Cannabis topics are one of the most searched online. I am from an area of Canada (British Columbia) that is a full on weed culture but it always made me paranoid. Sitting on the outskirts of the marijuana culture, I have witnessed a number of things. I saw my high strung boyfriend become a much calmer, more manageable guy after smoking a joint. I also sadly witnessed too many high school friends that lost all motivation for life from using marijuana daily.
All over the world, it’s a major pastime for many. I happen to have a neighbour who enjoys a joint or two every day. He is pleasant and seemingly motivated for life but at the same time incredibly relaxed. I don’t know if it’s his character that allows him to function normally where others don’t or what. At any rate, I asked him for some insight to help me write this article. He was quick to invite me to smoke a joint with him and as a determined writer, I accepted.
I actually feel nervous because it’s been so long since I smoked a joint. I do recall the last time that I did, I thought I was a soldier in war. That’s the kind of effect the strong BC weed has on me. Well, I smoked a little bit of “Jamaican” and it was mellow. I did feel a little self-conscious while I talked and I did zone out for a little while. However, I did have an easy time creatively putting these words onto a page so I guess it was a positive experience. Also, I never tasted such a delicious desert as I did just now. Was it really that good or did I get the munchies (a symptom of smoking marijuana).
Types of Marijuana
There are three distinct types of marijuana leaves and they sit among three different categories; Sativa, Indica and Hybrid. The plants of Cannibis indica and Cannabis sativa have been around since the 18th century with Cannabis Hybrid as a new introduction. Hybrid indicates the mixing of seeds from different geographic locations around the world.
The origin is believed to come from the Hindu “Kush” region close to Afghanistan. Anyone who knows anything about marijuana knows that Kush is really strong weed. In this area of Afghanistan, the strain developed thick coats of resin as a mean of protecting themselves due to the harsh climate.
The Sativas strain alternatively has energizing effects which is why they’re often used for morning or afternoon use. This strain of marijuana is used primarily for depression and exhaustion. Its morphology is a growth of up to 20 feet high, it is narrow with loose branches.
The effects of Sativa are said to be uplifting and allow you to bring your creative side out.
There are many variables for the two ancient strains which is where Hybrid comes in. The seeds of many geographical areas are cross germinated to balance marijuana with both strains. This offers the marijuana user a balance between the two so you get the best of both worlds.
Cannabinoids are found in various aspects with molecular structures like THC and CBD. They carry their own properties which are medicinal in various ways. The cannabinoids are affected by how it’s grown and the compound type may create different physical sensations because of this.
Despite the fact it’s illegal, 10% of Australians consume marijuana in one way or another.
In Spain, over 10% of the population smoke marijuana. It’s illegal to sell or produce to the public but totally legal for personal use.
12 % of Canadians enjoy marijuana which is great because it’s legal for medical use and although it’s illegal for recreational use, it’s widely accepted. Nigeria is at a whopping 14% of the population using marijuana although it is completely illegal. Italy matches Nigeria’s marijuana consumption at 14%. It’s decriminalized for personal use but illegal to produce and sell. In Iceland, a total of 18.3% of the population smoke marijuana and it’s illegal
I remember watching a man talk about how cannabis was detrimental to his ability to function. He got MS at a young age and because it’s a degenerative disease, it’s debilitating when you’re young. He was shaking uncontrollably and you couldn’t understand a word he was saying. He had someone hold up a vaporizer to his mouth because he was shaking too hard to hold it himself. Within seconds, the shaking stopped and his voice was perfect.
There are people constantly upping the ante with marijuana and the current trend is THC-rich resins. These consist of;
-Wax which is a soft solid
-Shatter-a really intense experience that looks like a hard chunk of glass.