects on

pain control appetite mood and

management of other chronic symptoms our

findings suggest that occasional use of

marijuana for these or other purposes

may not be associated with adverse

consequences on pulmonary function

tobacco totally does have adverse

consequences on pulmonary function

almost in the same week the CDC

published a report on binge drinking in

adults in the United States the results

were sort of shocking more than one in

six adults in the United States is a

binge drinker of alcohol those the do

binge drink do so on average more than

four times a month and when they do they

have about eight drinks on average more

than 28% of binge drinkers were young

adults 18 to 24 years old who had more

than nine drinks on average when binging

but elderly binge drinkers or those

older than 65 drank the most often about

five and a half times per month

excessive alcohol use accounted for an

estimated eighty thousand deaths in

every year of the study the estimated

economic cost of this damage was more

than two hundred and twenty three

billion dollars in 2006 along another

study was published in 1990 that

described a cohort of more than 45,000

Swedes that were followed for 15 years

there was no increase in mortality in

those who used marijuana after

controlling for other factors another

study was published in 1997

American Journal of Public Health that

followed more than 65,000 people in the

United States aged 15 to 49 years old

they found that marijuana use had no

effect at all and mortality and women

and no effect on non AIDS mortality in

men either so let’s review

tobacco adversely impacts lung function

and perfectly legal binge drinking of

alcohol common dangerous costly to

society also totally legal marijuana no

impact on lung function no impact on

mortality almost always illegal I’m not

arguing that marijuana should be sold in

the aisles of drug stores or

supermarkets but here and in many other

parts of the world you need a good

reason to make something illegal there

are lots of things that are dangerous

but regulated we don’t let kids buy

tobacco or alcohol totally makes sense

the same should apply to marijuana we

don’t let people drive under the

influence of alcohol totally make sense

the same should apply to marijuana which

has been shown to impaired drivers

significantly as well there was even a

meta-analysis published in the BMJ in

2011 confirming that and I believe the

results but it’s hard to continue to

make the argument that the freedom we

enjoy should cover tobacco and alcohol

get not extend in marijuana there’s

plenty of evidence that the former are

unhealthy and are consumed in our own

risk the evidence against marijuana is

thin

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12 Interesting Facts About Cannabis

Marijuana, also known as weed or pot, refers
to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds

from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa, which
contains the psychoactive and mind-altering

chemical, delta-9-tetra-hydro-cannabinol,
or THC, as well as other related compounds.

Let’s take a fun look at some interesting
facts about the world’s most beloved plant.

Researchers find that 42% of people surveyed

in the U.S. have tried marijuana at least
once. In contrast, only 20% of people surveyed

in the Netherlands, where weed has been legal
for 38 years, reported having tried pot; in

Asian countries, such as Japan and China,
marijuana use is virtually “non-existent,”

the study finds.

Out of the estimated 22 million pounds of
marijuana grown each year in the United States,

nearly 80% comes from California, Tennessee,
Kentucky, Hawaii and Washington.

An estimated one-third of America’s weed
is grown indoors. An indoor grow module accommodating

4 plants sucks as much electricity as 29 refrigerators.
In California, indoor marijuana grow modules

account for about 9 percent of household electricity
use.

In Colorado, where the recreational use of

marijuana was recently legalized, only 9%
of residents are regular pot smokers. Denver

has surpassed Amsterdam as the capital of
the marijuana world. The city has more than

300 stores, called dispensaries, outnumbering
pharmacies, liquor stores, public schools

and even Starbucks. In Colorado, recreational
pot has a hard time competing with medical

marijuana, which has been legal since 2000
and whose tax rate is 78% lower.  Estimated

pot sales are 55 tons of medical pot and 18.4
tons of recreational pot. The use among teens

has not increased with the legalization of
recreational weed.

Legalizing marijuana federally would generate
$8.7 billion in federal and state tax revenue

per year.

California was the first U.S. State that banned
marijuana a century ago.

In the U.S., a sentence of life in prison
without parole was given for trying to sell

$10 of marijuana to an undercover officer.
Over 800,000 people are arrested for marijuana

in the US each year.

Support for marijuana legalization is rapidly
outpacing opposition. A slim majority (52%)

of Americans say the drug should be made legal,
compared with 45% who want it to be illegal.

Opinions have changed drastically since 1969,
when Gallup first asked the question and found

that just 12% favored legalizing marijuana
use.

Smoking up could be a very different experience
for men and women, according to a 2014 study

in the journal, Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
In research on rats, it was discovered that

females were more sensitive to cannabis’ painkilling
qualities, but they were also more likely

to develop a tolerance for the drug, which
could contribute to negative side effects

and dependence on marijuana.

