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Marijuana Basics

February 6, 2010

Marijuana or cannabis, is a plant which produces THC, a psychoactive. It is used by individuals in numerous countries, of all ages and socioeconomic statuses. The drug has a number of uses including medicinal and recreational.  It is also used in various products such as rope, clothing and even lotions. Marijuana is commonly referred to as weed, Mary Jane, pot and grass. It is a depressant, intoxicant, psychedelic and stimulant.

There are several species of Marijuana plants, included among them are Ruderalis, Sativa and Indica. This leafy plant is grown around the world and can be cultivated both outdoors and indoors. There are sophisticated operations around the globe as the production and distribution of Marijuana can be quite profitable largely because there is such a high demand for it.

Parts of the plant, particularly the buds, are not only smoked but eaten. Some individuals may use marijuana in the dishes they prepare.

Those who use marijuana often report feelings of relaxation, euphoria and peacefulness. Their appetite may also increase.  Some individuals have hallucinations or visuals. Other persons will laugh a lot. 

The dosing for marijuana will differ based on the individual and whether or not they have developed a tolerance for the drug. The type of marijuana used will also have an effect on how much can be taken for maximum effect. Particular types of Marijuana such as BC Bud and hydroponic tend to be more potent then others.

The battle for the legality of marijuana continues, with both sides firmly entrenched in their beliefs. Lately, it seems that those in support of legalizing the drug have had some small victories. It is now legal to carry small amounts of marijuana on one’s person in some states. It is also legal to use it for medicinal reasons in some parts of the country. This of course is not wholesale legalization of the drug, but it is a step in that direction. It has been proven that marijuana does have some medicinal uses. Whether or not they will ever be fully realized and prescribed will eventually play itself out. When that happens, no one knows. However, big strides have been made in recent years.

One of the arguments against legalization of marijuana is the associated side effects. Long term use is believed to make one more susceptible to cancer and may even cause brain damage. Chronic users often develop memory problems, have trouble thinking and may even develop psychosis.

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