Study after study finds that marijuana is
less harmful than alcohol and tobacco. The

beer and alcohol industries are two of the
biggest anti-marijuana advocates. Obviously,

marijuana is a serious threat to alcohol sales.
Due to its safer nature, marijuana is often

suggested as an alternative to alcohol.

However, heavy use can be harmful. Since pot
smoke is chemically very similar to tobacco

smoke, heavy pot smokers are at risk for some
of the same health effects as cigarette smokers,

like bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses.
Though, the risks are from smoking, which

isn’t the only way to use marijuana. Another
hazard: car accidents caused by driving while

high, though the risk is lower than from drunk
driving.

A smoker would theoretically have to consume

nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about
fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response.

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What is in my Cannabis? THC vs CBD!

everyone is talking about CBD and THC

which are two important chemicals found

in marijuana with marijuana legalization

becoming mainstream what is the actual

difference between CBD and THC inside

you right now there’s a biological

pathway at work called the

endocannabinoid system that helps

regulate your mood appetite memory and

pain sensation THC and CBD though hijack

this system this is the chemical

structure of THC also known as

tetrahydrocannabinol if you are feeling

fancy and this is the chemical structure

of CBD also known as cannabidiol what

you may notice is that their chemical

structures seem almost identical they

have the same molecular formula which is

C 21 H 3002 and both of their masses

clocking at 314 grams per mole but there

is one extremely important structural

difference where THC contains a cyclic

ring CBD contains a hydroxyl group and

this difference in biochemistry actually

controls whether or not you feel high in

order to fully understand why you need

to first know about the cb1 receptor in

your unstoned

to sober body your cb1 receptor is

affected by a neurotransmitter called an

and amide which controls generation of

pleasure motivation and feeding behavior

in your unstoned body and manda mine is

released after exercising and it’s what

causes a runner’s high THC structure is

so similar to Ananda mine that it fits

in perfectly to the cb1 receptor

therefore causing you to feel high CBD

on the other hand because of the

hydroxyl group is different in shape and

does not fit into the cb1 receptor

therefore it doesn’t make you feel high

but CBD does bind to other receptors in

your cannabinoid system affecting you in

other ways a lot of excitement came

around a 2011 study where a few dozen

people with social anxiety disorder were

asked to speak in front of a large

audience some were given CBD some were

given a placebo those who were given CBD

reported significantly less anxiety

there are also many animal studies

showing CBDs anti-anxiety and

anti-inflammatory properties which can

explain why some people say it helps

with their anxiety and with chronic pain

research is also discovering that THC

can actually

a head Grove eight psychotic symptoms

while CBD on the other hand may help

with psychosis so what happens when you

consume them at the same time one study

found that due to CBDs biochemical shape

it can actually bind to the cb1 receptor

and turn it off in a binding pattern

known to biologists as allosteric

inhibition

this means that CBD actually makes the

THC unable to bind as well and therefore

decreases how high you feel if you

vaporize marijuana with 25% THC and 0.1%

CBD you will feel high as the THC is

going to bind to the cb1 receptor with

little interference from CBD if you

consume marijuana with 25% THC and 12%

CBD this more CBD will inhibit the THC

from binding to the cb1 receptor

decreasing th DS effect and leading you

to being less high where marijuana is

legally sold likely they will indicate

what percentage of THC and CBD is in the

product you are choosing which will help

you to understand the effects that will

have on your body in the end THC is a

chemical found in marijuana with a

chemical structure that makes you feel

high CBD is a chemical found in

marijuana with a different chemical

structure that doesn’t make you feel

high but it can affect your body in

other less obvious ways there is still

conflicting research and a lot more to

understand about both chemicals with

more states and countries legalizing

marijuana

hopefully increased research can uncover

more details about how these two

chemicals affect us because weed is now

legal in Canada.

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Is recreational marijuana use bad for your brain?

is recreational marijuana use
bad for your brain?

Marijuana acts
on the body’s cannabinoid system,

which has receptors
all over the brain and body.

Molecules native to the body,
called endocannabinoids,

also act on these receptors.

We don’t totally understand
the cannabinoid system,

but it has one feature
that provides a big clue to its function.

Most neurotransmitters
travel from one neuron to the next

through a synapse to propagate a message.

But endocannabinoids
travel in the opposite direction.

When a message passes
from the one neuron to the next,

the receiving neuron
releases endocannabinoids.

Those endocannabinoids
travel backward

to influence the sending neuron—

essentially giving it feedback
from the receiving neuron.

This leads scientists
to believe that the endocannabinoid system

serves primarily
to modulate other kinds of signals—

amplifying some and diminishing others.

Feedback from endocannabinoids
slows down rates of neural signaling.

That doesn’t necessarily mean

it slows down behavior
or perception, though.

For example,
slowing down a signal that inhibits smell

could actually make smells more intense.

Marijuana contains
two main active compounds,

tetrahydrocannabinol or THC,
and cannabidiol, or CBD.

THC is thought to be primarily responsible
for marijuana’s psychoactive effects

on behavior, cognition, and perception,

while CBD is responsible
for the non-psychoactive effects.

Like endocannabinoids,

THC slows down signaling
by binding to cannabinoid receptors.

But it binds to receptors
all over this sprawling, diffuse system

at once,

whereas endocannabinoids
are released in a specific place

in response to a specific stimulus.

This widespread activity
coupled with the fact

that the cannabinoid system
indirectly affects many other systems,

means that each person’s
particular brain chemistry, genetics,

and previous life experience

largely determine
how they experience the drug.

That’s true much more so with marijuana
than with other drugs

that produce their effects
through one or a few specific pathways.

So the harmful effects, if any,
vary considerably from person to person.

And while we don’t know
how exactly how marijuana

produces specific harmful effects,

there are clear risk factors
that can increase peoples’ likelihood

of experiencing them.

The clearest risk factor is age.

In people younger than 25,

cannabinoid receptors
are more concentrated in the white matter

than in people over 25.

The white matter
is involved in communication,

learning, memory, and emotions.

Frequent marijuana use

can disrupt the development
of white matter tracts,

and also affect the brain’s ability
to grow new connections.

This may damage long-term learning ability
and problem solving.

For now, it’s unclear
how severe this damage can be

or whether it’s reversible.

And even among young people,

the risk is higher the younger someone is—

much higher for a 15 year old
than a 22 year old, for instance.

Marijuana can also cause hallucinations
or paranoid delusions.

Known as marijuana-induced psychosis,

these symptoms usually subside
when a person stops using marijuana.

But in rare cases,
psychosis doesn’t subside,

instead unmasking
a persistent psychotic disorder.

A family history of psychotic disorders,
like schizophrenia,

is the clearest, though not the only,
risk factor for this effect.

Marijuana-induced psychosis
is also more common among young adults,

though it’s worth noting
that psychotic disorders

usually surface in this age range anyway.

What’s unclear in these cases
is whether the psychotic disorder

would have appeared
without marijuana use—

whether marijuana use triggers it early,

is a catalyst for a tipping point
that wouldn’t have been crossed otherwise,

or whether the reaction
to marijuana is merely an indication

of an underlying disorder.

In all likelihood, marijuana’s role
varies from person to person.

At any age, as with many other drugs,

the brain and body

become less sensitive
to marijuana after repeated uses,

meaning it takes more
to achieve the same effects.

Fortunately, unlike many other drugs,

there’s no risk of fatal overdose
from marijuana,

and even heavy use
doesn’t lead to debilitating

or life-threatening
withdrawal symptoms if use stops.

There are more subtle forms
of marijuana withdrawal, though,

including sleep disturbances,
irritability, and depressed mood,

which pass
within a few weeks of stopping use.

So is marijuana bad for your brain?

It depends who you are.

But while some risk factors
are easy to identify,

others aren’t well understood—

which means there’s still some possibility
of experiencing negative effects,

even if you don’t have
any of the known risk factors.

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How to quit weed today?

weed is the most commonly used

drug in the world.

The most commonly used psychoactive

substance

around the world the effects of weed are

felt when thc

the active ingredient in marijuana

enters the bloodstream

and makes its way into the brain

addiction to weed

is possible the national institute on

drug abuse explains that the thc level

in marijuana

has increased over the past few decades

making it easier to become addicted to

the drug and experience adverse side

effects from use

detox from weed comes with a handful of

withdrawal symptoms

that can make it difficult to quit some

of these symptoms include

sleep problems negative mood anxiety

depression headaches shakiness

fever and dehydration in addition to the

above symptoms people can also feel

varying degrees of anger when detoxing

people may experience a constant low

level of anger and rage

general irritability or sudden outbursts

of anger

the anger can be directed at themselves

close family and friends or the world in

general

there are currently no medical

treatments available to support someone

detoxing from weed

though there are many detox programs out

there that can treat individual symptoms

and provide support risks of detoxing on

your own

the greatest risk of detoxing from weed

on your own is relapse

withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable

and without a strong support network in

place

the urge to use more weed can be

overwhelming for people trying to detox

on their own

it is important to establish a healthy

living environment and be aware of

triggers you might encounter that would

make you want to use wheat again

rid your home of any drug paraphernalia

and avoid people in places you associate

with use of the drug

additionally you must stop thinking

about yourself as a marijuana user

and have confidence that you can

maintain sobriety

share your new goals with trusted family

and friends so you have people who are

ready and willing to support your

sustained sobriety.